Thai Bitcoin exchange resumes trading, Thailands leading Bitcoin exchange has resumed trading after a shakey six months.

The exchange shut its doors to customers last July due to a lack of financial legislation to govern the trading of cryptocurrencies. This resulted in government bodies deeming Bitcoin illegal.

Although the exchange has resumed trading, there’s no plain sailing just yet. The resume comes with restrictions that limit the exchange to trading Bitcoins to and from Thai Baht only.

Multiple sources have confirmed that The Bank of Thailand is liaising with Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Ministry of Finance, and the Securities and Exchange Commission Thailand before deciding the fate of the digital currency.

The progress is great news for cryptocurrencies in Asia and shows that the government along with the Bank of Thailand is working to embrace new technologies.

Bitcoin incubator leading the way for startups

Cryptocurrencies have created an entirely new economy which previously didn’t exist. For this uncharted territory to prosper investment and expert guidance is crucial. is one of the businesses that is at the forefront of this fiat resistance. It helps startups find their feet and is always on the prowl to incubate future leaders in this sector.

These types of technologies create a wave of new startups looking to develop, maintain and grow companies.

Digital currency is nothing new for the tech savvy, but for your average layman it’s a whole new concept, one that will soon be learning to walk into the homes of every person on the planet. This means one thing, exponential growth and prosperity for entrepreneurs.

We spoke to the co-founder of Seedco – Eddy Travia, who is currently serving as the Chief Startup Officer to clear a few of our questions.


What type of Bitcoin startups are you looking to invest in?

We look for Bitcoin startups we feel have the potential to deeply transform the industry it is targeting either at a local or an international level. For example, we have invested in MexBT, bitcoin exchange to launch in Mexico very soon where it has the potential to completely change a $22bn market, the remittances market between Mexican living abroad and sending money back home. will make it very easy for merchants to add bitcoin payment processors to their online platforms, it is the kind of service that can exponentially accelerate the adoption of bitcoin. zSIM enables all mobile phones (not only smartphones) to become secure bitcoin wallets, this is another Seedcoin startup whose technology could have a massive impact, specially on the unbanked.

How much money are you looking to invest in 2014?

We raise funds and invest in bitcoin in the startups through the Seedcoin Funds, we have raised BTC2,000 for seven Seedcoin Fund I startups so far (in January 2014) and hope to raise another BTC8,000 during the remaining part of the year so BTC10,000 in total for 2014.

Do they[companies] have to be US based or World Wide?

Seedcoin is based in Hong Kong with three partners, Eddy Travia in Hong Kong, Alexis Nicosia in Singapore and Hakim Mamoni in London. Among the startups incubated so far only one has a company in the US (moved from Singapore), we do not require any specific country, startups can be established anywhere but we may advise some jurisdictions based on our experience with other Bitcoin startups established there.

What Bitcoin sector do you think needs more innovators?

Bitcoin is a very young technology so Bitcoin needs innovators in all sectors. As we have seen in the past the community works together very actively as soon as there is any potential issue putting the network at risk in any way. A multitude of new applications, new models and new services will emerge in the next few years and this is why at Seedcoin we feel excited about the prospects of the current and future startups we help developing.

How are the funded companies doing?

Great. Dealcoin ( the first incubated startup, an in-person Bitcoin exchange, now offers members the choice of adding a quick deal to orders they create. The Seedcoin Fund I startups are progressing very fast, Hive ( is now live, Hive is an extremely easy way to create, manage and secure a Bitcoin wallet. Cryptopay ( is also live, rapidly enrolling clients in Europe. Cryptopay provides merchants in the United Kingdom and the European Union with a secure, reliable and legal way to accept Bitcoins. GoCoin ( continues to garner critical and commercial acclaim, as the leading platform for merchants to accept Bitcoin and Litecoin payments at checkout. zSIM is another transformational application for all mobile phones, making these devices secure Bitcoin wallets. CoinSimple ( facilitates the ability of e-commerce merchants to accept bitcoins by integrating existing Bitcoin payment processors into a business owner’s online store. CoinSimple is an added layer on top of these processors, with a subscription-based SaaS solution, which allows merchants to easily switch between payment processors and maintain customer analytics in one place. ( is a powerful trading platform that allows users to make leveraged directional orders on the value of bitcoin. The company’s impressive momentum – surpassing USD $35 million of trading – and the user base expansion by 45% since November – is a testament to its success. MexBT ( is in the midst of finalizing its state-of-the-art trading exchange platform, where the company already has a substantial presence among traders in Mexico’s OTC Bitcoin market.

