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Atlas 2.0 Trading Platform Announces Options on Bitcoin

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Even though I was unable to find time to travel all the way to the U.S., I had the pleasure of watching Coinsummit’s live stream. Though the conference was focused on panels, there were a few company presentations. Only a couple really caught my attention in any meaningful way. One of these was Atlas ATS.

Their new platform, Atlas 2.0, is a Financial Information Exchange (FIX) protocol digital asset exchange claiming to be the first to announce options on Bitcoin. The exchange platform is ‘Wall Street grade’, and, besides options, it brings a high level of sophistication: trading major alt-coins, an array of advanced native order types for FIX API clients, derivative products, multi-sig transaction wallet, and a larger selection of advanced order types for clients using the FIX interface.

The Atlas 2.0 platform has been launched in Hong Kong and North America, where it has established the digital currency exchanges. The company is keen for the market to know that it has been deployed on a global, secure, and high precision private network. This network is exclusively managed under the Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), a division of Perseus Telecom.

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IRS Changes Course and Declares Bitcoin a Currency

IRS Changes Course and Declares Bitcoin a Currency

IRS Changes Course and Declares Bitcoin a Currency

In a stunning reversal of intent, the IRS today issued a statement admitting they got it wrong.

“After further review, and speaking to our consulting organization led by new Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, we’ve decided that bitcoin acts more like a currency after all.” This was greeted with celebration at multiple companies which have been taking a harsh stance on the IRS’s previous declarations.

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne issued a statement from a “Freedom Rally” that “Although the IRS has been used as a dangerous weapon against the Libertarian movement and has repeatedly shown hostile actions without legal recourse for Americans, “Once in a while they get one right.”

Agents in Police jackets labeled with IRS were seen taking several leaders from the peaceful rally into custody. When asked about the actions, two agents who declined to reveal their names as they were not authorized to speak to the press only admitted, “Hey we just do what we’re told.”

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Cowardly shooting dead of homeless camper sparks outrage against Albuquerque police

(from independent.co.uk)

Captured by a video camera on one of the officer’s helmets, the slaying by Albuquerque police of a homeless camper in the foothills outside the city two weeks ago apparently leaves room for interpretation. The city says it was justifiable self-defence. To others it looked like extra-judicial execution.

The grisly clip, which is still viewable for anyone with a strong stomach, has an awful power all of its own. But it has also become the tragic totem of a wave of civic anger directed at the city’s heavily militarised police department that on Sunday erupted into hours of unrest across the downtown area, leading to serial arrests and a plea for calm from the city’s mayor who said his streets had turned to “mayhem”.

For James Boyd, the fury comes too late. With a long history of mental problems and episodes of violence, he was challenged by three officers on 16 March for camping in an unauthorised area near the city limits. They woke him from sleeping. A three-hour stand-off ensued until, at dusk, he is heard telling the officers he is done arguing and was “going to walk” with them. That is where the episode might have ended.

Instead, as Mr Boyd gathers up his things, one of the officers shouts “Do it”. A flash-bang device is fired at his feet.  A startled Mr Boyd drops his bags and seems to take out a knife. He turns away from the officers, two of whom shoot multiple live rounds into his back. Mr Boyd falls, a dog is loosed to check he has been immobilised, the officers approach and cuff his wrists.

He was pronounced dead later in a city hospital.

The killing of Mr Boyd, who was 38, prompted more than the usual handwringing because it seemed less an isolated incident than a confirmation of a pattern.

(keep reading at independent.co.uk)

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CEO of Bitcoin Officially Bans China

(from coindesk.com)

Following rumours of China’s plans toban bank transfers to bitcoin exchanges, the CEO of Bitcoin™ has decided to ban China.

The decision was unanimously approved by Bitcoin’s shareholders, the Bitcoin Board of Directors, HaCkerz4BITZ and the Bitcoin Steering Board.

As of 8th April, bitcoin transfers to and from the Glorious People’s Republic of China will no longer by supported by the Bitcoin Network™. The decision will not affect the Republic of China (Taiwan) – unless it gets invaded in the meantime. It is unclear whether or not it will apply to Hong Kong, which is sort of part of China, but really it isn’t – you know?

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People’s Bank of China Bans April Fools Jokes

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Wu Zhengfu, a top-level official in the People’s Bank of China, has made a public announcement that April Fools day jokes are now officially banned in the country. A formal statement, now released on the PBoC website, states that “at this stage, all public informational and media institutions must not make statements of fraudulent comedy, directly or indirectly, on the day of April 1, nor act as a platform for individuals to write such statements, nor hyperlink to such statements, nor use April 1 as the day for whimsical announcements”. According to Zhengfu, the People’s Bank of China does not consider April fools’ day a threat to China’s cultural system, but it does cause risks of potentially destabilizing the government’s ability to effectively communicate its intent through blogs and news outlets.

“The concern is that it interferes with our attempts to explain to the public what is allowed and what is not,” Zhengfu says. “Just a few days ago, we were planning to announce on April 1 that we were going to ban Bitcoin. But we realized that the fact that the entire internet would treat it as a joke would have made it impossible for us to effectively do so. Now, we have to delay the Chinese Bitcoin community’s demise to what is essentially an American tax day.” On the positive side, however, Zhengfu notes that the CEO of Bitcoin Kal-El Al Gore has banned China, and hopes that the unfortuante timing decision by Gore will, at least for the time being, convince the Chinese and Bitcoin media that Gore’s move was a joke, giving the People’s Bank of China sufficient breathing room to convert its bitcoin reserves into doge.

