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741  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: September 14, 2012, 05:31:51 AM
2012-09-13 thedigitalbus.com - Jack Dorsey Speaks at University of Michigan

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109373.0
742  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-14 thedigitalbus.com - Jack Dorsey Speaks at University of Michigan on: September 14, 2012, 05:27:31 AM
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Jack Dorsey Speaks at University of Michigan
On Thursday, September 13, 2012 Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square gave an insightful talk to 150 University of Michigan Engineering students. Here is my best attempt to capture what the Twitter and Square founder said in his one hour discussion, and Q&A session. Enjoy.

2012-09-13

http://www.thedigitalbus.com/jack-dorsey-speaks-at-university-of-michigan/

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What do you think the role of currency innovation will play in the future of Square. BitCoin?

A. Bitcoin is an amazing movement. that needs to stabilize, and Square will accept any currency that comes over the counter. If it becomes huge and accepted in the world, Square will accept it. We don’t just focus on currency.

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743  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-14 mrvpn.com - Use Bitcoin to Pay for my VPN Service Provider on: September 14, 2012, 04:30:35 AM
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Use Bitcoin to Pay for my VPN Service Provider

2012-09-14

http://mrvpn.com/use-bitcoin-to-pay-for-my-vpn-service-provider


What Bitcoin is and how it works is a bit of a new concept for me, and I’ve yet to get my head completely around it.  What I do know however, is that it’s more anonymous than any other form of payment, so it’s no wonder that VPN services that allow payments with Bitcoin are in demand because of the privacy and anonymity of Bitcoin.  Still, Bitcoin is not well known, and certainly not very popular, so few VPN services allow it.
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Whatever your position is, paying with Bitcoin can increase your anonymity online, meaning that your personal data, including money accounts won’t be associated with your VPN account.
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About Mr.VPN:
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Mr. VPN is all about VPN reviews, VPN news, and tips on how to get the best VPN out there for what you need.  

mrvpn doesn't seem like a particularly established site - but as argued in Rick Falkvinges article, 'Never trust a VPN provider that doesn't accept bitcoin', VPNs and Bitcoin are a great fit.
http://falkvinge.net/2011/09/27/never-trust-a-vpn-provider-that-doesnt-accept-bitcoin/

I find it somewhat perplexing/frustrating that despite Falkvinges article being a year old, and a few VPN providers accepting Bitcoin, a guy specialising in VPNs is still now saying that Bitcoin 'is a bit of a new concept' for him.

744  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: September 14, 2012, 04:27:32 AM
2012-09-13 javelinstrategy.com - Virtual Currencies, Real Theft

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109359
745  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-13 javelinstrategy.com - Virtual Currencies, Real Theft on: September 14, 2012, 04:26:18 AM
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Virtual Currencies, Real Theft

Al Pascual
2012-09-13


https://www.javelinstrategy.com/blog/2012/09/13/virtual-currencies-real-theft/

Last week’s announcement of the theft of nearly $250,000 in Bitcoins from the virtual currency exchange Bitfloor served as a reminder of just how ripe virtual currency is for use as a criminal tool or target.  Recognizing this, the interest of regulators and law enforcement has been piqued – a reality that is likely to irritate active users of these currencies in the short term, with potentially positive long term effects on the virtual currency market.
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BitInstant’s recent announcement of a network branded payment card will only serve to accelerate government intervention as the card would allow for the withdrawal of fiat currency at any ATM (in exchange for Bitcoins transferred to the card.)  This will only make Bitcoins even more attractive to criminals, as it would increase the ease of access and anonymity of the currency.
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Javelin Strategy are also selling a report 'VIRTUAL CURRENCIES: A Global Gamble' which mentions Bitcoin
https://www.javelinstrategy.com/brochure/258
(for the bargain price of $1500 USD !)
746  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: September 14, 2012, 04:10:51 AM
2012-09-14 dgcmagazine.com - More Wrestling with Bitcoin

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109355.0
747  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-14 dgcmagazine.com - More Wrestling with Bitcoin on: September 14, 2012, 04:09:22 AM
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More Wrestling with Bitcoin

