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December 11, 2017, 7:55 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
US bitcoin futures start trading on CBOE, a week ahead of futures rollout at rival CME Group; bitcoin's price climbed ~8% in first seven minutes of trading  —  Exchange provider's website experienced outages from heavy traffic  —  The first bitcoin futures started trading Sunday …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
The current Bitcoin economy has mainly replicated core aspects of a centralized finance industry instead of giving rise to a true p2p financial system  —  The cryptocurrency was supposed to replace the finance industry.  Instead, it has replicated it.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Experts estimate that about 1,000 users, known as “whales”, control 40% of bitcoins, raising concerns whales may collude to manipulate cryptocurrency markets  —  A few massive investors can rock it with a shrug.  —  On Nov. 12, someone moved almost 25,000 bitcoins …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google brings back play/pause touch controls to Home Mini via long press on sides, after top touch input was disabled due to bug that caused unwanted recording  —  The Google Home Mini is a super-affordable way to get Google Assistant in your life, but Google was forced to hobble the device shortly …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook appears to have quietly killed its Ticker feature, which displayed a real-time feed of friends' activity  —  As Facebook continues to tinker with its layout and services to spur more interactions and engagement, it seems that not even the most well-known or oldest features are spared.

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