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1  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-05 ThisWeekInStartups #E340 Bitcoin segment on: April 06, 2013, 07:58:26 PM
News Roundtable with Henry Blodget and Mike Isaac-TWiST #E340
http://youtu.be/urHmOnl0WMw?t=53m14s

Jason Calacanis, Kirin Kalia, Henry Blodget and Mike Isaac discuss bitcoin as part of the ThisWeekInStartups show.

-Overview of recent news.
-Jason Calacanis says he has passed on investing in bitcoin startups as he was worried about the possible legal issues.
-Henry Blodget (Buisiness Insider) compares it to the dotcom boom, says very exciting to watch, tells anecdote about watching some big hitters playing a game by passing a "couple of $100k" to each other on their smart phones at a conference in March (not sure if true, but if it is wonder who they are?). Thinks it is impossible to value but could possibly go much higher than $140 or could go to zero.
-Mike Isaac (AllThingsD) says software engineers/developers love bitcoin but thinks it might be a fad.
-Jason Calacanis says what developers love often becomes the default. Sees some signs of more mainstream acceptance. If some big player (e.g. Square, Facebook, Zynga) starts integrating bitcoin sees $1000/BTC.

Also for those who may not have seen it before, here is TWiST #140: Bitcoin, with Gavin Andresen and Amir Taaki from 10 May 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwNfBgwbqng
2  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-03-20 - THE ÜMLAUT - The War On Bitcoin—and Anonymity on: March 20, 2013, 09:11:23 PM
http://theumlaut.com/2013/03/20/the-war-on-bitcoin-and-anonymity/

Article on the recent FinCEN announcement and bitcoin.

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If there is any silver lining in an era in which the government is so paranoid that it feels it must stamp out financial anonymity online, it is that it is unlikely to completely succeed. There may be a few exchanges and mixers that register and report as FinCEN requires. But it seems improbable that the US and its allies are willing to engage in the blatantly repressive behavior necessary to ensure full compliance. Nevertheless, it is regrettable that FinCEN has designs on Bitcoin. It is yet another reason that the Wars on Drugs and Terror cannot end soon enough.
3  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-03-06 Bitcoin Comes to World’s Largest Online Poker Network on: March 06, 2013, 09:35:24 PM
http://pokerfuse.com/features/in-depth/winpoker-bitcoin-comes-worlds-largest-online-poker-network-ipoker-06-03/

The news keeps coming Smiley
4  Other / Meta / Page views number wrong? on: February 03, 2013, 03:25:15 PM
In the https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=stats page it says page views for 2013-02-02 were only 70794. Seems way off as other recent days are closer to 400k. I  know the site was down for a bit but I don't think it was down long enough to have that big an effect.

Is there a way to know the real number, or if that is the real number what is the explanation. If it is wrong can it be corrected?
5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Coinbase hiring and other positive indicators on: November 27, 2012, 11:14:36 PM
Saw this on Hacker news, Coinbase.com (YC S12) Hiring First Engineer, and thought it was interesting.

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Bitcoin is helping shape the future of payments - and as the first YC-backed bitcoin company, we're right in the thick of it. We're off to a great start - 15% growth per week in transaction volume, closed a deal with a major U.S. bank, and raised a $600k seed round. We're now looking for a great engineer to join the team (founder is also an engineer - worked on fraud prevention at Airbnb and previously build another company to profitability).

I think it's a good sign that things like this are happening.

Also I just noticed this exchange in the comments on Fred Wilson's latest blog and think it shows the shifting perceptions in the image of bitcoin recently. I think the Wordpress announcement has caused many people to reevaluate and the longer bitcoin sticks around the more and more people are going to come to the conclusion that bitcoin is a real viable thing.

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Teemu Kurppa  takingpitches • 2 days ago
I've been following a few Bitcoin companies here in Finland, and as an earlier Bitcoin sceptic, I was surprised how much activity and money there is already in Bitcoin economy. I think a lot of investors are underestimating what's going on in Bitcoin world, because it's still so far away from the mainstream.

But many truly disruptive things were viewed as toys or pure idiocy in the early days. I'm speaking from the experience here. When we started Jaiku, a microblogging service similar to Twitter, in 2006, before Twitter and before Facebook's activity stream. At that time, a lot of people said that broadcasting and reading short mundane thoughts was the stupidest idea they had ever heard of. Fast-forward a few years and hundred of millions of people are doing it everyday.

Based on what I've seen, I'm starting to think that Bitcoin might be a similar phenomenon.
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fredwilson Mod  Teemu Kurppa • 2 days ago
Yessssssssss
6  Economy / Service Discussion / Coinbase Blog - Buy And Sell Bitcoin By Connecting Any U.S. Bank Account on: October 26, 2012, 06:57:46 PM
http://blog.coinbase.com/post/34357253898/you-can-now-buy-and-sell-bitcoin-by-connecting-any-u-s

Hacker News discussion: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4703443

Seems pretty good for US bitcoiners.
7  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-06-23 torrentfreak.com - PayPal Bans BitTorrent Friendly VPN Provider on: June 23, 2012, 10:33:27 PM
http://torrentfreak.com/paypal-bans-bittorrent-friendly-vpn-provider-120622/

Not about Bitcoin per se but gets a nice mention at the end of the article and appears multiple times in the comments.
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“Those who are serious about private payment solutions should consider one of the many alternatives like Prepaid VISA cards, OKPAY, Bitcoins, and other ewallet services,” Jason concludes.

