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AltcoinWeekly Newsletter #64 (14 - 20 February 2015)

Newsletter #64

14 - 20 February 2015 

Recently when I made my last layout change for AltcoinWeekly, I got a request saying that I should remove article thumbnails in my newsletters as it was a waste of space on mobile devices. Today I am trying out a layout without thumbnails. Can you kindly reply and let me know if you prefer this layout without thumbnail or the previous layouts with the thumbnails? Thank you.
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Latest News

U.S. Marshals Hold Third Bitcoin Auction

The U.S. Marshals Service is holding its third Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR) bitcoin auction this March 5th, 2015. At auction are 50,000 bitcoin separated into two series.

Multiple Bitcoin exchanges go offline last weekend, several hacked: BTER.com, Exco.in, HitBTC

BTER.com reported a loss of 7170 BTC due to a hack in its user cold wallet (~$1.75m). In August, BTER lost 50m NXT, (~ $1.65m), which was partially returned following negotiations with the hacker. Exco.in also closed down while HitBTC was offline last weekend

Chinese Exchange Platform KipCoin Admits To Hackers Stealing Over 3,000 Bitcoin

Little known Chinese exchange, KipCoin posted a message on their website saying over 3,000 Bitcoin have been stolen from their platform as well.

Market

Could driverless cars own themselves?

Letting driverless cars own themselves and have "offspring" sounds like a mad idea, but it could shake up the auto industry to the public's benefit.

Bitcoin and Airlines

Akif Khan, a payments veteran and VP of Solutions for Belfast-based Bitnet, breaks down the airline opportunity for Bitcoin. Bitnet recently announced a partnership with Universal Air Travel Plan, a card network with 260+ airline members.

Ecosystem

Stripe: Bitcoin

Digital payments platform Stripe has officially launched its support for bitcoin payments, which was previously in beta testing.

Bitcoin Derivatives Trading Platform Coinarch Expands into China

Derivatives-focused bitcoin trading platform Coinarch is making a push into the Chinese market, with the launch of dedicated local branding.

Mining

Faster SHA-256 ASICs using carry reduced adders

Sergio Lerner speculates if a reduced ASIC carry design will actually outperform a standard design. He estimates that it can actually provide a speedup of about 5%.

Floating fees in Bitcoin Core 0.10

The latest release of the Bitcoin reference implementation has 2 new RPC commands related to fees: estimatepriority and estimatefee. They work by statistically observing the blockchain.

Legal

WizSec: MtGox investigation update and preliminary release

A detailed initial investigation of the Willy trade bot with some detailed insights/visualisations and questions for further investigations.

Learn

Balaji Srinivasan on Bitcoin's Bigger Picture (Full Transcript of O'Reilly Radar 12 Feb Podcast)

Balaji Srinivasan, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, explains how bitcoin is an enabling technology and why it’s like the Internet, in that “bitcoin will do for value transfer what the Internet did for communication — make it programmable.”

 

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