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  • Bitcoin futures trading began in the United States with a $3,000 surge on the contract that opened at $15,000 and heavy traffic that overwhelmed the Chicago Board Options Exchange website. The exchange’s futures don’t involve actual bitcoin, one of the best known virtual currencies, but are securities that will track bitcoin prices on the bitcoin exchange Gemini, which is owned by the Winklevoss brothers, a pair of cryptocurrency entrepreneurs. Bitcoin prices have surged all year (Forbes). (Read more: on cryptocurrencies.)

 

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