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Algorithms were under fire at a Senate hearing on social media

Enlarge / Chairman Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) (right) speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law hearing April 27, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the effect social media companies’ algorithms and design choices have on users and discourse. …

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Man Offers to Buy 111 Tesla Model 3s if Elon Musk’s Company Accepts Bitcoin Cash for Payments

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>On April 20, a video stemming from the Youtube channel called “1stmil.com” has the Bitcoin Cash community talking. The host of the channel sitting in a Tesla dealership parking lot explains in his recent video that if Elon Musk gets Tesla to accept bitcoin cash directly for cars, he plans to commit …

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Google is killing “Google Play Movies & TV” on smart TVs

Enlarge Google It sure seems like “Google Play Movies & TV,” Google’s video content store, is on the way out. Late last year, the Android version of the Play Movies & TV app was rebranded as “Google TV,” and now, Google is announcing (via 9to5Google) that on many smart TV platforms, Google’s purchased video content …

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The Most Viewed Crypto Videos: Ethereum Captured More Views on Youtube in 12 Months Than Bitcoin

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Total Processing, a merchant services company has published a study this week about the most-watched cryptocurrency videos on Youtube during the last year. Even though bitcoin has climbed 700% since last April, ethereum has climbed 1,100% and videos pertaining to ethereum have accumulated the most views since April 2020.</strong> Ethereum Videos Are …

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Youtuber Builds a Bitcoin Miner Out of a 31-year old Nintendo Game Boy

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>On Saturday, a popular Youtuber named Stacksmashing published a video that shows him hacking a 1989 Nintendo Game Boy in order to mine bitcoin. Despite the creativity and the fact that the miner only leverages four double-A batteries, Stacksmashing noted that the 8-bit handheld game console was not nearly as powerful as …

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Instagram Influencer Charged for Allegedly Stealing Millions of Dollars in Bitcoin From Followers

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>A popular Instagram personality has been charged in the U.S., accused of stealing bitcoins worth millions of dollars from his followers. He allegedly convinced the “victims to sell him their bitcoin at attractive, but inflated, values” but he never wired them the money for the coins sent to him.</strong> Instagram Influencer’s Bitcoin …

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Bias, subtweets, and kids: Key takeaways from Big Tech’s latest outing on the Hill

Enlarge / There was no fancy Hill hearing room for this all-virtual event, so Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey dialed in from… a kitchen. Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images A trio of major tech CEOs—Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey—once again went before Congress this week to explain their roles …

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China social media star Bart Baker to drop 8 NFTs with DeFine Art

Baker, who has around 24 million followers across multiple Chinese social media platforms, will auction eight unique NFTs as part of the collaboration. One of the NFTs, called The Bart Baker Experience, will allow the winner of the auction to make a video with Baker that will be circulated on social media and minted into …

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Ripple Settles Legal Dispute With Youtube Over XRP Giveaway Scams

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>Ripple and Youtube had ended a legal battle initiated in April last year amid allegations related to crypto-related scams. The U.S. blockchain company sued the video platform for negligence in acting against crypto scams that impersonated Ripple.</strong> Terms of the Resolution Are Confidential During a Twitter thread, Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse announced …

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House Democrats ask YouTube to explain extremism policies

House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee are again pushing YouTube to explain its policies around extremist content. In a letter sent to Google CEO Sundar Pichai Wednesday, the committee leaders said that “incendiary content that indoctrinates, radicalizes, and mobilizes extremists continues to flourish” on the platform. “YouTube should make meaningful reforms to its …

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