An authoritative introduction to the exciting new technologies of digital money Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies provides a comprehensive introduction to the revolutionary yet often misunderstood new technologies of digital currency. Whether you are a student, software developer, tech entrepreneur, or researcher in computer science, this authoritative and self-contained book tells you everything you need to know about the new global money for the Internet age. How do Bitcoin and its block chain actually work? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are their users? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? These are some of the many questions this book answers. It begins by tracing the history and development of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and then gives the conceptual and practical foundations you need to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network as well as to integrate ideas from Bitcoin into your own projects. Topics include decentralization, mining, the politics of Bitcoin, altcoins and the cryptocurrency ecosystem, the future of Bitcoin, and more. An essential introduction to the new technologies of digital currency Covers the history and mechanics of Bitcoin and the block chain, security, decentralization, anonymity, politics and regulation, altcoins, and much more Features an accompanying website that includes instructional videos for each chapter, homework problems, programming assignments, and lecture slides Also suitable for use with the authors' Coursera online course Electronic solutions manual (available only to professors)
Learn Effective Bitcoin Strategies today to start reaching your investing and money-making goals! Learn everything there is to know about Bitcoins and the insider strategies to help you make money! Do you want to learn more about Bitcoins and its tested strategies investing with Bitcoin, but aren't sure where to start? Is it overwhelming when you look at all the information that's available online about Bitcoins and Bitcoin strategies? Well, if your answer was yes to the questions mentioned above, then in such a case this Definitive Guide is perfect for you! Bitcoin is a form of digitized currency and is considered the hottest investment on the block at present. Bitcoins have been in existence since 2009. However, they have gained popularity recently. Bitcoins are the future of currency systems and investment opportunities as well. Therefore, it is essential that you are thoroughly informed about Bitcoins before you decide to make smart investment choices. In this book, you will learn about: ● How to implement an effective Bitcoin strategic plan when investing ● Bitcoin Investing strategies you can use today ● Bitcoin trading strategies you can implement right away ● Bitcoin mining strategies and not be left out on its inner workings ● Buy and hold strategy with Bitcoin in order to avoid costly mistakes ... and much, much more! Other benefits of owning this book: ● Understanding the crowdfunding concept as another option in your investment ● Learn more about Bitcoin exchanges to make smarter transactions ● Overview of the importance in risk management strategies to save you money Take action today to reach your investing and money-making goals. Scroll to the top of the page and select the "Buy now" button.
Release on 2013-12-19 | by Jerry Brito,Andrea Castillo
A Primer for Policymakers
Author: Jerry Brito,Andrea Castillo
Pubpsher: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Category: Political Science
As the world’s first decentralized digital currency, Bitcoin has the potential to revolutionize online payments systems in a way that benefits consumers and businesses. Instead of using an intermediary such as PayPal or submitting credit card information to a third party for verification—both of which often include transaction fees and other restrictions—Bitcoin allows individuals to pay each other directly for goods or services. The characteristics that make Bitcoin so innovative have also made it a target for regulators, who fear that the cryptocurrency will aid tax evasion, money laundering, and other crimes. While it is true that it can be used for nefarious purposes, the same can be said of cash. But, unlike cash, Bitcoin transactions are recorded in an online ledger. In this new primer published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Jerry Brito and Andrea Castillo describe how the digital currency works and address many of the common misconceptions about it. They also analyze current laws and regulations that may already cover digital currencies and warn against preemptively placing regulatory restrictions on Bitcoin that could stifle the new technology before it has a chance to evolve. In addition, they give several recommendations about how to treat Bitcoin going forward. Here, at the forefront of the debate, Brito and Castillo both support innovation and provide much-needed clarity for policymakers and law enforcement. A Spanish edition of this book is also available from the Mercatus Center.
Release on 2017-06-12 | by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Programming the Open Blockchain
Author: Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Pubpsher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Category: Business & Economics
Join the technological revolution that’s taking the financial world by storm. Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the knowledge you need to participate in the internet of money. Whether you’re building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this revised and expanded second edition provides essential detail to get you started. Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its early stages and yet it’s already spawned a multi-billion-dollar global economy open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides the knowledge. You simply supply the passion. The second edition includes: A broad introduction of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executives An explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architects Details of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principles New developments such as Segregated Witness, Payment Channels, and Lightning Network A deep dive into blockchain applications, including how to combine the building blocks offered by this platform into higher-level applications User stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts
'The Bitcoin Saga: A Mixed Montage' is an exciting story about the birth and growth of bitcoin and the blockchain technology underpinning it. The book takes the untutored reader on a thrilling rollercoaster ride through the complexities and myriad facets of cryptocurrencies. The sub-prime crisis of 2008 and the Cypherpunk movement sets the stage for the advent of the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto and the release of the first cache of bitcoins. The narrative takes on a Houdini like magical quality as it unravels the skeins of the Dark Web and the secret of the Silk Road. The story of the Mt Gox heist and Nostradamus like prophecies of bitcoin doom add a generous dollop of intrigue to the crypto story. The cryptocurrency regulatory-tax tales of countries like USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, India etc give the narrative an intellectual slant. The bitcoin saga ends on an introspective note. The blockchain technology has enormous power to change the world. Whether it will be a benevolent Titan or a Frankenstein monster, only time can tell.
This book contains 13 pages of introduction and tutorial about Bitcoin. So for those of you who want to know and start using Bitcoin or business, please read this tutorial first. Contents of how bitcoin is formed? and what to do with Bitcoin? All information presented here as well.
The whole truth about Bitcoin…So you can decide for yourself ! Bitcoin: it’s the worldwide virtual currency everyone’s talking about. But most explanations of Bitcoin are completely bewildering—they’re either written by people in thrall with it or by those appalled by the very notion of an alternative currency. What’s the real story? How does Bitcoin work? Where did it come from? What’s it good for? How do you get, store, and spend Bitcoins? And should you? The Ultimate Guide to Bitcoin answers all your questions—honestly, objectively, and in plain English. Michael Miller has spent his life demystifying complicated ideas and technologies: he’s helped more than 1,000,000 readers in over 150 easy-tounderstand books. Now, he explains Bitcoin in ways everyone can understand. Miller will help you decide for yourself if Bitcoin should be part of your life. And if the answer is “Yes,” he’ll help you make the most of it! Is Bitcoin the currency of the future—or just the latest scam? Why does anyone think Bitcoins have value? Are Bitcoins legal? Are Bitcoins really untraceable? How and where can I buy Bitcoins? How do I choose a Bitcoin exchange? How do I find out what my Bitcoins are worth? Can I trade Bitcoin just like other currencies? Can I really mine my own new Bitcoins? Is Bitcoin taxable? Where should I store my Bitcoins? How much Bitcoin fraud and theft really exists? Which merchants accept Bitcoin? How safe—or risky—is Bitcoin? How does Bitcoin compare to other virtual currencies? What’s the future of Bitcoin?