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1281  Bitcoin / Alternative clients / Re: BitPak - The Bitcoin Wallet for iOS on: April 13, 2012, 02:00:07 AM
question is: can you scan a qr-code to send someone money on the go this way?

No, but there are plenty of free qr reader apps available that allow you to easily copy/paste scanned text.

It isn't quiet convenient, but you don't have to have a jail broken phone or add a Korean app store account to your phone.

well, personally, I'll just use my android. But for recommending bitcoin to noobs with an iDevice copy/paste is too much to explain.

Yeah.. not having a decent iPhone app is a showstopper for that platform I think.
I've managed to convince my mother to go Android when it comes time to replace her iPhone.
Attempting to teach her to copy and paste addresses would be a waste of time, because even though she may follow my initial tutorial..  anything that tedious would never get used again.
When it comes to the point that I can transfer some bitcoins to my mother's phone - and then she can successfully transact with her friends without me being present to explain things.. then bitcoin might have a chance to grow via mobile. 
Apple's reluctance to allow virtual currency apps is the major impediment to this.  Screw em. I used to be pretty ambivalent when people asked my advice about iPhone vs Android.





1282  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 13, 2012, 01:26:42 AM
I'll start posting press hits as their own thread from now.

For the subject... I'm using  the format:  'iso date'  'domain'  'article title'

(Due to subject length limitations - article title will probably often be truncated in the subject line.)

1283  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-04-12 foreignpolicy.com - Canada may launch government-backed bitcoin... on: April 13, 2012, 01:23:48 AM
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Canada may launch government-backed bitcoin competitor

Joshua Keating
2012-04-12

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/04/12/canada_may_launch_government_backed_bitcoin_competitor

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It seems that at least one country is taking the Bitcoin phenomenon seriously: Canada
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1284  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 12, 2012, 02:12:07 PM
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MintChip Misses the Point of Digital Currency

Jon Matonis
2012-04-12

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmatonis/2012/04/12/mintchip-misses-the-point-of-digital-currency/

Ironically, one of the leading ideas for the use of MintChip in the MintChip Challenge is to purchase bitcoin with it since it’s irreversible.
1285  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 12, 2012, 03:43:32 AM
Abstract of a paper to be presented at VB 2012 in Dallas, 26-28 September 2012
The Virus Bulletin International Conference is a major anti-malware conference - about to host its 22nd annual event.

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Malware taking a bit(coin) more than we bargained for   (Abstract)

Amir Fouda Microsoft
2012-04

http://www.virusbtn.com/conference/vb2012/abstracts/Fouda.xml

Social and technological change often creates new opportunities for positive change. Unfortunately, it also means more opportunities for crime. So, when a new system of currency gains acceptance and widespread adoption in a computer-mediated population, it is only a matter of time before malware authors attempt to exploit it. As of half way through 2011, we started seeing another means of financial profiteering being perpetrated by the malware authors; they started targeting Bitcoins.

Bitcoin mining and stealing functionality has been discovered in a number of the most notable and prevalent malware families, including Alureon, Sirefef and Kelihos. Notably, Bitcoin being open-sourced software means that Windows users are not the only target. Cross-platform attacks have already been seen, with OS X threats such as MacOS_X/DevilRobber.A emerging on the scene in October 2011.

The very nature of the way Bitcoin operates also has telling implications. Bitcoin mining is a legitimate part of the system, allowing Bitcoin clients to compete with other clients in performing complex calculations using the computer's processing power, aiding in the flow of transfers and thus generating Bitcoins for the winning miner. The potential for botmasters is clear: the more computers and resources they can control in this distributed computing technique, the more they are likely to profit.

This paper examines the various malware families that target this currency, provides an analysis of how these families target Bitcoins, and details the methods they use to steal and mine this increasingly popular digital currency. This paper will also give an insight into how malware authors and cybercriminals may exploit the Bitcoin system for their own financial gain, and details what the future holds for this form of exploitation.
1286  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 12, 2012, 02:44:06 AM
Eric Thomson is an independent economist in Ottawa, Ontario.
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The Canadian Mint Has Unveiled the Blueprint of Bitcoin Successor

Eric Thomson
2012-04-11

http://envelopeeconomics.com/2012/04/11/canada-has-unveiled-the-bitcoin/


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I am certain that someone will develop an app that will allow people to trade Canadian dollars anonymously via cellphones or the internet, thus eliminating the only small advantage that Bitcoin had. Once mints and central banks around the world start unveiling similar portable digital wallets, and developers swiftly move in to ensure that transactions can be done anonymously, the Bitcoin experiment will end.
1287  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 11, 2012, 11:34:43 PM
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Don't Bank On Digital Currency 'Bitcoin' Replacing The Dollar

Ben DeMeter
2012-04-11

http://www.businessinsider.com/dont-bank-on-digital-currency-bitcoin-replacing-the-dollar-2012-4

What a nasty little piece of FUD this is:
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It’s not just safety that has us concerned about Bitcoin, though. We’re also skeptical about how “decentralized” this digital currency can really be. Though the official wiki claims that the protocol is now mandated by community consensus, it’s impossible to ignore the power that the original developers have over the system.

