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Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license (Mary Loritz/EU-Startups)

Mary Loritz / EU-Startups: Lunar Way, a Denmark-based banking app which raised €13M and expanded to Norway in February, raises €26M, says it has obtained a European banking license  —  Copenhagen-based banking app Lunar Way has raised a €26 million round led by SEED Capital, while obtaining [Read More...]

Bitcoin Cash Innovation Accelerates With Cashscript High-Level Language

Software developers Rosco Kalis and Gabriel Cardona have been steadily working on Cashscript, a high-level programming language for Bitcoin Cash. When the language is tied to certain opcodes, specific schemes can be built that allow for autonomous and decision-based transactions. While testing Cashscript’s capabilities, the two engineers [Read More...]

Interview with Tobi Lütke, CEO of Shopify, as its market cap has surpassed eBay, and it sets its sights on Amazon, building out its own fulfillment network (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)

Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times: Interview with Tobi Lütke, CEO of Shopify, as its market cap has surpassed eBay, and it sets its sights on Amazon, building out its own fulfillment network  —  Tobi Lütke, the Shopify chief executive, prefers his employees to refrain from checking the ecommerce company’s share price too [Read More...]

Inside PlusToken, a Ponzi scheme that collected ~$3B worth of cryptocurrencies from investors in China and SE Asia this year, and the efforts to trace the funds (Colin Harper/Bitcoin Magazine)

Colin Harper / Bitcoin Magazine: Inside PlusToken, a Ponzi scheme that collected ~$3B worth of cryptocurrencies from investors in China and SE Asia this year, and the efforts to trace the funds  —  On June 27, 2019, a handful of leaders for a wildly popular ponzi scheme that spread across Asia were arrested by Chinese authorities [Read More...]

FireEye: China-linked hacking groups are increasingly targeting healthcare systems to obtain medical research data and intellectual property for medical devices (Matt Burgess/WIRED UK)

Matt Burgess / WIRED UK: FireEye: China-linked hacking groups are increasingly targeting healthcare systems to obtain medical research data and intellectual property for medical devices  —  New research shows cyber espionage groups linked to China are targetting medical research data and the intellectual property for medical [Read More...]

Immortality, Cryogenics and UBI: How The Crypto Rich Influence Science

The rise of cryptocurrency is changing the philanthropic world by causing the redistribution of wealth from old money to visionary innovators and early tech adopters. The new crypto rich invest their donations by supporting scientific research in groundbreaking fields that may one day enable humanity to cure aging, reverse death and completely [Read More...]

Tech Nation report: investments in UK tech startups hit a record $6.7B in the seven months of 2019, exceeding the total amount of investment in all of 2018 (Liam Tung/ZDNet)

Liam Tung / ZDNet: Tech Nation report: investments in UK tech startups hit a record $6.7B in the seven months of 2019, exceeding the total amount of investment in all of 2018  —  Foreign investment in UK tech startups booms but tech job openings take a dive.  —  The UK’s tech sector has attracted $6.7bn [Read More...]

Capacity, formerly Jane.ai, raises $13.2M Series B for its AI tech that can help companies maintain a searchable index by consolidating info from various apps (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Capacity, formerly Jane.ai, raises $13.2M Series B for its AI tech that can help companies maintain a searchable index by consolidating info from various apps  —  Capacity (formerly Jane.ai), a startup developing a platform that indexes data from apps, teams, and more and enables users [Read More...]

Ally, which makes goal-planning and execution management software for enterprises, raises $8M Series A led by Accel, bringing total raised to $11M (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Ally, which makes goal-planning and execution management software for enterprises, raises $8M Series A led by Accel, bringing total raised to $11M  —  A Seattle startup has raised $8 million to fuel its quest to help companies stay on track and hit their goals in an era of rapid change for businesses, markets and [Read More...]

Bitcoin History Part 16: The First Mt. Gox Hack

No one remembers the first Mt. Gox hack. It was a small sum, even by 2011’s standards, and the exchange reimbursed all users. The incident was to prove significant, however, for it set in motion a string of attacks on other bitcoin platforms that began the very next day. By the time the dust had settled six weeks later, four separate thefts had [Read More...]

Profile of Rodney Brooks, the Australian roboticist who in 1990 co-founded iRobot, which used to make robots for US army and is now popular for Roomba vacuums (Brian Bergstein/MIT Technology Review)

Brian Bergstein / MIT Technology Review: Profile of Rodney Brooks, the Australian roboticist who in 1990 co-founded iRobot, which used to make robots for US army and is now popular for Roomba vacuums  —  The professor who got robots zipping through the world—and cleaning house—by challenging conventional wisdom in [Read More...]

Initiative to Curtail Negative Interest Rates Gains Traction in Germany

Negative interest rates, a common occurrence in Europe these days, are unpleasant for both banks and clients. And financial institutions have been increasingly transferring the bulk of the burden on to their customers. Some political factions in Germany, however, aren’t happy with the trend and are pushing for adequate protection for the [Read More...]

Profile of Carla Engelbrecht, the director of product innovation at Netflix, whose experiments with interactive kids programs were a precursor to Bandersnatch (Antonia Hitchens/Wired)

Antonia Hitchens / Wired: Profile of Carla Engelbrecht, the director of product innovation at Netflix, whose experiments with interactive kids programs were a precursor to Bandersnatch  —  EARLIER THIS YEAR, Carla Engelbrecht flew to Phoenix, sat on the couch in a stranger’s living room, and observed the stranger watching [Read More...]

Chrome team’s idea for a new, but still cookie-based, anti-tracking standard is technically disingenuous and aimed at protecting Google’s business interests (Freedom to Tinker)

Freedom to Tinker: Chrome team’s idea for a new, but still cookie-based, anti-tracking standard is technically disingenuous and aimed at protecting Google’s business interests  —  By Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan.  —  Blocking cookies is bad for privacy.  That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google [Read More...]
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