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  • Blockchain CEO Calls Apple a "Gatekeeper to Innovation"


    The CEO of Blockchain, which had its Bitcoin wallet app removed from the App Store, recently called Apple a “gatekeeper to innovation” claiming that the company is cracking down on possible competitors for an unannounced payment system leveraging iTunes account holders. Explaining the removal of his iOS Bitcoin wallet app from the App Store, Blockchain CEO Nicholas Cary told CNBC he believes the title was pulled because Apple is planning to launch a competing revenues service. Cary had the following to say regarding the matter:

    Apple has telegraphed they'll do something on top of the hundreds of millions of credit cards they have on their system. Bitcoin represents a major threat to any revenue model they may try to build. Anything they do with credit cards is not going to be innovative. Bitcoin is.
    Cary goes on to name the merits of a crypto-currency like Bitcoin, which includes no fees, no chargebacks and assuages privacy concerns. The last point is one that is somewhat contentious given a number of high-profile hacks, some worth over $1 million. As for Apple’s move into payments, Cary cites the company’s weaning off of Google apps in iOS 7. He claims the removal of Blockchain’s app is akin to that of Google Maps, adding that Apple will build out a revenue model based on iTunes’ credit card-carrying account holders. Unlike Blockchain, Google’s apps weren’t completely shut out of the App Store. The Internet search giant still has a strong presence on iOS including Google Maps and Gmail, both direct competitors to major Apple products.

    When commenting on Bitcoin wallet alternatives, of which there appear to be none on the iOS platform, Cary said Android is clearly the platform of choice for “Bitcoin enthusiasts.” He continued by saying the following:

    It is hard to gauge when they want when they only give you a terse e-mail for saying that your app was removed for something they don't tell you about. What Apple has done now is demonstrate they're in a position to be a gatekeeper on innovation.
    When asked if suing Apple was an option, Cary quickly replied that such action is unnecessary. Instead, he would rather innovate and make Bitcoin an established form of currency. He said the following regarding the matter:

    I'd much prefer to work with Tim Cook and the team at Apple and demonstrate on how they're missing out on the greatest innovation of our time.
    Source: CNBC via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Blockchain CEO Calls Apple a "Gatekeeper to Innovation" started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. sladyrko's Avatar
      sladyrko -
      The Gov needs to BAN this Bitcoin Sh*t everywhere! One guy decided that he will make new currency and people agree? Are you idiots? Good Job Apple others need to follow you!
    1. Reeiiko's Avatar
      Reeiiko -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      The Gov needs to BAN this Bitcoin Sh*t everywhere! One guy decided that he will make new currency and people agree? Are you idiots? Good Job Apple others need to follow you!
      That's one of the dumbest comments I've ever read honestly. You remind me of the idiots who are against jailbreaking because they don't know anything about it.
    1. Alluziion's Avatar
      Alluziion -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      The Gov needs to BAN this Bitcoin Sh*t everywhere! One guy decided that he will make new currency and people agree? Are you idiots? Good Job Apple others need to follow you!
      Wow.
      Do you know the first thing about Bitcoins?
      If you would rather an economy where people struggle to survive under the debt produced through mortgages, banks and credit cards whilst the IMF, WB and FR are just sitting there typing digits onto a screen then you're part of the problem.
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Bitcoins can undermine a Government and society by destroying the value of that countries currency if it was adopted in that area as the main form of currency. Understanding does not mean we have to agree. You should try to change the world by education and running for office.
    1. Slim J's Avatar
      Slim J -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      The Gov needs to BAN this Bitcoin Sh*t everywhere! One guy decided that he will make new currency and people agree? Are you idiots? Good Job Apple others need to follow you!
      Really? Do you know what bitcoins can even do. Bitcoins and other crypto-currencies are designed as a secure way to transfer funds and make transactions if you don't wish to give out your bank information. Also, bitcoins aren't controlled by any organization so it's up to the the seller or the trader to determine how much a bitcoin is worth. Unlike this, the Federal Reserve controls all the money in the US and can limit it's production and circulation by taking money back in if they believe there is "too much money" in circulation out there and make the dollar worth less and driving inflation up. This is the biggest problem with the Federal Reserve is that it is actually controlled by a company and no government organization which means they can do what they want. The statement that you made was based off of ignorance rather than knowing what bitcoins are and what they can do. I suggest reading up here with how they work if you want to learn what they can do: https://bitcoin.org/en/
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Slim J View Post
      Bitcoins and other crypto-currencies are designed as a secure way to transfer funds and make transactions if you don't wish to give out your bank information.
      Anybody can do that any time they want with prepaid debit cards! In fact, it's a huge booming business in the US and other countries already for people who either don't have or don't want bank accounts with their personal info!

