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David Marcus, Head of Messenger at Facebook, Will Be Joining Coinbase’s Board

I’m pleased to announce that David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook, will be joining Coinbase’s Board of Directors.

David brings first hand knowledge of building impactful, trusted mobile-first products at scale. His experience will add breadth and depth to the Coinbase board and will help the leadership team as the company focuses on becoming the most popular, and safest place to buy and sell digital currencies.

Prior to Messenger, David was President of PayPal, where he led the payments company’s global expansion and product strategy. Under his leadership, PayPal brought back its technology and product centric DNA, won back developers and small businesses, and acquired Braintree (parent company of the popular P2P payment app, Venmo) that further accelerated the overall growth of the company. David joined PayPal after the acquisition of his last startup, mobile payments company, Zong, and led Mobile products before ultimately taking the leadership role at the company.

David’s perspective and experience in bringing innovative and impactful products to market will be invaluable to Coinbase as we grow. David’s knowledge of both the payments and mobile space will help guide us in achieving our mission of creating a truly open financial system that will bring opportunity to people all across the globe.

– Brian Armstrong, CEO and Co-founder of Coinbase

I’ve been involved with, and fascinated by cryptocurrencies since 2012, and I’ve witnessed how Coinbase has started democratizing access to this new asset class. I’m convinced that what the company is working on has the potential to materially change the lives of people around the world, and I’m looking forward to working with Coinbase and its leadership team to help make this vision a reality.

– David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook


David Marcus, Head of Messenger at Facebook, Will Be Joining Coinbase’s Board was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Please invest responsibly — an important message from the Coinbase team

We at Coinbase couldn’t be more excited by the explosion of interest in digital currencies. The last few weeks has seen an unprecedented increase in the price of digital currencies. More people are engaging with our platform than ever and that bodes well for the future of the digital currency. At the same time, it does create extreme volatility and stress on our systems. We take this very seriously and wanted to share some important thoughts.

We’re continuing to invest heavily to scale our platform

Over the course of this year we have invested significant resources to increase trading capacity on our platform and maintain availability of our service. We have increased the size of our support team by 640% and launched phone support in September. We have also invested heavily in our infrastructure and have increased the number of transactions we are processing during peak hours by over 40x.

There may be downtime which can impact your ability to trade

Despite the sizable and ongoing increases in our technical infrastructure and engineering staff, we wanted to remind customers that access to Coinbase services may become degraded or unavailable during times of significant volatility or volume. This could result in the inability to buy or sell for periods of time. Despite ongoing increases in our support capacity, our customer support response times may be delayed, especially for requests that do not involve immediate risks to customer account security. You can read more in our Coinbase User Agreement.

Be an educated investor

We also wanted to remind customers of some of the risks associated with trading digital currency. Digital currencies are volatile and the prices can go up and down. Due to the rapidly changing price of digital currencies, some customers may not have sell limits that are sufficient relative to the value of total digital currency they are storing on Coinbase. Sell limits are one of the many measures Coinbase takes to protect client accounts and assets.

As a proactive measure, we encourage customers to check the following items on their accounts:

  1. Ensure your email address is properly receiving all communications and notifications from Coinbase. To learn more about ensuring email delivery, please refer to this support article.
  2. Ensure your two-factor authentication is updated and functional. If you have recently switched mobile devices, your two-factor authentication needs to be properly migrated to the new device. In addition, please migrate from SMS two factor to Google Authenticator to enhance the security on your account, if you have not already done so. To learn more about two-factor authentication, please refer to this FAQ.
  3. Familiarize yourself with your buy and sell limits. They can be found here.
  4. Complete any pending identity verifications. During times of significant volatility, ID verification may become degraded or unavailable. To learn more about identity verification on Coinbase, please refer to this FAQ.
  5. Expect payments to take the maximum number of days indicated when making a deposit or withdrawal.

Stay up to date

We will continue to update customers on our website, our status page, in our apps, via email, on our blog and on Twitter.

We will keep you informed

We are committed to safety, security and transparency. We are working tirelessly to provide the best service and support but we can’t promise perfection during the periods of extraordinary demand. We will continue to do our best to keep our customers informed.


Please invest responsibly — an important message from the Coinbase team was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Set it & Collect it with Recurring Orders

At Blockchain we’re always looking for ways to make digital currency more accessible. It’s part of our commitment to creating an open, accessible, and fair financial future – and helping you, our users, Be Your Own Bank™.

Today, we’re excited to introduce Recurring Orders, a new feature that gives our European users greater purchasing power by allowing them to automatically buy bitcoin on a regular basis. Whether you’re just getting started or regularly purchase bitcoin, this feature will make it even easier to invest little by little in a better financial future.

Here’s how it works:

  • Log into your Blockchain wallet
  • Select ‘Buy’ powered by Coinify
  • Enter the desired amount you’d like to purchase with your credit card
  • Select ‘Make this a recurring order’
  • Choose your frequency whether on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis
  • Select the duration you’d like the recurring order to last (you can cancel anytime!)
  • Then click ‘Buy Bitcoin’

Taking small, incremental steps can add up to big results over time. With recurring orders, you can find your comfort zone and watch your wallet accrue additional bitcoin – without having to worry about a large upfront cost.

