Bitcoins, Ether, Monero - cryptocurrencies can be loaded onto your smartphone in exchange for hard currency - and then used to buy almost anything online. What are the advantages and disadvantages of virtual currencies? An explanation.
There's a new trend that showcases the way digital currencies can be mobilized as an alternative avenue for funding, in ways that traditional tender cannot. Jack Flanagan takes a closer look at how that works.
In January, one Bitcoin cost about $700 (€589). Now it's reached $11,000. We look at what Bitcoin is, why it's inflating, and whether it's likely to become a common way for people to pay for stuff.
Consumers, retailers and the Japanese government are all committed to the widespread adoption of virtual currencies – although concerns linger that the craze for virtual cash may pass. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
The European Union has agreed to implement stricter rules on exchange platforms that deal with virtual currencies, including bitcoin. The measure is part of an effort to prevent terrorist financing and money laundering.
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