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.
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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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