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EOS block producers briefly crash due to RAM misconfiguration
2018-07-09

Fledgling cryptocurrency EOS can’t seem to catch a break. Over the weekend, top block producer, EOS New York, took to Twitter to notify users that several other block producers had crashed due to a RAM-related complication. It appears that shortly after the overall RAM usage on the platform passed the 1GB mark, the...

Starbucks will stop using single-use plastic straws by 2020
2018-07-09

The company has also introduced a new strawless lid. The world’s largest coffee chain has announced it plans to ditch single-use plastic straws in all of its shops by 2020, reports CNBC. And that’s not just in America–Starbucks will eliminate plastic stars in all its stores globally. In addition...

The secret to happy UX, according to a legendary game designer
2018-07-09

The famous rhythm game Lumines is back, and it’s a reminder of where things went wrong. I don’t remember the last time that I looked at a screen and smiled.Read Full Story

Even Elon Musk is talking about the cryptocurrency scam epidemic on Twitter
2018-07-09

Twitter has been dealing with a cryptocurrency scambot epidemic on its platform for months – and the situation has gotten so out of hand that even Elon Musk is talking about it now. But instead of bashing the odd trend like anyone else, Musk hinted he is somewhat impressed by the individuals running the network of...

Check out Elon Musk’s mini-sub built to rescue Thailand kids
2018-07-09

The sub is made from the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket. The billionaire has been working on the sub since the weekend-but the good news is it may not be needed. Four of the boys have already been rescued from the cave, while 8 remain. Still, Musk is continuing work on his mini-sub should it be needed....

How to engage with influencers on Twitter for your brand
2018-07-09

I’m sure you’re no stranger to the growing popularity of influencer marketing among brands and marketers today. The significant growth in the number of people showing interest in “influencer marketing” during recent years is proof enough. However, have you ever wondered why? Because people trust the opinions...

Thai Navy SEALs use Facebook for nail-biting updates on cave rescue mission
2018-07-08

The Facebook page for the Thai Navy SEALs has been posting updates on the effort. In an international rescue mission that has gripped the entire world, at least four members of a boys’ soccer team were freed on Sunday from a cave in northern Thailand where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.Read...

How to engage with influencers on Twitter for you brand
2018-07-07

I’m sure you’re no stranger to the growing popularity of influencer marketing among brands and marketers today. The significant growth in the number of people showing interest in “influencer marketing” during recent years is proof enough. However, have you ever wondered why? Because people trust the opinions...

This blank Google doc restored our faith in humanity
2018-07-07

Ever heard of Godwin’s Law? It’s an old internet adage asserting that the longer an online discussion continues, the more likely Nazis or Hitler will be brought up. This idea was created by Mike Godwin, the creator of the meme, in the October 1994 issue of Wired. It may have shifted slightly in shape...

Ever dreamed of selling your data for cash? Dream on
2018-07-07

“Personal data is the new oil of the internet and the new currency of the digital world.” Not my words, but words of Ms Kuneva, the European commissioner back in 2009. As much as the bureaucrats are removed from the real life, she was right then and even more right now. Just look at the valuations of the data...

A tale of two Elons: Why this superhero should get banned from Twitter (but won’t)
2018-07-06

Elon Musk‘s Twitter presence has become a meditation on good and evil. On one hand he’s benevolent and accessible — anyone can chat the Tesla CEO up and he’s often willing to offer his aid and influence to help others. But on the other hand he’s a vindictive bully who singles out individuals and publicly...

Sonos files to go public as it amps up its speaker game
2018-07-06

Sonos is preparing for an IPO, filing to go public with the SEC. The company set a placeholder value of $100 million, although that number could change before the IPO. The filing gives us our best look at Sonos sales so far. The company made nearly $1 billion in revenue in the past fiscal year, although it had a net...

Facebook accidentally flagged the Declaration of Independence
2018-07-05

Facebook took down a post containing passages from the Declaration of Independence, saying they were hate speech. It has since apologized — though the algorithm may have been justified in flagging the material. A Texas newspaper called the Liberty County Vindicator decided to celebrate July 4th by posting excerpts...

