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Bitcoin Weekly Issue 11
June 6, 2014
Featured
Visions of a Techno-Leviathan: The Politics of the Bitcoin Blockchain
Thought-provoking piece on the crypto-anarchist movement and why escaping the government might not be what people want.
Brett Scott
Economics, Markets and Infrastructure
Fidor Exec: Banks Can't Avoid Competition from Cryptocurrencies
Interview with Fidor’s COO. Fidor is the first bank to implement Ripple
coindesk.com
$5 Billion Insurance Company Offers Bitcoin Coverage to Businesses
Organisations looking to minimize the risks associated with bitcoin can now obtain virtual currency insurance.
coindesk.com
Legal and Regulations
California gets hip to bitcoin
Senate banking committee approves bill to legalize crypto-currencies, a major step forward.
pando.com
Bitcoin and Regulation: Lessons from the Early Days of Skype
Skype’s founding COO compares current Bitcoin companies’ willingness to comply with existing financial and money-transmitting regulations whereas they should try to legally bypass them, as did Skype with telco regulations back in the day.
coindesk.com
Bitcoin 101
An exhaustive look at private keys for the uninitiated
You often see the word private key and you know it’s like a password but wonder what it really means and what the properties of bitcoin keys are? Read this.
reddit.com
Two Charts Show How Different Bitcoin and Fiat Payments Really Are
A comparison that showcases the complexity of the traditional banking network.
coindesk.com
Startups and Projects
BTCJam Brings Its Bitcoin-Based Lending Service To Emerging Markets
TechCrunch
Altcoins and Appcoins
Will colored coin extensibility throw a wrench into the automated information security costs of Bitcoin?
Assets tied to colored coins could potentially be worth much more than the coins backing them, thereby tremendously increasing the incentive for a 51% attack. This article studies that threat.
Tim Swanson
[pdf] TorCoin
This paper from Yale students investigates the creation of a new altcoin to reward Tor network relay operators for their bandwidth.
google.com
Code and Development
[video] Creating a Local Bitcoin Testnet
A local testnet allows you to test Bitcoin transactions. This tutorial uses Docker.
Programming Bitcoin
bitnodes
Bitnodes is currently being developed to estimate the size of the Bitcoin network by finding all the reachable nodes in the network.
Addy Yeow
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