Introducing Ripple, a Bitcoin Copycat

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The virtual currency Bitcoin is all over the news these days—in part for its volatility. If you can use it, or even understand why it has any value, you’re in a small minority. There are all sorts of aspects to the “math-based” virtual money that make it impractical for most people to use in everyday transactions, but its proponents are fanatical believers in its potential.

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