Additionally, Zhengfu hopes that the elimination of April Fools day will improve the state of Chinese culture. “For too many years in the Western world, and increasingly the Chinese online sphere as well, there has been a consistent decline in the quality of jokes made on this day. What initially was, at least in part, actually good humor, has since declined into increasingly stupid announcements, poorly thought out jabs that have already been made the other 364 days of the year, and utterly predictable trolls. Hopefully Chinese citizens will find a more productive means of expressing themselves, and we will have more high quality and joyful humor for everyone.”

Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCChina, has taken the opportunity to express his disappointment at the continue disorganization and shenanigans of the Chinese state. “For over two years now my brother Charlie and I have been expertly positioning ourselves to deliver a credible Chinese, and cryptocurrency-based, alternative to the New World Order and the Rothschild family. You may recall that two years ago Coinbase was infilitrated by Fred Ehrsam, an agent from Goldman Sachs, and Charlie has been trying very hard to act as a triple-agent inside the organization and report to the Chinese government and myself on Fred’s attempts to centralize and subvert Coinbase and the Bitcoin ecosystem for the benefit of London and New York-based financial elites. Now, the sheer inability of the Chinese governmment to deliver a single accurate statement on the state of Bitcoin in China is a major reason why our plans have been delayed for so long. Arguably, the only reason we have been able to survive the regulatory uncertainty around Bitcoin at all is simply the fact that Charlie had the forethought to create Litecoin as an alternative.”

Additionally, Lee notes, the ruling made by the PBoC is very ambiguous, a strategy which is typical of the Chinese government. “Does ‘public informational and media institutions’ include ordinary citizens?” Lee asks, “or is it just specific to formal companies?” Furthermore, Lee points out that the PBoC is a regulatory agency specific to financial insitutions, so it may be interpreted that the statement applied only to banks, payment institutions and perhaps Bitcoin exchanges. And, finally, is “April 1″ just “April 1, 2014″ or does it apply to future days entitled “April 1″ as well? Lee is currently in talks with senior-level officials in the PBoC about these concerns, and will hopefully soon receive guidance on whether or not BTCChina is affected. If the exchange is covered by the guidelines, and if the comments expressed by Lee are genuine and part of an April Fools joke by himself (as opposed to being fake comments created as part of an April Fools joke by Bitcoin Magazine, or real comments about an actual new new world order on the part of Bobby and Charlie), Lee says, “then I am so screwed. Unless, of course, the PBoC banning April Fools jokes is part of the joke.”

Matt Mellon, lead spokesman for the original New World Order, declined to comment.

The post People’s Bank of China Bans April Fools Jokes appeared first on Bitcoin Magazine.

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Bitcoin in Beta Longer than Gmail

Ten years ago, on April Fool’s Day 2004, Google’s Gmail was released to the public as a beta product.

“Google Gets the Message, Launches Gmail. User Complaint About Existing Services Leads Google to Create Search-Based Webmail…Search is Number Two Online Activity – Email is Number One; ‘Heck, Yeah,’ Say Google Founders…Amidst rampant media speculation, Google Inc. today announced it is testing a preview release of Gmail…”

began the Press Release.

It would take another 5 years, 3 months and 6 days (or 1,923 days) on July 7th, 2009 before Gmail would be taken out of beta. Google announced “Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)” that:

“We’re often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of “beta” software as not being yet ready for prime time.”

While Google didn’t offer an explanation, Gmail’s beta moniker would come to no surprise to readers of Tim O’Reilly’s (O’Reilly Media) September 2005 post “What Is Web 2.0.” Tim explained in “End of the Software Release Cycle” that:

“Users must be treated as co-developers, in a reflection of open source development practices (even if the software in question is unlikely to be released under an open source license.) The open source dictum, ‘release early and release often’ in fact has morphed into an even more radical position, ‘the perpetual beta,’ in which the product is developed in the open, with new features slipstreamed in on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. It’s no accident that services such as Gmail, Google Maps, Flickr, del.icio.us, and the like may be expected to bear a ‘Beta’ logo for years at a time.”

Jason E. Robbins also noted (PDF) in 2003’s “Making Sense of the Bazaar: Perspectives on Open Source and Free Software” that “open source projects need to release pre-1.0 versions in order to attract the volunteer staff needed to reach 1.0.”

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Achtung.. Fertig.. Bitcoins! The first Skischool of the world to accept crypto currency.

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A wide range of different businesses have started accepting Bitcoin as a currency. After a lot of horeca, online webshops, it is also coming up in other innovative shops and services. Now it is even possible to pay with digital coins at great highs in the mountains. For example the Rojacherhütte, a mountain hut at 2718 m (8917 feet) in Austria made it possible to pay your stay there with Bitcoins. To be able to enjoy this, you have to walk a couple of hours up to a mountain first, as there is no normal road going up. Maybe a great goal to reach this place for a Bitcoin weekend out. A pity is, that you have to wait till June to try if internet works up there, as it is just open for guests in summer, due to the long term snow conditions in the Alps.

If you want to spent your Bitcoins on a place in the Alps during winter times and into the snow, you can go to Obertauern in Austria, to the first skischool of the world accepting a crypto currency. CSA Skischule Grillitsch & Partner made it since last month possible to pay ski and snowboard lessons with Bitcoins. Obertauern is one of the most beautiful winter sports areas in the Alps and just one hour’s drive away from Salzburg, the world famous birthplace of 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. According to coinmap.org there are already 36 points now in Austria where you can pay with Bitcoins, but just one skischool. So let’s get active!

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