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virtual currency news for
Saturday 09/05/2013 - Friday 10/11/2013

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Saturday-Monday 10/05-07/2013

Ripple Takes on Western Union With Deal to Grow Digital Payments
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-07/ripple-takes-on-western-union-with-deal-to-grow-payments.html

Feds might auction bitcoins seized from Silkroad
http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-business/fed-may-auction-seized-bitcoins-prism-steroids-sochi-olympics-twitter-hiding-financial-data-mongodb-tak

Bitcoin sets the agenda on day one of Money2020 conference
http://www.finextra.com/News/FullStory.aspx?newsitemid=25294

Cost-Effective Bank Secrecy Act Compliance For Digital Currency 
Companies (CoinComply)
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11196930.htm

The Switchboard: The FBI has only seized 26,000 of the 600,000 Bitcoins 
Silk Road raked in
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/07/the-switchboard-the-fbi-has-only-seized-26000-of-the-600000-bitcoins-silk-road-raked-in/

UK banks to test cyber-security defences in Waking Shark 2 continuity 
exercise
http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/2013/Oct/7/uk-banks-to-test-cyber-security-defences-in-waking-shark-2-continuity-exercise.html

Bitcoin Volatility Solution
http://pointsandfigures.com/2013/10/07/bitcoin-volatility-solution/

KnCMiner Debuts Bitcoin ASIC Mining Machine at Crypto-Currency Con 2013
http://www.azom.com/news.aspx?newsID=38528
http://www.belgamediasupport.be/pressrelease/detail.do?pressId=35723&type=today&searchKey=ae079d41-2e07-11e3-8bc2-ff842ede09f5&languageId=EN&pageIndex=1
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/576ghs-bitcoin-miner-presented-by-kncminer-at-crypto-currency-con-2013-in-atlanta-2013-10-05

Adobe suffers major cyber attack
http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/2013/Oct/7/news-analysis-adobe-suffers-major-cyber-attack.html

Digital currency Ven starts trading on Payward Kraken exchange
http://www.finextra.com/News/Announcement.aspx?pressreleaseid=52059

BitPay Adds 10 Languages and 150 Currencies to its Bitcoin Checkout
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131004005556/en/BitPay-Adds-10-Languages-150-Currencies-Bitcoin

The Future of Virtual Currencies: Competition and Regulation
http://corruptioncrimecompliance.com/2013/10/the-future-of-virtual-currencies-competition-and-regulation/

Michael Jordaan: To mine a new Bitcoin costs $50 in electricity alone.
https://twitter.com/MichaelJordaan/statuses/386948654655090689

Parallel universe of 'Dark Web' dealings
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Parallel-universe-of-Dark-Web-dealings-30216446.html

56 New APIs: BuzzStream, Pactas and Panopta APIs
http://blog.programmableweb.com/2013/10/06/56-new-apis-buzzstream-pactas-and-panopta-apis

Why You Can't Blame Bitcoin for Silk Road Shadiness
http://gizmodo.com/why-you-cant-blame-bitcoin-for-silk-road-shadiness-1441572365

Video Of The Week: Bitcoin Under The Hood
http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2013/10/video-of-the-week-bitcoin-under-the-hood.html

Silk Road case arrest exposes shady life of an Internet drug lor
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/10/05/silk-road-case-arrest-exposes-shady-life-of-an-internet-drug-lord/

If you can’t buy drugs with bitcoin, what’s it good for?
http://qz.com/132146/if-you-cant-buy-drugs-with-bitcoin-whats-it-good-for/#132146/if-you-cant-buy-drugs-with-bitcoin-whats-it-good-for/

Gold and silver: Physical reality in an increasingly alternative 
universe
http://www.resourceinvestor.com/2013/10/04/gold-and-silver-physical-reality-in-an-increasingl

End Of The Silk Road: BTC Global CEO Mauro Betschart Speaks Out Post 
Seizure
http://forexmagnates.com/end-of-the-silk-road-btc-global-ceo-mauro-betschart-speaks-out-post-government-seizure/

Demise of Silk Road Turns People from Drugs to Bitcoin Gambling
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/demise-of-silk-road-turns-people-from-drugs-to-bitcoin-gambling-226751201.html

Silk Road bust demonstrates feds penetration of Deepnet
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/100713-silk-road-bust-demonstrates-feds-274577.html

In the money Oct. 7: Austin startup funding wrap-up (Cointerra article)
http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/techflash/2013/10/in-the-money-oct-7-austin-startup.html

Why the Silk Road bust could help Bitcoin
http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/10/07/silk-road-bitcoin/

Silk Road Seizure Recap + 2 Alternatives
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/10/07/silk-road-seizure-recap-2-alternatives/

