The Chinese government, which has more than a dozen agencies regulating media and information flow, clearly wants its population to know about bitcoin despite the successful global use of the currency to circumvent capital controls and undermine central authority -- governmental aspects China takes quite seriously. ... The effect in China and on the bitcoin market is already being realized. Bitcoin wallet software has been downloaded nearly 40,000 times since the program aired three days ago -- that's almost 7 times the number downloaded in the US over the same period and 13 times the rate of downloads in China leading up to the report. If this trend continues, we may have just witnessed the single most significant event in bitcoin history since the currency's inception.

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