5 Top Bitcoin Alternatives

Bitcoin has generated a ton of buzz the world of cryptocurrencies, but it’s not the only option. We’ve compiled a list of the top alternatives, including open source services, payment systems and digital currencies that can be exchanged for traditional money. 1. Litecoin Litecoin is derived from Bitcoin’s open source code, but has a faster…

Is Bitcoin Really Illegal in Thailand?

Earlier this week, Thailand’s national bank ruled Bitcoin illegal. The news came as a shock to many who use the virtual currency, especially those who are not Thai, and the ruling left people wondering: Can the bank make laws? The answer is “yes and no.” Bitcoin exchange services in Thailand weren’t actually declared “illegal,” per…

Arizona Considers Anti-Gay Bill and Other News You Need to Know

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you updated on what’s happening in the world. Here are the stories we’re reading today. After Arizona’s legislature passed a bill allowing business owners to deny service to LGBT customers on the grounds of religious beliefs, the decision rests in…

Political Committees Can Accept Bitcoin Campaign Donations, FEC Rules

Image: Mashable composite. iStockphoto dino4 The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted unanimously to allow political committees — and, indirectly, the politicians they support — to accept donations in the form of Bitcoin on Thursday. The decision is not an official rule or regulation, but it opens the door for other federal political committees to accept…

China’s Sina Weibo Targeted 100,000 Accounts for Violating Government Rules

Authorities in China issued new rules this summer in order to tidy up online discourse in the country. These new guidelines are called the Seven Bottom Lines. Today, state news agency Xinhua reports that more than 100,000 accounts on Sina Weibo have been closed or in some way punished for flouting these rules. As outlined…

5 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts For The Latest on Thailand’s Coup

Thai soldiers secure the bus stop area to prevent the anti-coup demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand May 29, 2014. Image: Wason Wanichakorn/Associated Press Bangkok is the number one global tourist destination of 2013. The tourism industry accounted for 16.7% of the country’s GDP in 2012. Since the military coup that overthrew the Prime…