Kobe Bryant’s All-Star MVP Tribute Is Perfect; Now It’s Time to Move on

Countless tributes have poured in following the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in January. The NBA renamed its All-Star MVP award in honor of Bryant, claiming ‘nobody embodied all-star more than Kobe.’ The All-Star honor is as good a time as any to put the tributes to Bryant to bed and finally allow him to rest. The sheer number of tributes to fallen NBA legend Kobe Bryant serves as a testament to how influential he was to the sports world. Nearly every player, ex-player, and analyst has eulogized…

Epic Games Store to Give Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Away for Free

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be free on the Epic Games Store, joining card battler Faeria as this coming week’s duo of free games. Players can pick up the game from this Thursday until Feb. 27. The game may mark a shift at Epic towards giving away games with a broader appeal. Epic Games is continuing with its 2020 habit of announcing its weekly freebies ahead of time. The Fortnite developer announced that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is heading to the Epic Games Store later this week. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Joins Epic…

Four Telcos Test Blockchain Solution To Automate Roaming Discounts

A group of four international telecommunications companies are currently testing a blockchain-based solution to automate the management of inter-operator roaming discount agreements. According to a report published on Feb. 17 by Mobile Europe, Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile US, Telefonica and Orange say the solution vastly reduces the complexity of the current system, and is “production ready.” Simplifying to allow scaling The new solution revamps a process that hasn’t changed in many years and involves drafting, signing and manually implementing agreements for discounted roaming charges. Automating this workflow speeds up and streamlines…

Bithumb to Get Wall Street-Level Fintech Expertise via New Partnership

As not a day goes by without another cryptocurrency partnership, one of the biggest crypto exchanges in South Korea has begun new cooperation. Major South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has partnered with Singaporean crypto trading platform BitMax to jointly develop new services and products. BitMax’s staff includes former experts from Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Gemini According to a Feb. 17 blog post by Bithumb Official, the two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring their forces together to build new services and strengthen their competitiveness in…

Elon Musk Bought 300 Hectares for a New Gigafactory That May Be Unusable

Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin has hit a major stumbling block as activists try to block its construction. Google was once thwarted by local activists when trying to open a tech start-up incubator. Elon Musk’s claims that the Gigafactory will have a net positive environmental impact aren’t enough to assuage environmentalists’ worries. Elon Musk was on the defensive this week after his plans to open a Tesla Gigafactory in Germany were put on hold due to environmental concerns. Musk bought up a whopping 300 hectares outside of Berlin with the aim of…

Why Is China Increasing Censorship If The Coronavirus Is Under Control?

China is ramping up its efforts to censor international coverage of the coronavirus. President Xi has stated a need to “strengthen the guidance of public opinion.” The reasoning behind this is clear: Beijing needs to stifle a possible powder keg of unrest in Hubei province. In a predictable move, the Chinese government has ramped up its censorship efforts to deny citizens access to global news and more powerfully dictate the internal narrative around the coronavirus. The reason behind this is clear, as the reality of the health crisis does not…

Craig Wright Doubles Down on Satoshi Claim, Says Bitcoin Core Infringes His ‘Database Rights’

The Australian entrepreneur who claims to be the inventor of bitcoin has suggested he might take legal action against the cryptocurrency’s developer team over claimed infringement of his intellectual property. In a blog post published last Thursday, Craig Wright said while forks of bitcoin would be allowed under the open-source MIT license under which bitcoin was released, copying the database would not. “As the sole creator of Bitcoin, I own full rights to the Bitcoin registry. People can fork my software and make alternative versions. But, they have no rights…

Binance Cloud to Allow Users to Launch a Crypto Exchange Within 5 Days

Binance’s newly released Binance Cloud platform might be somewhat different from what the crypto industry expects the new feature to be. After Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) first hinted at the introduction of Binance Cloud on Feb. 8, the new service has been officially released on Feb. 17, targeting users willing to set up crypto exchanges, according to a blog post by Binance. All-in-one infrastructure for launching a crypto exchange According to the announcement, Binance Cloud will serve as an all-in-one infrastructure platform for customers and partners to…

John Oliver’s Childish Trump Tantrum Was More Hilarious Than Any of His Jokes

John Oliver’s show, Last Week Tonight, returned after a three-month hiatus. The British-born comic immediately started trashing President Trump and his children. His blind hypocrisy was far funnier than any of his actual comedy skits. It seems John Oliver is back. After three months away, the British “comic” had a few things he wanted to get off his chest — notably the acquittal of U.S. President Donald Trump. Oliver usually makes for car crash television, and his big return did not disappoint. John Oliver is a World-Class Panderer Before we…