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Google Says It Has "No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin" 157

Posted by samzenpus
from the forget-the-coins dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A popular Reddit submission today suggested Google's payment team was looking to incorporate Bitcoin, naturally sparking a lot of excitement in the virtual currency community. TNW reached out to Google regarding the claim and learned that it was indeed false. 'As we continue to work on Google Wallet, we're grateful for a very wide range of suggestions,' a Google spokesperson told TNW. 'While we're keen to actively engage with Wallet users to help inform and shape the product, there's no change to our position: we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin.'"
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Google Says It Has "No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin"

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 23, 2014 @11:12PM (#46053301)

    Google collects vast quantities of information about everything everyone does on the internet. And they do it by offering stuff to you for free. Isn't there a catch? Can we honestly believe that the only reason they give you Gmail is to push ads to you and the only reason Analytics is to hope that you'll buy the upgrade? Really?

    And even if you trust Google 100%, hasn't it occurred to you that data storage is cheap and management is transient. Add those together, and it means that everything you do on the net is stored by Google, and some future management team can do whatever the heck they want with it.

  • Still. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rmdingler (1955220) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @11:19PM (#46053335)
    Here lately, more mainstream companies are coming out in favor of accepting it.

    Casinos in Vegas was the last one I recall... maybe this thing has legs.

    Can it be that our fiat monetary systems are so flawed that this is a reasonable alternative for some folks?

  • Match Plan (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @11:19PM (#46053343)

    there's no change to our position: we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin

    In a strage coincidence, I have no interest in Google Wallet - so I guess that works out for everyone.

  • by brxndxn (461473) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @11:22PM (#46053353)

    Just because they say 'we have no current plans for Bitcoin' does not mean they don't have people working on exploring the technical aspects, the legal aspects, the social, and financial aspects. It would be a huge decision for a company like Google to say anything definitive about Bitcoin at this point - considering anything positive from Google would most likely double the Bitcoin price. And, doubling the Bitcoin price would do that much more to solidify its place in the financial world.

    In other words, it will happen with or without Google - starting with much smaller companies first. Two years ago, the Bitcoin community was excited to see a $1million/year revenue company announce they are taking Bitcoin. Now, Overstock.com and Tigerdirect both take Bitcoin. Don't expect anything from Google for a while..

  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @11:33PM (#46053445) Journal

    ... it can't say it out loud before everything is in place.

    Just because Google's PR piece gave that "No Current Plan Regarding Bitcoin" doesn't mean Google isn't weighting the possibility (or even planning to accept) that virtual currency.

    Company as large as Google must weight the pros and cons before it venture into something controversial (I am not saying that Bitcoin is in itself controversial, what I am saying is virtual currency, which Bitcoin is part of, is still being treated as something very alien by the establishment), or risk seeing its stock price tank all the way down to the earth's core.

  • Who would sign on? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @11:45PM (#46053533)

    if a company like Amazon or Google -- with their immense server farms for mining -- did come up with its own crypto coin

    Approximately none of the users of Bitcoin today would switch for (rightful) fear of being tracked out the wazoo. The cash-like nature of Bitcoin would undoubtedly being severely undermined if coming from a company like Google...

    It's a lot harder to prop up a currency that a significant number of people will accept than most people think.

  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Thursday January 23, 2014 @11:47PM (#46053549)

    And not even particularly good performance art.

    How long can a joke possibly go on before it grows stale? Dogecoin seeks to find the answer.

  • Jedi Mind Trick? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by multimediavt (965608) on Friday January 24, 2014 @12:19AM (#46053681)
    These aren't the Bitcoin miners you're looking for. First thing in my head when I read the title of the post.
  • by perpenso (1613749) on Friday January 24, 2014 @12:35AM (#46053761)

    Here lately, more mainstream companies are coming out in favor of accepting it. Casinos in Vegas was the last one I recall... maybe this thing has legs. Can it be that our fiat monetary systems are so flawed that this is a reasonable alternative for some folks?

    The casino and various other companies are accepting bitcoins as payment but they do not hold any bitcoins. For the casino your bill is computed in $US, they compute the current bitcoin equivalent when you are ready to pay, accept payment and immediately have the bitcoins converted to $US. The casino avoids the bank/credit card transaction fees and surcharges. The bitcoin payment processor used has no transaction fees, just a flat monthly fee.

    It seems that bitcoins are more of a replacement for credit cards, in other words a transaction system rather than a replacement monetary system.

  • by TheloniousToady (3343045) on Friday January 24, 2014 @12:48AM (#46053801)

    As we continue to work on Google Wallet...we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin.

    Translation: "We're ignoring the new monetary system that no one controls so we can push onto you the new monetary system that we control."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 24, 2014 @01:42AM (#46053945)

    > users of Bitcoin

    > fear of being tracked

    ahahahahahahahaha

    it's almost like the entire world doesn't know exactly which wallet contains which bitcoins at all times

  • Re:Still. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by bkmoore (1910118) on Friday January 24, 2014 @01:48AM (#46053969)

    ....Can it be that our fiat monetary systems are so flawed that this is a reasonable alternative for some folks?

    Even if it has to be "mined", Bitcoin is a fiat currency that is backed by absolutely nothing other than itself.

  • by dbIII (701233) on Friday January 24, 2014 @03:51AM (#46054263)

    computer-savvy and security-minded

    That's what they LIKE to think about themselves, but unless they are early adopter perpetrators of this scam they are just deluded suckers instead.

    I wonder if we can use the "security" window dressing in bitcoin to track down the ransomware virus people? That may finally be a good use for bitcoin.

  • by Patch86 (1465427) on Friday January 24, 2014 @04:42AM (#46054379)

    Loads of companies (perhaps even a majority of retailers) already do issue "their own currency"- in the form of in-store credit vouchers. In principal there's no reason why you couldn't go down to your local convenience store and pay for a loaf of bread and bottle of milk with iTunes vouchers- a currency which is "backed" by "real goods" (i.e., the currency can be redeemed at any time at the "central bank" in exchange for useful goods (music and whatnot), in the manner of a gold-backed currency).

    The fact that nobody does this tells you a lot about the majority of the population's attitude towards corporate controlled private currencies. To most people, they seem like a completely unnecessary way of abstracting on top of an already perfectly valid currency system. There's no reason to assume people would feel any differently towards "Amazon Coins" than they do towards Amazon gift vouchers, regardless of the techy details behind it.

    I still remain deeply sceptical that BitCoin is anything other than an enthusiast's curiosity and/or "get rich quick" scheme, and can't imagine it going the distance. I've been wrong plenty of times before, but...well, I'm not changing my mind on that one yet.

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