Is Bitcoin money?
http://www.themoneyillusion.com/?p=24055

BitPay Announces the World’s First All-Inclusive Pricing
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20131007006288/en/BitPay-Announces-World%E2%80%99s-All-Inclusive-Pricing
http://www.greensheet.com/newswire.php?flag=display_story&id=33299

Money2020 Conference: Is the Solution to Cyber Crime a Physical Device?
http://www.minyanville.com/trading-and-investing/personal-finance/articles/Money2020-Solution-Cyber-Crime-Physical/10/7/2013/id/52102

FBI unable to seize 600,000 Bitcoins from Silk Road operator
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/168139-fbi-unable-to-seize-600000-bitcoins-from-silk-road-operator

The Future Of Virtual Currencies: Competition And Regulation
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-future-of-virtual-currencies-compet-42179/

Corruption Currents: From Spain’s Biggest Trial to Miami Real Estate
http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2013/10/07/corruption-currents-from-spains-biggest-trial-to-miami-real-estate/?mod=wsj_rchome_rcreport

The Rise of Bitcoin: Is It Real Money If It Doesn't Come From the Mint?
http://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/bitcoins/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bitcoins

Silk Road breeds ambitious clones
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/07/silk-road-breeds-ambitious-clones

In Las Vegas, Alternative Currency Buffs Are Making The Case That 
Bitcoin WIll Do To Money What The Web Did To Information
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-bull-case-for-bitcoin-2013-10

Xoom Partners With Red Pocket Mobile for International Money Transfers
http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/10/07/578675/10051474/en/Xoom-Partners-With-Red-Pocket-Mobile-for-International-Money-Transfers.html

CoinComply, IdentityMind partner on KYC transaction monitoring
http://www.greensheet.com/newswire.php?flag=display_story&id=33308

This CEO Mistook The Paper Money In His Pocket For A Burrito Wrapper 
Because He Rarely Uses Cash Anymore
http://www.businessinsider.com/dwolla-2013-10

Sekur.me to present in Digital Money category at DEMO Fall 2013
http://www.greensheet.com/newswire.php?flag=display_story&id=33311

Garcetti, New Los Angeles Mayor, Reflects Changing City
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/us/garcetti-new-los-angeles-mayor-reflects-changing-city.html?_r=0

The Disrupters: The Powers That Be
http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2013/11/new-establishment-2013
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Tuesday 10/08/2013

miiCard Powers ID Verification for New Bitcoin Exchanges, Online Home 
Sales, and Bank Account Services
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/miicard-powers-id-verification-for-new-bitcoin-exchanges-online-home-sales-and-bank-account-services-2013-10-08

Bitcoin's Value Is Demonstratively Linked To Illicit Use
http://readwrite.com/2013/10/08/bitcoin-probably-gets-its-value-from-illicit-use

Guilty as Charged: The best way to stop shady mug shot website 
operators: talk to credit card companies.
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/10/mug_shot_websites_the_best_way_to_stop_them_is_to_turn_to_credit_card_companies.2.html

More than technologies, the future of payments will be shaped by value
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/10/08/more-technologies-future-payments-will-be-shaped-value

BTC-e, Crypto St, Kraken and Coinsetter Product Update
http://forexmagnates.com/btc-e-crypto-st-kraken-and-coinsetter-product-update/

BitPay rolls out new flat-rate pricing plans
http://www.finextra.com/News/Announcement.aspx?pressreleaseid=52084

The Ultimate Bitcoin Question: Can the Feds Spend $3.3M in Seized 
Digital Currency?
http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/10/silk-road-bust/all

Mediabistro Announces Jered Kenna of Tradehill as Keynote Speaker for 
Inside Bitcoins Conference, December 10-11, 2013 in Las Vegas
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mediabistro-announces-jered-kenna-of-tradehill-as-keynote-speaker-for-inside-bitcoins-conference-december-10-11-2013-in-las-vegas-2013-10-08

Bitcoin is the future, Money2020 delegates told
http://www.bankingtech.com/173592/bitcoin-is-the-future-money2020-delegates-told/

Trend Micro Vice President to Participate at World Bank 
Group-International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings to Address Challenges 
of an Unregulated Virtual Economy
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131008-905190.html

SecondMarket CEO explains Bitcoin bet, and why his firm still has 
swagger
http://gigaom.com/2013/10/08/secondmarket-ceo-explains-bitcoin-bet-and-why-his-firm-still-has-swagger/

Inquiry Into Illicit Online Marketplace Extends to Britain
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/10/08/inquiry-into-illicit-online-marketplace-extends-to-britain

Silk Road: suspicions grow that server was hacked ahead of arrests
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/08/silk-road-hack-suspicion-fbi-server