Also multiple mentions of Bitcoin in the Hacker News comments discussing this article
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4151270
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Data Mining Exec Pays For Burgers In Cash To Avoid Insurance Company Snooping on: June 23, 2012, 08:38:47 PM
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120619/04094319383/data-mining-exec-pays-burgers-cash-to-keep-his-insurance-company-knowing-his-bad-diet-habits.shtml

Thought this was interesting  and is one of the reasons I think Bitcoin (or something like it) is so vital. I can easily imagine a future where physical cash is more and more rare and nearly all money is digital. If we are not careful we will sleepwalk into a world where every transaction is recorded in some big companies database. Would you like Visa, Facebook or Google knowing where and when you've spent or received every last cent?
The ability to have financial privacy in a digital world is definitely one of Bitcoins best features.

9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Article on selling zero-day exploits - perfect for bitcoin? on: June 16, 2012, 07:38:42 PM
There is an article in Forbes on the market for zero-day exploits
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/03/23/shopping-for-zero-days-an-price-list-for-hackers-secret-software-exploits/

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arrange a deal through the pseudonymous exploit broker to hand the exploit information over to a government agency, don’t ask too many questions, and get paid a quarter of a million dollars–minus the Grugq’s 15% commission.

Seems to me that bitcoin would be the logical choice for this type of transaction. The hacker could protect their anonymity and cut out the middle man and his 15% commision.
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Udacity CS387 (Online Crytography course) - module on Bitcoin on: May 22, 2012, 06:59:17 PM
Saw this today:

http://www.udacity.com/view#Course/cs387/CourseRev/apr2012/Unit/348002/Nugget/430002

There are some parts on digital cash etc. and Bitcoin in particular starting from the link above.

11  Bitcoin / Mining / Are there any mining contracts offering the right to choose how to vote for P2SH on: January 24, 2012, 11:33:28 PM
Just wondering?
Are any miners selling their hashing power along with the right of the purchaser to choose how to vote on the P2SH question?

Could be an opportunity to make an extra premium.
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Fred Wilson's (Union Square Ventures) thoughts on bitcoin on: November 27, 2011, 05:21:11 PM
http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2011/11/bitcoin.html

Fred Wilson is a very well known New York based venture capitalist. In this blog post he talks about bitcoin and the recent Wired article (The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin). It's very interesting to see this kind of interest.

Some quotes below. (bolding is mine)

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So it seems to me and my colleagues at USV that an alternative currency with roots in peer to peer networks and based on an algorithm that is transparent to everyone is an idea whose time has come. The question remains if the Bitcoin algorithm or some other algorithm (possibly a derivative of the Bitcoin algorithm that deals with some of Bitcoin's weaknesses?) will ultimately win out. That's an important issue that has a lot to do with when this space becomes investable.

But Bitcoin or something else, I'm confident we'll see the emergence of currencies that are not controlled by nation states in my lifetime. Whether that is a good thing or not remains to be seen. I think it is, but there are significant ramifications that will result from the decoupling of currencies from governments. And one of them is an interesting investment opportunity that we hope to participate in.
13  Bitcoin / Project Development / Would it be possible to sell BTC using in-app purchases on the Android market? on: October 15, 2011, 05:29:30 PM
Just as the title says.

Create an app and release it on the android market for free. Anyone wanting to buy bitcoins could download the app, enter their bitcoin receiving address, pay for them using an in-app purchase and the app developer sends the bitcoins to the supplied address. Not sure if you can dynamically change the price in an in-app purchase but if not there could be a fixed purchase price in $ or whatever and the number of bitcoins sent would vary depending on the exchange rate. The seller would add at least a 30% premium to cover the 30% transaction fee charged by Google but I think there could still be a demand even with this premium due to the convenience.

Relevant links: https://www.google.com/support/androidmarket/developer/bin/answer.py?&&answer=1153481
http://developer.android.com/guide/market/billing/billing_overview.html

14  Bitcoin / Project Development / Idea: Alternative Android marketplace using bitcoin on: October 08, 2011, 08:23:28 PM
Hi all,

Bitcoin seems ideally suited to the purchase of digital goods - apps, music, e-books etc.

According to the top answer in this Quora question http://www.quora.com/How-much-does-Apple-pay-on-credit-card-transactions-in-the-appstore then Apple could be paying up to 15¢ on a 99¢ itunes purchase to the credit card companies. I assume Google (and Amazon with their market) pay something similar. Using bitcoin cuts out this credit card fee, think about how much money that adds up to.

I don't expect Apple, Google or Amazon to start accepting bitcoin as a payment mechanism anytime soon but I may be wrong but I think anyone can set up an Android app store. Without the credit card fee there is enough room for this store operator to pay more to the app developer, reduce the price to the app buyer and have a bit left over for themselves.

