03:29 GMT24 January 2021
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    The world's most popular cryptocurrency set its previous historical record earlier in the day when it exceeded $39,000.

    Bitcoin has set another all-time record by hitting $40,000 for the first time, trading data shows.

    ​​Earlier in the day, its value was reported at $39,000.

    Bitcoin was launched in 2009 – it was the first cryptocurrency to use a decentralised blockchain-based network, which allows secure peer-to-peer transactions.

    Bitcoin accounts for at least 70 percent of the global cryptocurrency market.

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