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  • MeXBT’s New Service Unlocks Mexican ATMs, 27 January 2015

    Tuesday 27 January 2015 :: Alltop - bitcoin :: RSS
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    Remittances have been one of the most talked about use cases for the digital currency, bitcoin. Bitcoin’s payment network does for payments what email did for messaging - cheaper, faster and global. Whether it is New York, Mexico City or Shanghai a bitcoin transaction costs only pennies and can be received in a hour. This is considered by many to be a vast improvement over the current remittance industry leaders, Western Union and MoneyGram, who on average charge 8 percent and can take days to send money.
    While Bitcoin has taken off in Asia, Europe, and the United States - China alone accounts for 70 percent of the trading volume on exchanges, and the USA has seen hundreds of millions in venture capital invested in Bitcoin companies - Latin America has not seen the growth and adoption of bitcoin.
    "The bulk of exchanging Bitcoins is currently done in US dollars and Chinese yuan, but it could become popular in Latin America because of its usefulness as an exchange of value between individuals over borders and in smaller amounts,"
    - Gabriel Miron
    The US-Mexico remittance market is the fourth largest in the world, an obvious candidate for Bitcoins disruptive potential. Despite bitcoin’s advantages, the digital currency has barely made a dent in the $23.02 billion flowing from the US to Mexico. The US’ strict financial regulations have made it hard for bitcoin companies to set up a compliant bitcoin solution.
    Gabriel Miron has been spending the last two years trying to solve this problem. He says he became obsessed with the potential of bitcoin’s global payment system, shortly after discovering the currency in 2012. After researching Bitcoin, to fulfill his vision of the digital currency helping the region’s poor, he quickly founded MeXBT, Mexico’s first bitcoin exchange.  
    “Bitcoin will have a huge impact in Latin America. 68 percent of the population live in the bracket of less than 10 dollar income per day, without access to financial services [such] as credit, insurance etc...  With Bitcoin they gain access to a global economy”
    - Miron
    Mirons newest offering, SendBitcoins.mx, does not touch US dollars. Without the burdensome and expensive American KYC and AML regulations, the company is able to retain the benefits of bitcoin remittances for the large unbanked Mexican community.
    In 7 Latin American and Caribbean countries remittances account for 10 percent or more of the country’s GDP. Mexico is the largest remittance market in the region but Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil all have multiple billion dollar remittance industries. Like Mexico, they too suffer from high fees -- with the average among the countries being 7.3 percent, according to the World Bank.
    Miron has been spending a large portion of his time educating, and increasing awareness around the currency. He has set up numerous bitcoin meetup groups and established the country’s first bitcoin conference. His second priority has been building his exchange and drastically raising its liquidity. The venture backed exchange has grown from a few bitcoins in daily volume to several hundred.
    Mirons company is taking another step towards its dream of accessible bitcoin remittances in Latin America. The companys new service, SendBitcoins.mx, allows senders to sell bitcoin online, with recipients receiving pesos from ATMs all around the country. The service charges only one percent, a fraction of the competitors fees. The pesos are made available to the recipient within 6 business hours, much faster than the days or weeks traditional players in the space take. MeXBT believes this service could enable Bitcoin to make headway in the US-Mexican market.
    "Most people sending remittances are required to visit a property and there are exchange rates and charges for the use of the service, which make it difficult to transfer amounts under $ 200 US dollars or its equivalent in other currencies; that's where SendBitcoin shines, charging a minimum fee, gives viability to transfers of small amounts,"
    -Joel Cano, Chief Operations Officer of meXBT
    Sendbitcoins.mx’s ATM network was originally developed by CoinSafe, a Seattle based bitcoin company acquired by MeXBT late last year. The company was able to take advantage of a mobile money and ATM program called Dinero Móvil, established by the large international Spanish banking conglomerate, BBVA. The original intent of Dinero Móvil was to allow the country’s large unbanked population to access funds from a network of ATM’s, without a bank card. The recipient receives a 12 digit number by text or e-mail, and can use this to withdraw funds at any Bancomer ATM.
    “It worked great. I sent them the bitcoins, and they sent an automated email telling me in 2 hours it would be ready. Within an hour they emailed me the code to use at the ATM. At lunch I passed a bancomer (they are everywhere, it's one of (or the?) largest bank here) ATM. Entered the code, and got the money within 30 seconds,” said Eric Springer, a software engineer living and working in Mexico.
    The investment arm of BBVA, BBVA Ventures, recently took part in Coinbase’s record setting $75 million funding round. A BBVA spokeswoman told BNC News that the bank does not have an official stance on the crypto currency.
    Mirons Mexican bitcoin exchange is not the only company with their eyes on ATMs’ potential for unlocking bitcoin remittances. Spanish Bitcoin app developer, Bit2Me, recently enabled over 10,000 atms in Spain to sell bitcoins and looking to bring the service to Mexico.They are in the process of developing a similar product for 15,000 atms in Mexico.
    MeXBT is in beta testing, and there are limitations that cap the total amount of peso that can be withdrawn from the service. There is a daily maximum of 3,000 pesos ($225 USD) for individual users as well as a total cap for the amount of pesos that can be withdrawn from the service. The current limitations are due to regulatory concerns, but MeXBT hopes to lift restrictions as the service leaves beta.
    MeXBT could not provide a release date for the service as it “depends of several things we are working on”, said Miron, but they hope to do it soon. Read more
  • Bitcoin Poised To Revolutionize The Videogaming Industry, 27 January 2015

