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For months on end, Hong Kong has been the scene of intensive confrontation between pro-democracy activists and its Beijing-supported government. It now seems the financial establishment has taken a side in this conflict. Banking giant HSBC has decided to close an account used to support the protest movement in the special administrative region of China.[…]
BMW has partnered with on-demand food platform Olo to trial a new in-car food ordering service for drivers across the U.S.Read More
(GeekWire File Photo) Amazon’s cloud division has been hit with multiple lawsuits, alleging the tech giant violated state law in Illinois by obtaining and storing biometric data without appropriate public disclosures. But there’s a twist: Amazon is the target in the lawsuits because the company “obtains and stores biometric data on behalf of its customers,”[…]
Digital currency prices have been dropping in value this week and on November 21 the entire cryptoconomy fell below $200 billion. At the moment, most cryptocurrencies are down between 4-12% in the last 24 hours and 10-25% over the last seven days. Traders are currently pondering what will happen next as prices haven’t been this[…]
PerceptIn, an autonomous vehicle and visual perception startup, plans to launch a self-driving vehicle pilot in Indiana in early 2020.Read More
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s Day One Fund today announced $98.5 million in new grants for organizations that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness. The grants from the Families Fund went to 32 organizations across 23 states. Last year, the fund awarded $97.5 million in grants to[…]
Bitcoin has been regularly attacked for its energy-intensive mining process, powered by serious amounts of electricity. It’s been claimed that it leaves a carbon foot print comparable to that of a large city or even a small country, an allegation that often finds its way to the headlines of mainstream media outlets. But a new[…]
“Masternode” is a term that echoes less often in the cryptosphere these days, but not because user-controlled nodes have fallen out of favor. Rather, the nomenclature has shifted, with “staking” now used to describe the array of blockchains that fall under this banner. As an examination of proof-of-stake chains shows, masternode coins are very much[…]
In a preprint paper, researchers at Alphabet’s DeepMind detail MuZero, an algorithm that effectively teaches itself how to play Atari and board games.Read More
Subsplash’s app helps churches collect money with a full engagement and donation system. (Subsplash Image) Key Takeaways Seattle-area startups are building fintech offerings centered around communities like churches, schools and foreign workers Google, Apple are pushing banking into the world of consumer tech Seattle still has a long way to go to become a fintech[…]