With Juneteenth now being declared as a federal holiday, let’s take a look at how tech and business leaders are supporting this empowerment with actionable strategiesSlavery and subjugation of the black community may seem like an act of far history, but it is only now that the world is actually taking a conscious effort to recognize the terrible toll that the harships of salvery due to the skin color took on the community and in ways continues to take.But as we understand these struggles and work towards eliminating them, it is significant that we do so by not just using just our words, but also our actions.Last year, as the unfortunate event of the death of George Floyyd uproared the Black Lives Matter movement, tech leaders and DE activists were quick on their heels to show their support with Twitter and Square CEO, Jack Dorsey, announcing Juneteenth as a paid holidays for its employees, followed by multiple others to commemorate the day.This year, US president Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris declared the day as a federal holiday, in order to honor it as the anniversary of the declaration of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in Texas.June 19th will now be observed as a federal holiday across the US to celebrate the freedom of enslaved Black Americans, and many tech leaders are making a difference for the black community by setting an example with their actions and opinions.Let us take a look at some of these leaders who are levelling the playing field for everyone alike-1.She has spent over 20 years in this industry and strives towards giving people a voice and a seat at the table by creating systems that lead to substantive and sincere diversity solutions.“When they say Diversity, I want them to respect and acknowledge multiple dimensions of diversity, and when they say Inclusion I want them to create a culture where every individual feels empowered to not shrink themselves into something they aren’t.” says Rocki.Rocki also has her podcast series – The Voice of Diversity where she hosts industry players and this Juneteenth head over to her highlight episode from one of the best and brightest African American Voices of Diversity guests – Stacey A. Gordon, MBA Gordon, A Voice of an Unbiased Diversity Strategist.When Facebook was being criticized for having only 3.1% black staff, Archibong’s written note on his experience as a black man in America.Archibong reflects on Ahmaud Arbery’s Story with impending hurt and sadness“In my head, now most people quickly shuffled to avoid me out of fear of a hidden virus, not my blackness.He helps Facebook implement ideas to scale up equality and social justice.3.Angela BentonAngela Benton is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Streamlytics which is a next gen data ecosystem that offers human powered, ethical data from present day communities.
"We're probably going to see the scaling out of solar because of bitcoin mining much faster now than we would have seen without this controversy," Wood said in a Tuesday webinar.
After being canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the invite-only retreat is back on for 2021.
Twitter disclosed on Monday that it blocked four accounts in India to comply with a new legal request from the Indian government. The American social network disclosed on Lumen Database, a Harvard University project, that it took action on four accounts — including those of hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion and singer and song-writer Jazzy […]
The number of active bitcoin addresses fell from over 1.36 million on April 15 to around just 716,000 on Sunday in a bearish sign for the cryptocurrency.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's financial firm Square is working with bitcoin technology company Blockstream on creating a solar-powered crypto mine.
As part of the project, a dashboard will be built that will allow real-time tracking of metrics such as power output and bitcoins mined.
"If I were not at Square or Twitter I'd be working on bitcoin," Jack Dorsey said at the Bitcoin 2021 Miami conference on Friday.
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Square and Blockstream are partnering on a solar-powered bitcoin mining facility | Blockstream
Financial services firm Square Inc. will partner with blockchain technology provider Blockstream Mining to build an open-source, solar-powered bitcoin mining facility, Blockstream announced in a press release Saturday. Square confirmed the news in a tweet, saying it was “committed to driving further adoption and efficiency of renewables within the bitcoin ecosystem.”
According to the release, Square will invest $5 million in the facility, which will be a “proof-of-concept for a 100% renewable energy Bitcoin mine at scale,” and will be built at one of Blockstream’s sites in the US. “We hope to show that a renewable mining facility in the real world is not only possible but also prove empirically that Bitcoin accelerates the world toward a...
"If I were not at Square or Twitter, I would be working on bitcoin," Jack Dorsey told a conference in a speech that heaped praise on the cryptocurrency.
Dorsey, who is also CEO of Twitter Inc. and a vocal proponent of Bitcoin, announced the plans in a tweet on Friday.
