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Bitcoin News for the week of 2/16/15

**Welcome to our weekly Bitcoin news recap, where we cover top headlines and stories in the world of Bitcoin each week. **This was an exciting week, just like most weeks in Bitcoin – but this week we had the chance to see mainstream media do an hour long special on Bitcoin on CNN’s Inside Man. In other news, Dell accepts bitcoin internationally and Kim Dotcom plans to use the Bitcoin blockchain to build a better internet. Read these stories and more below.

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“This whole thing is so bananas.” So says American documentary maker Morgan Spurlock in an early scene from an episode of CNN’s Inside Man that focuses on bitcoin. During the show, Spurlock buys bitcoin at the New York City Bitcoin Center, helps set up new machines at a bitcoin mine and visits now-defunct Silk Road 2.0 black marketplace to purchase a fake Rolex.

Dell is now the biggest company to accept Bitcoin internationally

International customers of Dell have one more payment option when shopping for the company’s newest products: Bitcoin. Michael Dell tweeted the announcement that, instead of accepting payment in Bitcoin in only the United States, Dell will take virtual currency payments from customers in the UK and in Canada, as well.

Breaking the bank: Bitcoins hit Africa’s money transfer traditions

Bitcoin can’t be printed, it can’t be directly controlled by governments or central banks, but it can be sent around the world instantly at a low cost. And in sub-Saharan Africa, where 75% of the population don’t have a bank account, experts say the currency could help millions of people pay bills and get to grips with their finances.

MegaNet — New Decentralized, Non-IP Based and Encrypted Network

The Famous Internet entrepreneur and former hacker Kim Dotcom, who introduced legendary Megaupload and MEGA file sharing services to the World, has come up with another crazy idea — to start his very own Internet that uses the Bitcoin blockchain.

Meet the Team: Interview with Blockchain’s Security Engineer, Kristov Atlas

It’s with great enthusiasm that I introduce our Security Engineer, Kristov Atlas. Our conversation takes us from his recent introduction to the team, the evolution of Bitcoin privacy and his personal journey that began as a young technophile, innocently fascinated by the wonders of ASCII art, to a more purposeful and fulfilling path of personal growth and career as a Bitcoin security expert.

Upcoming ‘Spells of Genesis’ Is the First Game to Use Bitcoin Blockchain for Its in Game Economy

The next Bitcoin-related game to hit the App Store is Spells of Genesis, which is a collectable card game with arcade elements that uses Bitcoin’s blockchain technology to power the whole in-game economy. Essentially by using the blockchain, they’re able to totally restructure how digital card systems work.

‘Satoshi Creator of Blockchain’ artwork for Spells of Genesis, by Yodark
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Interzone Banff will put the best line-up of technology thought leaders, including our very own Peter Smith, in the history of Canada live on stage and in conversation at the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs. Three days of independent, raw, explosive and unfiltered discussion happening in March 2015.

Councilman Mark Levine Further Explains the Benefits of His New York Bitcoin Bill

New York City Councilman Mark Levine has recently presented a bill that will enable bitcoin to be used for payment of fees and penalties such as court costs and parking tickets. According to Levine, the bill is slated to save millions of dollars in transaction costs, which can get a little pricy through means such as credit cards.  However, Levine is going further to explain his bill in greater detail (which could be passed as early as this June) and show the true benefits of bringing bitcoin to New York.

U.S. Announces Third Bitcoin Auction

The United States Marshals Service announced that it would auction 50,000 Bitcoins, worth nearly $12 million, seized in connection with the online marketplace Silk Road. The Bitcoin auction, to be held on March 5, comes more than two months after the service’s second Bitcoin auction in December, when it also sold 50,000 Bitcoins.