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What Is Bitcoin in Layman’s Terms?

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, without a central bank or single administrator, that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

Bitcoin is unique in that there are a finite number of them: 21 million.

NOTE: Warning: Bitcoin is an unregulated virtual currency and its value can be highly volatile. It is important to research and understand the risks involved in investing in Bitcoin before doing so. Additionally, it is not recommended to use Bitcoin as a primary form of payment due to its decentralised nature and lack of consumer protection.

Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.

As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment.

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