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Tell them the tears in your eyes are from witnessing the beauty of Bitcoin as art, not because the dip below 10K has you curled into a corner crying. Symphony of Blockchains is a mesmerizing live 3D visualization and audio experience that’s not just gorgeous, but also incredibly informative. IOHK, the creators of Cardano, and digital art studio Kuva, have combined efforts to create something that you just have to see to believe. Users at the IOHK.io website are invited to explore the concept of Bitcoin through interactive art featuring imagery, text, and music. Bitcoin blocks are represented in a chronological… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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In a menacing turn of events yesterday, Bitcoin investment lending platform BitConnect abruptly announced it is shutting down its lending and exchange services. But while this sudden “curveball” might have come as a massive surprise for thousands of gullible investors, the writing was on the wall all along. The company, which made its foray into the cryptocurrency scene with an initial coin offering (ICO) in late December 2016, swiftly cemented its position as one of 2017’s best performing currencies on CoinMarketCap. Indeed, during its heyday, BitConnect boasted a market cap of over $2.6 billion and a value exceeding the $400… This story continues at The Next Web

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Honolulu Civil Beat managed to get a screenshot of the system that was used to accidentally launch the wrong emergency alert. It’s an absolute mystery why such a high-impact task has an absolutely horrible interface: As a UI designer, I was stunned and embarrassed that these types of interfaces are out there. A bad interface can cause harm to people. So I decided to spend the evening redesigning the part of the Emergency Alert System’s UI where the decision is made to send an alert. Here’s my suggestion: Instead of hiding such an important action somewhere in a drop-down menu,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Slack today announced several new features coming to its new shared channels, including the ability to make them private. Shared channels, currently in beta, are channels which can exist on two different Slack workspaces, enabling different organizations to work together. The new update adds private shared channels, which, as it sounds, are Shared Channels that are hidden except to the invited. Private shared channels can be public on one end and private on another, or private on both, depending on company needs. Admins will also get a new, consolidated menu from which to manage shared channels, create new ones, and… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Slack

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What’s so interesting about talking robots? From The Tin Man and C3P0 to HAL 9000, humans have long fantasized about bringing their lovable idiosyncrasies to metal and silicon. Now, as intelligent assistants and chatbots become real presences in our lives, owing to impressive technological developments in machine learning and natural language understanding, a look at that history shows personality, not technology, is actually just as necessary for success. The chatbot story begins in the early sixties In 1966, a German-American professor at MIT, Joseph Weizenbaum, unveiled ELIZA. ELIZA was a virtual psychotherapist, running on an IBM 7090, one of the first… This story continues at The Next Web

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Native Instruments today unveiled Sounds.com, an online sample bank for music production. If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to find the perfect snare, or wished you could just grab some loops and score your video, this might be the answer to your prayers. Typically gaining samples for music production involves digging through the crates (buying a lot of used records), scouring dozens of websites, or purchasing prohibitively expensive software banks. Native Instruments is trying to change that with Sounds.com. Currently the website remains in beta and is only accessible to customers in the US, but the company has plans to extend… This story continues at The Next Web

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Finding the sweet spot between awesome sound and a low price is the eternal quest of the audiophile. That’s the sweet spot where the Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds live, especially with the current price drop bringing these $100 earbuds down to only $39.99 from TNW Deals.

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Instagram’s Stories are one of the most popular ways to share content on social media, but sometimes images and videos just aren’t as effective as plain old text. Instagram knows this too, so now it’s testing a new feature – simply called ‘Type’ – that puts the emphasis on written stories. The feature shows up as another option at the bottom of the Stories camera, next to older choices like Boomerang and Rewind. You can choose from several fonts, and Instagram automatically selects a plain background or gradient. Alternatively, you can upload an image of your own to use as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram

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Gone are the days of being limited to a handful of news sources as we now reference a diverse range of mediums to stay informed, known as our media diet.  Businesses should reframe their approach to marketing in 2018 by aiming to become a part of the media mix their customers consume on a daily basis. It doesn’t really matter whether you reach consumers with a podcast, sponsored post on their favorite blog or on social media as the point is to become a trusted source of information they regularly reference. In 2017, two-thirds of U.S. adults got their news… This story continues at The Next Web

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Start a lucrative business with low overhead and the biggest retail partners on the block with this 12-course package called the Complete Side Hustle Bundle, just $29 right now from TNW Deals.

