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Bitcoin News for the week of 1/05/15

This was an exciting week in Bitcoin, as the Blockchain team was able to meet and greet many of you at the annual CES conference. As pictured below, you can see some of our team members, where we had a great time at the conference. There were some other big news items this week, including CoinDesk‘s State of Bitcoin 2015 report being published with some interesting statistics and figures. So without further ado, let’s get into the news for the week.

The International CES conference 2015 happened this week

If you were at CES this week, then you probably experienced what we did – and saw the future of Bitcoin all in one venue. It was a great time, and we were happy to see and meet with every one over the past few days.

4 Reasons Why We Hope You Visited the World of Bitcoin at CES2015

The annual [International Consumer Electronics Show](http://www.cesweb.org) (CES) ran from January 6-9, in several locations in Las Vegas including the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center. Lead by [BitPay](http://bitpay.com/), the World of Bitcoin was the epicenter of all things cryptocurrency at the convention. If you missed this phenomenal gathering of technophiles, here’s a recap of the reasons why we hope you attended, plus some of the cool perks you’d receive if you came to visit us at the World of Bitcoin.
[Apple Approves iOS Game That Tips Players in Bitcoin](http://www.coindesk.com/apple-approves-ios-game-tips-players-bitcoin/)

Apple has approved a retro-styled iOS game that tips players in real bitcoin, recently releasing it onto the iTunes store. The game, SaruTobi, lets users swing a monkey from a vine, building up momentum before releasing him to collect power-ups and bitcoin tokens as he frolics though the air.

ChangeTip Expands Service Beyond Social Networks

ChangeTip, the social media tipping platform, has expanded their service. Now “tippers” can send bitcoins on any site using a single URL. The One Time Tip link allows users to specify an amount, copy the provided URL and paste it wherever they please.

Block Chain 2.0: The Renaissance of Money

From 2008 to date, no other technology has been the subject of such fervent debate. Irrespective of your opinion, the rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies cannot be ignored. This is not something that should be ignored and there is a vast array of resources that explain the concept. In this post I’ll try to make sense of the Block Chain Protocol and the emerging ecosystem that is growing on it.

Overstock.com to offer staff option of being paid in Bitcoin

Overstock.com Inc. said it is planning to offer its employees the option of being paid in Bitcoin, as par of an effort to encourage broader use of digital currencies. The discount online retailer made the announcement in a release about a new Bitcoin ATM that it has installed at its corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Academic Research on Bitcoin Tripled in 2014

Academia is increasingly focusing on bitcoin, and hundreds of papers on the subject have now been published, according to research by author and alternative finance commentator Brett Scott. Notably, more than three times as many papers were published in 2014 as in the previous year.

Some perspective on Bitstamp Hack

Bitstamp, the prominent Bitcoin exchange, was hacked this week. This is bad news for the Bitcoin ecosystem, but let’s be sure to keep it in perspective. Inevitable comparisons are being made to Mt. Gox, so let’s see how things stack up.

State of Bitcoin 2015 slide via Coindesk.com

State of Bitcoin 2015: Ecosystem Grows Despite Price Decline

CoinDesk is pleased to announce the latest quarterly State of Bitcoin report, featuring a 2014 Year in Review, an in-depth analysis of data and events from the fourth quarter of 2014 and a look ahead to what 2015 might bring.

Kickstarter Ditches Amazon for Stripe for a ‘Simpler, Faster and Easier Checkout Process’

American crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, leaves Amazon for Stripe, an online payment service known for its flexibility and ease of setup. Stripe is currently running beta test of Bitcoin support, which the startup expects to exit this month.