Bitcoin. It's the latest tech "disruption" because if it's successful it could upend banks, Wall Street and good-old, cold-hard cash. But if it's not all about the Benjamins, then what's it all about?
Here are 12 questions you may have about bitcoin.
Or if that's too many, then how about 7 answers?
Or maybe you just want to listen to someone explain it on the Brian Lehrer show (and then read his story.)
And then go buy some at a NYC Whole Foods (along with your kale and quinoa):
Cause there's gold in them thar’ digital currencies!
But then again, they might need some regulation.
Cause bitcoin might need its own central banker.
And New York state's insurance commissioner wants to license them and is holding hearings on how to regulate virtual currencies on January 28 and 29, 2014 in NYC. He’s ready: He’s already sent subpoenas to companies investing in bitcoin.
So, who’s buying bitcoins? Here's a map of who is.
Hey, it’s getting legit.
Just don't lose them because they're hard to find (especially if you tossed your old computer).
The future, however, might be uncertain even as it booms.
But former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan does see bubbles this time, and thinks bitcoins is one. Perhaps not, though, says outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke.
China's a little worried and is barring banks from making bitcoin transactions.
It's such a murky, murky world.
But really, is it much ado about nothing?
Then again, $25 million for a bitcoin-related startup...Is that good news or the sound of bubble?
It's so easy to make them: Look! I’m doing it right now!
What's the role going to be for bitcoins on Wall Street?
Small businsses are getting into bitcoin.
So is Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.
There's even a Bitcoin center right near Wall Street. What it's going to be like?
But is it fools' gold?