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Author Topic: 2013-03-22 CNBC "Last Call: Markets Wind Down"  (Read 641 times)
mccorvic
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March 22, 2013, 02:05:20 PM
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http://www.cnbc.com/id/100581105

A bunch of short articles on a variety of recent market news.  I'll quote the entirety of the bitcoin section below:

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Web Money Gets Laundering Rule/WSJ: "The U.S. is applying money-laundering rules to "virtual currencies," amid growing concern that new forms of cash bought on the Internet are being used to fund illicit activities. The move means that firms that issue or exchange the increasingly popular online cash will now be regulated in a similar manner as traditional money-order providers such as Western Union Co. They would have new bookkeeping requirements and mandatory reporting for transactions of more than $10,000. Moreover, firms that receive legal tender in exchange for online currencies or anyone conducting a transaction on someone else's behalf would be subject to new scrutiny, said proponents of Internet currencies. ... One of the fastest-growing alternative cash products is Bitcoin, an online currency launched in 2009 that isn't backed by a central bank or controlled by a central administrator. Currency units, known as "bitcoins" and consisting of a series of numbers, are created automatically on a set schedule and traded anonymously between digital addresses or "wallets." Certain exchange firms buy or sell bitcoins for legal tender at a rate that fluctuates with the market. ... Bitcoins can be used in a host of legitimate transactions-for example, website Reddit allows users to upgrade services using bitcoins and blog service Wordpress.com's store accepts them as a form of payment. Pizzaforcoins.com also lets bitcoin savers pay for deliveries through Domino's and other pizzerias. On the other hand, at least one online service takes bitcoins as payment for illegal drugs, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation report last year. Bitcoin's backers point out that criminals will use any currency for money laundering or illegal purchases."

And before you yell at me, it was written in one huge paragraph in the original Smiley

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March 22, 2013, 02:14:16 PM
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If they "better" regulate bitcoin exchange markets, then faster people will find other ways of exchanging bitcoins so no one will look at theirs hands. Currently there is too little privacy and it would be better for goverments to realise that they are pushing too hard.

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