Blockchain.info

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Blockchain.info
File:Blockchain.info logo 2014-01-27.png
Headquarters Luxembourg
Area served Worldwide
Website Official website
Launched August 30, 2011

Blockchain.info is a bitcoin wallet and block explorer service.[1] Launched in August 2011, the service provides data on recent transactions, mined blocks in the bitcoin block chain, charts on the bitcoin economy, and statistics and resources for developers.[2] Information from and links to the website are common in media coverage and in bitcoin forums.[3] The Blockchain.info mobile app for Android allows users to securely send and receive bitcoins and browse block chain information.[4] In December 2013, the company acquired ZeroBlock LLC, makers of the leading mobile bitcoin app.[5]

Blockchain.info was the world's most visited bitcoin website in 2013, with over 118 million page views and over 3 million unique visitors in November 2013,[6] and in January 2014 Blockchain.info reached one million user wallets.[3]

In February 2014, Apple Inc. removed the Blockchain app from the iOS App Store, prompting a harsh response from Blockchain and public outcry in the bitcoin community, most notably within the Reddit community.[7][8][9] In July 2014, Apple reinstated the Blockchain app back into the iOS App Store.[10]

In October 2014, Blockchain.info closed a $30.5m fundraising round from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Mosaic Ventures, which was the biggest round of financing in the digital currency sector at that time. [11]

In December 2014, Blockchain.info became one of the first prominent Bitcoin wallets to offer a dedicated hidden service on the Tor network, for users who desire to conduct Bitcoin transactions with greater privacy and lesser third party surveillance, as well as to provide end-to-end encryption for Tor users who were previously vulnerable to malicious exit nodes sniffing their keys and stealing their Bitcoins.[12][13][14]

In early 2015, the company passed 3 million wallets created using their services.[15]

In August 2015, Blockchain.info's CEO Peter Smith was invited to accompany UK Prime Minister David Cameron on a tour throughout southeast Asia to engage with local representatives about the UK's leading role as a global fintech hub.[16]

Also in August 2015, Blockchain.info passed 4 million wallets created using their services. [17]

In May 2016, Blockchain.info announced Thunder, which claims to be an implementation of the Lightning Network.[18]

See also

References

  1. Shirley Siluk (2013-05-03). "10 brilliant bitcoin sites". CoinDesk. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  2. "Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics". Bitcointalk.org. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  3. David Gilson (2013-06-26). "Review of Blockchain.info Bitcoin Wallet for Android Mobiles". Coindesk.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  4. Jon Southurst (2013-12-24). "Blockchain.info Acquires Bitcoin Price App ZeroBlock". Coindesk.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  5. Jon Southurst (2013-12-20). "Blockchain.info: the World's Most Popular Bitcoin Website and Wallet". Coindesk.com. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  6. McMillan, Robert. "Apple Yanks World's Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet From App Store | Wired Enterprise". Wired.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  7. Jon Southurst. "Apple Removes Blockchain Bitcoin Wallet Apps From its App Stores". Coindesk.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  8. Pete Rizzo (2014-01-31). "Watch this Bitcoin Fanatic Shoot His iPhone After Apple Blacklists Blockchain". Coindesk.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  9. Paul Vigna. "Blockchain’s Bitcoin App Reinstated in Apple’s App Store". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 
  10. Sydney Ember (2014-10-06). "Blockchain Is Latest Bitcoin Start-Up To Lure big Investment". Dealbook.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  11. "Anonymity Using My Wallet". Blockchain.info. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  12. Alyson Margaret (2014-12-03). "Improved Security For Tor Users". Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  13. Nik Cubrilovik (2014-12-03). "Securing Blockchain.info Users With Tor and SSL". Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  14. Blockchain (2015-05-19). "My Wallet Number of Users". Blockchain Ltd. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  15. Mark Kleinmann (2015-07-22). "PM's Asia Trip To Promote FinTech And Regions". 
  16. Blockchain (2015-08-16). "My Wallet Number of Users". Blockchain Ltd. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  17. https://blog.blockchain.com/2016/05/16/announcing-the-thunder-network-alpha-release/

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