Monday, February 18, 2019

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First QuadrigaCX Monitor Report: $460k in BTC “Inadvertently” Sent to Cold Wallet - Bitcoin Magazine

According to the latest court documents in the ongoing QuadrigaCX case, the exchange sent roughly $470,000 CAD (approximately $355, 000 USD) worth of bitcoin from a hot wallet to a cold-storage wallet on February 6, 2019.

Ernst & Young’s first report as monitor of scrutinized Canadian bitcoin exchange QuadrigaCX (QCX) complicates the story the exchange has given for its lack of access to company funds following the death of its founder and CEO, Gerald Cotten.

The court document states, “On February 6, 2019, Quadriga inadvertently transferred 103 bitcoins valued at approximately $468,675 to Quadriga cold wallets which the Company is currently unable to access. The Monitor is working with Management to retrieve this cryptocurrency from the various cold wallets, if possible.”

Regarding the liquidation process for distribution of QCX funds to the exchange’s users, the report says that Ernst & Young has established a “Disbursement Account” per the Nova Scotia court’s orders, “and [it] received $150,000 from Ms. Jennifer Robertson” (Cotten’s widow) to kickstart the account.

The document continues to clarify that the exchange’s remaining hot-wallet funds (some $902,000 CAD, of which $700,000 CAD is in bitcoin, $130,000 CAD in ether and the rest in bitcoin fork coins and litecoin) will be transferred to cold storage under Ernst & Young’s management.

In an affidavit that comprises part of the ongoing legal proceedings in the Court of Nova Scotia, Robertson swore that the exchange had no access to the cold storage because the keys and passwords are stored in one of Cotten’s encrypted wallets.

According to the document, Ernst & Young has also seized Cotten’s computer hardware and accessories, which Robertson originally turned over to retired cybersecurity professional Chris McBryan of McKalian Sensors Inc. to crack.

“The devices taken into custody from Mr. McBryan include two (2) active laptops, two (2) older model laptops, two (2) active cell phones, two (2) older ‘dead’ cell phones and three (3) fully encrypted USB keys. … The Monitor’s forensic group is currently working with Mr. McBryan to better understand actions that have been taken in respect of the devices and what information has been obtained from the devices to date to determine what forensic next steps will be employed. In addition, the Monitor was made aware of and took steps to retrieve Mr. Cotten’s desktop,” the report reads.

Recovering Lost Funds

The document also confirms that Ernst & Young has contacted nine of the known payment processors that served as QuadrigaCX’s makeshift banking partners. The firm has not yet received the $30 million CAD in bank draft notes that both the court affidavit and the report say are under the auspices of Stewart McKelvey, the law firm representing both Robertson and QuadrigaCX. One of these processors allegedly owes the exchange $25.2 million of the $30 million in bank notes QuadrigaCX holds. Once the banks that these processors work with clear wires for these bank notes, the funds will fall under Ernst & Young’s management.

QuadrigaCX had been using these payment processors as a stand-in for proper banking relationships. As sources close to the matter, who asked to remain anonymous, told Bitcoin Magazine, QuadrigaCX has a long history of problems in maintaining banking relationships, a tribulation best represented by CIBC freezing $25 million CAD of funds associated with the exchange in 2018. This freeze was one of many unhappy incidents that have come to define the exchange, including losing millions in ether in 2017 to a smart contract bug and a reputation for month-long withdrawal times.

Speculation and Rumors

Since Gerald Cotten’s death, wild speculation over QuadrigaCX’s solvency, the identity of a since-distanced cofounder Michael Patryn and whether Cotten is actually dead have surfaced in the community. A purported QuadrigaCX contractor, one of the seven that made up the company’s employee structure until recently, posted a reddit AMA on r/QuadrigaCX2 with potentially damning accusations that Cotten and Robertson worked in tandem to scam the exchange’s users. These accusations remain unsubstantiated thus far.

Canadian lawyers will convene on February 14, 2019, in Halifax in a bid to represent some 111,000 users affected by the exchange’s misfortune, Bloomberg reports. In its February 5 ruling, the Court of Nova Scotia granted QuadrigaCX creditor protection, guarding it from further court action until the exchange and Ernst & Young are able to investigate its financial situation.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Daytona 500 Vegas picks and predictions 2019: Fade Chase Elliott, back Daniel Suarez - CBS Sports

The 2019 Daytona 500, signaling the official start of the NASCAR season, gets the green flag at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. This year's race features eight former Daytona 500 champions, and 32 others who want to etch their name in the history books in NASCAR's biggest event. The latest 2019 Daytona 500 odds are led by former champs Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick, who are 8-1 co-favorites along with Brad Keselowski, who seeks an elusive first checkered flag at the 500. Logano and Harvick have momentum after winning Thursday's Gander RV Duels to secure spots in the second row of Sunday's big race. Before you secure your own 2019 Daytona 500 picks and predictions, you'll want to check out what former Vegas bookmaker and NASCAR handicapper Micah Roberts has to say. He's already up huge in 2019 after just one race.

