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<h1><img width=38 height=40 src="/img/logo_small.png" class="thelogo" /> Bitcoin <small>P2P Digital Currency</small></h1>
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Bitcoin is an experimental new digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out <a href="bitcoin.pdf">collectively by the network</a>.
Bitcoin is also the name of the open source software which enables the use of this currency.
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<p>The <a href="https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Original_Bitcoin_client">software</a> is a community-driven open source project, released under the <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/MIT/">MIT license</a>.</p>
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<a class="btn primary large" href="http://www.weusecoins.com/">Learn how to use Bitcoin &raquo;</a>
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<h2>Resources</h2>
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<li><a href="http://www.weusecoins.com">We Use Coins. Start here!</a></li>
<li><a href="https://bitcoin.it/">Bitcoin Wiki</a>
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<li><a href="https://bitcoin.it/wiki/FAQ">FAQ</a></li>
<li><a href="https://bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade">Sites That Accept Bitcoin</a></li>
<li><a href="https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Merchant_Howto">Merchant Howto</a></li>
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<li><a href="http://bitcoincharts.com/">Bitcoin Charts / Markets</a></li>
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<h2>Developers</h2>
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<li>Satoshi Nakamoto</li>
<li>Gavin Andresen - <a href="mailto:gavinandresen@gmail.com">gavinandresen@gmail.com</a> (<a href="/gavinandresen.asc">PGP</a>)</li>
<li>Pieter Wuille</li>
<li>Nils Schneider - <a href="mailto:nils.schneider@gmail.com">nils.schneider@gmail.com</a> (<a href="/schneider.asc">PGP</a>)</li>
<li>Jeff Garzik - <a href="mailto:jgarzik@exmulti.com">jgarzik@exmulti.com</a> (<a href="jgarzik-exmulti.asc">PGP</a>)</li>
<li>Wladimir J. van der Laan - <a href="mailto:laanwj@gmail.com">laanwj@gmail.com</a> (<a href="laanwj.asc">PGP</a>)</li>
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<p>Press mailing list for presentation and interview requests: <img class="email" src="img/bitcoin-press.png"/></p>
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<h2>Community</h2>
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<li><a href="http://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/">Bitcoin Stackexchange (Q&amp;A)</a></li>
<li>Visit the unofficial <a
href="http://www.google.com/?q=bitcoin+forums#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=bitcoin+forums&btnK=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=bitcoin+forums">Bitcoin Forums</a></li>
<li>Join the project's lively IRC channels on the <a href="http://freenode.net/">FreeNode</a> network or use the <a href="http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=bitcoin&uio=d4">FreeNode Web IRC</a>.
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<li><strong>#bitcoin</strong> (General Bitcoin-related)</li>
<li><strong>#bitcoin-dev</strong> (Development and technical)</li>
<li><strong>#bitcoin-otc-foyer</strong> (Over The Counter exchange)</li>
<li><strong>#bitcoin-market</strong> (Live quotes from markets)</li>
<li><strong>#bitcoin-mining</strong> (GPU mining related)</li>
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<li><a href="http://twitter.com/#!/search/bitcoin">Twitter Search</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bitcoin-P2P-Cryptocurrency/134466763256650">Facebook Page</a></li>
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