Coinbase Introduces New Merchant Apps

Coinbase is already established as a Bitcoin wallet provider. They recently expanded their services by launching a new merchant app. Their new app will allow merchants to accept Bitcoin payments in-person through their mobile device. This will expand the capabilities of merchants interested in accepting bitcoins in lieu of standard monetary payments. Coinbase is headquartered in San Francisco, and has…

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Bitcoin Further Legitimized by Wall Street

A hedge fund firm in San Francisco has posted a job ad to hire a “junior trader to assist with bitcoin trading, general fund operations, and reporting.” Although this is the first job posting specifically for bitcoins, there are likely to be many more. Wall Street to recognizing crypto-currencies gives them serious legitimacy as an asset. They aren’t viewed as…

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Tippercoin: Bitcoin Tips via Twitter

Tippercoin is a free service that allows Twitter users to send a Bitcoin tip to another Twitter user. Tippercoin accomplishes this safely by verifying your identity via your Twitter profile using Twitter’s API. While this service isn’t exactly new, it is fairly recent. The transfer of bitcoins happens seamlessly. When the transfer is completed you, as well as the recipient…

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Bitcoin ATM’s Coming to Asia

Robocoin is the first bitcoin ATM. It was first introduced in Vancouver back in October when the company first launched. Robocoin machines will be introduced in Hong Kong and Taiwan in January. According to Jordan Kelley, the CEO of Robocoin, “Bitcoin demand in Asia is amazing, we have many Asian countries seeking to enhance consumer capability to buy and sell…

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Bitcoin Exchanges in India get Shut Down

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has declared the use of bitcoins can be classified as “illegal and illicit” activity. Following this announcement, Bitcoin exchanges throughout India were shut down. According to the RBI, “The absence of information of counter parties in such peer-to-peer anonymous/pseudonymous systems could subject the users to unintentional breaches of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of…

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Bitcoins Can Now be used for Crowdfunding in South America

A group in Argentina has creating the first crowdfunding platform that will accept bitcoins. This move once again works to expand the usage of bitcoins, making them more popular. The platform is currently called Idea.me, and it is set up mostly for artists, musicians and retail projects. Although not philanthropic as a whole, most of the projects have a charitable angle.…

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