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Bitcoin Weekly Issue 5
April 25, 2014
Featured
Bitcoin is No Substitute for Government Money, But a Refuge From Control
Bitcoin is not going to replace the dollar any time soon, and makes for poor money, but Bitcoin has the ability to bypass capital controls.
Jerry Brito
Dirty Deals in Smoke-Filled Rooms
The author goes over the recent controversy about zero-conf transactions sparked by double-spending as a service startup BitUndo. An interesting bird’s eye view of the tensions between core developers.
Justus Ranvier
The Democratic Disruption of Finance
theguardian.com
The Bitcoin Word Game
This article studies how to steer the public perception by using the right words.
Jon Matonis
Analysis of more than 1m Bitcoin tweets
gigaom.com
Economics, Markets and Infrastructure
Bitcoin vs. Gaia smackdown: how Bitcoin miners aren’t killing the planet
A good analysis of the energy spent on Bitcoin mining and how it’s actually reasonable when compared to other economic activities or payment networks.
Ken Tindell
State of Bitcoin Q1 2014 Report
Highlights: venture capital investment takes off, Bitcoin commerce continues to expand, industry is consolidating, etc.
coindesk.com
Bitcoin Mining in 2014
An extensive look at the profitability of mining Bitcoin.
Sand Farnia
[Podcast] Overstock CEO on online retailers accepting Bitcoin
surprisinglyfree.com
Bitcoin 101
Six Things Bitcoin Users Should Know about Private Keys
A basic understanding of private keys helps prevent loss of funds and other mishaps, but it can also offer useful insights into how Bitcoin works.
bitzuma.com
[video] The Nightmare of a 51% Attack (Part2)
What an attacker can do.
YouTube
Bitcoin by Analogy
Wonderful explanation of Bitcoin money and decentralized concepts through simple analogies.
Yevgeniy Brikman
Startups and Projects
Inside the ‘DarkMarket’ Prototype, a Silk Road the FBI Can Never Seize
This project won the Toronto Bitcoin hackathon. It’s a prototype of a fully peer-to-peer market that enables people to trade very much like they share files on Bittorrent, without a central point of failure.
wired.com
Europe's First Bitcoin Centre to Open in France
Sited right at the heart of Paris – 35 Rue du Caire – it will offer flexible co-working space and assistance for bitcoin companies, along with workshops, hackathons, meetups and a Bitcoin ATM.
coindesk.com
Bitcorati: A Hub For the Bitcoin Community
bitcoinmagazine.com
Xapo launches Bitcoin debit card
In the spirit of bringing Bitcoin to the masses, here’s the first debit card that allows users to spend Bitcoins around the world.
xapo.com
Jeff Garzik Announces Partnership to Launch Bitcoin Satellites into Space
The non-profit endeavor plans to have a node in space as a backup in case of terrestrial failure for the Bitcoin network.
coindesk.com
Vault of Satoshi Announces Proof of Solvency Service
coindesk.com
Altcoins and Appcoins
Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains
A good introduction to the concept of Sidechains, a very promising tool to extend Bitcoin.
TechCrunch
Ripple is hard to understand, but it’s worth making the effort
Ten dollars in your pocket is not the same as ten dollars in the bank and neither are the same as a ten dollar credit on your electric bill or the ten dollars your buddy owes you. Ripple is simply a manifestation of this insight.
Richard Gendal Brown
MaidSafeCoin IPO Takeaways
MaidSafe just underwent its IPO and was surprised by the overwhelming demand and cunning of some investors. A few lessons to be applied toward future altcoins IPOs, both for issuers and buyers.
Two-Bit Idiot
Code and Development
[video] Bitcore Deep Dive
YouTube
A Survey of Bitcoin Transaction Types
quantabytes.com
[video] Build a Bitcoin payment site with Node.js and Bitpay
YouTube
[video] Let's go deep into cryptography principles with Pavel - YouTube
YouTube
BitcoinLib
C# Bitcoin, Litecoin and Bitcoin-Clones Library & RPC Wrapper
George Kimionis
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