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NFTs come to Saturday Night Live in rap sketch

The craze behind non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, has seemingly reached peak parody after NBC’s famed Saturday Night Live sketch comedy featured it in a skit with United States Treasury Secretary “Janet Yellen.” In last night’s show hosted by former cast member Maya Rudolph, Yellen — portrayed by comedian Kate McKinnon — is speaking at a …

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Crypto media runs with the bulls as new entrants compete against established brands

New opportunities arise during each Bitcoin bull run. The current ebullience has been driven by an influx of institutional investors, along with major payment providers like PayPal and Mastercard.  But why are they here to begin with? Much of the recent enthusiasm can be attributed to the vast and vociferous audience that’s been developed by …

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US lawmakers propose Australia-style bill for media, tech negotiations

Enlarge / Rep. Ken Buck (R-Co.) and Microsoft president Brad Smith at a House hearing on regulation and competition in the news media industry on March 12, 2021. Drew Angerer | Getty Images A group of US lawmakers is proposing new legislation that would allow media organizations to set terms with social media platforms for …

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The Mainstream Media Narrative Shifts as Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley Come to Bitcoin

As another wave of major financial institutions announce bitcoin plans, it’s getting harder for the MSM to simply print the same old FUD. This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io. Today on the Brief: A follow-up on celebrity in crypto Dapper Labs and BlockFi raising at multibillion dollar valuations Cathie Wood and ARK increase their bitcoin …

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Bitcoin subreddit hits 2M subscribers following GameStop controversy

One of the most well-known online Bitcoin communities passed two million subscribers in a surge of activity on Friday, purportedly due to the media attention over the r/Wallstreetbets subreddit. According to the Metrics For Reddit analytics website, the subreddit r/Bitcoin has 2,184,941 subscribers at the time of publication, making it the 178th most popular subreddit …

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AT&T sells Crunchyroll to Sony for $1.2B amid “streamlining” efforts

Enlarge / The logo may or may not last after the deal is complete. Rafael Henrique | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Those of us who are old enough to have clear memories of video stores may remember the time when “Japanimation” comprised a single bottom shelf of battered VHS cases near the …

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‘Shameless’ season premiere name drops Bitcoin and other crypto

A number of TV shows have mentioned Bitcoin (BTC) or other cryptocurrencies over the years, including Big Bang Theory in 2017 and The Simpsons in 2020. One of the latest crypto mentions occurred during the premiere of the 11th season of Shameless, in an episode called “This is Chicago.”  “It’s my crypto,” character Dash said, …

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Reuters runs the headline Bitcoiners have longed to read

The U.S. Dollar Index fell sharply today, extending a 10 month losing streak that places it at the lowest point since April 2018.  International news agency Reuters marked the occasion with a story headlined: “Dollar plummets on U.S. stimulus hopes; Bitcoin hits all-time peak”. The article noted the tumble coincided with today’s news of a …

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Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts

Wachiwit via Getty Images Over the last week, Instagram has started labeling state-backed media, following through on a policy the company’s parent Facebook announced last October and started implementing on its own social media network this past June.  The labels were first spotted by journalist Casey Michel. Users in the US will see them appear …

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