I’d heard that the Bitcoin value against the U.S. dollar has recently dropped, so I headed over to coinbase.com/charts to see the actual trends. This is what that page showed:
The error message in red is:
We’re sorry, but something went wrong.
I’m not sure if that was supposed to be a commentary on a possible Bitcoin bubble or a real error message.
I found the trend data I was looking for at mtgox.com. Turns out the value at the beginning of this month was in the range of $1,200 U.S. for a single Bitcoin. Eighteen days later it was just under $600. I believe the technical term for that would be “highly volatile”.