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N.Y.’s Proposal For Licensing Bitcoin Businesses Includes Plan For Consumer Protections

Maybe you still don’t know exactly what a Bitcoin is, but in case you ever want to use one, it’d be comforting to know you’ve got some protection when spending the cryptocurrency. New York has taken a step in the direction of keeping consumers’ safe with a proposed plan that sets up a regulatory framework for any business dealing with bitcoins. [More]

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California Passes Law Legalizing Alternative Currencies Like Bitcoin, Dogecoin

While the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are still giving Bitcoin and other digital currencies like Dogecoin some extreme side eye, the state of California is throwing its arms wide open with a newly signed law that makes those and other alternative forms of payment legal in the state. [More]

Travelers Can Now Use Bitcoin To Book Reservations Through Expedia

Travelers Can Now Use Bitcoin To Book Reservations Through Expedia

Planning a trip? Don’t worry about pulling our your credit card to reserve that hotel room, Expedia is now accepting bitcoin as a form of payment. [More]

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Dish Network Will Now Accept Bitcoin Payments From Customers

Despite the fact that the Securities and Exchange Commission warned early adopters of bitcoin that the cryptocurrency is prime for scammers and other ne’er-do-wells looking to take advantage of people, it seems it’s still catching on with a wider audience. Joining the bitcoin ranks this week is Dish Network, which said it will start accepting bitcoin payments from customers soon. [More]

SEC: Early Bitcoin Adopters Targeted For Too-Good-To-Be-True Investment Scams

SEC: Early Bitcoin Adopters Targeted For Too-Good-To-Be-True Investment Scams

Bitcoin has recently been dominating the headlines with stories about the possible outing of the mysterious inventor, college groups handing out the virtual currency to students and some kind of new cologne. But for all the popularity the new form of payment has garnered, the Securities and Exchange Commission is warning investors of the dangers posed by the currency. [More]

MIT Club Plans To Give Students $100 Worth Of Bitcoin To See What They Purchase

MIT Club Plans To Give Students $100 Worth Of Bitcoin To See What They Purchase

If virtual currency supporters were playing a game of poker, proponents of Bitcoin would have just raised the stakes on the champions of Dogecoin. What could possibly beat Dogecoin’s beautifully painted, Shiba Inu dog-pictured NASCAR, you ask? How about providing an entire undergrad population with a wallet full of bitcoin? [More]

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There Will Apparently Be A Dogecoin-Sponsored NASCAR Driver

While Bitcoin gets all the headlines (and even a questionable magazine cover), it’s not the only cryptocurrency in existence. Dogecoin is a relative newcomer in the field, but it has enough fans on Reddit that they were able to raise funds to get the currency’s brand slapped on a NASCAR vehicle. [More]

IRS Decision To Tax Bitcoin As Property May Slow Efforts To Widen Its Use In Retail

IRS Decision To Tax Bitcoin As Property May Slow Efforts To Widen Its Use In Retail

It’s a good-news/bad-news day for folks who have heavily invested in the Bitcoin virtual currency, after the IRS declared that will tax Bitcoins as property. On the one hand, that means that people who are profiting from their investment in Bitcoin will pay the lower taxes associated with capital gains, rather than the much higher taxes levied on foreign currency gains. On the other hand, it could mean an awful lot of record-keeping that may make it a hassle to use Bitcoins for everyday transactions like one would use a debit card. [More]

Alleged Bitcoin Creator Hires Lawyer To Fight Newsweek Story

Alleged Bitcoin Creator Hires Lawyer To Fight Newsweek Story

Nearly two weeks after Newsweek claimed to unmask the true identity of elusive Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, the man at the heart of that controversial article — Dorian S. Nakamoto — is exploring legal avenues to, as he states it, “clear my name.” [More]

3 Reasons Newsweek’s Bitcoin Cover Story Was A Pointless Endeavor

3 Reasons Newsweek’s Bitcoin Cover Story Was A Pointless Endeavor

As you probably know by now, Newsweek claims to have found the true identity of shrouded-in-mystery Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto… a 64-year-old California man who was born with the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. The story has outraged many for not only outing the man (who denies having anything to do with Bitcoin) but for publishing personal details about him and his family that are utterly irrelevant to the story of the creation of the digital currency. The bigger question is whether the story should have been published in the first place. [More]

In Response To Call For Bitcoin Ban, Congressman Suggests End To Cash

In Response To Call For Bitcoin Ban, Congressman Suggests End To Cash

Last week, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia wrote to the heads of the Treasury, Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, CFTC and the Comptroller of Currency to demand a ban of Bitcoin, saying the virtual currency “has allowed users to participate in illicit activity, while also being highly unstable and disruptive to our economy.” Using almost identical arguments, another lawmaker has written the same regulators calling for an end to cash money. [More]

Bitcoin: What The Heck Is It, And How Does It Work?

Bitcoin: What The Heck Is It, And How Does It Work?

The world of finance and economics is pretty complicated as-is, and now there’s “digital money” in the mix making it even worse. Bitcoin is everywhere in the news lately, from hacks to hearings and everything in between. But there are a lot of questions about Bitcoin — starting with, what the heck is all this, anyway? And so, here is everything you wanted to know about Bitcoin, but didn’t actually want to ask your tech-loving, early-adopter friend. [More]

Bitcoin Continues To Take Over: First U.S. ATMs Open In Seattle, Austin This Month

Bitcoin Continues To Take Over: First U.S. ATMs Open In Seattle, Austin This Month

The wait is over. You can finally swap bitcoin for cash at the ATM. Okay, you can only do it at two ATMs in the United State, but it’s still a big step for the digital currency. [More]

Apple Purges Last Bitcoin Wallet From Its App Store

Apple Purges Last Bitcoin Wallet From Its App Store

While you can now use bitcoin to buy anything from basketball tickets to cars, that doesn’t mean you’ll have a way to use your digital currency if you’re an iOS user. Apple has been ditching bitcoin apps that people use to exchange it and just gave the boot the last one remaining. [More]

Sacramento Kings Make Full-Court Press For Geek Fans, Will Shoot Game Video Via Google Glass

Sacramento Kings Make Full-Court Press For Geek Fans, Will Shoot Game Video Via Google Glass

At 14-25, the Sacramento Kings’ season is all but over, but that hasn’t stopped the NBA team from continuing to make a push for relevance among its fans in nearby Silicon Valley. Only days after becoming the first team to accept Bitcoin currency at its games, the Kings have announced that their games will be using live video captured on Google Glass devices. [More]

Bitcoin Can Now Buy You Basketball And Beer

Bitcoin Can Now Buy You Basketball And Beer

Got a bitcoin or two burning a hole in your virtual, digital pocket? There’s now one more thing you can go spend them on: it’s time to go take in a basketball game. In California. [More]

Shoppers Using Bitcoin Spent $126,000 On First Day Overstock.com Accepts It

Shoppers Using Bitcoin Spent $126,000 On First Day Overstock.com Accepts It

In what might be a sign that bitcoin isn’t just a mystical, ethereal currency to be hoarded like a magic pot of gold but never spent, Overstock.com says it did $126,000 in sales on the first day it started accepting it. Which means people spent it to buy everyday items instead of big purchases like a Tesla Model S. [More]