You can now buy Skype credit with Bitcoin via Gyft

Gyft, a digital gift card platform that lets you buy, sell and redeem gift cards has now introduced Skype credit purchases with Bitcoins.

Gift cards can be purchased in $25 dollar amounts and are redeemable online where customers can purchase premium monthly accounts, along with accessories such as headsets and webcams.

Although relatively new, Gyft are one of the hottest startups around and are rapidly growing in popularity among the Bitcoin community. They have also received a cool $6.25M in funding since their launch.

Vinny Lingham, CEO of Gyft commented:

“We are thrilled to be able to offer an iconic brand such as Skype on our platform. We are continuing to show our market leadership in the Bitcoin space by offering more opportunities to spend Bitcoin than anyone else.”

For the uninitiated, Skype is well established, Microsoft owned Voip and Instant messaging service that in 2013 alone connected a monumental 299 million users globally.

So with Bitcoin growing exponentially throughout the world it is great that users can now chat with loved ones anywhere in the world through the cryptocurrency!

It is even more exciting to see the Bitcoin ecosystem go from strength to strength as it continues to infiltrate mainstream, longstanding services as a reputable alt-currency through services such as Gyft.

The gift card provider is not stopping anytime soon either. Just last week they added Dell to their list of corporate partners which at the time of writing also included Burger King, GAP, Amazon and Nike.

Despite Bitcoin still being a young currency, a recent survey in the UK revealed that 57% of Brits are aware of the cryptocurrency. This is great news for startups like Gyft who are helping bridge the gap between UK shoppers who are aware of Bitcoin but are not sure how how to use it to buy what they want.

With success comes powerful enemies

Bitcoin is currently being attacked by a well organised and distributed denial of service attack(DDOS), which is flooding the network with mutated transactions. It is currently unconfirmed as to who is behind the this attack and why.

That said, Max Keiser — one of america’s most outspoken political pundits has now pointed the finger at global banking superpower JPMorgan Chase & Co who coincidentally filed for a patent in the United States to develop a payment system using “virtual cash”, similar to, Bitcoin.

Are JPMorgan Chase & Co attempting to cripple Bitcoin to make way for their own **shudder** digital currency?

Max Keiser said on Twitter:

JPM was never going to ‘like’ BTC. They tried and failed to file virt. currency patent 170 X’s. Now they are attacking exchanges with DDoS.

The patent filing also made mainstream news with journalist Matthew Sparkes, Deputy Head of Technology at The Telegraph recently publishing the article “JPMorgan files patent for ‘bitcoin killer’ currency”.

So whats the motive? JPMorgan Chase & Co patent requests are uncertain, but it’s unclear why due to the lack of information at the ‘United States Patent and Trademark Office’ but it’s probably due to Bitcoin being well established.

So what do you think? Are corporate superpowers now looking to hijack and introduce their own crypo-currencies that are built from the ground up to accommodate their power hungry, profiteering and corrupted ideologies?

Bristol hosting third Bitcoin Meetup

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts will be gathering in Bristol a week today (20/02/14) following the success of the previous meetups which took place in January and December.

The meetup is one of the biggest outside of London and will be taking place at 7:00 PM at the Watershed activity centre located on Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TZ(map). Be sure to load your smartphone wallet with some Bitcoins beforehand for practice with fellow enthusiasts.

The meetup will be an informal social affair for Bitcoin enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in or wanting to learn more about the digital currency. The event is hosted by Bitcoin expert Javier Marti, from

So if you fancy chatting with some like-minded Bitcoiners, head on over to the Meetup page here and get your self down to Bristol.

Still not convinced?

Really good to see people from the last meetup as well as new faces! Passionate discussion, had a great time and looking forward to the next one….

Nice diverse friendly bunch of people, and a growing local scene

Pheeva, a browser wallet so simple, even your Grandma could use it!

  • See bottom for quick interview with Lafe Taylor from Pheeva.

Pheeva is a portable cryptocurrency hot wallet that runs in the Chrome browser as a light-weight extension. It makes paying with Bitcoin so effortless anyone can do it.

The wallet enables users to securely load their hot wallet with Bitcoins, streamlining the process of purchasing goods and services straight from your Browser using available funds.


Having said that Pheeva is not the first to bring such a service on the market. KryptoKit has been around for some time and is currently the main competitor.

One great feature that separates Pheeva from the competition is “Coin!Ds”. These are short urls for sending and receiving Bitcoins without having to remember public addresses. These are extremely useful for collecting donations over radio campaigns or podcasts because all you need to memorise is the “Coin!D” which could simply be ‘Oxfam’.

