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TCL Kicks Off #OurBeautifulGame Campaign and Recognizes Inspiring Women During World’s Largest Women’s Football Event




SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — TCL, a leading global intelligent technology company, is recognizing inspiring women who are forging new standards and creating new rules in the beautiful game of football in its latest global campaign, #OurBeautifulGame, an extension of the flagship #TCLforHer initiative which aims to inspire and encourage girls and women from around the world to redefine greatness on their own terms.

TCL unites women in the beautiful game of football with Warner Bros. Discovery

In collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), a leading global media and entertainment enterprise, TCL has launched #OurBeautifulGame, an integrated creative marketing campaign celebrating the beauty of football, amidst one of the most watched women’s sporting events of the year.  

“For years, TCL has been empowering girls and women worldwide through our innovative technology and far-reaching initiatives and campaigns that embrace education and sport,” said Yuki Wei, Vice President of TCL Technology and Chairman of the TCL Charity Foundation. “With #OurBeautifulGame, we are excited to connect customers and fans with three trailblazers in women’s football and inspire them to nurture their own greatness.”

Spotlighting Geyse Ferreria, Brazilian professional football player; Chan Yuen Ting, head coach of Jiangsu L.F.C and the first woman to lead a top-tier men’s team in a professional championship; as well as Victoria Haydn, professional photographer known for her work with Manchester City, the campaign is featured in multiple brands under WBD, including Eurosport, Bleacher Report and Vox media.

“To me, the beautiful game means passion, emotion and a sense of belonging. Having women in the game of football is beneficial. It brings new ideas and different perspectives. You have to live it and breathe it, then it becomes part of your soul and part of personal greatness,” said Victoria Haydn.

TCL demonstrates unwavering commitment to empowering women

TCL has a longstanding commitment towards supporting girls and women on their journey to greatness through a wide variety of global initiatives under #TCLforHer. Inspired by the principles of beauty, courage, tenacity, wisdom and loving, the company sets out to utilize technology to unleash every girl and woman’s true potential and empower them to drive change.

Since its launch in 2020, #TCLforHer has spotlighted many female figures who are breaking boundaries and challenging stereotypes, celebrating their stories in a bid to encourage fellow women to live their lives to the fullest as they learn from the perspectives of others and gain valuable insights. In 2022, TCL elevated the campaign to a wider audience by introducing stories and accounts from women about navigating their own path and staying true to their goals and values.

Meanwhile, through Huameng Foundation, which funds various female-focused programs and educational initiatives, TCL has enabled close to 1,000 young women from underprivileged families to complete high school and tertiary studies. In line with promoting the empowerment and personal development of girls and women, TCL is also supporting the Brazil women’s national football team in the biggest international tournament yet, taking place from July 20 to August 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

TCL redefines greatness in every aspect of life

TCL believes technology can be a great equalizer in our society, with the potential to challenge unfair biases about girls and women, raise expectations and inspire greatness. To TCL, greatness can be found at every touchpoint in life and in all walks of life. Sports, in particular, has an undeniable impact on the hearts and lives of people from all corners of the world. With that in mind, in addition to supporting some of world’s best global sports events, TCL is making sports viewing at home more enjoyable and entertaining than ever with its full portfolio of quality TV products.

Equipped with Mini LED local dimming and unparalleled 144Hz refresh rate, TCL C835 Series provides an ultra-smooth viewing experience without annoying tearing and stuttering. Its professional ONKYO sound system with Dolby Atmos promises crisp sound that will travel around you. TCL C635 Series, another 4K TV, boasts outstanding image quality and excellent audio effect with the help of Quantum Dot and ONKYO sound system. With pre-installed Google TV system, users can enjoy a faster, easier and more convenient entertainment experience.

Featuring brighter colors, higher refresh rate and more immersive audio, TCL’s TV lineup is enabling fans everywhere to enjoy the beautiful game of football and witness greatness as achieved by some of the world’s best female football players on the field. Through #TCLforHer, TCL continues to harness the power of technology and sports to inspire and empower girls and women around the world as they pursue and redefine greatness in different aspects of their lives.

