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The tension between the Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) camps has been gradually bubbling up over the past couple of months. But now things have escalated to the point where even Litecoin founder Charlie Lee felt compelled to make his stance on the matter known. Yesterday, popular wallet provider and Bitcoin Cash proponent Bitcoin.com (not to be mistaken with Bitcoin.org which develops for the main Bitcoin blockchain) announced a new integration with ShapeShift which would make it possible to exchange BTC for BCH without ever leaving the wallet. But there was a minor issue: contrary to referring to BTC as… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Editor’s note: The following column is written as intentional satire and may or may not have deliberate or undeliberate errors. Good evening friends and welcome to the official hard fork of the cryptocurrency newsletter! You may notice some core differences from previous newsletters such as improved grammar, a degree of structure and a new home. Anyone who held a ZitronCoin wallet last night while we passed block 42,069 will have received ZitronCash and access to this newsletter, which I assume you will continue to pay the $400,000 a month subscription for. The coins are back in town That’s right, baby,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is ringing in the Chinese New Year with a dog-themed update to its doodle-guessing AI game. The game is called “Quick, Draw!” and it’s powered by an experimental AI that tries to figure out what people are sketching in real-time. Playing is simple, all you have to do is visit this website for the year of the dog-themed version (or this one for the regular game) and follow the onscreen instructions. Players are given 20 seconds to draw a specific image using their mouse or other similar input device and the AI attempts to guess what the drawings are before… This story continues at The Next Web

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In recent years we’ve been continually impressed with the small Baltic country of Estonia, which has been a frontrunner in many areas within digital solutions and tech innovation, such as e-residency, digital policies, and national cryptocurrencies. So when I was invited to attend the conference TechChill, taking place in Estonia’s neighboring country, Latvia, I was intrigued. What’s going on in Latvia? The conference took place last week in the country’s capital, Riga. It attracted 2,000 participants from all over the world, who all had one common passion – tech and startups. When you think Latvia, you (like us) might not immediately afterward think… This story continues at The Next Web

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A web builder needs a full command over both direct front-facing user interface issues as well as the more ethereal broader feeling-based user experience questions. You can get up to speed in both realms with the UI/UX Design Bootcamp bundle of courses, available now for just $39 from TNW Deals.

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I fear for the professions. Those which have enjoyed a monopoly for so long due to their protection by Royal Societies and Official registries. Those which require accreditation and continued professional development. I’m not saying they never provided a quality professional service, I’m saying they had Carte Blanche to charge extortionate prices in a protected market. When your moat is a 6-year degree and a 2-year traineeship it’s incredibly difficult to disrupt. The problem is, with people living longer and more and more people jockeying to enter service based professions, there are too many people entering almost every one. But… This story continues at The Next Web

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After dominating the smartphone market in India last year, Chinese hardware brand Xiaomi is now going after couch potatoes across the country with its TVs, which play nice with cable and satellite set-top boxes. The smart Mi TV 4 comes with PatchWall, an OS that surfaces content from the channels available through your set-top box in a modern interface. It also lets you browse content available from several local streaming partners that Xiaomi has teamed up with. The company says that you’ll find more than 500,000 hours of shows and movies on the platform from the likes of Hotstar, Voot,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Xiaomi

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While Magic Leap has largely remained cagey about its augmented reality – nay, it’s apparently ‘Spatial computing’ – headsets, we now know a little more about what the company’s been working on, as CEO Rony Abovitz was recently on stage at the Code Media conference spilling the beans, or at least, some of them. The Florida-based firm is hoping to launch its goggles, handheld controller and CD-player-sized wearable computer sometime this year, and it’ll come in a range of sizes to suit heads large and small. There will also be a mid-range Magic Leap One for creators. You can expect… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the success of its Falcon Heavy launch, SpaceX is gearing up for its next mission: sending satellites into orbit so they can beam down internet access to earth. The company isn’t making a lot of noise about it just now, but from this letter it sent to the Federal Communications Commission last week, and a license that the agency granted the Elon Musk-fronted firm last November, it’s clear that the Falcon 9 rocket that will take off on Saturday will carry two Starlink satellites alongside Mexico’s Paz mission payload. Back in May 2017, SpaceX appeared before the US Senate… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: SpaceX