These digital assets, which range from art and music to tacos and toilet paper, are selling like 17th-century exotic Dutch tulips, with some fetching millions of dollars.Are NFTs, on the other hand, worth the money—or the hype?Some analysts believe they, like the dotcom mania and Beanie Babies, are about to burst.If a certain asset is in demand, cutting down the supply should theoretically increase its value.However, many NFTs have been digital works that already exist in some form elsewhere, such as legendary video clips from NBA games or securitized versions of digital art that are already floating around on Instagram, at least in these early days.How Is an NFT Different from cryptocurrency?The term "non-fungible token" refers to a token that is not fungible.The fungibility of cryptocurrency makes it a secure way to execute blockchain transactions.NFTs aren't like other materials.Most people are familiar with blockchain as the underlying technology that allows cryptocurrencies to exist.NFTs are most commonly kept on the Ethereum blockchain, although they can also be held on other blockchains.An NFT is made up of digital objects that represent both tangible and intangible objects, such as:ArtGIFsVideo and sports highlightsCollectiblesVirtual avatars and video game skinsDesigner sneakersMusicEven tweets are taken into account.Jack Dorsey, a co-founder of Twitter, sold his first tweet as an NFT for over $2.9 million.They also obtain exclusive rights to the property.
The Twitter and Square CEO says the project would be "entirely in the open."
Jack Dorsey revealed that Square was considering creating a Bitcoin hardware wallet this week. He suggested that “if we do it”, they’ll build it “in the open, from software to hardware design, and in collaboration with the community.” Jack suggested that if they do it, they’ll do it with principals like “bitcoin is for everyone” and “no keys, no cheese.” … Continue reading
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Twitter Blue — the social network’s first subscription product that adds an undo button to tweets among other minor additions like changing the color of icons and adding folders for bookmarks — launched on Thursday. It’s limited to Canada and Australia for now but has already garnered attention for lacking the features people would be willing to pay Twitter for, like no ads, or better tools to handle harassment.
Which makes Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s thread today, the day after the product launched, somewhat humorous and frustrating. What can we say: the guy loves to talk about bitcoin, even when other more pressing matters are at hand!
Square is considering making a hardware wallet for #bitcoin. If we do it, we would build it entirely...
Twitter wants to monetize Fleets by offering brands to show you ads within Fleets that will include a “swipe up” call-to-action.
Twitter has officially launched Twitter Blue, a paid subscription service that offers users premium features for a monthly fee. The first iteration of the product started rolling out on Thursday in Canada and Australia, at a cost of $3.49 CAD and $4.49 AUD, respectively, per month. Twitter has not revealed when the service will be available in other markets. [Read: This dude drove an EV from the Netherlands to New Zealand — here are his 3 top road trip tips] Twitter Blue users in Australia and Canada will get the following initial features for their money: An Undo Tweet button that gives users up to 30 seconds to ‘undo’…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter
Twitter is adding ads to its disappearing Fleets beginning June 1st. | Twitter
Twitter said Tuesday it will start adding full-screen ads to Fleets, its disappearing tweets that sit in a row at the top of users’ mobile Twitter interface. Introduced last November, the Fleet format — a clone of Instagram and Snap’s Stories — has apparently been successful enough that Twitter now wants to try to make money from it.
“Fleet ads are full-screen billboards for advertisers,” Twitter senior product manager Justin Hoang and global product marketing manager Austin Evers wrote in a post announcing the ads. It’s partnering with a “handful” of advertisers in what it calls an “experiment,” making the Fleet ads visible to a limited group of US users on iOS and Android.
The ads support images and video in 9:16, and videos can be...
Music streaming service Tidal is now available on the Apple Watch, allowing subscribers to stream music directly to Apple’s wearable or download it for offline listening. Instructions on how to get set up can be found on Tidal’s site. Spotify and Deezer both announced similar offline listening features for the Apple Watch last week. Subscription prices for Tidal start at $9.99 a month.
Tidal has historically sold itself on the quality of its audio streaming, offering features like lossless playback and even hi-res streaming before many of its bigger rivals. But this year, some of its biggest competitors are starting to catch up. Spotify’s lossless HiFi tier is set to launch later this year, and Apple Music will introduce support for...