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Myki raises $4M Series A to decentralize identity management for enterprises

Myki, a startup based between Beirut and New York which offers both a consumer and enterprise identity management solution to store sensitive information offline, today announced at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco that it’s raised a $4 million Series A to scale its operations.

The round was led by Dubai-based VC BECO Capital with participation from Beirut-based LEAP Ventures and B&Y Venture Partners, all of which are returning investors. Myki plans to expand its U.S. operations with its “decentralised Identity Management” solution for enterprise.

Priscilla Elora Sharuk, who co-founded the startup with Antoine Vincent Jabberer in 2015, said: “Online security and data privacy is not a privilege, it is a right, and that is why at Myki we empower our users with the tools to securely manage their digital identity.”

Myki actually launched on the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield stage in September of 2016, and has since gone on to win several plaudits from tech industry outlets for its free and powerful password management, and amassing more than 250,000 users worldwide.

Back in May, on the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin stage, Myki announced a partnership with self-sovereign identity application Blockpass to combine self-sovereign identity and offline password security.

Myki is going after the consumer password space, with biometric authentication such as touch ID and Face ID; the enterprise with “Myki for Teams”; and a solution for Managed Service Providers.


Source: TechCrunch

Vivo V11 midrange wonder uses an underscreen fingerprint scanner – CNET

Proving you don’t need flagship specs to sport the latest tech.
Source: CNET

The US is losing out to the rest of the world on blockchain, warn crypto figures

America’s reluctance to regulate crypto is costing the country on startups and potentially the future of technology.

That’s the view of two major names in the crypto space, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse — whose company created cryptocurrency XRP — and Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch who runs a dedicated crypto fund, who shared their thoughts at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today.

While there’s been no breakout blockchain company so far — excluding those that service the industry through crypto exchanges or mining — nearly every major tech company has a stance on blockchain, and is actively looking into how it can work with it. While big companies as diverse as Facebook, IBM and Google are looking hard at what’s possible, most startups — which also bring innovation — are being developed elsewhere in the world.

“We have a few good U.S. investments,” Arrington said of his $100 million Arrington XRP fund. “But 80-90 percent of our investments are in Asia, Europe and Israel right now because they are actually countries where there’s enough regulatory certainty that entrepreneurs feel safe starting token or blockchain companies there.”

“Here [in the U.S.] they don’t. There’s so much regulatory uncertainty, add to that the tax burden and the visa burden of coming here and then our current federal government’s stance on immigration in general, they’re just saying ‘Fuck it’ and they’re staying in Singapore or Israel or Europe instead of coming here and starting companies,” he added.

In more stronger terms, Arrington said the lack of clarity is “single-handedly fucking the next stage of technology development.”

“The SEC needs to get their act together,” he added. “If they had done that with the internet in 1994-1995, TechCrunch/none of us would be here, we’d all be living in Shanghai or somewhere else, wherever had managed to get their act together.”

Garlinghouse echoed those statements, whilst adding that there is certainly a need for intervention from a regulator.

“There are unequivocally bad actors in the ICO ecosystem,” he said. “There have been frauds and massive scams — hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, have been heisted — if anything I’m surprised the SEC hasn’t been more aggressive.

“The clarity [around regulation] would be very helpful, there’s a risk that a lot of this developments ends up not being in the U.S.,” Garlinghouse explained. “The impact on the United States economy for having the internet that we think of today being very U.S.-centric in many ways has been very, very positive for the United States.”

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said he’s confident that XRP isn’t a security

While there’s been plenty of speculation around what tokens that the SEC might deem to be securities, Garlinghouse said that he isn’t concerned about a clampdown on XRP.

“We joked at an all-hands meeting recently — and some people didn’t find it funny — that if Ripple shutdown tomorrow, the XRP ledger would continue to operate. So if XRP is a security, it is a security of what?” he said.

“The facts are pretty clear: XRP is not a security… I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about that.”

Note: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life.


Source: TechCrunch

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

Amazon accounts for a smaller share of retail sales than you might think, so it has plenty of room to grow—unless governments rise up.
Source: Wired

Hacked Chrome extension disguised as legitimate version steals logins

Cloud service Mega.nz recently discovered that hackers had uploaded a fake copy of its Chrome extension to Google’s web store. The hacked extension was designed to steal web login credentials from unsuspecting users.

The post Hacked Chrome extension disguised as legitimate version steals logins appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

N26 launches N26 Black for freelancers

Challenger bank N26 is launching a premium plan for professional accounts. N26 already had a free plan for freelancers and the self-employed, called N26 Business. N26 Business Black introduces the same perks as N26 Black, but for freelancers and the self-employed.

The new plan costs the same for regular users and business users. The company recently raised the price of N26 Black, so you’ll now have to pay €9.99 per month for N26 Black or N26 Business Black.

In addition to regular N26 features, N26 Business Black lets you withdraw money anywhere in the world without any conversion fee. You also get the Allianz insurance package, which includes travel insurance, mobile phone and ATM theft protection and an extended warranty on things you buy.

In order to sweeten the deal, N26 is offering three months of Zervant for customers based in Austria, Germany and France, and three months of Debitoor for everyone. Those are invoicing and accounting platforms for freelancers and small companies.


Source: TechCrunch

La tecnología que hizo de Taiwán un ejemplo de democracia participativa

vTaiwan y Join son dos plataformas en las que cualquiera puede expresar su opinión sobre un tema y el resto vota a favor o en contra hasta que se alcanza un consenso. El país ya las ha utilizado con éxito para regular Uber. ¿El problema? El resultado de las votaciones no es vinculante
Source: MIT

INFOGRAFÍA: Guía para averiguar si está conversando con un bot

¿Cree que su interlocutor entiende lo que le dice o es capaz de cambiar de opinión? Responda a estas sencillas preguntas con un sí o un no y descubrirá si está hablando con una inteligencia artificial o con su suegro 
Source: MIT

Cat got your wallet? CryptoKitties virtual feline fetches $170K in crypto cash

CryptoKitties may have earned itself records for the most expensive CryptoKitty sold and the most expensive in-app purchase. Dragon, a CryptoKitty, fetched the equivalent of $170,000 in the blockchain-based currency ETH.

The post Cat got your wallet? CryptoKitties virtual feline fetches $170K in crypto cash appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Nike, Colin Kaepernick, and the Changing Role of the Athlete

Outspoken athletes have long been central to Nike’s corporate DNA, but the company is making clear that what happens off the field is more important than stats.
Source: Wired

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