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/

Turkey’s central bank bans the use of cryptocurrencies for payments

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey has banned the use of cryptocurrencies for payments.
— Read on www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/101905/turkey-central-bank-bans-crypto-payments

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.

Wow.

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

Fintech uprising will define post-pandemic banking | The Japan Times

Shifting behavior because of the pandemic and industry trends that have accelerated over the past year might leave top banks with little choice but to remain consumer friendly.
— Read on www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2021/04/17/commentary/world-commentary/covid-19-banking-global-economy-square-jpmorgan-paypal/

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

From pasta to payments: Seasoned restaurateurs raise €20m for fintech  – AltFi

The founders of the popular Big Mama restaurant group have launched their own payment platform Sunday, allowing customers to pay their restaurant bills via QR code in a matter of seconds. 
— Read on www.altfi.com/article/7799_from-pasta-to-payments-seasoned-restaurateurs-raise-eur20m-for-fintech-

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