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December 7, 2017, 10:05 AM

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Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Steam ends support for bitcoin payments citing volatility as fees move toward $20 per transaction vs. ~$0.20 when support via Bitpay was enabled April 2016  —  “It has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option”  —  Valve is ending support for Steam purchases made with bitcoin …
David Meyer / Fortune:
Bitcoin price crosses $15K despite bubble warnings, with a total market capitalization of ~$256B  —  Bitcoin broke through the $15,000 barrier on Thursday morning as it continued what has been a remarkable run even by the cryptocurrency's usual bubblelicious standards.
Reuters:
NiceHash, a Slovenia-based marketplace for cryptocurrency mining, says it was hacked and 4,700 bitcoins, worth about $60M+, were stolen from its wallet  —  (Reuters) - Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said nearly $64 million had been lost.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft launches first self-driving car pilot in Boston; select riders will be paired with a nuTonomy autonomous car, human safety drivers will be behind the wheel  —  Robot taxis by NuTonomy  —  Lyft's first self-driving car pilot is officially underway.  The company is sending autonomous vehicles …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google shuts down the app section of Chrome Web Store and emails developers saying Chrome Apps are deprecated, although they remain on Chrome OS  —  Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages.  —  More than a year ago, Google announced that Chrome Apps would be removed …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
How new businesses, including 100K+ with $100K+ sales, are using Amazon to sell electronics and other products, often undercutting established competitors  —  A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try.  It's a small, internet-connected video camera …

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