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BBVA Wants Bitcoin's Tech, Not the Currency
While banks have generally been cool to virtual currency, the technology that powers Bitcoin is of considerable interest — enough to draw millions of investment dollars from several traditional financial companies.
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BBVA and USAA are among a group of participants in a $75 million investment in the Bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase, an unusual move given the cool posture most financial institutions have taken toward virtual currency. more »
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The former head of the bankrupt Mt. Gox Co. bitcoin exchange was originally believed by U.S. investigators to be the secret mastermind behind the Silk Road online drug marketplace, an agent who infiltrated the website told jurors at the trial of the man prosecutors now accuse of running it. more »
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The former Eagle Scout accused of running the $1.2 billion online drug bazaar "Silk Road" may face life in prison if convicted in a trial where jurors will hear allegations he tried to arrange the murders of six people. more »
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Gliph is combining its secure messaging app with its Bitcoin payment capabilities to form an online and mobile app, called Gliph Marketplace, to compete with Craigslist. more »
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Vogogo, a payments company that enables users to convert cryptocurrencies into government-backed currencies, has acquired Vanado Inc., a consulting and payment services company based in Denver. more »
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As payments providers shore up their security, using tokenization on top of biometrics on top of encryption, will there be a need for merchants to manage fraud on a per-transaction basis? more »
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The City of New York intends to develop mobile payment options for those paying fines for parking violations. more »
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The digital currency movement is headed into 2015 still looking for a "killer app" to pull Bitcoin out of obscurity. Mixing Bitcoin's technology with the virality of social media could be the winning ticket. more »
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A Canadian startup says it will enable customers to swap their holdings between gold bullion and bitcoins, and it plans an initial public offering next year. more »
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Charlie Shrem, the former Bitcoin Foundation Inc. executive who pleaded guilty to charges tied to the illicit online bazaar "Silk Road," was sentenced to two years in prison by a judge who rejected his bid to remain free and "change the world." more »
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Charlie Shrem, the former Bitcoin Foundation vice chairman who pleaded guilty to federal charges tied to the illicit online bazaar “Silk Road,” was sentenced to 2 years in prison despite his lawyer’s bid for only probation. more »
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Benjamin Lawsky, New York's top financial regulator, sharply criticized banks for their failure to speed up the payment system, warning that the government may step in if they continue to lag behind. more »
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