In 1997, an Australian teenager created one of the web's first viable p2p programs. What happened to it can teach us a lot about emergent technologies today and where we may be going in the future.
How an Australian Teen Nearly Created a Decentralized Reddit in 1997 (Op-Ed) Greek Bitcoin Community Spreads the Word Amidst Violence
On July 15, the birthplace of democracy descended into Molotov cocktails, teargas and violent thugs riding motorcycles and swinging billy clubs on behalf of Greek law enforcement.
Ex-DEA Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing over $700,000 in Silk Road Case
Carl Mark Force IV, the “lead undercover agent” in the Silk Road case against Ross Ulbricht has pled guilty to money laundering, extortion while acting as a public official and obstruction of justice as part of a plea deal.
Blocknet Adding Ethereum To Suite of Supported Currencies
The Blocknet is adding Ethereum to its suite of supported currencies, bringing Ethereum's smart contract and VM features to the Blocknet.
Modest CEO Harper Reed: Bitcoin Is the Future, But It's Not Ready Yet
Modest, Inc. is an interesting name for a company started by someone who proclaims himself to be “probably one of the coolest guys ever,” but the company is rising and worth keeping an eye on.
OpenBazaar Releases 0.4.0 ‘Portobello,’ Bringing Major Additions
OpenBazaar has released beta version 0.4.0 for Linux and Mac users, with Windows users once again left waiting for executable binaries, which are promised to be released soon.
US Government Subpoenas Bitcointalk for PMs, Affecting 600 Users
Bitcointalk administrator “theymos,” aka Michael Marquadt announced that the government has subpoenaed the site for access to PMs relating to the much maligned mining company Butterfly Labs.
Rand Paul's Opponents Are More Likely to Join Him on Bitcoin than Attack (Op-Ed)
After Rand Paul became the first major presidential candidate to accept bitcoin, some users theorized that the move could be used by his opponents to attack him.
Rand Paul Becomes First Major US Presidential Candidate to Accept Bitcoin Donations
Libertarian darling Rand Paul (R-KY) has become the first Presidential candidate to accept bitcoin donations, partially in an attempt to appeal to the tech community.
iNation Joins Forces with the IBREA to Put Deeds on the Blockchain
iNation and the International Bitcoin Real Estate Association (IBREA) are joining forces to allow real estate deeds to be copied to the blockchain in full for backup and storage.
Warning! Kaspersky Alerts Users of Malware and 'Blockchain Abuse'
Could malware be injected into the blockchain and be used to steal user's private keys? Cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs seems to think so.
Local Restaurant 'Gifting' App Itson.me adding Bitcoin and Alts for Payment
Itson.me allows users to pay for literal drinks, coffee or food at local restaurants from anywhere in the world. Soon, it will be incorporating cryptocurrencies.
Interview With ProTip's Chris Ellis On Saving Media
Christopher Ellis sits down with Cointelegraph for an in-depth interview on ProTip, the present and future of Independent media and more.
Storing Your Life on the Blockchain with iNation
Storing a document on the blockchain is one of those crypto promises that people have been waiting for a while. The Blockchain Factory is set to actually bring it to the user with iNation.
Bitreserve Clarifies Comparison to Netscape: 'Bitcoin Could be Integral but Invisible'
When Bitreserve's CEO Halsey Minor made a blog post comparing Bitcoin to Netscape, it made a lot of people upset. Why, many thought, would the CEO of a Bitcoin company compare Bitcoin to the long defunct web browser? Does he not believe in Bitcoin? If that is the case, what is he doing in the industry?
More Like FiatDesk: CoinDesk Launches Deal Site Without Bitcoin Support
The world's most visited Bitcoin news site has decided to implement a deal section full of “exclusive” offers. The problem is, they don't accept Bitcoin and the offers don't appear to be exclusive.
Abine and Coinbase Launch 'Bitcoin Anywhere' Service Using Blur
Abine and Coinbase are using Blur to give Bitcoin users the ability to shop anywhere MasterCard is accepted. The service also comes with enhanced privacy tools.
Private 'Vanishing' Messaging App Wiper Adds Bitcoin Wallet
The social messaging app Wiper added a built-in bitcoin wallet last month, enabling instant transactions among contacts, as well as basic wallet functionality.
Electrum Releases Version 2.0 with 2FA, Multisig Wallets, and More
Electrum, the popular hybrid online/offline wallet, has released v2.0. It brings a host of highly requested and anticipated features, along with a few features you probably never knew you wanted.
After Technical Issues, Oliver Janssens and Jim Harper Win Bitcoin Foundation Seats
The results of the Bitcoin election run-off are in, and Oliver Janssens and Jim Harper are the newest members of the Bitcoin Foundation board.
Year of the Bitcoin: OKCoin and WeChat Facilitate the Movement of $1.8M in BTC
OKCoin gave away 10 Million RMB and encouraged users to give it to their friends through WeChat, following a growing trend of sending traditional red envelopes through the popular chat program. The promotion awarded users with an amount between 1mBTC and 1BTC, then encouraged them to send that amount (or more from their linked OkCoin account) to their friends. The amount sent to each friend would be randomly determined.
London's RE/MAX Accepting Bitcoin for Rent, Global Parent Company Considering 'Options'
The Real Estate Giant RE/MAX's London division has announced a pilot program in conjunction with GoCoin to begin accepting Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin for rent payments.
The World's ‘Most Secure’ Operating System Adds a Bitcoin Wallet
Tails OS, which experts consider the world’s most secure operating system and that the NSA called a “threat,” has released a new version that includes a Bitcoin wallet option.
WordPress Drops Bitcoin Payment Option, Says it 'May' Return
WordPress has removed its Bitcoin payment option and it has given a non-committal answer when asked if it will return.
Swarm's Accepting Submissions for 'Second Class' Investments and Announces Legal Framework for 'DCOs'
Swarm is accepting applications for its "Second Class" of companies for its crowdfunding platform. Up to US $50,000 can be grabbed by an individual company. Additionally, the company has announced its new legal framework and phrasing for distributed companies.
Stripe Finally Opens Up Bitcoin Payments To Everyone
Stripe has finally opened up Bitcoin payments for all of its users, after more than a year of beta testing. The new service launched today and merchants can add Bitcoin as an option for their customers with one small line of code.
Bitreserve Adds Swiss Franc, Three Physical Commodities
Bitreserve's Halsey Minor had some interesting comments comparing Bitcoin and Netscape, but his company is chugging right along, Yesterday it added more stores of value for its users.
Notorious 'Hacker Group' Allegedly Involved In Exco.in Theft, Owner Accuses CCEDK of Withholding Info
The hacker group known as DD4BC, who previously attacked Bitalo.com and Nitrogensports.eu appears to be behind the Exco.in hack. Exco.in is also accusing CCEDK of withholding his info.
Glenn Beck Says Blockchain Technologies Can Help Fight Fascism
Glenn Beck is what some might call a controversial figure. Known for his bombastic rants and crying fits while hosting his own, now defunct, show on Fox News, the conservative pundit now hosts his own radio show on the Radio/TV station he help found, BlazeTV. Recently, he expressed a belief that Bitcoin, and more specifically the blockchain could be a great tool in the fight for freedom.
Pay The Content Creators: Decentralized 'AutoTip' Service Released
Tipping itself has been a staple of the Bitcoin community for years now and was one of the first use cases that mainstream audiences found Bitcoin to be suitable for.