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What is Bitcoin?

  • Bitcoin is a digital asset and a payment system. It is commonly called a decentralized digital currency.
  • It was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009.
  • It is an open source software. This means, that no person, company or country owns this network just like no one owns the Internet.
  • The system is peer-to-peer, that is, users can transact directly without an intermediary like a bank, a credit card company or a clearing house.
  • Transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called the blockchain. To know what is blockchain, click here.
  • Check out the history of bitcoin here.

Bitcoin Mining

Bitcoin Mining

  • Just like anyone can join the Internet, anyone can help to verify and record payments into the block chain. This process is called mining.
  • In mining, users offer their computing power.
  • Miners are rewarded with newly created bitcoins and transaction fees.
  • Currently, miners receive 25 bitcoins every 10 minutes. This halves every 4 years. The next halving will happen in mid-2016.

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Bitcoin Boom Cycles

Like any other commodity, bitcoins price keeps changing. We have broken down bitcoin’s historic price in separate
graphs. We see that if we ignore the short term highs and lows, bitcoin is increasing in value.

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In 2010, the price touched a maximum of $0.39 and then went to a low of $0.19. When the price went down, many people proclaimed that bitcoin is dead.

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In 2011, from $0.19 the price went to $28.92 before going to a low of $2.05. In spite of this crash, the price was far higher than the previous low of $0.19.

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In 2012-13, the price touched $230 and then crashed to $66.85.

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In the last boom cycle in 2014, from the previous low, the price touched $1147.25 and after that touched a low of $117.

State of Bitcoins

Q4 2015 Bitcoin trading volumes all time high

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Companies Accepting Bitcoins

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Legal aspects and historical events

Is bitcoin legal? bitcoin history

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