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Old Feb 5, 2014, 10:41 PM   #1
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Apple Removes Bitcoin App 'Blockchain' From App Store




Blockchain, a wallet app that allows users to send and receive the digital currency Bitcoin, has been removed from the App Store, according to Bloomberg.
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Blockchain.info, the developer of the software, received an e-mail from Apple saying that the app was withdrawn "due to an unresolved issue," Nicolas Cary, chief executive officer of the London-based company, said.
Cary told Bloomberg that he didn't understand the timing of the removal of the app, as it has been in the App Store for two years.

Late last year, Apple removed Bitcoin buying and trading platform Coinbase from the App Store and, more recently, Apple required the developers behind Gliph, a secure messaging platform that allowed Bitcoin transfers, to remove the transfer feature in order to keep its app on the App Store.

Blockchain's removal is another chapter in Apple's tumultuous relationship with Bitcoin apps. The company has told developers behind Bitcoin-related apps that they may not include content that "enables, facilitates or encourages an activity" that some countries deem illegal. App Store Review Guidelines require that apps be legal in all locations in which the app is available.

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Old Feb 5, 2014, 10:44 PM   #2
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I'm sure there are tons of apps that would violate laws in some countries... Why do they have to discriminate this??
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Old Feb 5, 2014, 10:44 PM   #3
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This is when the App Store model fails.

Company removes app, not because it can be harmful to the network or system, but because of political issues.

The App Store model works in many ways, but this is the big flaw that really needs to be fixed.
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Old Feb 5, 2014, 10:46 PM   #4
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This is so silly. This is like removing apps that transfer money like PayPal or Chase because US Dollars may be used to fund or facilitate criminal activity. This has to stop.
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Old Feb 5, 2014, 11:01 PM   #5
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The coming months will be when we find out whether Apple is still a company that embraces innovation. Bitcoin represents financial innovation, and that will prove to be disruptive to the status quo. I'm hoping Apple pulls an "iTunes" and revolutionizes payment systems much like the $.99 song did to the music industry.

I don't know what their mobile payment plans are, but they need to seriously address the Bitcoin issue as it is only going to get more and more prevalent.
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Old Feb 5, 2014, 11:25 PM   #6
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Apple, ya dun goofed.

"Here's to the crazy ones. They change things. They invent. They push the human race forward."

Let Apple know how you feel about this. This is a technology that could transform the world, especially developing nations with high transaction fees.
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Old Feb 5, 2014, 11:43 PM   #7
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This is when the App Store model fails.

Company removes app, not because it can be harmful to the network or system, but because of political issues.
How terrible of Apple to have to follow the laws of countries where they do business.
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Old Feb 5, 2014, 11:45 PM   #8
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Apple, ya dun goofed.

"Here's to the crazy ones. They change things. They invent. They push the human race forward."

Let Apple know how you feel about this. This is a technology that could transform the world, especially developing nations with high transaction fees.
Kinda like how BitTorrent is great for downloading legal stuff. Bitcoins are for criminals to use.
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Old Feb 5, 2014, 11:57 PM   #9
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How terrible of Apple to have to follow the laws of countries where they do business.
As someone who follows bitcoin, there isn't a single country where the currency (or any cryptocurrency) is illegal or outlawed.

Apple is also working on a major payment initiative...
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 12:07 AM   #10
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Good, further distance the masses from Monopoly money.
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 12:19 AM   #11
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My guess is that it has more to do with their policy of not allowing purchases through apps unless those apps use Apple's payment system. Can't buy movies through Amazon Prime or Hulu? Can't buy digital music through Google Play or Amazon MP3? Or Kindle? Yep, this is about Apple wanting a piece of the transaction pie, sadly.
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Kinda like how BitTorrent is great for downloading legal stuff. Bitcoins are for criminals to use.
BitTorret is great for downloading legal stuff. Blizzard heavily utilizes BitTorrets for distributing their games, patches, and videos. I wouldn't be remotely surprised if other companies that need to distribute massive files to their customers also use it.

BitCoins are a great international currency that doesn't depend on any laws set by any government. That, actually, may be the part leading to the legal troubles: how do you tax it?
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 12:48 AM   #13
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Kinda like how BitTorrent is great for downloading legal stuff. Bitcoins are for criminals to use.
You forgot to mention anyone using a jail broken iphone is stealing from the App Store... Pffft! Open your mind bro !!!
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 01:03 AM   #14
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Could this be linked to the senate currently investigating bitcoin as a potential tax haven and/or money-laundering scheme. The fed doesn't like it, because they haven't yet figured out a way to tax it.

http://mashable.com/2013/08/15/senate-bitcoin/
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/...68322915488180
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 01:10 AM   #15
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Bitcoin has been involved in really shady stuff.


