The trade in derivatives was born soon after the advent of commodity exchanges. The main motivation behind their development was optimizing the risks related to possible changes in commodity prices.
The Bitcoin Foundation Board of Directors elections have ended with none of the candidates reaching the 50% threshold.
Coinarch, a derivative-focused bitcoin trading platform, has launched a Chinese version of their website, expanding their services to the local community.
Telebit, a new bitcoin wallet, is trying to catch the attention of Telegram messenger users. Every new user get 0.001 bitcoin for free. The wallet’s potential target audience is 50 mln people.
After almost a year of beta Testing, the payment processor Stripe has officially announced its integration of bitcoins. All customers can now choose to accept bitcoins.
Dell has expanded its bitcoin payment coverage (via Coinbase) to the United Kingdom and Canada, becoming the largest international merchant that accepts bitcoin.
Ledger, a French start developing bitcoin wallet hardware, has closed a seed round for €1.3 million from a group of French investors led by XAnge Capital. They plan to use the funding to develop security solutions for private keys.
“Bitcoin for Miles”, part of the Delaware-based Bitcoins Inc., is now offering to buy bonus miles for bitcoins. You can get up to 0.017 bitcoins for each mile. This is a rare case: usually bitcoin companies do not buy bonus and gift points and sell them instead.
A major bitcoin storage platform is offering its customers the option to convert their bitcoin accounts into six fiat currencies and four precious metals. Swiss franc and three metals have been added recently.
The bitcoin investment fund Pantera Capital is collecting syndicate bids to win the upcoming auction of the Federal Marshals Service. The minimum bid is $50,000. Pantera will receive 1% of each winning bid.
Satoshilabs, the creators of Trezor, an offline bitcoin wallet, are planning to introduce Colored Coins and smart contracts to their service. The company claims that developers who use these blockchain applications should feel free to add support for Trezor to their products.
Parkt, a Seattle-based parking reward startup, has added a new feature that allows users to receive bonus points in bitcoins. Customers can redeem points to get a discount for their parking space or withdraw them in digital currency.
US Marshals have announced a new auction of the Silk Road heritage to take place in March. 50,000 BTC will be sold in 20 blocks of 2,000 BTC and 3,000 BTC.
The CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) has developed a set of rules to assign bitcoin companies different levels of security.
The bitcoin wallet AirBitz has announced an update to their Android mobile app that enables wireless payments using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection.
The developers of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol have announced the Bitcoin Piñata, a hacker competition with a bounty of 10 bitcoin, in order to test the safety of their system.