Day: October 6, 2020

Three scientists win Nobel Physics Prize for groundbreaking black hole work

Enlarge / Image of the night sky above Paranal, Chile, on July 21, 2007, showing the galactic center of the Milky Way. The laser creates a guide-star for the telescope. European Southern Observatory/Y. Beletsky The 2020 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to Roger Penrose “for the discovery that black hole formation is a …

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China Central Bank Official Reveals Results of First Digital Yuan Pilots

An official for China’s central bank has unveiled usage statistics of state-backed digital currency trials that were conducted in three Chinese cities. Speaking virtually at the Sibos 2020 conference on Monday, Fan Yifei, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said the bank opened 113,300 consumer digital wallets and 8,859 corporate digital wallets for …

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House Report May Suggest Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 Account Requirement Is Anticompetitive

A report and recommendations prepared by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on antitrust law suggests Facebook may be anticompetitive with its Oculus Quest 2 account requirement. The report suggests that Congress should clarify that “conditioning access to a product or service in which a firm has market power to the use of a separate …

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Facebook bans QAnon entirely, says previous crackdown wasn’t enough

Enlarge / Supporters of President Donald Trump wearing “QAnon” T-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall on October 1, 2018, in Johnson City, Tennessee. Getty Images | Sean Rayford Facebook is banning the QAnon conspiracy-theorist group, expanding on a policy that previously led to the removal of over 1,500 QAnon-related pages …

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SEC Commissioner Peirce Chats About DeFi, Tokens and Her Unikrn Dissent at LA Blockchain Summit

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester Peirce discussed some major trends in the digital asset world during a chat with journalist Laura Shin, at the LA Blockchain Summit on Tuesday.  While the talk kicked off with Peirce’s letter of dissent against the recent SEC decision to levy a $6.1 million fine on Unikrn, the commissioner …

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Facebook has banned QAnon

Rick Loomis via Getty Images The QAnon conspiracy theory is no longer welcome on any of Facebook’s apps. The social network is banning QAnon entirely even if the accounts in question aren’t explicitly discussing violence, Facebook now says. “Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they …

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Rep claims his firm was 8 years ahead of its time on DeFi

DeFi failed to catch on eight years ago, according to comments from Yoni Assia, founder and CEO of financial platform eToro. “I think that DeFi is super interesting,” Assia said on Oct. 6 during a panel on crypto exchanges and venture investments, as part of the LA Blockchain Summit. “We actually built a decentralized exchange back in …

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‘Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition’ Arrives Just In Time For Halloween

Yes. You can pet the dog. Bloober Team, the developer behind VR horror experiences Layers of Fear and Layers of Fear 2, is bringing one of the most terrifying video games ever to VR. Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition will cut you out from reality and drop you into the mysterious lore of the Blair …

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EA Has ‘No Plans’ For Star Wars: Squadrons DLC, New Modes, Or Oculus Quest Port

Star Wars: Squadrons is here and it’s pretty great. We’ve been having a blast playing it in VR with a HOTAS setup since EA chose not to support VR motion controllers. During an interview last week, we also spoke about future plans for the game and whether it could ever come to the Oculus Quest. …

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