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•  Reuters reports that Amazon is pushing back on a media report in the UK saying that it plans to accept bitcoin as currency by the end of the year.

"Notwithstanding our interest in the space, the speculation that has ensued around our specific plans for cryptocurrencies is not true," said a spokesperson from Amazon, who added, "We remain focused on exploring what this could look like for customers shopping on Amazon."

The story notes that Amazon "on July 22 posted a job opening for a digital currency and blockchain product lead.

"A growing number of companies have started to accept virtual currencies for payment, bringing an asset class shunned by major financial institutions until a few years ago closer to the mainstream."