New fintech investment opportunities surface at Money2020
http://www.finextra.com/News/FullStory.aspx?newsitemid=25300

The week in security: Shutdown tests government security as government 
beats Silk Road security
http://www.cso.com.au/article/528542/week_security_shutdown_tests_government_security_government_beats_silk_road_security/

U.K. Crime Agency Arrests Four Men in Silk Road Drugs Probe
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-08/u-k-crime-agency-arrests-four-men-in-silk-road-drugs-probe.html

The Bitcoin Backlash Is Informed By A Quivering Status Quo
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/10/08/the-bitcoin-backlash-is-underlay-by-a-quivering-status-quo/

CoinX Inc. Makes Successful Debut at Money2020; First Compliant Bitcoin 
Exchange Draws Strong Interest
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11208154.htm

More Arrests Have Been Made In Connection With Online Drug Market Silk 
Road, And Authorities Say More Are Coming
http://www.businessinsider.com/silk-road-arrests-all-over-the-world-2013-10

Money2020: Selling Online in China, the Key to Mobile Payment Company 
Success, and the World of Digital Currencies
http://www.minyanville.com/sectors/consumer/articles/Money-2020-Conference253A-Isis-Google-Wallet/10/8/2013/id/52124

Bitcoin's teething troubles not unusual
http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1327349/bitcoins-teething-troubles-not-unusual

Crooked Site Posts Mug Shots Online And Charges Ex-Cons To Have Them 
Removed
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/10/mug_shot_websites_the_best_way_to_stop_them_is_to_turn_to_credit_card_companies.2.html

Wednesday's Top 10: Too big to fail and too big to manage; A rocket 
tax?; Complex systems and black swans; 2 mln Internet opinion analysts; 
Dilbert
http://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/66763/wednesdays-top-10-too-big-fail-and-too-big-manage-rocket-tax-complex-systems-and-black

Bitcoin And The Black Market: The Ties That Bind
http://readwrite.com/2013/10/08/bitcoin-probably-gets-its-value-from-illicit-use

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Wednesday 10/09/2013

Bitcoin may come to Guernsey
http://www.thisisguernsey.com/business/2013/10/09/bitcoin-may-come-to-guernsey/

The Legitimization Of Bitcoin: Kraken Partners With BaFin Regulated 
Fidor Bank
http://forexmagnates.com/the-legitimization-of-bitcoin-kraken-partners-with-bafin-regulated-fidor-bank/

Meet Kristo Käärmann, The Entrepreneur Who Runs 'The Robin Hood Of 
Currency Exchange'
http://www.businessinsider.com/transferwise-2013-10

Kraken.com to Offer Digital Currency Trading Services in Exclusive EU 
Partnership with Fidor Bank AG
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11211586.htm

ValidSoft and VEN Partner to Bring Advanced Cyber Security and Identity 
Theft Protection Solutions to Virtual Currencies
http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131009-908357.html

Living With Ross Ulbricht: Housemates Say They Saw No Clues Of Silk Road 
Or The Dread Pirate Roberts
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanmac/2013/10/09/living-with-ross-ulbricht-housemates-say-they-saw-no-clues-of-silk-road-or-the-dread-pirate-roberts/

The mathematician's defense of Bitcoin: It's just another option
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/10/the-mathematicians-defense-of-bitcoin-its-just-another-option.html

Should Money Go Digital?
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/10/bitcoin-currency-startups-should-money-go-digital.html

Ven selects ValidSoft for virtual currency protection
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ven-selects-validsoft-for-virtual-currency-protection--972058

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 9th: Bitcoin Community Mocks FBI Over Silk 
Road Takedown, Bitcointak.org Is Back, BitPay Updates Pricing
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/10/09/bitcoin-weekly-2013-october-9th-bitcoin-community-mocks-fbi-over-silk-road-takedown-bitcointak-org-is-back-bitpay-updates-pricing/

The 'Killer Bitcoin App' Has Yet To Arrive
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-killer-bitcoin-app-has-yet-to-arrive-2013-10

Bitcoins: Exciting and anarchic, but risky
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-oncampus/bitcoins-exciting-and-anarchic-but-risky/article5218889.ece

Silk Road Drug Bust, Arrests in UK, Sweden, US
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/512662/20131010/silk-road-drugs-drug-dealing-trafficking-ulbricht.htm

The Rise Of The C-Note "And" The Cashless Economy?
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-10-09/rise-c-note-and-cashless-economy

Bitcoin Investment Trust Raises $2.5 Million
http://newyork.citybizlist.com/article/bitcoin-investment-trust-raises-25-million

Banks opening to startup partnerships: If you can't beat them, join them
http://www.cio.com.au/article/528735/banks_opening_startup_partnerships/

