Bitcoin has struggled with growing transaction volumes. It currently processes about three transactions per second, in contrast to more than 3,600 transactions that the Visa network completes every second.
A new technology promises to make bitcoin useful to pay for things, not hoard
Bitcoin is torn by opposing impulses: to be a store of value, like digital gold, or the internet equivalent of cash, used for everyday purchases like cups of coffee. It's the tension at the center of bitcoin's long running "civil war"—to date, the notion that bitcoin should be more like digital gold has prevailed. But...
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