Gallery: Aussies buy their first Bitcoin-funded beers

Gallery: Aussies buy their first Bitcoin-funded beers

Summary: Bitcoins, QR codes, smartphones, tablets, and beer. For some, there is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon at the pub.


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  • (Image: Alexander Taylor, CC-BY 3.0)

    Over the weekend, Aussies took to one of Sydney's oldest pubs, the Old Fitzroy, but with new technology. It was the first time in Australia that the crypto-currency Bitcoin has been used commercially to purchase a beer.

    Pictured are Marketcoin founder Max Kaye and BitPOS founder Jason Williams, who help run and organise BitcoinSyd, and Old Fitzroy proprietor Garry Pasfield.

  • (Image: Alexander Taylor, CC-BY 3.0)

    Here's something that is rarely ever seen on a receipt: $0 in cash or credit. The register ties in with Williams' BitPOS system to allow payments to be accepted electronically, but of course, older systems need a bit of a tweak to get things working.

Topics: E-Commerce, Emerging Tech

Michael Lee

About Michael Lee

A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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