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I wanted to start a new thread on Bitcoin for the sake of maintaining a semi-comprehensive list of Bitcoin related resources and news for my fellow eBrandonites. Anyone who may be interested in Bitcoin is encouraged to explore the following links to explore the Bitcoin world. The simplest way I can put it is that Bitcoin is a hybrid between a currency and a payment system. There is no "Bitcoin" company or central governing body, it's a peer to peer network, a protocol that maintains a PUBLIC general ledger. Bitcoin and its markets are accessible 24/7 365 days of the year. Here is a little primer for context. This is a video of your average day news anchors struggling with the concept of the internet in 1994. This is where Bitcoin is right now in terms of understanding by the general population. http://youtu.be/JUs7iG1mNjI Alright, onto the meat and potatoes... Bitcoin 101: What is Bitcoin? - http://youtu.be/Um63OQz3bjo Basics of Bitcoin - http://youtu.be/QyVeHC4X2eA Bitcoin - Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin Understanding Bitcoin(1 of 3) - http://youtu.be/O0oDDIy0P2s Understanding Bitcoin(2 of 3) - http://youtu.be/-CI7XXzJDqo Understanding Bitcoin(3 of 3) - http://youtu.be/q6MGcE68-8g US Congressional Hearing On Bitcoin - http://youtu.be/CSTo9XgOgtY Bitcoin's Advantages and Potential: Bitcoin Q&A with Andreas Antonopoulos - http://youtu.be/kIy2Fw9xjuk Bitcoin Crash Course - http://youtu.be/JP9-lAYngi4 Bitcoin Protocol Advantages and Potential - http://youtu.be/c2CsJ2HMA2I Transformational as the World Wide Web? - http://youtu.be/VDO7TDMlxsY Bitcoin Market Activity and Price History: Live transaction feed of Bitcoin Network - http://blockchain.info 1 Year Bitcoin Market Cap - http://blockchain.info/charts/market-cap 1 Year Bitcoin Price Chart http://bitcoincharts.com/charts/mtgoxUSD#rg360ztgSzm1g10zm2g25 Interactive charts - http://bitcoinwisdom.com/ Bitcoin Watch - http://bitcoinwatch.com/ Cryptocoin Market Caps - http://coinmarketcap.com/ Bitcoin Quotes: "Bitcoin is a techno tour de force." - Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft "You can't stop things like Bitcoin. It will be everywhere and the world will have to readjust. World governments will have to readjust" - John McAfee, Founder of McAfee "Bitcoin may be the TCP/IP of money." - Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail "I think the internet is going to be one of the major forces for reducing the role of government. The one thing that’s missing but that will soon be developed, is a reliable e-cash." Quoted as stated in 1999! See video for full quote - http://youtu.be/6MnQJFEVY7s - Milton Friedman, winner of Nobel prize in economics "I really like Bitcoin. I own Bitcoins. It's a store of value, a distributed ledger. It's a great place to put assets, especially in places like Argentina with 40 percent inflation, where $1 today is worth 60 cents in a year, and a government's currency does not hold value. It's also a good investment vehicle if you have an appetite for risk. But it won't be a currency until volatility slows down." - David Marcus, CEO of Paypal "I do think Bitcoin is the first encrypted money that has the potential to do something like change the world." - Peter Thiel, Co-Founder of Paypal "It's money 2.0, a huge huge huge deal." - Chamath Palihapitiya, Previous head of AOL instant messenger "Virgin Galactic is a bold entrepreneurial technology. It's driving a revolution and Bitcoin is doing just the same when it comes to inventing a new currency." - Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic and 400+ other businesses "Entire classes of bugs are missing." - Dan Kaminsky, Security Penetration Expert for Cisco and Avaya "Every informed person needs to know about Bitcoin because it might be one of the world’s most important developments." - Leon Louw, Nobel Peace prize nominee "We have elected to put our money and faith in a mathematical framework that is free of politics and human error." - Tyler Winklevoss, Co-creator of Facebook "The governments of the world have spent hundreds and hundreds of trillions of dollars bailing out a decaying, dickensian, outmoded system called banking, when the solution to the future of finance is peer-to-peer. It’s going to be alternative currencies like bitcoin and it’s not actually going to be a banking system as we had before 2008." - Patrick Young, Financial analyst "I think the fact that within the bitcoin universe an algorithm replaces the functions of the government...is actually pretty cool. I am a big fan of Bitcoin” - Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States "Bitcoin actually has the balance and incentives right, and that is why it is starting to take off" - Julian Assange, Founder of Wikileaks "Bitcoin is a very exciting development, it