The day Amazon accepts Bitcoin

For the past few years, people have been speculating as to when Amazon might begin accepting Bitcoin for payments. There are even some nifty work-a-rounds that allow you to make purchases from Amazon using bitcoins such as zinc or eGifter. However, these require a bit of effort and don’t offer the seamlessness of paying Amazon […]

A Renaissance for bitcoin?

Let’s engage in a little Gedanken (or thought) experiment. What if by virtue of law or just increasing regulatory burden, the exchange of bitcoin to USD in the United States were completely eliminated. Would this spell the end of bitcoin? I would like to suggest not. Certainly, there would be a precipitous drop in “value” […]

Ticking time bomb?

Most of the regulatory discussion around “miners” (an unfortunate term not used in the Bitcoin whitepaper except as analogy) discusses their introduction of bitcoin value into the market and whether their acceptance of payment for that constitutes an exchanger (exchanging virtual currency value for fiat currency value). FinCen recently said that “so long as the […]

Bitcoin miners and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

FinCEN recently issued a letter in which they clarified some of the requirements for Bitcoin miners. The full text of the administrative ruling is available at http://cointext.com/fincen-issues-bitcoin-friendly-ruling-for-miners/ and concerns the activity of Atlantic City Bitcoin LLC. The Twitterverse has been very active but much of the pronouncements have been of the form “FinCEN says miners […]