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Incredible Black Friday & Cyber Week Sales on NFTs

2022-11-25

Miami, Floria - People are seeing incredible deals on NFTS, the digital collectibles powered by cryptocurrencies, for the Black Friday and Cyber Week shopping holidays this year. Some are on sale for as much as 97% compared to their cost last year. We were able to catch up with some local shoppers to get their thoughts on the deals. Most were enthusiastic about the deals. "Really incredible. Last year, it was hard to believe that these pictures of cartoon gorillas and rocks were worth millions of dollars. And today it's still hard to believe they're worth 3% of millions of dollars" - Tom, 33 "Oh I love it. I've been trying to find this perfect rock JPEG for my significant other for ages and… read more 🏃‍♀️

Santa Clause Sued & Fined By European Union Over GDPR Breach

2022-11-23

Brussels, Belgium - Santa Clause, the globally-known ancient gift-giver, has been fined €100 trillion (~$103 trillion) by the European Data Protection Commission (DPC) over a "long-running string of persistent and historic data breaches". An EU spokesperson had this to say: "The case we are initiating today challenges Santa's use of a worldwide "Naughty or Nice" list as a prerequisite for children to receive Christmas gifts. Santa has long operated outside the law, collecting highly-sensitive, personally-identifiable information about millions and millions of children. Enough is enough. We're saying 'no no no' to the 'ho ho ho'" The EUDPC, which is the lead privacy regulator in the European… read more 🏃‍♀️

President Biden Announces Emergency Release From Strategic Taylor Swift Ticket Reserve

2022-11-17

Washington, DC - President Biden announced Wednesday that he is authorizing the release of 1.5 million tickets from the Strategic Taylor Swift Ticket Reserve. Biden said the 1.5 million tickets will be released over the next two weeks, which should help keep "Swifties" — fans of Taylor Swift — at bay, he said. "Some folks got tickets, but many waited in line only to find they missed out or that the general sale wasn't happening. Families are hurting. Ticketmaster is failing us." Biden said. With only one third of the Strategic Taylor Swift Ticket Reserve still available — over 1 million tickets — the White House will prepare for future releases should the need arise in the coming months. The… read more 🏃‍♀️

Ticketmaster Demoted to TicketApprentice Following Taylor Swift Debacle

2022-11-16

San Francisco, CA - Cries of outrage directed at Ticketmaster and Live Nation flooded social media after a fiasco over ticket sales for pop superstar Taylor Swift's upcoming “Eras” tour, which is slated to kick off in March. Ticket buyers complained after the website appeared to crash, freeze, and glitch during purchases, leaving many unable to get tickets for the show. Ticketmaster attempted to mitigate the disaster by rescheduling the ticket release to later in the day — but to little effect. As part of the fallout, Ticketmaster was demoted to "apprentice" status on Wednesday. A spokesperson from the Tribunal of International Companies Knowing Everything about Ticketing (TICKET) had this… read more 🏃‍♀️

FTX Experiencing Abnormal Activity; Mysterious 'FBS' Hacker Takes Credit

2022-11-11

New York - Crypto exchange FTX is probing abnormalities in wallet transactions after more than $260 million of digital coins were withdrawn from the platform in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy. A hacker identifying as 'FBS' is taking credit for the actions. "Not so bankrupt now, am I!? 🖕" @notsbf twitter account, 9:39pm FTX’s Twitter account reposted a message from Ryne Miller, the general counsel of its US arm, saying the firm is “investigating abnormalities with wallet movements related to consolidation of ftx balances across exchanges. We are looking into legal action against the hacker known as Sam Bank— err, FBS” The past hour’s outflow is estimated to be an eye-popping minimum… read more 🏃‍♀️

FTX Not Bankrupt, 'Our Balance Sheet is Just Highly Decentralized'

2022-11-10

London - Sam Bankman-Fried, the billionaire founder of crypto exchange FTX, sought to reassure crypto investors on Monday after a rival exchange, Binance, said it would liquidate its holdings of FTX's native token. The exchange was catapulted into a crisis after Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, founder of rival Binance Holdings Ltd., announced plans to sell some $530 million worth of FTX’s utility token FTT, citing “recent revelations.” Binance had received the tokens when it sold a stake in FTX last year. FTT plunged soon after. "A competitor is trying to go after us with false rumors," FTX's Bankman-Fried said in a series of tweets on Monday. "FTX is fine. Assets are fine. Our balance sheet is just… read more 🏃‍♀️

