January 30,2015- In This Issue:


New Coinbase Bitcoin Exchange Is the Best One Yet

With virtually no warning save a teaser tweet the day before, the Coinbase Bitcoin Exchange went live Monday.


This is a major step for Bitcoin. As the first licensed U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange, it will help legitimize the digital currency in the eyes of the public as well as the broader financial community.


It was no coincidence that Coinbase won $75 million in venture capital funding last week. Among the investors were the New York Stock Exchange, former Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit, and Spanish banking giant Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (NYSE: BBVA).


"To have an organized exchange that has the backing of thoughtful venture capitalists and investors addresses one of the main problems with Bitcoin: its extreme volatility," Duke University finance professor and cryptocurrency expert Campbell R. Harvey told The Wall Street Journal. "Bitcoin has been sorely in need of something like this." 


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Why gaming companies can't afford NOT to take Bitcoin

With the introduction of Bitcoin in the world of payment, the gaming industry was to change forever as well. Some of the first Bitcoin websites were online betting portals, casinos and simple head and tails games.


The advantages of using Bitcoin involve its steadily growing status as a cost-efficient form of cryptocurrency. The main benefit focuses on the cost of making a Bitcoin transaction. Since it is relatively cheap to make a single transaction, more operators are exploring the idea of using them.


The most famous online gaming websites and the first to offer unregulated gaming is SatoshiDice. SatoshiDice launched in April 2012. As of January 2013, it had taken in approximately $15 million in bets. During 2012, SatoshiDice reported profits of over $500,000 in US dollars.


LazyCoins to Preview The Killer Bitcoin App LazyPay at BitcoinExpo 2015 London

 London, January 24, 2015 - LazyCoins demoed their killer Bitcoin app LazyPay at the BitcoinExpo 2015 in London last weekend. The company has spent months carefully and quietly planning to take the app public. Including running the payment and merchant services app through testing with a security firm. And holding Q&As in order to perfect their software and get everything right before debuting to the world.


The free conference ran from January 24-25 at the Central Foundation Boys' School on Cowper Street, London. LazyCoins Founder and CEO Danial Daychopan calls London, "a great place for bitcoin businesses and entrepreneurs."

Daychopan began his talk at the conference on the importance of security. He stressed this is the number one focus for both their exchange and their merchant services app, to guarantee "rock solid security" for their users.


These Are the Hottest New Open Source Projects Right Now

Gobs of new open source projects are released every year, but only a few really capture the imaginations of businesses and developers.


Open source software management company Black Duck tries to spot these, measuring which projects attract the most contributors, produce the most code, and garner the most attention from the developer world at large.


Dubbed the Black Duck Rookies of the Year, the ranking isn't a perfect measure of the project popularity, but it can be can tell us a bit about where the world of open source is going. And that's no small thing. So much of the internet-and the modern business world-now runs on open source software, software that's freely shared with the world at large.


Bitcoin Price Is a Distraction: WSJ Columnist Casey

Wall Street Journal Senior Columnist Michael Casey and Former CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton discuss the future and technology of bitcoin. They speak on "Market Makers."