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Bitcoin Weekly Issue 19
August 1, 2014
Think Payment Cards are Insecure? Just Wait Until Push-Payments Hit Primetime…
The author raises some good points on the danger of trusting user devices to handle push payments.
Richard Gendal Brown
How to get bitcoin from the early adopters to the early majority
Too many projects and startups are building on bitcoin because of bitcoin instead of solving real problems for people or companies. Bitcoin won’t cross the chasm until these services shift their focus.
Andre Woons
Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations
Disrupting Payments, Africa Style
Not about Bitcoin per se, but about how the developing world is leapfrogging traditional banking institutions and technologies.
Steven Sinofsky
Economics, Markets and Infrastructure
[podcast] BitBond, Bitcoin Lending and the Changing World of Finance
Topics include why Bitcoin-based peer-to-peer lending is such a compelling proposal, intricacies such as volatility, reputation and loans pegged to fiat currencies.
Epicenter Bitcoin
Overstock’s Radical Plan to Reinvent the Stock Market With Bitcoin
Overstock’s CEO hopes to create a new kind of corporate stock based on bitcoin and counterparty, aiming to overhaul the stock market in much the same way that bitcoin overhauled cash.
Cade Metz
Why Bitcoin’s Scoring in Argentina
Argentine’s currency controls are so screwed up that some online merchants prefer to accept bitcoins than USD.
Michael J. Casey
Bitcoin 101
OP_RETURN and the Future of Bitcoin
This article reviews the problem of extending the blockchain, and the importance of a solution.
Bitcoin Payment Protocol Explained
Sandy Ressler
[podcast] The Evolution of Proof of Work
45min podcast by Gun and Ittay from, both experts on Bitcoin mining.
Startups and Projects
In-depth Review of BitPesa
BitPesa is working to leverage Bitcoin’s low transaction fees to reduce the cost of sending money across international borders.
William Suk
CoinSafe makes it easy for merchants around the world to buy and sell bitcoin at their store locations.
SFOX Advanced BTC Trader
Find the best price for your coins with our proprietary algorithms
Apple reinstates Blockchain's bitcoin app
The biggest announcement of the week probably. Built by Ripple and MtGox founder, Stellar is a decentralized protocol for sending and receiving money in any pair of currencies. The names behind it are super high profile.
Joyce Kim
BitFury Announces Hosted Mining Services for Business Customers
Nermin Hajdarbegovic
Atlas ATS Expands Institutional Bitcoin Exchange to European Market
Pete Rizzo
Tim Draper Leads CrowdCurity's $1 Million Seed Funding Round
Tanaya Macheel
Coinapult Launches LOCKS, Aiming to Eliminate Bitcoin Price Volatility
Pete Rizzo
Armory's 'Lockbox' Brings Multisig to Storage, Escrow and More
Nermin Hajdarbegovic
Code and Development
A podcast about Bitcore with Manuel Araoz and Ryan X. Charles
BitMessage OS X client
Stealth Addresses, Transactions and Messages
Primer on stealth addresses.
Ryan X Charles
Checking Bitcoin
Bitcoin project’s source code was checked with PVS-Studio. Just a couple of suspicious fragments, and close to zero bugs were found.
Andrey Karpov
Copay wallet emptying vulnerability
A review of the security vulnerability found in Copay (fixed now) by new security consulting firm Coinspect.
Juliano Rizzo and Sergio Lerner
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