Month: December 2018

2018: A Record-Breaking Year for Crypto Exchange Hacks

Eric Larcheveque is the CEO of Ledger, a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications since 2014. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  2018 was a record-breaking year. From the number...

/ December 29, 2018

Samsung is reportedly making a budget Bixby-powered smart speaker

Samsung promised a Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker back in August, a premium device that could potentially compete against Apple’s HomePod and the Amazon Echo Plus. While that speaker still isn’t available and doesn’t have a set release date, the...

/ December 29, 2018

Trump is using the deaths of two migrant children to push for his border wall

President Donald Trump is now blaming Democrats for the deaths of two migrant children who died in federal custody earlier this month. In his first public comment on the two tragedies Saturday, Trump tied the deaths to the political impasse...

/ December 29, 2018

Italian Government Selects 30 Representatives to Develop DLT and Crypto Policy

Regulation Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development recently published a list of the 30 individuals that the Italian government has tasked with developing the country’s regulatory strategy with regards to distributed ledger technology (DLT) and cryptocurrencies. Among the individuals are alumni...

/ December 29, 2018

From ‘Pose’ to politics, here are the best trans moments of 2018

It’s true: 2018 continued to be a banner year for transgender representation, even as the Trump administration did their level best to undermine and erase trans rights. Here’s just a few of the big stories in a year that included...

/ December 29, 2018

Complex web of international banks, shell companies said to help North Korea skirt sanctions

U.S. banks and regulators continue to struggle tracking and curbing money moved through international banks and companies that ultimately is used to fund the North Korean government, according to a report in the The Wall Street Journal. That's because North...

/ December 29, 2018

Crawling from the wreckage

Things are tough all over — but especially in the digital media business of 2018. Probably the most high-profile flameout this year was at Mic, which laid off most of its staff ahead of an acquisition by Bustle. Mic had...

/ December 29, 2018

Best Space Photos of 2018, From Penguins to Selfies on Mars

Who doesn’t love a penguin’s devotion to its egg in the dead cold of the ice shelf? These two certainly look the part (and are gravitationally drawn to each other to boot). This image of a pair of galaxies, collectively...

/ December 29, 2018

The Timeless Bliss of Eating Hometown Food

A four-hour wait is nothing in the face of nostalgia. When Matt Fligiel learned in 2013 that the future of Blimpyburger was in jeopardy, he knew he had to savor one last meal at the local institution before it closed....

/ December 29, 2018

expedition coral: exhibition at the national museum in rio de janeiro displays embroidered sea creatures

the exhibition ‘expedition coral’ is a historical and scientific exploration of coral reefs and the resilience of the creatures that live in them. the project was part of the celebration of the 200 years of the national museum in rio...

/ December 29, 2018

Egypt police ‘kill 40 militants’ after bus attack

Police in Egypt have killed dozens of militants during security raids on their hideouts, the interior ministry has said. The raids killed "40 terrorists" in Giza and North Sinai on Saturday morning, according to a statement from the ministry. It...

/ December 29, 2018

Top 10 Posts from 2018

I love this time of year. To me it’s rewarding to look back and see how much has been accomplished over the past year. It’s also a great time to dream for the next year and make plans to achieve...

/ December 29, 2018

‘Racism does not make any of us safer’: Police on Melbourne beach altercation

Police have spoken out after far-right activists filmed a group of people of African heritage at Melbourne's St Kilda Beach on Friday, which sparked a violent altercation. On Saturday, Victoria's Police Minister Lisa Neville criticised individuals trying to "incite violence",...

/ December 29, 2018

It’s Time to Talk About Crypto Twitter

Shiv Madan is CEO and co-founder of blockchain ticketing startup, Blockparty. Madan previously served as COO at Time Inc.’s music brand NME.com. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  The hash war between Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin...

/ December 29, 2018

Lime halts Gold Coast scooter rollout amid stoush with council

Posted December 29, 2018 15:50:43 Photo: Lime scooters started operating on the Gold Coast on Friday and stopped a day later. (Supplied: Nine News Gold Coast) Related Story: How fast can e-scooters go, and where are you allowed to ride...

/ December 29, 2018

Alibaba-backed Hellobike bags new funds as it marches into ride-hailing

2018 has been a rough year for China’s bike-sharing giants. Alibaba-backed Ofo pulled out of dozens of international cities as it fought with a severe cash crunch. Tencent-backed Mobike puts a brake on expansion after it was sold to neighborhood services...

/ December 29, 2018

Blockchain Company Buys Spanish Soccer Club, Cementing Crypto-Sports Connection

News Dutch crypto company Libereum has announced the acquisition of Spanish soccer club Elche CF, who are based in the province of Alicante. The move provides another sign that the crypto world’s interest in sports sponsorship and partnerships is growing.  Also Read: Etoro Will...

/ December 29, 2018

The Reddit detectives are hard at work decoding Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Early in the morning on Friday, December 28th, Netflix slipped its viewers a late Christmas present: a new episode of Charlie Brooker’s technological-dystopia anthology series Black Mirror, in the form of an interactive movie called Bandersnatch. Its arrival didn’t entirely...

/ December 29, 2018

The EPA wants to make it harder to limit toxic chemicals from power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed yet another weakening of an Obama-era regulation on Friday, this time targeting toxic chemicals from oil and coal-fired power plants. The regulation in question, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), was established in 2011....

/ December 28, 2018

Elon Musk’s tragic real-life story

There's no question that Elon Musk promises much, works hard, and sets his ambitions sky high. According to the Guardian, his tendency to set ambitious goals is not always a good thing because meeting those goals is extremely difficult, and...

/ December 28, 2018