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Bitcoin rises above $14,000 on Bitstamp to record high

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Bitcoin soared to a record high of $14,047.40 on Thursday, continuing its surge from below $1,000 at the beginning of the year.

The cryptocurrency was last up 2.94 percent at $14,030.00 at the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange. (Reporting by the Tokyo markets team; Editing by Kim Coghill)