It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/
A Finger Lakes power plant plans to ramp up Bitcoin mining. Environmentalists warn dozens of fossil-fueled plants could follow.
— Read on www.nysfocus.com/2021/04/13/new-york-bitcoin-mining-threat/
IBM acquires business automation software provider myInvenio as part of hybrid-cloud hyperautomation software strategy.
— Read on www.channele2e.com/investors/mergers-acquisitions/ibm-buys-myinvenio/
A programmer is trying to remember the password to unlock a digital wallet set up a decade ago.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/technology-55645408
Currently, about $140bn worth of Bitcoin is lost or left in wallets that cannot be accessed, according to cryptocurrency-data company Chainanalysis.
The New York Times, Time, and the AP have racked up six-figure sales of digital assets that could be a future revenue stream—or the next bubble to burst. “If it doesn’t make sense,” Quartz’s CEO says of the frenzy, “it probably doesn’t make sense.”
— Read on www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/04/with-eye-popping-auctions-news-outlets-are-jumping-on-the-nft-gravy-train
“The problem was not so much that there were no instruments to invest, but that I was not clear on how to manage my finances and boost savings,” explains Victor Trokoudes, CEO of the fintech Plum, who wanted to create something that was as simple as having a button to save. The app allows you to add other accounts so that artificial intelligence can help you save. The problem is that, for now, in Spain, only the accounts of Bankia, CaixaBank, Santander, BBVA, and Sabadell can be included.
— Read on www.businessinsider.com/plum-fintech-transferwise-saving-ceo-invest-management-finance-business-2021-4
The political schisms seemed only to widen a day after Biden invited lawmakers from both parties to the White House, illustrating the significant obstacles the president faces if he hopes to craft a swift bipartisan deal to upgrade the country’s roads, bridges and water ways.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/04/13/senate-infrastructure-taxes/
Citizen Lab director Ronald J. Deibert will deliver this year’s Massey Lectures, arguing that the internet, especially social media, has an increasingly toxic influence in every aspect of life.
— Read on www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/2020-massey-lectures-renowned-tech-expert-ronald-j-deibert-to-explore-disturbing-impact-of-social-media-1.5640204
The craze for digital artworks known as NFTs exploded in the past year. Why are some people shelling out millions of dollars for them?
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/podcasts/the-daily/nft-bitcoin-cryptocurrency.html
Banks can create new revenue streams from new products and services created by fintech startups—a strategy called embedded fintech.
— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/ronshevlin/2021/04/12/embedded-fintech-versus-embedded-finance-jumpstarting-new-product-innovation-in-banks/