      Quote Originally Posted by Alluziion View Post
      If you would rather an economy where people struggle to survive under the debt produced through mortgages, banks and credit cards whilst the IMF, WB and FR are just sitting there typing digits onto a screen then you're part of the problem.
      What?? Your comment makes no sense at all! What does form of currency have to do with people's decisions to take on debt to acquire a house?? A house still costs a lot of money, no matter what kind of money you use! And no bank is forcing people to buy homes! Bitcoin won't ever change that!

      Quote Originally Posted by Slim J View Post
      Really? Unlike this, the National Reserve controls all the money in the US and can limit it's production and circulation by taking money back in if they believe there is "too much money" in circulation out there and make the dollar worth less and driving inflation up. https://bitcoin.org/en/
      Umm, not exactly. The Federal Reserve doesn't simply "take money back" they engage in transactions to make currency more or less available. The big difference between what you said and me is that they have to buy/sell something to do it, not just "take"

      If one had enough money, or a business decided to, you could absolutely do that same thing with bit coin or any other currency. Want to make the bit coin worth more, buy up tons of bit coin and make it more scarce! That's all the Fed does! They could do it with Bitcoin if they wanted to!

      People seem to think bit coin somehow frees them from the "shackles" of other currency. But all currency is pretty much free-traded just like bit coin and anything that can be done with bit coin can be done with other currencies. In fact, bit coin is actually much more vulnerable to that kind of manipulation because there is relatively very little bit coin in circulation, so it wouldn't take as much resource to manipulate it!

      Add to that the massive value fluctuations and theft, and I can't see why any legitimate, rational person would put any value into bit coin!
    1. ads1230's Avatar
      ads1230 -
      I think everyone's missing the point.

      The last time I installed the blockchain app, correct me if I'm wrong, the screen was cropped and it looked horrible.

      Didn't apple want all apps to be ios7 compatible?
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alluziion View Post
      Wow.
      Do you know the first thing about Bitcoins?
      If you would rather an economy where people struggle to survive under the debt produced through mortgages, banks and credit cards whilst the IMF, WB and FR are just sitting there typing digits onto a screen then you're part of the problem.
      All currency is theoretically the same. Unless it is backed by a physical commodity it has the potential to do the same damages in regard to inflation. Bit coin is no different from any other currency, in fact it's probably more dangerous if you were to put all your money or any money into bit coin since it is controlled by one person and how much and how fast the value of bit pins change.

      Quote Originally Posted by Slim J View Post
      Really? Do you know what bitcoins can even do. Bitcoins and other crypto-currencies are designed as a secure way to transfer funds and make transactions if you don't wish to give out your bank information. Also, bitcoins aren't controlled by any organization so it's up to the the seller or the trader to determine how much a bitcoin is worth. Unlike this, the Federal Reserve controls all the money in the US and can limit it's production and circulation by taking money back in if they believe there is "too much money" in circulation out there and make the dollar worth less and driving inflation up. This is the biggest problem with the Federal Reserve is that it is actually controlled by a company and no government organization which means they can do what they want. The statement that you made was based off of ignorance rather than knowing what bitcoins are and what they can do. I suggest reading up here with how they work if you want to learn what they can do: https://bitcoin.org/en/
      PayPal is a great way of transferring funds security no bank information required. I would rather a currency be controlled by a government rather than 1 person.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      The Federal Reserve is independent of government oversight and regulations... The FED is a foreign entity and has long ago abolished the gold standard to the point where all the money they create is not much different than a crypto-currency such as Bitcoin or the many others... Sure, there is nothing backing Bitcoin and the value is based on supply and speculation... There is no real substance backing the paper we've all lived our lives to earn, save and spend either... We have been enslaved in modern society through worthless pieces of paper that are somehow still so valuable that we have to work most all our lives at jobs for others just so we can scrape by... If the FED can create money when and how they want, why not a crypto currency like Bitcoin? I don't see why people are saying ish like it should be banned...
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
      Anybody can do that any time they want with prepaid debit cards! In fact, it's a huge booming business in the US and other countries already for people who either don't have or don't want bank accounts with their personal info!



      What?? Your comment makes no sense at all! What does form of currency have to do with people's decisions to take on debt to acquire a house?? A house still costs a lot of money, no matter what kind of money you use! And no bank is forcing people to buy homes! Bitcoin won't ever change that!



      Umm, not exactly. The Federal Reserve doesn't simply "take money back" they engage in transactions to make currency more or less available. The big difference between what you said and me is that they have to buy/sell something to do it, not just "take"

      If one had enough money, or a business decided to, you could absolutely do that same thing with bit coin or any other currency. Want to make the bit coin worth more, buy up tons of bit coin and make it more scarce! That's all the Fed does! They could do it with Bitcoin if they wanted to!

