Nishtha KanalFeb 11, 2014 11:10:40 IST
Here’s one place where Bing has beaten Google to the punch. Microsoft’s search engine is now home to Bitcoin currency conversion tools and supports over 50 currencies in its index.
“As Bitcoin (the peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency) makes headlines and captures the world's attention, we thought it was only natural to give you an easy way to track real-time fluctuations,” explains the Bing team in a blog post about why it chose to incorporate the cryptocurrency and its exchange rates onto its search engine.
Starting today, you can head on to Bing.com and can ask the search engine how many Bitcoins are Rs 100 or how many dollars make up one Bitcoin. Microsoft will be partnering with Coinbase in order to provide real-time results of Bitcoin value and its conversion into multiple currencies.
Of course, while having a currency conversion tool on a search engine is not too much of a big deal these days, Bing adding Bitcoin first to its kitty can be seen as a one-up on other search engines, especially Yahoo! The company would also be endearing itself in the eyes of thousands of Bitcoin lovers who are very passionate about the currency.
Apple recently took down what was considered the last Bitcoin wallet on its App Store, Blockchain. In response, a Reddit thread came up where the original poster said that he would give out not only one Nexus 5 each to the first 5 people to smash their iPhones in protest against Apple, he would also donate a Moto G each time to charity. While his profile was deleted not too long after the post on Reddit, it looks like he did follow through with his offer and sent across a phone each to the first five Bitcoin enthusiasts who showed their dissent against Apple for yanking out Blockchain by smashing their iPhones.
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