Log-in or sign up at www.blockchain.com to get started with recurring bitcoin orders on web or mobile today!

The post Set it & Collect it with Recurring Orders appeared first on Blockchain Blog.

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Getting up to speed on digital currency: our suggested read/listen/watch list

We put together a list of articles, podcasts and videos on digital currency to share with potential candidates hoping to learn more about the space. This list is by no means comprehensive—rather, it’s an attempt to share a set of perspectives that we believe give a broad overview of what’s going on in digital currency at the end of 2017. Also, we’ve intentionally chosen media that are not too technical.

Read

Listen

Watch

Disclaimer: These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Coinbase of any of the content or views expressed by or on any external site. Coinbase bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.


Getting up to speed on digital currency: our suggested read/listen/watch list was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Coinbase Launches “View Balance” Integration with Yahoo Finance

We’re excited to announce that Coinbase users can now view their digital asset balances on Yahoo Finance’s iOS and Android applications.

Coinbase is committed to being the easiest and most trusted place to buy, sell and use digital currency. As such, we are focused on providing our users with an open platform so they can monitor their digital assets in a secure and convenient way. When Yahoo Finance told us of their plans to launch a cryptocurrency section, we wanted to ensure that Coinbase users can track their own positions as they get the latest updates on the markets. Yahoo and their integration partner TradeIt were able to easily turn on this feature using Coinbase’s developer platform.

This integration is yet another sign of large consumer brands responding to increasing demand from consumers for digital currencies. As awareness of this new asset class and technology grows, Yahoo Finance is making it easier for Coinbase users to stay on top of latest information thanks to their integration with Coinbase.

You can link your Coinbase account to your Yahoo account by downloading the Yahoo Finance mobile app and using the “Link broker accounts” option in main menu.

If you don’t have a Coinbase account, sign up for one here.


Coinbase Launches “View Balance” Integration with Yahoo Finance was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Welcome Asiff Hirji: Coinbase’s New President & Chief Operating Officer

Today we’re thrilled to announce that Asiff Hirji is joining Coinbase as our President & Chief Operating Officer. Asiff joins us from one of our venture capital partners, Andreessen Horowitz, where he focused on accelerating growth at a number of portfolio companies. We are incredibly excited to have him join Coinbase full time to help us on our mission towards creating an open financial system.

Before Andreessen Horowitz, Asiff:

  • Was President and COO of TD Ameritrade, the world’s largest online broker, helping them grow to 4,000 employees
  • Ran HP Enterprise Services (reporting to Meg Whitman) with nearly 200,000 employees and $14B in revenue
  • He has also held senior leadership and governance roles at TPG Capital, Saxo Bank, and Bain Capital.

“Coinbase is moving into an exciting phase of our journey. Asiff’s knowledge of traditional financial services, as well as his deep technical expertise, makes him the perfect person to guide our operations as we grow into new markets and products,” said Brian Armstrong, CEO and Co-founder of Coinbase.

Asiff brings to Coinbase a truly unique mix of skills and experience. He has significant experience running large investment platforms and brokerages. Asiff’s mix of technical skill, business knowledge and corporate growth experience is truly unique, and exactly what Coinbase needs as we solidify our position as the leading digital currency company. His experience will be invaluable as interest from large financial institutions continues to increase and as we expand into new markets and products such as Coinbase Custody.

“Asiff is an elite operator, with fantastic domain expertise from Ameritrade, and a deep technical background,” said Ben Horowitz, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz. “For these reasons, we are absolutely thrilled that he is joining Coinbase. He is the perfect fit.”

And from Asiff himself:

“Coinbase is uniquely positioned like no other company to capitalize on the burgeoning crypto-economy. Its breadth of offerings, global footprint and unique capabilities mean that it will continue to be the first place that retail and institutional investors look when they invest in cryptocurrencies. I’m very excited to be a part of the company and look forward to helping realize its full potential.” said Asiff Hirji, President & Chief Operating Officer of Coinbase.


Welcome Asiff Hirji: Coinbase’s New President & Chief Operating Officer was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Coinbase Obtains Partial Victory Over IRS

Coinbase appeared in federal court this month in the continued fight with the IRS over our customers’ privacy. You can read more in this blog.

We are pleased to say Coinbase won a partial victory in court today. Although the Court did not completely quash the government summons compelling disclosure of certain customers’ records from the period 2013–2015 as we requested, we were proud to accomplish two important victories for our customers.

First, the government vastly narrowed the scope of its summons. The government’s own lawyers noted at the hearing that the IRS is not accustomed to having to fight for records in this context, and most companies just turn records over without going to court. Thanks to Coinbase’s efforts, more than 480,000 customers’ records were preserved from disclosure. This is a 97% reduction in the number of customers impacted by this summons.

Second, the quantity of data we must produce for the approximately 14,000 customers who remain in scope has been significantly reduced. In narrowing the scope of the summons, we are pleased that the Court acknowledged the privacy rights at stake in this matter.

