So the history will always remember Jarar Malik for being the first person to question the leading technology companies – Apple, Amazon and Google – about their future plans on the digital currency Bitcoin. The man himself is a developer of the renowned Bitcoin advocating and classified site CoinList.me and has showed much gracefulness in frankly asking the giants their take on Bitcoins.
While Apple and Amazon’s representatives were too busy to reply to the simplest question Jarar asked, Google’s Senior Vice President was the courteous one to reply to Jarar’s query and even to forward another Google employee Sridhar Ramaswamy – the company’s senior VP of Ads and Commerce. Although the reply he made to Jarar took him and the rest of the community by surprise, optimistic surprise!
“We are working in the payments team to figure out how to incorporate Bitcoins into our plans”, wrote Ramaswamy in his reply to Jarar Malik and promised him further to get back whenever any progress is made to this possibility. Jarar, as enthusiastic as he already was, took a snap of Ramaswamy’s email and posted it on Reddit’s Bitcoin Forum, which saw many positive responses from the digital currency’s fans all around the world.
But the happy and cheery season ended when another statement from Google – this time issued by its anonymous spokesperson – mentioned the company to “have no other plans regarding Bitcoin”. The spokesperson stated: “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 is no change to our position: we have no current plans regarding Bitcoin.”
Malik was not deterred with the later response made by Google’s representative. He in fact claimed that Google’s representatives asked him to moderate a survey called “What would I want Google to do with Bitcoin”, especially when there were already 500 suggestions and ideas made to Google regarding the use of Bitcoins.
“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”, posted Malik on Reddit.
Malik has also shown his frustration on Google’s VP to provide him and people with false information. “I can understand the natural inclination for people to call bull****. I posted screenshots, and yeah, screenshots can be faked, but this one Google spokesman, they’re just playing it safe”, he posted, “If Google is not going to do something Bitcoin related, or if they’re going take an anti-bitcoin stance or come up with a rival product, certainly none of these guys would have responded to me.”
He also ridiculed Reddit’s users who accused him of manipulating the Bitcoin prices with such news.
Meanwhile, if reports are to be believed, Google has no plans for Bitcoin at least for now.
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