Bitcoin is a digital asset and a payment system invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the invention in 2008 and released it as open-source software in 2009. The system is peer-to-peer; users can transact directly without an intermediary. Transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called the block chain. The ledger uses bitcoin as its unit of account. The system works without a central repository or single administrator, which has led the U.S. Treasury to categorize bitcoin as a decentralized virtual currency. Bitcoin is often called the first cryptocurrency, although prior systems existed. Bitcoin is more correctly described as the first decentralized digital currency. It is the largest of its kind in terms of total market value.

Bitcoins are created as a reward for payment processing work in which users offer their computing power to verify and record payments into a public ledger. This activity is called mining and miners are rewarded with transaction fees and newly created bitcoins. Besides being obtained by mining, bitcoins can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.

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The overall supply of bitcoins is finite, and comprises 21 million coins. A coin first sees the light every time a miner solves a block. The bitcoin protocol dictates that the quantity of bitcoins used as a reward from a block shall half every 210,000 blocks. In average, there are around six blocks deciphered in an hour; therefore, generating 210,000 blocks takes roughly 4 years.In exchange for securing the Bitcoin network and processing transactions, the protocol currently rewards these miners with 25 bitcoins for every block of transactions found. However, this reward for miners will soon be cut in half from 25 bitcoins to 12.5 bitcoins. This halving will occur at block 420,000, as a single block takes roughly ten minutes to be mined, the reward halving is set to occur in July or August 2016

There are several ways to earn Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.Smaller amounts can easily be earn through faucets,or participating in signature campaigns through forums.But what makes the most profit is trading.There are many exchanges on which you can trade like Bittrex,Bitstamp,BTC-e and many others.You can trade manually, but there are programs that do this automatically.You only need to choose markets, set the first orders and parameters (not mandatory) and then let algorithm trade for you.One such excellent program with excellent support I may recommend to try.Check here Automatic-Trader use code "Lucius" and you will get a special discount and all the necessary support.

Segwit (Segregated witness) is a proposal to allow transaction-producing software to separate (segregate) transaction signatures (witnesses) from the rest of the data in a transaction, and to allow miners to place those witnesses outside of the traditional block structure. This provides two immediate benefits : Elimination of malleability and capacity increase.Segwit also simplifies the ability to add new features to Bitcoin and improves the efficiency of full nodes, which provides long-term benefits.How segwit will affect you?Full node operators can continue using their existing nodes but they are recommended to upgrade to a segwit-enforcing version. Bitcoin Core wallet users can continue using their existing nodes.Users of other wallets can continue using their existing wallets. It is recommended that lightweight wallet users always wait for several confirmations when receiving significant amounts of money, so no extra waiting is expected to be required here.

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Bitcoin faucets are a reward system, in the form of a website or app, that dispenses rewards in the form of a satoshi, which is a hundredth of a millionth BTC, for visitors to claim in exchange for completing a captcha or task as described by the website.There are also faucets that dispense alternative cryptocurrencies. To use Bitcoin You need a wallet with unique address which is generated when You use your wallet for the first time.There are several types of wallets, such as:desktop, online, hardware, mobile or paper wallets.Each has its advantages and possible disadvantages based on safety and user experience.For beginners and small amounts of BTC it is recommended to use an online wallet, and for larger amounts of BTC desktop or hardware wallet.

The unit of account of the bitcoin system is bitcoin. As of 2014, symbols used to represent bitcoin are BTC.Small amounts of bitcoin used as alternative units are millibitcoin (mBTC), microbitcoin (μBTC), and satoshi. Named in homage to bitcoin's creator, a satoshi is the smallest amount within bitcoin representing 0.00000001 bitcoin, one hundred millionth of a bitcoin. A millibitcoin equals to 0.001 bitcoin, which is one thousandth of bitcoin. One microbitcoin equals to 0.000001 bitcoin, which is one millionth of a bitcoin. A microbitcoin is sometimes referred to as a bit. More info:

Ownership of bitcoins implies that a user can spend bitcoins associated with a specific address. To do so, a payer must digitally sign the transaction using the corresponding private key. Without knowledge of the private key, the transaction cannot be signed and bitcoins cannot be spent. The network verifies the signature using the public key. If the private key is lost, the bitcoin network will not recognize any other evidence of ownership; the coins are then unusable, and thus effectively lost. For example, in 2013 one user claimed to have lost 7,500 bitcoins, worth $7.5 million at the time, when he discarded a hard drive containing his private key. To avoid such a scenario, make backup of your private keys and wallet.dat file. Keep them in a safe place.

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Lightning Network is a proposed implementation of Hash Time Locked Contracts (HTLCs) with bi-directional payment channels which allows payments to be securely routed across multiple peer-to-peer payment channels. This allows the formation of a network where any peer on the network can pay any other peer even if they don't directly have a channel open between each other. Key features of the Lightning Network proposal include : Rapid payments, Reduced blockchain load, Channels can stay open indefinitely, Rapid cooperative closes, Outsourcable enforcement, Onion-style routing, Multisignature capable, Securely cross blockchains, Sub-satoshi payments, Single-funded channels. The Lightning Network design makes use of a number of different technologies and techniques, many of which were either developed separately from Lightning or which can be useful in constructing other types of advanced payment channels as well as other smart contracts.
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