Is India missing on the Bitcoin wave?

Published by Emmanuel Amberber on December 08, 2014

For so many people, bitcoin seems against the natural order of things they know. In 1999, Douglas Adams wrote an essay on the natural lifecycle for technologies.  This is what it says.

1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

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Institutional interest in bitcoin surges as trading products mature

Published by Steven Lord on November 10, 2014 via futuresmag.com

Wall Street’s interest in bitcoin is growing quickly, aided by a raft of new tools and instruments designed to make trading of the digital currency easier and more familiar to investment professionals. A year ago, most traders and institutional money managers were highly skeptical about digital currency, if they knew about it at all, and viewed it almost exclusively through the prism of bitcoin’s well-publicized failures like Mt. Gox and Silk Road.

That was then. Fast forward twelve months, and despite bitcoin’s falling price and the continued regulatory debate, most buy-side denizens are not only informed about the basics of Bitcoin, but they’re increasingly interested in learning how it can complement their existing portfolio strategy as an uncorrelated, high-alpha asset class.

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Fidor Bank Partners With Kraken to Create Cryptocurrency Bank

Published by Drew Cordell on November 1, 2014

Fidor Bank, a German Web 2.0 bank, is partnering with Kraken to launch an initiative that will create a specialized bank for cryptocurrencies. The project aims to create a regulated and licensed financial service institution. The project will combine several products and services from various companies to offer a great variety of financial products and services that are geared towards cryptocurrencies.

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Closing the Circle

The dream is to see Bitcoin mainstream. We all know that retail adoption is a big part of that. The fully realized achievement of this dream is the single greatest opportunity humanity has ever had. It is so big and so far beyond just moving money around easier that one can barely get a handle on it. The best name I could give it is “Closing the Circle”. My journey began with a question. Speaking to merchants around the world about Bitcoin has taught me alot but I learned the most from the one question I couldn’t answer. A small boy on a self sufficient farm in the heart of Sudan asked me, quite plainly. “What is money?”

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Small Australian City Plans for a Big Bitcoin Economy

Published on October 29, 2014 by Jon Southurst via CoinDesk

A plan to build the “world’s largest” local bitcoin-based economy is underway in the city of Launceston, Australia, with support from local businesses and even government. Project organizers say the compact Tasmanian city with a population of 106,000 will make a good high-density testing ground for bitcoin. The plan is aimed to cover various levels of the business supply chain, allowing users to both receive and spend their bitcoins, rather than simply converting them to Australian dollars.

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400 European Banks Accept Bitcoin Purchase Agreement

Published by Evander Smart on October 4, 2014

More European banks are becoming associated with Bitcoin. While short-term investors see the dollar price drop on Bitcoin, and panic sell in droves, Bitcoin gains another major international deal signing in Europe. 247Exchange.com, based out of Belize, has secured an agreement with Sofort Banking, providing Bitcoin purchasing access to over 22,000 European bank branches throughout the continent.

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Bitcoin: Buy Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

Published by Chris Campbell on Sep 17, 2014 via Daily Reckoning

“Many people dream of quitting their job, collecting their bags, and jetting off to a tropical paradise forever,” the CoinDesk blog we looked over this morning reads.

“Many people dream, but few people act. Gregory Simon is one of the few who decided to act.” A couple years ago, Simon left a well-paying, 12-year career in the banking industry to travel full time. After trekking through all of 2013 with his fiance, “we fell in love with Nicaragua for its natural beauty and kind people,” he said in an interview with CoinTelegraph.

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