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Smart Reply, my favorite Gmail feature that lets you respond to emails by simply tapping on a contextually relevant message, is coming to a bunch more apps, thanks to Google’s experimental division, Area120, reports Android Police. The new superpower will arrive in the form of Reply, an app that the company is slated to begin testing soon. Essentially, it’ll let you reply to messages in apps like Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger, by tapping on buttons with short replies that are meaningful in the context of the conversation you’re having with your contacts – straight from your notifications. There are… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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BuzzFeed news intends to fight a pending lawsuit with the White House by proving the infamous “pee tape” exists. According to a report in Foreign Policy, the website has hired a crack team of investigators led by none other than former White House cybersecurity official Anthony Ferrante, the same man who once oversaw the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign after the 2016 election. Ferrante left the White House in April 2017 to work with FTI consulting. He’s now tasked with verifying the legitimacy of the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and the… This story continues at The Next Web

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UK-bsased ASI Data Science recently unveiled a new machine learning algorithm capable of identifying jihadist content with a staggering 94 percent accuracy. In London, reporters were given a first-hand look at the inner workings of the algorithm, though they were asked not to share the actual methodology. According to BBC’s Dave Lee, the “algorithm draws on characteristics typical of [The Islamic State] and its online activity.” From what we can piece together, the algorithm appears to use image recognition to examine videos and determine the similarity to other, confirmed videos of the same nature. After thousands of hours of video… This story continues at The Next Web

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Multiple women have come out in support of Atari’s co-founder after a viral campaign stripped him of an award. Their words cast new light on the history of the gaming industry, and why the judgement heaped upon one person may have been unfair and reactionary. It began when the Game Developer’s Conference announced Nolan Bushnell would receive its Pioneer Award. Within hours, dozens of people on Twitter were calling for the GDC to rethink its decision. They cited several interviews and written sources that describe the Atari offices of the seventies (Bushnell’s era) as more lax in nature than would… This story continues at The Next Web

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If sentient AI takes over the planet, it won’t be killer robots that destroy mankind. It’ll be the machines we designed to make our lives easier. If we’re lucky, they might just take pity on us. We’re a generally sad and self-destructive species with most of us likely to suffer from some form of physical, mental, or emotional malady before we eventually expire. This expiration is, perhaps, the crux of the problem. Because of it, our brains are inherently flawed neural networks. They have a primary governing rule called “stay alive” that’s completely at odds with the physical limitations of… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Brexit referendum in June of 2016 sent shockwaves across the world. The doomsday forecasts dominated headlines with predictions of an inevitable economic catastrophe whose onset some today are still expecting. But if many were and are worried, you may not see it from taking a walk around East London’s stunning Silicon Roundabout, the beating heart of the UK tech scene. For the Roundabout’s 50,000 digital tech employees, 30 accelerators, and over 2000 startups, it’s just business as usual these days. And the tech business in London over nearly the last decade has been very good. Several months ago I… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mega-advertiser Unilever is threatening to pull ads from Silicon Valley’s hottest properties if the industry doesn’t get its act together in stopping “toxic content.” Chief marketing officer Keith Weed told the LA Times: Fake news, racism, sexism, terrorists spreading messages of hate, toxic content directed at children — parts of the internet we have endued up with is a million miles from where we thought it would take us. It is in the digital media industry’s best interest to listen and act on this.” And he’s right. Unilever last year spent nearly $9.5 billion marketing its brands, including Axe body… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook,Google

