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

Bitcoin start-up Coinbase raises $75m

Funding suggests growing mainstream interest in cryptocurrency

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Stamp of approval for bitcoin from NYSE and BBVA

Coinbase raises $75m in biggest publicly disclosed funding round yet for a bitcoin company

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

Regulator eases bitcoin licence burden

New York is first to float rules for the fledgling cryptocurrency

How to live with cryptocurrencies

Experts warn companies about the tax pitfalls of Bitcoin

Illustration for the 'Wasted power of Bitcoin'
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Bitcoin 2.0 hopes rest on the blockchain

New version raises more disruptive possibilities than its predecessor

Bitcoin exchange to trade other currencies

Coinfloor to expand with US dollars, euros and Polish zloty

Bitcoin bursts, but could change banking

Venture capital is exploring cryptocurrency technology

Bitcoin poised to shake up government-run currencies

Practical issues may reshape landscape in the longer term

Bitcoin unlikely to enjoy widespread use

Bank of England study says virtual currencies pose little risk

Coinbase starts eurozone Bitcoin service

Consumer service to be available in 14 countries

Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty

Shrem reaches a plea deal over Silk Road currency sale

Tech race fuels Bitcoin mining bubble

Prices for the latest computer hardware have been chased higher

Selling pressure sends Bitcoin reeling

Price on BTC-e exchange drops 38% before recovering somewhat

Investigators work to close Mt Gox net

Many unanswered questions for Bitcoin exchange chief Mark Karpelès

Bitcoin: small change in financial innovation

Monetary manias fuelled the tulip craze and the South Sea bubble

Mt Gox creditors want payouts in Bitcoins

Ex-Credit Suisse manager turns to Bitcoin

Adam Knight to chair Coinfloor after fundraising round

Silicon Valley’s A list climbs on the bitcoin bandwagon

Draper to use Bitcoin hoard to fund new marketplace

EBA warns of more than 70 Bitcoin hazards

Report argues benefits of virtual currencies outweighed by risks

California investor wins Bitcoin auction

Tim Draper to back venture selling Bitcoin to emerging markets