27 Jul '13, 11am

In Bitcoin we trust: Where virtual currency is the norm

Is the virtual money known as Bitcoin the currency of the future? NBC News' Andy Eckardt reports from Berlin. By Andy Eckardt, Producer, NBC News BERLIN -- A sign above the counter of a popular bar in Berlin's hip Kreuzberg district warns customers of owner Joerg Platzer's somewhat peculiar payment preferences: "I believe in honest money -- gold, silver and Bitcoin." Platzer's Room77 is among a cluster of more than two dozen local businesses to accept the virtual currency for everyday payments. Stickers with Bitcoin symbols on restaurant doors and shop windows guide the way. Instead of paying with cash or cards, many of Platzer's customers use their Android phones to scan a code that the waitress pulls up on a tablet PC. In seconds, bitcoins are transferred to pay the bill. "Bitcoin, as a free and decentralized currency, is a beautiful idea," Platzer said. "Thanks to Bitco...

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