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  • The bitcoin was designed as a solution for many problems associated with fiat currencies and cross-border transactability.  The idea of a zero-cost method of transfer was highly appealing, especially for those individuals and institutions that need to constantly move funds around the globe.  While the solution itself was novel, bitcoin has fallen well short other payment methods. To make bitcoin s...

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  • David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Messenger, today announced one of the company’s 2018 plans for the chat app is to simplify it. What is primarily supposed to be a messaging app has become, to use his word, “cluttered.” It’s a good plan, considering Messenger has become weighed down with unnecessary add-ons. Here’s what Facebook needs to cut from Messenger. Stories When Marcus clarified Messenger’s...

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  • “If just one more GOP Senator crosses the aisle we can save net neutrality!” Is a statement that would be awesome if it were, in any way, true. Folks, it’s time to accept the death of net neutrality. We denied it could ever happen, we got pissed off about the impending repeal, and we’ve bargained for another shot — one more GOP Senator is all we need, right? But not really. It’s depressing to repo...

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  • Latin America has been receiving a lot more attention in recent years as a new and exciting location to start one’s business. Since venture capital firms such as Andreessen Horowitz and Accel Partners started investing in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia and global startup organizations like 500 startups and StartupBootcamp began to lay roots over the continent, foreign businesses have started to take ...

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  • Following months of red flags, Bitcoin investment platform BitConnect – which has long been suspected of running a Ponzi scheme – has officially announced its platform is shutting down. In a blog post – titled “Changes coming for the Bitconnect [sic] system – Halt of lending and exchange platform” – released on its official website, the company said that is “closing the Bitconnect [sic] lending an...

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  • No one tells you that becoming a parent means keeping a lot of dirty little secrets. Like that time you wiped your kid’s booger on the underside of a park bench when you were out of tissues. Or that sometimes (ok, at least once a month) an entire weekend goes by without them brushing their hair. Well, here’s another one that parents don’t like to cop to: Their kids watch a lot of digital content. ...

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  • Facebook recently announced a major change to its News Feed: Namely, that it was shifting away from brand and news posts and prioritizing what your friends and groups post. This comes after Facebook spent several months being raked across the coals for its inability to police its fake news and propaganda– so it comes across as Facebook not fixing its own problems so much as giving up and excising ...

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  • One of the things that made BitConnect so resilient to criticism was its wide network of promoters, shamelessly shilling the company on YouTube and other social media channels. But it seems that even these “once-passionate” supporters are leaving the Bitcoin investment platform behind – though probably not for the right reasons. Following a menacing string of cease and desist orders served to the ...

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  • Whatsapp is reportedly testing a new feature designed to curb the proliferation of spam chain letters throughout the service. The feature, which was spotted by Whatsappen.nl and WABetaInfo, warns users that certain messages have been “forwarded many times”. This warning, which is displayed to both senders and recipients, makes no claim to the messages authenticity, but serves as a tell-tale clue t...

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  • Successful freelancing requires as much discipline and organization as it does talent (maybe even more). So get schooled in ways top freelancers manage their careers with the Professional Freelancing Mastery Bundle. Right now, you can get the full course for just $29 (an over 90 percent discount off its regular price) from TNW Deals.

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  • Up until about ten years ago, choosing a career in accountancy was considered a safe bet. It came with a decent salary, plenty of job opportunities, and all sorts of benefits. Oh, how times have changed. Recent research estimates there’s a 95 percent chance accounting will be fully automated in the near future. Should accountants be worried? How can we best prepare for this robot-infested future o...

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  • The cryptocurrency market is going through a rough patch, but as devoted hodlers often say – there is no better time to enter the market than buying the dip. But if you happen to be too lazy to do your own research, there might be an easier way to make your first investment. CBlocks is a new service that aims to lower the cryptocurrency entry barrier by choosing what coins to buy for you. The comp...

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  • Kenya wants to go nuclear. Since 2012, Nairobi has been talking the talk and walking the walk. It has engaged the International Atomic Energy Agency and signed multilateral letters of intent in pursuit of nuclear power. To date, Kenya reportedly has memoranda of understanding with Russia, China, South Korea and Slovakia which involve the building of four nuclear power plants with a total output of...

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  • Instagram is best known for its photo filters. These let you adjust the profile and color of a photo, in order to subtlely transform what it looks like. There are lots of different filters. For example, Valencia brightens photos and adds a yellow tint, giving images a kitschy retro aesthetic, while Gingham cranks up the brightness to eleven. But what if you want to use Instagram’s photo filters el...

