Friday, October 7, 2022

The trades that triggered the eventual collapse of the stablecoin TerraUSD

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The crypto market has seen some serious swings over the past year. Bitcoin, arguably the flagship of the market, began to lose its value late last year after reaching historic highs, a trend that eased at the beginning of 2022. Until, that is, the meltdown of TerraUSD in May. TerraUSD (UST), a stablecoin that was pegged to the US dollar, crashed in a spectacular fashion earlier this year, reinforcing a sell-off mentality that was already in full swing among crypto investors and sending Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies into a bit of a tailspin.

Little Tangled Webs: How to address domestic and relationship abuse

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Six months ago, I sat at my desk, staring at the blank page, thinking about the beginning of my new novel.  I am so proud for being a renowned and award winning mystery novelist, and my publisher was expecting another gritty, engaging novel that would draw readers in. I wanted something a little different for Georgiana Germaine (the protagonist and heroine of the series) this time. I wanted her to address important public agendas in my own special way. I considered the tone and theme, and more importantly, what I wanted to convey by the end of it. As I mulled different ideas around, I started thinking about important topics in the news today, what’s being talked about, and what isn’t being talked about enough.  

Finding harmony: How marketing, security and privacy can co-exist

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Marketing teams can sometimes be at logger heads with security and privacy. While marketing is driven by data, security and privacy consider big volumes of data to be a potential risk to both businesses and individuals, especially because of the risk of leaks. Many marketers view data privacy practices that limit their access to data as a potential inhibitor of their effectiveness. 

Malicious cybercriminals on the rise: Why your business could be at risk

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Telstra’s outgoing boss, Andy Penn, has put cybersecurity firmly back on the news agenda during his exit speech from the telecommunications firm. During his speech, Penn named Australia an ‘attractive and active target for malicious actors and cybercriminals.’ Penn said that in the last 12 months, Telstra has intercepted more than 1 million malicious emails and 200 million scam calls, and is blocking more than 1500 scam text messages every minute.

The genesis and the future of the unmanned aerial vehicle industry

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When we think of drones or UAVs, we have an image which readily jumps to mind, usually of a remote-controlled quadcopter of some sort, or of some other aerial vehicle, such as the US military’s Predator or Reaper drones. The unmanned drone industry began a lot earlier than anyone expects, though - the first UAVs were actually hot air balloons, with the first balloon being demonstrated in 1783 by Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France.

Consumers give up on governments, turn to companies to save the planet

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The overwhelming majority of consumers in Australia, United Kingdom and USA believe companies have a moral obligation to lead the way on sustainability as corporations are viewed as more likely to have a positive impact on climate change than their own governments.

How Brexit is creating a host of new export and trading opportunities, especially for...

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As the United Kingdom begins to settle after the changes brought on by Brexit, it is clear that many traditional avenues of export – and by extension business growth – have been closed off. Goods and services trade with EU partners is declining, but other regions are now rising to fill the breach.

Around 99% of cases of Hepatitis C are curable, but early diagnosis is vital

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Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and viral hepatitis is caused by one of five strains of hepatitis viruses named A to E. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 354 million people worldwide live with hepatitis B or C, both of which are blood-borne, and which together are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and viral hepatitis-related deaths. While there is a vaccine to prevent hepatitis B, there is none for hepatitis C. 

How sustainable is the play-to-earn model in metaverse projects?

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Lately, metaverse projects have been gaining traction in the crypto and blockchain space, with gaming as one of the most pursued activities. Games like Axie Infinity have made history, having generated roughly US$780 million in sales within 30 days back in June 2021. This game has since reached US$1.1 billion in sales and a valuation of about US$3 billion. Some of this success can be attributed to its play-to-earn model, which is also partly behind the success of other metaverse games. These include Silk, My Neighbor Alice, Gods Unchained, CryptoKittties, Pirate X Pirate, Forest Knight and Mines of Dalarnia.

Women taking bolder steps in the new age of female investor power

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For too long the investment space has been dominated by male investors, but I believe the next decade will define a new age of female investor power. This has partly been driven in the US by investment democratization through the crowdfunding boom and growth in the private securities market, and by a post-pandemic re-appraisal of household finances.