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    The worldwide videogaming industry is expected to grow by approximately 59 percent this year, topping sales of $100 billion by 2018, according to market researcher DFC Intelligence.
    According to research firm Newzoo, the free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) market is expected to generate $14.4 billion in global sales during 2015. MMOs provide an industry segment ideal for disruption by bitcoin. The ease of transactions, the lack of age restrictions, and the low cost of utility, provide Bitcoin solutions with a distinct edge.
    There are already a large number of companies utilizing Bitcoin to provide access to gameing products and services; Industry titan Microsoft accepts Bitcoin, through a Microsoft account; Zynga accepts Bitcoin payment for Farmvilles in game currency, Farm Bucks; Bigfish Games, Green Man Gaming and the German game developer Bigpoint all accept bitcoin for online gaming or in game upgrades. Collectively, these companies put products in front of more than a billion users.
    Bitcoin has the potential to replace many traditional revenue streams in this field. The crypto currencys unique properties allow it to be used in-game, replacing in game economies, as well as for purchases and rewards.
    SaruTobi, is the first video game available from the iTunes store to use Bitcoin, incorporating a Bitcoin faucet. The game is currently rated 4 ½ stars, and according to Developer Christian Moss, downloads of the game have been as high as 2200 per day.
    Gavin Andresen originally pioneered Bitcoin faucets, with freebitcoins. Debuting in 2009, freebitcoins gave Bitcoins to people for free. Bitcoin faucets still exist, handing out varying amounts, with some requiring the recipient to view a video, or an advert.
    SaruTobi includes a faucet style element, and is the first iOS game to reward users with Bitcoin for playing. The game disperses a prize pool to the players 0.0001 bitcoin at a time. Moss claims games like this can be great tools for encouraging bitcoin adoption.
    “I got a few emails from fathers who were pleased that their children could get into Bitcoin through the game, that was nice.”
    - Moss
    While iTunes already offers bitcoin wallets, price tickers, and other Bitcoin centered apps like the Coinding scavenger hunt, SaruTobi is the first videogame where users can accrue bitcoins. Moss explains, “the initial release and was largely a test to see if Apple would approve such an app.”
    The prize pool for players relied on donations. Moss told BNC, “we received around $700 in donations which was great but due to the game's popularity it was used up in a week or two.”
    Moss aims to address funding issues in a future version, “SaruTobi 2.0 will be released soon and will be partially funded by a large Bitcoin wallet service” He continued, “I am also replacing the in-app iAds with custom adverts. This gives Bitcoin companies ad space in return for donations to the purse/pot. I'm hoping that this model will help keep the pot full.”
    Bitcoin utilization in game is not unique to SaruTobi. Minecrafts’ BitMines holds the title of being the first bitcoin using videogame of all time, and used bitcoin as an in game currency. It is similar to the current minecraft world of BitQuest.
    In both of these worlds bitcoin 'bits' were represented as emeralds, and could be earned and traded for other items. To get bits out of BitQuest, players have to take the emeralds to a bank in their realm and put them into an enchanted chest. BitQuest then sends the same amount of Bits to an external Xapo Bitcoin Wallet, through the Xapo API.
    A flappy bird style game, Coinflapper also provides bits for playing. There is a constant supply of bits during normal gameplay, and an element of competition. In tournament mode 3 players contribute bits, and the winner receives the prize pool.
    “Skill-based gaming has a well-established legal, social and commercial history. From classic board games to major sports tournaments, games of skill have long offered participants a chance to compete based on one's ability.”
    - coinflapper.com
    Besides Coinflapper's tournament mode, Gambit desktop games include bitcoin prize pools, “If you want to make it a little more exciting, deposit Bitcoins and make a wager!” - Gambit.com.
    Gambits Bitnopoly board is similar in style to the classic Monopoly, replacing properties like the Boardwalk with famous bitcoin companies like Coinbase. All games on Gambit can be played for free.
    Currently in development, Spells of Genesis (SOG) aims to take Bitcoin integration one step further. By including bitcoin and blockchain technology into both its game economy and its storyline. SOG provides the combination of a trading card game and arcade game, with Gems as its in game currency.
    “Mines are tradable assets which produce gems, the premium currency in the upcoming game Spells of Genesis. You can use these gems to enhance your gaming experience, or you can choose to sell them to other players and in this way get your investment back.” - Spellsofgenesis.com
    LeetCoin aims to corner a separate corner of the market, claiming to be ,”the first skill-based eSports platform where players can compete against each other in their favorite video games for bitcoin.” LeetCoin's slogan on its steam page is "Beat your friends and take their money".
    LeetCoin is attempting to offer video game prizefights across many different platforms. Their focus is on popular games like League of Legends, Team Fortress and Counter strike in multiplayer mode, where players put their bits in at the start of a round and the players with the most skill takes home the prize pool.
    Founder and CEO Kingsley Edwards, told BNC that they now have over 1,500 players signed up, “Our team worked hard last year to support League of Legends on our platform. This year we are focused on user acquisition.” Edwards continued, “Some other things we are working on include tipping (or gifting) in-game and possibly even trading digital game items on the blockchain.”
    The last thing he told BraveNewCoin was, “One of [our] goals is to make bitcoin THE gaming currency.” To help with this LeetCoin offers a free API to game companies, providing quick integration of LeetCoin services.
    “It helps developers attract a competitive playerbase, and monetize their games. Players are able to compete against each other for bitcoin in real-time with immediate payouts.” states Leetcoin.com, “There are many possibles with our API: team based per-match rewards, per-round rewards, per-frag rewards, 1v1 matches, weekly leaderboard payouts, etc. The implementation is completely up to the developer.”
    Oddly, a few Bitcoin games out there don't use bitcoin in any way, but are about the subject of bitcoin nonetheless. BitcoinBillionaire is a game for iOS and has become an extremely popular mobile game, rating 5 out of 5 stars on gaming review sites.
    According to SaruTobi's Christian Moss, independent gaming is embracing bitcoin, but there is still a long way to go. “I can definitely see the use of micro-transactions having a strong place in video gaming,” he says. “Whether this will be Bitcoin or some other type of cryptocurrency I'm not sure. I can say I have been [contacted] by a few companies who are exploring this space, specifically whether they can use Blockchain technology.”
    He went on to say that we should look forward to a time when grassroots efforts put pressure on the larger game manufacturers;
    “I think if enough successful indie games use Bitcoin there may be a tipping point where larger studios will come on board.”
    - Moss
    While the majority of the games in this article are age restricted, Bitcoin provides a unique aspect for financial disruption. Touched on by Moss; Before Bitcoin, children required access to bank accounts, or credit cards to make online purchases. With bitcoin, kids are empowered to spend money all across the web and even earn some back doing what they want to do more than any other demographic: Playing video games. Read more
  • www.dnforum.com, 27 January 2015

