The week of January 11, 2015

The Digital Gold Rush
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The real high-stakes game waged at the Bitcoin Bowl

By Kevin Collier

Optimism and confusion collide in St. Petersburg for the first Bitcoin-branded college football bowl game.

Quote of the week

“People just don’t get it yet. People still think of it as a stock with the price bouncing around all over. They’re not seeing it as I see it—as a technology. It’s not about what the price is day-to-day.”

—Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com

Features

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Laundering bitcoins on the streets of New York

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

This is how online drug dealers turn their bitcoins into cash.

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The spectacular death of a cryptocurrency

By Rob Price

Auroracoin was supposed to revolutionize Iceland economics. What went wrong?

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The global challenges holding back Bitcoin

By Selena Larson

Bitcoin could change the way the world thinks about money, but it’s not going to be easy.

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Your complete A-Z guide to cryptocurrencies

By The Kernel

It’s as easy as ABC

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Me IRL: Patrick Byrne

By Aaron Sankin

The Overstock.com CEO talks how organized crime has infiltrated Wall Street and only Bitcoin can stop it.

Opinion

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Can Bitcoin save democracy?

By Aaron Sankin

In cryptography we trust.

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How much electricity does Bitcoin really use?

By Adam Rothstein

It’s more than you’d expect.

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Why Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme

By Gary North

Thinking about investing in Bitcoin? Read this first.