Welcome to the second CCN Websites of the Week. In case you missed the announcement last week, this new segment is our way of sharing cool, hand-picked, cryptocurrency-related websites with you every Saturday. Here's this week's selection.
LeetCoin is a great, competitive gaming platform for Bitcoin gamers. LeetCoin connects to your Steam Account, since currently the only supported games are Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike: Source. Users then deposit BTC into their LeetCoin accounts and place funds into one of the site's servers. After that, simply connect to the server and start playing! Successful kills earn BTC while deaths make you lose BTC. (Note: LeetCoin is legal in 37 of the 50 U.S. States, Canada, most of Europe, Asia, and South America. You should check your specific state laws before signing up.)
Lavaboom is an upcoming email service that wants to replace Lavabit to offer truly secure email. It offers three-factor authentication, full end-to-end message encryption, and more. You can read more about Lavaboom (including an interview with the founder) here on CCN.
Despite the really awkward name, tip.coined.at is a really nice and simple way to create Bitcoin donation buttons. All it takes is literally 4 lines of simple code that you can copy+paste. So if you've got a website and need an easy to setup donation button, try tip.coined.at.
Tired of Mt. Gox's never-ending problems? Think you can do better? Bex lets you own your own Bitcoin exchange. Bex claims to "remove all the technical complexity of running a Bitcoin exchange...We do the tech. You do the rest." It certainly seems interesting. At the moment the site is invite-only, and you can sign up here.
This last one is a little tricky to set up, since it requires some basic knowledge of compiling and installing applications from the command line, but it's a great tool for miners, especially pool owners. As the name (sort of) suggests, Blockfound alerts you when a new block has been found on your pool. Furthermore, it supports the push notifications platform Pushover, so you can see alerts on iOS and Android devices.
That wraps up this week's segment. Come back every Sunday for CCN Websites of the Week, where we feature the coolest cryptocurrency-related websites. If you find an interesting site and think it should be featured, email me at [email protected]