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Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency that can be used to purchase everything from online goods to multi-million dollar mansions. They are currently more valuable than gold, with a single Bitcoin equalling more than three thousand Australian dollars. Needless to say, there is a huge amount of interest in bitcoin and it's not too hard to start mining bitcoins of your own.

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Whenever a large group of friends and I are planning a big trip, I typically volunteer to purchase the plane tickets. Credit card points are serious business, and throwing a few friends on my itinerary means they get to take advantage of my airline status, depending on our which one we choose to take. It's always seemed like a no-brainer, except as Thrillist points out this week, I might have been overpaying.

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Most jobs advertised in Australia are filled within a month. Others are much harder to fill, with the listing remaining vacant after 60 days. Here are 20 occupations that Aussie employers are having limited luck with.

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If you had any doubts that criminals were in investing in technology, then this will allay those concerns. By aggregating the data from over 250 separate breaches, cybercriminals have created an easily accessed and usable treasure trove with 1.4 billion clear text log-in credentials according to security researchers 4iQ. If you're in the habit of reusing your credentials then this aggregated, interactive database which lets criminals query and receive responses in under a second should have you worried.

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It's that time of year again. The air is warm, it's still bright at 7PM, and for those that celebrate, it is time to get a Christmas tree. Whether you believe that Santa is coming down the chimney; a Soviet era Grandfather Frost and his trusty chaperon, the Snow Maiden, are coming to visit your non-denominational "New Year's tree"; or that the Bishop of Turkey is going to swing by for a little eggnog, you are going to want that tree smelling and looking good all month. Here's how to keep those needles hydrated through Krampus Night and into Christmas Day.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, when you have to attend at least one holiday party a week. If you're very lucky, you also have the responsibility of hosting one! Maybe it feels like too much to fill your house with cheer while also guarding the safety of our planet, but just a few small changes can make your festivus much more eco-friendly.

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The smartest way to do your Christmas shopping is to order everything online; especially if you despise crowds. The only downside are those damn delivery fees.

Fortunately, it's possible to avoid shipping costs entirely by choosing the right retailers and employing this simple hack.

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2017 was stacked with TV shows you did love - Stranger Things returned, Big Little Lies had people talking and I've heard enough about Twin Peaks from our Managing Editor to last me a lifetime. Crazy that with all this great TV, no one talked about Young Sheldon, right?

Here's eight TV shows you might have missed this year (this list definitely doesn't include Young Sheldon).

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Microsoft has added a Google Calendar and Gmail connector so you can use the voice-assistant to check you calendar, set reminders and pull up a contact. With Microsoft's assistant accessible through some of the new connected speakers coming on the market, it's a sign that the folks in Redmond don't want to be left behind as Apple, Amazon and Google push ahead with their own digital concierges.

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Elevator Pitch is a regular feature on Lifehacker where we profile startups and new companies and pick their brains for entrepreneurial advice. This week, we're talking with Vincent Turner, CEO of digital mortgage platform uno.

Shared from Gizmodo

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You did it. You waited out all the announcements during Mobile World Congress and the deluge of new handsets that debuted in the last few months. But now, after upstarts such as Essential have had a chance to shine and giants like Apple and Samsung are done plying their latest wares, there's a big question worth asking: What's the best phone out right now?

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Sony have gone live with their 12 Days of Christmas promotion, offering massive discounts on TVs, cameras, headphones and more. It's the last day of the promotion and a lot of the previous items are back on sale. Check out the deals here.