There's a new digital currency in town, but this one doesn't seem interested in playing nice.
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Darkcoin, a "little-known Bitcoin alternative," is quickly replacing Bitcoin as the go-to anonymous digital currency, according to Wired.
"Darkcoin offers far greater anonymity than Bitcoin," Wired's Andy Greenberg wrote on Wednesday. "Though few have yet to accept that more-anonymous coin for actual goods and services, the promise of Darkcoin’s privacy features seems to have sparked a miniature boom."
While naysayers such as The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien have dismissed the notion that digital currency has any real future (O'Brien famously called Bitcoin the "Segway of currency") digital currencies seem to have remained resilient, even through hacking scandals and unpredictable fluctuations in value.
"Bitcoin is in the early stages of mainstreaming today," tech pioneer Marc Andreessen told The Washington Post's Brian Fung. "You've got big companies that are not yet doing a lot with it, but are looking very seriously at it. So every big bank has people that are trying to figure out what to do with Bitcoin; every big e-commerce company has people that are trying to figure out Bitcoin."