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Australia is trying to revamp its economy. That in itself is always a daring venture which poses many challenges. Even so, the shift to digital finance is picking up speed as of late. Especially digital payments are on the rise, mainly due to a declining interest in cash and cheques. Phasing out traditional payments is […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 18, 2018, 8:30 pm
The Corda blockchain platform has been of keen interest to financial service providers. It is a DLT infrastructure which can be used for many different purposes. B3i, the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, is now tapping Corda to build applications and a business network. Various companies have paid close attention to blockchain technology.. Integrating DLT into […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 18, 2018, 6:14 pm
The correlation between wearables and finance remains rather unclear. A nifty feature to some, and a waste of resources for everyone else. For Chase, wearables are an important part of their future strategy. Bank-issued Visa cards can now be used in conjunction with Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay. While the future of wearables seems rather […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 8:30 pm
Mobile banking is playing an ever-increasing role of importance these days. For banks, it poses a lot of new opportunities, but also a fair few risks. BBVA is confident the shift to mobile will only result in positive changes. Enforcing that change, however, will prove to be rather challenging. It is evident banks need to […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 6:11 pm
Blockchain technology will make its mark on the financial sector. That is not the only industry on the verge of being disrupted by distributed ledgers. Wirecard has launched a DLT venture for its new supply chain payment platform. A powerful idea, although its success has yet to be determined. Wirecard appears to be a strong […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 16, 2018, 8:00 pm
There is a growing fear as to how robots will put humans out of a job. While that is certainly one of the likely outcomes, DBS is ensuring the transition will be smooth. So much even that they are using an AI-based recruitment agent to fill job openings for humans. The rise of artificial intelligence […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 16, 2018, 5:22 pm
The financial situation in the United Kingdom is changing rapidly. New research by consumer group Which? shows 60 branches are shut down every month by banks combined. That means two locations disappear per day, on average. A worrisome development, although one everyone saw coming. Banks see less merit in physical offices and branches. This trend […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 15, 2018, 7:00 pm
Financial institutions face many different challenges. Especially when it comes to cybercrime, the situation is getting out of hand. One would expect the situation to improve over time, but that is not the case. Instinet Europe found that out the hard way this week. Spear phishing attacks have been a powerful tool for criminals all […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 15, 2018, 6:10 pm
You don’t need to be a professional bettor to make easy money on the World Cup matches with this promotion from 1xBit! The 2018 FIFA World Cup that will take place in Russia later this month is the perfect occasion for everyone to celebrate, meet with friends and just enjoy the quality time and thrills […]
Author: Press Release
Posted: June 15, 2018, 4:50 pm
Deutsche Bank is trying to make an impact on the financial sector. Their new digital repository mainly focuses on exchanging of documents. This is a big step toward the bank’s vision of a paperless loan market. Whether or not they will succeed, remains to be seen. Everyone knows the financial sector is bogged down by […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 14, 2018, 7:30 pm


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Digital Money Times

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Digital Money Times

#1 Source For Bitcoin And Altcoin News


One of the most obvious use cases for blockchain technology comes in the form of deploying smart contracts. Unlike its traditional contracts counterparts, a smart contract operates completely autonomously without relying on any human oversight. It goes without saying this technology holds a lot of promise, both in and outside of the financial world. Also […]

The post The Future Role Of Smart Contracts In Finance And Business appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 22, 2016, 4:00 pm

Creating a Bitcoin wallet as a physical medium sounded like a strange idea a few years ago, but companies like Ledger have shown this might be the thing digital currency needs to reach a larger mainstream audience. Even though Bitcoin does not exist in a physical form, they can be stored on a tangible medium. […]

The post Ledger Wallet Makes Bitcoin Easier To Understand And Store appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 22, 2016, 1:00 pm

Silicon Valley remains an illustrious name in the world of technology and innovation. This small area in the United States is the one place where nearly all major technological breakthroughs come from. It goes without saying that various countries around the world would love nothing more than reach the same level as Silicon Valley, although […]

The post Is The European Silicon Valley A Utopian Dream? appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 22, 2016, 10:35 am
DigitalMoneyTimes_Healthcare Marketing

. Also read: Word of Mouth Marketing Is A Powerful Tool For Bitcoin Companies Healthcare Marketing – Seeing Is Believing? A little-known fact is the potential Youtube offers to the healthcare industry regarding marketing future advancements. Whenever a new medical innovation is announced, the last place people would look for it is on Youtube. However, […]

