Falls noch jemand (wie ich) Bitcoins nur am Rande verfolgt hat: Priceonomics hat Geschichte, Funktionsweise, Vorteile, Herausforderungen und Ausblick davon in einem recht langen Artikel zusammengefasst.

Amid bank bailouts and global recession, an unknown hacker operating under the false name Satoshi Nakamoto released an open-source code for a global, digital currency in January 2009. Running on a decentralized peer-to-peer online network, the currency does not rely on governments, corporations, or any single entity. It is also anonymous. The initial code contained a reference to a recent headline from The Times, “Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.” Nakamoto named the currency Bitcoin.