BITCOIN IS THE FUTURE: PAYPAL CHANGES TERMS OF SERVICE TO TAKE YOUR CONTENT

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PayPal has joined forces with Bitcoin as a sort of keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies closer tactic. Bitcoin is designed to overtake and make obsolete services like Paypal and Western Union. It is faster, less expensive, and doesn’t require their third-party services to accomplish the same objectives. It is a better PayPal, and they know it. Now that the Internet has borne this superior option, it would be wise for PayPal to foster a stronger connection with its customer base to keep them happy and in the fold, no? PayPal doesn’t see it that way. In fact, they may be looking to drive more people towards the freedom and convenience of Bitcoin with their upcoming changes this summer. PayPal’s Terms of Service to change July 1st, 2015 If you haven’t seen this, you should, and you should share this with your friends, family, anyone who used PayPal in connection with a website providing online content. On July 1st, 2015, Paypal will update it’s TOS agreement to take away any and all intellectual rights to any content you provide online. If you use Paypal to accept PayPal, they will attempt to take ownership of any online content you add to your business or website. Here is …

ROBOCOIN ROLLS OUT ROMIT GLOBAL BITCOIN REMITTANCE SERVICE

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Robocoin, a pioneer in bitcoinATMs, has announced the rollout of Romit, which it bills as the cheapest and fastest money-transfer service in the world. The new cash remittance application leverages the bitcoin block chain. Any web-enabled kiosk, ATM or cashier can offer Romit KYC (know your customer)-compliant money transfer services. The service can send money to a smartphone, tablet or PC. By using the bitcoin block chain, the Romit remittance solution circumvents Forex foreign exchange fees, wire transfer fees, and banking requirements. The service could extend Robocoin’s role in the emerging global remittance market. Send money in three easy steps The Robocoin website explains how to send money using Romit in three steps: 1) Enter the recipient’s phone number. 2) Select the destination country. 3) Insert cash into an ATM, or hand the cash to the cashier. Romit then sends a confirmation text message to the recipient with the amount sent and the pickup location. The cash-to-bitcoin-to-cash settlement occurs immediately. Customers do not have to create bitcoin wallets to send money. The Robocoin bitcoin wallet name has changed to Romit. The website presents a cost comparison between Romit, Western Union and Moneygram for sending money from the U.S. to the …

MIT Media Lab Announces Launch of MIT Digital Currency Initiative, Headed by Former White House Senior Adviser

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A few days ago Bitcoin Magazine reported that Joi Ito, director of the prestigiousMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, was about to unveil a plan for the institute to become what he called an independent, neutral home to help with Bitcoin standards development. “I think within a couple of weeks we’ll be announcing something which will be a little bit more substantive,” said Ito. “And I’m not pushing it, but I’m offering MIT as a neutral academic home for some of the conversations and the technical coordination.” MIT has now formally announced the launch of a Digital Currency Initiative, to be directed by former White House senior adviser for mobile and data innovation Brian Forde, who joined the MIT Media Lab as director of digital currency. Forde will work with researchers across the institute and leading experts at other universities around the world to address some of the most critical challenges to creating a safe, stable and secure digital currency. “As a technologist, there’s no more exciting place to work than the MIT Media Lab,” said Forde. “The innovations that come out of the Media Lab have made a truly global impact. I look forward to working with the …

This Chip Turns a Dumb Phone Into a Bitcoin Wallet

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itSIM is a small, dual-chip overlay that is physically placed atop a phone’s regular SIM card. Once there, theBitSIM turns that phone – even if it’s a “dumb” phone – into a Bitcoin wallet. It does so by submitting transactions to the Bitcoin network as encrypted text messages. The phone owner’s private key – stored in the BitSIM overlay – is unlocked with a PIN. Founder Leon-Gerard Vandenberg says that BitSIM “interposes SIM commands between the original SIM and the phone. So the phone thinks there’s a SIM there, and the original SIM thinks there’s a phone there – it’s a SIM port redirector for SIM commands.” BitSIM is privately raising funds for its first production run with a crowdsale through Seedco.in. They hope to have a product to ship by Christmas. Vandenberg recently said in an interview with Brave New Coin: “Anything running on top of the Bitcoin protocol is also within the reach of BitSIM users, such as Counterparty assets or via ChromaWallet. On a smartphone BitSIM would cooperate with theHIVE wallet and their full Hive app store as well, which expands services. So BitSIM is a platform [where] it will be possible for a BitSIM developer community …

BitLendingClub to Take On Trillion Dollar Loans Market, Encouraging ‘Good Borrowers’

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Cross-border peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin lending platform BitLendingClub, is looking to disrupt the growing lending industry with a unique model that should oust bad players while providing a better framework for “good borrowers.” The Bulgaria-based startup integrated with the Boost VC accelerator program in February, and is looking forward to demo day on May 7, where the team will be presenting its product to an audience filled with influential VCs and industry leaders. Speaking with CoinTelegraph, co-founder and CEO Kiril Gantchev, shared his excitement to be one of the 25 startups selected to integrate Boost VC’s Tribe 5, as well as his ambition to provide greater efficiency to a trillion dollar market that is ripe for innovation. The right incentive BitLendingClub, which works under a ‘Dutch auction’ system that consists in letting borrowers choose the interest rate that matches their requirements, charges fees from loans that have been repaid. The particular element allows BitLendingClub to have “an extra incentive to provide a better framework for good borrowers to repay their loans and bad borrowers to be selected out as early as possible,” and enables the startup to differentiate itself from other existing services that would essentially provide an infrastructure for borrowers …

Did Bitcoin Create more Jobs than the US Federal Government Did in 2014?

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Introduction: Ever since Bitcoin’s Genesis Block was mined back in 2009, Bitcoin has been growing exponentially to the extent that its value increased from less than one cent to $1124.76 in November, 2013. Claimed to be the best financial innovation throughout the last 500 years, bitcoin is continuously macadamizing the path for creation of unique business ideas, projects and startups that can conceive thousands of jobs and opportunities for bitcoin enthusiasts all over the world. Bitcoin – A Whole New World: Although Bitcoin had been around since 2009, it only gained considerable attention in late 2010 following the release of the WikiLeaks by Julian Assange who faced an organized financial blockade by the US Federal government as Paypal, Bank of America, Western Union, Mastercard and Visa refrained from transmitting donations to WikiLeaks. Accordingly, Assange started accepting donations via Bitcoin which boosted its price during the early months of 2011. Furthermore, the launch of Silk Road, an online market for illicit drugs that only accepted bitcoin for payments, early in 2011 was responsible for another bitcoin bullish rally during that period which pushed the price up to $31.91 as of the 8th of June, 2011. Not only computer geeks and hackers …