Coinbase started this process more than 12 months ago, and while today’s result is not the complete victory we hoped for, it does represent a substantial and unprecedented victory for the industry and the hundreds of thousands of customers that would have been unfairly targeted if it weren’t for our action. Although we are disappointed not to be able to entirely defeat the summons, we are proud to fight for our customers and in the result we were able to achieve as a small company against a large government agency.

Coinbase is in the process of reviewing the order. As we proceed, we will continue to keep our customers updated. Coinbase has millions of customers and the narrowed summons affects approximately 14,000 of the highest-transacting customers from 2 to 4 years ago. This represents less than 1% of our customer base. In the event that we ultimately produce the documents under this Court order, we intend to notify impacted users in advance of any disclosure.


Coinbase Obtains Partial Victory Over IRS was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Bitcoin Segwit2x Update

There have been a number of developments with Bitcoin Segwit2x since our last update.

Coinbase is actively monitoring this situation and will make every attempt to allow customers to benefit from this fork if it results in a safe and functioning network. No action is required and all funds stored on Coinbase remain safe.

Last week, the Segwit2x development team announced they would no longer continue with the project. In addition, a significant portion of miners and other community leaders withdrew their support for the fork. However, despite these developments, a small number of miners may attempt to go forward with a fork.

We wanted to provide clarity about the potential outcomes of the fork and what Coinbase will do in each scenario.

To protect customer funds, Coinbase will disable Bitcoin sends and receives at 2 am Pacific Time on November 17th, and disable buys and sells an hour before the fork, which is currently predicted to occur between 6am to 8am Pacific Time on November 17th. All functionality will be re-enabled shortly afterwards.

Scenario 1: network is unusable

If support for the fork remains at current levels, or decreases, the Bitcoin2x network will be unusable. Coinbase will not support withdrawals or trading as it will not be possible to move these assets. Currently we believe this is the most likely scenario.

If the network gains support at a later date, we will enable Bitcoin2x withdrawals from the platform.

Scenario 2: network is usable

If transactions are being confirmed at a reasonable speed, and miner support is strong, we will allow Coinbase customers to withdraw Bitcoin2x. We will not immediately enable buys and sells as previously stated, but we may enable them at a later date.

We operate by the principle that our customers should benefit to the greatest extent possible from hard forks or other unexpected events. We have invested significant resources to make sure we can prepare for each scenario, and if there is a stable and functioning network we will give customers access to Bitcoin2x funds.

We continue to work on Bitcoin Cash and are on track for January 1, 2018.


Bitcoin Segwit2x Update was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Forking, Cashing, and Witnessing

At Blockchain, our priority is always our users and the safety of their funds. We recently communicated that our service would be unavailable during the Segwit2x hard fork. While plans for the hard fork have been suspended, there may be some network instability at block height 494,784.

We’ll be monitoring the network closely. Should network instability threaten the safety of our users’ funds, we may briefly suspend outgoing bitcoin transactions but anticipate any suspension to last no more than 1 hour.

Moving forward, we are prioritizing two major initiatives to improve our users’ experiences in the digital currency ecosystem:

SegWit

Our block explorer, Blockchain.info, has supported SegWit from the day it activated. In 2018 we will be rolling out support for SegWit within our wallet products. This will be a major and complex update to some of the most sensitive parts of our codebase, across a wide variety of platforms and devices, affecting billions in user transactions with potentially significant privacy implications. We will do this cautiously but also with consideration for the rising miner’s fees within the bitcoin ecosystem. We are excited about the advances SegWit offers and we plan to begin making it available within our wallets in as soon as possible in 2018, with an eye towards rollout in Q1.

Bitcoin Cash

We launched partial Bitcoin Cash support on October 11th and said we would monitor market demand for fully featured support. Market demand for Bitcoin Cash has proven strong and, in our view, it’s likely here to stay.

We plan to offer full support for Bitcoin Cash before the end of year on web with support across all our platforms before end of the end of Q1 2018. Stay tuned for product launch announcements!

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Coinbase IRS Update

Coinbase appeared in federal court today to continue the fight for our customers’ privacy rights. Nearly one year ago, the IRS initiated proceedings to obtain copies of essentially all our U.S. customers’ records for the three-year period 2013–2015. The government has never alleged any wrongdoing on the part of Coinbase. Coinbase has persistently opposed the government’s summons, not because we were looking to pick a fight, but because we felt it was important to stand up for our customers and the industry.

In fact, Coinbase has already earned a big win. The government initially sought private financial records of approximately 500,000 account holders. In response to Coinbase’s continuing fight, the IRS significantly reduced the scope of the summons to approximately 14,000 customers. Although this 97% reduction in impacted customers is a big win for our customers, the IRS still took Coinbase to court to obtain a sweeping set of customer records. Today we argued, even as narrowed, the summons is still unjustified and invasive to our customers.

We were proud to appear in court today, together with support from industry colleagues, to continue to fight against what we believe to be government overreach. In the future we hope to work with the IRS to establish a reasonable tax reporting method that makes sense for virtual currency service providers and consumers alike.

We expect to hear more in the coming days and will keep customers updated.


Coinbase IRS Update was originally published in The Coinbase Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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