Julia Dixon
2012-09-14

http://www.dgcmagazine.com/more-wrestling-with-bitcoin/

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After reading this piece by Hayek, I have to think that he would have been a Bitcoin fan
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Bitcoin may be the first one to really catch on, but it is not the only cryptocurrency out there. LiteCoin and SolidCoin are just a few of the other options.
In fact LiteCoin sells itself as “silver to Bitcoin’s gold”. Should cryptocurrency use continue to grow no doubt many more options would spring up to compete with and be used alongside Bitcoin.
Uggh. I think this writer is unfamiliar with the hurdles faced by alternative digital currencies that attempt to use Bitcoin as a basis, and perhaps unaware of just how much of a perversion of the bitcoin idea SC is.
748  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: 1BR: Should the block reward be 50 BTC for ages? on: September 14, 2012, 03:11:47 AM


... and this thread should be deleted because the OP didn't have the curtsey to offer a "No, and the OP is nuts" option. OP, do you still beat your wife?

Whoa, WTF?

Chill.. It's just the traditional loaded question example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loaded_question
749  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: OPEN LETTER to Donald, Patrick & Amir RE: Bitcoinica on: September 14, 2012, 12:31:57 AM
From my limited experience with liquidation lawyers here in Australia, the administrators and lawyers will rip into the carcass like hyenas by gouging the wide-eyed puppies on the sideline for the privilege of picking over the merest scraps of what was once theirs.

Good luck though.


750  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Come on Adelaide bitcoiners - help some random tweeter win a small bet! on: September 13, 2012, 05:39:44 AM
https://twitter.com/posty/status/246110867614203904
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Paul ‏@hugepedlar
Hahaha I have my first bitcoin!

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Paul ‏@hugepedlar
@Tarale Thank you. It cost me twelve dollars. I wonder what I should buy with it.

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Derek @posty
@hugepedlar I bet you $12 AUD that you can't find a legitimate adelaide vendor that can take them in a month. Smiley


How hard can it be to get one vendor in the whole city of Adelaide to publicly accept Bitcoin within one month?
751  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-13 irishtimes.com - Watching the future unfold at pedestrian pace in Sil on: September 13, 2012, 12:13:54 AM
Just one mention.
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Watching the future unfold at pedestrian pace in Silicon Valley

Danny O'Brien
2012-09-13

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0913/1224323956950.html


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The trick is to spot the advances that have a chance of spreading to the rest of the world.
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In this column, I’ve written about companies and technologies that triumphed, such as BitTorrent and Firefox, Wikipedia and Flickr, Facebook and the iPhone; and some that stumbled, such as the One Laptop per Child initiative and the social network Diaspora. There are some technologies whose success is still unclear, with names such as Bitcoin and mesh networks.
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752  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-08-14 yle.fi /Ajankohtainen kakkonen (Finnish TV2) - Bitcoin on: September 12, 2012, 11:48:44 PM
I went ahead and made English subtitles for the video. They are a bit rushed, but I suppose they are okay. Smiley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vYH1JH73pw

Well done! Thanks.
753  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: September 12, 2012, 10:46:02 PM
2012-09-10 rt.com - Hustler's Larry Flynt offers $1 million for Romney financial records
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108694.0

2012-09-11 pymnts.com - BitPay Exceeds 1,000 Merchants Accepting Bitcoin
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108845.0

2012-09-11 huffingtonpost.com/sunlight foundation - Sex and Taxes: What the Romney Returns and the Edwards Precedent Say About Political Slush Funds
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108849.0

2012-09-11 techspot.com - QR code is largest on record, Minecraftian feat spans 7 acres of corn
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108853.0

2012-09-11 accountingweb.com - Romney Tax Return Theft Likely a Hoax
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108848.0

2012-09-11 americanbanker.com - BitPay Signs 1,000 Merchants to Accept Bitcoin Payments
It may be getting easier to buy with Bitcoin.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108844.0

