Over the past several weeks, the alt coin Ethereum has been teetering around the $225-250 USD mark. Today, ETH has topped out at $351.00 USD (which I believe is an all-time high) and it is currently outpacing bitcoin. Why? For the full story, click here: Why Ethereum is outpacing Bitcoin The general skinny of it has to do with the time it takes for bitcoin to "settle" transactions, as well as other innovations ETH has over bitcoin. As to why Ethereum is up over $100 today from yesterday...there is a story going around that Russia and China may digitize their currencies with Ethereum, which if true, is huge! Russia and China May Digitize Their Currencies With Ethereum By the way, if anyone is using Genesis Mining to mine Ethereum, use promo code XA8zJa to get a 3% discount on your mining contract!