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With so much volatility there is arguably limited value in reporting the ups and downs of the cryptocurrency.

On Wednesday, cryptocurrency Bitcoin fell by about 10% to a value of $15,800 (£11,810).

"It has plunged," a colleague said. "Should we do a story?"

Business journalists (or at least some of them) will debate passionately whether something is indeed a plunge, a dive, or merely a fall, a dip or a retreat. It's what makes us great company at parties.

And sure, a 10% movement downwards would usually fall into one of the more dramatic descriptions.

But to give it some perspec
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tive, Bitcoin dropping to $15,800 on 20 December took it to its lowest level since, well, 11 December.

Which means we are not debating the terminology, but whether or not we should report, blow-by-blow, how Bitcoin is performing at all.
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The Trump administration recently imposed new refugee restrictions that could effectively halt the resettlement process for thousands of refugees.
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As millions of pilgrims descend on the Iraqi city of Karbala for an annual event called Arbaeen, locals open their homes, kitchens and hearts to visitors.
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Before coming to South Africa, the last thing an Australian would think is that there might be language difficulties.
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Apple's Project Marzipan will allow apps to work across iPhones, iPads, and macOS desktops and laptops, without the need for multiple versions.
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As highlighted by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra, one of Twitter’s newer notifications is their ‘In case you missed it’ push. Some users may have been seeing these for some time, but Twitter seems to be expanding the usage of such updates, prompting more users to click through.

Twitter’s also trying out more on platform alerts, like this one, which highlights recent actions from people you’re connected to on a profile.
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'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' trailer find Lily James joining previous stars Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and more.

The trailer for next summer's sequel Mamma Mia Here We Go Again has arrived, and there is singing and dancing and Cher!

The sequel will take place both in current day — with all the main cast from the original returning — as well as in the past, with Lily James (Baby Driver, Cinderella) portraying Young Donna.

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Facebook says that there are now more than 2 billion messages sent between businesses and people on Messenger each month. That figure’s been mentioned previously, but it goes to show that Messenger business is gaining momentum - maybe it’s not the transformative tool some had expected, but its use in this context is rising, which is important to note.
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Customers have long suspected iPhones slow down over time. Now, Apple has confirmed some models do.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced on Friday that passengers traveling on its airlines to the United...
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean soldiers fired 20 warning machine gun rounds Thursday, turning back North Korean soldiers apparently pursuing a comrade who had earlier dashed across the rivals’ shared border, officials said. It is the fourth time this year a North Korean soldier has defected across the world’s most heavily armed border.

South Korean military officials said they heard gunfire from the North after South Korea fired its warning shots, but it wasn’t clear if the firing was retaliatory. Neither side immediately reported casualties.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic home.

“It was an amazing sight,” said Judd, a Chicago IT consultant. “It’s almost like they’re from another world. They captivate people in a way that other birds don’t.”

The large white raptors have descended on the Great Lakes region and northeastern U.S. in huge numbers in recent weeks, hanging out at airports, in farm fields
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, on light poles and along beaches, to the delight of bird lovers.

But for researchers, this winter’s mass migration of the owls from their breeding grounds above the Arctic Circle is serious business.
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The longest-cryopreserved human embryo to result in a successful birth was conceived and frozen in 1992 and born last month. The embryo is just a year younger than the mother who birthed her
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SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file. The company said in a statement that it was making the feature optional to allow people to protect their privacy, but that it thought some people would want to be notified of pictures they might not otherwise know about.
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Rotterdam is like Disneyland for architecture geeks. When you visit, you’ll likely go home and wonder why our cities can’t be a little more like this.
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Users who opt in will be informed whenever their picture is uploaded to the social network.
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Molly Millions is cool. Her augmented eyes are coated in mirrors, and beneath her immaculately manicured nails, quicksilver daggers wait to be sprung. Her boyfriend was Johnny Mnemonic, a human hard drive, gray matter encrypted with a passcode that only the highest bidder can unlock. But that was before he died.
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JIECH, South Sudan (AP) — Writhing in agony on the dirt floor of his hut, Bob Wol traced the recent gunshot wounds on his thigh and back with his fingers.
“I was trying to get food and my government tried to kill me,” the 29-year-old told The Associated Press.

It’s been almost 25 years since more than 1 million people were on the brink of starvation in southern Sudan, a crisis captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a vulture poised near a starving little girl. Today, people in what was known as the “famine triangle” say the situation has only deterio
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rated.
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An inter-island ferry carrying 238 passengers and crew has sunk off the north-eastern Philippines after being battered by fierce winds and high seas.

At least four people have died and 88 others are missing, officials said. More than 160 were rescued by coastguard ships and fishermen.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled a new, stripped-down spending bill Thursday, aiming to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and allow quarreling lawmakers to punt most of their unfinished business into the new year.

The bill would keep the government operating through Jan. 19 and permit lawmakers from both parties to head home for the holidays. It would delay battles over the budget, health care and immigration into January, denying Democrats wins that they had hoped to score this year.
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The industry trade body Ukie is calling for greater ethnic representation in games and in the creative process.
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Mahmoud Abbas puts a new US peace initiative in doubt as fallout over Jerusalem's status continues.
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UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — For six hours he hid in an upstairs room, listening to the crackle of gunfire and the screams of people being slaughtered outside his Myanmar home.

With every footstep that drew near, every cry that pierced the air, 52-year-old Bodru Duza braced for the soldiers to find him, to kill him like all the others who had fled to his compound that morning seeking a safe place to shelter. They were being blindfolded and bound, marched away in small groups, then butchered and shot as they begged for their lives.
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Schmidt will remain on the board and continue to serve as a technical adviser. He has been with the company for 17 years.
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On this day in History, First gorilla born in captivity on Dec 22, 1956. Learn more about what happened today on History.
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The ride-hailing firm had argued that it was an information society service.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them — physically restraining them, forcing his body against theirs, sometimes thrusting his tongue into their mouths, and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants.

In separate interviews with The Associated Press, the accusers provided detailed accounts of incidents they say occurred between 1985 and 2010 in a moving car, the two-time Grammy winner’s hotel suite, his dressing room, an elevator and the darkness of backstage.
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Sergio Marchionne expects to see a calmer Sebastian Vettel in 2018, with the Ferrari president claiming the German has learned to control his "emotional side".
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NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of a new Richard Avedon biography says it will look into alleged inaccuracies raised by the late photographer's foundation, but rejected calls to withdraw the book.

Earlier this week, the Richard Avedon Foundation issued a long list of “exaggerations and inaccuracies” in “Avedon: Something Personal,” co-authored by Steven M.L. Aronson and former foundation head and longtime Avedon colleague Norma Stevens. The foundation is asking that the Penguin Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau cease publication of the book, which came out last month and draws
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upon interviews with many of Avedon’s friends and associates.
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On this day in History, Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Scotland on Dec 21, 1988. Learn more about what happened today on History.