Daily Briefing: February 16

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Stat

A few pixels might make a world of difference. In one minute, the Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) QR code Super Bowl ad, which promised $15 in bitcoin to new users, drew more than 20 million hits to its landing page and temporarily crashing the app. The commercial also helped Coinbase rocket from 186th place on Apple's App Store to second place, but it’s unclear if that translated to flood of new customers.

Quote

“The blockades are harming our economy and endangering public safety. We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did the unprecedented, and invoked the Emergencies Act in order to quell protests that have been paralyzing downtown Ottawa for weeks. This law grants the government the authority to restrict certain civil liberties for 30 days, for example public assembly and travel.

Read

The endeavor to sink 1,000 subway cars in the Atlantic Ocean to create a reef didn't go as planned. (Fast Company)

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