About TCL

TCL is a leading global intelligent technology company with a mission to “Inspire Greatness”. As a leading technology company, TCL provides diversified consumer electronics covering TVs, smartphones, audio and smart home products, as well as display technology and clean energy solutions. TCL is committed to bringing smart technology experiences and healthy lifestyles to consumers around the world.

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Web3 Startups Raise Nearly $1.9B in Q1 2024 Despite Overall Downtrend in Crypto VC Interest




Venture capital funding for cryptocurrency and blockchain projects has seen a notable resurgence in the first quarter of 2024, marking its first quarterly rise since 2021. Crunchbase data released today indicates that Web3 startups secured nearly $1.9 billion in funding across 346 deals during this period. This represents a substantial 58% increase from the previous quarter, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the ongoing downward trend in overall crypto VC interest.

The recent surge in funding can be attributed to investors adopting a more long-term perspective on Web3, as opposed to the hype-driven “tourist investors” predominant in recent years. Chris Metinko, the author of the report, notes that investors are shifting their focus to the AI sector, indicating a change in investment strategy. There is a growing interest in supporting the foundational infrastructure of the decentralized internet, rather than solely concentrating on crypto wallets and lending platforms, which attracted significant investments during the peak period of 2021 to 2022.

While large funding rounds were relatively uncommon in Q1, several notable investments stood out. Exohood Labs, a company integrating AI, quantum computing, and blockchain, secured a remarkable $112 million seed round at a valuation of $1.4 billion. EigenLabs, an Ether token “restaking” platform, raised $100 million in a Series B round led by a16z crypto. Additionally, Freechat, a decentralized social network leveraging blockchain technology, secured $80 million in a Series A round. These investments, among others, contributed to the increase in valuations and the emergence of four new Web3 unicorns in Q1.

Despite the recent progress, the future trajectory of Web3 remains uncertain. Metinko suggests that the next few quarters will be pivotal in determining the industry’s direction. While investors anticipate a rebound in investment as the decentralized internet evolves, it may take another year for venture capital activity to stabilize after the exuberance of 2021. Factors such as the approval of U.S. spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds and the upcoming Bitcoin halving could also influence the market, given the rising prices of Bitcoin and Ether.

A noteworthy example of significant funding in the Web3 space is Monad Labs’ recent successful funding round, which secured $225 million led by Paradigm. Monad Labs is a layer-1 blockchain compatible with Ethereum, offering faster transaction processing. This funding round harkens back to the golden era of crypto funding in 2021-2022, when L1 solutions attracted substantial investments.

Earlier this year, Balance, a digital asset custodian based in Canada, announced that it had once again reached $2 billion in assets under custody (AUC) amidst the recent market recovery. Similarly, Korea Digital Asset (KODA), the largest institutional crypto custody service in South Korea, has experienced remarkable growth in crypto assets under its custody, expanding by nearly 248% in the second half of 2023.

Analysts at Bernstein Research project that crypto funds could reach an impressive $500 billion to $650 billion within the next five years, representing a significant leap from the current valuation of approximately $50 billion. This forecast underscores the growing optimism and potential for substantial growth within the crypto industry in the coming years.


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ASIC cracks down on blockchain mining firms




Three blockchain mining companies – NGS Crypto, NGS Digital, and NGS Group – along with their directors, Brett Mendham, Ryan Brown, and Mark Ten Caten, are facing legal action from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for allegedly operating without a license, in violation of Australia’s Corporations Act. ASIC initiated legal proceedings against these entities on April 9, citing concerns about their non-compliance with financial regulations and their solicitation of Australian investors.

According to ASIC, the NGS companies promoted blockchain mining packages with fixed-rate returns to Australian investors, encouraging the transfer of funds from regulated superannuation funds to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) for conversion into cryptocurrency. Approximately 450 Australians invested a total of around USD 41 million in these packages, raising concerns about potential financial losses.

The legal action filed by ASIC alleges that the companies violated section 911A of the Corporations Act, which prohibits companies from providing financial services without a valid Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). ASIC is seeking interim and final court orders to prohibit the NGS companies from offering financial services in Australia without an AFSL.