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Old Feb 6, 2014, 01:25 AM   #16
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How terrible of Apple to have to follow the laws of countries where they do business.
So yesterday Bitcoins were outlawed in ~150 countries? And nobody besides Apple knows?
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For example: wasn't bitcoin recently restricted in China for domestic use ? Try to find the link later ...

Found it: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/201...ens-rules.html
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 01:39 AM   #18
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This is weird, because they had a dumbed down version to make sure it could stay in the appstore. Afaik, you could only view your wallet, not make or receive anything. It didn't even give the QR code for it.

So why would they remove that? This is why the full version on the Cydia store is better.
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 01:41 AM   #19
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Bitcoin has been involved in really shady stuff.


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So is real money. What's your point?
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 03:49 AM   #20
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The coming months will be when we find out whether Apple is still a company that embraces innovation. Bitcoin represents financial innovation, and that will prove to be disruptive to the status quo. I'm hoping Apple pulls an "iTunes" and revolutionizes payment systems much like the $.99 song did to the music industry.

I don't know what their mobile payment plans are, but they need to seriously address the Bitcoin issue as it is only going to get more and more prevalent.
Bitcoin is a waste of energy. People buy expensive hardware and waste tons of energy to create "bit coins" which have no value except that assigned by the "greater fool" theory. (To remind people: You would be a fool to buy bitcoin, but you hope that a greater fool will come and buy it off you for more money).

Anything to get rid of bitcoin or reduce their usage should be appreciated. Especially a company like Apple that is proud of their green credentials should absolutely do everything to stomp on bitcoin.
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 04:15 AM   #21
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As someone who follows bitcoin, there isn't a single country where the currency (or any cryptocurrency) is illegal or outlawed.
Apple is also working on a major payment initiative...
FYI, Bitcoin is banned in China and Thailand. It's illegal to trade, import or export Bitcoins in Thailand. China government is not so extreme; it's not illegal to hold Bitcoins in China, but the you still can't trade with Bitcoin either.
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Bitcoin is a waste of energy. People buy expensive hardware and waste tons of energy to create "bit coins" which have no value except that assigned by the "greater fool" theory. (To remind people: You would be a fool to buy bitcoin, but you hope that a greater fool will come and buy it off you for more money).

Anything to get rid of bitcoin or reduce their usage should be appreciated. Especially a company like Apple that is proud of their green credentials should absolutely do everything to stomp on bitcoin.
It's a currency, albeit a virtual one. It has no more intrinsic value in itself than other artificial currencies (such as the dollar and the pound). When you dig down deep into what the value of money really means, the whole system degrades into meaningless nonsense.

For example, when you look in your wallet to find nice crisp bank notes, you could be forgiven for thinking that someone worked hard somewhere, or produced something useful, in order for those notes to mysteriously appear.

But you'd be wrong. The overwhelming majority of money in circulation (well over 90%) is plain and simple debt, conjured into existence by banks when people take out loans. The banks don't have all that money to lend, not by a long shot, but they are permitted to manufacture nearly the whole loan amount out of thin air.

It's a funny old world. I wish I could be allowed to get up to the same trick myself.
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when can we expect this one to hit piratebay ... sorry i meant theaters?
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Old Feb 6, 2014, 05:38 AM   #24
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It's a currency, albeit a virtual one. It has no more intrinsic value in itself than other artificial currencies (such as the dollar and the pound). When you dig down deep into what the value of money really means, the whole system degrades into meaningless nonsense.

For example, when you look in your wallet to find nice crisp bank notes, you could be forgiven for thinking that someone worked hard somewhere, or produced something useful, in order for those notes to mysteriously appear.

But you'd be wrong. The overwhelming majority of money in circulation (well over 90%) is plain and simple debt, conjured into existence by banks when people take out loans. The banks don't have all that money to lend, not by a long shot, but they are permitted to manufacture nearly the whole loan amount out of thin air.

It's a funny old world. I wish I could be allowed to get up to the same trick myself.
Haha you have no idea what youre talking about

Ever heard of gdp? Or inflation?

The existance of money and the amount of it is connected to what?
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As someone who follows bitcoin, there isn't a single country where the currency (or any cryptocurrency) is illegal or outlawed.
China.
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