The “Inside Bitcoins” conference is happening in NYC this week, and a collection of investors, businessmen, programmers and hobbyists have gathered to buzz about bitcoin’s future. But the Mt. Gox fiasco and the Chinese government crackdown still weigh heavily on the community’s mind, leading many of the conversations back to one Read More
It's All About the Bitcoins
Norway is recognizing what bitcoin isn’t: a real currency.
The government announced Monday said it wasn’t going to treat the virtual cash as a legitimate form of payment because it doesn’t “fall under the usual definition” of being a form of money. Instead, Norway will treat it as an asset and subject it to capital gain taxes. Read More
Guess you potheads are gonna have to score the old-fashioned way for a while. The feds have just arrested one Ross William Ulbricht, and they say he’s the “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the owner of the Silk Road. He’s been indicted in New York on a whole mess of charges. Betabeat has the complaint, and Mr. Ulbricht is in Read More
BitInstant, the New York-based Bitcoin startup that promises to make it easier and faster to transfer Bitcoin funds, has been hit with a class action suit, according to CoinDesk.
In the suit, three BitInstant customers allege that the startup makes false claims about its services, including advertisements that say customers can obtain coins “within an hour or two,” and that they will be refunded if their transfers experience “undue delays.” The customers call these representations “disingenuous,” and are suing the company for relief for the company’s false representations of the speed of its service. Read More
Looks like the road to mainstream Bitcoin acceptance is paved with regulation.
The New York Department of Financial Services has issued subpoenas to a variety of New York-based Bitcoin enterprises, including Coinbase, Coinsetter and BitInstant, in an effort to collect more information about the booming virtual currency. This could lead to increased state regulation, as the department works to determine if Bitcoin companies should be regulated like other money-transmission companies, and/or be held to a separate set of standards. Read More
Well, here’s another sign that Bitcoin has hit the big time: Bloomberg is testing a Bitcoin ticker internally. This’ll end well. Read More
While you’re out spending your Bitcoins on fancy cocktails at swaggy midtown haunts, other cryptocurrency champions have been working to set up the BitGive Foundation, a non-profit that will solicit donations from the Bitcoin community and make gifts in its name. The goal of the charity, which will be helmed by Connie Gallippi, Read More
Warrant Reveals Homeland Security Seized Mt. Gox’s Dwolla Account for ‘Unlicensed Money Transmitting’
Yesterday the Department of Homeland Security shut down Bitcoin trading platform Mt. Gox’s ability to accept or send transfers using Dwolla, a mobile payment service. A representative from Dwolla told Betabeat that the DHS had sent them a “seizure warrant” for the account, but declined to provide further detail. Now, in the warrant, obtained by Ars Technica, the reason for the seizure has been revealed: DHS believes Mt. Gox is operating an “unlicensed money transmitting business.” Read More
The Department of Homeland Security appears to have shut down the ability to use Dwolla, a mobile payment service, to withdraw and deposit money into Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin trading platform. A Dwolla representative confirmed the move to Betabeat. Chris Coyne, cofounder of OKCupid, posted a screenshot of an email he received from Dwolla, stating that due to recent orders from the Department of Homeland Security, Dwolla cannot complete the bank transfer to Mt. Gox. Read More
Fred Wilson has just broken his two-year, no-investment streak. The Wall Street Journal reports Union Square Ventures is leading a $5 million round in Y Combinator-backed Coinbase, which allows you to buy, store and pay with Bitcoin. Also participating: Ribbit Capital, SV Angel and Funders Club.
These being the self-styled gentleman scholars of USV, there’s some philosophizing to justify the investment. Read More