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Thursday 10/10/2013

Bitcoin: A Primer.  Is this new cryptocurrency the future of digital 
transactions?
http://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/bitcoin-a-primer-113101000261_1.html

Alleged Silk Road Operator Ross Ulbricht Denies he is Dread Pirate 
Roberts
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/512799/20131010/sillk-road-operator-ross-ulbricht-denies-dread.htm

Payward's Kraken teams up with Fidor Bank
http://www.thepaypers.com/online-banking/payward-s-kraken-teams-up-with-fidor-bank/752824-12

Casio Colors Outside The Lines With Bright New Electronic Cash Registers
http://www.consumerelectronicsnet.com/article/Casio-Colors-Outside-The-Lines-With-Bright-New-Electronic-Cash-Registers-2857218

Bitcoin is the offshore tax haven of the future
http://www.dailydot.com/business/bitcoin-offshore-tax-haven/

What can Bitcoin buy? No more heroin, but baklava and a dinner date
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/10/what-can-bitcoin-buy-no-more-heroin-but-baklava-and-a-dinner-date.html

One Result of the Fed’s Tapering Plan: Surging Bitcoin Downloads in 
India
http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/10/10/one-result-of-the-feds-tapering-plan-surging-bitcoin-downloads-in-india/

Ripple This: Onsite at Money2020
http://www.cutimes.com/2013/10/10/ripple-this-onsite-at-money2020?t=technology

Turchansky: Currency has a virtual future
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Turchansky+Currency+virtual+future/9022880/story.html

Bitcoin in spotlight after Silk Road bust
http://austin.ynn.com/content/news/295705/bitcoin-in-spotlight-after-silk-road-bust
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Friday 10/11/2013

CoinTap Welcomes Bitcoin Advisors
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11219999.htm

Bitcoin ransom-ware is a thing now, protect yourself and your data
http://upstart.bizjournals.com/news/technology/2013/10/10/quickbt-processes-bitcoin-ransom.html?ana=RSS

Legitimate users of Tor need not worry, says NCA
http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240207055/Legitimate-users-of-Tor-need-not-worry-says-NCA

Here's Who Profits If the Government Defaults
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/10/who-would-benefit-government-default

Dwolla kills support for bitcoin
http://www.finextra.com/News/FullStory.aspx?newsitemid=25313
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/10/11/payments-company-dwolla-abruptly-announces-the-closure-of-its-bitcoin-service/

Tor, Bitcoin and the Silk Road: three forces for good
http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/media-culture/tor-bitcoin-and-the-silk-road-three-forces-for-good

Searching For The Legality Of Bitcoins
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/211123/searching-for-the-legality-of-bitcoins.html

Bitcoin fever: The virtual money everybody may use someday
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588139/Bitcoin-fever-The-virtual-money-everybody-may-use-someday.html

Is Bitcoin the future of money? Not a chance
http://www.zdnet.com/is-bitcoin-the-future-of-money-not-a-chance-7000021814/

As Regulators Circle Bitcoin, Virtual Money Men Ante Up for the Digital 
Currency
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/as-regulators-circle-bitcoin-virtual-money-men-ante-up-for-the-digital-currency/2013/10/10/76519964-2d50-11e3-97a3-ff2758228523_story.html

The definitive history of Silk Road
http://www.dailydot.com/crime/silk-road-drug-ross-ulbright-dread-pirate-roberts-history/

What An ATM Could Mean For The Bitcoin Community
http://readwrite.com/2013/10/11/what-an-atm-could-mean-for-the-bitcoin-community

The disturbing world of the Deep Web, where contract killers and drug 
dealers ply their trade on the internet
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2454735/The-disturbing-world-Deep-Web-contract-killers-drug-dealers-ply-trade-internet.html

Why the FBI Can’t Get Its Hands on Silk Road Kingpin’s $80 Million Hoard
http://business.time.com/2013/10/11/why-the-fbi-cant-get-its-hands-on-silk-road-kingpins-80-million-hoard/

Investors In Gold And Bitcoins May Benefit From A U.S. Government Budget 
Default
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/investors-gold-and-bitcoins-may-benefit-us-government-budget-default

Money, speech and freedom
http://www.zdnet.com/money-speech-and-freedom-7000021873/

Despite Silk Road bust, future remains bright for Bitcoin
http://austin.ynn.com/content/news/295731/despite-silk-road-bust--future-remains-bright-for-bitcoin

Grand Theft Auto Apologizes For Glitches By Handing Out $500K In Virtual 
Currency
http://www.fastcompany.com/3019900/fast-feed/grand-theft-auto-apologizes-for-glitches-by-handing-out-500k-in-virtual-currency

The post–Silk Road Bitcoin crash is over
http://www.dailydot.com/business/bitcoin-crash-is-over/
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