The post Wielding The Power of Youtube in Healthcare Marketing appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 20, 2016, 4:30 pm
DigitalMoneyTimes_Trends 2016

Even though not everyone is a fan of some of the current tech trends, that doesn’t mean they won’t become more viable in the not-so-distant future. Regardless of how people feel about certain technological marvels, they will play an important role throughout 2016 and the years to follow. Analytics, 3D printing, cloud computing, and artificial […]

The post What You Should Pay Attention To in The 2016 Tech Industry appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 20, 2016, 2:55 pm
DigitalMoneyTines_Blockchain Matters

Despite its success throughout the years, there are a lot of people who still think the blockchain hype will go bust in the next few years. While there are several thousands of use cases for this technological marvel, very few of those concepts have come to fruition. The year 2016 will be an interesting one […]

The post Why The Blockchain is Not A Flash in The Pan appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 19, 2016, 6:34 pm

Bitcoin is getting a lot of mainstream attention all over the world, as more and more people start to see the value in digital currencies. Shares of the Bitcoin Group will be sold publicly on the Australian securities exchange as of February 9th, which can be seen as another validation of Bitcoin’s legitimate status. Whether […]

The post Bitcoin Group IPO on ASX Brings More Legitimacy To Digital Currency appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 19, 2016, 4:34 pm

There is a certain correlation between the world of digital currency and traditional finance, even though very few people will acknowledge this to be true. PayPal, while a direct competitor of Bitcoin, has also embraced the digital currency in the past through its BrainTree subsidiary. To make matters even more interesting, one of the most […]

The post Bitcoin And PayPal Meet When Wences Casares Is Involved appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 19, 2016, 2:32 pm

Spreading the word about a new business or project can be quite difficult in the world of FinTech and Bitcoin. Traditional marketing, such as spreading the news on social media and getting articles published by media outlets will only do so much. The best way to let the world know about a new venture is […]

The post Word of Mouth Marketing Is A Powerful Tool For Bitcoin Companies appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 14, 2016, 11:30 am

There is a huge open market for developers and companies looking to explore big data, as well as consumer-driven data. As more and more consumers become aware of what and how they consume food and beverages, the intake of certain elements has become increasingly important to them. Storing all of that data in an online […]

The post The Blockchain Will Keep Healthy Lifestyle Data Safe And Secure appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 13, 2016, 5:00 pm


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Malware is being distributed in a wide variety of ways these days. Security researchers have managed to track down the distribution of Pirrit aware to an online marketing company based in Israel. As it turns out, a new version of the adware is in circulation right now. Albeit this adware is targeting Mac OS X users specifically, it is still a significant threat. Also read: The Halving Month Is Here; What Will Happen to the

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Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 7, 2016, 9:34 am

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif continues to make media headlines in quick succession as of late. The company announced on July 3rd how they had added the XEM cryptocurrency to their trading platform. Keeping in mind how XEM has seen a spectacular value increase over the past few months, this is not entirely surprising. Also read: Litecoin Is Back: New Roadmap Signals the Start of a Renaissance It is not uncommon for cryptocurrency exchanges to add

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Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 4, 2016, 9:02 am

There is a now form of Bitcoin ransomware on the block, going by the name of Zepto. At its core, this is a different variant of the Locky malware, which has been making the rounds for quite some time now. Security researchers detected a spike in the distribution of this new ransomware. As one would expect, Internet criminals are using spam emails to distribute this payload. Also read: Are the Winklevoss Twins Bringing the Bitcoin

The post Worrisome Locky Ransomware Variant Zepto is Making The Rounds appeared first on

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 2, 2016, 9:58 am

Hospital IT security is not up to par, as a recent reported indicated. It looks like the threat is far more real than anticipated, as a new wave of IoT device attacks is taking place as we speak. Medical services, ranging from CT scanners to dialysis pumps, are targeted by hackers. Albeit these assailants will not shut down the machines, they are trying to retrieve confidential patient information. Also read: FBI Overstepped Boundaries Again in

The post Hackers Target Medical IoT Devices To Obtain Prescription Drugs appeared first on

