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Bitcoin surges past US$18,000 in debut on Chicago bourse

The Chicago board options exchange said it reached a high of US$18,850 after opening at US$15,000

Alternative channels for trading cryptocurrencies have popped up, including on social networks like WeChat, QQ and Telegram.

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BITCOIN surged past US$18,000 after making its debut on a major global exchange but was trading lower on Monday, highlighting the volatility of the controversial digital currency that has some investors excited but others nervous.

Trading on a futures contract began at 6pm...

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