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Basic terminology for beginners in regards to Bitcoin trading

For those interested in digital currencies, It has changed the way we do business and the way investors invest in a company. Employers are offering crypto as pay and others, such as music artists, are accepting them in exchange for singles. The attention crypto has attracted made it popular among many. One the biggest reason why many are attracted to crypto is that many of them sit on a decentralised network. This means an organisation or a government does not control them, unlike Fiat currency. Ther is also no physical form of cryptocurrency, but it can be converted into the more familiar notes and coins we know and love.

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The introduction of Bitcoin brought with it new technology such a blockchain. The nature of blockchain makes it a secure way of working, and we will go into more detail about it below. It is essential to mention, however, that not all countries share standard consensus o what crypto is. Some view Bitcoin as exchange tokens. Others view crypto in the same light as hard cash. These anomalies in the crypto world mean taxes for Bitcoin differ from country to country which why before investing, purchasing or dealing with crypto, it would be wise to find out the countries views on it. 

A big part of making an investment in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and being successful at it means learning the lingo. Here are some of the underlying crypto trading terms that are commonly used. Knowing these terms will help you navigate your way through the world of crypto in ease. 



Blockchain is a decentralised and distributed public ledger which means it is a database that is validated by a vast community of people rather than a central authority. In most cases, blockchain refers to the bitcoin blockchain, which is made up of blocks. It allows data to be stored globally on thousands of servers and lets individuals enter the networks to see all the entries in real-time. By doing this, it makes it hard for users to gain control of the system. The immense reach of blockchain makes it harder to hack as all transactions are transparent for all to see. Falsifying a single record in the chain means you would need to forge the entire chain. Bitcoin transactions sit on a blockchain. 


A wallet is a secure digital wallet that is used to store, send and receive digital currency like bitcoin. It is typically a string of numbers and letters. Many official coins like bitcoin have official wallets, but you can find wallets which hold different types of currencies in one place. 

To use a crypto wallet users will usually be given an ID as a way to identify the wallet along with its own private key which will help to authenticate and prove possession of the wallet by the person who owns it. 

Private Key

To carry out a transaction with digital currency, you will need two things. The first is a wallet which acts as your address and a private key. The private key is a string of random numbers, but unlike address, the private key must be kept secret. The private key gives users authority to digitally sign and authorise different actions that are done by the digital identity when used with the public key.

The main priority when dealing with cryptocurrencies is to keep the private key secure. It the key gets lost or stolen; there is no means to recover it.

Order Book

The order book displays current prices with volumes in real-time of current order from buyers and sellers.

Bid Price

The price at which a person is trying to sell an asset is known as the Bid Price.

Ask Price

The ask price is the price individuals are trying to buy an asset for.

Bull Market

A period during which asset prices consistently keep rising is known as a Bull Market. To get the most out of investments, users are likely to enter the market at the beginning or just before the start of a Bull market. This is so the assets they buy become more valuable.

Bear Market

In the flip side to the Bull market, a bear market is a period during which the prices of assets consistently fall. The silver lining to this si that the drop in prices means that entering the market becomes cheaper, and it becomes possible to buy the same amount of assets for a lower price. Generally, Bear markets are not specific to cryptocurrencies, and any tradeable asset can go through the same life cycle.


Spread is referred to as the price difference between the buy price and the sell price of an asset. The exchange between the individuals defines them.

Buy order

When an individual wants to purchase an asset at a designated price, buy order or bids are created. When an individual wants to sell an asset at a selected amount, sell orders, or asks are created.

High and Low

In a 24-hour trading cycle, high means the peak price Bitcoin or other assets have reached in 24 hours. And so low means the lowest price the particular assets has become in the 24-hour trading cycle.


The difference between the price a trader expects and the trade to execute at, and the price it eventually executes at known as Slippage.


The official completion of a trading process is known as Execution.

Cold storage

Storing digital money in an offline wallet is known as cold storage and usually stored on a platform that has no connection to the internet. There are many Blockchain smartphones which now have cold storage capabilities.


Satoshi, named after the creator of Bitcoin, is the smallest unit of Bitcoin (BTC) recorded on the blockchain.


The act of a transaction which is included in a single block within the Bitcoin blockchain is known as confirmation.

Digital signature

Like a fingerprint, a digital signature is an e-signature which is created by using the Publick Key Cryptography (PKC). The digital signature associates securely, a signatory with a document in a recorded transaction. Every transaction has a different digital signature that depends on the users private key.

Transaction Fee

Each Bitcoin transaction incurs a fee. It is processed by a miner who is paid for their services, and the Bitcoin network confirms the results.

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Easy Bitcoin Exchange: how to use HolyTransaction

Are you looking for an easy Bitcoin exchange?

Holytransaction offers a simple solution for your needs, as you can convert bitcoin and other digital currencies within your multi-currency wallet.

So, if you have a wallet on HolyTransaction or you want to open one, you can exchange your cryptocurrencies in a few minutes and without providing any personal documents.

This way you can avoid the long wait you experience on the common exchange platforms.

So, let’s try to understand how to use our easy bitcoin exchange.

Read this step-by-step guide to convert your digital currencies on HolyTransaction.

  1. Login or sign up on HolyTransaction.com;
  2. Click on “Buy” in the menu you can find on the left as shown below:

3. You will see the page below where you can set the digital currency you want to buy and the cryptocurrency you want to spend. You can see the exchange rates in the tab on the right;

4. Then you can click on the blue “Next” button;

5. You will see the confirmation page. Click on “Buy” to confirm the conversion:

This is a very easy digital currencies exchange, isn’t it?