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 1, 2016, 7:54 am

The story of Silk Road is far from finished by the look of things. Gary Davis, also known as Libertas on the deep web marketplace, is fighting his extradition to the US. If he is successful in doing so, he will not be charged for his alleged involvement in Silk Road. The FBI strongly feels they have evidence linking his real identity to that of the Libertas administrator position on the platform. Also read: Running

The post FBI Overstepped Boundaries Again in Silk Road Investigation appeared first on

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 30, 2016, 8:08 am

In this day of mass surveillance and privacy awareness, CCTV cameras are often forgotten about. But as it turns out, these monitoring devices can serve an even nefarious purpose, albeit unwillingly. Security researchers uncovered a botnet operating on 25,000 CCTV cameras. This attack targeted a small jewelry store website, which was unavailable for several days. Also read: A Politician from Paris Wants to Ban Bitcoin Although most people are well aware of how CCTV cameras

The post Global CCTV Botnet Successfully Executed DDoS Attack appeared first on

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:42 am

Sometimes it feels like the only way Bitcoin makes headlines is either through a price change or ransomware. Cerber, one of the most dangerous types of Bitcoin ransomware alive today, has been cloned into a new variant. As a result, this undisclosed type of malware can target Office 365 users through a zero-day attack. It is very well possible millions of business users have been affected already. Also read: Russian Policymakers Set To Deal Another

The post Office 365 Zero-day Leads To Ransomware Phishing Attacks appeared first on

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 28, 2016, 9:22 am

It if were up to Russian policymakers, Internet controls will become even more strict in the country moving forward. Labeled as an anti-terrorism campaign, there are plans to increase online surveillance measures. If this were to happen, ISPs would need to log metadata about customers for at last three years. Should this proposal pass, encryption will not safeguard user privacy anymore in the country. Also read: Bitcoin and Brexit: Did the Great UK Debate Move

The post Russian Policymakers Set To Deal Another Blow To Encryption appeared first on

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 27, 2016, 8:41 am

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts will recall the story of several hospitals being infected with Bitcoin ransomware earlier this year. A new study on how hospitals treat patient privacy and confidentiality shows how malware attacks are not the biggest concern. Poor security practices can be found everywhere, putting patient information at risk unnecessarily. Also read: Necurs Botnet Resurfaces With Updated Locky and Dridex Versions The report, titled Workarounds to Computer Access in Healthcare Organizations, paints a very worrisome

The post New Report Shows Healthcare IT Security is On Wobbly Legs appeared first on

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 25, 2016, 9:00 am

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Jean-Pierre Buntinx – Bitcoin News

Daily Bitcoin News

investmentThe world of blockchain technology has seen its fair share of investments throughout the years. Just last year, in 2015, a new record for VC funding was noted. But the recent charts by WeUseCoins seems to indicate the blockchain investment bubble is about to burst. Also read: South Africa Bank: Blockchain Could Snatch 40% of […]

The post Blockchain Investment Off To A Slow Start In 2016 appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 8, 2016, 7:00 pm

Bitcoin.com_Rural PhilippinesReaching consumers in regions where Internet access is limited to non-existent is very difficult. One startup in the Philippines is changing that, by offering free WiFi access to its customers buying shampoo. Also read: Is DAO Technology Viable For Funding eSports Teams? Keeping in mind how roughly four billion people in the world have no […]

The post Bitcoin Making Inroads into Rural Philippines with WiFi Hotspots appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 4, 2016, 1:00 pm eSportsThere is an apparent correlation between gaming and cryptocurrency, although this direction is not explored all that often. ESports are becoming a global trend, with tournaments and sponsors providing competitive gamers with a lot of money. But what if we were to use the concept of a DAO to run various eSports teams? Also read: Why Serious Investors Need […]

The post Is DAO Technology Viable For Funding eSports Teams? appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 4, 2016, 12:00 am

Bitcoin.com_Bitcoin ValuesBitcoin has been gaining a lot of positive media attention over the past few weeks. Investors are looking at cryptocurrency as a valuable portfolio diversification method. In fact, bitcoin should be in everybody’s portfolio, according to some experts. Also read: Blockchain Technology: Making Smart Guns Smarter Bitcoin offers some exciting traits that other investments do […]

The post Why Serious Investors Need Bitcoin in Their Portfolios appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 2, 2016, 1:00 pm

