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Welcome to Bitcoin Magazine!

If you’re new to Bitcoin, welcome to Bitcoin Magazine!  We have over 5,000 articles on our website, but we’ve hand selected a few of them to help you learn about Bitcoin.

Since 2012, Bitcoin Magazine has provided analysis, research, education and thought leadership at the intersection of finance and technology.  The overwhelming majority of the content on our website is about Bitcoin (BTC), but you’ll find some articles that talk about other cryptocurrencies and related topics.

Don’t worry if you’re confused after a little bit of reading.  Bitcoin is a complex piece of technology and challenges many assumptions we have about money, the economy, and how we value things.

We also publish original content through our podcasts, email newsletters, and social channels, plus have in-person events like our annual Bitcoin conference.

What Is Bitcoin?

What Is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin means different things to different people. For some, it’s the future. For others, it is a speculative bubble about to burst any day now. And for most, Bitcoin is still a mysterious platform for internet money.

Let’s take a look at what Bitcoin really is.

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- Who Created Bitcoin?

Who Created Bitcoin?

We don’t really know who the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, actually is.

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- What Makes Bitcoin Valuable?

What Gives Bitcoin Value?

Fundamentally, bitcoin derives its value just as anything else does: because people want it.

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Blockchain - What Is a Blockchain?

What Is a Blockchain?

Bitcoin depends on a distributed ledger system known as the blockchain. The blockchain is possibly the most powerful innovation associated with Bitcoin, as countless industries from financial services to healthcare have begun contemplating how to leverage the technology for their own uses. So it’s worth asking: What is a blockchain?

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- What Are Bitcoin Wallets?

What Are Bitcoin Wallets?

Here are the best ways to store bitcoin securely in bitcoin wallets.

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What Is the Lightning Network?

What Is the Lightning Network?

The Lightning Network is a “layer two” protocol for Bitcoin, specifically designed for cheap, fast…

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Mining - What is Bitcoin Mining?

What Is Bitcoin Mining?

Bitcoin mining is the process of validating transactions by including them in the blocks that form the Bitcoin blockchain.

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What Are Bitcoin Mining Pools?

What Are Bitcoin Mining Pools?

Pooled mining is a way for individual miners to combine their hash power so that they can mine as if they are one big miner.

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The Halvening (sometimes referred to as “the halving”) is the moment when Bitcoin’s block subsidy gets cut in half. The halving of Bitcoin’s block subsidy occurs every 210,000 blocks (roughly every 4 years) and is a key feature of Bitcoin.

What Is ‘The Halvening’?

The Halvening (sometimes referred to as “the halving”) is the moment when Bitcoin’s block subsidy gets cut in half. The halving occurs every 210,000 blocks (roughly every 4 years) and is a key feature of Bitcoin.

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Privacy & security - Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

Bitcoin is actually pseudonymous. Here’s what that means (and a few ways you can make your bitcoin transaction history a bit more private).

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- Is Bitcoin Legal?

Is Bitcoin Legal?

By and large, yes — it is legal to send, receive, mine and generally use bitcoin in most countries around the world.

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Regulation - Bitcoin and Taxes

Bitcoin and Taxes

While nobody is promising that it will be fun, accurately recording and reporting Bitcoin income is important.

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Investing - How to Get Bitcoins

How to Get Bitcoin

Whether you are buying, mining or earning bitcoins, there are plenty of options for getting your first few satoshis.

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- How to Keep Bitcoins Safe

How to Keep Bitcoin Safe

If you are thinking through the process of accruing bitcoins, you may be wondering where…

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What Are Bitcoin Mixers

What Are Bitcoin Mixers?

Bitcoin mixers let users mix their coins with other users, in order to preserve privacy.

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