Please note: it only works between the 30 digital currencies we support (bitcoin, ethereum, zcash, peercoin, dogecoin, litecoin, gamecredits, faircoin, decred, dash, blackcoin, gridcoin and syscoin).

Conversely, if you want to buy bitcoin with fiat currencies, you need to use HolyTransaction Funding to buy bitcoin with credit card, or buy Bitcoin with bank transfer

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Bitcoin ~ Hands On Code: Discover Bitcoin Open-Source Technology

LUISS ENLABS in collaboration with Bitcoin Foundation Italia and
Codemotion presents the first of a series of technical conferences
“Bitcoin ~ Hands On Code”.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 2nd of July, from 4pm to 8pm and enjoys the participation of speakers Thomas Bertani, Founder&CEO BitBoat Ltd, Guido Dassori, IT&building automation Freelancer, Luca Matteis, Semantic Web Developer, as well as Francesco SimonettiAndrey ZamovskiyNickolay Babenko in live streaming from San Francisco.

The mission of the conference is to remove friction between bitcoin and
developers, encouraging the development of an appropriate tech scene
around Bitcoin, an incredible open-source based technology, aiming to
disrupt finance and money as we know them today.

There’s an
enormous opportunity for developers, who are already jumping in and will
have a real impact on the future, contributing to this open-source

Jump on board!


16.00 – Welcome: Tobia De Angelis, Augusto Coppola
16.15 – 17.15 – Panel moderated by Franco Cimatti, Developer and President of Bitcoin-Italia: Speakers’ interventions
17.15 – 17.30 – Break
17.30 – End (Around 20.00) – Hands on Code, guided by Thomas Bertani, a developer with a deep expertise in bitcoin/blockchain and founder of BitBoat.net.

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You say Bitcoin has no intrinsic value? Twenty-two reasons to think again!

Intrinsic Value Defined:

(BitcoinMagazine) Let’s agree what the term “Intrinsic Value” means. For this article
we will use the common Wikipedia entry for the intrinsic theory of
value. This is found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intrinsic_theory_of_value

An intrinsic
theory of value (also called theory of objective value) is any theory
of value in economics which holds that the value of an object, good or
service, is intrinsic or contained in the item itself. Most such
theories look to the process of producing an item, and the costs
involved in that process, as a measure of the item’s intrinsic value.

What are some properties contained in the bitcoin itself?  What are
the properties that make it valuable?  Some pundits like Warren Buffett
seem to remain stuck in the belief that only things you can touch, feel,
and see can be intrinsically valuable.
So now let’s talk about the properties that are found in bitcoin that
are unique or ground-breaking. These properties did not exist before
bitcoin. Some people would rightly point out that many of these
properties can be duplicated. There is, however, one extremely important
factor that separates bitcoin from any other digital coins on the
horizon: the protective shell created by the network that prevents it
from being hacked or commandeered

Bitcoin intrinsic value properties:

  1. It transcends nations, politics, religions, cultures and regulations.
    These vary from country to country in ways that may seem bizarre to
    populations out of its own borders. While one may believe that
    governments always have their best interests at heart, it may be wise to
    see that knife cuts both ways. Some drugs are banned in certain states
    or countries that are allowed in others. Bibles are banned from purchase
    is some countries. Religion, custom, dogma, superstitions prevent
    various purchases based on man-made borders that continually shift over
    time. These policies tend to be created by limited segments of
    populations that can be self-serving.  If one happens to be included in
    the “correct” political party, race, religion, items can be purchased or
    outlawed. It’s all opinion.
The US government bans online gambling.
Is this a moral decision? Many of the same governments think it morally
acceptable to hold their own state-lotteries. The lotteries hold
significantly worse odds and tends to target those in the community that
are the least educated and most susceptible to poverty, alcohol abuse,
and have a generally poor understanding of mathematical probability.
Many have gone on to say that lotteries are simply “a tax on people bad
at math”. Many argue that this is a double standard of governments
which prevents them from taking the moral high ground.
2.    It requires no trust. (in
the short term). It can’t be counterfeit. There is a record of who owns
it (by wallet id) and its validity is publicly known. It requires no
central clearing house. With any other currency, one must trust the
government from which it is issued will continue to maintain its value
by not “overprinting” to pay for its own mismanagement. You can send it
globally without having to trust anybody. This is not true with any
state issued country, bank, credit card company, or anybody else.
Volatility and long-term trust is still building, but when one transacts
in bitcoin, nobody gets in-between sender and receiver unless agreed
beforehand. It’s permission-less.
3.    It can be transparent.
By making wallet IDs public, one can track the flow of money through
other transparent wallets. You cannot do that with any other currency.
You can use this feature to do things like monitor your children’s use.
This can make obsolete entire industries that are built solely on the
fact that money can be hidden, disguised, cheated, etc. These can also
happen to bitcoin, but pressure can be applied by the people to make it
transparent and accountable when needed. Auditors may insist on it for
compliance.  The list of possibilities of this intrinsically valuable
feature can scarcely be imagined.
4.    It can be programmable.
Plans for product layers on top of bitcoin to further its use to become
spendable based on contracts that can be programmed to complete with
built in variables, or be valid to purchase only certain items.  Insist
your college bound kid buys books and not beer for example. Or based on
GPS in a cell phone,  you could send your kids off shopping and it could
be programmed to be spendable only in certain stores.
5.    It can require multi-signatures.
Wallets containing the currency can be set to only unlock with more
than one signing key. This will leave hackers and thieves frustrated.
Try doing that with your grandpa’s money. It is an intrinsic piece of
bitcoin technology.
6.   It can be spent over the internet without a bank account, credit report, identification, and pre-permissions.
Prepaid credit cards can do some of these functions, but only to
locations and countries that accept credit cards. This list of locations
in countries outside of the US is actually decreasing with the amount
of fraud in the networks. Technically, the only item limiting of bitcoin
is the merchant’s acceptance of it. Given the natural law of least
resistance, these limitations could erode as more merchants around the
world realize the potential savings. The network effect will continue to
work its magic.
7.    It can store irrevocable and time stamped records of transactions.
 Absolute clarity of events and their corresponding order is available
in the block chain. Proof of ownership and purchase can be established
without a third party. The trusted and reliable distributed ledger
cannot reasonably be altered (barring a massive scale network attack
which becomes less likely as the network grows).
8.    It allows you to keep your identity from being stolen.  Bitcoin
is nobody’s debt. Paying with bitcoin isn’t a “promise to pay”. It is
payment in full. This could potentially reduces fraud related expenses
on massive scale. http://www.statisticbrain.com/credit-card-fraud-statistics/ There
is no need for a merchant to get bank information or any other kind of
personal information that can be later used in identity theft.
9.    It allows movement across borders.
It can defeat government issued capital controls. The same governments
try to hold their own citizens “hostage” monetarily by outlawing
movement of money outside its own borders. Ask any citizen from any
country ravaged by hyperinflation if this is important. Could it be
possible that it might ever become important
in the USA? If you can foresee the day people will be clamoring to get
out of the US dollar, where do you think they are going to go? Ask
10.     The same wallet can be used anywhere in the world with a connection to the internet.
As the money exists on the global ledger, all you need is the key. This
can be memorized, or written on any piece of paper – even confined
inside a microdot
the size of the period that ends this sentence. Some old time gold bugs
say you can’t bribe the border guards with bitcoin like you can gold. In
the future, border guards will have cellphones and internet access too.
We aren’t living in the 1960s Vietnam or before any longer.
11.    It can move independently of banking rules, laws, and restrictions.
The people in the USA may think this unimportant in their bubble view
of the world, but is this also true of the 150 or so currencies and countries with terrible track records?
Which other currency enjoys this property? Will enough of the world
outside of the US believe it to be so? Is it hard to imagine the
properties of bitcoin being intrinsically valued by populations
subjected to terrible economic policies?  It only takes a billion people
in India fed up with corruption to want an escape mechanism out of the
control of the system. At that point, they won’t give a hoot about what
some American pundit said on “bubble vision” about intrinsic value.
12.    It can be used to resist corruption.
If the citizens stand up united and demand a transparent government,
they can use bitcoin to follow the money in the same way governments use
powers at their disposal for surveillance on their own populations. In
today’s world money corrupts. In tomorrow’s maybe it will become
vice-versa. Let’s see if 86% of the world agrees that any tool that makes less opportunity for corruption is valuable.
13.    It can be made to settle contracts without other parties.
You can program it to settle contracts based on certain events such as
date, proof of ownership, death, or a host of other factors that can be
validated programmatically without a third party to validate if the
conditions were met. It can be used as a record keeping asset tag, and
proof of ownership. Ownership of the private key to the bitcoin is by
definition, the owner. In addition, it can be the source record of
ownership for property title, copyrights, and intellectual property that
transcends borders and locally interpreted laws.  In effect, the
records become the de-facto “single source of truth”. The currency
itself is globally accessible proof of ownership. Can these functions
and properties be reasonably argued to be valuable beyond the currency
14.    There are no age requirements.
Paying for items in a global world requires bank accounts. Bank
accounts are legal properties that can only be established with those of
legal age (18 in most locations). There is no minimum age requirement
to pay for items globally using bitcoin. How many people under 18 have
cell phones, AND need to spend money with no credit card. Smart
businesses have started to recognize this intrinsically valuable
15.    It is more difficult to be used as surveillance.
The main attributes of money are often quoted these days, but one
attribute is rarely mentioned. Money has become surveillance. As people
continue to learn of the horrors of the NSA and other government efforts
to spy on every aspect of their lives, it only takes one person drunk
with power to make all the well-intention sounding policies reverse into
shocking horror. One government required Jews to register themselves
for easy identification, which was then used to “dispose” of them.
Now one’s religion, race, gender,
national origin, political party, age, place of work, address, and much
more can be determined by how and where one spends their money. To those
who think they have nothing to worry about because they are not doing
anything wrong, might ask themselves, what did the Jews have to fear
during the time they were self-registering?  They also were not
(generally) doing anything wrong. That’s only one example in a history
littered with them. Is the ability to obscure one’s spending habits
intrinsically valuable? Is it possible to imagine how much of the
population of the world would think it is?
16.   Bitcoin as money bandwidth.
If one were to transfer value between large companies or nations, much
of the world has discovered bitcoin to be a very efficient payment
network to do this. If bitcoin was thought of as envelopes to be stuffed
with dollars or other currencies for transport, only the size of the
envelope itself that contains the dollars inside would be the limiting
factor. To increase the ability and usefulness of this feature, the
envelopes represented in bitcoin price will have to inflate enormously
to take on that load. The Federal Reserve and former Vice Presidents have caught on.  So has smart Venture Capitalist firms that have a knack for being one step ahead of everybody else.
17.    It can be the basis of a new eco system. Right now entire new ecosystems
are being built up around the new currency (in use, if not government
recognition).  Gold towns sprang up into eco-systems but crashed when
the gold veins ran dry. We know exactly how deep the bitcoin well can go
and the rate at which it will be found. What other modern day
ecosystems are being built because of the intrinsic values of a
18.    It can upend centuries-old money monopolies.  The strangleholds on monetary policy continue to be held by relatively few extremely wealthy families
for centuries.  Bitcoin has the possibility to change the paradigm
completely. These banks will likely find ways to maintain their power
and wealth and there is nothing preventing them from moving into digital
currencies to maintain it.  However, which other currency has the
possibility to change the dynamic? Many in the world will likely place
much value in the paradigm shift that is possible. When was the last
time a monetary unit threatened to rewrite the rules from the ground up?
19.    Democratization of money. An explosive report
from a whistleblower from the World Bank reports that all networked
banking infrastructure throughout the entire world can be traced back to
12 people who make decisions at the privately controlled US Federal
Reserve bank.  Consensus driven, public records, and democratization of
money made possible by bitcoin, might change the rules.
20.    Gives the unbanked population access to banking features they might not otherwise enjoy. As the much smaller digital currency M-Pesa proved,
the poverty riddled villages with no access to banking were able to
lift themselves out of poverty with simple abilities to pay suppliers
and start businesses. With the cross border scale and usability of
bitcoin, imagine the same results x 1,000. Are there any national
currencies up to this task?
21.    It can be extremely hard to steal.
Muggers of the future will be at a loss for what to do with the bitcoin
they can’t take from your wallet or purse.  That money will be no good
to them without the private keys to spend it. There likely will no
longer be credit cards there was well. Could robbery itself become
obsolete? Hackers will soon have a difficult time stealing money from
multi-signature wallets.
22.    It represents economic freedom.
Because of all of the reasons stated above, it might as well be called
the currency of freedom. Dictators will hate it. Totalitarian
governments will hate it in proportion equal to the amount of corruption the government enjoys.
The worst countries for freedom believe that  money exist primarily to
serve the country and personal ownership of it is just an illusion they
can confiscate at will. Banks technically own it as soon it’s deposited.
Through court order, government taxation, or inflation, they always get
it back. Bitcoin offers some protection. We become our own bank.
Many people will likely debate this list.
 Others might be open to the suggestion that if just ONE of these
factors is agreeable to most reasonable people, the description used by
Wikipedia might also be applied to bitcoin.  A year from now, there
might be another list compiled that is just as long as this one – of
things that can’t possibly be imagined today.