      People seem to think bit coin somehow frees them from the "shackles" of other currency. But all currency is pretty much free-traded just like bit coin and anything that can be done with bit coin can be done with other currencies. In fact, bit coin is actually much more vulnerable to that kind of manipulation because there is relatively very little bit coin in circulation, so it wouldn't take as much resource to manipulate it!

      Add to that the massive value fluctuations and theft, and I can't see why any legitimate, rational person would put any value into bit coin!
      Thank you for talking some damn' sense into these people throwing around repeated phrases that they're attributing zero actual value to other than "good" and "bad."
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      The Gov needs to BAN this Bitcoin Sh*t everywhere! One guy decided that he will make new currency and people agree? Are you idiots? Good Job Apple others need to follow you!
      The government needs to ban the Federal Reserve first... Learn some basic facts as to who and how our money is created and controlled... Give the power of issuing money to the government or to the people, and take it away from foreign banking entities...

      "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men. -Woodrow Wilson, a few years after signing the federal reserve act of 1913

      “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.

      “The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.” The Rothschild brothers of London writing to associates in New York, 1863.

      “The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England in 1694, then a privately owned bank

      “The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization.” Otto von Bismark (1815-1898), German Chancellor, after the Lincoln assassination

      "When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1815

      "The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity." -Abraham Lincoln

      History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." -James Madison

      If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." – Thomas Jefferson in the debate over the Re-charter of the Bank Bill (1809)
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      TWe have been enslaved in modern society through worthless pieces of paper that are somehow still so valuable that we have to work most all our lives at jobs for others just so we can scrape by...
      Ugh. Nobody is "enslaved" Society works the same way whether you're bartering or using an intermediary like money: if you want a lot of stuff, or nice stuff, you got to have something valuable in exchange. i.e. hard work that outputs a quality product or service. If you choose to live a meager existence and do very little, you can do that too!

      You make it sound like if there was no monetary system that we'd all be living in mansions, driving luxury cars, and contribution very little in exchange for all those nice things. I won't pretend that the game of life isn't rigged in some ways, but the monetary system is not a part of it. Reason being: **** costs the same no matter who is buying, and no matter what currency you use!
    1. twitchee3's Avatar
      twitchee3 -
      sounds like some people have done their research, while others still have no clue how the global system which provides most of our essential necessities actually functions.

      if you don't fully understand the monetary system, specifically the way in which the Federal Reserve issues and controls the money supply, i suggest you do some serious research into DEBT based currency and the implications of its use... here's a hint: it involves the redistribution of wealth

      a banking system devoid of interest based loans has the potential to empower less fortunate members of society, level the economic playing field, and redistribute resources more evenly, while interest based loans (formerly known as "usuary") allow those with resources and wealth to take advantage and profit from the less fortunate situations of others and retain the disproportionate allocation of resources they're accustomed to.

      the collapse of the U.S. dollar is but a mathematical inevitability at this point...
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by twitchee3 View Post
      sounds like some people have done their research, while others still have no clue how the global system which provides most of our essential necessities actually functions.
      and to me, it sounds like there are some people who worship at the feet of Ron Paul, and some people who don't.
    1. sladyrko's Avatar
      sladyrko -
      You remind me of the idiots who always are looking for different way so they can cheat..

      So you can buy today bitcoins which worth is 1 million today, and tomorrow this organization can decide to drop the value 90%. How this is better? You can tell them nothing.. They are like a shop, today you buy a thing for $100, tomorrow they make it $1... You even don't have someone to complain about it.. If the Gov does this thing, people will stand up against the country... What you will do? Oh yes, most of you here a so smart, so they don't think about it.. Some people are dumb as f*ck and this is the way smart people get rich.. When they steal from dumb people who don't realize it.. Good luck to you.. :-))

      Exactly! :-)
    1. bdhkim5's Avatar
      bdhkim5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by twitchee3 View Post
      sounds like some people have done their research, while others still have no clue how the global system which provides most of our essential necessities actually functions.

      if you don't fully understand the monetary system, specifically the way in which the Federal Reserve issues and controls the money supply, i suggest you do some serious research into DEBT based currency and the implications of its use... here's a hint: it involves the redistribution of wealth

      a banking system devoid of interest based loans has the potential to empower less fortunate members of society, level the economic playing field, and redistribute resources more evenly, while interest based loans (formerly known as "usuary") allow those with resources and wealth to take advantage and profit from the less fortunate situations of others and retain the disproportionate allocation of resources they're accustomed to.

      the collapse of the U.S. dollar is but a mathematical inevitability at this point...
      You guys are getting wayyy off topic. The fact is, Apple has no legit reason to block this app and is preventing fair competition. Removing Blockchain is like removing the BankofAmerica app. Apple has no right to determine what type of currency/bank its users should use.
    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladyrko View Post
      You remind me of the idiots who always are looking for different way so they can cheat..

