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List of early web-based Bitcoin wallets

Hi all,
My memory's a bit foggy, but I recall mining a few Bitcoin back in the Early Days (2009-2010ish).
At the time, there wasn't much to do with Bitcoins (recall the 10,000 BTC pizza), so after a week or so of tinkering (including moving some BTC to an early web-based Bitcoin wallet whose name escapes me just to see what transferring BTC was like) I quickly lost interest, uninstalled the Bitcoin Core software, and went on with my life.
Recently, I've been tempted to see if that online wallet service (a) still exists and (b) if my early BTC are still there.
However, I can't recall the name of the service and can only vaguely describe the web interface (extremely simple in operation, consisting of white or other light colors -- can you tell my memory sucks for this?).
Is there some list of all the various early online Bitcoin wallet services? If so, where would one find such a list? Anyone remember any early such services that might not be on the lists?
Thanks!
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How to buy these cheap coins right now

Since we've all been goxxed now is the time to buy those $50-60 coins floating around and profit from everybody else's misery. Or you could wait for Gox to come back online and crash down the price even further but good luck trying to do any trading there to buy coins, the trading engine is already broken I don't expect the new one to work flawlessly due to epic 3yr history of GOXXING
BTC-E.com
To pay into this exchange, you need a BTC-E code, PM or Okpay. Take pics of your ID and utility bill and pay the $10 to Okpay for 'quick verification'. You can pay bitcoins directly into your Okpay account for initial funding or wait and see how long it takes for reg verification.
Now either wire money, or instant money transfer (MoneyPolo, Contact-sys, Unistream) to fund your account or find an Okpay exchanger somewhere. Or Ukash/CashU. Just because contact-sys is Russian doesn't mean there aren't sending points in every country in the world.
BTC-E codes you buy on #bitcoin-otc from verified gpg authenticated traders with good ratings, or on bitcointalk.org forums in the currency exchange forums.
Perfect Money is a shady HYIP digital currency run by Russians much like Liberty Reserve. You sign up for free, and load your account with wires (if verified) or you use an exchanger. This is what talkgold.com is for to find legit exchangers. I use wm-center.com to wire WU/Moneygram and get PM. Click on 'Interkassa' payment method in BTC-E and select Perfect Money. Instant load.
You can also obviously dump Litecoins you bought on Vircurex to fund the account, or a gagillion PPcoins
Bitfloor.com
Fastest way to deposit is through CapitalOne P2P or cash deposit https://bitfloor.com/docs/#funding-deposit
Be aware Bitfloor is insolvent due to owing 25k bitcoins that were stolen last year but they have a repayment schedule that may or may not bankrupt them. Use at own risk but most ppl trade there everyday with no problems.
Bitstamp.net
Great exchange in Slovakia? I think. You have to pay with Euro SEPA wire, then for some stupid reason they convert the money to USD. You can pay in here using transferwise.com if you're from UK, or XEtrade and other Forex online money transfer companies. Google 'free money transfer fx' and review your options. Most don't charge you anything if over a certain amount of money. They take your internet billing or other local payment, convert to EUR and send SEPA for you if you request it. If they don't then check with Bitstamp what a SWIFT wire costs (probably nothing, I think they use Latvian banks that charge no receiving fees). If you want a bank account in Latvia then sign up here: http://www.rietumu.com/ if you have a local corporation or business where you live you can, maybe a personal account too. You can always incorporate a dirt cheap Delaware LLC or Oregon LLC from anywhere in the world and use it to open up worldwide bank accounts.
Bitcoin-24.com
Takes direct wires, all sorts of other methods: https://bitcoin-24.com/fees You can also use Liqpay if you have a USD or EUR card. Sign up to liqpay.com, then they block a small verification amount you have to sign into internet banking (for the card) to check. It's usually $1.something or less. After that you are verified to load $1-100 or so, but I'd just try $50 at first. Any more than that and Liqpay will seize the funds and ask for your bank to authorize a fax they send which no bank will do because of privacy reasons, so pointless to load anymore money. Liqpay may also call you to verify card details this is normal. Liqpay is meant for Russians and CIS countries to use like Ukraine so due to epic fraud of credit cards don't expect to load too much this way unless you find a Liqpay exchanger, but what's the point when you can just wire money to bitcoin-24 anyways.
Vircurex.com
Good exchange, had some problems due to DDoS but so did all exchanges. They only accept BTC, altcoins and VouchX for payment. You buy Vouchx here: https://www.aurumxchange.com/ or from somebody on Bitcointalk, or IRC (with rep). You can buy a bunch of litecoins anywhere to fund this exchange such as the bitcointalk forums or IRC. Warning: the so-called official twitter account is fake, don't use it.
Cavirtex.com
Can only fund if in Canada, they accept cash deposit and internet billing. Price has been steady at ~$90 all day though no panic selling.
LibertyBit.com
https://www.libertybit.com/funding various easy methods, new exchange in Canada that takes intl wires and shockingly Interac deposits (easily frauded).
Bitcoin China
https://btcchina.com/ fast growing exchange, you pay in with Alipay or Tenpay both Chinese methods that westerners can't use or figure out due to no translation. You can probably use Alipay if you find and exchanger to load it, they do exist. **Edit they now support Liberty Reserve deposit and withdrawal
Check english forums to see if anybody exchanging Alipay or taking wires.
CampBX.com
Accepts money orders, and CapitalOne P2P payments. Also accepts Dwolla but you need to be verified.
Bitcoin-central.net
Just had a major outage due to instawallet hack, appears to be back online. You get your own quasi-bank account when you verify here much like how ecardone.com (liberty reserve) does banking so can transfer to other users legally with vouchers. You can buy a voucher p2p on Bitcointalk forums or IRC or send a bankwire.
VirWoX.com
You can pay with Paypal to get Second Life "Linden Dollars" then convert to BTC, or at least you used to be able to. I have no idea if this is still the case I've never used them.
Or course there's all the fixed price exchangers
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade and https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?board=53.0 for everything from Moneypak to Skrill. You can also risk buying coins on Silk Road with moneypak
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Enjoy buying all the way down the crash once Gox comes back online and the great sell off begins! Hold them for a year and they'll be worth 10x as much just like the 2011 crash. Bonus points if you speculate on Litecoin, rumor has it Gox will be trading them when they come back online but again, this is MtGox we are talking about so the site could implode on the zerg rush of people trying to get into their accounts or trading engine could sell all your coins for $0.0001 again like they did in 2011.
Great successez!
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Legality of Bitcoin gambling sites? How to protect oneself?

