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Bitcoin tops $20K for the first time

The cryptocurrency has hit a record high.

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Bitcoin has topped $20,000.

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Bitcoin continues its meteoric rise, for the first time ever hitting a price of more than $20,000. As of Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. PT, the cryptocurrency clocked in at a value of $20,842.90, as reported earlier Wednesday by CoinDesk.

Its previous high came on Nov. 30 when it reached a price of $19,850. Bitcoin has been slowly rising throughout 2020, following its infamous crash down to around $3,000 in 2018. It had almost reached $20,000 in December 2017.

Payments provider Square, founded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, announced in October that it had invested $50 million in Bitcoin. "We believe that Bitcoin has the potential to be a more ubiquitous currency in the future," said Amrita Ahuja, Square's chief financial officer. 

PayPal will also begin allowing Bitcoin and fellow cryptocurrency Ethereum to be bought, sold and held on its platform from 2021.

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