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521  Economy / Speculation / Re: [poll] Price on: November 25, 2012, 09:59:16 PM
Remember the wisdom of the crowd

Remember the bias of the unrepresentative sample.
522  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Sydney Bitcoin Community on: November 23, 2012, 06:59:14 AM
I'm sorry I wasn't able to get to this.
Hopefully some time soon we can get something going every month.
I'd be keen to chat about strategies to get local businesses interested in accepting Bitcoin.
523  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: November 21, 2012, 09:21:06 PM
2012-11-21 theverge.com - Online drug dealers back on Silk Road after mysterious two-week outage

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=127192.0
524  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-11-21 theverge.com - Online drug dealers back on Silk Road after mysterious on: November 21, 2012, 09:20:06 PM

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Online drug dealers back on Silk Road after mysterious two-week outage
Site operators cite growing pains

Adrianne Jeffries
2012-11-21

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/21/3675278/silk-road-operator-says-fail-whale-not-feds-brought-down-notorious


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Users rely on Bitcoins, the semi-anonymous ecurrency, in order to buy and sell the thousands of items on offer; it’s been estimated that the marketplace accounts for a majority of all commercial transactions done in Bitcoin.
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525  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Kim Dotcom bought 5 million dollars worth of bitcoins? on: November 20, 2012, 09:24:39 PM
Hmm.. rumours like this make me bearish on Bitcoin for some reason.
I guess it smacks of desperation and fanboi pumpism - and I think that how bitcoin is perceived is one of the primary factors in adoption rate at the moment.

I got no bites on a facebook offer to give away 0.1BTC to friends who posted an address.. I only posted yesterday.. but still - if ya can't give em away.. what mogul is going to rush in with a 5Mil purchase?

(maybe only $1 worth is a bit small to be giving away.. but it was partly to see if people were even curious about bitcoin. Not even a 'like' so far.. but hey I only have a little over 100 friends - so perhaps not surprising.)
526  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: November 20, 2012, 09:12:46 PM
2012-11-20 dagbladet.no (Norway's 2nd largest tabloid newspaper) -  Selger heroin, kokain og ecstasy åpent på internett
(article on Silk Road - just one Bitcoin mention)

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=126991.0
527  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-11-20 dagbladet.no - Selger heroin, kokain og ecstasy åpent på internett on: November 20, 2012, 09:11:49 PM
Single Bitcoin mention in an article about Silk Road on Norway's second largest tabloid newspaper - Dagbladet (The Daily Magazine)

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Selger heroin, kokain og ecstasy åpent på internett

ANDERS HOLTH JOHANSEN
2012-11-20

http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/11/20/nyheter/narkotika/smugling/kokain/hasj/24469581/
528  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: November 20, 2012, 09:05:40 PM
2012-11-20 blogs.hbr.org (Harvard Business Review Blog Network) - The Economically Out-of-Date Nation-State

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=126988.0
529  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-11-20 hbr.org - The Economically Out-of-Date Nation-State on: November 20, 2012, 09:04:46 PM
Single Bitcoin mention, Harvard Business Review Blog Network

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The Economically Out-of-Date Nation-State

Eric Garland
2012-11-20


http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/the_economically_out_of_date_n.html

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What is the alternative to a national economic strategy? A wide variety of new networks that may well drive the future of prosperity. In the wake of global instability, we see new economic and political networks popping up as people excluded from the global financial system look for alternatives. The fiscal failures of the nation-state are strengthening independence movements in places like Scotland, Catalunya, and Quebec. New forms of money, such as regional currencies and stateless digital currencies like Bitcoin, are emerging to tie likeminded people together economically while global bankers worry about the chaotic debt structures they designed.
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530  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Great new Bitcoin instructional video series! on: November 20, 2012, 08:24:51 AM
Nice!
I posted it to my facebook page along with an offer to send 0.1BTC to the first 10 friends who respond with a bitcoin address.
531  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: November 19, 2012, 09:35:20 PM
2012-11-19 dailymail.co.uk - The eBay for drugs: 'Silk Road' website allows UK drug users to buy cocaine and heroin by mail order from all over the world

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=126783.0
532  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-11-19 dailymail.co.uk - The eBay for drugs: 'Silk Road' website allows UK d on: November 19, 2012, 09:34:37 PM
Only a couple of Bitcoin mentions.

