“At BitPay, we believe that developers contemplating new Bitcoin projects should not have to resort to using proprietary APIs hosted on services running closed software”. And that is exactly why the famous Bitcoin payment processor now decided to publicly launch its open source project Bitcore.
The payment processor states that the project was designed “to run server side on node.js or client side in a web browser and intersect with a trusted Bitcoin node (i.e. a bitcoind instance)”.
However, unlike what many people might think, Bitcore is anything but new. BitPay has been using it internally for the past year and the project was actually used to build successful apps such the block chain explorer Insight.
Like several other companies and projects, BitPay created an internal fork of Stefan Thomas’ bitcoinjs project. We’ve decided to open source that fork and put some effort into ensuring that it had sufficient capability out of the box to attract developers to start using it.
BitPay has also recently announced the finalists of the “Where in the World is Curly?” contest. The company’s mascot has been travelling around the world and the merchants who received it were invited to take pictures of Curly in different parts of the planet.
Here are the three finalists:
The three pictures come from very different parts of the globe. One of them will be the winner of the contest and get 1 BTC from BitPay.
The first image of Curly was taken in Fiji and submitted by South Pacific Real Estate, as the second one depicts a young child having fun outdoors in England and was submitted by ByTeminr Limited. The third one shows Curly in Slovakia and was submitted by GoldSilver.sk.