Democratic Currency:
Why Bitcoin is So Hard to Regulate

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With the recent Senate hearings that could determine Bitcoin’s fate (in the U.S. at least) there’s one word that’s been on the tip of many a tongue: Regulation. We’re told that Bitcoin could fund terrorism, fuel the “wrong” side of the drug war and even promote that hottest of hot-button issues: child pornography. The answer, we’re told, is regulation. Just let the government decide who’s allowed to do what and everything will be fine. Even if you agree with this perspective there’s just one little problem: Bitcoin is very nearly regulation-proof. [Read more…]

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Explaining Bitcoin: Greg Dean

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It occurred to me the other day that I’ve spent a lot of time explaining Bitcoin to people. There’s a sort of “standard formula” for explaining Bitcoin that works most of the time, but sometimes you run across a difficult point or just explain Bitcoin to an interesting person or in an interesting way – regardless of the case some explanations deserve chronicling, and this is one such explanation. I’d like to tell you all how I explained Bitcoin to Greg Dean. [Read more…]

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Another Day in Bitcoin History:
The Million Dollar Purchase

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The challenging thing about writing the Bitcoin news is that there are so many things always happening that it’s difficult to decide what’s important and what isn’t. Even more difficult is sourcing your information in a culture built around anonymity and secrecy. Every once in a while, though, something shows up from an already-vetted, trustworthy source that is obviously of major importance. Today is one of those days: BitPay just processed a million-dollar transaction. [Read more…]

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Want Instant Coins? Coinbase Wants to See Your Credit Card.

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I’ve long been a fan of coinbase as a quick and easy way to get some bitcoins – as a matter of fact, I seldom feel the need to carry coins in a phone wallet any more since I can simply purchase a few as needed and send them straight from the coinbase app on my phone. Apparently, however, I’m no longer allowed this convenience – because I’m responsible with my debt. [Read more…]

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Does Bitcoin Need a Private Trust?

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One of the bigger pieces of Bitcoin news lately is of course the foundation of SecondMarket’s Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT). If, like me, you frequent the Bitcoin subreddit, you’ve probably seen the news posted a dozen times by now. If, like me, you also read the comments on Reddit then you also know that a lot of folks don’t seem to know what a private trust actually is and some don’t really think we need one. [Read more…]

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