Volatile digital currency

Bitcoin is a decentralised currency that exists mainly in digital form and is neither issued nor guaranteed by central banks. It began in 2009 as an open-source project and is administered over a shared computer network with untraceable transactions

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The anarchic birth of a cryptocurrency

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How bitcoin could rock the back office

Electronic currency can help standardise securities settlements, writes Daniel Davies

Bitcoinomics

A guide for the uninitiated

Nasdaq to step up blockchain trials

Exchange operator hopes bitcoin backbone will reshape settlements

Digital currencies: The bitgold standard

Bitcoin-like currencies backed by the yellow metal show promise for crisis-scarred libertarians

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Nasdaq adopts bitcoin backbone for stocks

Blockchain seen as way to streamline many types of transactions

Why women stay away from bitcoin

They care less about the payment process than the retail experience, says Izabella Kaminska

Goldman backs Circle fundraising

Cash infusion will help fund start-up’s expansion beyond bitcoin

Coinbase opens bitcoin exchange in UK

Company targets British enthusiasm for digital currency

MtGox ‘lost coins’ long before collapse

Exchange’s vaults routinely raided since 2011, report claims

A cryptocurrency fit for Wall Street

Bitcoin works for money transfers, legitimate and illicit

Two US agents charged over Silk Road

Pair allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in digital currencies during probe

Budget rules could ease way for bitcoin in UK

New package of regulation for digital currencies

Masters joins cryptocurrency start-up

Ex-JPMorgan commodities head aims to make transactions easier

Boom or bust for bitcoin?

Bitcoin appeals to libertarians on the basis that governments cannot arbitrarily make more of it

Bitcoin hack report suggests inside job

Clearest account yet of what could have happened at Mt Gox

Professors stake out territory for bitcoin

Courses on the virtual currency are now available to students

Vision for bitcoin beginning to fade

Currency trading falls short, despite popularity with retailers

Bitcoin: possible bane of the diamond thief

Entrepreneurs aim to exploit technology behind virtual currency

Bitcoin start-up Coinbase raises $75m

Funding suggests growing mainstream interest in cryptocurrency

Stamp of approval for bitcoin from NYSE and BBVA

Coinbase raises $75m in funding round

Silk Road suspect hunt started at Mt Gox

Bitcoin exchange’s Karpèles says he is not Dread Pirate Roberts

Bitcoin believer warns of its perils

Gavin Andresen readies cryptocurrency for mass usage

Cyber heist halts bitcoin exchange

Bitstamp says about $5m worth of virtual currency lost

Breathe deep and pay in Bitcoin

In the tropical idyll of Bali, dozens of merchants now accept payment in this electronic exchange system

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