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Twenty mind-bending secrets about Bitcoin

(BitcoinMagazine) This article will introduce some of bitcoin’s Mind-Bending amazing
abilities only few people know. As you read this list, remember your
favorite so can impress your friends with your new
incredible bitcoin knowledge.

1.  Fun with programmable money

  • Bitcoin wallets are like personal debit cards that you can create
    and assign yourself to store your bitcoin. Some new wallet versions can
    be programmed with bizarre abilities.
  • You can program features like GPS coordinates on your phone that make the money unavailable off if your kid leaves the city.
  • You can also create “treasure hunts” where coins will suddenly be
    released for you to use if you find yourself in the right place at the
    right time.
  • You may also release money by calendar dates –  gifting bitcoin
    money that can’t be used until their 18th birthday or Christmas. Or set
    up a will that releases amounts in intervals long after your death.
  • Huge potential for ideas not yet imagined.

2.    First purchase with bitcoin

  • Bitcoin’s price wasn’t established by a committee, government, or special council.
  • Florida resident Laszo Hanyez may go down in history for buying the
    most expensive pizza ever recorded. He also makes history for making the
    first significant purchase using bitcoin.
  • His 10,000 bitcoins used in June of 2010 bought two Papa John’s Pizzas worth about $30 at that time.
  • Today’s equivalent price is about $5 million.
  • For the first 18 months they were worthless. The pizza purchase was
    the event that set the price of bitcoin at about a third of one penny
  • Within weeks, they were being bought and sold for 8 cents, representing a price increase of over 1,000%.

3.   Bitcoins to billions

  • In 2013 the price of a single bitcoin went from $13 to over $1,000 for an increase over 7,000%.
  • At that rate, the owner of one bitcoin today would be a millionaire in two years.
  • And would become a billionaire only 18 months after that.

4.   Bitcoin is not alone

  • Thousands of other digital currencies have since been created once bitcoin became popular.
  • Litecoin, Peercoin, Dogecoin and many more can be purchased on various online exchanges.
  • Thousands of people buy altcoins, hoping the bitcoin lighting strikes twice.

 5.   World’s fastest supercomputer

  • The current computing power protecting the Bitcoin network is over
    6,000 times more powerful than the top 500 supercomputers of the world
    combined. And still growing faster.
  • Computer power is measured in “petaflops”. One petaflop is equal to one thousand trillion calculations per second.
  • Top 500 supercomputers combined can calculate 250 petaflops. (Indicated by the arrow on the graph below).
  • By comparison, the bitcoin network can calculate 883,000 petaflops.
  • It is roughly the equivalent in scale between eight sticks of butter verses the largest 15,000  pound African Elephant.