In the US, it is my understanding that online fiat gambling sites are illegal. What about BTC sites like anonibet and betsofbitco.in? What can someone do to protect themselves from getting traced?
Is it risky to use your main BTC address to deposit BTC to these sites? What about withdrawing?
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So let me get this straight before I buy some BC and make my first purchase. Please read. Yes, I am new to this.

So all I have to do is:
Quick question, I watched this vid http://vimeo.com/44849463 explaining how to do this, and the girl said I can only transfer up to 20 dollars if it's cash. So, how would I go about transferring the 50 I want to? Sorry. This stuff is just a little confusing to me. Thanks for any help.
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To those who have been around since 2013 or prior, what event do you think is important for newbies to be aware of

There are certain precedents that have been set by certain events in the bitcoin industry that dictate how we view certain topics. Please help the newbies out by providing information about the event.
Also, if you just have something thats straight up just interesting. I know I would have loved that. At the bottom of this page i will link to a bunch of good reads about certain events. I will continue to add more info and some terms may lack explanations until i get around to getting the info together but you still have the option of googling it.
Here's a good place to start (although it's a bit outdated, these were all some of the biggest events in bitcoin)
I've always said that those of us who have been into bitcoin since 2013 and got to ride both the big bubbles (the april 2013 one and the late 2013 early 2014 one with mtgox happening shortly afterwards in feb i believe). People need to face consequences because of their actions and the problems mtgox was facing weren't a secret and lots of redflags caused many of the smarter users to stop using the exchange. If the Bitcoin community were in charge of the decisions made within the ethereum team, there would have never been a fork when the DAO hack happened. It allowed people to compromise many advertised principles of ethereum (immutability! Code is law! etc...) and worst of all it set precedent for people to start whining the next time there was a large amount of funds
Lesson teaching events
Google these terms to find more info, pm me if you're having trouble
Interesting reads
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WTF ppl?! Bitstamp has FUCKED people over. Congratulations for not going full MtGox?! WHO SAYS THEY HAVEN'T. Stop sponsoring this!

