Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise Fueled by Anticipation of Investment Fund Approval

Bitcoin bulls are undeterred by legal crackdowns and economic concerns, pushing the cryptocurrency’s value to nearly a 20-month high this week. The digital coin reached around $41,700 on Tuesday and has gained approximately 150 percent this year. Investment management firms like BlackRock and Fidelity are vying to create the first spot exchange-traded fund (E.T.F.) for Bitcoin, which would allow investors to own the token itself without the need for a crypto wallet. Despite uncertainty around approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission, investors are optimistic, speculating that a decision may come by January. However, the volatile nature of crypto trading has led to a market driven by fear of missing out.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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