Last week, Bitcoin-Central, a Bitcoin exchange and storage service provided by the French company, Paymium, made a huge announcement. In essence, they said that they will now legally be able to carry out all of the functions of a payment service provider (such as Paypal or Dwolla)—with “legally” being the key word here. The truth is that it looks like a bank and it talks like a bank. But it’s not really a bank.

But that’s okay. For the moment, let’s just talk about appearances. Because in this case they are very important.