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In the last six months while I’ve been actively writing about blockchain and cryptos, there’s one question that people keep asking me “Why is the price of Bitcoin different between countries? Does that mean I can make money from arbitrage?” The short answer to that question is, ‘Yes.’ Of course, it’ll entail a lot of work when it comes to correctly reporting your transactions to the tax departments in your country. But that aside, arbitrage is possible because different countries buy and sell Bitcoins at different prices. But why is that? Because Bitcoin has no international price. And the reason… This story continues at The Next Web

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The May 25th roll-out date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is barrelling towards us. As with the majority of EU regulations, it can seem overwhelming at first, especially for startups who don’t usually have a budget for expert legal advice. We consulted Remie Bolte, TQ member and co-founder of Project Privacy, a company dedicated to helping organizations deal with privacy regulations, to find out how startups with a limited budget can prepare themselves for such a big shift in data protection regulation. First off, Remie offered a comforting nugget for startups who are overwhelmed at the thought of… This story continues at The Next Web

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YouTube is increasing the requirements for channels on its platform that will make them eligible to earn money from ads run before and during their videos. In April 2017, it began requiring channels to have a minimum of 10,000 lifetime views to qualify for its monetization program; it’s now upped that to a threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months, and 1,000 subscribers. The company explained its revamped criteria in a blog post: They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: YouTube

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Mobile messaging service Hike just launched Total, a new service that lets Android users in India make payments to businesses and transfer money, read news, book train tickets, and chat with their contacts on the platform – all without mobile data. The company, which claims 100 million users on its platform, has been working for six months on Total, with the aim of making basic services available to people who are yet to experience the mobile web for the first time – and eventually get them online to experience the full suite of Hike Messenger’s services. And it’s actually rather… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android

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Security firm Kaspersky has discovered a new piece of malware doing the rounds that’s capable of spying on your Android phone like nothing else before it. The company says that the malware is called Skygofree (named after one of the domains on which it was first spotted), and is usually disguised as a downloadable app on fake sites designed to resemble those of mobile carriers, and promises to increase your internet speeds. Once it’s installed, it can do plenty of damage, including: Tracking the device’s location, and record audio at specified locations. Connecting an infected device to a Wi-Fi network… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,WhatsApp

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One of the most overlooked parts of going abroad is travel insurance. That’s probably because there’s a massive dichotomy between how easy booking a flight within Europe is, and how tedious it is to pick out a policy. London fintech startup Revolut plans to make things even easier. The company has launched a new geolocation-based travel insurance product, called Pay-per-Day. If the company detects that you’re abroad, it’ll automatically sign you up to a policy. To do this, the Revolut app uses your phone’s standard location services. If your GPS receiver picks up that you’re in a different country, a… This story continues at The Next Web

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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 succeed as a global payment network, fungibility needs to be ensured at all times.  Before we go more into details, if you are not a financial analyst or something in that ballpark, I will spare you a google search and talk… This story continues at The Next Web

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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 status, he outright said the clutter began two years ago: Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart. A lot of them have found… This story continues at The Next Web

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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 report, but all that’s left to do is accept it and move on. This fight, effectively, is over. We need to look at other ways to protect… This story continues at The Next Web

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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 note of a potentially profitable region to startup in. For many founders the idea of lower startup costs, taxes, and salaries for a core team – and now the increased chance of catching the eyes of investors – might… This story continues at The Next Web

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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 and exchange platform.” The website has since gone down. The statement goes on to suggest that BitConnect will now operate solely “for wallet service, news and educational purposes.” “We are closing the lending operation immediately with… This story continues at The Next Web

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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. According to research presented this year at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, 20% of the children in the study used a handheld device for an average… This story continues at The Next Web

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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 the symptom completely. Even if Zuckerberg says he wants to bring Facebook back to its roots, it’s also a reaction to outside criticism, one that won’t necessarily fix Facebook’s news problems.… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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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 sketchy operation, BitConnect has been experiencing a series of long windows of server downtime over the past several days. The website claims the reason for the outage is a “continuous DDoS attack” but a notice on its… This story continues at The Next Web

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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 that the message perhaps isn’t exactly kosher. WABBetaInfo, which spotted the feature, gave an example of a hoax chain-mail message that prompts the warning: WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp

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