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July 29, 2014

Posts in "Digital Currency"

July 28, 2014

Bitcoin Event Pulls In Jared Polis, Bob Goodlatte, Mick Mulvaney

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Polis uses a Robocoin machine to purchase bitcoins during a demonstration on Capitol Hill in April. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Jared Polis and two other House members who have shown a piqued interest in digital currency are hosting an event on the topic Tuesday evening in a House office building.

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June 30, 2014

One-Sentence Bill Legalizes Bitcoin Use in California

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Brown, speaking at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., in March. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Using bitcoins for transactions was illegal in California until this weekend, until Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that repealed a state law banning the use of “anything but the lawful money of the United States.” For a piece of legislation on such a complex topic, it was surprisingly brief.

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By Joe Warminsky Posted at 12:46 p.m.
Digital Currency

June 13, 2014

Steve Stockman Shops Bitcoin Tax Bill

Texas Republican Steve Stockman is shopping around his bill that would require the IRS to treat virtual currencies like Bitcoin as foreign currencies instead of property.

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June 10, 2014

Bitcoin, ‘the Coming Digital Anarchy’ and the Blockchain

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Shirts for sale at the Bitcoin Center NYC in February during a class on the basics of the digital currency. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The rise of digital currency (i.e. Bitcoin) points toward a future in which similar uses of “cryptographic proof” could drive huge changes in society and government, writes Matthew Sparkes in a long, detailed argument for the Telegraph. At stake are control and sustainability of the Internet, as well as the viability of laws, banks and other institutions, he says.

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May 20, 2014

Marc Andreessen on Surveillance, Online Education and Bitcoin

What does Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, see as the  “international problem for the Internet”?

“As a consequence of the Snowden revelations, which continue,” there’s been a “massive” loss of “faith and confidence in the United States,” he said at an event with Atlantic editor-in-chief James Bennet.

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May 9, 2014

Commentary Roundup: Bitcoin, Rural Broadband, Patents, Copper Lines

Some of the latest tech-oriented pieces from Roll Call’s Guest Observer files:

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Jared Polis Will Take Your Bitcoins

The Federal Election Commission has voted to allow bitcoin contributions to political action committees, and it wasn’t long before Rep. Jared Polis announced he’d take those contributions for his re-election campaign.

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