Roberts went with Jimmie Johnson as a hefty 25-1 long shot at this past Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash. The result: Johnson survived a huge crash and went on to win the rain-shortened race as Roberts' followers raked it in. He entered the 2019 NASCAR season after finishing big-time in the black in 2018. Those who wagered $100 on each of his picks last year have $1,750 in profit to show for it. 

His biggest wins came when he went against the grain, taking Keselowski at 12-1 to win the South Point 400 at Las Vegas in the opening race of the NASCAR playoffs and going with Logano, also 12-1, to take the First Data 500 at Martinsville. He also nailed four of Harvick's nine series victories and three of Kyle Busch's nine wins. 

That continued an astonishing run in which Roberts picked nine of the 10 winners in the 2017 NASCAR playoffs. In 2016, he took Denny Hamlin to win the Daytona 500 at 15-1, and took him again at 40-1 at Watkins Glen later that year. Anyone who's following his picks is up huge year after year. 

Now, he has analyzed the field for Sunday's 2019 Daytona 500 from every possible angle and locked in his 2019 NASCAR at Daytona picks. You can see his projected leaderboard over at SportsLine.

We can tell you Roberts is not jumping on the Chase Elliott bandwagon on Sunday. Elliott is just behind the favorites on the Daytona 500 2019 odds board, at 12-1. But the up-and-coming Elliott has yet to put it together at Daytona.

"This is his worst track, with a 28th-place average finish between six starts, three of which he started from the pole," Roberts told SportsLine.  

One dark horse Roberts believes could be in contention at the end: Daniel Suarez, who opened as a huge 40-1 longs hot but has since dropped to 25-1. Suarez crashed out of both races at Daytona last year, but he showed enough at last week's Clash for Roberts to believe he has a real chance Sunday.

"While he got caught up in the big wreck and finished only 10th, he showed with the side-draft that he was able to make passes that other drivers couldn't, or wouldn't, do," Roberts said. "His Stewart Haas Racing Ford also won the 2017 Daytona 500 with Kurt Busch driving."

Also, Roberts predicts three drivers with 2019 Daytona 500 odds of 20-1 longer make a strong run at the title. His picks will shock many, but anyone who backs them could hit it with a massive payday, just like last week. 

So which drivers are must-backs in the 2019 Daytona 500? And which underdogs shock NASCAR? Visit SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard from the nation's premier NASCAR handicapper, and find out.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Ariana Grande Fans Started a "Boycott 7 Rings" Hashtag to Get Her New Single to No. 1 -

Few fandoms are as hardworking, dedicated, and loyal as the Arianators, and their latest venture may be the ultimate proof. After the massive success of Ariana Grande’s latest studio album, Thank U, Next, Ari’s fans have joined forces to get her a third number-one-debuting single. How so, you might be wondering. Well, by boycotting her current reigning track, “7 Rings.”

Thank U, Next is rife with chart-topping-worthy hits. In fact, the first two singles from the album, “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings” both debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart — and the latter still reigns at number one, its third consecutive week after its release. But Arianators want to change that this week.

After the album's release last week, Ari’s fans are hoping to get the third single, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored”, to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors, but for that, they need to dethrone "7 Rings" first. The thought seems as crazy to Ari as it does to fans, though that doesn't mean they’ll be stopping anytime soon. “I can't believe we are boycotting 1 of arianas [sic] songs so the other can debut at #1 ....... this is actually insane,” one fan tweeted upon seeing the newly born movement #BOYCOTT7RINGS on Twitter.

Ari herself weighed in on the movement, tweeting, “y’all are so insane and funny and i love u. nothings [sic] funnier than ‘boycott seven rings’..... i can’t lmao. whatever’s meant to be will be, babies i ain’t goin nowhere.” The singer then added in disbelief, “This is a wild time for us lmao do ur thing but also like how is this our problem rn ...... what the f*ck.”

Fans quickly started urging Ari to join the noble cause. “Can u please tweet #BOYCOTT7RINGS to show your solidarity,” one Arianator wrote, to which Ari replied “r u ok”. But, as they assured the singer, the fandom’s never been better.