6.   The amazing bitcoin wallet

  • Before you buy bitcoin you can create your own personal bitcoin wallet before you fund it.
  • The number of possible wallet IDs that can be created are roughly the same amount as atoms on the earth.
  • You can create as many as you want. They are free.
  • New wallets can be secured with two or more passwords.
  • You can also print your wallet to make a “Paper Wallet”  that allows you to store your bitcoin off-line.

7.    Spend bitcoin with smart phones for everyone

  • The $25 smartphone is on the way.
  • It is estimated that in 2014 there will be more cellphones than people on earth.
  • Many poor countries just skipped  land-line telephones and went straight to cellphones.
  • Where they don’t have electricity, they charge them daily using solar panels.
  • Most developing countries do not have access to banking – but the bank can come to them with bitcoin and a smartphone.
  • Sending digital cash has already proven to lift entire villages out of poverty.
  • This opens up their entire world from which to buy and sell items rather than just a few neighbors with cash on hand.

8.   Magic the Gathering and bitcoin

  • The first big online bitcoin exchange was Mt. Gox. It got its start and name by trading playing cards for “Magic The Gathering Online EXchange.
  • They once accounted for over 80% of all Bitcoin trades.
  • They started trading bitcoins when they were worth less than a dollar.
  • Unsurprisingly, when the world found out that bitcoins were worth a
    lot more than playing cards, the tiny company was overwhelmed.
  • More than half of all first generation Bitcoin exchanges have closed down.
  • Now big finance companies are creating their own exchanges in the US that are regulated and insured.

9.    Say goodbye to “Bitcoin” and hello to “Bits”

  • Currently, one full bitcoin is divisible down to eight decimal places.
  • The Bitcoin community has started referring the the sixth decimal point from a full bitcoin where they will be called “bits.”
  • Bits are part of bitcoins as pennies are to a dollar – except it would take a million of them to buy a full bitcoin.
  • Calling them “nano-dimes” sounded dumb.
  • Today one hundred dollars migh buy you .2 bitcoins. Or it can buy
    you 200,000 bits.  It’s the same amount, but which one makes you feel
  • At some point, we might be able to sing that song (commonly played with hand- drums).  “Shave and a haircut..  2 BITS”

10.    Spy Vs Spy. Your bank in a microdot

  • Future Bitcoin billionaires can include their entire banking Bitcoin
    fortune – in a dot the size of a period. When you have access to any
    computer or phone with Internet connection you can simply type in your
    account number and password as needed.
  • Your account is all stored and available to you on the public ledger
    available anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

 11.    Forget money laundering. Your activity is recorded

  • Every transaction is tracked the Bitcoin public ledger, recorded and
    shared around the world. The ledger cannot be changed and it’s
    continually reconciled, verified and protected by bitcoin’s world-wide
  • Every time a bitcoin trades hands, a trail of digital breadcrumbs follows it forever.
  • You may or may not allow people to know your personal wallet
    information, so your bitcoin account is as secret as you want it to be.
  • Once bitcoin passes through widely known wallet addresses, it may be
    traceable by super-secret organizations that may, or may not, rhyme
    with Em- essay.
  • Relax, if you aren’t doing any really, really bad – it’s probably
    not worth the trouble for anybody to track your every spend. Not one

12.    Gambling once accounted for most transactions

  • The web gambling site “Satoshidice” once accounted for about half of bitcoin transactions.
  • Due to murky gambling laws in various jurisdictions, gaming on  Satoshidice is currently not allowed from US-based IP addresses.
  • Provably Fair (http://provablyfair.org/)
    is a website that  has risen to act as an independent probability odds
    checker for people to validate the odds of customer bets being
    mathematically fair for the computers running the gaming systems.
  • Many online casinos are having their computer programs independently and voluntarily certified.
  • Today bitcoin use is spread over several industries in addition to gambling.

13.    Watch people trade in their paper money

  • The website Fiat Leak shows a world map which allows you to see which country is exchanging their native currency for bitcoin in real-time.
  • The larger the coin floating up – the bigger the dollar amount.
  • The amounts all accumulate over a 10 minute period, which is the
    point that the ledger is reconciled and copied throughout the world for
  • Once you go digital, you don’t go back.
  • Ask the tape recorder.

14.   It might become currency for poorly run countries

  • Total value of bitcoin measured in US Dollars has surpassed 100 national currencies out of 160.
  • Some are
    beginning to ask if it is possible to one day to scrap some smaller
    national currencies that continue to fail –  and use bitcoin instead.

15.      Bitcoin may be more important than the internet

  • Several hundred million dollars are projected to be invested into Bitcoin startups by large corporations in 2014.
  • Comparisons of importance are made by experts and scientists daily,
    who often talk about the importance of how this will change the world
    and often compare it with the invention of the Internet itself.
  • Marc Andreessen, who invented Mosaic, the first web browser, is one of many technical professionals who talk about Bitcoin and
    reminds him of how he and his friends changed the Internet and World
    Wide Web back in 1993 when it was still considered a techie geek
    technology.  As a reference point, most of the US was using the internet regularly just seven years later.

16.   Watch bitcoin network grow

  •  See the time-lapse representation of the bitcoin network build out as it assembles and grows together around the world.
  • It’s not much different than watching the progress of the early internet grow.

17.    Robbing money may become obsolete

  •  New digital wallets will require at least two signatures (passwords) or more to use.
  • This might include government’s robbery of its own citizens as many countries help themselves to one’s banking funds when they want.
  • One can require as many signature passwords as you like. Go nuts and
    require 51 signatures… Imagine the Senate being compelled to reach
    majority before spending your taxes locked in a public wallet.