ASIC Chair Joe Longo emphasized the importance of investors carefully considering the risks before investing in crypto-related products through their SMSFs. Longo stated that ASIC’s actions send a message to the crypto industry about the regulator’s commitment to ensuring compliance with regulations and protecting consumers.

In a separate development, the Federal Court appointed receivers for the digital currency assets associated with the NGS companies and their directors to safeguard these assets amid concerns about the risk of dissipation. Mendham was also issued a travel restriction order, preventing him from leaving Australia.

While a court date for the proceedings has not been set, ASIC’s investigation is ongoing, with the regulator continuing to gather evidence and build its case. It is worth noting that the investigated companies share a similar name with NGS Super, a legitimate Australian pensions provider, leading to potential confusion among investors. NGS Super clarified that it is not involved in selling cryptocurrency or related products and has taken legal action to protect its trademark and members’ interests.


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Crypto and Blockchain Weave Deeper Into the Biometrics Space – Identity News Digest




AuthID Inc. has formed a strategic partnership with the National Notarial Centralized Verification System (NNCVS) to integrate biometric identity verification into NNCVS’s online notary platform. NNCVS, a provider of nationwide online services for notaries, aims to transition from a local, in-person framework to a more secure, digital model. By leveraging AuthID’s platform, NNCVS will authenticate the identities of notarial agents and their clients using biometric checks that compare selfies with ID document photos. This enhancement ensures heightened security throughout users’ interactions with the service.

iVALT has introduced a mobile app called OnDemandID, designed to enable users to verify the identity of individuals during phone calls, video calls, or online interactions with a single click. The app employs multiple verification elements, including biometrics, device ID, and location-based parameters like geofencing and time windowing, to prevent deepfake attacks and identity fraud. OnDemandID prioritizes user privacy by storing biometric data locally on the device and refraining from tracking user movements. Additionally, iVALT offers integration into existing enterprise mobile apps, providing a solution to enhance caller verification processes within corporate environments.

Keyless, a company specializing in secure facial recognition, has partnered with EnQualify, an AI-powered Know Your Customer (KYC) verification provider, to enhance online identity verification. Keyless’s privacy-centric ZKB technology will integrate with EnQualify’s AI for initial user verification, enabling a seamless and secure authentication process. This collaboration eliminates the need for repetitive steps and data storage, offering a faster and more user-friendly verification experience while ensuring robust security measures.

Australian fintech Waave has launched its Wallet app to enhance security and convenience for online payments. Integrated with Waave’s Pay by Bank system, Wallet utilizes fingerprint or facial recognition for secure authentication, eliminating the need for passwords and card details. This approach addresses concerns about online fraud, providing a streamlined payment process for consumers and merchants alike. Additionally, Wallet will introduce expense tracking features later in 2024, further enhancing its utility for users.

BeatBit Wellness Lab has introduced the CUDIS ring, a wearable device focused on user-controlled health data management. Powered by Solana blockchain technology, CUDIS tracks biometric data and offers personalized health insights using AI algorithms. Users can contribute anonymized data to a research network and earn rewards, emphasizing data ownership and privacy. The CUDIS ring integrates securely with other Solana and Web3 products, offering users a comprehensive health monitoring solution within the decentralized ecosystem.

Worldcoin has unveiled World Chain, a new blockchain platform designed to prioritize verified human users over bots, aiming to reduce network congestion and transaction fees. Integrated with the Worldcoin protocol’s Proof of Personhood, World Chain provides verified users with priority blockspace and gas allowances. This Layer 2 solution, secured by Ethereum, offers developers access to a large pool of verified users for deploying utility applications. World Chain is set to be open source and permissionless, with plans for community-based governance in the future.

New South Wales (NSW) has launched an Australia-first trial to test digital birth certificates, involving over 18,000 children associated with specific educational institutions. Led by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in collaboration with the Department of Customer Service, the pilot explores the use of digital certificates with the same legal validity as traditional paper versions. Digital birth certificates aim to simplify administrative tasks and offer enhanced security and convenience, particularly in disaster-prone areas where paper documents could be compromised.


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