Dec 11: Summary of the Top 3 stories mentioning Bitcoin

Take a look at this brief summary of Bitcoin in the news today. If you're interested in reading the entire story, click on the link and scroll down to select which publisher you would like to read the article on. Don't forget to take a look at the content on the right, it outlines all the people, places, and things mentioned within the content of the story.

67 publishers are talking about: This week mainstream financial markets are for the first time allowing investors to make future bets on the direction of bitcoin, but bitcoins themselves will continued to be traded only on private exchanges, which are mostly out of reach of regulators.

46 Publishers are talking about: Max Levchin co-founded PayPal in the late 1990s. Levchin, now 42, recently connected with The Associated Press to discuss the state of digital payments, computer security and bitcoin, a cryptocurrency whose value has ranged from about $1,000 to more than $19,000 this year as investors have bet on its future prospects.

23 Publishers are talking about: The first-ever bitcoin future jumped as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The futures contract that expires in January surged more than $3,000 to $18,850 during Asian trading hours after it was launched on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. By midday in Europe it was at $17,830. The price of an actual bitcoin has soared since it began the year below $1,000 and on Friday was at $16,551 on the private exchange Coindesk.