Bitcoin is getting a lot of attention lately, I think the price has tripled in the last month or two. Some recent news articles suggest it's gaining in popularity: Kim Dotcom's Mega is now accepting Bitcoins- The Inquirer Alberta man attempting to sell his home for digital currency Why Bitcoins Are Just Like Gold When Governments Take Your Money, Bitcoin Looks Really Good Covered at Reason 24/7: Spaniards Shield Assets in Bitcoin To Avoid Bank Account Grab Finnish Company Leads the Way in Evolution of Currency by Offering Bitcoin as Salary First Bitcoin Hedge Fund Launches From Malta - Forbes Two of the articles deal with government confiscation/taxing bank account of citizens in Cyprus and Spain, which is just happening very recently. There is some speculation or overly exaggerated hype in some of the articles. There is a fair amount of risk to investing in the currency, but also a lot of potential upside. I'm guessing many of you are not familiar with this.