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Bitcoin woes give challenger Ethereum an opening

The first full public version of the Ethereum software was recently released, and the system could face some of the same technical and legal problems that tarnished Bitcoin.

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A NEW virtual gold rush is underway.

Even as Bitcoin, riven by internal divisions, has struggled, a rival virtual currency - known as Ethereum - has soared in value, climbing 1,000 per cent over the past three months.

Beyond the price spike, Ethereum is also

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