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What is a good way to concisely explain Bitcoin?

Often I'm asked to explain Bitcoin to someone and occasionally I come up with something stellar that really nails it, but most times it's a rambling incoherent mess. What I would like to see is a ...
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What exactly is Mining?

I have heard that mining is for people with ready hardware and blah blah blah... But what exactly is it? Does it operate like real mining? I mean, people talk about it like you are physically mining.
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Where do bitcoins come from and what gives them their value?

Where do bitcoins come from? From the WeUseCoins.com video it appears they are just being produced by "miners" and sold to people. So who backs Bitcoin or gives it its value?
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Is there any way to track an individual bitcoin (or satoshi)?

For example, if I wanted to "collect" important bitcoins is there any way to track a coin rather than a series of transactions? If I wanted one of the bitcoins from the infamous "Bitcoin pizza" ...
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Why is there no such thing as a redirected, forged, or fake transaction?

In the past, we had numerous questions about "fake" or "forged" transactions. Such transactions could supposedly be created even without holding any bitcoins, yet would end up in the mempool or even ...
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How Many Bitcoins Are Missing? [duplicate]

Recently my HDD went, losing all of my data. I make backups frequently and luckily only lost 0.02BTC. I tried everything to recover them, but no luck. As I stated it was small amount that wasn't a ...
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Is it possible to recognize conflicting 0-confirmation transactions with the Bitcoin client or other available software?

Is there already a way to detect conflicting 0-confirmation transactions? I'm assuming at least one transaction goes to my wallet. I would expect the client to list the transaction as conflicting but ...
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How can't a malicious attacker generate bitcoins on his private network?

I'm new to the cryptocurrencies world and I'm trying to understand how all this stuff works, so expect a really noob question. Suppose there's a user which generates a number of addresses and sets ...
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In India how does one accept or give Bitcoin? Do we also get a physical coin for a Bitcoin? [closed]

I heard about Bitcoin and its endless possibilities to use Bitcoin irrespective of a particular geographic location. But my doubt is How does one accept and give a Bitcoin, Does it have its own market ...
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What are the risks of direct Bitcoin fraud, such as counterfeitting?

I am being mocked by friends for not being on the Bitcoin train yet, so I am trying to understand it all. I get how btc blockchains basically works, but when someone says "if bitcoins are copied ...
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