Where Is Bitcoin Headed?

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February 18, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

Where Is Bitcoin Headed?

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Bitcoin hit a record high of $51,735.38 Wednesday, but where the cryptocurrency heads from here is an open question, Marketwatch reports. Some think the world’s No. 1 crypto will double in value before year-end, while others believe bitcoin’s price is “unsustainable.” Its value has risen by roughly 70 percent since the start of 2021.

2_WORK

Can Virtual Meetings Be Fixed?


Are boring grids of heads the best virtual meetings can offer? No, say startups like Gather.town, Kumospace and Pluto. They aim to bring some serendipity and spark to remote meetings, the New York Times reports.

3_DESIGN

Has Twitter Revealed the Future of Design?

Twitter has unwrapped a substantial rebrand intended to reflect the experience of using the site, Web Designer Depot reports. The instantly recognizable bird logomark stays, as does the inoffensive tech-blue. But everything else has been grunged up. Is this a glimpse of where design is headed, or misstep that's bound to be short-lived?

4_E-COMMERCE

What’s Boosting Shopify 

With the job market upended by the pandemic, more Americans are opening online stores and selling goods and services to make money—a shift that has brought a wave of new business to Shopify, the Wall Street Journal reports. But Shopify’s business model carries risks. Chief among them: Many of the new startups are likely to fail.

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5_STARTUPS

Nothing Technologies Buys Essential 

Carl Pei’s flegling technology brand Nothing is now the sole owner of the one-time smartphone brand Essential created by former Android founder Andy Rubin, 9to5google reports. Speculation has been rife over the first wave of products to come from the former OnePlus director and his brand.

6_MARKETING

The Overlooked Impact of Sonic Logos 

Sound and music play an important role in users' experiences across the burgeoning number of new platforms. Yet few marketers pay attention to crafting an effective and recognizable sonic signature. The Next Web says there are huge opportunities for brands to make a connection through sound—if they can figure out the right way to differentiate themselves.

7_SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram to Launch Multi-Participant Livestreams

Instagram has disclosed that it is planning to launch multi-participant IG Live video chats within the next few weeks, Social Media Today reports. Live-streaming saw a big rise in 2020, as people sought ways to stay connected amid the pandemic lockdowns and mitigation measures.

8_CULTURE

Crypto Collectibles Are Fetching Big Prices


Mark Cuban sold a GIF for more than $81,000. Someone bought a JPEG for $650,000. A digital land title in a game sold for $1.5 million. As cryptocurrency prices skyrocket, celebrities are creating digital collectibles called non-fungible tokens, Vice reports. Collectors have spent $174 million on NFTs since 2017.

9_GEAR

The iPad Adds a Unified Microsoft Office App


If you like using the iPad to work on the go, there’s good news. Microsoft’s updated its mobile Office app and it’s finally optimized for the iPad, Gizmodo reports. The new update means it's now possible to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from a single app.

10_SAY WHAT?

Scan by Scan

Most homes are built block by block, or brick by brick. But a demo house in Calverton, N.Y., was constructed scan by scan—its walls made using a giant 3D printer, Reuters reports. The house constructed by SQ4D took only eight days to build.

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