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Bitcoin Foundation Files Comments with Federal Election Commission

September 22, 2013 Comments (0)

The Bitcoin Foundation has filed comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on the Conservative Action Fund PAC’s Advisory Opinion Request advocating for the Commission to allow bitcoin for contributions and to permit recipients to categorize contributions as monetary or in-kind at their discretion.

Bitcoin Gaining Market-Based Legitimacy as XBT

September 22, 2013 Comments (0)

By Jon Matonis CoinDesk Tuesday, September 17, 2013 http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-gaining-market-based-legitimacy-xbt/ Punctual trams run quietly along the street out front. It looks like any other office building in Zürich. But inside the nondescript building of SIX Interbank Clearing, a small unit of professionals maintains the list of the world’s currency codes. Last week in that very same building, I had the honor of presenting the bitcoin cryptocurrency to a gathered audience of...

CoinDesk Launches Proprietary Bitcoin Price Index

September 15, 2013 Comments (0)

By Jon Matonis CoinDesk Wednesday, September 11, 2013 http://www.coindesk.com/coindesk-launches-proprietary-bitcoin-price-index/ Mr. Charles Dow and Mr. Edward Jones probably felt this way at the launch of their now-famous average. A benchmark price index established by a reputable publisher is a significant milestone for any industry. Its importance becomes amplified with the benefit of hindsight. This week, CoinDesk launches its proprietary Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) aiming to establish...

Talk of Ticker Symbols Shows How Far Bitcoin Has Come

September 5, 2013 Comments (0)

By Jon Matonis PaymentsSource Monday, August 19, 2013 http://www.paymentssource.com/news/talk-of-ticker-symbols-shows-how-far-bitcoin-has-come-3015160-1.html Does bitcoin need a standardized three-character symbol? Only if it has a future as a tradeable instrument with a physical spot market and a robust derivatives market. I argue that bitcoin does indeed have such a future. The news that Bloomberg was testing a bitcoin price ticker with code XBT on its worldwide platform gave a boost to...

Preventing Govcoin

August 5, 2013 Comments (0)

By Jon Matonis American Banker Tuesday, July 30, 2013 http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/do-not-let-bitcoin-morph-into-govcoin-1060955-1.html Almost since Bitcoin arrived on the financial scene in 2009, traders and exchange operators began contemplating the prospects for a self-regulatory organization that would be organized by bitcoin participants for the purposes of outlining and recommending best practices. Now, more than four years on, an SRO in the spirit of the National Futures...

Life-Saving Remittances Smothered by Anti-Money-Laundering Laws

July 29, 2013 Comments (0)

By Jon Matonis American Banker Wednesday, July 24, 2013 http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/life-saving-remittances-smothered-by-anti-money-laundering-laws-1060845-1.html The law of unintended consequences strikes again. This time NGOs and political leaders are declaring a "humanitarian" crisis. It is both sad and amusing to watch members of the U.K. Parliament proclaim disgust with Barclays' (BARC) decision to sever relationships with money transfer agents that facilitate remittances to...

Banks Get One Last Mulligan in Payments

July 27, 2013 Comments (0)

By Jon Matonis American Banker Thursday, July 25, 2013 http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/banks-get-one-last-mulligan-in-payments-1060670-1.html Rightly or wrongly, banks are often thought of as the dinosaurs of financial services because they typically wait for clear market penetration and several upgrade releases before adopting any new technology. Now, rather than simply following a revolutionary change in the financial industry, banks may get another chance at leading it. After...

Bitcoin Foundation Comments on Liberty Reserve Special Measures

July 22, 2013 Comments (0)

The application of “Special Measures” to Liberty Reserve by FinCEN provided a unique opportunity for the Bitcoin Foundation to clarify several important topics related to Bitcoin, as FinCEN solicits feedback from the financial community whenever they issue a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” or NPRM. Here is a link to those comments that were formally submitted to FinCEN.

Bitcoin Foundation Response to California Cease and Desist Letter

July 22, 2013 Comments (0)

The Bitcoin Foundation submitted its formal reply to the State of California Department of Financial Institutions on July 1, 2013.

Bex.io Lets Anyone Launch a Bitcoin Exchange

July 21, 2013 Comments (0)

By Jon Matonis PaymentsSource Tuesday, July 16, 2013 http://www.paymentssource.com/news/bexio-plans-to-let-anyone-build-a-bitcoin-exchange-3014759-1.html Have you ever imagined starting your own bitcoin exchange? Soon, Vancouver-based Bex.io will make that possible by deploying exchange functionality under a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. By removing the technical complexity of running a bitcoin exchange, Bex.io will allow entrepreneurs to focus on the financial services aspects of the...