Read that link carefully: Scammers scoop up misspelled cryptocurrency URLs to rob your wallet (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Read that link carefully: Scammers scoop up misspelled cryptocurrency URLs to rob your wallet. “Wwwblockchain.com isn’t a typo. Nor is hlockchain.com or blpckchain.com. Those sites are set up to dupe Internet users trying to reach Blockchain.com, a website that lets users buy and sell cryptocurrency. And there’s big money in little typos.”

Wired: What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?

Wired: What Makes an Artist in the Age of Algorithms?. “BT, the Grammy-nominated composer of 2010’s These Hopeful Machines, has emerged as a world leader at the intersection of tech and music…. This past spring, BT released GENESIS.JSON, a piece of software that contains 24 hours of original music and visual art. It features 15,000 individually sequenced audio and video clips that he created from scratch, which span different rhythmic figures, field recordings of cicadas and crickets, a live orchestra, drum machines, and myriad other sounds that play continuously. And it lives on the blockchain. It is, to my knowledge, the first composition of its kind.”

New York Times: Teens Cash in on the NFT Art Boom

New York Times: Teens Cash in on the NFT Art Boom. “Last fall, Randi Hipper decided to, as she put it recently, ‘go in-depth with the crypto space.’ After hearing about NFTs on Twitter and other social media platforms, Ms. Hipper, then a 17-year-old senior at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, began releasing her own digital artworks — cartoonish and self-referential pieces showing her cruising in a car with a Bitcoin license plate or riding the Coney Island Wonder Wheel.”

Gizmodo: This Crowdsourced Ransomware Payment Tracker Shows How Much Cybercriminals Have Heisted

Gizmodo: This Crowdsourced Ransomware Payment Tracker Shows How Much Cybercriminals Have Heisted. “The way it works is Ransomwhere keeps a running tally of ransoms paid out to cybercriminals in the bitcoin cryptocurrency. This is largely made possible because of the transparent nature of bitcoin: All transactions involving the cryptocurrency are recorded on the blockchain, a decentralized database that acts as a public ledger, thus allowing anyone to track any transactions specifically associated with ransomware groups.”

Cointelegraph: Activists archive Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper on blockchain

Cointelegraph: Activists archive Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper on blockchain. “Hong Kong cyber-activists are not giving up on the freedom of speech and are backing up articles from the pro-democracy tabloid newspaper Apple Daily using blockchain technology. Following a national security probe, Apple Daily printed its last edition on Thursday. But Hong Kong activists took it from there and uploaded the publication’s articles on a distributed network, Reuters reported.”

Bloomberg: Facebook on blockchain? A real estate mogul is pouring US$100 million into decentralising social media

Bloomberg: Facebook on blockchain? A real estate mogul is pouring US$100 million into decentralising social media. “Frank McCourt, the billionaire real estate mogul and former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is pouring US$100 million into an attempt to rebuild the foundations of social media. The effort, which he has loftily named Project Liberty, centers on the construction of a publicly accessible database of people’s social connections, allowing users to move records of their relationships between social media services instead of being locked into a few dominant apps.”

Journey from Digital to Physical: 9 NFT Galleries You Can Physically Visit in 2021 (Coinspeaker)

Coinspeaker: Journey from Digital to Physical: 9 NFT Galleries You Can Physically Visit in 2021. “Before we go ahead and list down the 9 popular choices to visit, let’s recap our understanding of what exactly is an NFT. In simple words, these non-fungible tokens store digital data whose authenticity as well as ownership are defined by the blockchain technology used in their creation. Each token is unique to the digital data it stores and is not interchangeable like the regular currency. Here are the 9 most popular galleries to visit this year.”

‘Own a part of history’: UC Berkeley to sell nonfungible tokens of scientific discoveries (Daily Californian)

Daily Californian: ‘Own a part of history’: UC Berkeley to sell nonfungible tokens of scientific discoveries. “UC Berkeley will auction two nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, relating to Nobel Prize-winning inventions for the funding of future research and innovation. The NFTs being sold include digital art pieces consisting of the original patent disclosure forms behind former campus professor James Allison’s cancer immunotherapy research, for which he shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, for which campus biochemistry and molecular biology professor Jennifer Doudna shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry.”

Quartz: Hong Kongers are using blockchain archives to fight government censorship

Quartz: Hong Kongers are using blockchain archives to fight government censorship. “Using blockchain to bypass censorship is not new. In 2018, for example, #MeToo activists in China used the Ethereum blockchain to preserve an open letter by a Peking University student who said she was being pressured by the administration to cease her activism on a sexual assault case.”

Motherboard: People’s Expensive NFTs Keep Vanishing. This Is Why

Motherboard: People’s Expensive NFTs Keep Vanishing. This Is Why. “Last month, Tom Kuennen, a property manager from Ontario, coughed up $500 worth of cryptocurrency for a JPEG of an Elon Musk-themed ‘Moon Ticket’ from DarpaLabs, an anonymous digital art collective. He purchased it through the marketplace OpenSea, one of the largest vendors of so-called non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, in the hopes of reselling it for a profit. ‘It’s like a casino,’ he said in an interview. ‘If it goes up 100 times you resell it, if it doesn’t, well, you don’t tell anyone.’ He never got the chance to find out.”

Spotted via Reddit: NFT Hub

Spotted via Reddit (I think) and apparently launching next month: NFT Hub. From the front page: “NFT Hub hosts monthly exhibits that feature the most interesting digital assets. We aim to show a curated collection of NFTs, along with their histories, their owners, and their prices.” Of course, I think the countdown date resolves to April 1st, so this could be crap. If it is I apologize for putting crap on your radar.

PetaPixel: First-Ever Hologram to be Auctioned as Crypto Art Popularity Grows

PetaPixel: First-Ever Hologram to be Auctioned as Crypto Art Popularity Grows. “Hologram company Looking Glass Factory has announced a collaboration with musician Reggie Watts and electronic band Panther Modern to create a hologram crypto art piece to be auctioned through Zora on March 11 called ‘The NonCompliance of Being.’ The crypto art market is exploding, with non-fungible tokens (NFT) becoming a commonplace term. According to Looking Glass Factory, the popularity of the format is a long time coming.”

Reuters: How a 10-second video clip sold for $6.6 million

Reuters: How a 10-second video clip sold for $6.6 million. “The video by digital artist Beeple, whose real name is Mike Winkelmann, was authenticated by blockchain, which serves as a digital signature to certify who owns it and that it is the original work. It’s a new type of digital asset – known as a non-fungible token (NFT) – that has exploded in popularity during the pandemic as enthusiasts and investors scramble to spend enormous sums of money on items that only exist online.”

Wiley Online Library: A critical review of emerging technologies for tackling COVID‐19 pandemic

Wiley Online Library: A critical review of emerging technologies for tackling COVID‐19 pandemic. ” As the pandemic continues to spread, current measures rely on prevention, surveillance, and containment. In light of this, emerging technologies for tackling COVID‐19 become inevitable. Emerging technologies including geospatial technology, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, telemedicine, blockchain, 5G technology, smart applications, Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), robotics, and additive manufacturing are substantially important for COVID‐19 detecting, monitoring, diagnosing, screening, surveillance, mapping, tracking, and creating awareness.”