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New Technology Protects Bitcoin Privacy

New Technology Protects Bitcoin Privacy

What’s in your (dark) wallet? As Bitcoin use continues to spread, so do efforts to regulate the digital currency and thwart its promise of anonymity. As Bitcoin users worry more and more about the vulnerability of the digital wallets used to conduct cybertransactions worldwide, a couple of radical...

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Bitcoin CEO’s Suicide Spotlights Currency Troubles

Bitcoin CEO’s Suicide Spotlights Currency Troubles

More evidence that the Bitcoin is running with the big dogs of the finance world: the CEO of major Bitcoin exchange First Meta has joined the growing list of suicides and other mysterious deaths that have cast a long shadow over the international financial community since the start of 2014. Autumn Radtke,...

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What’s the Bitcoin – Real Money or Exchange System?

What’s the Bitcoin – Real Money or Exchange System?

Bitcoin’s identity crisis continues, as the upstart digital currency continues to make inroads into traditional commerce the world over, triggering government bans and prompting financial experts to question whether Bitcoin will behave like a regular currency capable of riding out inevitable ups and...

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Bitcoin Becomes a Target -- Again

Bitcoin Becomes a Target — Again

The recent arrest of Bitcoin exchange entrepreneur Charlie Shrem is putting the upstart cybercurrency back in the news. It’s a move that has Bitcoin advocates claiming persecution, and providing more evidence for theories that governments and institutions that see the digital money’s popularity as...

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The Ven: An Eco-Friendly Digital Currency

The Ven: An Eco-Friendly Digital Currency

With the Bitcoin making world headlines, can other digital currencies be far behind? As the Bitcoin gains strength as a legitimate exchange for real goods all over the world, other kinds of digital monies are popping up too. And the creators of these specialized currencies are using the Bitcoin model...

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Cyber Money  Takes Another Step

Cyber Money Takes Another Step

The Bitcoin’s march toward legitimacy took another step forward this week, as the digital currency was accepted as legal tender to buy a Tesla – a fitting arrangement for the purchase of the new electronic car. But even as Lamborghini Newport Beach happily announced the transaction, new concerns...

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Digital Money Takes the World Stage

Digital Money Takes the World Stage

Are Bitcoins for real? Just ask UK techie James Howells, who recently tossed out a long forgotten computer hard drive, only to realize – far too late – that the device contained $7.5 million worth of Bitcoins, the digital currency that’s been making headlines as it gains traction in markets worldwide. Howells...

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How Long Can Alternative Currencies Survive?

How Long Can Alternative Currencies Survive?

Led by the Bitcoin, digital alternative currencies continue to quietly make inroads into the consumer economy worldwide. But the very qualities that keep these “cryptocrurrnecies” circulating may also make them the target of government and corporate efforts to shut them down – a possibility that...

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The Bitcoin Starts a Life of Crime

The Bitcoin Starts a Life of Crime

How did the FBI end up with over $3 million in Bitcoins? How did the virtual currency become the medium of choice for transactions on the cybernarcotics site Silk Road? And more important, perhaps – why should we care? The saga of the world’s first digital money continues with the Bitcoin’s first...

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