“The bitcoin community isn’t too happy about Apple banning the last available bitcoin wallet from its App Store,” Robert McMillan reports for Wired. “Many of those who truly believe in the digital currency are now smashing their iPhones in protest of Apple’s policy — and in the hopes of winning a free Android phone.”
“These rather amusing protests show just how much bitcoin means to the true believers, but it also highlights the tension between these zealots and the everyday world,” McMillan reports. “Apple’s ban may be a response to uncertainty over how government regulators will treat the digital currency.”
“Apple banned the popular Blockchain wallet yesterday, and the protest started very early this morning when, on the popular discussion site reddit, someone named ’round-peg’ promised to hand out Nexus 5 phones to people who posted videos of themselves smashing working iPhones — one phone for every 100 up-votes on the site,” McMillan reports. “The post was quickly up-voted to the front of reddit, and then removed, apparently for violating reddit’s policy, which prohibits reddit vote manipulation.”
McMillan reports, [Jeremy] “smashed his iPhone with a steel bar, whispering as he did it because it was the middle of the night, and he didn’t want to wake up his wife and kids. ‘Go bitcoin. Down with Apple,’ he says after obliterating the device.”
McMillan reports, “Though he’s suffering from a cold, the offer was enough to get Ryan, a computer network engineer, to drive out to a Dallas range and shoot up his iPhone with a rifle.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Uhhh… okaaay. That’ll show mean old Apple, you extremely sane, highly rational, and rather well-attired Bitcoin proponents!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jaribbs” for the heads up.]
Apple pulls ‘Blockchain’ Bitcoin app from iTunes App Store – February 6, 2014