The title says it all. There's been no acknowledgment of the hack's details and it's sickeningly obvious to everyone - whether you admit it or not - that something is very, very wrong here.
Everyone (most, I should say) here has major issues with the banks treating people like shit. All the terrible things banks do are paraded through here daily, and we're told Bitcoin is a panacea for that greedy, statist elitism. Maybe, maybe not.
One thing is certain though: Bitstamp is acting just as badly as any bank has or does. This is not a time to pat them on the back. Being dripfed pieces of news and given meaningless deadlines is not how this is meant to work, right? what is the point of Bitcoin's decentralized nature if another exchange is holding people's money? (and God knows if that money is even there!)
Bitstamp, MtGox, inputs.io, Instawallet, etc etc: the same pattern for 6 years and it's still happening! Why? IMO because while people are happy to complain, there clearly isn't enough pressure on Bitstamp to do the right thing. I don't have the solution, as I am beginning to believe these issues may be flaws with Bitcoin itself: it seems to be impossible to secure.
Bitstamp is not in the right here in any way shape or form.
What do I suggest be done? : stop congratulating Bitstamp. Stop looking for the silver lining, and last of all: THINK RATIONALLY!
Ask yourself honestly (keeping in mind Hashie, Cointerra, VoS, Bitstamp) ... DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING IS OK?
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Getting Women Naked *and* Empowered through Bitcoin

Before I get started, if you haven't seen it yet, please check out the video (NSFW) I made for the Girls Gone Bitcoin bounty
I have to say that I don't agree with the direction GGBTC is heading. I think that in order for this project to continue being successful, we need to make it a welcoming, sex-positive environment for a broader range of women. We women don't just want to trade bitcoin for cash, or buy lingerie and lipstick. We want to be empowered, entrepreneurial contributors to a beautiful economic explosion of awesomeness.
We need bitcoin to come full circle...stretch its legs and set new boundaries. I propose creating a new subreddit that encompasses a "by the women, for the women" philosophy (men welcome too of course). In addition to gorgeous nude photography for micro-payments, we can share bitcoin educational videos, women's health issues, support bitcoin micro-business ideas through donations, and even raise funds for causes such as Breast Cancer, etc. Neither stripcoin nor pimps further the progression of women's empowerment, so we need to be careful about branding.
I'm personally interested in making the following sexy educational videos:
And thoughts/ideas/feedback? Much appreciated! xo
And because I hate to disappoint
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Kinda freaking out

m pretty worried about my bitcoin transaction I made to btc-e around 4 hours ago. I sent it to my exchange bitcoin address double checking I made sure everything was typed alright. I dont see the transaction though on blockchain for neither my origonal bitcoin address or my btc-e address. It was around 7.1 bitcoins so its kinda big money to me as a college student. EDIT: I used an instawallet address as my original address. My btc-e address is this: 1EKJAqC7L2twQbQpQPX2SCBNegJacrJg5B
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/r/bitcoinsec - Wiki: Timeline of Heists

Hey all!
This stickied thread is temporary: Data will be moved to wiki so users can update.
therealbobsaget proposed the idea of keeping a relatively accurate record of Bitcoin heists. I believe the idea is great, and we can utilize the Wiki to store this information down for historical reasons.
From History_of_Bitcoin#Theft_and_exchange_shutdowns:

Mt. Gox:

On 19 June 2011, a security breach of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange caused the nominal price of a bitcoin to fraudulently drop to one cent on the Mt. Gox exchange, after a hacker allegedly used credentials from a Mt. Gox auditor's compromised computer illegally to transfer a large number of bitcoins to himself. They used the exchange's software to sell them all nominally, creating a massive "ask" order at any price. Within minutes the price reverted to its correct user-traded value. Accounts with the equivalent of more than US$8,750,000 were affected. Source Source Source Source

Bitomat:

On July 2011, the operator of Bitomat, the third largest Bitcoin exchange, announced that he lost access to his wallet.dat file with about 17,000 bitcoins (roughly equivalent to US$220,000 at that time). He announced that he would sell the service for the missing amount, aiming to use funds from the sale to refund his customers. Source

MyBitcoin:

In August 2011, MyBitcoin, a now defunct Bitcoin transaction processor, declared that it was hacked, which caused it to be shut down, paying 49% on customer deposits, leaving more than 78,000 bitcoins (equivalent to roughly US$800,000 at that time) unaccounted for. Source Source

