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Bitcoin.de launches internal diamond store

8. February 2016 // 1 Comment

Bitcoins are scarce and have an innate mathematical beauty – properties they share with diamonds. If you prefer your beauty to take tangible form, you can now use your bitcoins to buy diamonds on Bitcoin.de. The bitcoin exchange is the first platform on which customers can spend their bitcoins on [...]

Meet SmokeTooMuch, the first German Bitcoiner

20. July 2015 // 1 Comment

SmokeTooMuch CPU-mined large amounts of bitcoin with an ordinary computer. He has never attended a bitcoin conference and has never sought to become a bitcoin evangelist. His view of bitcoin is strongly political: he hopes bitcoin can break the power of the banks and enable people’s direct engagement in society. Today, he is disappointed that bitcoin’s success is measured by how many merchants are paid in dollars through BitPay. This is the portrait of a faceless [...]

Germany’s first Bitcoin ETF launches today!

8. July 2015 // 0 Comments

It might be hard to believe, but it’s true: from this morning German traders can invest in a bitcoin ETF. Exchange Tradegate has included the Swedish BITCOIN XBT in its portfolio. With this, Germany becomes the largest market on which traditional investors can place their bet on bitcoin’s price with an [...]

What the German bitcoin industry thinks about the block size debate

11. June 2015 // 0 Comments

The block size issue has split the community. Do we need bigger blocks? Does bitcoin need to become an everyday global payment mechanism, or does it serve well enough as a form of more expensive, but private and secure money? Should the size of the blocks be increased immediately, or not before every block is full? Should the size be increased from 1 to 20 MB, or is it better to raise it gradually? The German bitcoin scene appears to agree in its views on the matter. [...]
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