FTX’s collapse was exacerbated by centralization; FTX being a decentralized exchange, based on smart contracts, could have prevented SBF draining customer funds (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal: FTX’s collapse was exacerbated by centralization; FTX being a decentralized exchange, based on smart contracts, could have prevented SBF draining customer funds  —  Automated market makers can obviate the need to hold customer money and the opportunity… Continue Reading →

The Download: AI conquers Minecraft, and babies after death

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. A bot that watched 70,000 hours of Minecraft could unlock AI’s next big thing The news: An AI… Continue Reading →

Hong Kong-based XanPool, a cross-border payments infrastructure provider for both crypto and fiat currencies, raised $41M in Q2 2022 at a $400M valuation (Jonathan Burgos/Forbes)

Jonathan Burgos / Forbes: Hong Kong-based XanPool, a cross-border payments infrastructure provider for both crypto and fiat currencies, raised $41M in Q2 2022 at a $400M valuation  —  XanPool—a cross-border payments infrastructure provider—is accelerating expansion plans across Europe, Middle East… Continue Reading →

Unchecked Carbon Dioxide Is Shrinking Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

(Photo: Astro Alex/Wikimedia Commons)We’re already aware of the consequences of unmitigated carbon emissions, particularly as they relate to climate change here on Earth. But according to two new studies, greenhouse gas buildup affects more than just our immediate surroundings. Researchers… Continue Reading →

The Download: climate responsibility, and AI training data shortages

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The US and China are pointing fingers at each other over climate change The UN climate conference wrapped… Continue Reading →

TSA Discovers Knife Cleverly Hidden in the Guts of a Gaming Laptop

(Photo: TSA)Just because something is impressive doesn’t mean it’s right. Case in point (pun intended): this knife (above) that was “artfully” hidden inside of a gaming laptop, when the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intercepted it last week. The discovery… Continue Reading →

Elon Musk holds relaunch of Blue Verified until “there is high confidence of stopping impersonations” and floats using different colors for orgs and individuals (Alex Heath/The Verge)

Alex Heath / The Verge: Elon Musk holds relaunch of Blue Verified until “there is high confidence of stopping impersonations” and floats using different colors for orgs and individuals  —  Elon Musk told Twitter employees on Monday that the company… Continue Reading →

The Download: Twitter may only last weeks, and Meta’s unforced AI error

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Former Twitter employees fear the platform might only last weeks Recently-departed Twitter staff have told MIT Technology Review… Continue Reading →

ISEE, which develops tech to turn the most common logistics yard trucks into autonomous vehicles, has raised a $40M Series B led by Founders Fund (Brianna Wessling/The Robot Report)

Brianna Wessling / The Robot Report: ISEE, which develops tech to turn the most common logistics yard trucks into autonomous vehicles, has raised a $40M Series B led by Founders Fund  —  ISEE, the Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of self-driving yard… Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Holmes Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison for Theranos Fraud

A few short years ago, media reports were holding up Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes as the next Steve Jobs, a comparison she clearly invited with her trademark black turtleneck and deep speaking voice. However, the company’s supposedly revolutionary… Continue Reading →

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