The Pheeva interface is light-weight and minimalistic, which means you don’t need a degree to operate it (thankfully). The extension quietly sits in your browser and is activated by clicking the logo which is visible in the menu bar for quick access.

pheeva bitcoin chrome wallet

Pheeva wallets are protected using AES-256 encryption. Access to the extension is also secured with a 4 digit PIN to protect you from those pesky work colleagues.

No doubt we will see great things on the horizon for Pheeva as they have done a wonderful job in condensing the process of paying for things with Bitcoin and streamlining the process as much as possible.

Interview with Lafe Taylor from Pheeva


Will you be supporting other crypto currencies in the future besides Bitcoin?

Yes. We have already added code to generate wallets for several alt-coins. We really want to be the go to hot wallet of choice.

What other features do you have planned for the future?

We are looking into creating a client-side mixing solution, to increase some privacy for wallet holders. We are also working on browser auth technology that will allow you use the wallet, as a sort of ticketing system to allow users access to certain web pages with the wallet being the access key.

What sets you aside from other browser wallets?

We have added a coinID system. Coin!Ds make it easy to remember, to share and recieve payments without having to give someone your enormous bitcoin address. We wanted to make it easy for people to share their wallet with others simply by sharing their id. It’s like getting your first email address.

– Right now the free chrome ext. allows you to create a name with a .phv suffix.
– Soon we will open up truly custom coin!Ds to those that become members in a cooperative we are in the process of forming.

Pheeva is avliable to down from the Chrome website here.

List of Bitcoin exchanges effected/ running as normal

We’ve rounded up the top Bitcoin exchanges to provide a list of who is operating as normal and who is not due to the transaction malleability problems and DDOS attacks.

If you can help add to the list, add your comments below.

Trading problems:

Withdrawals suspended, confirmed on blog.


Transactions delayed, confirmed on Blog.
Mt. Gox

Bitcoin withdrawals suspended, confirmed on official news section.

Bitcoin withdrawals suspended, confirmed on Twitter.



Bitcoin withdrawal problems confirmed on Twitter.



Trading was suspended but reversed with a £75.00 limit. Confirmed on the Bittylicious blog.
Bit Bargain

Withdrawals disabled, confirmed on Twitter.



Bitcoin withdrawals suspended, confirmed on Virwox homepage.


Trading as normal:

Vault of Satoshi

Trading as normal, confirmed on Twitter.

Coin Market

Still trading as normal, confirmed on Twitter.


Still trading as normal, confirmed on Twitter.


Still trading as normal, confirmed on Twitter.

Operating as normal, no known problems.


Back to trading as normal, confirmed on the JustCoin blog here.

Interview with core Bitcoin developer Gregory Maxwell

We caught up with Gregory Maxwell, the core Bitcoin developer regarding the current transaction malleability bug and Mt. Gox.

Are Mt. Gox blaming their own coding incompetence on yourself and the other Bitcoin developers?

It’s hard to tell what MtGox is doing or thinking as they are very poor at communications.

I was very surprised by their press release, it was completely out of the tone of the discussion I had with them last week. I was also pretty insulted by it, I sought them out to advise them that they had issues and what I believed them to be— as a pure act of helpfulness on my part— and I got nothing out of it, except their press release using the fact that they’d talked to me to straighten their somewhat misleading claims.

MTGox runs software they wrote themselves, they have no one else to blame for it but themselves.

Will updates from your end be pushed or will it be up to the exchanges?

Entirely separately from MTGOX, someone suddenly started dos attacking the network with mutated transactions about 24 hours ago. They’re a nuisance and gumming up some services, but not causing any loss of funds like mtgox experienced. MtGox’s issues were their own mistakes.

We’ll probably issue some updates to filter out the DOS attack, however.

How much damage has Mt. Gox caused to the community?

I think they’ve done more damage to the remaining goodwill the Bitcoin community had for them than anything else. Market prices sometimes just reflect the most nervous parties, so I’m not sure how much weight to give the impact there. Bitcoin itself works fine regardless of what price people are buying it at.

As someone who personally has some funds in MtGox I’d personally like to know how much they lost. Prior to their press release I’d assumed the amount must be small or internal controls would have caught it,
instead of people reporting it to them on chat. The intensity and character of their response leaves me worried that my initial estimates might have been incorrect.

