Bitcoin Becomes Legalized in California

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In many ways the Internet has been an incredible boon to business, but it has a few drawbacks. The same can be said for the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. It seems fitting thatCalifornia, the home of Silicon Valley, is the latest state to make Bitcoin legal. While not considered official currency in most states, Bitcoin use is not illegal and morestate governments are getting involved with Bitcoin.

New York recently said it would begin accepting proposals to build a virtual currency regulation system, and the Texas Department of Banking said it would permit Bitcoin transactions but noted that Bitcoin transmissions are not legally currency transactions.

The near anonymity ofBitcoin,lack of legal control and potential for fraud has made some governments wary of the online currency. In most countries Bitcoin is neither completely legal nor illegal; it's somewhere in between. Some governments are concerned about losing control of the money supply should Bitcoin become extremely popular. The potential for fraud using the totally unregulated currency is also a concern. Despite their doubts, only two countries have made Bitcoin illegal: Iceland and Vietnam. Iceland shut the flow of incoming bitcoins, because its central bank restricts how citizens may send money abroad. Vietnam's government declared trading in Bitcoin and other electronic currencies against the law.

Despite the doubts expressed by many governments, the private sector continues to increase the use of Bitcoin. A number of retailers, especially those in the tech field, have begun accepting Bitcoin. Newegg became the latest with an announcement today. Dish Network has also started accepting Bitcoin, becoming the largest retailer thatis not strictly online to do so. Intuit is another large retailer thatis beginning to accept Bitcoin. The online financial companies PayPal and eBay have both indicated they may begin accepting Bitcoin. This would go some way towards increasing its appeal. Despite its popularity, Bitcoin will require a high quality electronic verification system.

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