One of the biggest questions looming over Bitcoin, the digital currency generating attention in the tech business, is when big mainstream merchants will begin accepting it.
Overstock.com, the online discount retailer, has an answer: within the next six months, if all goes as planned.
Patrick Byrne, the company’s chief executive, said that Overstock planned to let online shoppers pay for goods with Bitcoin by June.
If Overstock follows through on the plan, it will become the most prominent retailer to embrace Bitcoin, an electronic currency that initially gained notoriety as a form of payment for black-market transactions.
Bitcoin has captivated the imaginations of many technology entrepreneurs and investors, who see it as a low-cost payment system that could disrupt established players. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.