Passing the ‘buck’! Mt. Gox’s incompetence continues to cause Bitcoin chaos

Mt. Gox, the worlds largest Bitcoin exchange recently suspended customer withdrawals across all accounts, stating that funds will not be released until Bitcoin fixes a known bug within its protocol. As expected however this has forced a huge backlash from its users and the Bitcoin community at large blaming the exchange for lax security implementations. So who’s to blame, Mt Gox or Bitcoin?

The customer withdrawal suspension was initially due to a problem with the exchange’s own payment processing system, but the most recent statement released by Mt. Gox regarding the freeze puts all the blame on Bitcoin developers without holding itself responsible.

What has come to light very recently however is that Mt. Gox have known about the security flaw and bug within the transaction malleability since 2011(view here), courtesy of core Bitcoin developer Greg Maxwell.

Maxwell alerted the exchange and explicitly warned them of the possible flaw in their platform yet recent events suggest this advice went unheeded.

No doubt the claim made by the company is monumental. Essentially they are saying the bug makes it possible for an attacker to covertly spoof transaction details and make them seem like bitcoins were sent to a wallet when in reality they did not.

If Mt. Gox’s claims hold water and are as infamous as advertised this could be an epic blow to the future of bitcoin. If false however the exchange is likely to die.
Many within the Bitcoin community have stressed their anger at Mt. Gox and questioned why withdrawals have not being actioned for several months with the exchange now conveniently freezing itself whilst other exchanges continue to operate.

One exchange that seems to be pushing on despite this ‘bug’ is Kraken:

Well known security researcher Oleg Andreev has researched Mt. Gox’s claims and has confirmed that there is no bug in Bitcoin Itself.

“If you need a quick answer: there’s no bug in the Bitcoin itself. You may go to Bitstamp/Coinbase/BTC-E/Bitcoin-Central and buy more BTC with a huge discount before it gets back to $800-$900.”

It’s clear that Mt. Gox does not want to hold itself accountable and instead wishes to pin the blame on somebody else, even if that has to be the Bitcoin developers themselves. Due to the Bitcoin community being tech-savvy it seems the news will only weaken the confidence in the company and ultimately strike it from the top spot in the exchange world.

Andreas M. Antonopoulos gives insight into the current Bitcoin chaos

We spoke to Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Bitcoin Entrepreneur and security systems expert regarding the current Bitcoin transaction malleability problem.

Are Mt. Gox trying to pass the blame onto the Bitcoin Developers? Will this cause irreversible damage to the currency ?

Mt. Gox was relying on an incorrect implementation, it appears other exchanges were also relying on incorrect implementations. These incorrect implementations were susceptible to confusion by relying on transaction hashes for *unconfirmed transactions* which cannot be and should not be relied on. Many other exchanges and services, including the one I work as CSO ( had a correct implementation and were therefore not affected by the known issue of transaction malleability.

The issue was known since 2011, and Gox was warned not to rely on transaction hashes that this was not the best practice and could lead to problems.


Their attempt to blame the bitcoin software was grossly irresponsible. In the end it will further discredit Gox and reveal their management incompetence. Gox is now a minority exchange that has repeatedly suffered issues related to poor quality control in their software development methodology and has compounded these issues with bad communication and attempts to shift the blame elsewhere.

They represent less than 20% of the exchange volume and after their most recent problems and subsequent communications, they will likely lose more customers. Meanwhile, bitcoin remains unaffected. No transactions were falsified, the network continues to operate normally, and the authoritative ledger contains a correct record of transactions. If Gox had used the authoritative ledger as their reference instead of relying on an unreliable identifier, they would not have been defrauded by customers or had to suspend withdrawals.

In other words, Gox was sloppy, then they blamed someone else. Then they were rightly corrected by several well informed participants and many of the core developers.

Today we are seeing malicious actors trying to flood the bitcoin network with such malformed transactions in an effort to find other exchanges with similar implementation errors.

Some exchanges have temporarily suspended withdrawals in order to ensure they can process everything accurately. It’s like a retail customer showing up at a customer service desk with a photoshopped receipt and trying to get a refund. Mt. Gox was fooled because they didn’t check the receipts against the blockchain.

Others are not fooled, but today they saw a flood of such attempts, as if retail shoppers showing up with shoeboxes of falsified receipts hoping to cash in on this problem. These other exchanges are now dealing with a flood of these which is delaying legitimate withdrawals and some suspended withdrawals in order to check their implementations

In about a week I expect all the exchanges will have robust and correct implementations, as the network has now been stress-tested. Some will resume quickly, Gox might take a bit longer to resume. In the end, the entire industry will be more resilient.