ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It smells like cigars in here, which makes sense because I'm in a cigar bar called Imbibe in the trendy Nob Hill neighborhood of Albuquerque. I'm not here for rye whiskey or a smoke, though. I'm here to buy some bitcoin.
The Lamassu bitcoin kiosk sits prominently on a counter, not far from the door. It's being promoted as the first publicly available US bitcoin vending machine. If it's not the first, it's definitely one of the first. Eric Stromberg, owner of Enchanted Bitcoins, the kiosk operator, stands beside it with an Asus Netbook at the ready.… Read more