These three tweets hint at Bitcoin’s future in financial services


What happened on Wednesday night was a small sign that the Bitcoin boom continues unabated.

That night Circle, the startup that makes a “wallet” for digital currency, confirmed Fortune‘s reports of a new funding round. We, of course, dutifully tweeted the news.

That same night The Wall Street Journalspotted a tweet revealing that UBS, the financial services company, is looking to hire software developers to explore the block chain—the transaction-tracking technology that underpins Bitcoin—and “smart contracts,” computer programs that can automatically form, verify, and enforce agreements between parties.

The tweet, which challenged potential candidates to decrypt a message, came from Alex Batlin, the head of UBS’s new tech lab in London’s Canary Wharf. (Earlier this…

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