ATM Bitcoin NatwestBanks are struggling to provide around the clock customer support and services right now. NatWest wants to change that by opening a new branch with 24-7 automated banking facilities. However, Bitcoin has been offering its services around the clock for seven years now. Also read: OTC Trading For Regular People: Search For the ‘Uber of […]

The post NatWest Fails to Imitate Bitcoin with Limited 24-7 Accessibility appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 2, 2016, 10:00 am

Educating the world on Bitcoin and blockchain technology is a top priority to grow the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Princeton University has revealed a new book on these topics, called “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction.” Also read: Deloitte & ConsenSys Book Ticket on Blockchain Bandwagon Educational Books on Bitcoin & Its Technology Throughout the years, many […]

The post Princeton University Unveils New Bitcoin Textbook appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 29, 2016, 4:00 pm

Deloitte and ConsenSys Enterprise are partnering up to enhance their enterprise blockchain solutions amid growing pressure to deliver a robust product for the financial industry. Also read: China’s Proposed New Law Recognizes Bitcoin as ‘People’s Rights’ ConsenSys & Deloitte Partner Up Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have noted how there is a lot of hype surrounding blockchain technology. Financial […]

The post Deloitte & ConsenSys Book Ticket on Blockchain Bandwagon appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

Bitcoin.com_BitcoinThere has been a lot of talk about investors looking to Bitcoin as a safe haven for their investment portfolio. Safe haven markets are very small and hard to get into. Bitcoin may not fit that bill as perfectly as some people think it does. Also read: Tor Project Enlists Security Researchers to Counter FBI […]

The post Bitcoin is Not A Safe Haven and That’s OK appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 27, 2016, 6:00 pm BrexitThe Brexit is a doom scenario for traditional finance all over the world. As stock markets continue to lose ground, and the Pound Sterling devalues, there is an increased interest in gold and silver. Bitcoin, that other scarce store of value, is doing quite well too. Also read: India’s Reserve Bank Talks Up Blockchain Amidst […]

The post Gold Surges, Bitcoin Holds Strong in Brexit Aftermath appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 25, 2016, 5:25 pm

UKWhile traditional markets are reeling from Brexit, how much of an impact will it have on the Bitcoin industry, such as UK Bitcoin exchanges, who may face new regulatory guidelines when dealing with EU customers? Moreover, how will this historic vote affect taxation of virtual currency? Also read: Blockchain Book “Chasing Casascius” is the most advanced book launch in history, and is […]

The post Brexit Effect on UK Bitcoin Taxation & Exchanges appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 24, 2016, 10:00 am

The Merkle

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JP Buntinx – NullTX

Even though EOS has attracted a lot of attention, the launch of its main net has left much to be desired. More specifically, it seems there have been a fair amount of delays and other issues which show there’s still lots of room for improvement. The EOS Main Net Struggles Continue For nearly a year, […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 18, 2018, 8:00 pm
It will be pretty interesting to see how all of the cryptocurrency markets will evolve from here on out. With Bitcoin still in the red, it is highly likely this negative spiral will continue. For the XRP price, these are trying times as well. Maintaining the price point of just over $0.5 will not be […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 18, 2018, 4:21 pm
Another day has dawned upon the cryptocurrency markets, and it has become apparent there isn’t any real reason for excitement. Most of the top markets are in the red once again, and the IOTA price is currently getting clobbered. No real surprise, as all markets suffer from a dwindling BTC price. IOTA Price Keeps Declining […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 18, 2018, 1:22 pm
A lot of research has been conducted regarding the future of cryptocurrency mining. Not all of these findings are overly positive. In the case of currencies using the Equihash algorithm, it seems a large amount of the combined hashrate is provided by ASIC hardware. It’s a worrisome development which could introduce a lot more 51% […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 10:00 pm
Various European nations are showing increasing interest in cryptocurrency. This is especially apparent where altcoin mining is concerned. It is a pretty interesting trend, especially when considering that Kosovo is getting involved. It’s a positive turn of events for this plagued European country, although it remains to be seen how things will evolve. Kosovo and […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 9:00 pm
It has been quite some time since the last development took place in the ongoing Dream darknet marketplace investigation. It now seems former user OxyMonster has pleaded guilty to various charges. It is expected that he will face a lengthy jail sentence for his involvement in this notorious darknet marketplace. OxyMonster Prepares to Pay the Piper […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 8:00 pm
A lot of cryptocurrency enthusiasts are looking forward to seeing how all of the major cryptocurrencies will scale. Ethereum is of special interest, and it seems its developers are looking to introduce both Casper and sharding in the same major upgrade. That would certainly get a lot of people excited, for rather obvious reasons. The […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 7:00 pm
It seems the BitGrail drama is far from over at this point. While an official court case is underway, it remains doubtful that users who suffered as a result of the Nano hack will ever see their money returned. To make matters even more interesting, it seems the Court of Florence has confiscated all Bitcoins […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 6:00 pm
The Brave browser has always been touted as a way to change the way people browse the internet and deal with advertisements. After over a year of development, it now seems the latter part will finally be achieved. The Brave Ads Trial Program has been launched, which will show the entire world how the concept […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 5:00 pm
Weekends are notoriously terrible for cryptocurrency prices. Although that situation may not change anytime soon, the current overview of all markets shows a surprising amount of green. It would appear the Dash price is trying to bust a few moves, as its value has risen above $270 once again. Dash Price Rises Strongly It has […]
Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: June 17, 2018, 4:19 pm