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  • The 2015 Bitcoin Market Narrative (Op-Ed), 27 January 2015

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    Every asset and market has an overarching narrative that frames investor behavior. Essentially, investing is taking imperfect information and forming a picture of the likely future. Due to the high degree of subjectivity, investors need a simple yet powerful narrative to guide their decisions. Failure to recognize the prevalent narrative for a particular asset will almost always lead to steep losses for one’s portfolio.
    Starting in 2013, Bitcoin burst forth onto global investors’ radars. Previously it was a play thing for techies and did not enjoy wide publicity or large trading volumes. Bitcoin experienced two impressive run ups that year. The first bubble, up to $250, was predicated on the narrative of governmental wealth confiscation. The world woke up to a Cypriot 10% haircut on all deposits over 100,000 Euros and thought who is next, and how to protect their wealth. Traders then began rampant speculation that citizens would turn to Bitcoin to protect their bank deposits from rapacious governments. Failure of immediate follow on theft, and the implosion of the Silk Road, ended that narrative and with it the price slumped below $60. The market then latched on to the China fantasy. Using Bitcoin, citizens of China could escape capital controls and finally enter the world economy as equals, or so the story went. The price went parabolic up to $1,200 and almost reached parity with gold.
    2014 was the year of exchange malfeasance and government regulation. MtGox imploded in spectacular fashion taking $500 million of customer deposits down with it. China decided to curtail the involvement of third party financial institutions in the Bitcoin ecosystem, and the United States decided to encircle Bitcoin companies in its patchwork of dysfunctional state and federal financial regulations. As a result, 2014 witnessed a share price contraction that has continued into the early part of this year, as the price reached a low of $155.
    2015 will be the year of co-option of Bitcoin into the traditional financial services network. Favoured companies will be allowed to peddle their wares to the average consumer without the merry band of financial regulators stymieing their efforts. Now that the premier global equity exchange and a former CEO of a Too Big Too Fail bank are invested in the Bitcoin ecosystem, certain things will be allowed. The most obvious and relevant choice is an ETF. Imagine a world where retail investors can buy a product that holds 1:1 Bitcoin on their E-trade and Schwab accounts. The words wallet, Blockchain, decentralisation will be nothing more than buzzwords bandied about by clueless financial media commentators. Bitcoin will be reduced to water cooler talk of how much one has made in the past week, by calling the market correctly. That is powerful, part of the equity revolution, in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, was due to the roll out of ETFs that made all manor of asset classes and global equities accessible to average investors in the richest nations globally. The influx of demand for Bitcoin because of its volatility, new technology sexyness, and non-correlation with other global assets will frame the narrative of 2015.
    The mainstream media (MSM) has done a fantastic job of associating Bitcoin with ponzi schemes, drugs, money laundering, and terrorism. As a result, to the general public Bitcoin is part of the fringe element, and viewed with skepticism. That will change this year. When the guilty verdict in the show trial of Ross Ulbricht is handed down, Bitcoin and drugs will fade from the MSM lexicon. Bitcoin will begin to be referred to as an alternative asset, a speculative investment, and a disruptive new technology. If US retail investors are to invest and trade Bitcoin, the narrative surrounding the currency and technology must be altered.
    The NYSE operates the most storied equities market globally. Attracting liquidity is the most important job of any exchange operator. The NYSE is very adept at selling the equities story to the general public. Now that titans of the legacy financial services industry are on board, the MSM will fall over itself to heap praise upon Bitcoin. Who better to promote Bitcoin on the airwaves than former financial services company CEOs. The financial media pundits will be fed the appropriate wallet, Blockchain, and decentralization buzzwords for use in their mindless promotion of Bitcoin to the general public.
