One of my colleagues is upset that she can’t order delivery from her favorite Thai place. They don’t have a website, but they have a Facebook page you can Like, and she wants to be able to order via Facebook.
Facebook could offer this; I figure they probably only have to flip a couple switches. It seems like adding a commerce portal would be the logical next step for them.
I expect that you’ll have to put money into FB credits, then use those to pay for what you order though.
How’s this for a business plan? If you grow the ingredients in FarmVille, you can convert them to credits and use those to buy dinner.
I think we call it “A Byte to Eat.”
Researchers from University College Dublin have conducted an analysis of anonymity on Bitcoin, and found it is not inherently anonymous, and that in many cases, users and their transactions can be identified. They use techniques such as context discovery and flow analysis to investigate and visualize an alleged theft of Bitcoins, which, at the time of the theft, had a market value of approximately half a million U.S. dollars.
Read their blog for more (plus nice graphics!)
Bitcoin is not inherently anonymous. It may be possible to conduct transactions is such a way so as to obscure your identity, but, in many cases, users and their transactions can be identified. We have performed an analysis of anonymity in the Bitcoin system and published our results in a preprint on arXiv.