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The Regulation of Cryptocurrencies – Between a Currency and a Financial Product

Jabotinsky, Hadar Yoana, The Regulation of Cryptocurrencies – Between a Currency and a Financial Product (February 7, 2018). Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Research Paper No. 18-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3119591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3119591  – “As cryptocurrencies gain popularity, the issue of how to regulate them becomes more pressing. The attractiveness of cryptocurrencies is due in part to their decentralized, peer-to-peer structure. This makes them an alternative to national currencies which are controlled by central banks. Given that these cryptocurrencies are already replacing some of the “regular” national currencies and financial products, the question then arises: should they be regulated? And if so, how? This paper draws the legal distinction between cryptocurrencies which are in fact currency and those which are securities disguised as currency. It further suggests that in cases where a token is indeed a security, regular securities regulation should apply. In all other cases anti-fraud measures should be in place in order to protect investors. Further regulation should only be put in place if the cryptocurrency starts increasing systemic risk in the general financial system.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Google open-sources Live Transcribe’s speech engine

VentureBeat: “Google today open-sourced the speech engine that powers its Android speech recognition transcription tool Live Transcribe. The company hopes doing so will let any developer deliver captions for long-form conversations. The source code is available now on GitHub. Google released Live Transcribe in February. The tool uses machine learning algorithms to turn audio into real-time captions. Unlike Android’s upcoming Live Caption feature, Live Transcribe is a full-screen experience, uses your smartphone’s microphone (or an external microphone), and relies on the Google Cloud Speech API. Live Transcribe can caption real-time spoken words in over 70 languages and dialects. You can also type back into it — Live Transcribe is really a communication tool. The other main difference: Live Transcribe is available on 1.8 billion Android devices. (When Live Caption arrives later this year, it will only work on select Android Q devices.)…”

Categories: Law and Legal

To Everything There Is a Season

The American Archivist, Frank J. Boles: “Three ideas, not always juxtaposed to one another in the literature, have had a pro-found impact on what archivists preserve. The ideas that archivists should create a universal record of human activity, that social justice should inform archival selec-tion decisions, and that archivists hold a unique form of power that can be exercised through appraisal have led some to posit a professional obligation not only to work toward a more equitable future but also toward a moral one. This article argues that these ideas are generally not helpful to archivists. Local autonomy and unique archival missions better define how archivists can best perform their core functions, rather than ideas based on assumptions of universal documentation or social jus-tice, each rooted in a notion of archival power.”

Categories: Law and Legal

Thousands Left Homeless In Bangladeshi Capital After Fire Burns Hundreds Of Shanties

The fire broke out Friday in a Dhaka slum while many were away celebrating the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. Hundreds of homes were destroyed, leaving about 10,000 people uncertain of their future.

(Image credit: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Leaked Brexit Document Depicts Government Fears Of Gridlock, Food Shortages, Unrest

A government source told the Sunday Times, which obtained the document, that "this is the most realistic assessment of what the public face with no deal."

(Image credit: Frank Augstein/AP)

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The Poem on the Statue of Liberty Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 09:00
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, thinks the poem on the Statue of Liberty could use a rewrite. Yes, really.
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Form Swim Goggles Review: Fitness Tracking at the Pool

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 08:00
Form is moving the swim watch from your wrist to your face. Our review of its fitness-tracking augmented reality goggles.
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No Mercy: After The Hospital Closes, How Do People Get Emergency Care?

The loss of the longtime hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., has forced a change in the way ER care is provided, including a greater reliance on air ambulances.

(Image credit: Christopher Smith for Kaiser Health News)

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My Grandfather, A Killer

Denise Guerra, a second-generation Filipino American, never met her grandfather. When she finally learned a long-held family secret, it shattered her view of the quintessential immigrant narrative.

(Image credit: California State Archives)

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This App Aims To Save New Moms' Lives

The startup Mahmee hopes to help OB-GYNs, pediatricians and other health providers closely monitor a mother and baby's health so that any red flags can be assessed before they become life-threatening.

(Image credit: Keith Alcantara/Mahmee)

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How To Handle A Massive Seaweed Invasion? Yucatán Towns Get Creative

Sargassum, a stinky algae, is choking beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem — and tourism. From fertilizer to food, locals are experimenting with new uses for it.

(Image credit: Victor Ruiz/AP)

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A Brief History of Vanity License Plates Gone Wrong

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 07:00
The stories might sound unbelievable, but they’re all real—and a cautionary tale for anyone who wants to get clever at the DMV.
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Robot Coffee Tastes Great, But at What Cost? (About $5)

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 07:00
Coffee Haus makes coffee drinks 100 times an hour in its robotic kiosks. No humans required.
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A Major Proof Shows How to Approximate Numbers Like Pi

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 07:00
The ancient Greeks wondered when irrational numbers, like pi, can be represented with fractions. Two mathematicians now have a complete answer.
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Amazon Says It Can Detect Fear on Your Face. You Scared?

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 07:00
The company updates its Rekognition suite with an algorithm that can tell if you’re afraid. Researchers say such emotion detectors don’t work very well.
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Suicide Bomber Kills 63, Injures 182 At Wedding Reception In Kabul

More than 1,000 people had gathered at a hall in a Shiite neighborhood to celebrate a wedding.

(Image credit: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pa. Workers Forced To Choose Between Watching Trump, No Pay Or Using Paid Time Off

A memo instructed workers at a Pennsylvania plant to show up at 7 a.m., scan their ID cards and stand for hours through lunch in order to watch a speech by the president.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

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Marium, The Dugong That Charmed Thailand, Dies After Ingesting Plastic

Marium became an internet hit as people marveled over videos of her being cared for by scientists in Thailand. An autopsy revealed plastic pieces in her intestines.

(Image credit: Sirachai Arunrugstichai/AP)

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U.S. Attorney Slams Philadelphia DA Over 'Culture Of Disrespect For Law Enforcement'

Larry Krasner, considered one of the country's most progressive district attorneys, has left U.S. Attorney William McSwain "fed up."

(Image credit: Jacqueline Larma/AP)

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El Paso Shooting: Hundreds Of Strangers Come To Mourn With Widower At Wife's Funeral

"Never had so much love in my life," Antonio Basco said Friday as countless people, whom he had never met, showered him with hugs, blessings and support.

(Image credit: Jonathan Levinson/OPB)

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