2012-09-11 pcworld.com/techworld.com.au etc - Interest in BitCoin, Fledgling Electronic Currency, Grows
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108934.0

2012-09-12 forbes.com - Key Disclosure Laws Can Be Used To Confiscate Bitcoin Assets
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=109105.0
754  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-12 forbes.com - Key Disclosure Laws Can Be Used To Confiscate Bitcoin As on: September 12, 2012, 10:37:51 PM
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Key Disclosure Laws Can Be Used To Confiscate Bitcoin Assets

Jon Matonis
2012-09-12

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmatonis/2012/09/12/key-disclosure-laws-can-be-used-to-confiscate-bitcoin-assets/

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Key disclosure laws may become the most important government tool in asset seizures and the war on money laundering.
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To say the cryptocurrency bitcoin is disruptive would be an understatement. Bitcoin not only disrupts payments and monetary sovereignty, it also disrupts the legal enforcement of anti-money laundering laws, asset seizure, and capital controls. It is very likely that a key disclosure case will make it to the U.S. Supreme Court where it is far from certain that the Fifth Amendment privilege, as it relates to a refusal to decrypt bitcoin assets, will be universally upheld.
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755  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-11 pcworld.com - Interest in BitCoin, Fledgling Electronic Currency, Gro on: September 12, 2012, 05:42:23 AM
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Interest in BitCoin, Fledgling Electronic Currency, Grows

Jeremy Kirk
2012-09-11

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/262196/interest_in_bitcoin_fledgling_electronic_currency_grows.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#tk.rss_news

Anthony Gallippi, CEO of BitPay, has started paying his gardener -- in BitCoins.
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BitPay, a Florida-based company, is seeing rising interest in BitCoin, the fledgling digital currency that is a small, yet interesting wild card challenger to traditional payment systems.
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Still, there are a lot of questions around the future of BitCoin, and its exchange rate has seen wild fluctuations from a high of around $30 to as low as $2. Gallippi admits the situation "is like the wild west right now," and it remains to be seen how governments will craft policy around BitCoin or how financial institutions will deal with a rising competitor.
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Most intriguingly...
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BitPay is also in early discussions with three of the top 25 websites ranked by Alexa, which are testing BitPay's systems, he said.

Also here:
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/436155/interest_bitcoin_fledgling_electronic_currency_grows/
756  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-11 techspot.com - QR code is largest on record, Minecraftian feat spans on: September 12, 2012, 12:01:49 AM
This article isn't about bitcoin - but it's notable that it talks of a Bitcoin example for QR codes.
Mentions like that are a sign that Bitcoin is becoming pretty well known in the tech field at least. It's now normal to cite it as an example. It was only earlier this year that it seemed even a large slice of the tech community was ignorant of its existence.

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QR code is largest on record, Minecraftian feat spans 7 acres of corn

Rick Burgess
2012-09-11

http://www.techspot.com/news/50115-qr-code-is-largest-on-record-minecraftian-feat-spans-7-acres-of-corn.html

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QR codes have been gaining traction in recent years amongst advertisers and perhaps more interestingly, malware authors. Just recently, BitInstant announced an upcoming, BitCoin-funded credit card which will also include a QR code for identification purposes.
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757  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-11 huffingtonpost/sunlight foundation - Sex and Taxes: What the Romney on: September 11, 2012, 11:50:36 PM
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Sex and Taxes: What the Romney Returns and the Edwards Precedent Say About Political Slush Funds

Bill Allison/sunlight foundation
2012-09-11

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-sunlight-foundation/sex-and-taxes_b_1874296.html

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The group further claims that they secured years of Romney's returns, and has offered to sell them to whomever can come up with $1 million in an Internet currency known as bitcoin.
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Though Romney's campaign certainly has enough money to pay the ransom, it's not clear that blackmail is a legitimate campaign expense, and in any case having a million-dollar expenditure in bitcoin currency show up on a campaign finance report could be an even more damaging story than having the returns released. The same disclosure would be required if the Republican National Committee or a Super PAC like Restore Our Future paid the ransom. But suppose a wealthy donor -- an Edward Conard (who tried to use an LLC to anonymously donate $1 million to Restore Our Future) or a Sheldon Adelson (who has devoted a small fortune to supporting Republican candidates) or the Koch Brothers -- decided to pay the ransom. For the sake of argument, let's also assume that they do so without telling the Romney campaign in advance, informing them only after their bitcoin transaction that the matter is taken care of.
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About the sunlight foundation:
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The Sunlight Foundation harnesses the Internet and social Web to shine more light on Congress.