Bitcoinica:

In early August 2012, a lawsuit was filed in San Francisco court against Bitcoinica — a Bitcoin trading venue — claiming about US$460,000 from the company. Bitcoinica was hacked twice in 2012, which led to allegations that the venue neglected the safety of customers' money and cheated them out of withdrawal requests. Source Source

Bitcoin Savings and Trust:

In late August 2012, an operation titled Bitcoin Savings and Trust was shut down by the owner, allegedly leaving around US$5.6 million in Bitcoin-based debts; this led to allegations that the operation was a Ponzi scheme. Source Source Source Source. In September 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had reportedly started an investigation on the case. Source

Bitfloor:

In September 2012, Bitfloor, a Bitcoin exchange, also reported being hacked, with 24,000 bitcoins (worth about US$250,000) stolen. As a result, Bitfloor suspended operations.[116][117] The same month, Bitfloor resumed operations; its founder said that he reported the theft to FBI, and that he plans to repay the victims, though the time frame for repayment is unclear. Source

Instawallet:

On 3 April 2013, Instawallet, a web-based wallet provider, was hacked,[119] resulting in the theft of over 35,000 bitcoins[120] which were valued at US$129.90 per bitcoin at the time, or nearly $4.6 million in total. As a result Instawallet suspended operations. Source

Bitcoin+Android PRNG:

On 11 August 2013, the Bitcoin Foundation announced that a bug in a pseudorandom number generator within the Android operating system had been exploited to steal from wallets generated by Android apps; fixes were provided 13 August 2013. Source

Inputs.io:

A Bitcoin bank, operated from Australia but stored on servers in the USA, was hacked on 23 and 26 October 2013, causing a loss of 4100 bitcoins, worth over A$1 million. Source

Global Bond Limited (GBL):

In Hong Kong a Bitcoin trading platform owned by Global Bond Limited (GBL) vanished with 30 million yuan (US$5 million) from 500 investors on 26 October 2013. Source

SilkRoad:

After the arrest of SilkRoad's owner, the FBI claims it has confiscated over 144,000BTC. Source

Sheep Market (post-silkroad):

The debate concerning the Sheep Market heist of 96,000+ BTC is still ongoing, there has been talks of the owners simply taking the money and running, while the owners claim that their operations were "hacked". Source

Users:

301BTC were taken from SatoshiChrist's blockchain.info wallet. Attack method unknown, what is known is lack of 2FA may have lead to attacks capturing his wallet information from either phone or system.
Found a great thread over at Bitcointalk.org containing even more heists:

Linode hacks:

Besides the aforementioned Bitoinica, Bitcoin.cx and Bitcoin faucet among others were affected by this attack. Response by Linode

Allinvain Theft:

In 2011 a miner and Bitcointalk.org user "Allinvain" awoke to find 25,000BTC were transferred out of his wallet. He believes his system may have been infected by the attackers. Source
Will be updating periodically. Leave heist information and sources in comments, thanks!
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Building a Bare-Bones BitCoin Billfold, for Beginner Buffoons

I've already touched on this topic here, but I figured this subreddit might offer more in-depth advice. I am looking to set up a BitCoin account where people can give me donations. I would like my Bitcoin dealings to be:
My main questions regarding BitCoin are:
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GPU-friendly mining. 1m BTC market cap. 84m coins. 2.5 minute blocks. A Bitcoiner's report on Litecoin.

