Crypto Rebels | WIRED

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 New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining – New York Focus

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 – ChannelE2E

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/

Man has two guesses to unlock bitcoin worth $240m – BBC News

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.

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With Eye-Popping Auctions, News Outlets Are Jumping on the NFT Gravy Train | Vanity Fair

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

Plum Lands in Spain: This Is How the Fintech That Wants to Save for You Works

“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

Democrats signal limited patience for GOP opposition to Biden infrastructure package – The Washington Post

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/

2020 Massey Lectures: Renowned tech expert Ronald J. Deibert to explore disturbing impact of social media | CBC Radio

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

Cryptocurrency’s Newest Frontier – The New York Times

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

Embedded Fintech Versus Embedded Finance: Jumpstarting New Product Innovation In Banks

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/