Some good news from America, and (unsurprisingly) some more bad news from China. Find out what's happened in the world of digital currencies this past week.
BitPay plans to display prices in bits: The Georgia-based merchant processor BitPay has announced plans to display BTC prices in bits. The company's move follows a community discussion about bitcoin's current denominations being too complex for mainstream users.
Vaurum raises $4m in seed funding: Bitcoin trading platform Vaurum has raised $4m in funding from a group of investors including former AOL CEO Steve Case and venture capitalist Tim Draper. The California-based company offers financial institutions a way to trade and store bitcoins.
FEC approves bitcoin donations for political parties: The US Federal Exchange Commission has approved bitcoin donations for political campaigns. The FEC unanimously decided that political campaigns and political action committees can accept bitcoin as a form of in-kind donation. Congressman Jared Polis became one of the first to set up bitcoin donations for his re-election campaign.
Bitcoin versus China continues: This week BTC China halted RMB deposits from the Bank of China, CEOs of five major Chinese bitcoin exchanges withdrew from the Global Bitcoin Summit in Beijing, and Huobi is considering a future as a bitcoin marketplace.
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$10K Test? Bitcoin Price Hits 4-Week High As Altcoins Shine
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Russia's Supreme Court Orders Review of Crypto Website Ban
The Supreme Court of Russia has directed a court in the city of St. Petersburg to consider an appeal against a blocked cryptocurrency information website.
According to Russian legal information sit
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Taiwan Eyes November Deadline for Bitcoin AML Regulation
Taiwan aims to formally regulate bitcoin under anti-money laundering (AML) rules before the end of the year.
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Bitcoin Bull Trap? Not So, Says Lesser-Known Price Indicator
Is the reversal of a lesser-known bitcoin price indicator signaling a bull trap?
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