Twitter Launches 15 New 'Verified' Labels

2022-11-09

San Francisco, CA - Twitter has launched a new slew of 'verified' labels, just hours after killing a new official label. Mr. Musk pointed to Twitter Blue, the company’s revamped subscription service that charges people $7.99 to obtain various check marks and other benefits, as the way for users to take advantage of the new labels. The new labels available to users follow a tiered model, with the cheapest ones ranging from $8-$20 per month for badges like "Basic Blue" or "Retweetable Red" all the way to the $10,000 and $20,000 per month tiers "lol 420 69" and "Memelord Mauve". The tiers also come with increased features and privileges. Users paying for the $200 per month "Tesla Teal" badge… read more 🏃‍♀️

Elon Musk Suspended from Twitter for 'Impersonating a CEO'

2022-11-08

San Francisco, CA - Elon Musk has been banned from Twitter for "impersonating a CEO" as part of a new policy on impersonation at Twitter. After several celebrity and blue-check verified Twitter users changed their accounts to mimic the social network’s new owner, Elon Musk, he called for a swift change to policy enforcement. Before Musk closed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on Oct. 28, the social network’s rules specified that users, “may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, nor use a fake identity in a manner that disrupts the experience of others on Twitter.” Musk wrote on Sunday that, moving forward, Twitter will now… read more 🏃‍♀️

Mark Zuckerberg Donates Legs To Metaverse

2022-11-08

Menlo Park, CA - Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that he was "donating his legs to the metaverse". He made the statement sitting down behind a desk that obscured his lower body at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Meta has made a massive bet on the sucess of the metaverse, with Mr. Zuckerburg leading the charge. The company may spend as much as $100 billion over the next five years on metaverse-related efforts. To date, Horizon Worlds, the company's flagship metaverse product, lacked the ability for users to render and animate legs on avatars. It appears that Zuck is all in. He was said to have remarked that "the legs had to come from somewhere, right?...right?" before… read more 🏃‍♀️

63% of NPM Packages Stuck in Port of Long Beach

2021-12-27

Los Angeles, CA - Supply chain issues have been on the minds of shoppers everywhere in the US this holiday season. Demand shocks have hit markets around the world as businesses and economies more broadly have opened up after a prolonged slowdown brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Consumers have seen delivery times and prices increase and many Christmas gifts will arrive days or weeks into the new year. But even as the holidays wind down and Black Friday and Cyber Week have long come and gone, supply chain issues persist - even digital ones. According to a recent internal study at Github obtained by unicorn.computer, 63% of NPM packages are stuck waiting in data centers near the Port of… read more 🏃‍♀️

Log4j To Rebrand As Log4Good

2021-12-14

United States - Security teams at companies around the world are scrambling to patch a previously unknown vulnerability called Log4Shell, which has the potential to let hackers compromise an untold amount of devices and servers across the internet. The vulnerability allows remote code execution — the ability for hackers to run arbitrary code on vulnerable servers. This would allow bad actors to run malware, viruses, and other kinds of harmful software. The Log4Shell vulnerability is found in log4j, a widely-used open-source logging library found in Java applications. These kinds of applications power huge swaths of the internet. Logging is a process where applications keep a running list of… read more 🏃‍♀️

Zillow Releases Home iBuying Algorithm

2021-11-03

San Francisco, CA - The software-driven real estate company Zillow has announced it's throwing in the towel on its "iBuying" program. The iBuying, or instant buying, service also known as Zillow Offers had recently been bogged down by a backlog of renovations and closings caused by labor and supply shortages in the U.S. housing market. Zillow disclosed Tuesday that it lost about $304 million in the third quarter alone from the program. The losses stemmed from purchasing homes at higher prices than it now expects to sell them at. In the third quarter, it bought 9,680 homes but sold only 3,032. In an attempt to calm investors, the company also released the source code for their buying service… read more 🏃‍♀️

Facebook Rebrands as Meta, Goes All-in on Digital Pretzels

2021-10-28

Menlo Park, CA - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday at his company’s Connect event that its new name will be Meta. In what was a surprise to many, he also added that the company will focus on digital baked goods, especially pretzels. “We are a company that builds technology to connect people to pretzels,” Zuckerberg said. “Together, we can finally put pretzels at the center of our technology. And together, we can unlock a massively bigger pretzel economy.” “To reflect who we are and what we hope to build,” he added. He said the name Facebook doesn’t fully encompass everything the company does now, and is still closely linked to one product. “But over time, I hope we are seen as… read more 🏃‍♀️