    Examining the recent “launch of Coinbase” announcements, the MSM fell over themselves to report about the “first” regulated US exchange. Coinbase was not the first US exchange to have money service business licenses. However, to the average investor, what the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, and Reuters reports is gospel. With the NYSE at one’s back, history becomes a pliable tool at one’s disposal.
    The Coinbase announcement is just the preamble. The main event is a listed Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). ETFs have been one of the most powerful tools to bring average investors into the global financial markets. They are cheap ways for investors to own a basket of stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, and other financial assets. ETFs are the prefered method for investors big and small to gain exposure to their desired asset class. Trading Bitcoin on a regulated Coinbase exchange will still be too difficult for many investors. The process of wiring money, wallets, the Blockchain, and security is just too many moving parts to handle. They would rather trade using their prefered online broker.
    A Bitcoin ETF would bring a whole swath of the US investing public into Bitcoin. It would reduce the abstraction and nomenclature down to buying and selling a listed equity, with which all investors are familiar. Bitcoin is the new sexy and techy asset on the block. Investors will rush to trade Bitcoin via an ETF. The daily volatility is perfect for traders who have become tired of the, openly manipulated, traditional global asset markets.
    A US listed Bitcoin ETF has been a dream of the community for some time. SecondMarket and the Winklevoss twins both have applications sitting on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) desk. The SEC does the bidding of financial services industry titans. A wink and a nod and a Bitcoin ETF will be greenlighted. Imagine a SecondMarket ETF that used Coinbase as custodian, and as the exchange where fund managers traded Bitcoin. Say bye bye to da Moon, and hello to Alpha Centauri.
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  • Free Bitcoin Airdrop Drive by McGill University Cryptocurrency Club, 27 January 2015

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    Question: What is the biggest barrier that exists in adoption of Bitcoin? ... many of the students who are interested in learning more about Bitcoin lack ... Read more
  • ohiobitcoin.com, 27 January 2015

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  • BTCUSD Converter, 27 January 2015

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  • Winklevoss twins expect Q1 debut of bitcoin exchange, 27 January 2015

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    (Reuters) - Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, two of the leading advocates of bitcoin, expect to get regulatory approval to launch a U.S. exchange for ... Read more
  • The Fed Backs Away from Bitcoin for Real-Time Payments, 27 January 2015

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    The Federal Reserve appears to have looked at Bitcoin as a potential set of rails for real-time payments in the banking system but shelved the concept ... Read more
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  • sipa opened pull request bitcoin/bitcoin#5714, par sipa, 27 January 2015

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  • sipa created branch bip66_v0.10 at sipa/bitcoin, par sipa, 27 January 2015

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  • Coinbase launches what it calls 'first regulated bitcoin exchange', 27 January 2015

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    Coinbase on Monday launched what it describes as the first regulated exchange for bitcoins in the U.S., providing a jolt of credibility to the virtual ... Read more
  • sipa opened pull request bitcoin/bips#135, par sipa, 27 January 2015

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    Jan 27, 2015 sipa opened pull request bitcoin/bips#135 Add BIP66 1 commit with 142 additions and 0 deletions Read more sipa
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  • sipa opened pull request bitcoin/bitcoin#5713, par sipa, 27 January 2015

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