Bitcoin brought its largest ever presence to the floor of CES this week. If last year was about punks going corporate, the hope for 2015 was to show off the cryptocurrency’s newfound legitimacy (thanks to $433 million in venture capital financing and acceptance by blue chip behemoths like Microsoft and Dell.) Too bad the biggest story in Bitcoin this week was that $5 million hack of the exchange service BitStamp, which was scheduled to appear at CES.
When I stopped by, their booth was empty. The theft from BitStamp, the second largest Bitcoin exchange for U.S. dollars, managed to drown out more bad news for the volatile industry. The previous days hand-wringing was about Bitcoin’s drop in price.
However, no one in the “World of…