They have a skeleton key that gives them control of the whole machine, any time they want.
1288  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 11, 2012, 08:45:47 AM
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No Money, No Problems: Canada Considers Completely Digital Currency

Keith Wagstaff
2012-04-10

http://techland.time.com/2012/04/10/canadian-government-considers-completely-digital-currency/

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If this all sounds a lot like BitCoin — the favorite currency of techies and libertarians alike — that’s because it is, according to the National Post:
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1289  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN] Cryptocurrency Legal Advocacy Group (CLAG) on: April 10, 2012, 11:22:59 PM
A reminder to everyone that Matthew Elias is the one behind the October 2011 paper "Bitcoin: Tempering the Digital Ring of Gyges or Implausible Pecuniary Privacy"
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=40783.0

I think the Cryptocurrency Legal Advocacy Group is a great idea - donated!

1290  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 10, 2012, 04:50:10 AM
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Dropping the penny was just the beginning as the Canadian Mint seeks digital future

2012-04-09

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/09/mintchip-royal-canadian-mint/

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In a recent post, Bitcoin Magazine writer Vitalik Buterin called MintChip “a sign of things to come.” Nevertheless, he questioned MintChip’s security, noting that “unhackable” chips had been hacked in the past with electron microscopes, needles and acid.
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1291  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 09, 2012, 08:04:40 PM
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CoinDL: "iTunes Of The Bitcoin World". Can Digital Currency Create New Music Revenue Stream?

Clyde Smith
2012-04-09

http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/04/coindl-launches-itunes-of-the-bitcoin-world-employing-new-digital-currency.html

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It's unclear whether or not this development can lead to a legitimate revenue stream but it's quite interesting in the short term and certainly opens up the possiblity of a bit of media attention for early adopters in the music world.
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1292  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 07, 2012, 02:55:54 AM
A translation of Naomi O'Leary's recent article on the major German site welt.de

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1293  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 06, 2012, 01:47:28 PM
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Guest post: Bitcoin, Money and Free Banking
by Lasse Birk Olesen, founder of BitcoinNordic.com

2012-04-06

http://marketmonetarist.com/2012/04/06/guest-post-bitcoin-money-and-free-banking-by-lasse-birk-olesen/
1294  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 06, 2012, 06:37:31 AM
Hot on the heels of the recent announcement by the P2P foundation that they were paying some of their salaries in bitcoin,
Michel Bauwen(one of the founders of the P2P foundation) follows up with an article in Al Jazeera

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What's all the fuzz about money?

Michel Bauwens
2012-04-05

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/04/20124395428374962.html

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However, the biggest development may in fact be the creation of a workable, socially sovereign, debt-free currency called Bitcoin.
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1295  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 05, 2012, 01:04:53 AM
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The Royal Canadian Mint explores a Bitcoin alternative

Patricio Robles
2012-04-04

http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/9530-the-royal-canadian-mint-explores-a-bitcoin-alternative


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Bitcoin has not only gained more adoption than skeptics could have imagined possible, but it has created a fascinating discussion around how currency will evolve in the 21st century.

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But the mere interest of an institution like The Royal Canadian Mint in a Bitcoin-like digital currency suggests that within the next decade we could see dramatic change and innovation around 'money' and how we exchange it.
1296  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 05, 2012, 12:50:55 AM
A more sensible take on the MintChip topic which explains why it's nothing like Bitcoin.

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Royal Canadian Mint’s “MintChip” Looks To Officially Digitize Cash

Devin Coldewey
2012-04-04

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/04/royal-canadian-mints-mintchip-looks-to-officially-digitize-cash/


 Others around the net have likened it to Bitcoin, but that’s really an inapt comparison. MintChip isn’t a virtual currency, it’s a virtual wallet, something which has been tried before.
1297  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 05, 2012, 12:47:27 AM
Unfortunately, the ridiculous claim that this centralized system is any sort of 'version of Bitcoin' - probably isn't obviously ridiculous to enough people.

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Canada To Launch Its Own Version Of BitCoin Called MintChip

Austin Carr
2012-04-04

http://www.fastcompany.com/1829662/canada-to-launch-its-own-version-of-bitcoin-called-mintchip?partner=gnews
1298  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 04, 2012, 05:52:38 AM
John Stossel is a broadcast journalist who hosts "Stossel" on the Fox Business Network

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Let’s Give the Fed Some Competition

John Stossel
2012-04-04

http://patriotpost.us/opinion/john-stossel/2012/04/04/lets-give-the-fed-some-competition/
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/04/04/lets_give_the_fed_some_competition_113725.html

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Former Federal Reserve economist David Barker discussed this idea recently with me.
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Barker said the information age may break down the government's monopoly on money.

"There are experiments going on. There's something called Bitcoin (bitcoin.org), which is an electronic money that some people are experimenting with. The legal status is a bit unclear."
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1299  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 04, 2012, 04:25:46 AM
Some fake journalist's take on it

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Not So Golden Years: Seven And A Half Things To Know

Mark Gongloff
2012-04-02

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/02/seven-and-a-half-things-you-need-to-know_n_1396047.html


Thing Seven: Bitcoin Of The Realm: The hot new toy/Ponzi scheme/weapon of financial destruction sweeping Wall Street is something called Bitcoin, which is fake online money that some people think will become a new global currency. "Bitcoin has become the Wild West of finance, with a proliferation of websites offering loosely regulated replicas of the services familiar to those in the financial industry," writes Naomi O'Leary of Reuters. What could possibly go wrong?
1300  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: April 04, 2012, 01:26:09 AM
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How To Obtain Financial Privacy Through Using BitCoin

Trace Mayer
2012-04-03

http://www.howtovanish.com/2012/04/bitcoin-how-to-obtain-financial-privacy/
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