18.    It can stop identity theft

  •   As making payments with bitcoin is the equivalent of cash, there is no banking information required from a retailer.
  • The hacker attack at Target, Neiman Marcus, and Michael’s (among a
    host of others) that stole users banking credit card information
    wouldn’t have happened if they had only accepted bitcoin payment.
  • Paying in bitcoin is not a promise to pay. It’s payment in full.

19.   No permission required

  •   Over half of the world have no banking account. They can’t get
    access to regular loans, credit or checking account. They can’t get
    permission from the creditors.
  • Bitcoin doesn’t require a bank account or credit report, and you
    don’t have to be of legal age for contracts. And they can buy and sell
    in a world-wide market for once. They didn’t need permission from the
  • One doesn’t need to be a citizen, or have identification or forms to fill out to own it. It requires no government permission.
  • You are your own bank. No permission required.

 20.  Bitcoin the currency is only the beginning

  • The Bitcoin network and ledger has features that can also function
    as a way to store records of ownership, titles, copyrights and
    trademarks, home and car titles.
  • It can replace the function of a notary public.
  • All records are shared and distributed in a central location shared
    by the entire world copied on thousands of millions of computers.
  • As the Internet did to the publishing industry, Bitcoin could
    similarly disrupt several other fields or even render them obsolete.
  • Anybody’s job it is to move funds from one account to another may
    need to learn a job as those functions can now be programmed, automated
    and transparent.
  • Bitcoin 2.0 technologies and new start-up companies have already begun.

This list is only the start. Look into the amazing bitcoin and report
back your own found mind-benders in the comments section. Then play
bitcoin trivia with your friends – they may not believe you.

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10 things you should know about Bitcoin and digital currencies

