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HAVE YOU HEARD OF BITCOIN? IT'S WHAT'S KNOW AS A CRYPTO CURRENCY BASICALLY WHAT IS A CRYPTO , CURRENCY? MAGGIE: I AM DIVING INTO THIS AND LEARNING SO MUCH IT IS A CURRENCY THAT'S NOT CONTROLLED BY A BANK IT'S NOT REGULATED AND IT'S VALUE MOVES AROUND BASED ON PEOPLE BUYING AND SELLING IT ON THE INTERNET YES, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT

WE TAKE A LOOK AT OKLAHOMANS BUYING INTO BITCOIN THERE ARE MORE THAN 1,000 DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRYPTO CURRENCIES, INCLUDING, ETHEREUM, RIPPLE, AND LITECOIN, BUT THE LARGEST CRYPTO CURRENCY AT THE START OF 2018 — BITCOIN >> IT'S JUST DIGITAL CURRENCY IT'S NO DIFFERENT THAN DIGITAL DOLLARS OR DIGITAL — REALLY IT'S THE SAME AS SENDING AN EMAIL AS FAR AS HOW IT FUNCTIONS MAGGIE: JASON WILSON HAS BEEN RESEARCHING, BUYING, AND NOW SELLING BITCOIN

>> MY GOAL IS TO TURN OKLAHOMA INTO A CRYPTO HUB I THINK IT WOULD BE BEAUTIFUL FOR OKLAHOMA AND FOR BITCOIN MAGGIE: JASON BELIEVES SO MUCH IN THE FUTURE OF BITCOIN, HE N OPERATES ONE OF THE ONLY BTMS OR BITCOIN ATM'S, IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY AREA IF BITCOIN SEEMS CONFUSING OR FORM — OR MYSTERIOUS COME A KIND OF IS IT WAS FOUNDED IN 2009 BY AN UNKNOWN PERSON OR PERSONS

TO BUY BITCOIN, PEOPLE CAN USE A BTM LIKE JASON'S THAT ACCEPT CASH IT CAN BE BOUGHT ONLINE AND BITCOIN CAN BE BOUGHT PERSON TO PERSON WITH AN APP >> I HAVE SOLD TO POLICE OFFICERS IN UNIFORM, I'VE SOLD TO A GENTLEMAN AT THE TAX OFFICE, THIS IS A REAL — REAL, LEGITIMATE THING MAGGIE: WHY ARE PEOPLE BUYING INTO BITCOIN? SOME FEEL MORE SECURE BECAUSE OF THE TECHNOLOGY BACKING IT OTHERS SAY THEY FEEL ITS MORE ANONYMOUS THAN A TRADITIONAL BANK ACCOUNT

THEN THERE ARE THOSE HOPING TO MAKE MONEY BITCOIN'S VALUE HAS SKYROCKETED SINCE IT WAS FOUNDED AT ONE POINT RECENTLY JUMPING TO MORE THAN $$19,000 FOR ONE UNIT WHAT MAKES IT INTRIGUING FOR INVESTORS, IS ALSO WHAT MAKES IT RISKY, DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU BUY IN >> IF YOU PUT ALL OF YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET IS THERE GOING TO BE ANOTHER CURRENCY THAT'S END UP COMING UP BETTER? MAGGIE: JASON DURKEN RECENTLY STARTED THE EDMOND BITCOIN MEETUP GROUP IN ORDER TO LEARN MORE AND SHARE IDEAS ABOUT BITCOIN AND OTHER CRYPTO CURRENCIES

>> IT'S A WORLD CURRENCY, WHICH IS REALLY INTERESTING, SO IT TAKES AWAY THE BORDERS AND IT TAKES AWAY SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THE CURRENT CURRENCY SYSTEMS HAVE IN PLACE MAGGIE: EVEN ONE LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING ACCEPTING BITCOIN DAVID HOOTEN IS THE OKLAHOMA COUNTY CLERK >> IF IT IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO BE HANDLING AT THE COUNTY, IF IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS AN ACTUAL