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  • Most people don’t yet know what a blockchain is, even less how to interact with one. For those who do venture into the unknown crypto space, it can feel a little intimidating at first. When trading cryptocurrencies and storing your funds, you need to watch your step or you risk losing it all. Poor UX is one of the main reasons why mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies is still years away. This i...

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  • Bloomberg reports that China is cracking down hard on cryptocurrency activity in the country by plotting to block domestic access to foreign exchanges and platforms that allow for centralized trading. That’s worrying news for crypto enthusiasts in China, who have already seen local exchanges being shut down entirely towards the end of 2017. The country is known to house the largest community of Bi...

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  • The folks behind the Citra emulator that lets you play Nintendo 3DS games on PC are now at work on an exciting new project: Yuzu, an emulator for the Nintendo Switch. The developers announced the project on Twitter earlier this week, but haven’t specified exactly when Yuzu will be ready for primetime. Announcing yuzu, the first Nintendo Switch emulator that does all of the things you didn't need i...

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  • Airbnb is rolling out a new feature called Pay Less Up Front. No prizes for guessing what it does. It (shockingly) lets you stagger the bill for your accommodation. In most cases, guests will pay 50 percent of the bill upfront, with the remainder before check-in. If you’re curious, you can get an idea for how it works in the GIF below: Not every rental is eligible for Pay Less Up Front. The total ...

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  • Twitter is under fire this week after media organization Project Veritas published undercover footage of engineers from the company saying that employees – “at least, three or four hundred people” read users’ posts and supposedly private Direct Messages. The company denied the claim, telling BuzzFeed News, “We do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such...

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  • Surprise! Watching TV is bad for you. But, not for the reasons you might think. Okay, well, those too… but not only for the reasons you think. A recent study by Cancer Research UK revealed those watching more than three hours of television a day were more likely to eat hundreds of additional snacks per year, the kind of snacks known for making you fat. Interestingly enough, though, it wasn’t the s...

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  • The darknet, cyberspace’s filthy flea-market for forbidden goods, isn’t the global drug network it’s been made out to be. According to Oxford’s new darknet drug map it’s more like your local pusher’s Etsy page than Amazon’s marketplace. The researchers used darknet web crawlers to scrape the marketplaces of several top underground markets including Alphabay, Hansa, Traderoute, and Valhalla. Data g...

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  • Teaching yourself to play piano can be pretty daunting. I should know; I’m currently in the process. That’s why I’m curious anytime I come across a new resource to make the journey easier – like this gadget called the Piano Hi-Lite I came across at CES. It uses guide lights to tell you which notes to play when learning a new piece. The device is basically a long strip of LED lights designed to fit...

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  • AI developed by Microsoft and Alibaba, independently, last week became the first to beat humans at reading comprehension. The reported implications of this technological advancement seem to indicate machines with the ability to read better than humans have arrived or will very soon. This probably isn’t the case, however. What this definitely means is chatbots are getting a little better at their j...

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  • If you’re interested in the recent update to Google’s Arts and Culture app, which uses machine learning to match your selfie to a lookalike in an extensive library of classic art, you’d better hope you’re in the right place. Though the update is several weeks old by this point, it finally seeped into public view by way of several tweets from celebrities who showed their artistic doppelgangers. Thi...

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  • Fledgling cryptocurrency startup TRON got its first big break three weeks ago, when anti-virus pioneer John McAfee shilled its TRX coin to his 500,000-plus followers. Days after that, the McAfee effect was on full display and TRON’s value had skyrocketed from a measly 4¢ to almost 29¢. But it seems this astonishing bull run is gradually coming to a halt – and not without reason. Tron is a long ter...

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  • If we feel the technology we rely on is changing us, can we trust that change? After all, the revolution of today is the mundane of tomorrow. Our successors will find the moral panics around smartphones as quaint as we now think of 20th-century moral panics over television. That isn’t to deny that technology changes us — just that humanity is endlessly adaptable, and we can find ourselves within a...

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  • The holiday season and well-intended New Year’s resolutions are already just a distant memory. But digital storytellers are still digesting the news that Storify will be shutting down its services in a few months time. Creatives and journalists who carefully curated their content to showcase their portfolio must now face up the fact their work is now marked for deletion on the Storify platform. Th...

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