Founded in January 2006, the Sunlight Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) educational organization, supports, develops and deploys new Internet technologies to make information about Congress and the federal government more accessible to the American people. Through its projects and grant-making, Sunlight serves as a catalyst to create greater political transparency and to foster more openness and accountability in government.

758  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-11 accountingweb.com - Romney Tax Return Theft Likely a Hoax on: September 11, 2012, 11:45:48 PM


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Romney Tax Return Theft Likely a Hoax

Teresa Ambord
2012-09-11

http://www.accountingweb.com/article/romney-tax-return-theft-likely-hoax/219825


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And the ransom sought is not $1 million in unmarked bills - the thieves want $1 million in Bitcoins, a hard-to-trace Internet currency.

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This article includes a sidebar with bullet points giving a Bitcoin overview.
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Bitcoins?

Bitcoins are a virtual commodity, a form of online currency.

The currency can be traded with other users, used to purchase goods and services where they are accepted, or used to purchase fiat currencies like the US dollar.

The technology involved in Bitcoins allows for instant, irreversible payments that bypass the safeguards of the centralized banking system.

There is no formal dispute resolution service available. Instead, users are expected to verify for themselves the trustworthiness of those they deal with.

The Bitcoin network, which came into existence in early 2009, is not backed by any government-issued currency.

759  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-11 pymnts.com - BitPay Exceeds 1,000 Merchants Accepting Bitcoin on: September 11, 2012, 11:40:05 PM
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BitPay Exceeds 1,000 Merchants Accepting Bitcoin

2012-09-11

http://pymnts.com/news/businesswire-feed/2012/september/11/bitpay-exceeds-1000-merchants-accepting-bitcoin-20120911005855/


BitPay, Inc., the world leader in bitcoin business solutions, announces it has over 1,000 businesses using its service to accept bitcoin digital currency for purchases.
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As a result of the secretary of the Central Bank of Finland publicizing that bitcoin is legal to use in Finland, many businesses have seized the opportunity to accept bitcoin. Some of the rather unique merchants in Finland include a dentist office, a veggieburger restaurant chain, and a funeral service.
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Bitcoin is ideal for internet payments, because it solves the risk of card-not-present credit card fraud.
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This article is presumably a result of a BitPay press release.
See also: see also: http://www.finextra.com/News/Announcement.aspx?pressreleaseid=46214
and
http://bitcoinmagazine.net/bitpay-exceeds-1000-merchants-accepting-bitcoin/
760  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-09-11 americanbanker.com - BitPay Signs 1,000 Merchants to Accept Bitcoin on: September 11, 2012, 11:38:48 PM
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BitPay Signs 1,000 Merchants to Accept Bitcoin Payments
It may be getting easier to buy with Bitcoin.

Brian Browdie
2012-09-11


http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/177_176/bitpay-signs-1000-merchants-to-accept-bitcoin-payments-1052538-1.html

BitPay, an Orlando-based company that helps online merchants accept the digitized currency as payment, said Tuesday more than 1,000 merchants have signed up for its service in the past year.
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BitInstant, a New York-based start-up, told American Banker recently the company plans to introduce a reloadable, pre-paid debit card that will enable users to convert bitcoins to dollars for use wherever MasterCard is accepted.

It seems to me this article has originated as a press release from BitPay...  but as it's been picked up by a few outlets it seems notable.
see also: http://www.finextra.com/News/Announcement.aspx?pressreleaseid=46214
and
http://bitcoinmagazine.net/bitpay-exceeds-1000-merchants-accepting-bitcoin/
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