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The Latest Bitcoin News

February, 2016

  • 24 February

    Electrum Lightweight Bitcoin Wallet To Be Released Under MIT License

    Summary: Electrum, a popular lightweight Bitcoin wallet, is making a big change with their latest release, version 2.6. It’s not necessarily in the form of fancy new features or major performance upgrades; rather it is in the form of their licensing. Open source software relies on special usage licensing — otherwise it would be trivially easy for someone to take …

  • 24 February

    Blockchain eAuction Platform Being Tested In Ukraine Government Auctions

    Summary: In an effort to bring increased transparency and efficiency to the process of auctioning state owned property, the Ukrainian government is looking to a decentralized blockchain-based solution to facilitate the auction process. “With the help of volunteers from Distributed Lab, Oschadbank, Privatbank, Unitybars and Microsoft we developed a blockchain system yet without rivals in the world,” said Lasha Antadze, a spokesperson …

  • 23 February

    BoostVC To Begin Investing in Ethereum Startups

    Summary: BoostVC, the venture capital firm founded by Adam Draper, has focused solely on investing in Bitcoin companies since 2012. Now, they say, BoostVC will begin looking at expanding their investments into Ethereum-based startups as well. Although many felt skeptical about Ethereum’s lofty goals as a platform — especially since the project took a long time to have anything to show …

  • 23 February

    Update: Bitcoin Core 0.12.0 Released

    Summary: A new version of Bitcoin Core, version 0.12.0 has been released today, 2/23/2016. This is a pretty significant update that brings a number of improvements to the Bitcoin Core wallet and background node service. Changes include: 7x Faster Signature Validation Ability to Limit Upload Traffic Crash Prevention via Memory Pool Limits Option to Send Transactions That Can Be Fee-Boosted …

  • 17 February

    GAW Miners & CEO Josh Garza Charged With Fraud by SEC, Fined $10 Million


    Summary: GAW Miners and ZenMiner appear to have been a classic ponzi scheme. Customers believed they were buying into a lucrative “cloud mining” operation with guaranteed profits, when in reality Garza had little or no Bitcoin mining hardware and was paying customers from proceeds of other companies. GAW Miners and ZenMiner are reported to have sold $19 million worth of cloud …

  • 17 February

    You Can Now Send & Receive Altcoins With Your BitGo Wallet


    Summary: BitGo has partnered with ShapeShift.io to allow users to send and receive Altcoins directly from their BitGo wallet. This new functionality comes from BitGo integrating the ShapeShift.io exchange API directly into their wallet software. It is important to note that any Altcoins sent or receieved are instantly exchanged for Bitcoin; this does not allow you to directly hold Altcoins …

  • 11 February

    How Does Purse.io Offer 20% Off Amazon.com Purchases?

    Summary: For those that have been living under a rock are unaware, Purse.io is a marketplace website that acts as an escrow agent between those with Amazon.com gift cards (or a credit card) and those with Bitcoin. In a reverse-auction style, a user will post an Amazon wishlist along with a desired discount they wish to receive and then give the full purchase …

  • 10 February

    2016 Iowa Caucus Results Recorded Forever On the Blockchain

    Summary: Blockchain Technologies Corp. traveled to Iowa for the 2016 caucuses. With the Rand Paul campaign, they were able to get Republican precinct captains to directly post their results to a custom webapp (you can see it at IowaCaucus.net or VoteWatcher.com) that recorded the results onto the Bitcoin blockchain. This is the first time that government election results have been …

  • 4 February

    Ethereum Overtakes Litecoin For #3 in Market Cap


    Summary: As of January 23rd, 2016 Ethereum, the cryptocurrency with a Turing-complete programming language built in, has surpassed Litecoin’s marketcap to take the #3 spot in cryptocurrencies with a market cap of almost $200 million. Ripple has held the #2 spot for some time now with a market cap of $236 million, and Bitcoin is in the #1 spot by leaps …

  • 4 February

    CoinDesk’s State of Bitcoin (and the Blockchain) 2016

    Every quarter, CoinDesk releases their “State of Bitcoin” report, which has gone on to become required reading for anyone following Bitcoin. Their latest release, the State of Bitcoin 2016 offers a recap of 2015 and a look forward at what 2016 holds for the digital currency and blockchain technology. You can download the full report for free here and read a …