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Crypto Market Keeps Its Balance After Recent Sell-Off, Bitcoin Above $6,300

Crypto Market Keeps Its Balance After Recent Sell-Off, Bitcoin Above $6,300

Crypto markets keep their balance after the recent sell-off this week, with most of the 20 top coins by market cap slightly in the green. Fluctuations in the markets in both directions have for the most part been no more than 1 percent, as data from Coin360 shows. Bitcoin (BTC) has seen slight growth over the past 24 hours, having strengthened to above the $6,300 threshold. At press time, the major cryptocurrency is trading at $6,331, slightly down from its intraday high around $6,360, while recovering from its intraday low around $6,277. On the week, Bitcoin is down almost 4 percent from around $6,580.
Apple rebukes Australia’s “dangerously ambiguous” anti-encryption bill

Apple rebukes Australia’s “dangerously ambiguous” anti-encryption bill

Apple has strongly criticized Australia’s anti-encryption bill, calling it “dangerously ambiguous” and “alarming to every Australian.” The Australian government’s draft law — known as the Access and Assistance Bill — would compel tech companies operating in the country, like Apple, to provide “assistance” to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in accessing electronic data. The government claims that encrypted communications are “increasingly being used by terrorist groups and organized criminals to avoid detection and disruption,” without citing evidence.
TECH & SCIENCE TECH & SCIENCE

TECH & SCIENCE TECH & SCIENCE

Whistle-blowing platform WikiLeaks said today that it had obtained and published a “highly confidential” document pilfered from technology company Amazon. Naming the release “Amazon Atlas,” the anti-secrecy organization claimed the document, dated late 2015, provided unprecedented insight into the locations of Amazon’s data centers and highlighted the company’s ongoing relationship with the U.S. intelligence community.
Korea's Largest Bitcoin Exchange Sells Stake in $350 Million Deal

Korea's Largest Bitcoin Exchange Sells Stake in $350 Million Deal

Bithumb, currently the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea by trading volume, just confirmed it has sold more than 38 percent of its total ownership to a blockchain consortium based in Singapore, for 400 billion won, or $350 million. As reported by CoinDesk Korea, Bithumb confirmed the deal was signed on Oct. 11 with BK Global Consortium, a blockchain investment firm formed by BK Global, a plastic surgery medical group in Singapore.
Zillow: Most Americans would rather renovate than move

Zillow: Most Americans would rather renovate than move

New 'Housing Aspirations' report determined that a whopping 76% would rather upgrade than relocate. Most Americans would rather stay in their current home and make renovations than move, according to a new study from Zillow. The real estate tech company’s latest “Housing Aspirations” report finds that 76 percent of Americans would rather use a set amount of money to upgrade their homes, as opposed to using that same set of funds as a downpayment on a house.
Yale smart lock, alarm app debacle causes chaos across UK homes

Yale smart lock, alarm app debacle causes chaos across UK homes

A system failure which caused the Yale smart security app to crash reportedly resulted in customers unable to enter or leave their homes due to alarm failures. On Wednesday, Yale told customers across the United Kingdom on Twitter that "unplanned network maintenance" might cause some customers to "experience connection issues." While Yale promised that the work would be complete within 24 hours to resolve the issue, this was later followed by a message which indicated the fix would take longer than expected.
New Apple patent suggests iPhones could warn against spam calls one day

New Apple patent suggests iPhones could warn against spam calls one day

A new Apple patent could finally give iPhone owners some relief from spam calls by automatically recognizing a fake call and warning users accordingly, via AppleInsider. As the patent claims describe, Apple’s system would try to analyze the technical data of incoming calls to determine whether or not they’re legitimate calls or masked, forwarded internet calls that are hiding behind a spoofed caller ID. Once a call has been identified, the system would then display a warning to the user that the incoming call might not be legitimate.
Big Tobacco Finally Wakes Up and Smells the Pot

Big Tobacco Finally Wakes Up and Smells the Pot

Big Tobacco is finally ready to say, pass that dutch.  Altria Group Inc., the biggest U.S. cigarette company, is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in Aphria Inc., one of a growing number of Canadian cannabis producers that’s attracted the attention of investors this year. The discussions were reported by the Globe & Mail on Wednesday, sending Aphria’s stock soaring 12 percent and giving it a market value of $3.5 billion. Altria, Aphria — it even sounds meant to be.
David Beckham scores a court win on a Miami stadium deal he no longer wants

David Beckham scores a court win on a Miami stadium deal he no longer wants

A Florida appeals court on Wednesday sided with Miami-Dade in a no-bid deal with David Beckham and partners to buy county land for an Overtown stadium the retired soccer star no longer wants. The Third District Court of Appeal ruled against Bruce Matheson, a wealthy landowner near the former stadium site who last year sued the county over the legality of selling public real estate without inviting other bids.
Try IoT before you buy IoT: Google, B8ta let you ‘test drive’ smart home tech

Try IoT before you buy IoT: Google, B8ta let you ‘test drive’ smart home tech

Have you ever wanted to try out a product beyond getting a brief demo in a store? The startup B8ta believes all customers should be able to do that, and it has partnered with Google to make it possible. Smart home technology becomes more complicated as the devices add more features, so customers can be less willing to pull the trigger on a purchase if they aren’t completely sure it meets their needs.
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