After reading these 10 things to know about the confusing world of digital currencies, you’ll feel confident joining the conversation.
1. The difference between virtual, digital, and cryptocurrencies
(TechRepublic) Virtual currencies were developed because of trust issues with financial institutions and digital transactions. Though they aren’t even considered to be “money” by everyone, virtual currencies are independent of traditional banks and could eventually pose competition for them.
First, there are three terms that are sometimes used interchangeably that we need to sort out: virtual currency, digital currency, and cryptocurrency.
Virtual currency was defined in 2012 by the European Central Bank as “a type of unregulated, digital money, which is issued and usually controlled by its developers, and used and accepted among the members of a specific virtual community.” Last year, the US Department of Treasury said that digital currency operates like traditional currency, but does not have all the same attributes — as in, it doesn’t have legal tender.
Digital currency, however, is a form of virtual currency that is electronically created and stored. Some types of digital currencies are
cryptocurrencies, but not all of them are.
So that leads us to the more specific definition of a cryptocurrency, which is a subset of digital currencies that uses cryptography for security so that it is extremely difficult to counterfeit. A defining feature of these is the fact they are not issued by any central authority.
2. The origin of Bitcoin
Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a number associated with a Bitcoin address. In 2008, a programmer (or group of programmers) under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto published a paper describing digital currencies. Then in 2009, it launched software that created the first Bitcoin network and cryptocurrency. Bitcoin was created to take power out of the hands of the government and central bankers, and put it back into the hands of the people.
There are currently about 12 million Bitcoins in circulation, though when it was created, the programmer said there is a finite limit of 21 million Bitcoins out there. They are currently valued at around $460 each, according to Bitcoin Charts, which tracks the activity. The value surged as high as $1000 each in December 2013.
3. The origin of Dogecoin
Dogecoin is a form of cryptocurrency that was created in December 2013. It features Doge, the Shiba Inu that has turned into a famous internet meme. It was created by Billy Markus from Portland, Oregon, who wanted
to reach a broader demographic than Bitcoin did. As of March, more than 65 billion Dogecoins have been mined, and the production schedule of this
cryptocurrency is in production faster than most.
Earlier this year, the Dogecoin community raised funds for the Jamaican bobsled team to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics when they could not afford to go. The community also raised 67.8 million coins (about $55,000) to sponsor NASCAR driver Josh Wise, who drove the Doge-themed car in several races.
Because there’s a lot of them, Dogecoin is valued pretty low — 1,000 Dogecoins are worth $0.46.
4. Other types of digital currencies
There are other types of digital currencies, though we don’t hear much about them. The next most popular is probably Litecoin, which is accepted by some online retailers. It was inspired by Bitcoin and is nearly identical, but it was created to improve upon Bitcoin by using open source design.
There are many other types of cryptocurrencies, such as Peercoin, Ripple, Mastercoin, and Namecoin. Cryptocurrencies get some flack because they are often replicates of other versions, with no real improvements.
5. Bitcoin regulations
Who is in charge of Bitcoin? The point of the currency is that it is decentralized, but there are legalities that differ in every country. Law enforcement and tax authorities are concerned about the use of this cryptocurrency because of its anonymity and the ease of using it for money laundering and other illegal activities. Bitcoin was the prime currency on Silk Road, which was used to sell illegal goods, including drugs. It was shut down in 2013 by the FBI.
The US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) hasn’t yet issued specific
regulations on digital currencies, but it often warns about investment schemes and fraud. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an agency under the Department of Treasury, took initiative and published virtual currency guidelines in 2013. Many countries are still deciding how they will tax virtual currencies. The IRS is specifically concerned with virtual currencies being used for unreported income.
6. How Ben Bernanke changed the Bitcoin game
In late 2013, the first congressional hearing on virtual currency was held to
outline the pros and cons of Bitcoin. The hearing ended up providing a
financial boost for the currency, because US officials talked about it as a
legitimate source of money, as opposed to only discussing its role in illegal
Although he didn’t attend, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a letter to US senators that virtual currencies “may hold long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure, and more efficient payment system.” Bitcoin, which was valued around $13 in the beginning of 2013, jumped sharply after news of his comments broke.
7. How to get Bitcoins
There are three ways you can get Bitcoins: buy them on an exchange like HolyTransaction, accept them for products and services, and mine them. We’ll get to the latter process in the next section.
To start, download a Bitcoin wallet. There are many websites where you can download an app on your phone or computer to store Bitcoins. MultiBit is an app you can download for Windows, Mac and Linux. Bitcoin
for Android runs on your phone or tablet. To store the Bitcoins, you have three options:
1. Desktop wallets leave you responsible for protecting the currency and
doing your own backups.
2. Mobile wallets allow you to travel with the Bitcoins anywhere, and you
are responsible for them. Mobile apps allow you to scan a QR code or tap to
3. Web wallets are transacted through a third party service provider. If
anything happens on their side or it gets hacked, you run the risk of losing
the Bitcoins, so extra backups and secure passwords are suggested.
is, Bitcoins can be stolen in huge quantities, just like money, and with no
centralized bank, there’s no way to recoup the losses. There are several types of Bitcoin ATMs, which exchange Bitcoins for flat currencies. Most machines are expensive and rare, ranging from $5,000 to $2,000. Skyhook,
a Portland, Oregon-based company, demoed a $1,000, machine at a conference this month. It is the first portable, open source ATM.
8. How to mine for Bitcoins
It’s like mining for gold, just on the computer. You need a Bitcoin wallet and
specific software, which is free and open source. The most popular is GUIMiner, which searches for the special number combination to unlock a transaction. The more powerful your PC is, the faster you can mine. In the early days, it was easy to find Bitcoins, and some people found hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the cryptocurrency using their computers. Now, though, more expensive hardware is required to find them. Each Bitcoin blockchain is 25 Bitcoin addresses, so it takes a lot of time to find them on your own. The exact amount of time ranges depending on the hardware power, but mining all day could drive your energy bill up and only mine a tiny fraction of a Bitcoin — it may take days to mine enough to purchase anything.
To tackle that problem, there are now mining pools. Miners around the world can band together to combine the power of their computer systems and then share the profits between participants. The most popular one is Slush’s Pool, where smaller, more steady payouts are given instead of a lump sum.
9. Where you can use Bitcoin
There are many places you can use Bitcoin to purchase products or services. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list, which includes big corporations and smaller, independent retailers including bakeries and restaurants. You can also use the currencies to buy flights, train tickets, and hotels on CheapAir; upgrades to your OK Cupid profile; products on Overstock.com; gift cards on eGifter. There’s a list on SpendBitcoins that shows all the places that accept the cryptocurrency.
10. The future of virtual currency
The value of Bitcoin has fluctuated drastically throughout the last year, and there are still 9 million of the coins out there in cyberspace. However, many
security issues remain, and that will continue to be a problem. In 2013, Mt. Gox, a Japanese exchange, handled 70% of all Bitcoin transactions, but they lost some 750,000 Bitcoins in February 2014 and filed for bankruptcy, and nothing has been proven in the case. Since it’s universal, it’s useful for international transactions, and could be helpful for transactions in developing countries.
Some experts suggest putting a few aside if you have them and see what happens in the coming months and years, because there are sure to be regulations on the currency soon. With businesses jumping on the bandwagon and investors becoming interested in cryptocurrency, look for momentum to grow, but it will take time for the situation to stabilize as governments, the international community, and the people of the internet decide on how the next generation of currency will transition to a digital world.

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Building a Bitcoin Economy: how to stimulate adoption