Litecoin, a Bitcoin-like Internet currency has seen its network gain significant hashing power in recent weeks, but the currency's long-term prospects remain unclear. This post aims to provide more information about the Litecoin network and currency.
In early to mid 2013, Bitcoin mining is likely to become largely unprofitable for GPU-miners due to the rise of efficient Bitcoin mining ASICs. It is expected that many GPUs will be removed from securing the Bitcoin network and will be redeployed for other purposes. Besides Bitcoin mining, there are three such uses for these GPUs: 1) gaming, 2) password recovery and security testing and 3) non-Bitcoin cryptocurrency mining. Since Litecoin is the cryptocurrency with the next greatest hashing power and is most efficiently mined with GPUs, understanding the current status of the Litecoin network and economy is desirable for those studying the options. Below, I have gathered information to help inform a decision on whether to commit resources to Litecoin.
Miners
The current hashrate of the network is roughly 3 gigahashes per second (GH/s). Due to Litecoin's scrypt-based mining algorithm, Litecoin hashrates are generally 1000 times slower than when mining Bitcoin on comparable hardware. Therefore, this hash rate is produced by an amount of hardware that would produce 3 terahashes per second (TH/s) on the Bitcoin newtork. The current 15-day window estimate for Bitcoin hashrate is 40 TH/s meaning the Litecoin network is roughly 7% the strength of the Bitcoin network.
Source: http://litecoinpool.org/pools, http://bitcoin.sipa.be/speed-lin-ever.png
History
Litecoin's genesis block was mined on Thursday Oct 13, 2011 at 03:00 GMT. Since then, over 15.5 million litecoins have been mined in the first 310,000 blocks. The network releases 50 litecoins per block which are targeted to be found evey 2.5 minutes on average. The block reward will halve every 840,000 blocks which will cause the network to produce 84 million litecoins in total.
The currency has traded in the 1.22 mBTC to 17.3 mBTC range since its birth. Trading is highly volatile with 40-50% changes occuring on a daily basis. Most trading volume can be found on the BTC-e exchange (https://btc-e.com) in the LTC/BTC market by a margin of 2:1 over the next highest volume of LTC/USD also at BTC-e. Other supporting LTC/BTC exchanges include Vircurex (https://vircurex.com) and BitParking (https://ltcexchange.bitparking.com).
All-time price statistics ------------------------- BTC - high: 17.69 mBTC on 3/12/2013 low: 1.22 mBTC on 8/15/2012 USD - high: $0.75 on 3/7/2013 low: $0.015 on 8/15/2012 
The current exchange rate for Litecoin at BTC-e is 12.3 mBTC or $0.55 for one litecoin.
Source: http://cryptocoincharts.com, http://btccharts.com, http://explorer.litecoin.net
Early-adopter advantage
The ability to acquire currency units cheaply through purchase or mining provided an important incentive to Bitcoin's earlier-adopters. By risking the loss of their time and money they have shared in financial gains proportional to the exchange rate and, by extension, the success of the system. Litecoin has a similar early-adopter incentive with one difference. Its launch into an already-sizeable community meant that a greater number of stakeholders existed from the beginning than were aware of Bitcoin in 2009.
A large proportion of early bitcoins were mined when it was extremely unclear if Bitcoin would last beyond a brief experiment. It is then reasonable to expect that many early users did not keep their wallet files or private keys and that a large proportion of early coins will never be spent. While it is difficult to estimate the magnitude of this effect, it provides a potential source of volatility in the future. In contrast, early Litecoin users, most of which were familiar with Bitcoin, could expect that Litecoin's success would make their coins worth keeping. The %-days-destroyed metric tracks what fraction of the money supply has moved since it was mined and for Litecoin is 60.3% versus Bitcoin's 43.7%.
source: http://explorer.litecoin.net, https://blockchain.info/charts/bitcoin-days-destroyed-cumulative
Diversification
Diversification helps to reduce risk and increase reliability of investments and technological systems respectively. Since Litecoin is the second-most established cryptocurrency and is also blockchain-based it may be used easily to diversify Bitcoin-denominated investments. The unique ease of currency exchange beween this currency pair results from each currency's decentralized management and low transfer fees. While current trading volumes and high volatiltiy limit Litecoin's use for significant and stable diversification, more research into LTC/BTC, LTC/USD, and BTC/USD exchange rate relationships is advised.
From a technical standpoint, Litecoin shares many features and the vast majority of its codebase with Bitcoin. Litecoin therefor provides little additional security benefit to the cryptocurrency ecosphere as bugs found in Bitcoin are likely to apply to Litecoin. Mining infrastructure is probably where Litecoin offers the greatest independence from Bitcoin due to Litecoin's use of the scrypt mining algorithm.
Since Litecoin is very similar in use, Bitcoin-accepting merchants and payment processors can support Litecoin payments with minor modifications to the software they are using though at this time only a small number of businesses accept Litecoin.
Development
The core client Litecoin-qt/litecoind is based on Bitcoin-qt/bitcoind. It is currently at version 0.6.3 and is based on the same Bitcoin software version. It is 8 months behind the current Bitcoin client. The Litecoin codebase is maintained at https://github.com/litecoin-project/litecoin as a fork of the https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin project. While the same revision control system is in use, the current development model lacks the formal testing and release verification of bitcoin-qt/bitcoind.
Outside the core client codebase, many of the documents and websites created when Litecoin was launched remain untouched, display incorrect information, or have disappeared completely though a number of new sites and services have appeared in recent weeks.
Service Availability
While Litecoin services such as a block explorer, historical charts, and an Instawallet-like web wallet do exist, there are a number of important services that are not yet available. There is no client-side encrypted web-based wallet comparable to Blockchain.info/wallet or the extensive macroeconomic charts at that same site. Mobile software is also limited to a few mining programs with no mobile wallet or exchange rate monitor apps available. Finally, exchange volume is highly centralized on the BTC-e exchange and there is no payment processor that provides any functionality similar to Bit-Pay or Coinbase.
Conclusion
This report has provided information on the Litecoin peer to peer Internet currency and will likely be obsolete within hours of its release in many of the figures quoted. The reader is encouraged to retrieve updated information from the sources included in the report as they will undoubtedly affect any decision on whether to support Litecoin.
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Bitinstant cash deposit from bank?

