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QuickTake: Bitcoin and the blockchain

By Bloomberg
10 January 2017   |   3:25 am
On today’s 'QuickTake' topic, Vonnie Quinn reports on Bitcoin and how banks are using the cryptocurrency’s blockchain technology to track money transfers and other transactions.

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