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Private Equity Shops are Going on a Startup Spending Spree, Says Pitchbook

A new Pitchbook report shows that private equity shops are snapping up an interesting alternative investment. Flush with dry powder, PE shops have been snapping up VC-backed startups, according to a report from Pitchbook. 

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Artificial Intelligence: Now A Bot Mimics Rapper Travis Scott; Creates Song and Melodies
February 13, 2020

Creative digital agency space150 tried out an interesting experiment to find out if AI could be taught to recreate music and a whole new song. They picked rapper Travis Scott…

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FinTech: N26’s Shock Announcement of its Departure From the U.K.
February 13, 2020

Challenger bank N26 asks UK customers to shut accounts by April 15. N26 has announced its departure from the UK on account of Brexit in a blog post. “With the…

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Alternative Investments: SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 Loses Investors
February 13, 2020

SoftBank investors are refusing to take part in the Vision Fund 2 unless the Japanese conglomerate turns performance around. The first $100 billion fund has struggled with performance due to…

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Digital Assets: German Banks Line Up for Licenses to Offer Crypto-Custody Services
February 13, 2020

About 40 banks have applied to Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, or BaFin, for licenses to operate custody services for digital assets. (Coingeek) Bafin last month released new guidelines that…

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FinTech: Australian Legislators Pass Law to Enhance ASIC’s Fintech Regulatory Sandbox
February 12, 2020

Australian Legislators Pass Law to Enhance ASIC’s Fintech Regulatory Sandbox. The amendments passed on Monday extend the scope and timeframe fintechs can spend on the existing ‘sandbox.’ The ‘Treasury Laws…

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Artificial Intelligence: White House To Significantly Hike Spending on AI and Quantum Sciences
February 12, 2020

The White House is committed to double R&D spending in nondefense artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS) by 2022. The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on…

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Digital Assets: Former NYSE Institutional Broker Charged and Arrested for Alleged Crypto Fraud
February 12, 2020

Former NYSE Institutional Broker Michael Ackerman Charged and Arrested for Alleged Crypto Fraud. He and two of his vehicles, Q3 Holdings, LLC and Q3 I, LP, are charged with alleged…

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Venture Capital: Online Shopping Store Hollar May Down Shutters
February 12, 2020

Online Shopping Store Hollar May Down Shutters.VC investors may take a haircut on their investments in the online dollar store.

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Liquid Alternatives: New Fixed Income ETFs From BMO Now Trading in Toronto
February 12, 2020

New Fixed Income ETFs From BMO are Now Trading in Toronto. The three new ETFs include a first-of-its-kind one that is based on mortgage-backed securities. Two of these new fixed-income…

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Real Estate: Takeaways from the NAREIT Study on the U.S. Economy
February 12, 2020

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) commissioned advisory and consulting firm EY to examine the economic impact that REITs have on the US economy.

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