A cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. Cryptocurrencies are a subset of alternative currencies, called altcoins, or specifically of digital currencies.

Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency in 2009. Since then, numerous cryptocurrencies have been created. These are frequently called altcoins, as a blend of bitcoin alternative. The most popular altcoins now (August 2016) – Ethereum, Steem, Ripple, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, Dash, Dogecoin.

Cryptocurrencies use decentralized control as opposed to centralized electronic money/centralized banking systems. The decentralized control is related to the use of bitcoin’s blockchain transaction database in the role of a distributed ledger.

The Philippines Presents Ample Opportunities for Bitcoin Development
August 2nd, 2014

The Philippines is overviewed as one of the best places for bitcoin usage and promotion.

Nasir Jones: We’re Entering the Age of Bitcoin
August 2nd, 2014

Musician and entrepreneur Nasir Jones, best known as Nas, talks with CoinDesk about his business interests in bitcoin space and the overall potential of bitcoin.

PropinaBitcoin Promotes Bitcoin Awareness in Latin America
August 2nd, 2014

PropinaBitcoin, a new project that aims to spread the bitcoin awareness in Latin America through the use of cryptocurrency for real-world tipping, has just launched.

PayPal Hosted a Bitcoin Event Called TechXploration
August 1st, 2014

E-commerce company PayPal, held a bitcoin event at its offices in San Jose.

Jed McCaleb, Mt. Gox and Ripple Founder, Unveils Project ‘Stellar’
July 31st, 2014

The founder of Mt. Gox and Ripple Labs, Jed McCaleb, launched his new project Stellar that will encourage further digital money adoption.

Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations
July 30th, 2014

Wikipedia’s parent company, the Wikimedia Foundation, now accepts bitcoin donations thanks to a partnership with payment processor Coinbase.

BitPay Offers ‘Free and Unlimited’ Payment Processing for Merchants
July 30th, 2014

BitPay, bitcoin payments processor, presented new plan that will make its basic services free and unlimited.

‘The Corporation’ Movie Uses Cryptocurrencies to Increase Its Project Funding
July 29th, 2014

New croudfunding campaign was launched to match fiat funding for the re-release of ‘The Corporation’ film.

Atlas ATS Launches European Cryptocurrencies Project
July 29th, 2014

Bitcoin exchange service provider Atlas ATS entered the European market with a new offering Atlas ATS Europe.

SWIFT Institute Offers €15,000 Grant for The Best Bitcoin Research Project
July 28th, 2014

The SWIFT Institute will pay €15,000 for the winner of its new research programme on digital currency.

Blockchain Resumes Apple iOS Bitcoin Wallet
July 28th, 2014

Blockchain returns to the iOS App Store with an improved version of its wallet app for users of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

One More Congressional Candidate to Accept Bitcoin in California
July 28th, 2014

Christina Gagnier, a technology lawyer and business owner from Chino California, and the latest congressional candidate to accept donations in bitcoin.

Yukon’s $2 Million Gold Mine to be Sold on BitPremier For Over 3,200 BTC
July 27th, 2014

Timothy Coles plans to sell his $2 million gold mine in Dawson city for 3,200 bitcoins.