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Transparency Advocate & Wikileaks Founder - Julian Assange forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy. Arrested by Scotland Yard.
These are external links and will open in a new window Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. The Met Police said he was arrested for failing to surrender to the court and following a US extradition request. Ecuador's president said it withdrew his asylum after repeated violations of international conventions. But Wikileaks tweeted that Ecuador had acted illegally in terminating Mr Assange's political asylum "in violation of international law".

Investigators are finally able to access QuadrigaCX crypto wallets, only to find them empty of the $180 million that should be there.
These are external links and will open in a new window Efforts to recover millions in crypto-cash from the digital wallets of a man who died without revealing passwords to access them have hit a snag. The wallets have been found to be empty. The discovery was made by a firm appointed to oversee QuadrigaCX after the death of founder Gerald Cotten. It expected to find the wallets full of C$180m ($137m; £105m) in crypto-cash deposited by the coin exchange's customers. Mr Cotten, who died in India in December, had sole responsibility for handling the funds and coins passing through the site. The master key to unlock the wallets was held on Mr Cotten's laptop but he died without letting anyone else know the passphrase to unlock the device. Most of the digital cash that customers deposited with the exchange was supposed to be kept in "cold storage" to prevent it being hacked or stolen.

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet - Blockstream satellite real-world test for us? Keep the blocks streaming!
These are external links and will open in a new window Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally. A draft law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to its parliament last year. The test is expected to happen before 1 April but no exact date has been set. The draft law, called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russia's ISPs to ensure that it can operate in the event of foreign powers acting to isolate the country online.

Crypto-currency - BBC News
Anne Hagen, wife of a multi-millionaire Norwegian businessman, has been missing for months. There has been a lot of buzz on social media recently about payment network Initiative Q, and its offer of "free money" in the form of new currency Initiative Q is offering free Q its planned new currency if you sign up, plus hefty referral bonuses for encouraging friends to join. David Gerard, a crypto currency specialist, says people should be wary. "The main problem I see with it is it's a pyramid shaped scheme," he says. Whilst the payment network is not asking for money, he says having to argue it's not technically one puts it in a difficult position already.

Akon wants to build 'real-life Wakanda' using a currency called AKoin - BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window Akon says he's planning to release a new cryptocurrency named after himself - called Akoin. Speaking at the Cannes Lions Festival on Monday, the Locked Up singer said he believed cryptocurrency could be "the saviour of Africa". AKoin's official website says the singer wants the app "on every mobile phone" between now and December. And Akon says he's also planning to build a "crypto city" in Senegal which he calls "a real-life Wakanda". Just like the fictional land of Wakanda in Marvel's Black Panther, Akon promises says his city will be a "futuristic environment".

50 Cent forgot he had a stash of Bitcoin now worth $8m - BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window 50 Cent has discovered that he is a Bitcoin millionaire, thanks to some long-forgotten album sales. In 2014, he released the album Animal Ambition and became the first artist to accept Bitcoin as payment. The rapper received more than 700 Bitcoins under the deal, but then forgot about the cryptocurrency, according to celebrity news site TMZ. The hoard is worth $7-$8m, although the currency's price volatility means that could change fast. In 2014, one Bitcoin was equivalent to about $662, but was worth about $11,200 on Thursday according to Coindesk.

Wife of Norwegian billionaire kidnapped ? Ransom to be paid in monero ($10.3 million)
These are external links and will open in a new window The wife of a Norwegian multi-millionaire businessman has been missing for months after being abducted, police have now confirmed. Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, 68, disappeared from her home near Oslo on 31 October. The investigation has been continuing since then, police said, but was given "a low profile" because "very serious threats have been made". The kidnappers have demanded 9m ($10m; £8m), Norwegian media report. Broadcaster NRK said the ransom had been demanded in an equivalent amount of the cryptocurrency Monero - a digital currency similar to Bitcoin.

Bitcoin: Should we care about its price? - BBC News
These are external links and will open in a new window On Wednesday, cryptocurrency Bitcoin fell by about 10% to a value of $15,800 (£11,810). "It has plunged," a colleague said. "Should we do a story?" Business journalists (or at least some of them) will debate passionately whether something is indeed a plunge, a dive, or merely a fall, a dip or a retreat. It's what makes us great company at parties. And sure, a 10% movement downwards would usually fall into one of the more dramatic descriptions. But to give it some perspective, Bitcoin dropping to $15,800 on 20 December took it to its lowest level since, well, 11 December.

True Holders - HOLD
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