Bitcoin (BTC) is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely digital currency. Powered by its users, it is a peer to peer payment network that requires no central authority to operate. On October 31st, 2008, an individual or group of individuals operating under the pseudonym "Satoshi Nakamoto" published the Bitcoin Whitepaper and described it as: "a purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash, which would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution."
从广义上来看,网络交换机分为两种:广域网交换机和局域网交换机。广域网交换机主要应用于电信领域,提供通信用的基础平台。而局域网交换机则应用于局域网络,用于连接终端设备,如PC机及网络打印机等。从传输介质和传输速度上可分为以太网交换机、快速以太网交换机、千兆以太网交换机、FDDI交换机、ATM交换机和令牌环交换机等。从规模应用上又可分为企业级交换机、部门级交换机和工作组交换机等。各厂商划分的尺度并不是完全一致的,一般来讲,企业级交换机都是机架式,部门级交换机可以是机架式(插槽数较少),也可以是固定配置式,而工作组级交换机为固定配置式(功能较为简单)。另一方面,从应用的规模来看,作为骨干交换机时,支持500个信息点以上大型企业应用的交换机为企业级交换机,支持300个信息点以下中型企业的交换机为部门级交换机,而支持100个信息点以内的交换机为工作组级交换机。 [3] 


Coinbase requires you to link a bank account, or credit or debit card to your Coinbase account to purchase cryptocurrencies. Using a bank account allows for higher limits ($100/transaction, $2,500/week), but it also takes longer to verify transactions, so you will not see money in your Coinbase wallet for two to four days (depending on your bank). And when selling Bitcoin, once the sale is confirmed, it takes two to four days for the proceeds of that sale to show up in your bank account. With a credit or debit card, limits are lower ($200/week), but you can purchase digital currencies by simply transferring funds from that bank account to the site. For these transactions, Bitcoin shows up in your Coinbase wallet instantaneously. You can also sell Bitcoin to your PayPal account, effectively cashing out, as your Bitcoin will be exchanged for local currency. This transaction, too, is instantaneous.


In February 2019, Coinbase announced that it had acquired "blockchain intelligence platform" Neutrino, an Italy-based startup, for an undisclosed price.[33] The acquisition raised concern among some Coinbase users[34] based on Neutrino founders' connection to the Hacking Team, which has been accused of providing internet surveillance technology to governments with poor human rights records.[35] On March 4, 2019, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said his company "did not properly evaluate" the deal from a due diligence perspective and thus any Neutrino staff who previously worked at Hacking Team "will transition out of Coinbase."[36]


Coinbase was founded in June 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam.[6][7] co-founder Ben Reeves was part of the original founding team but later parted ways with Armstrong due to a difference in how the Coinbase wallet should operate.[8] The remaining founding team enrolled in the Summer 2012 Y Combinator startup incubator program. In October 2012, the company launched the services to buy and sell bitcoin through bank transfers.[9] In May 2013, the company received a US$5 million Series A investment led by Fred Wilson from the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures.[10] In December 2013, the company received a US$25 million investment, from the venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures (USV), and Ribbit Capital.[11]