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The Bottom Line - Bitcoin

Updated Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Bitcoin: What is it and what can you buy with it?

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Thursday, 5th June 2014 21:30 - BBC Radio 4

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Bitcoin, the new digital cryptocurrency sweeping across the world, being utilised on a smartphone in a retail environment. Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Nicholas Moore |

Each week, The Open University and BBC Radio 4 come together to grill the people who run the businesses that shape the world.

For this edition, the focus is on the new economy based on bitcoins, the computer-generated crypto-currency.

What can you buy with them and as the market fluctuates wildly, can investors hold their nerve? The programme will look at how the bitcoin craze began and whether the world really does need another currency. Evan Davis's guests are from new companies hoping to cash in - one trades bitcoins, another stores them and the third enables you to spend them online.


  • Marc Warne, Bittylicious
  • Nicolas Cary, Blockchain
  • Moe Levin, Bitpay

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 5th June 2014. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.




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