Weekly Bitcoin News Roundup: OneBit, MtGox Creditors and MIT

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Last updated on April 26th, 2015 at 07:46 pm

If you haven’t had time to keep up with the news over the past week and are just now sitting down with your coffee in hand, here’s what you missed (each title links to the original article to read in full):

BITCOIN EXCHANGE COINIMAL ADDS NETELLER OPTION

Austrian-based startup Coinimal has become the first crypto exchange to allow the purchase of Bitcoins using Neteller as a payment option.

ONEBIT APP COULD BRING BITCOINS TO MASTERCARD PAYPASS TERMINALS

A group of developers at the MasterCard Masters of Code Hackathon created an application that enables the use of Bitcoins as payment through the use of MasterCard’s PayPass technology at NFC enabled terminals.

BITCOIN MINING FIRM KNCMINER BEING SUED BY CUSTOMERS

A group of approximately two dozen people represented by the Swedish Law Firm Advokatfirman Rise & Co AB is bringing a class action lawsuit against Swedish Bitcoin ASIC Manufacturer KnCMiner.

A HARDWARE WALLET FOR YOUR DIGITAL CURRENCY

Blockchain Technologies Inc. has released a hardware wallet storage solution called Staker that works with several types of digital currencies.

HISPANIC SOCIAL NETWORK TARINGA! LAUNCHES BITCOIN REWARDS PROGRAM

South America’s largest social network, Taringa! announced that it would launch a Bitcoin rewards program called “Taringa! Creadores” (Taringa! Creators) open to all of its users.

BALAJI SRINIVASAN SHARES HIS VISION AT BITCOIN JOB FAIR

In the Bitcoin Job Fair, held at Plug and Play Tech Center’s Sunnyvale incubator, the star of the show was 21 Inc’s chairman and co-founder, Balaji Srinivasan, who expanded on his vision for the digital currency while defending the system overall.

CHIP CHAP ADDS 4,000 POLISH ATMS FOR BITCOIN TO FIAT CONVERSIONS

Spanish company Chip Chap added 4,000 Polish ATMs to its Bitcoin to Hal-Cash conversion service on April 10. The company expects to add service in Mexico and the United States by June and England and France at an unspecified date.

NEW CHILEAN BITCOIN EXCHANGE SURBTC HAS BIG PLANS FOR LATIN AMERICA

SurBTC, Chile’s “most compliant” – and ambitious – Bitcoin exchange, launched earlier this month to an “extremely positive” reaction from Chilean Bitcoin users.

DIGITAL WORLD VENTURES LAUNCHES BITCOIN EXCHANGE IN PERTH

Digital World Ventures has launched a Bitcoin exchange that will allow consumers in Perth to purchase digital currency with Australian dollars. The DWVx exchange is currently running on the popular AlphaPoint exchange platform.

OPENBAZAAR MARKETPLACE RELEASES 0.4.0 BETA FOR LINUX AND MAC OSX

On Tuesday April 21st, the fourth beta of the decentralized OpenBazaar marketplace was released for Linux and Mac OSX users. According to the release blog post, binaries for Windows users will be “released soon.”

KRAKEN NOW ACCEPTING MTGOX CREDITOR CLAIMS WITH TRADE BONUS

On April 17th 2015, the Kraken Bitcoin Exchange began accepting MtGox creditor claims with a bonus of up to $1 million in free trade volume. Creditors are eligible for a free trading volume bonus, live chat and email support, and the potential to receive distributions in Bitcoin.

MATTHEW BOYD TALKS /R/JOBS4BITCOINS

Our own Thom Isaacs interviews the Matthew Boyd, the creator of the Jobs4Bitcoins subreddit in a CoinBuzz exclusive.

FORMER GAW MINERS EMPLOYEE SPEAKS UP

Another exclusive, this time by Binary Mi, in which we talk to one of the former moderators of the GAW Miners HashTalk forums.

LIGHTLIST IS DECENTRALIZING CROWDFUNDING WITH BITCOIN

Enter Lightlist, a site that serves as a directory for the Lighthouse platform. Lighthouse is a specialized wallet designed to facilitate decentralized crowd funding.

FACTOM STEPS INTO THE HEALTHCARE SECTOR WITH HEALTHNAUTICA

Unalterable Blockchain-based record-keeping system provider, Factom, has announced their association with US medical records and services solutions provider, HealthNautica.

BITCOIN CORE DEVELOPERS TO BE FUNDED BY MIT

Three Bitcoin Core developers currently being funded by the Bitcoin Foundation will now work under the banner of the MIT Digital Currency Initiative.

INTERPOL DEVELOPS ALTCOIN TO CONDUCT CRIME RESEARCH

In an interesting development, the IGCI recently announced their creation of a proprietary Altcoin, to be used solely for research purposes by their cyber-crime division in order to develop new tools for crypto currency related crime detection and prevention.

DOGECOIN FOUNDER DEPARTS FROM CRYPTO COMMUNITY

Jackson Palmer, the co-founder of Dogecoin, has announced his departure from the cryptocurrency scene, citing the “toxic” community it’s associated with.

STARBUCKS NOW ACCEPTING BITCOIN IN HONG KONG

Starbucks, the leading coffeehouse company in the world, now indirectly accepts Bitcoin in its branches located in Hong Kong through a service called FOLD, which also offers 20% for those who use the crypto currency.

COINHAKO IS THE FIRST INSURED ASIAN BITCOIN EXCHANGE

In an effort to boost security, Asian Bitcoin exchange CoinHako has announced that it will become the first Asian exchange to fully insure its reserves, using BitGo’s insurance offerings.

WHERE DOES THE BITCOIN FOUNDATION STAND?

Brock Pierce was elected Chairman of the Board with a 3-0 vote this past Tuesday after being nominated to the position by fellow board member Bobby Lee (CEO of BTC China).

CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGE CRYPTSY NOW INOLVED IN GAW SCANDAL

Cryptsy, a cryptocurrency exchange based in the US has allegedly received a PayCoin Prime Controller from the PayCoin Foundation.

LAMASSU ATMS WILL ADD SUPPORT FEES

Leader in ATM market share (with approx. 33% of worldwide Bitcoin ATMs, followed by RoboCoin with 16%), Lamassu, announced that they would have to stop providing free support for sold units since their current framework is “unsustainable”.


 

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