Late last year, computational knowledge engine WolframAlpha integrated bitcoin support, effectively recognizing the digital currency and allowing the user to find real-time pricing and make calculations.
But since former bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox started having issues with withdrawals, users in the bitcoin community called for sites and services that used Mt. Gox pricing data to quit doing so, stating the exchange’s data was nothing more than an inaccurate price representation.
In response, many sites did, but WolframAlpha has continued to use Mt Gox pricing data. In fact, if you visit the site and type in ‘bitcoin’ (link for the lazy), you’ll see it still quotes $135 — the rate just before the exchange disabled trading recently.
By comparison, the current price per bitcoin is $567.43, according to the Winklevoss Price Index — better known as the Winkdex.
Fortunately, a spokesperson for WolframAlpha confirmed to newsBTC that new pricing data will make its way to the engine in the next few days.
“…we’ve switched to a new provider for our Bitcoin data; we’ll be including it in our next release, which is planned to go live in the next few days,” the spokesperson said.
Viewing bitcoin data on WolframAlpha allows users to convert into multiple currencies, view charts, and even draw a bitcoin symbol curve (who knew?).