might lead to a world currency. I think over the next decade it will grow to become one of the most important ways to pay for things and transfer assets." - Kim Dotcom, CEO of MegaUpload "Virtual Currencies may hold long-term promise, particularly if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient payment system." - Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bitcoin News & Developments: Winnipeg Free Press Article - http://imgur.com/a/QwuDR Overstock.com Accepts Bitcoin http://globalnews.ca/news/1095540/overstock-com-first-major-retailer-to-accept-bitcoin-payments/ Sales of $124K in 24 hours for Overstock http://twitter.com/OverstockCEO/status/421682424976654336 Gyft Accepts Bitcoin - http://www.gyft.com/bitcoin/ Sacramento Kings Accept Bitcoin http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304603704579323352532979922 TigerDirect Accepts Bitcoin http://www.coindesk.com/tiger-direct-accept-bitcoin/ 6 Virgin Galactic Space Flights Purchased with Bitcoins, $250,000 each http://www.coindesk.com/richard-branson-6-bitcoin-customers-confirmed-virgin-galactic-space-filght/ Tesla bought with $100,000 in Bitcoins http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/06/autos/tesla-bitcoin/ Lamborghini bought with $200,000 in Bitcoin http://www.dailydot.com/business/4chan-bitcoin-lamborghini/ Bitcoin is not just digital currency. It's Napster for finance. http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/01/21/bitcoin-platform/ Bitcoin on Jeopardy - http://youtu.be/HFnCkxc8tCo BitPay Exceeds $100 Million in Bitcoin Transaction http://www.pymnts.com/news/businesswire-feed/2013/december/11/bitpay-exceeds-100-000-000-in-bitcoin-transactions-processed-20131211005909 BitPay's new 0% fee pricing plans obliterate credit cards http://bitpay.com/pricing?1= The Biggest Endorsement That Bitcoin Has Ever Received http://www.businessinsider.com/david-woo-on-bitcoin-2013-12 Bitcoin Prices Becoming More Stable http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-24/bitcoin-prices-becoming-more-stable-convergex-says.html Virtual currency making waves in Waterloo region http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/bitcoin-breakout-virtual-currency-making-waves-in-waterloo-region-1.1651659 Bitcoin Resources and Wallets Bitcoin.org - http://bitcoin.org/en/ Weusecoins.com - http://www.weusecoins.com/en/ Getting Started - http://www.weusecoins.com/en/getting-started Top Questions - http://www.weusecoins.com/en/questions Canadian Bitcoin Exchange: Canadian Vitual Exchange - http://www.cavirtex.com/home Vault of Satoshi - http://www.vaultofsatoshi.com/ Cointrader Exchange - http://www.cointrader.net/faq Bitcoin Payment Processors: Coinkite - http://coinkite.com Coinkite PoS terminal - http://vimeo.com/82032338 Bitpay - http://bitpay.com Coinbase - http://coinbase.com Coinbox - http://coinbox.it/merchant BTCMerch - http://www.btcmerch.com BIPS - http://bips.me Bitcoin ATMs in Canada: Vancouver Bitcoin ATM http://www.vancouversun.com/100K+traded+through+Vancouver+Bitcoin+week+with+video/9145774/story.html Vancouver ATM, $1 million in first month http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bitcoin-takes-next-step-with-first-bitcoin-atm/2014/01/23/232509ec-8476-11e3-bbe5-6a2a3141e3a9_gallery.html#photo=1 Toronto Bitcoin ATM http://globalnews.ca/video/1082695/bitcoin-atm-signals-currencys-increased-popularity Ottawa Bitcoin ATM http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/01/16/bitcoin-atm-finds-it-way-into-the-byward-market Winnipeg Bitcoin ATM http://www.winnipegsun.com/2014/01/22/winnipeg-to-get-1st-bitcoin-atm Advanced Details of the Bitcoin Protocol: The following videos are very detailed and are necessary if you want to fully understand how the Bitcoin protocol operates at a fundamental level. These videos will in turn give you a greater understanding of the protocol and its incredible value and potential. These videos may or may not be too complex for laymen depending on your familiarity with computers. What is it? - http://youtu.be/EA0LkCkvUeU Overview - http://youtu.be/Y-w7SnQWwVA Cryptographic Hash Function - http://youtu.be/0WiTaBI82Mc Digital Signatures - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq3a-_O2NcI Transaction Records - http://youtu.be/9-9_v1wSPBQ Proof of Work - http://youtu.be/9V1bipPkCTU Transaction Block Chains - http://youtu.be/QzDO44oZWtE The Money Supply - http://youtu.be/JuWYLAtz3Y4 The Security of Transaction Block Chains - http://youtu.be/8zgvzmKZ5vo Videos for the Skeptics: Why Bitcoin is Not a Ponzi Scheme - http://youtu.be/7u4F8cpzqao Why Bitcoin's Growth is Normal & The S-Curves You Could Never See http://youtu.be/qHUPPYzzZrI I'll add more In following posts as time progresses. Hope you enjoyed! Edited by , 2014-01-25 12:08:56
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