Fans are going to great lengths to make Ari’s third number-one debut happen, with many throwing “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” listening parties, subtweeting Ari’s manager, and her fam for jamming out to an ad that showcases “7 Rings,” and, as expected, creating a few memes. But, as one fan explains, the rationale for boycotting “7 Rings” goes way deeper: "To those who don’t understand why we have to STOP streaming 7 rings, buwygfib NEEDS to debut at #1 to make ariana the only artist in HISTORY to debut 3 songs at #1. y’all can go back to streaming 7 rings after break up debuts at #1.”

In 2018, rapper J.Cole became the first act to debut three songs in the Top 10, according to Billboard. And, according to Forbes, less than 30 artists have managed to debut at number one on the Hot 100 once, let alone three times.

If "Break Up With Your Girlfriend..." claims the number-one spot come Sunday, February 17, that won’t be the only historic music feat Ari will conquer: According to Official Charts, if she manages to hold both number one and two (regardless of which track takes which spot), she’ll become the second female act to ever occupy the top two spots simultaneously (after Madonna in 1985). All that after ringing in the week with her first Grammy win. Go, Ari.

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JAKKS Pacific Unveils New Brands, New Products, and Exciting Entertainment Collaborations at New York Toy Fair 2019 - Associated Press

JAKKS Pacific Hot Toys for 2019 - Who's Your Llama, Chocolate Poop Maker, MorfBoard E-Scoot, Slap Ninja and Squish-Dee-Lish (Graphic: Business Wire)

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 14, 2019--One of the leading designers and marketers of children’s toys and consumer products, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) will showcase new and innovative products and exciting new entertainment properties at this year’s Toy Fair in New York City February 16-19, 2019.

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JAKKS Pacific Hot Toys for 2019 - Who’s Your Llama, Chocolate Poop Maker, MorfBoard E-Scoot, Slap Ninja and Squish-Dee-Lish (Graphic: Business Wire)

From active play to collectibles and games to hot entertainment properties, JAKKS has the perfect toy for any age. Brands such as MorfBoard™ and TP Blaster™ provide hours of active play and extreme fun year round, while the new line Piñata Fiesta™ brings the classic surprise delivery system of piñatas into a festive collectible and activity toy line. Finally, fans of all ages will love new product lines of interactive and highly detailed figures, plush, and playsets from entertainment-licensed properties such as Becca’s Bunch, Gigantosaurus™, Godzilla, Harry Potter, and Mega Man, to name a few.

“We are entering 2019 with an impressive line of fun and entertaining toys,” said Stephen Berman, Chairman and CEO, JAKKS Pacific. “We are thrilled to launch line extensions to last year’s runaway hits, MorfBoard and TP Blaster, as well as launching licensed-products inspired by some of the most anticipated entertainment properties this year,” continued Berman.

For Active Play: Kids will love playing with toys that encourage them get up and move for hours of extreme and active fun.

  • MorfBoard™ E-Scoot is the latest Xtension to MorfBoard’s high-performance deck and component system. Kids over the age of eight will zip around town at speeds up to 10 MPH. MorfBoard E-Scoot will be available at all major retailers for $249.99.

Collectible Favorites: From squishy toys to llamas with a little drama, kids will love to grow their favorite collections with this year’s irresistible lineup.

  • Piñata Fiesta™ brings the classic surprise delivery system of piñatas into a festive collectible and activity toy line. Surprises inside include adorable, party-themed charms, bracelets, rings, and festive confetti! New surprises will appear in every series and scale. There’s a party in every piñata for kids ages four and older starting at $7.99.
  • Who’s Your Llama™ is a line of collectible llamas bursting with personality! These are the silliest llamas you’ll ever meet! From Bahama Llama to Drama Llama, each one comes dressed in a cute outfit and includes 1 of 4 super silly features: winking, spitting, grinning, or sticking its tongue out. Who’s Your Llama™ is a fun surprise for kids ages four and older for a recommended retail price of $6.99.

Hot Entertainment-Licensed Properties: With this year’s wide range of entertainment-inspired products featuring premier licensed properties, JAKKS has something for every fan, both big and small.

From DHX Media ®/Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc

  • With the Mega™ Buster Arm Cannon, the iconic feature that stores the powerful schematics of our robotic hero, kids can pretend to be Mega Man. The Mega Buster Arm Cannon features lights and authentic sounds from the all-new TV-show when the trigger is squeezed. The arm cannon will be available for $24.99 and is recommended for kids ages three and older.

