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Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness…

“Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings” reports yahoo.com. The technology giant has previously blocked iPhone applications related to the Dalai Lama and other exiles from its China store.The 82-year-old Buddhist monk announced the new app, which will allow users to watch live video of his teachings, to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday.The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video of his teachings to his 16.6…

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California Gov. Jerry Brown asks Trump to declare state of emergency as wildfires spread

“Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has asked President Trump to declare a state of emergency for counties in southern California due to wildfires that have spread in the area” writes Melissa Quinn for washingtonexaminer.com. Brown sent a letter to Trump on Thursday requesting the emergency declaration, which would unlock federal resources for Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Bitcoin’s Wild Ride: a Run-Down of Thursday’s Dizzying Movements

“The bitcoin price began the day on an incline, punching through $15,000 less than 24 hours after reaching $13,000” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. Within a 12-hour span, the bitcoin price leaped by $5,000, and the last $1,000 took just five minutes.Those were just a few of the events that bitcoin traders encountered on Thursday — a day that proved to be one of the most frantic in recent memory.The fastest $1,000 bitcoin price surge in history.And then bitcoin began to go back to earth. Source: cryptocoinsnews.com Share This:

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Bitcoin Price Frenzy: GDAX Goes Down After Price Clips $19,000

“Immediately after reaching $19,000, the bitcoin price began to plunge, and by 11:55 it had careened down to $15,100” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. ET — the end of the surge — the bitcoin price had reached $19,697 and was threatening to crack $20,000.Spreads between bitcoin exchanges are expected, but this is undoubtedly the largest percentage BTC/USD spread that bitcoin has seen in recent memory.This ascent left many people puzzled because it was not replicated on other prominent bitcoin exchanges.At the time of writing, bitcoin was trading at $16,889 on…

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Mortgage rates spike in the wake of bond sell-off

“The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.94% in the Dec. 7 week, up from 3.90% in the prior week” writes Andrea Riquier for marketwatch.com. Mortgage rates track the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, +0.30%  , but lag behind by a few days.The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.35%, up from 3.32%.The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.36%, up six basis points during the week.With short-term rates seeing the biggest jump, the spread between the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and the 5/1 hybrid adjustable-rate tightened sharply. “With a narrower spread between fixed…

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Lea Michele Was Given ‘Two Minutes’ to Evacuate House as California Wildfires Spread

“Lea Michele grabbed her cat when told she had two minutes to evacuate her house as wildfires raged around Southern California” reports hollywood.com. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at its annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, Lea recalled her thinking as she was told she had to evacuate her house. “I had two minutes to think of what I can take and I grabbed my cat and that’s all,” she said. “It really doesn’t matter, all you need is to surround yourself with the people that you love. Source: hollywood.com Share This:

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BT ordered to rethink plan to spread its upgrade costs

“BT faces mounting pressure from regulators, rivals and its telecoms provider customers to cut the price of ultra-fast broadband services proposed by its network subsidiary Openreach” writes Ben Marlow for telegraph.co.uk. The higher charges would only apply where the upgrades take place, but to all customers regardless of whether they also want faster internet access. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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