This how-to guide is part of a series written by director Andrew Wagner on behalf of the Bitcoin Co-op.
Think you have what it takes to be a real Bitcoin
evangelist? Want to learn how to start your mission into the world of
fiat economics? Having preached the good word of Satoshi to laymen of
all kinds, I’ve made my mark and learned a lot about promoting crypto
adoption. Before you begin your journey, take a moment to read and learn
about the science of Bitcoin evangelism.
Most cryptocurrency initiatives require one of two
things: intellectual capital (to code the software and design the
systems that make everything work) and financial capital (to pay for
hardware, commercial space, legal fees, and intellectual capital if it
is lacking). Adoption is probably the only field of the crypto industry
that requires cultural or social capital, at least at the grassroots
level. But what does that mean in practice?
The first step on your mission is to assess the
connections you already have. In my case, that was a network of notable
Vancouver Meet Up groups, and a job as a venue promoter. At first you
won’t have existing merchants to refer to as references, so you’re going
to need to find people who really trust you. Plenty of free solutions
to accept exist, and once they realize the advantages of cryptocurrency,
they’re likely to stick with it.
Those advantages, however, are not enough. The
superiority of accepting payments via Bitcoin is meaningless if nobody
is spending their bitcoins. Even if Bitcoiners prefer to spend
fiat–maybe because the price is on an upswing–just bringing their
business to the adopting merchant provides the necessary incentive, and
there are a number of ways you can do that.
This is where experience as a Meet Up organizer will
come in handy. If you’re not a member of your local cryptocurrency Meet
Up, already, become one, or start your own group if none exists.
Community pages at Facebook and Google Plus will also help. Since all of
the businesses I signed up were event venues like coffee shops,
restaurants and bars, I was able to bring them business directly by
holding Meet Ups at their locations. Even for non-venue businesses,
though, a community allows you to connect producers to consumers and get
the word out.
Once you have a network in place, set about bringing
more businesses on board, and that network should grow. In addition to
the natural benefits of cryptocurrency, you now can now promise
additional benefits in the form of direct customers–look for businesses
likely to be open minded, like those already hosting Meet Ups or listed
on websites like GroupOn or LivinSocial. Each new adopter you post to
social media will bring more Bitcoiners into the fold, which in turn
increases the amount of business (and incentive) you can provide.
Eventually, your following should grow to the point that
you can bring more customers indirectly via publicity than you can
directly. You should probably have a couple local reporter contacts, by
now. New crypto Meet Ups and splinter groups will form, and inevitably
the majority of events and merchant connections will be initiated by
people other than yourself. This is natural in community building, and
even moreso in a community based on techno-libertarian roots–don’t be
Just go with it, take a step back, and use your newfound
marketing power to promote those working together for the cause. If you
maintain an honest, non-profit-focused campaign, you will become the
face of this new community; forward media inquiries where appropriate,
and engage positively with the mainstream media. Soon you’ll be ready to
take Bitcoin adoption to the next level.

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Why simplicity is best for bitcoin growth

With the many people who have boarded the bitcoin train
lately, and bitcoin acceptance growing each and every day, security is
still of paramount concern and for those new to bitcoin or wondering
about buying some, there are still many doubts and uncertainties, which
hang over them.

Bitcoin questions(BitScan) Bitcoin
is a fascinating technology and our job as users is to keep it safe. I
had a friend tell me this weekend that bitcoin was “too hard for people
to learn.” I reminded him that email is used by so many people and that
less than 10% of those who use it, understand it all. The same will go
for bitcoin.

Often these newcomers to bitcoin are overwhelmed with

It is not surprising it all sounds too complex to even begin to understand and get involved.

The email analogy

Imagine if I had told you when email was starting that there was this
cool electronic mail available now and I think you should check it out.
To that, you ask, “How does it work?” I could answer you in two ways:

1. “You type out a message, put in the intended recipients address, and click send.” Or

2. “To start, you go to your mail user agent, or your MUA. You
address your message to the intended recipient and click the “send”
button. This causes the MUA to format the message using Simple Mail
Transfer Protocol, or SMTP and delivers the message to a local mail
submission agent, an MSA that is located at an SMTP address that is run
by your ISP.

email and bitcoin

Your MSA looks at the destination address provided in the SMTP
protocol, starting with the part before the @ sign, which is the local
part of the address and often a username, and then the part after the @
sign, which is a domain name. The MSA resolves a domain name to
determine the fully qualified domain name of the mail server in the
Domain Name System or DNS. The DNS server responds with any MX records
that are listed as the mail exchange servers for that domain.

SMTP transfers the message and your recipient then needs to press the
“get mail” button in his MUA, which picks up the message using either
Post Office Protocol also named POP3 or the Internet Message Access
Protocol or IMAP. It’s easy as pie!”

I wonder how many of us would have forged ahead with email had the
second version been the usual explanation given. Bitcoin is still in its
infancy and products will be coming along as well as solutions to make
it easier on the user. Much like Outlook and Google made email easier,
so too will product developers and businesses make bitcoin easier.

Keep It Simple

So, when talking bitcoin, keep it simple.

Think about what it can be used for and how it can benefit the newcomer:
that It is potentially the future of commerce, it is instantly transferred anywhere in the world for a low fee
and it provides a way for you to become your own bank.
Extra details can be added as required and if the interest is there.

Allaying Fears

One of the main worries that anybody, new to or expert in bitcoin
has, is over security and potential theft. With hackers and their tools
getting better and faster with each day, we must protect ourselves now
before it it’s too late.

First, line of defense is a secure password.
NEVER use the same password on more than one site. You may end up
giving a scammer universal access. So now they have your bitcoin, and
passwords to all your online wallets, exchanges, email and more.

An easy and free solution might be LastPass. It is a simple and
effective way to manage all of your passwords as it stores your entire
password, encrypted on your device and all you need is to remember one
master password. There are other options as well. Do a search for
password managers and make sure they are secure and reputable.

The take away here is every password you have should be unique, at
least 15 characters with some of each upper and lower case letters,
numbers and symbols, and not contain dictionary words, names or places.

There are other safety steps that can be taken including storing bitcoin offline or in a paper wallet. See what the creator of bitcoinpaperwallet.com has to say here.
All these measures can be used when greater amounts of bitcoin are
involved but for ease of use for a new user with a small amount, finding
the best bitcoin wallet or wallet app is key.

Your Bitcoin Wallet is like the wallet in your pocket – except you
have the private key for that wallet – so it is incredibly difficult for
anyone to steal your wallet and make use of the bitcoin without your
private key.


The more people who are encouraged to adopt bitcoin, the stronger and
more normal it becomes. There are no regulators for bitcoin,
decentralization means that the bitcoin community has to keep its own
house in order. By sharing information and spreading the word the
community can help bitcoin in its progress. By helping each other stay
safe, the bitcoin horror stories can be kept to a minimum.

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