From Cyber Group Studios:

Gigantosaurus™ Feature Giganto  allows kids to bring Giganto to life. Featured in Gigantosaurus™, an animated series for preschoolers, Gigantosaurus is the biggest dinosaur in the land and four little dinosaurs are in total awe. Mazu, Rocky, Tiny, and Bill are exploring their prehistoric world while conquering fear, enjoying friendship, and having tons of fun and adventure! Children can even make Giganto stomp and roar like he does in the show! Gigantosaurus Feature Giganto is ideal for children ages three and older for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

From JAM Media:

  • Becca’s Bunch™ is a new preschool program for children ages 3 to 6 years old. The show merges live-action footage, puppetry, 2D, and CG animation to create a textured world that the audience will want to reach out and touch. In Wagtail Woods, a little bird named Becca and her Bunch of friends – Russell, Sylvia, and Pedro – are always ready for action! With the Becca Feature Plush, kids will love hearing Becca’s iconic phrases and theme song and cuddle with her too! The Becca Feature Plush is perfect for kids ages three and older and will be available at a suggested retail price of $19.99.

From SEGA of America:

  • The Sonic the Hedgehog Pinball Track Set brings the iconic video game to life with its customizable track. Fans simply pull the pinball launcher and shoot the Sonic spheres through the loops and turns. The set comes with an exclusive Sonic sphere and removable figure. The Pinball Track Set is perfect for Sonic fans ages three and older and will be available at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

From Toho and Legendary:

  • The 24-inch Godzilla Figure is the ultimate gift for Godzilla fans. Standing at 24-inches tall and over 36-inches long, this figure is fully poseable with articulation in the jaw, neck, shoulders, hands, legs, feet, and tail. Its massive scale and incredible details will bring Godzilla to life for fans ages three and older and will be available at a recommended retail price of $59.99.

From Warner Bros. Consumer Products:

  • Harry Potter™ fans can now play with their own interactive Hedwig™. The Hedwig™ Interactive Creature responds to sounds by turning her head and makes 12 unique owl sounds. Hedwig™ will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 for fans ages four years and older.

Activities, Interactive Play, and Games: JAKKS brings suspense, thrills, and laughter with its lineup of hot new activities, interactive play, and games. These items are sure to provide hours of hilarious and entertaining play.

  • Kids will have tons of giggles and laughs with the Chocolate Poop Maker™. The Chocolate Poop Maker™ replicates a realistic toilet bowl that makes adorable and yummy chocolate poops! Kids can make their own adorable chocolate poops by melting the chocolate, “flushing” it down the toilet, pouring the chocolate into the molds, refrigerating for five minutes, and adding their own cute poo-tastic touches! The Chocolate Poop Maker™ will be available at retail for $9.99 for kids over the age of six.
  • Slap Ninja™ is the new, fast paced game of reflexes. Play as the Ninja Master and use his HUGE Karate Chop SLAP to defend his precious coin from his Student. Or, play as the Student trying to tap the coin in the Ninja’s hand to defeat him. The first player to defeat their opponent three times is the winner, and the loser gets ZAPPED! It takes seconds to learn, but a lifetime to master! Slap Ninja™ will be available at retail for a suggested price of $19.99 for kids ages six and older.
  • Toilet Paper Blasters™ Sheet Storm™ transforms toilet paper into clean spitballs. It features rapid-fire pump action to blast spitballs up to 50 feet! One roll of toilet paper makes 350+ spitballs for non-stop blasting action! Kids over the age of eight can wipe out the competition for $39.99.

Vehicles: This year, JAKKS expands its exciting portfolio of toys with wheels.

  • All season, all terrain, all power, it’s the new X-Power Dozer™! Push and pull up to 200 lbs indoors or outdoors. The X-Power Dozer™ can plow through rocks, dirt, wood, snow, toys, and just about anything thrown in front of it! The X-Power Dozer™ will be available at retail for $59.99 for kids over the age of six.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of toys and consumer products sold throughout the world, with its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. JAKKS Pacific’s popular proprietary brands include Perfectly Cute™, Squish-Dee-Lish™, Disguise®, Moose Mountain®, Funnoodle®, Maui®, Kids Only!®; a wide range of entertainment-inspired products featuring premier licensed properties; and C’est Moi™, a youth skincare and make-up brand. Through JAKKS Cares, the company’s commitment to philanthropy, JAKKS is helping to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Visit us at  and follow us on Instagram (@ jakkstoys ), Twitter (@ jakkstoys ) and Facebook ( JAKKS Pacific ).

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