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Is the digital gold rush back on? Bitcoin just gained powerful momentum courtesy of a landmark SEC decision green-lighting the first spot in BTC exchange-traded funds.
The approval removes a colossal adoption roadblock — finally allowing easy mainstream crypto exposure to traditional investors. Let’s dig deeper…
SEC clears spot Bitcoin ETFs for public trading
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Amazon-owned Twitch slashes workforce
Slack releases new Tinder-style productivity feature
Honda reveals new futuristic EV concepts
The Rundown: The SEC just approved the first spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds, allowing mainstream investors to easily trade the cryptocurrency similarly to stocks and mutual funds.
The move comes after years of rejected ETF applications over fraud and manipulation concerns
This is the first change from the U.S. government’s hostile attitude toward the crypto industry.
The decision will allow buying and selling of BTC itself, unlike existing futures ETFs, with 11 approvals, including major firms like BlackRock, ARK Invest, and Invesco, set to begin trading Thursday morning.
Why it matters: The long-awaited approval removes a key barrier to mainstream BTC adoption — government hostility. Though risks linger with crypto, the green light from the SEC and a more traditional way to hold the volatile asset could bring digital currencies back into the spotlight.
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The Rundown: Google just announced new features coming to vehicles with Android Auto phone mirroring and Google's built-in automotive software, including the Chrome browser, enhanced EV battery integrations, and additional media apps.
Chrome web browsing will launch in beta on select 2023-24 Volvo and Polestar electric vehicles.
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The US Department of Labor introduced a rule making it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors, potentially impacting gig economy firms and reverting to pre-Trump era classifications.
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TikTok removed a hashtag tracking feature, hindering researchers' ability to study content trends on the platform.
Slack launched a new Tinder-style mobile feature called Catch Up that lets users quickly review messages by swiping left to mark read or right to leave unread, aiming to simplify the flood of notifications.
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