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Bitcoin Weekly Issue 8
May 16, 2014
Featured
Bitcoins: Made in China
A long but worthwhile piece about the links between bitcoin’s price and the total energy spent on proof-of-work.
Tim Swanson
Living On Bitcoin A Year Later: Will It Be Easier?
Kashmir Hill from Forbes does it again. The ecosystem has grown tremendously since last year and it’s fascinating to learn from her experience.
Forbes
A Network Analyst's View of the Blockchain
The application of network analysis to the blockchain is an under-explored, yet fascinating area.
Martin Harrigan
Economics, Markets and Infrastructure
Introducing Decentralized Labs
Decentralized Labs is Ledra Capital’s initiative relating to seed-stage investments in blockchain-related businesses that are using bitcoin or blockchains in ways that are not financially regulated.
decentralized.com
Bitcoin Needs Employers, Not Merchants Bitcoin Magazine
The author makes the salient point that buying bitcoins to spend them is inconvenient and rarely beneficial. Thus the ecosystem will grow more if more people get paid in bitcoins.
Vitalik Buterin
The Origin, Classification and Utility of Bitcoin
Bitcoin seems to create a great confusion among Austrian economists, leading to contradictory statements and a fictional history for Bitcoin. This paper attempts to explain the origin of Bitcoin, its classification and utility from Austrian perspective.
Peter Surda
Bitcoin Buzz Issue #9 | Bitcoin Investment Trust
A good overview of the current state of the ecosystem.
bitcointrust.co
Bitcoin 101
How to mine altcoins
Mining is difficult to get into as you have to choose hardware, a mining pool, a coin, etc. At the end of this article, you’ll be mining.
pcworld.com
Making Sense of Bitcoin Transaction Fees
Bitcoin fees are based on the amount of data needed for encoding. Understanding this system is not difficult, but its nuances and non-intuitive nature confuse many Bitcoin users.
bitzuma.com
What Are Bitcoin Nodes and Why Do We Need Them?
How the network works is often misunderstood. Full nodes that don’t mine help protect the network, but are not rewarded for it. As a result, the network is shrinking.
coindesk.com
Startups and Projects
Hive Launches Android Bitcoin Wallet with Built-In App Store
coindesk.com
Bittylicious Adds Visa and MasterCard Credit Card Support For EUR
coindesk.com
CNET Founder Launches Low-Cost Bitcoin Payments Platform
Bitreserve.org – a new low-cost bitcoin and fiat currency payments platform geared toward both consumers and merchants.
coindesk.com
Altcoins and Appcoins
What is Ethereum? Project, Platform, Fuel, Stack.
A lengthy answer to all these questions, which should clear up the confusion.
ethereum.org
Ripple Explained: Medieval Banking with a Digital Twist
A simple explanation of how Ripple works by the founder of itBit.
coindesk.com
Code and Development
Introducing btcrpcclient — Bitcoin RPC Made Easy
Conformal, developer of the btcd implementation of Bitcoin in Go, just released a package that allows you to quickly create robust Bitcoin RPC clients in just a few minutes.
conformal.com
bthread
By Node.js core developer Fedor Indutny: Thread messaging and blog posting on bitcoin blockchain.
Fedor Indutny
How to build a wallet (Part 1 of 2)
In this tutorial, you’ll learn to make a JavaScript client side Bitcoin Wallet.
helloblock.io
Introducing the BitPay Test Environment
bitpay.com
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