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We Asked Crypto News Outlets If They’d Take Money to Cover a Project. More Than Half Said Yes
Of the 22 outlets who replied conclusively, 12 of them—more than half the total—were willing to publish paid content without disclosing it as such.
The Battle Over Europe’s Air
Coal lobbyists tried to sabotage EU regulations—and they nearly got away with it.
Binance’s New Charity Head Ran a Factory Where Workers Made Less Than $50 Per Month
Helen Hai worked for Chinese shoe manufacturer Huajian Group, which operates a large factory in an industrial zone outside Addis Ababa, and which has been criticized for the conditions it imposes on employees in both China and Ethiopia.
Monero’s Malware Response Workgroup Just Wants to Help
The MRW website aims to guide non-technical users through resolutions to three problems: unwanted in-browser mining, unwanted system mining, and ransomware.
The Maltese PM Thinks Blockchain Is the Future. It’s More a Sales Pitch Than a Prediction
In July, the Maltese parliament passed a set of bills to create a legislative framework for blockchain technology, signaling that the ‘Blockchain Island’ was open for business.
The Authors of “Blockchain and the Law” Want You to Rethink the Internet
Blockchain and the Law explores the implications of the technology in its broadest sense, positioning it in context of the evolution of the internet, and the development of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems which are continually touching more areas of our daily lives. In an interview, BREAKER spoke with the authors about code, crypto-anarchy, blockchain murder contracts, and more.
The U.N.’s Powerful New Way To Aid Refugees | BREAKER
On May 1, 2017, across the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, 1,500 mobile phones signaled an incoming message, and the United Nations’ trial for aid distribution on the Ethereum blockchain hit the real world.
‘Inspector Gadget’: how drones are saving lives
When engineers at Shell’s Ormen Lange gas processing plant in Norway wanted to inspect the 70 metre tall flare stack, the plant had to shut down for up to two weeks. Today, these checks can be done in just a few hours, during which the plant remains fully operational. Why? Because aerial drones fitted with cameras and other sensors are capable of accessing areas that previously required complicated rigging or scaffolding to accommodate human inspectors.
The government wants your medical data | The Outline
The U.S. is constructing its own data set from one million people to be used for medical research; whether it will help people or reinforce structural issues remains a question.
These Are Your Senses on Drugs
Last summer, when I took acid with a close friend, she told me she could suddenly see the world in 3D. “Don’t we always see in 3D?” I asked her. “Of course,” she said, “but you know what I mean.” And I absolutely did.
GitHub, Medium, and Twitter Scrubbed a Database of ICE Agents
A database listing the names and locations of employees working for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—pulled from publicly-available information on LinkedIn—was removed from major web platforms on Tuesday, just hours after its publication by programmer and artist Sam Lavigne.
This Programmer Scraped LinkedIn to Find People Who Work at ICE
To shed light on the individuals participating in the program—described as “unconscionable” by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday—Sam Lavigne, a New York-based artist and programmer, published a dataset of the LinkedIn profiles of 1,595 people who self-identified on the site as working for ICE.
Cryptocurrency Companies Are Rushing to Gobble up Canada's Cheap Electricity
Canada has always been defined by the vastness of its territory and its wealth of natural resources, especially in comparison to the small population. But today, the nation is in the first stages of a scramble for a new kind of digital resource.
Canada Is Gearing Up to Regulate Cryptocurrency
Canada is poised to become a global hub for cryptocurrencies, and advocates worry excessive regulation will stifle innovation.
The Mobile Revolution Will Be Monetized
Cheap Handsets and Data Have Supercharged Mobile Growth in India.