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The eBay for drugs: 'Silk Road' website allows UK drug users to buy cocaine and heroin by mail order from all over the world

-The drugs are being disguised inside packages and being innocently delivered by Royal Mail
-Silk Road is known as the eBay of the drugs world and allows people to find the best price and also rate the people who sold it to them
-Royal Mail say they have security procedures in place to intercept this post
-The site has £14m annual sales worldwide


Martin Robinson
2012-11-19


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235199/The-eBay-drugs-Silk-Road-website-allows-drug-users-buy-heroin-cannabis-mail-order-world.html


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Drugs are bought with ‘Bitcoins’, an untraceable digital currency.

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System: Users buy a currency called Bitcoins which are totally untraceable and can then purchase LSD tabs like these and then leave a review for the seller like on eBay or Amazon
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533  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-11-19 Brighton Argus - Getting drugs posted through your door on: November 19, 2012, 09:11:46 PM
Thanks for reporting.

My local rag also just did a story on the Silk Road.. but without mentioning Bitcoin.

Dangerous new drugs sold on web 'silk road'
2012-11-19
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/dangerous-new-drugs-sold-on-web-silk-road-20121118-29k71.html
534  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: November 19, 2012, 09:09:14 PM
2012-11-19 lemonde.fr - La plateforme Wordpress s'ouvre au bitcoin

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=126781.0
535  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-11-19 lemonde.fr - La plateforme Wordpress s'ouvre au bitcoin on: November 19, 2012, 09:08:27 PM
Very brief article noting the Wordpress acceptance of Bitcoin, and giving a short description of Bitcoin.

The Le Monde website is ranked by Alexa at 449 globally, and 16 in France.

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La plateforme Wordpress s'ouvre au bitcoin

2012-11-19

http://www.lemonde.fr/technologies/article/2012/11/19/la-plateforme-wordpress-s-ouvre-au-bitcoin_1792596_651865.html

(via machine translation)
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Wordpress will accept bitcoin currency system, announced on Thursday 15 November, the platform of blogs
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536  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: November 19, 2012, 08:59:53 PM
2012-11-19 securityaffairs.co - Bitcoin … the new paradise for money laundering

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=126779.0
537  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-11-19 securityaffairs.co - Bitcoin … the new paradise for money laundering on: November 19, 2012, 08:59:12 PM
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Bitcoin … the new paradise for money laundering

Pierluigi Paganini
2012-11-19

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/10404/security/bitcoin-the-new-paradise-for-money-laundering.html

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According several studies and reports of law enforcement and secret agencies money laundering using digital currencies such as Bitcoin is a possible emerging threat, despite there is little information on this phenomenon and lack of knowledge of virtual currencies and their dynamics.
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The anonymity of transactions and their instantaneity are crucial prerogatives of digital currencies such as Bitcoin,  its community is growing in the time attracting also an increasing number of legitimate companies that accept payments with virtual money.
The popularity of Bitcoins is largely increasing with the widely of underground community and with the spread of anonymizing networks such as Tor, the members of these “virtual worlds” accepted to adopt virtual currency to stay far from any king[sic] of control performed by law enforcement.
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The figures must induce serious reflections on the use of digital currencies, they are becoming more attractive to criminal groups that exploring new channels to money laundering. Despite the volume of transaction is not really concerning Law enforcement, FBI first, are worried by the diffusion of the Bitcoin network that could be used by groups of criminals for financial illicit activities..
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This article made the Wall Street Journal's 'Corruption Currents' list.
("A roundup of corruption-related news from Dow Jones and other sources. ")

http://blogs.wsj.com/corruption-currents/2012/11/19/high-tide-from-how-bonny-island-bribes-were-wired-to-a-new-world-cup-bid-inquiry/
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Is Bitcoin really the “new” money-laundering paradise? (Security Co)
538  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Sending BTCs to Gaza? on: November 19, 2012, 01:29:39 AM
Find me a *secular* Gaza based charity which accepts BTC ... and I'll donate.
I'll be waiting a while I guess.

I'm guessing most are Islamist, and on various 'terrorism' lists.
Not that some politician's/civil service's 'terrorism' list should really be a disincentive to BTC-wielding free thinkers - but I'll save my 'historyless' bitcoins for things that are more clearly not going to add to turmoil.


539  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-11-18 utsandiego.com - YES, RECESSIONS HAPPEN — BUT THEY SERVE PURPOSE on: November 19, 2012, 01:21:52 AM
Bitcoin is a startup?  Huh

Well it did say 'and many startups' not 'and many other startups' - so while it's sort of implied, strictly speaking they didn't call bitcoin, strype etc startups.
540  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: November 18, 2012, 09:42:40 PM
2012-11-18 utsandiego.com - YES, RECESSIONS HAPPEN — BUT THEY SERVE PURPOSE

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=126594.0
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