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Ever since it popped onto the public's radar, Bitcoin has been unfairly saddled with a reputation for being little more than a high-tech tool for illegal activities. So when the BitInstant CEO got arrested for money laundering, the critics were crowing, "I told you so." But this incident is just one more distraction from
From soaring prices (and crashes) to the saga of Silk Road, the now-defunct Web marketplace for illegal drugs, Bitcoin had a eventful year in 2013. The Bitcoin story this year will have far less drama - but what happens will determine the ultimate fate of the digital currency.
The world's two fastest-growing economies came down hard on Bitcoin in recent weeks.
Dips followed, but ultimately the virtual currency began to slough off the news and continued to gravitate toward a loose, but tightening, trading range.
And as a former senior advisor to a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, I've seen a lot of opportunities to make a killing on technology over the years.
I'm talking about everything from ultra-fast semiconductors, to advanced sensors, to the rise of the Internet and today's mobile revolution.
But in all those years, I've never seen anything reach critical mass as quickly as Bitcoin.
Consider that less than three years ago, few but a small cadre of hardcore tech geeks had even heard of this new crypto currency.
Today, however, this virtual money is traded on roughly 80 global exchanges. It's also accepted at thousands of retailers throughout the U.S.
And it has handed some savvy investors gains of 1,000% or more in as little as a few months' time.
Yet, skepticism persists. Predictions of Bitcoin's imminent demise by a wide range of so-called "experts" have proved premature at best.
Fact is, Bitcoin to date has met every challenge thrown at it and come back stronger.
For Bitcoin's backers and investors, that's great news. Because Bitcoin is now defying a growing list of global governments doing their best to stop its advance...
For Bitcoin's backers and investors, that's great news.
Bitcoin prices climbed back over $1,000 yesterday (Monday), less than two weeks after the virtual currency crashed below $500.
The jump in Bitcoin prices was sparked by news that social game operator Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA) will now be accepting the virtual currency.
In a match made in Internet Heaven, those playing Farmville 2, CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, Hidden Chronicles, Hidden Shadows, and CityVille will be able to exchange Bitcoin for in-game purchases.
Veteran traders looking for a change of pace just got more options. A San Francisco-based hedge fund placed an ad late last week for a Junior Bitcoin Execution trader, another sign of the digital currency's incredible resilience. This job ad is
Just about everything that has to do with the digital currency Bitcoin is at least a little odd. Like how one Bitcoin went from being worth just a few pennies in 2010 to being worth over $1,200 a few weeks ago. A lot of this stuff could only happen in the universe of Bitcoin.
I strongly believe that everyone should own some physical gold. It's been the store of value, and the preferred method of asset protection for more than 5,000 years. It's irreplaceable.
But I also believe that every investor ought to own at least some of the new digital money known as bitcoin.
You see, most of the people buying bitcoin are interested in the explosive growth potential the new "currency" offers, as more and more retailers, CEOs, and governments embrace it.
But they're getting more than that.
Bitcoin comes with some unique wealth preservation properties, too. And while it will never replace the market's most popular hedge,