00:44 GMT26 January 2021
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    Earlier this week, the cryptocurrency's value hit $38,000, $39,000 and $40,000, each time breaking historical records.

    Bitcoin has crossed the $41,000 mark for the first time, the CoinMarketCap reported. 

    According to the price-tracking website for crypto assets, bitcoin has gained 10.36% since Thursday, reaching $41,453.92. 

    ​Launched in 2009, Bitcoin became the first cryptocurrency to use a decentralised blockchain-based network, which enables secure peer-to-peer transactions. 

    Currently, bitcoin accounts for approximately 70.5 percent of the entire global cryptocurrency market.

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