Kittens on the blockchain is the future nobody asked for


Cryptocurrency has an uncertain future, but the digital ledger powering most of their transactions is here to stay. Granted, cryptocurrency probably is too, but this isn’t meant to be a rant about dot com-era bubbles — we can argue about it on Twitter thought, come at me. The benefits offered by blockchain are numerous, and each passing day brings an ever-more-creative way to use it. I’ll leave it to you to decide if CryptoKitties is one of them. CryptoKitties are basically 2017’s version of Neopets, only with a traceable lineage. Using the same ledger technology that verifies Ether and Bitcoin…

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Swedish courts convict ‘online rapist’ in landmark case


Swedish courts this week handed down a groundbreaking conviction of “online rape” against a man who preyed on children over the internet — which could, hopefully, help any future victims seeking recourse after similar crimes. According to Broadly, the defendant was accused of victimizing 27 children from the US, Canada, and the UK. According to the Canadian National Post, he apparently coerced them into performing acts on camera under threat of murdering their loved ones. Europol describes how victims of online sexual coercion, specifying that risk factors include significant use of social networks, a poor grasp of online security practices,…

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AI-powered language learning promises to fast-track fluency


A linguistics company is using AI to shorten the time it takes to learn a new language. It takes about 200 hours, using traditional methods, to gain basic proficiency in a new language. This AI-powered platform claims it can teach from beginner to fluency in just a few months – through once-daily 20 minute lessons. Learning a new language is hard. Some people seem to pick up new dialects with ease, but for the rest of us it’s a trudge through rote memorization. A never-ending stream of flashcards and nouns might not be the optimum learning experience for everyone. Plus,…

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Man swipes domains from BT in 2000; flogs them for a fortune in Bitcoin in 2017


Seventeen years ago, the UK’s then-biggest telecommunications company, BT, opened a pioneering new research incubator in Ipswitch, called Adastral Park. And… er… forgot to purchase the domain names. It’s a schoolboy error, and as a prank, a BT contractor called Ric Hayman bought them for the grand total of £20 (at the time, that was roughly $ 28). Predictably, the humorless suits at BT didn’t particularly appreciate his joke, and Hayman quickly found himself out on his arse, without a job. Hayman’s having the last laugh though, as the bundle of domains are now on sale for a cool ten Bitcoins.…

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BitConnect is a Ponzi scheme, Ethereum and Litecoin founders warn


The cryptocurrency community is slowly but steadily growing more suspicious of BitConnect and its dubious business model. Crypto pioneers, including Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin and Litecoin founder Charlie lee, have spoken up against the bullish Bitcoin investment platform, calling it a Ponzi scheme. Shortly after former Fortress Investment Group partner Michael Novogratz took to Twitter to share his opinion that BitConnect “really seems like a scam,” Buterin and Lee also chimed in to second the ex-hedge fund manager’s criticism. BitConnect really seems like a scam. an old school ponzi … bad actors hurt the community. period. #bitcoin #ether — Michael…

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