Emails Suggest Possible Google Bitcoin Participation
Jarar Malik, developer of Coinlist.me boldly decided to email internet juggernauts Apple, Amazon and Google.com. His main goal in emailing the companies was to ask them of their stance on bitcoin.
Malik has yet to get an answer from Apple or Amazon, however, Google has shown interest on the topic.
At first, Malik’s gutsy email was meant for top Google executive, CEO Larry Page. But when that didn’t work out, Malik tried again, this time to Google’s vice president Vic Gundotra, and suggested, that they should give serious thought to bitcoin:
“You’re a visionary man, and the entire planet is waiting, for Google to be the next big adopter in this technological revolution. Please give it some serious thought.”
Malik was shocked when he received a reply. Gundotra had referred Malik to Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior vice president of ads and commerce at Google. Gundotra wrote in the email:
“We are paying attention to this issue.”
Ramaswamy promptly replied to Malik telling him that Google is trying to find a way to incorporate BTC into their company, showing that Google is not completely turned off to the idea.
An excited Malik took to Reddit to share his news, which was then brought to the media’s attention. However, Google was quick to reply, telling Coindesk:
“As we continue to work on Google Wallet, we’re grateful for a very wide range of suggestions. While we’re keen to actively engage with Wallet users to help inform and shape the product, there’s no change to our position: we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin.”
Google and Bitcoin
Malik insists that the emails came from Google and that they were not tampered with in any way.
After Malik’s Reddit posts became noticed, Google sent him a survey asking him what he would like Google to do with bitcoin. Malik wrote:
“Ariel Bardin, Vice President of Payments @ Google has asked me to facilitate a Google Moderator and pose the question ‘What would I want Google to do with bitcoin?’. He’s promised me he will personally review the results and pass it on.”
Google has already received hundreds of suggestions for bitcoin use. For those interested, the survey can be taken here.
Google refuses to claim whether or not the emails are legitimate.
Still, this is exciting news for the bitcoin community, as Google could potentially bring the digital currency to the mainstream masses if they decide bitcoin is right for them.
Malik believes that Google taking the time to reply to him could mean that the company may lean more towards having a part in the growing bitcoin economy for their future.
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