How Trump’s D.C. hotel works to help swamp the drain
2018-07-05

Amazon Web Services, a government contractor, was among the sponsors of a recent conference at the hotel, raising concerns about conflicts of interest. “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon,” President Donald J. Trump tweeted on April 2, 2018. It was...

The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions
2018-07-05

In partnership with Pivotal Labs, a pilot program is out to remake how the Pentagon acquires weapons systems. In October 2016, Eric Schmidt found himself in the Arab Gulf nation of Qatar. Then executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc., Google’s parent company, Schmidt was touring military installations in his role...

India’s cryptocurrency ban has already taken its first toll
2018-07-04

It seems that Indian Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the central bank’s directive against cryptocurrency businesses is taking its toll already. Zebpay is disabling the deposit and withdrawal options for Indian Rupee from its platform, the company announced today. Dear User, Today we are disabling the rupee...

Binance resets API keys en masse amidst fear of Syscoin blockchain glitch [Updated]
2018-07-04

It appears that Syscoin (SYS) cryptocurrency’s blockchain has been compromised. (Update [July 4, 8 AM UTC]: Syscoin has since released a statement claiming the complications did not originate from its network. Read the updates at the bottom for more details.) Syscoin’s blockchain explorer shows that more than one...

Syscoin’s blockchain possibly compromised as 1 SYS trades for 98 BTC on Binance
2018-07-04

It appears that Syscoin (SYS) cryptocurrency’s blockchain has been compromised. Syscoin’s blockchain explorer shows that more than one billion of its coins were transacted in a single block. This is peculiar because the cryptocurrency’s total possible supply is 888 million — significantly less than the amount...

Syscoin’s blockchain compromised as 1 SYS trades for 98 Bitcoin on Binance
2018-07-04

It appears that Syscoin (SYS) cryptocurrency’s blockchain has been compromised. Syscoin’s blockchain explorer shows that more than one billion of its coins were mined in a single block. This is peculiar because the cryptocurrency’s total possible supply is 888 million — significantly less than the mined amount...

Need a cab in one of the world’s most fragile countries? Call Facebook
2018-07-03

How one Bangui entrepreneur traded in a global currency to become a local mobility powerhouse. Getting around Bangui isn’t always easy. The roads in the sunny capital of the Central African Republic are not as congested with traffic jams as other big African cities, but they are still a buzzing beehive of...

Everything AT&T has done in 3 weeks to take on Facebook and Netflix
2018-07-03

AT&T has revealed several new services and big deals in the wake of buying Time Warner. Can the phone company keep operating at internet speed? It took a grueling 18 months for AT&T to acquire Time Warner. But in the few weeks since the deal was announced last month, AT&T has been working at warp speed,...

Here’s what happens when you share bad blockchain blogs in an editable Google Doc
2018-07-03

People have always said I take jokes too far. If there’s a line in the sand marked “too far,” I regularly speed past it like Lewis Hamilton in the Monaco Grand Prix, until it’s just a faint shadow in the rear-view mirror. Take, for example, the unfortunate KFoodRecipes. KFoodRecipes (presumably not his real...

Ad giant IPG bets big on consumer data with $2.3 billion Acxiom deal
2018-07-03

By buying marketing data firm Acxiom, Interpublic Group aims for better data, and less reliance on others like Facebook and Google, to target us with ads. So Interpublic Group (IPG), one of the ad-world’s global conglomerates, is acquiring data-marketing giant Acxiom for $2.3 billion. Why? In a word, data.Read...

Australian university accidentally advertises an “MFA in mansplaining”
2018-07-03

Images of the billboard are currently the top Google result for “mansplaining.” The University of Adelaide’s billboard is getting more attention than intended. The ad, which graces a block in the Australian city of Adelaide, shows five women gathered around a man who appears to be explaining...

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