- The records of the Bitcoin network, including all balances and transactions, are stored on every computer helping to maintain the network — about 9,500 computers in late 2017.
- Bitcoin mining refers to the process through which new Bitcoins are created and given to computers helping to maintain the network.
- The computers involved in Bitcoin mining are in a sort of computational race to process new transactions coming onto the network.
- Anyone can set his or her computer to mine Bitcoin, but these days only people with specialized hardware manage to win the race.
- While several people have been identified as likely candidates to be Satoshi, as the creator is known in the world of Bitcoin, no one has been confirmed as the real Satoshi, and the search has gone on.
Growing in importance but still not well understood, Bitcoin is a virtual currency with a novel background.
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