Another benefit could be being able to offer paid apps in more countries. I read somewhere that paid apps on the Google android store are only available in select countries where Google checkout operates (my info may be out of date). Perhaps some forum members can confirm if paid Android apps are not available in their country. Obviously being able to offer paid apps in countries where they are not yet available is a win for everyone - developer, consumer and the store operator.

All we need is for someone to build it.
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Anyone using Wuala? BTC pricing looks way cheaper than normal pricing now. on: October 05, 2011, 10:02:03 PM
Hi,

has anyone tried Wuala? Would you recommend it.

Assuming this offer still stands http://www.wuala.com/en/bitcoin, it looks like a good deal. 0.1 BTC per GB per year.
This is a lot cheaper than the normal pricing at current BTC exchange rates.

Normal prices for one year are
10 GB - 19 EUR *
25 GB - 39 EUR *
50 GB - 59 EUR *
100 GB - 99 EUR *
250 GB - 229 EUR
16  Bitcoin / Mining / Possible alternative for miners/idle hardaware? on: July 15, 2011, 08:30:34 PM
http://gigaom.com/cloud/need-cash-forget-plasma-and-donate-cpu-time-instead/

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Do you sleep? Have a laptop or desktop that sits idle during those eight hours? Need an extra $20 a month? If so, startup CPUsage has a proposition that you should hear. The eight-month-old startup wants to pay folks so it can harness their idle compute time to sell to corporations. CEO and co-founder Jeff Martens estimates an average user donating four hours of compute time every day could score about $10 a month.

May be worth it for people with idle hardware, especially if you don't have the best mining cards.
17  Other / Meta / Forum stats on: July 02, 2011, 11:36:54 PM
I uploaded the forum stats to google docs for anyone who's interested in having a look:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Arbegqx_2nKadF9wa21Db1Z1S3hhNzF1QVBCX1p1U3c&hl=en_US

Most online was, no surprise, June 19 2011 (GOXED!). Since then daily logins by members has started to decline - people losing interest now that exponential USD growth has stalled perhaps? Even that high was only ~14% of the total registered forum membership base at the time - shows how small the really active user base of bitcoin is perhaps? Total membership of the forum is ~30k, GOX had ~60k customers - hard to imagine there are more than 100k bitcoin users in total. Still tiny.

Daily growth of new members has also declined post-GOXED-day. Interesting to see that there were several days of high (>400 new members/day) sign-ups before the GOX debacle but the sign-up rate has cooled off after that.
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / (Live Google doc) USD/BTC Arbitrage table on: June 28, 2011, 10:15:30 PM
Hi,

I made a live Google doc (think it updates ~every 5 mins, not sure) showing the best rate you can get buying or selling BTC at the largest exchanges. Non USD exchanges are converted to the equivalent USD rate using the Google finance rate. No accounting for fees or transactions fees (if converting from USD to GBP for example) are made. Didn't include virwoxSLL as don't think Linden dollars are listed in Google finance.

link deleted - not working anymore

The best rates should appear in order in the list.

Any thoughts why b7USD is so far off the other exchanges?

Must give a hat tip to ChocoboLee and this topic http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=23422.msg294171#msg294171, as I copied many of the ideas there. never knew Google docs could be so powerful.

try it out and let me know what you think.

k Wink
19  Economy / Services / [BUYING] 48 shares on Deepbit pool for 0.005BTC. Worlds smallest mining contract on: June 26, 2011, 12:41:29 PM
Hi,

I "mined" some shares using the deepbit pool with my cpu a few months ago when I first learned of bitcoin. I currently have 0.00845468 BTC in my deepbit account. I stopped mining a long time ago as even when I started and the difficulty was much lower than today it didn't make sense. I knew that at the time and was basically just trying it out for the fun.

The minimum payment out of deepbit is 0.01BTC. So that 0.00845468 BTC is likely to be trapped there forever. I was thinking I could offer someone half of the 0.01BTC to mine the shares to bring my account up to the necessary amount to make a withdrawal. It's not really for the BTC as it's some pathetic amount like <$0.10 but more for the principle and for the fun and being able to say you were involved in the worlds smallest (probably) bitcoin mining contract.

How will this work:

I'll set up a pay-per-share worker.
Currently according to the deepbit site
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Pay per share: 0.00003262705594458 BTC per every sumbitted share
So I calculate that I'll need 48 shares to bring my balance up to 0.01 BTC.

If you are interested then reply below. I'll pm you with the deepbit miner login and password. When you generate 48 (non-stale) shares and my balance goes >0.01 BTC you can stop mining for me. Then I'll send you 0.005 BTC (i'll pay the tx fee). Hopefully then I can withdraw the 0.01BTC from deepbit.

any questions or comments let me know.
20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / >432109 BTC sent to 1 address, block 130281 on: June 12, 2011, 08:24:46 PM
http://blockexplorer.com/address/1KLahQtqDNAXvrjNyfvgSBtAhwco5ZxLp4

http://blockexplorer.com/b/130281

2011-06-12 12:57:20

that's a hell of a lot of BTC. Must be one of the biggest transactions ever. WTF is going on this weekend.
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