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Bitcoin News for the Week of 07/21/14

It’s time for another weekly recap of top headlines and bitcoin news from around the world, where we trim the fat and bring you all the important stuff about bitcoin each week. This week is chock full of good news with lots of exciting announcements coming out of The North American Bitcoin Conference in Chicago, MMA fighter Phil Baroni will sponsor bitcoin on SpikeTV, and a lot more.

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A great photo of some of our team plus friends of Blockchain, via Coindesk.com
[Gallery: Bitcoin Community Spirit Shines at TNABC Chicago](http://www.coindesk.com/gallery-bitcoin-community-tnabc-chicago/)

The North American Bitcoin Conference brought the full range of the international bitcoin community to Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center for two days of discussion on all things digital currency. Though it was perhaps the major announcements by Blockchain, the Chamber of Digital Commerce and OKCoin, as well as discussion of New York’s new bitcoin regulation that reverberated most widely online, the conference itself was focused on engendering community spirit.

App Shows Bitcoin’s Reach Into Everyday Tokyo Life

The latest indicator of bitcoin’s growing presence in daily life in Tokyo is the Blockchain wallet app which offers users information on where they can use bitcoin to buy real goods and services in the capital. Several stores in Tokyo now accept bitcoin for a beer and fries, smartphone repairs and even eyelash extensions, as the reach of the virtual currency extends well beyond the tech nerd’s basement or bedroom.

Bitcoin Brands Inc. Sponsors MMA Legend Phil Baroni

Bitcoin Brands Inc. announced that it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with mixed martial arts legend Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni for his upcoming main card fight for Bellator 122. The fight will be televised nationally on SpikeTV on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9pm/8pm Central.

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Blockchain illustration by CoinTelegraph.com
[What is the Blockchain?](http://cointelegraph.com/news/112101/what-is-the-blockchain-) The blockchain is a database displayed publicly for every Bitcoin transaction that happens in the Bitcoin network. By using this database, every user has the ability to uncover what amount in Bitcoin has ever belonged to a specific address at a specific timeframe.

“Bitcoin Is The Truth,” Says Rap Genius Founder Mahbod Moghadam

Mahbod Moghadam is a co-founder of Genius and the author of Genius Inc, and recently discussed bitcoin as he is a fan and has a lot of positive things to say about the digital currency. Moghadam went on to say, “If you are using Bitcoin, you are making the world a better place.”

Top 5 Bitcoin Wallets in 2014

As with most forms of money, there are many different ways in which you can store your bitcoins. Here’s a closer look at some of the top Bitcoin wallets available to users on mobile and desktop platforms right now. For additional wallet comparisons, BitcoinX provides community ratings and reviews of the highest ranked wallets.

First Eyewear Company to Accept Bitcoins for Eyewear Purchases

The founders of Swift Eyewear Inc., Joseph Ianni and Pierre Brousseau, are very excited to announce that it will become the first global eyewear company to accept Bitcoin payments. Swift will use Blockchain.Info’s US dollar market exchange price feed to instantaneously convert prices to Bitcoins for each purchase.

Gliph iOS Messaging App Reinstates Bitcoin Functionality

Privacy-focused messaging app Gliph once again supports bitcoin functionality in its newest iOS release. The announcement follows Apple’s recent reversal of its ban on bitcoin apps, which meant Gliph was forced to disable bitcoin sending late last year.

BitPay uses Bitcoin to Sponsor Georgia Tech Athletics, Unveils Facebook App

BitPay, a Bitcoin startup company founded in 2011 and a pioneer in business solutions for the digital currency, recently announced its affiliation to the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Athletic Association. Brokered by IMG College – the multimedia partner of the university, the sponsorship is meant to cover Georgia Tech’s basketball and football programs.

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