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Melania Trump listens to students talk about digital civility

“The first lady also took in art projects the students designed to represent individual expressions of digital civility, her office said” writes Associated Press for suntimes.com. WASHINGTON — Melania Trump spent part of Thursday listening to more than a dozen teens talk about their best practices for being civil online.Digital civility is one element of the first lady’s “Be Best” campaign, though her husband is regularly criticized for his own practices online and has weaponized his Twitter account against his foes.The 15 students from across the country participate in Microsoft’s…

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Congressman says we should be banned from mining, using cryptocurrency

“Congressman Brad Sherman, D-California, believes the government should prohibit U.S. citizens from mining and using cryptocurrencies” writes Mark Coppock for digitaltrends.com. Also brought up during the hearing was the idea of central banks issuing their own digital currency.Cryptocurrency is just a new form of electronic payment that should be embraced and treated like any other form of payment.But U.S. citizens also use a form of digital currency: Electronic payments. Having central banks issue digital currencies is “one of the worst financial ideas of recent times,” he said. Source: digitaltrends.com Share This:

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UK Will Lead in Crypto-Blockchain Space: Report

“BOE Governor Mark Carney criticized bitcoin and other digital currencies, saying bitcoin has failed as a viable currency and as a store of value” writes Nathan Reiff for investopedia.com. DAG Global CEO Sean Kiernan believes that the traditional financial world of the U.K. is primed to integrate with the digital currency space.He suggests that “the U.K. is a major global financial hub and in recent years has become a fintech leader as well.In order for the study above to come to pass, regulators’ opinions on digital currencies will likely have…

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Siri’s last co-founder has left Apple

“Gruber, along with Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, cofounded Siri Inc, the company which created the original Siri app and which Apple purchased in 2010 for $200 million” writes Jul Edt for theverge.com. A number of reports from inside Apple’s Siri team have suggested that the company’s digital assistant has been hampered by a lack of direction and conflicting interests.According to a report from The Information, the last remaining cofounder of the digital assistant, Tom Gruber, has left the company. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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The last Siri co-founder has retired from Apple

“Gruber, along with Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, cofounded Siri Inc, the company which created the original Siri app and which Apple purchased in 2010 for $200 million” writes Jul Edt for theverge.com. A number of reports from inside Apple’s Siri team have suggested that the company’s digital assistant has been hampered by a lack of direction and conflicting interests.According to a report from The Information, the last remaining cofounder of the digital assistant, Tom Gruber, has left the company. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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Startups are rushing to try and digitise the mortgage market — now £1.6 billion UK comparison giant Moneysupermarket is getting in on the action

“Moneysupermarket’s efforts come amid a wave of investment into startups looking to digitise part or all of the UK mortgage market” writes Oscar Williams-grut for businessinsider.com. Tim Boyle / Getty Images LONDON — UK financial comparison website Moneysupermarket is launching a new joint venture aimed at digitising the mortgage market, which is still a largely phone and paper-based market in Britain.Moneysupermarket already attracts 16 million visitors a year to its website for information on mortgages, around 25% of the total UK search traffic on the topic. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Fed’s Powell says cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic value

“Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that digital currencies, like bitcoin, have “no intrinsic value” and are only good if you are trying to hide or launder money” writes Aaron Hankin for marketwatch.com. Speaking in front of the House Financial Services Committee, Powell said that oversight of the digital currency market was not the role of the Fed but more a “consumer protection issue.”.  Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Hedge fund manager Marc Larsy says bitcoin $40K is possible

“After months in the doldrums, the No. 1 digital currency surged higher Tuesday and has continued its run Wednesday” writes Aaron Hankin for marketwatch.com. When asked for a price prediction, Larsy said bitcoin could reach somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000.The price of a single bitcoin BTCUSD, +1.32%  last changed hands at $7,450.10 on Wednesday, up 1.9% since Tuesday’s price at 5 p.m. on crypto exchange Kraken.However, after Tuesday’s surge, which saw the world’s biggest digital currency climb more than 10%, volume more than doubled Saturday’s number and reached the highest…

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Bitcoin may be down 45% this year, but money is pouring into one crypto fund manager at the fastest clip in its history

“But for one crypto investor, this bearish backdrop has been coupled with a spike in investor interest” writes Frank Chaparro for businessinsider.com. Grayscale, which manages $2 billion in assets, runs a number of crypto funds including its Bitcoin Investment Trust as well as one for XRP, bitcoin cash, and ethereum.At the same time, over 300 crypto funds have launched to invest in digital assets, according to a report by Autonomous NEXT released this week.Bitcoin is trading down more than 45% since the beginning of the year, and the market for…

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Teens glued to phones risk ADHD symptoms…

“About 10 percent of youths who said they commonly used digital media platforms frequently showed new ADHD symptoms over the study period, said the report” reports yahoo.com. In contrast, 4.6 percent of students who were not frequent users of any digital activity showed ADHD symptoms.”We can say with confidence that teens who were exposed to higher levels of digital media were significantly more likely to develop ADHD symptoms in the future.”.  Source: yahoo.com Share This:

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