What's Trending 11/19: 'Selfie' word of the year, Bitcoin prices surge

By KBJR News 1

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 8:01 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - One of the most respected English language authorities has named "selfie" the word of the year and two computer giants join forces to beef up safety during your next internet search.

Cracking down on Internet pedophiles
Google and Microsoft are cracking down on pictures depicting child sex abuse.

It's part of a new program by British authorities to crack down on Internet pedophiles.

The companies said as many as 100,000 search terms will now fail to produce results and trigger warnings that child abuse is illegal.

It's a rare display of unite between the word's two biggest search engines.

Defending Bitcoin
According to Venture Beat, The United States Department of Justice and Securities and Exchanges Commission argued in favor of Bitcoin's viability this week, with the risks and benefits of any payment technology.

Bitcoin prices surpassed $750 for the first time on Monday.

To put the new price in perspective, Bitcoin reached $400 for the first time last week and only reached $500 yesterday.

CNBC reports a recent trading surge in Asia is driving Bitcoin's massive growth.

Oxford names "selfie" word of the year
You either love 'em or hate 'em, but 2013 is now officially the year of the selfie.

"Selfie," meaning a self-portait usually snapped with a smartphone and shared over social media, has been named the word of the year by Oxford.

The publishers of the English Dictionary said the use of the word has risen a staggering 17,000 percent over the past year.

Other contenders, "twerk," "schmeat" and "Bitcoin" didn't stand a chance.

The term "selfie" was first recorded in Australia almost a decade ago.

Christmas City of the North Parade memories
We're getting closer to the Christmas City of the North Parade! It's this Friday!

We're looking forward to hearing about your favorite parts of the parade along with memories from past events.

We'll share some of them in the days leading up to the parade.

Use #christmascityparade

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