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Supporters concerned mainstream bitcoin interest now stalling

The bitcoin cryptocurrency has suffered from declining value, and supporters are concerned interest is beginning to drop further

By: Michael Hatamoto from Feb 18, 2015 @ 9:20 CST

The number of stores and services now accepting bitcoins may top 100,000 worldwide, but it appears actual purchases using the volatile cryptocurrency remains low. There also is increased skepticism because of a continued drop in bitcoin value in recent months, frightening away potential investors and customers.


Bitcoin supporters say the cryptocurrency is far from dead - and urge owners to show patience during a rough time - especially as there are potential uses for bitcoin technology besides just finance.

"There are some breakthroughs in technology that are going to endure whether bitcoin survives or not," said David Yermack, professor of finance at the New York University Stern School of Business, in a statement published by the Boston Globe.

Bitcoin exchanges and other companies have recently shut down, including another reported case of bitcoins going missing, which is rather troubling. But if the cryptocurrency begin a recovery process, and bitcoin wallets become more common, there is hope for the bitcoin and its unique blockchain.