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… Today, if you want to buy a bottle of lemonade with bitcoins, you need to scan a QR code with your phone or email a long bitcoin address to the seller. For most people, buying with bitcoins just isn’t as easy as Visa or MasterCard. http://www.wired.com/2014/04/xapo/

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… IT specialists at the Iowa State University have reportedly discovered a data breach that has affected five departmental servers located on-campus, we’re learning. Specifically, the University’s statement on the matter indicates that the servers were attacked by an unknown entity/group to be used for mining bitcoins by harnessing their computing power. http://newsbtc.com/2014/04/22/iowa-state-university-servers-holding-sensitive-student-information-used-attackers-mine-bitcoins/

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… Last month, the exchange received a full money transmitter license, giving it equal status under Canadian law to a standard international currency exchange. Today, Vault of Satoshi took another step towards establishing a high level of credibility, launching a new “proof of solvency” tool on their customer dashboard. http://www.bitcoinx.com/vault-of-satoshi-goes-beyond-audit-announces-full-proof-of-solvency/

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… It would appear as if 4,100 businesses that accept the bitcoin digital currency are listed on the website, which boasts an easy-to-navigate map with markers depicting a bitcoin-friendly business. http://newsbtc.com/2014/04/21/4100-bitcoin-businesses-now-listed-coinmap-org/

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… Among them is Xapo, started by Lemon founder Wences Casares, who sold that digital wallet platform to LifeLock for $43 million late last year. He then moved on to the Palo Alto, Calif., startup, which just got $20 million in funding from Benchmark and others for its bitcoin wallet and vault. http://recode.net/2014/04/18/xapos-wences-casares-talks-bitcoin-safety-and-how-a-patagonian-goddess-might-help-video/

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… Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for governor says it will accept contributions made with the bitcoin virtual currency. Abbott on Thursday called bitcoins, a decentralized digital currency, symbolic of free-market principles. http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/17/4065492/abbott-campaign-accepting-bitcoin.html

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… “The things I like about innovation in consumer finance, like bitcoin, like digital currency, is the exact reason I went to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” he said. “How is it that you can take new ideas and make the system work better for people?” http://newsbtc.com/2014/04/17/former-cfpb-deputy-director-raj-date-sees-promise-bitcoin/

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… Digital gold rush or a shadowy tool empowering criminals on the dark web? What is really driving The Bitcoin Uprising? CNBC’s Mary Thompson takes an in-depth look at this emerging digital currency by speaking to the bitcoin faithful, who believe the open source currency will upend the global financial system, as well as those […]

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… This is a great opportunity for the Bitcoin community to obtain a yacht that is still in the final stages of its build. This opportunity allows you to tailor the yacht to your own tastes. https://www.bitpremier.com/items/view/436

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… A homeowner in South Carolina will be accepting bitcoin in full or in part for his newly-listed beachfront property in Hilton Head Island. The four bedroom, four bath property is right by the water at the North Forest Beach, and is listed for a hefty $2.69 million. http://newsbtc.com/2014/04/16/south-carolina-lists-home-2-7-million-accepting-bitcoin/

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… Here’s an impressive statistic. CoinTerra’s mining hardware now accounts for about 8 petahash of hashing power. To put that into perspective, that’s about 15 percent of the bitcoin network at this time. http://newsbtc.com/2014/04/15/cointerra-ships-5000th-terraminer-announces-limited-time-sale/

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Rome wasn’t built in a day, and today’s money mechanics certainly didn’t come in a single treaty.  Our global financial system, like any human system, is not perfect and can be outright cruel and inhumane.  We have witnessed injections and bailouts for some, and austerity and social benefit cuts for the poor- that’s money mechanics. […]

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… San Francisco-based Coinbase has established itself as one of the most reliable names in acquiring bitcoin easily in the United States. So it’s no wonder they’re growing rapidly. http://newsbtc.com/2014/04/15/coinbase-moves-new-san-francisco-digs/

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..Regardless of whether they accept Bitcoin in their stores today, it is in the best interest for e-commerce and online merchants to continue to watch the evolution of this trend. http://newsle.com/article/0/135148747/

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… In under one day, the retailer brought in a whopping $250,000 worth of sales paid for in bitcoin, and just last month, TigerDirect announced they’d surpassed the $1 million mark… in the US http://newsbtc.com/2014/04/14/tigerdirect-ca-hints-bitcoin-acceptance/

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… At this point PBOC’s governor has said that there are no plans to ban Bitcoin in China. As a result of this statement, Bitcoin price increased to over $460. It has been steadily increasing ever since Xiaochuan made the comment. https://coinreport.net/bitcoin-price-increase-pboc-governor/

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… This interview is action-packed with Bitcoin content. Byrne explains how and when he first heard about Bitcoin and what his reaction was. He shares his thoughts on the currency nature of Bitcoin as well as the transaction part. http://www.jasonhartman.com/cw-372-overstock-com-using-bitcoin-with-ceo-patrick-byrne/

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Crowdfunding site SeedInvest today will ask its own community to back it with $3 million, to top off the $2 million it has already raised from venture capitalists for its Series A round… http://recode.net/2014/04/14/you-knew-this-day-would-come-crowdfunding-site-raising-crowdfunding-for-itself/

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I believe that the technology platform can provide a strategic competitive advantage. As I’ve written before, the lack of competition in the UK market bred complacency and resulted in a failure to innovate and invest in technology (banks are notoriously reluctant to invest in something that doesn’t generate revenue unless it’s mandated by the regulators). As a […]

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“The thing that was always amazing about the Internet is that anybody could put a Web server on the Internet and then anybody anywhere in the world could open up their browser and connect to that Web server and nothing else had to happen. That was the only thing that had to happen. Bitcoin’s kind […]

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… BI: Going back to your 2012 rut and coming out of it: Discovering Bitcoin seemed to lift your investing spirits. Why? FW: I first heard about Bitcoin in 2011. It was in the winter, so maybe January or February of 2011. I bumped into my friend who was the founder of our portfolio company, Covestor, […]

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… These days, everyone wants to add new features to the bitcoin block chain, but now one team thinks that it’s found a way to do it responsibly – by creating “side chains” that can interact with bitcoin. http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-core-developers-bitcoin-side-chains/

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… The company plans to list its Bitcoin investment trust (BIT) on the OTC Markets’ electronic exchange OTCQX as soon as it obtains the necessary approvals from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the OTC Markets. http://www.forexminute.com/bitcoin/bitcoin-fund-gains-mainstream-acceptance-including-by-retirement-savers-28835

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With each passing month, entrepreneurs are rolling out new technology for consumers to buy and store bitcoin, shop online with the virtual currency and send it to friends. http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2023357557_bitcoingetseasierxml.html