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People can post just about anything to Facebook: photos, videos, emo song lyrics, GIFs, stickers, shower thoughts with fancy colored backgrounds, etc. But you know what Facebook needs more of? Lists, apparently. That’s now changing. Back in January, our social media guru Matt Navarra spotted a feature that allowed you to create lists with a similar set of gradient backgrounds to status posts. The lists show up as an option when you create a new status, and can be in either numbered or bullet-point form. Although it was only a test at the time, TechCrunch reports the feature will begin… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Facebook today announced it was bringing Valentine’s Day flair to Messenger for couples who change their relationship status tomorrow. Now, within minutes of making it “FB official”, Messenger will encourage you to customize your “chat with bae.” That squeaking noise you hear? That’s my face cringing so hard the muscles are strained. According to Facebook, new couples will be prompted to choose a custom color for their presumably lovey-dovey chat, along with a custom emoji (in the lower right corner, the default being a thumbs up) and nicknames. The way it phrases this process makes it sound like some new,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Popular price tracker CoinMarketCap has added the option to show cryptocurrency prices in three additional digital currencies: Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ripple (XRP). This means that users will now have the option to view the value of all other coins based on the rate of one of these three currencies. The feature will come in handy to users who primarily focus on trading in the same currency – especially when it comes to keeping track of profits and losses. Up until now, CoinMarketCap supported the option to list coin prices in USD, Bitcoin and Ethereum. But given the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The core programs of Adobe’s uber-popular Creative Cloud have been central in the design world for years...so learn how to get the most out of those workhorse programs with this Graphic Design Certification School training. You can get it right now for just $39 from TNW Deals.

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This interview is part of our series of Growth Stories. We interviewed the founders and CEOs of 20 of the fastest growing startups in Europe. The series is a lead-up to Tech5, the annual competition that we organize in partnership with Adyen to celebrate Europe’s fastest growing tech companies. Signups are open. Apparently, singles care less about Valentine’s Day than ever. However, the celebration is still important for dating apps, just as Christmas is vital for platforms like Amazon. If you’re looking for your Valentine, there’s a plethora of digital courtship tools out there, for every taste and paraphilia. Among them, French company Happn… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has announced it is bringing its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology to Gmail in order to make emails a lot more engaging and interactive. The technology, which was originally designed to speed up websites by stripping down the unnecessary clutter, will power the new Gmail Developer Preview application. “Today, we’re bringing the power of AMP to email through the Gmail Developer Preview of AMP for Email — a new way for developers to make emails more interactive and engaging,” said Gmail product manager Aakash Sahney. “With AMP for Email, it’s easy for information in email messages to be dynamic, up-to-date and actionable.” The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Gmail,Google

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It seems popular online magazine Salon is the latest company to hop onto the cryptocurrency mining bandwagon. The publication has updated its website to require users to disable their ad-blockers for the right to read articles – or alternatively, lend their CPU power to mine cryptocurrency. Visitors are now prompted to either turn off ad-blockers altogether or select the new ‘Suppress Ads’ option to “block ads by allowing Salon to use your unused computing power.” According to a clarification on its website, opting to lend your “unused processing power” will only happen “when you are browsing Salon.com.” The other options are to… This story continues at The Next Web

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As India cozies up further with cryptocurrencies, it looks like enthusiasts will have to let the government get a ringside view of the action, as a proposal to link accounts on Bitcoin exchanges to users’ national IDs is in the works. Ajeet Khurana, head of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Committee of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), told the Economic Times that the group (which counts seven cryptocurrency exchanges among its members) plans to submit a proposal to the government, in which the concerned agencies will be able to look up purchase data for all buyers and sellers… This story continues at The Next Web

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As we’re sliding into 2018, it’s safe to say AI-powered machines can do just about anything. They can detect breast cancer. Paint a new Rembrandt. Even tell us if there’s fresh coffee in the kitchen. So it was only a matter of time before artificial intelligence found its way into design. Last year, we used the AI-powered tool Brandmark, developed by Jack Qiao, to redesign TNW’s logo. The software works by identifying an icon, font pair, and color scheme based on some keywords about the brand. The results were somewhat underwhelming — nothing to fire our designers over just yet: Other attempts… This story continues at The Next Web

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