Bitcoin Stories

By Bob McMilan | A collection of bitcoin stories I've written for Wired

The Fierce Battle for the Soul of Bitcoin

Adam Voorhes Gail Anderson + Joe Newton<p>Before most people had ever heard of the digital currency bitcoin, Brian Armstrong, a 27-year-old engineer at …

Bitcoin Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Money

The price of a bitcoin topped $900 last week, an enormous surge in value that arrived amidst Congressional hearings where top U.S. financial …

Why the Only Real Way to Buy Bitcoins Is on the Streets

On a damp Thursday night in July, a half-dozen men gather on the steps of San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens, just across from St. Patrick Church on …

Bitcoin Maverick Returns for New Crack at Digital Currency

Jed McCaleb likes building things that make powerful people nervous.<p>In 2000, as Napster was starting to implode, he came up with a peer-to-peer …

Inside the Race to Build the World's Fastest Bitcoin Miner

There's more than one way to make money from the Bitcoin craze, which has seen the value of the digital currency increase more than six-fold over the …

This $200 Raspberry Pi Box Could Have Saved Mt. Gox

The PiperWallet is a small black box that does little more than generate numbers and spit out paper. But if you invest in bitcoin – the popular …

How Bitcoin Became the Honey Badger of Money

If you've driven on Santa Clara's Lawrence Expressway sometime in the past six months, you may have seen the Bitcoin honey badger. He's on a …

With $25 Million Bet, Silicon Valley Officially Claims Bitcoin as Its Own

What is the center of the Bitcoin universe? With a completely decentralized digital currency like Bitcoin, it's hard to say, but today, Silicon …

The Inside Story of Mt. Gox, Bitcoin's $460 Million Disaster

From a distance, the world's largest bitcoin exchange looked like a towering example of renegade entrepreneurism. But on the inside, according to …

Bitcoins in Space: Hacker to Fire Digital Currency Into Orbit

One of the top software engineers behind the Bitcoin digital currency wants to launch it into space.<p>Last month, Jeff Garzik floated the idea of …

The Bitcoin ATM Has a Dirty Secret: It Needs a Chaperone

VANCOUVER – When Mitchell Demeter and Jackson Warren opened the world's first bitcoin ATM at a coffee shop in Vancouver, it was an instant success. …

Take a Tour of Robocoin, the World’s First Bitcoin ATM

Author: Robert McMillan. Robert McMillan Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.29.13.<p>Time of Publication: 12:09 pm. 12:09 pm<p>The world's first bitcoin ATM, …

Ex-Googler Gives the World a Better Bitcoin

Charles Lee was a software engineer at Google, spending his days hacking networking code for the search giant's new-age operating system, ChromeOS. …

Rogue Employee Fired for Turning Game Network Into Bitcoin Mining Colony

Author: Robert McMillan. Robert McMillan Business<p>Date of Publication: 07.09.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>An unidentified staffer at the …

Could a Civil War-Era Law Stamp Out Bitcoin?

The Congressional Research Service recently took a close look at Bitcoin, and it discovered a rather unexpected land mine that could bring down the …