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The price of Bitcoin continued to fluctuate wildly Thursday. The digital currency rocketed past the $19,000 mark Thursday morning, just hours after crossing $14,000, before falling sharply to less than $16,000. It continues a remarkable week that has seen Bitcoin's market value top $270 billion, per CNBC, meaning it would rank among the 20 largest stocks in the S&P 500.
Waze and other mobile navigation apps are sending their users towards the wildfires raging in Southern California, according to multiple reports, because streets near the fires are more clear than unaffected streets.
Our thought bubble: Online mapping and navigation tools are useful tools, but they also have their limitations. Though far less serious, I encountered something similar over the weekend where Google Maps wasn't able to recognize that a particular freeway connector in Oakland was closed due to an earlier fatal traffic accident.
As it wrapped up its Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Qualcomm said Thursday that it expects 5G-capable phones to start arriving in 2019.
Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai faces the biggest moment of his tenure so far next week when he brings his net neutrality repeal plan to a vote. But Thursday night he gave the chairman's annual comedic keynote at a dinner held by all the telecom lawyers in D.C. The key moments, per David McCabe in the room:
I reject the notion this is a smart urinal.