From clampdowns to a warm embrace, regulators in Asia have taken very different approaches to dealing with the bitcoin phenomenon. Here are the developments in a few key markets
Seoul unveils plans to get grip on concerns surrounding bitcoin
Deputy prime minister’s warnings come in the wake of bitcoin’s skyrocketing value -- up more than 1,600 percent this year
It struck a new high of $15,242.99 around 1030 GMT, according to Bloomberg News.
It touched a new high of $14,485 before slipping back to $14,398 in Asian afternoon trade, according to Bloomberg News.
Cryptocurrency spikes nearly 5 percent to more than $6,400
Days after Russian regulator demeaned cryptocurrency, it breaks new records
Greek court rules to extradite Alexander Vinnik, charged with laundering funds amounting to $4 billion
Bitcoin, heavily-coded electronic tokens that take their name from software first put online in February 2009 by several software designers using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, essentially allow those who possess them to remain anonymous.
Digital currency hits new high as investors hope for new exchange-traded fund
The unit broke the $1,100 barrier on the Bitcoin Price Index, an average of major exchanges, to continue a dizzying rise that made it the best performing currency of 2016.
Bitcoin was launched in 2009 as a bit of encrypted software written by someone using the Japanese-sounding name Satoshi Nakamoto.
New customers depositing at least 50 euros with BTCGreece rose by 4005. Using bitcoin could allow Greeks to do one of the things that capital controls
Carl Force had pleaded guilty to bitcoin theft during the investigation of Silk Road
An online auction took place over a 12-hour period on Friday for the bitcoins, valued at nearly $17.7 million.
At least 10 members of the nonprofit Bitcoin Foundation have resigned over last week's election of onetime Disney child star and current Bitcoin entrepreneur and financier Brock Pierce as a new director, officials at the group said.
Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company's bid to resuscitate its business.
Charlie Shrem, 24, was arrested in January and stepped down as vice president of the Bitcoin Foundation, a well-known trade group, soon after.
Nick Letchford, managing director of the group that owns the Old Shoreditch Station cafe, decided to install the machine after noticing the popularity of bitcoins among his customers working nearby in the digital industries.
Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of bitcoin traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said he lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles.
Japan has struggled to define its approach to bitcoin since the collapse of Mt. Gox, which filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo on Friday, saying it had lost bitcoins and cash worth some half a billion dollars due to hacker attacks on what it said was its lax computer system security.