Bitcoin fellto its lowest price of 2018 in June, having experienced its worst start to a year since the cryptocurrency was founded, however it is showing signs of recovery.
The value of bitcoinrose more than twenty-fold in 2017, generating huge amounts of interest in cryptocurrencies like ethereum and bitcoin cash.
After peaking at close to $20,000 in December, bitcoin's value fell to below $10,000 within a matter of weeks. This precipitated a market-wide crash other leading cryptocurrencies tumble.
Its price is expected to continue to fluctuate unpredictably, and this live blog will be regularly updated with the latest news and significant changes.
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Unfortunately for the rest of the top five cryptocurrencies, the overall market has suffered from heavy losses since this time yesterday. Ethereum, ripple, bitcoin cash and EOS all fell by between 2 and 6 per cent.
Bitcoin has sustained its recent rally, holding above $7,300 since its 10 per cent price surge earlier this week.
The second major price surge this week has helped take bitcoin above $7,000 for the first time since early June.
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The price of bitcoin surged by more than $300 since this time yesterday, as news that BlackRock may be planning something major.
Bitcoin's continued resurgence received a boost following news that investment firm BlackRock is looking to move into the cryptocurrency space.
The cryptocurrency rose4 per cent in value, takingthe digital currency back above $6,600 still well below its 2017 high, when it peaked at close to $20,000.
The rest of the top five cryptocurrencies saw similar gains, with EOS rising by more than 4 per cent over the last 24 hours.
As cryptocurrency continues to struggle to really break into the mainstream, two new devices could go some way towards addressing that.
The Finney Phone by Sirin Labs and the HTC Exodus both claim to be the world's first blockchain smartphone,offering in-built cryptocurrency wallets and the possibility of decentralised applications that could "reshape the internet."
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All other major cryptocurrencies experienced a similar fate, with all of the top five falling by between 1 and 5 per cent.
As bitcoin's price remains relatively stable between $6,000 and $7,000, some cryptocurrency experts are making a case for its functionality as a mainstream currency.
A new study by researchers at Imperial College London say bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are the logical "next step" for moneyand are close to becoming a proper form of payment.
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EOS saw the biggest losses, falling by more than 11 per cent over the last 24 hours.
Other major cryptocurrencies followed bitcoin's lead, however all of the top five suffered a slight dip over the last 24 hours, dropping by between 1 and 5 per cent in value.
Bitcoin is enjoying a relative period of stability, having hovered around the $6,500 price point for the past few days.
This has been reflected across the cryptocurrency market, with all of the top five cryptocurrencies remaining relatively stable since the start of the week.
The price of bitcoin dipped slightly over the last 24 hours but still remains well above its recent low.
The top five digital currencies rose between 5 and 15 per cent over the last 24 hours, marking the biggest gains in over a month.
The price of bitcoin has shot up once again, with the cryptocurrency now closing in on $7,000.
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Bitcoin experienced a mini price surge over the weekend, rising by $400 in a matter of hours to jump back above $6,000.
The price of bitcoin has crashed below $6,000, falling by 4 per cent over the last 24 hoursto hit its lowest level since November 2017.
All other major cryptocurrencies saw gains of between 0.5 and 5 per cent since this time yesterday.
As bitcoin's price continues its free-fall, there are signs of hope.
Famed venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz is launching a $300 million crypto fund and doesn't plan to sell its cryptocurrency assets for at least another five years.
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Banning cryptocurrency ads has been a popular move among technology giants, with Facebook, Google and Twitter all introducing strict rules this year.
Facebook has now decided to reverse its decision, once again prompting rumours that it is planning something major in the cryptocurrency space. Experts tellThe Independentthat this could be anything from acquiring the bitcoin exchange Coinbase, or even launching its own virtual currency.
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After hitting a record high of more than $19,850 (14,214) in mid-December,bitcoins value tumbled to $12,000 (8,630) within days.
On 3 January, 2009, the genesis block of bitcoin appeared. It came less than a year after the pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto detailed the cryptocurrency in a paper titled 'Bitcoin: A peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System'
On 22 May, 2010, the first ever real-world bitcoin transaction took place. Lazlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins the equivalent of $90 million at today's prices
Bitcoin soon gained notoriety for its use on the dark web. The Silk Road marketplace, established in 2011, was the first of hundreds of sites to offer illegal drugs and services in exchange for bitcoin
On 29 October, 2013, the first ever bitcoin ATM was installed in a coffee shop in Vancouver, Canada. The machine allowed people to exchange bitcoins for cash
The world's biggest bitcoin exchange, MtGox, filed for bankruptcy in February 2014 after losing almost 750,000 of its customers bitcoins. At the time, this was around 7 per cent of all bitcoins and the market inevitably crashed
In 2015, Australian police raided the home of Craig Wright after the entrepreneur claimed he was Satoshi Nakamoto. He later rescinded the claim
On 1 August, 2017, an unresolvable dispute within the bitcoin community saw the network split. The fork of bitcoin's underlying blockchain technology spawned a new cryptocurrency: Bitcoin cash
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