Mt. Gox, the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, has halted Bitcoin trades for 12 hours. It looks like a volatile six weeks could finally end with Bitcoin crashing. Many are suggesting it could be worthless at the end of this.
But while things look grim for Bitcoin, the experimental currency has achieved something. It's prompted interest in all kinds of alternative currencies, such as Ripple. Perhaps we might still see an a digital alternative to traditional fiat money emerge.