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Prices and investment in digital tokens skyrocketed this year, and so did purchases of related web domains, according to data from GoDaddy.

Why it matters: It's certainly reminiscent of the frothiness of the DotCom boom. And just as any company with a website could complete an IPO back then, we're already seeing companies boosting their stock prices now simply by adding "blockchain" to their names. An iced tea company pulled the trick yesterday, as did a British provider of stock market data in October.

By the numbers:

  • Registrations of domains including "coin" went up by 139.3% in the past year.
  • Registrations of domains including "crypto" went up by 362% in the past year.
  • Cryptobank.com was purchased this year for $125,000, according to DN Journal.

Go deeper: Here's a look at the trend from Bloomberg.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage."
  2. Health: Mask mandates help control the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations. Hospitals face a crush.
  3. Business: Coronavirus testing is a windfall. Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.

The GOP's monstrous math problem

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Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.

Right-wing misinformation machine could gain steam post-election

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With less than a week until the 2020 election, researchers have expressed concern that the information ecosystem today is ripe for an unprecedented level of exploitation by bad actors, particularly hyper-partisan media and personalities on the right.

Why it matters: The misinformation-powered right-wing media machine that fueled Donald Trump's 2016 victory grew stronger after that win, and it's set to increase its reach as a result of the upcoming election, whether Trump wins or loses.