Day: September 20, 2020

Over 40 Bitcoin Forks Are Down More Than 98% Since 2017’s Forking Fiesta

Since the summer of 2017, more than 44 forks of the Bitcoin network were created and so far many of them have lost considerable value and are near worthless. To-date only a few of the forks that stem from Satoshi’s creation have remained relevant during the last three years. There are three branches of Satoshi …

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US Space Force taps blockchain firm Xage Security for data protection

The recently created United States Space Force, or USSF, and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab has chosen blockchain firm Xage Security to develop data security systems. In a statement, Xage Security said it was awarded a contract to provide end-to-end data protection for the USSF. The company will employ its blockchain-based Xage Security Fabric …

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MicroStrategy CEO seems to embrace Bitcoin maximalism

MicroStrategy’s decision to use Bitcoin as its primary reserve currency has Michael Saylor seemingly favoring the asset over altcoins. In a Sept. 20 tweet, the business intelligence company’s CEO stated that he considers Bitcoin (BTC) to be a crypto asset network, unlike tokens like Ethereum (ETH) or stablecoins, which he referred to as “crypto-application networks.” …

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New trailers: Your Honor, Chicago 7, and a little show called The Mandalorian

I was on a bit of a Star Wars kick the past week, watching The Empire Strikes Back, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi, inspired partly by the great news of a new trailer for The Mandalorian’s second season. Tonight, though, I’m planning to stream RBG, the 2018 documentary about the late Justice Ruth Bader …

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Iranian hackers’ Android malware spies on dissidents by stealing 2FA codes

REUTERS/TIMA It’s no secret that some countries have spied on their citizens through innocuous-looking apps, but one effort is more extensive than usual. Check Point Research has discovered (via ZDNet) that Rampant Kitten, an Iranian hacker group that has targeted the country’s political opponents for years, has developed Android malware focused on stealing two-factor authentication …

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Meet in the Middle: Crypto Companies and Banks Are Evolving Together

Some say that meaningful change happens gradually. Others insist it erupts unexpectedly. This week, we saw that both are true.  Earlier this week, the Wyoming Banking Board voted to approve the application from San Francisco-based crypto exchange Kraken for a Special Purpose Depositary Institution (SPDI) banking charter. Yes, one of the crypto industry’s oldest exchanges …

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SpaceX continues commercial launch market dominance with even more contracts

By Eric Ralph Posted on September 20, 2020 SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has secured at least two more commercial launch contracts, continuing the company’s dominance in the commercial launch market. On September 17th, commercial satellite operator Intelsat revealed the completion of a $390 million contract to launch six new satellites in 2022 – split 4:2 …

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Twitter is looking into why its photo preview appears to favor white faces over Black faces

Twitter it was looking into why the neural network it uses to generate photo previews apparently chooses to show white people’s faces more frequently than Black faces. Several Twitter users demonstrated the issue over the weekend, posting examples of posts that had a Black person’s face and a white person’s face. Twitter’s preview showed the …

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Twitter has ‘more analysis to do’ after algorithm shows possible racial bias

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter is learning first-hand about the challenges of eliminating racial bias in algorithms. The social network’s Liz Kelley said the company had “more analysis” to do after cryptographic engineer Tony Arcieri conducted an experiment suggesting Twitter’s algorithm was biased in prioritizing photos. When attaching photos of Barack Obama and …

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Creative Emmys 2020 winners: The Mandalorian and Watchmen score most awards – CNET

Disney’s The Mandalorian series grabs the most awards at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys. Disney Plus <p class=”speakableTextP1″><span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/how-to/baby-yoda-timeline-everything-we-know-about-the-mandalorian-breakout-star/”>Baby Yoda</a></span> seems to be a good luck charm for <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/news/disney-plus-and-apple-tv-plus-face-off-for-emmy-milestone-glory/”>The Mandalorian</a></span> in more ways than one. At this year’s <a href=”https://www.emmys.com/awards/emmys/creative-arts-emmys” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer nofollow” data-component=”externalLink”>72nd annual Creative Arts Emmys</a>, <a …

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