Warning: Bitcoin network disruption imminent as cryptocurrency splits

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The bitcoin network will be experiencing potential disruption at the end of July as the cryptocurrency goes through a “user activated soft fork”, whereby miners on the bitcoin blockchain will have to decide whether they want to support a new technology or not. After 1am BST on 1 August, it is likely that bitcoin confirmation scores will become unreliable, meaning that if you send and receive bitcoins on the network, the transactions may not show up in your wallet, or show up as a type of bitcoin that other users will not be able to accept as payment.

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