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Get serious about this blockchain thing

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Having noted that most bankers are now saying bitcoin bad, blockchain good, here’s a nice set of quotes I’ve been gathering of what banks are actually saying: “At its core, Bitcoin is a decentralized protocol that enables exchange of value among parties around the world, giving it the potential to alter …

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How to crack anonymous: the Silk Road story

For the past two months, Wired has published a detailed account of how the FBI, DEA and other US authorities tracked and traced Ross Ulbricht, the libertarian founder and owner of the Silk Road.  For those who have not heard of it, Silk Road is the notorious website that exploited …

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Repeat after me: Bitcoin Bad, Blockchain Good

I wrote a while ago about the contrast between the innovators (jeans and beers) and regulators (suits and canapés) and was struck by this again as I attended EBADay in Amsterdam.  Like SIBOS, EBADay is attended by the best people in transaction banking and payments, and they all wear suits …

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As the Bitcoin Foundation fails, banks wake up

Bitcoin foundation

I’ve blogged before about how bitcoin will become institutionalised, that you cannot have money without government, why it needs a Foundation and how a Wild West structure for value exchange will fail.  It’s certainly moving in that direction after the latest revelations about the Bitcoin Foundation, alongside the equally revealing …

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Why bitcoin will be bigger than the internet

Bitcion _ Wences Casares

Nicholas Carson of  Business Insider interviews Silicon Valley entrepreneur Wences Casares. Here's why bitcoin will be bigger than the internet "In Spanish, we have a saying that when a genius points at the moon, a fool looks at the finger. I find that happens a lot with bitcoin." —Wences Casares

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Crime-as-a-Service: pay-as-you-blow with #bitcoin

So I’ve talked about Banking-as-a-Service for some time, but what about Crime-as-a-Service?  It does exist on a pay-as-you-blow basis. Europol were one of the first to note this trend, in a report published late last year (from ITPro): According to the organisation’s 2014 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA), the model allows …

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The most likely future for cryptocurrencies

So yesterday, I said that bitcoin will not escape the regularity focus.  This is a philosophical debate, rather than a technical one, and may be decided by the precedents that have gone before as the internet of money is actually Net 6.0. What I mean by this is that the …

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