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Issue 111

China's nationalising data

To be honest, I'm surprised it took this long: China said thirty-three applications, including map navigation software provided by Baidu Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., violated regulations, with most collecting personal information that weren’t relevant to their services. ... In… Read on →

Delivered on 03 May 2021. About a 3 min read.


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Issue 110

The end of Clubhouse

Clubhouse is probably still the latest hot app to come out of Silicon Valley. As I wrote back in March: Clubhouse quickly attracted the who's who of celebrity life, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and even Oprah. It's… Read on →

Delivered on 27 April 2021. About a 3 min read.


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Issue 109

The crypto carnage

There was a bit of a perfect storm for Bitcoin (and almost all cryptocurrencies) over the weekend, culminating in rapid double-digit price declines. Bitcoin fell almost 15% in 24 hours, Ethereum fell 17% and Litecoin was down some 24%. All… Read on →

Delivered on 20 April 2021. About a 4 min read.


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Issue 108

The future of money

China has a digital currency. Or more precisely, the People's Bank of China (PBOC – its central bank) has a digital currency, the e-CNY: A thousand years ago, when money meant coins, China invented paper currency. Now the Chinese government is… Read on →

Delivered on 12 April 2021. About a 4 min read.


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Issue 107

Banking as a service

Westpac, one of Australia's 'big four' banking giants, has started renting out its licence to "allow banking outsiders to provide banking services in competition with Westpac and other banks". Not to be confused with SaaS (software as a service), BaaS… Read on →

Delivered on 06 April 2021. About a 3 min read.