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Reuters: Crypto crash threatens North Korea’s stolen funds as it ramps up weapons tests

Reuters: Crypto crash threatens North Korea’s stolen funds as it ramps up weapons tests. “The nosedive in cryptocurrency markets has wiped out millions of dollars in funds stolen by North Korean hackers, four digital investigators say, threatening a key source of funding for the sanctions-stricken country and its weapons programmes. North Korea has poured resources into stealing cryptocurrencies in recent years, making it a potent hacking threat and leading to one of the largest cryptocurrency heists on record in March, in which almost $615 million was stolen, according to the U.S. Treasury.”

Texas Exes: Digital Archive at the Ransom Center Shows How the Theatre Industry Made It Through the Pandemic

Texas Exes: Digital Archive at the Ransom Center Shows How the Theatre Industry Made It Through the Pandemic. “March 12, 2020, was the night the lights went out on Broadway. The curtain came down on London’s West End a few days later. By the end of the month, theatres large and small all over the world had shuttered due to COVID-19. No one knew how long the virus would keep seats empty. But Eric Colleary was busy. His phone was ringing off the hook with calls from theatre artists across the county. They wanted to know: How had previous generations of thespians dealt with such situations? Could the past help them understand how to respond to this present crisis?”

Armenian Mirror-Spectator: Armenians of Whitinsville Website Unveiled at Project SAVE Webinar

Armenian Mirror-Spectator: Armenians of Whitinsville Website Unveiled at Project SAVE Webinar. “On June 16, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archive delved into the world of Whitinsville, a small town in central Massachusetts with one of the oldest Armenian communities in the state. This presentation was cosponsored by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research and the Armenian Cultural Center.”

ReviewGeek: New Raspberry Pi Pico W Adds Wi-Fi and Costs $6

ReviewGeek: New Raspberry Pi Pico W Adds Wi-Fi and Costs $6. “Now available for just $6, the Raspberry Pi Pico W uses an Infineon CYW43439 wireless chip for Wi-Fi support. This enables wireless internet support, which is particularly useful for IoT projects. Notably, the CYW43439 chip also supports Bluetooth 5.2 and Bluetooth LE, though these features aren’t enabled at launch.”

Engadget: YouTube introduces new tools to battle comment spam and account imitators

Engadget: YouTube introduces new tools to battle comment spam and account imitators. “YouTube is enacting more measures in its battle to cut down on comment spam and channel impersonation. Creators now have access to a new setting for comments in YouTube Studio. They’ll be able to select an ‘increase strictness’ option. YouTube says this builds on the ‘hold potentially inappropriate comments for review’ setting and will reduce the number of spam and identity abuse comments.”

CNET: The World’s Biggest NFT Festival vs. the Crypto Crash of 2022

CNET: The World’s Biggest NFT Festival vs. the Crypto Crash of 2022. “This year’s convention, the fourth ever, took place from June 21 to 23, amid the biggest crypto market crash in years. It’s a crucial time for the burgeoning industry, and not just because of crypto’s collapse. We’re in the gestation period of NFTs evolving from blockchain oddities to real-life entertainment brands. Events like NFT.NYC give ‘Web3’ teams a chance to prove that NFT culture can produce more than scams and that legitimate companies creating real products can be built in this space.” Or not.

National Sample Survey: How India taught the world the art of collecting data (BBC)

BBC: National Sample Survey: How India taught the world the art of collecting data. “Indian data is staring at a credibility crisis with official numbers on a range of subjects – from Covid deaths to jobs – being questioned by independent experts. But not too long ago, the country was seen as a world leader in data collection, writes author and historian Nikhil Menon.”

CNN: Descendant of enslaved people can sue Harvard University over photos of half-naked ancestors, state supreme court rules

CNN: Descendant of enslaved people can sue Harvard University over photos of half-naked ancestors, state supreme court rules. “Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a woman claiming to be the descendant of enslaved people can proceed with some of the claims in her lawsuit against Harvard University. The June 23 ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court allows Tamara Lanier to seek damages from Harvard for mistreating her when using photographs of her ancestors — images known as daguerreotypes.”

MakeUseOf: What Is Leakware? Here’s What You Need to Know

MakeUseOf: What Is Leakware? Here’s What You Need to Know. “Leakware attackers will threaten to release the confidential information they’ve stolen from the victim(s) if their demands are not met. These demands are usually financial and come in the form of a typical ransom (which is why leakware is a kind of ransomware). Leakware attackers will often ensure that the data they steal is highly sensitive to put as much pressure on the victim as possible.”

African News Agency: Seychelles’ National Archives To Be Housed In A New Building Soon, SINCHA Says

African News Agency: Seychelles’ National Archives To Be Housed In A New Building Soon, SINCHA Says. “The Seychelles National Institute for Culture, Heritage and the Arts (SINCHA) is looking for an alternative place to house the country’s National Archives following the announcement recently that it will no longer be in the same building as the National Library.”

Virginia Department of Health Launches Firearm Injuries in Virginia: Emergency Department Visits Dashboard (Virginia Department of Health)

Virginia Department of Health: Virginia Department of Health Launches Firearm Injuries in Virginia: Emergency Department Visits Dashboard. “Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) launched a new data dashboard on firearm injuries in Virginia showing the number and rate of emergency department (ED) visits from 2016 to 2022. The dashboard shows firearm injury data by year, health district, age group, sex, and race/ethnicity across Virginia.”

Search Engine Land: 11 Google Sheets formulas SEOs should know

Search Engine Land: 11 Google Sheets formulas SEOs should know. “While it’s not great at plotting ranking data (inverting the y-axis is always ugly), there are numerous ways to use Google Sheets for SEO. Here are 11 of the formulas and tips I find myself using for SEO on an almost daily basis – for keyword management, internationalization, content/URL management and dashboards.” Just ignore the SEO part. This is an excellent roundup of Google Sheets functions with quick, digestible examples.

TechCrunch: Amazon agrees to drop Prime cancellation ‘dark patterns’ in Europe

TechCrunch: Amazon agrees to drop Prime cancellation ‘dark patterns’ in Europe. “Amazon has agreed to simplify the process required for cancelling its Prime membership subscription service across its sites in the European Union, both on desktop and mobile interfaces, following a series of complaints from regional consumer protection groups. The coordinated complaints about Amazon’s confusing and convoluted cancellation process for Prime were announced back in April 2021 — so it’s taken just over a year for the e-commerce giant to agree to change its ways.”