If I deposit cash from a bank to an instawallet account will that put cash into my instawallet account or bitcoins? I don't see an exchange rate where I have to trade for bitcoins like I did on bitfloor so I was just kinda confused as to what to do. Thanks guys.
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GPU-friendly mining. 1m BTC market cap. 84m coins. 2.5 minute blocks. A Bitcoiner's report on Litecoin.

Litecoin, a Bitcoin-like Internet currency has seen its network gain significant hashing power in recent weeks, but the currency's long-term prospects remain unclear. This post aims to provide more information about the Litecoin network and currency.
In early to mid 2013, Bitcoin mining is likely to become largely unprofitable for GPU-miners due to the rise of efficient Bitcoin mining ASICs. It is expected that many GPUs will be removed from securing the Bitcoin network and will be redeployed for other purposes. Besides Bitcoin mining, there are three such uses for these GPUs: 1) gaming, 2) password recovery and security testing and 3) non-Bitcoin cryptocurrency mining. Since Litecoin is the cryptocurrency with the next greatest hashing power and is most efficiently mined with GPUs, understanding the current status of the Litecoin network and economy is desirable for those studying the options. Below, I have gathered information to help inform a decision on whether to commit resources to Litecoin.
Miners
The current hashrate of the network is roughly 3 gigahashes per second (GH/s). Due to Litecoin's scrypt-based mining algorithm, Litecoin hashrates are generally 1000 times slower than when mining Bitcoin on comparable hardware. Therefore, this hash rate is produced by an amount of hardware that would produce 3 terahashes per second (TH/s) on the Bitcoin newtork. The current 15-day window estimate for Bitcoin hashrate is 40 TH/s meaning the Litecoin network is roughly 7% the strength of the Bitcoin network.
Source: http://litecoinpool.org/pools, http://bitcoin.sipa.be/speed-lin-ever.png
History
Litecoin's genesis block was mined on Thursday Oct 13, 2011 at 03:00 GMT. Since then, over 15.5 million litecoins have been mined in the first 310,000 blocks. The network releases 50 litecoins per block which are targeted to be found evey 2.5 minutes on average. The block reward will halve every 840,000 blocks which will cause the network to produce 84 million litecoins in total.
The currency has traded in the 1.22 mBTC to 17.3 mBTC range since its birth. Trading is highly volatile with 40-50% changes occuring on a daily basis. Most trading volume can be found on the BTC-e exchange (https://btc-e.com) in the LTC/BTC market by a margin of 2:1 over the next highest volume of LTC/USD also at BTC-e. Other supporting LTC/BTC exchanges include Vircurex (https://vircurex.com) and BitParking (https://ltcexchange.bitparking.com).
All-time price statistics ------------------------- BTC - high: 17.69 mBTC on 3/12/2013 low: 1.22 mBTC on 8/15/2012 USD - high: $0.75 on 3/7/2013 low: $0.015 on 8/15/2012 
The current exchange rate for Litecoin at BTC-e is 12.3 mBTC or $0.55 for one litecoin.
Source: http://cryptocoincharts.com, http://btccharts.com, http://explorer.litecoin.net
Early-adopter advantage
The ability to acquire currency units cheaply through purchase or mining provided an important incentive to Bitcoin's earlier-adopters. By risking the loss of their time and money they have shared in financial gains proportional to the exchange rate and, by extension, the success of the system. Litecoin has a similar early-adopter incentive with one difference. Its launch into an already-sizeable community meant that a greater number of stakeholders existed from the beginning than were aware of Bitcoin in 2009.
A large proportion of early bitcoins were mined when it was extremely unclear if Bitcoin would last beyond a brief experiment. It is then reasonable to expect that many early users did not keep their wallet files or private keys and that a large proportion of early coins will never be spent. While it is difficult to estimate the magnitude of this effect, it provides a potential source of volatility in the future. In contrast, early Litecoin users, most of which were familiar with Bitcoin, could expect that Litecoin's success would make their coins worth keeping. The %-days-destroyed metric tracks what fraction of the money supply has moved since it was mined and for Litecoin is 60.3% versus Bitcoin's 43.7%.
