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Bubble or brave new world? Bitcoin breaks $10,000 barrier

SINGAPORE: Bitcoin broke through the $10,000 barrier for the first time on Wednesday as it extends a stratospheric rise that has delighted investors but sparked fears of a bubble. The virtual currency hit a high of $10,903 in Asia, according to Bloomberg News, about 14 times its value at the start of the year. The breakthrough is the latest in a spectacular run for the online money dubbed "digital gold" by its advocates, which began life in 2009 as a bit of encrypted software supposedly written by an unknown coder with…