Marc Faber: Bitcoin has its merits since you may not be able to carry gold across border (but picks gold: Squawkonomics)

Epic scoop by squawkonomics on Marc Faber's take on bitcoins and gold (Marc Faber is from gloom and doom report fame, or Dr Doom) Squawkonomics was in Thailand at Marc Faber's office to conduct the interviews as well as a few others (they were previous with imaginary markets here in Singapore)  
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Li Ka Shing ramps up Bitcoin Investment despite China: SCMP

(Remember Branson?) Asia’s richest man Li Ka-shing has boosted his investment in bitcoin, in a vote of confidence for the beleaguered digital currency, amid a crackdown on its widespread popularity in China. Despite the price of a bitcoin tumbling from political pressure, the billionaire tycoon has poured an undisclosed amount of money, believed to be worth millions of dollars, into Bitpay, the bitcoin equivalent to PayPal, through his venture capital investment company Horizons Ventures. Bitpay has raised US$30 million (HK$233 million) in Series A funding (convertible into common…
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China continues Bitcoin Blackout?

Unclear as to veracity Minitrue: Gao Yu, Dispute with Vietnam, Bitcoin The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. (5) The Global Bitcoin Summit 2014 will be held on May 10-11 in Beijing. All websites are asked not to participate in or report on the summit. Do not hype bitcoins. All reporting on bitcoins must henceforth accord with the specifications of financial regulatory agencies. Please carry out the above…
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Facebook and Goldman Sachs alum starts bitcoin startup in face of China

;cid=1102 a bitcoin website called Bihang was launched, which has led people to question who would launch a bitcoin site in this kind of climate.   The site was launched by co-founders Jiang Changhao and Wang Hao. Jiang is a former research scientist at Facebook, while Wang used to work at Goldman Sachs.   Unlike other bitcoin start-ups, Jiang and Wang are not bitcoin speculators, and they only own a few bitcoins themselves.   "If one can carry out peer-to-peer transactions without relying on the support of centralized…
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China taking Bitcoin on a dive again makes WSJ MoneyBeat BitBeat

More coverage from Wall Street Journal: - Beijing still seems to matter for the price of bitcoin. Given that Chinese trading in the digital currency has dried up considerably since the government first started cracking down on banks’ interactions with bitcoin businesses in December, you’d think the market’s capacity to be surprised might have similarly dried up. But here we are, once again, with reports of some negative statements by officials at the People’s Bank of China and bitcoin’s international price is down sharply. Specifically, today’s $40 drop is…
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How Singapore’s Bitcoin Scene is Punching Above its weight

Singapore is a tiny island state in Asia, a mix of the east and west, but has been making waves in the Bitcoin world. 1) It has the highest density of Bitcoin ATMs in the world There are 8 Bitcoin ATMs in Singapore from 4 different makers (2 of which are from Singapore), and they are all located around the central region. It boasts Asia's first Bitcoin ATM, as well as Asia's first Robocoin (2 way machine with cashing out). This has even led tourists from Czech republic…
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NUS Law Student writes Bitcoin Dissertation for his degree

(cs writing here) Although not unprecedented, an american had written his on bitcoin before going to Davis Polk & Wardwell, this might very well be the first one in Asia, at least in english. Pak Nian Lam has written a directed dissertation on the regulation of bitcoin. It is heartening to see the greater attention as well as open approaches to the phenomenon that is the bitcoin protocol. Had it been so just a few years earlier I might have been able to do the same for my…
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Coin of Sale’s Tomas Forgac and Rajah and Tann’s Rajesh Sreenivasan at CNA on China Bitcoin

Coin of Sale's Tomas Forgac and Rajah and Tann's Rajesh Sreenivasan at CNA on China Bitcoin Coin of Sale is a point of sales solution for bitcoin and Rajah and Tann is one of the domestic Big 4 law firms for Singapore Tomas talks about the resilience of bitcoin, and Rajesh emphasises the need to engage with the global phenomenon that is bitcoin, that one cannot ignore it and hope that it will go away, for a technology that is growing incredibly popular not keeping pace would lead…
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BTC China releases bitcoin ATM braving April 15th deadline (translations)

BTC China has launched their bitcoin atm, on april 15th, one of the ever so often D day for china bitcoin companies (and all the china issues). They are using a Lamassu China's first bitcoin ATM, are you prepared? 发布会后,将开启ATM试用活动,小伙伴们,比特币地址二维码和纸币,都准备好了吗? #比特币中国415发布会# After the press conference, about to start the ATM for use, my friends, are your QR Codes and paper wallets prepared? ◆◆ @比特币中国 比特币中国ATM新品发布会10:00准时开始,微直播倒计时~~!我们很荣幸邀请到了众多媒体、业内名人和微博大V到场;欢迎大家参加,地点:上海IC咖啡;别忘了门口签到,有精美礼品赠送~~~ #比特币中国415发布会# Btcchina ATM (new product) will start at 10am, we are very honored to invite people from the media, bitcoiners and weibo VIPs.…
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Silk Road couldn’t kill Bitcoin, can China?

It seems like the days of December all over again. After taking Bitcoin to spectacular highs, the government of China had finally stepped in to put the curfew to the party. Tomorrow in April (April 15), it looks to be an ongoing repeat telecast, except for a bitcoin battered from the collapse of mtgox (and an ongoing Neo & Bee saga) Gizmodo had last year put an article on What will kill Bitcoin first? Almost exactly two years ago, Wired published a feature about Bitcoin, comparing the cryptocurrency…
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