source: http://explorer.litecoin.net, https://blockchain.info/charts/bitcoin-days-destroyed-cumulative
Diversification
Diversification helps to reduce risk and increase reliability of investments and technological systems respectively. Since Litecoin is the second-most established cryptocurrency and is also blockchain-based it may be used easily to diversify Bitcoin-denominated investments. The unique ease of currency exchange beween this currency pair results from each currency's decentralized management and low transfer fees. While current trading volumes and high volatiltiy limit Litecoin's use for significant and stable diversification, more research into LTC/BTC, LTC/USD, and BTC/USD exchange rate relationships is advised.
From a technical standpoint, Litecoin shares many features and the vast majority of its codebase with Bitcoin. Litecoin therefor provides little additional security benefit to the cryptocurrency ecosphere as bugs found in Bitcoin are likely to apply to Litecoin. Mining infrastructure is probably where Litecoin offers the greatest independence from Bitcoin due to Litecoin's use of the scrypt mining algorithm.
Since Litecoin is very similar in use, Bitcoin-accepting merchants and payment processors can support Litecoin payments with minor modifications to the software they are using though at this time only a small number of businesses accept Litecoin.
Development
The core client Litecoin-qt/litecoind is based on Bitcoin-qt/bitcoind. It is currently at version 0.6.3 and is based on the same Bitcoin software version. It is 8 months behind the current Bitcoin client. The Litecoin codebase is maintained at https://github.com/litecoin-project/litecoin as a fork of the https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin project. While the same revision control system is in use, the current development model lacks the formal testing and release verification of bitcoin-qt/bitcoind.
Outside the core client codebase, many of the documents and websites created when Litecoin was launched remain untouched, display incorrect information, or have disappeared completely though a number of new sites and services have appeared in recent weeks.
Service Availability
While Litecoin services such as a block explorer, historical charts, and an Instawallet-like web wallet do exist, there are a number of important services that are not yet available. There is no client-side encrypted web-based wallet comparable to Blockchain.info/wallet or the extensive macroeconomic charts at that same site. Mobile software is also limited to a few mining programs with no mobile wallet or exchange rate monitor apps available. Finally, exchange volume is highly centralized on the BTC-e exchange and there is no payment processor that provides any functionality similar to Bit-Pay or Coinbase.
Conclusion
This report has provided information on the Litecoin peer to peer Internet currency and will likely be obsolete within hours of its release in many of the figures quoted. The reader is encouraged to retrieve updated information from the sources included in the report as they will undoubtedly affect any decision on whether to support Litecoin.
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Still not sure after researching... Can someone explain (ELI5) to me how to anonymously buy/use bitcoins?

God I feel stupid. Can someone ELI5 me?
I understand the concepts of instawallet, tumbling, and BTC exchangers.
What I understand so far:
  1. I should pick a BTC exchanger that will allow me to buy bitcoin without an ID via direct cash deposit.
  2. After the deposit, the exchanger will deposit bitcoin to my instawallet.
  3. Tumble to increase anonymity of my bitcoins.
  4. Transfer my bitcoins to my SR account.
Now, I have bunch of gaps in my understanding in terms of which sites / services to use and avoid for buying and transferring my bitcoins. Also, how to effectively tumble my bitcoins. Lastly, do I need to be using Tor when I'm using some of these services?
I have heard bad things about exchangers like intersango and Mtgox, so which exchanger do you guys recommend?
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