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Blockchain.info
File:Blockchain.info logo 2014-01-27.png
HeadquartersTortola, British Virgin Islands
Area servedWorldwide
Websiteblockchain.info
LaunchedAugust 30, 2011

Blockchain.info is a popular 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 of bitcoin and in bitcoin forums.[3] The website also provides a secure bitcoin wallet service. The Blockchain.info mobile app for Android allows users to 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 for its wallet service.[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 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.[11][12][13]

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. "Anonymity Using My Wallet". Blockchain.info. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
  11. Alyson Margaret (2014-12-03). "Improved Security For Tor Users". Retrieved 2014-12-20.
  12. Nik Cubrilovik (2014-12-03). "Securing Blockchain.info Users With Tor and SSL". Retrieved 2014-12-20.