99 Bitcoins

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JP Buntinx – 99 Bitcoins

A non technical blog about Bitcoin - Tutorial, Reviews and Guides

The post Bitcoin is a radical change in the history of money appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Most people underestimate how old the concept of money really is. While we currently know money in terms of paper bills and various types of coins, this is only the latest iteration of a monetary society. Back when the earliest writings known to man were discovered, they displayed a form of accounting, with balances and [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: October 1, 2015, 1:14 am

The post Bitcoin offers consumers a choice, and it scares them appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

The idea of creating a ‘sharing economy’ sounds great on paper, but it has proven to be quite a hassle when translating it to the real world. While many people are dissatisfied with the current financial infrastructure, hardly any of them feels like taking matters into their own hands. In fact, there are several protocols, platforms [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: September 20, 2015, 12:08 am

The post Bitcoin’s gimmicky apperance being exploited by all kinds of services appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

If you have ever tried to have a conversation about Bitcoin with a person who is not involved in the virtual currency, the conversation usually follows a certain pattern. First of all, there is the assumption that Bitcoin is not “real money”, as it is a payment method used on the Internet, not backed by [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: September 16, 2015, 4:00 am

The post Why Russia’s attempt to block Bitcoin sites is a much deeper issue appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Russia is not a country known for its hospitality and respecting freedom of speech on the Internet. Similar to The Great Firewall of China, Russia has created an organization to monitor all Internet activity and restrict access to certain platforms when necessary. While there is definitely a use case for such an Internet watchdog, things [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: September 7, 2015, 12:02 am

The post Bitcoin industry experts need to ramp up educational efforts now appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

There are plenty of people in this world who want and need to be properly educated on Bitcoin and the concept of virtual currency. Whenever someone tries to explain these things, technical terms are often used, but this is not the right approach to drawing people in. Drawing comparisons between Bitcoin and real-life situations, on the [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 25, 2015, 7:46 am

The post BitLicense is designed to kill Bitcoin innovation appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

One of the hottest topics in the Bitcoin world as of late is the BitLicense regulatory framework. Both Bitcoin companies and virtual currency enthusiasts are affected by these guidelines, especially when it comes to selling Bitcoin to a third party. In theory, everyone selling Bitcoin to other users, including sellers active on the LocalBitcoins platform, [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 17, 2015, 11:49 am

The post Investors move away from US stocks – Bitcoin VC money on the rise appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Bitcoin venture capitalist funds are on the rise year over year and 2015 has particularly been an interesting year so far. The total amount of VC investment between January 1st and the time of writing exceeded the total investment amount for all of 2014. These numbers are in stark contrast to the investments in US stocks, as those numbers are [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 13, 2015, 7:30 am

The post Time to wake up, Bitcoin is more than just the current price appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Every time Bitcoin or the underlying blockchain technology make headlines in mainstream media, it won’t take long until the journalist starts referring to the Bitcoin price. We all know that Bitcoin had an unnatural price spike in 2013, partially caused by the failing Mt. Gox exchange. Ever since that time, the Bitcoin price has stabilized [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 9, 2015, 12:07 pm

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