Twitch Goes Completely Open Source

2021-10-06

San Francisco, CA - Streaming company Twitch has gone completely open source. The company released a massive trove of code, internal data, and even software to the general public, including: 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch. The entirety of twitch.tv, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.” Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients. Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch. An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios. Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge. Twitch’s internal security tools. The timing and nature of the move surprised many, leading to… read more 🏃‍♀️

Millions of Lies Go Unspread As Facebook, Instagram Go down

2021-10-04

San Francisco, CA - A massive outage has hit Facebook-owned social networks and caused hours of downtime for the social media giant. On Twitter, John Graham-Cumming, the CTO for Cloudflare said the problem was likely with Facebook’s authoritative DNS servers, which were not letting people connect to its sites like Instagram and WhatsApp. About five minutes before Facebook's DNS stopped working we saw a large number of BGP changes (mostly route withdrawals) for Facebook's ASN. @jgrahmc Outages are fairly common amongst large applications on the modern internet. But they are usually very brief or localized to a singular region or application. Huge swathes of a company's sites going down… read more 🏃‍♀️

Airbnb Rebrands To AirbnFee

2021-07-06

San Francisco, CA - Airbnb, the online vacation rental marketplace, has announced that it will be rebranding to AirbnFee. The change comes right as semi-local summer travel in the US is rebounding with a frenzy. AirbnFee Brian Chesky announced the change in a company blog post, saying "Airbnb has come a long ways over the last decade. We've had to reinvent ourselves time and time again. As we move past the pandemic and further into a new decade, we felt it was time to evolve our image and brand again around transparency. Fees are a central part of the AirbnFee experience and we want to ensure our company name reflects that." Customers reacted positively to the change. Jeff M., a long-time… read more 🏃‍♀️

HBO Announces Integration Test Email Season 2

2021-06-17

New York, NY - HBO has announced a second season of "Integration Test Email #1" after just hours after the release of the first season. The launch of the show immediately lit up social media and went viral. HBO subscribers everywhere took to Twitter, Facebook, and other sites to sing the praises of the show as well as its creators. A spokesperson for HBO said that Peter Jackson was set to direct season two and the budget will likely be "somewhere between $1 and $2 billion". read more 🏃‍♀️

Satya Nadella Finds IE11's Last Horcrux, Plans to Destroy It Later This Year

2021-05-31

Redmond, WA - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently made public a major development related to Internet Explorer 11. In a stunning reveal, he announced that he had found the browser's last horcrux and planned to destroy it later this year on August 17, 2021. Mr. Nadella held a widely-covered press conference and had this to say: "After a long and storied battle to eliminate the scourge of a browser from widespread use, we finally did it. Ladies and gentlemen, we got him. We found the last horcrux hidden deep within quirks mode. It was a subtle CSS bug that could only be resolved when it was Wednesday and !important was used in all CSS properties. We are incredibly excited about this major… read more 🏃‍♀️

Jeff Bezos Chosen as Next James Bond Following MGM Acquisition

2021-05-26

Seattle, WA - Amazon is buying MGM for $8.45 billion, and with it co-ownership of the James Bond movie franchise. The deal was announced as many tech and media companies look to beef up their media libraries in the so-called "streaming wars". Netflix, Disney, and others have raced to launch or acquire original content while leveraging existing popular franchises to gain viewership. Although the acquisition was widely-rumored within Hollywood, at least one part of the final deal was a total surprise: Jeff Bezos will be the next James Bond. The provision, buried deep within the larger deal, was surfaced and confirmed by the incredible unicorn.computer 🦄 investigative team. Section 1039… read more 🏃‍♀️

Bitcoin Moves to Proof-of-Steak

2021-05-24

Core engineers and leaders working in the Bitcoin community have reached an accord to transition to a "proof of steak" model for mining the cryptocurrency, sources say. The change comes after a massive unwinding that erased nearly $1 trillion across cryptocurrency markets last week. It's also thought to be in response to a common critique of Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies: massive energy inefficiency due to the intense energy needed for proof-of-work mining. We were able to get in touch with Satoshi Nakamoto, a cryptocurrency hobbyist, to help us better explain the change and what it means for markets: "Really what's happening here is that Elon Musk caught us red-handed. He's totally… read more 🏃‍♀️

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