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✓ For the second time this week, the Ripple price has achieved a new all-time high at $1.7, surging by more than 30 percent overnight and obtaining a market cap of $65,6 billion;
✓ A survey has revealed 3 out of 10 office workers polled in South Korea are cryptocurrency investors;
✓ The anonymous founder of Bitcoin charity Pineapple Fund had donated $5 million in Bitcoin to GiveDirectly, a charity that helps rural Kenyans trapped in extreme poverty;
✓ “How to buy Bitcoin” was one of the tasks people searched for most in 2017, according to Google Search;
✓ Facing lawsuits and consumer outrage after it said it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, the company said it is slashing $50 off the out-of-warranty iPhone battery replacement and will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good;
✓ SoftBank will buy a large number of shares of Uber in a deal that values the ride-services firm at $48 billion. That’s about a 30 percent discount from what the company was valued at last June;
✓ Gold prices hit a fresh one-month high on Friday and was on track for its best annual gains since 2010 as weakness in the dollar supported the precious metal;
✓ U.S. oil prices hit their highest since mid-2015 on the final trading day of the year as an unexpected fall in American output and a fall in commercial crude inventories stoked buying;
✓ The dollar continued to fall against other major currencies on Friday, the last trading day of the year.*
* Information source: cryptocoinsnews, cnbc, coinmarketcap, investing (Gold Futures as of 10:31:12 GMT)

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