      So you can buy today bitcoins which worth is 1 million today, and tomorrow this organization can decide to drop the value 90%. How this is better? You can tell them nothing.. They are like a shop, today you buy a thing for $100, tomorrow they make it $1... You even don't have someone to complain about it.. If the Gov does this thing, people will stand up against the country... What you will do? Oh yes, most of you here a so smart, so they don't think about it.. Some people are dumb as f*ck and this is the way smart people get rich.. When they steal from dumb people who don't realize it.. Good luck to you.. :-))

      Exactly! :-)
      No...the "organization" does not control the value. Your entire statement is so blatantly wrong its hysterical. You have shown again you don't have the basic understanding of what a bitcoin is. Maybe you should first do research into general FOREX trading and then once you understand the basics of currency trading you can then start reading up on bitcoin and possibly bridge the two. Until then you should probably stop posting about it since it makes you look so uninformed it literally makes people laugh.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by twitchee3 View Post
      a banking system devoid of interest based loans has the potential to empower less fortunate members of society, level the economic playing field, and redistribute resources more evenly, while interest based loans (formerly known as "usuary") allow those with resources and wealth to take advantage and profit from the less fortunate situations of others and retain the disproportionate allocation of resources they're accustomed to.

      the collapse of the U.S. dollar is but a mathematical inevitability at this point...
      Unnn, WTF are you talking about??? Are you saying I can get interest-free loans using bitcoin?? If so, where do I sign up?? Would you mind lending me a couple grand, interest-free for about 10 years? Apparently you don't care to be compensated for parting with money for long periods of time, and just loan it out of the goodness of your heart! And I guess banks can do the same, but they won't be able to hire actual workers, operate out of buildings, or have websites and ATMs since they shouldn't be charging that evil interest that pays for all of those services!

      I think you may be too dense to understand, so I'll spell it out for you too. I'm being totally sarcastic!

      Also, just so you know, NOBODY IS FORCING YOU TO TAKE OUT LOANS AND PAY INTEREST!!! If you want something, save up and pay cash! Lot's of people actually do that. Some choose to take out loans and pay interest for the benefit of having something sooner. BUT IT'S THEIR CHOICE!!!

      Man, the amount of stupidity flooding this comment section is just blowing my mind, and frankly kind of scaring me! I really hope these comments are being made by kids who just don't know any better and not actual adults! But seeing as I could grasp these concepts even at a very young age, that wouldn't be very reassuring either!

      Quote Originally Posted by qumahlin View Post
      No...the "organization" does not control the value. Your entire statement is so blatantly wrong its hysterical. You have shown again you don't have the basic understanding of what a bitcoin is. Maybe you should first do research into general FOREX trading and then once you understand the basics of currency trading you can then start reading up on bitcoin and possibly bridge the two. Until then you should probably stop posting about it since it makes you look so uninformed it literally makes people laugh.
      So what you tinfoil hat-wearing guys are saying is, the government and/or evil private organizations can totally control the value of massive amounts of currencies like the US dollar (of which there is at least $10 trillion floating around at any given time.) But when it comes to bitcoin, of which at least 10% is owned by one man, it's inventor, more than enough to easily influence it's value as he likes, no such manipulation could possibly happen???

      WTF are you guys smoking and where can I get some! Actually, never mind, I don't want to be a part of this crazy alternate reality completely devoid of logic in which you live.
    1. MiSTRFiNGA's Avatar
      MiSTRFiNGA -
      WoW, just wow. THIS is why our country is going south. So many of you are acting so "high and mighty" like you understand how the currency system works. Just because you work and pay your credit card bill does not mean you understand forex, inflation, and the un-payable debt system that was created with the federal reserve. To call posters "children" because you think they are incorrect is probably what the "old timers" said about people who said the Earth was round not flat. "ROUND?!?! HYPOCRACY I TELL YOU!!!" childs talk!!!" I would wager that most people here who are NOT in favor of bitcoin have not spent 20 minutes reading ANYTHING about it. They read the article, read a few posts, and decided "That guy is WRONG" and just typed. I bet not ONE of you used your keyboard to search what bitcoin is, how it works, and what it's benefits are. You assume you know, because you just know without even researching it. Why is it so hard for people to accept that maybe they don't know, maybe they are wrong. Why do people desire to believe in the bankers system so blindly like "they would never put together a system that takes from the people". Yeah, like ANY of them care about ANY of us...
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ads1230 View Post
      Didn't apple want all apps to be ios7 compatible?
      There are a lot of apps that are not yet fully iOS 7 compatible, yet they remain in the store. Clearly this is not the sole reason; there is something more that hasn't been made clear.