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Pig Butchering (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

A Kansas bank failure reminds me of episodes closer to home. read more >
Investments

Regulators Approve New Bitcoin Funds, Which Could Spur More Investment in Digital Currency

Bitcoin ETFs could open the door to cryptocurrencies to many new investors who don’t want to take the extra steps involved in buying actual bitcoin. read more >
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State Reviews 2 Companies’ Possible Ties to China

Arkansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward has asked Attorney General Tim Griffin to investigate two companies’ possible ties to the Chinese government under a new state law that bans […] read more >
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US Lawmakers Talk Fintech, Entrepreneurship & AI at Hearing in Little Rock

U.S. Rep. French Hill of Arkansas joined other members of the House Financial Services Committee and representatives from the banking and financial technology sector in Arkansas on Friday at The […] read more >
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Bitcoin Miner Wins a Round In DeWitt, but Fight Goes On

Locals in Dewitt are rallying opposition to the noisy bitcoin facility, even after Jones Digital LLC won a preliminary court ruling. read more >
Government & Politics / Legal

DeWitt Bitcoin Mine Gets Court Victory as Judge Strikes Noise Ordinance

Jones Digital LLC, the digital asset mining company building a controversial facility outside DeWitt, won a federal judge’s ruling that halts Arkansas County from enforcing a noise limit approved last […] read more >
Banking & Finance / Manufacturing

Carving a Niche (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Two efforts in Arkansas, one around fintech and another around EVs, aim to fill desirable niches. read more >
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Good Things Take Time (Editorial)

Rushed legislation, such as Act 851 regarding crypto mining, rarely benefits anyone. read more >

Vilonia Denies Crypto Mining Plan, May Be Open to Quieter Options

Citizens feared that a noisy fan-cooled operation would disturb their peace and topple their property values. read more >
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US House Committee Works Toward Clarifying Crypto

Rep. French Hill says delaying regulation risks growth and innovation read more >

Unintended Consequences (Editorial)

Many uncertainties surround crypto mining and Act 851 hamstrings local governments. read more >
Legal

State Law Taking Effect in August Protects Mining Operations

A state law to prohibit “discrimination” against cryptocurrency mining operations passed during this year’s legislative session and will take effect on Aug. 1. read more >
Construction / Legal

Faulkner County Citizens Speak Out About Crypto-Mining Noise

Neighbors of the cryptocurrency mine in Bono have complaints about the constant noise coming from the Newrays facility. read more >
A panel discussion featuring Conny Braams of Unilever, Jeremi Gorman of Netflix, Michael E. Kassan of MediaLink, and Tim Mapes of Delta Airlines at South by Southwest 2023.
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South by Southwest is Different With a Baby (Elizabeth Michael Commentary)

Notably absent from this year's festival in Austin were many of the larger social media companies, which usually speak on panels and host brand activations. read more >
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French Hill and Cryptocurrency (Editorial)

Arkansas Congressman French Hill has a pivotal role to play in cryptocurrency regulation, something that is clearly necessary. read more >
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Lessons From SBF and FTX (Gwen Moritz Commentary)

The collapse of FTX brings to mind valuable lessons about investing, regulations — and fraud. read more >
Banking & Finance / Legal

FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried Charged by US for ‘Scheme’ to Defraud

Bankman-Fried was arrested Monday by Bahamian authorities at the request of the U.S. government, which charged him with eight criminal violations. read more >
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

Cryptocurrency Is Ripe for Regulation (Editorial)

However it’s defined — commodity or currency or something else — cryptocurrency is ripe for regulation. read more >
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FTX Spells Discomfort for Arkansas Bitcoin MinersLock Icon

Cameron Baker, founder and owner of Cryptic Farms, which has mining sites in Malvern, Greenbrier, Russellville and Mountain Pine, concedes that the FTX scandal devastated public confidence and generated calls for more regulation, including a declaration last week by Arkansas Sen. John Boozman. read more >
Power units at a cryptocurrency mining farm
Banking & Finance / Energy

Low Power Prices for Crypto Miners Come With Strings AttachedLock Icon

Entergy Arkansas is offering a special tariff for the companies, and spokesperson Brandi Hinkle offered more details. read more >