Taiwan’s Government Says No To Bitcoin ATMs

TechCrunch

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) will not allow the installation of Bitcoin ATMs in the country because it believes Bitcoins are not a currency and should therefore not be accepted by individuals or banks as payment, said FSC chairman Tseng Ming-chung. Tseng Ming-chung’s statement was reported yesterday by the Central News Agency (link via Google Translate), Taiwan’s state-run news service.

TechCrunch’s John Biggs reported earlier this week that U.S.-based company Robocoin plans to bring its Bitcoin ATMs to Taiwan and Hong Kong as part of its global expansion plans. Robocoin CEO Jordan Kelley told us that “Bitcoin demand in Asia is amazing. We have many Asian countries seeking to enhance consumer capability to buy and sell Bitcoin securely and safely.” We’ve emailed Robocoin for comment about how the FSC’s ban will affect its plans in Asia.

Government attitudes toward Bitcoin differ widely throughout Asia, but the FSC’s decision is yet…

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On a Cold Monday

A Frank Angle

Greetings from the changing weather in Cincinnati.

Although we just missed a major snow dump, a blast of bitter cold will grip us through Wednesday morning. After Sunday afternoon’s high of 44 F (6 C), change is happening with Monday’s forecast being a high of 3 F (-15 C) … and that will be in the morning as it will be falling during the day. From there, we are expecting a low of -9 F (-23 C) with wind chills of -30 F (-35 C) with more of the same on Tuesday. No, that is not normal Cincinnati weather!

Anyway, how was your weekend? What did you do? Ours included going to the movies for Saving Mr. Banks (which we enjoyed) and then watching the Hitchcock classic Rear Window at home.

With January being Soup Month, we celebrated with and enjoyed this Italian Wedding Soup recipe from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa

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