Bitcoin Lost Almost 20% of Its Value This Week

January 15, 2018

Bitcoin faced one of its biggest tests this week, losing almost 20 percent of its value after the world’s largest cryptocurrency reached a record high Monday. The digital currency plunged as much as 30 percent on Friday, before paring losses, as this week’s selloff extended to a fourth day. The weekly decline is the biggest in almost three years. Other cryptocurrencies also tumbled: ethereum dropped as much as 36 percent and litecoin slumped as much as 43 percent, according …

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Here are the people who read the most fake news, according to a first-of-its-kind study

January 14, 2018

… political bent of the news, and the extent of its dissemination. But it also examines the role of social media and whether fact checking reaches its intended readers.  Facebook plays the largest role in leading readers to and disseminating fake news, and fact checking articles almost always fail to reach consumers of fake news. It does not tackle how fake news affected political perceptions or behavior, like voting. Overall, the key findings of the study were: 27.4 percent of Americans …

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KweliTV is Netflix for black people, by black people, starring black people

January 12, 2018

Kweli.tv aims to be the go-to streaming media platform for black filmmakers all over the world to share their content and make money from its distribution. KweliTV handpicks all of its content, with 98 percent of the content having been official selections at film festivals worldwide. “There are a lot of really great filmmakers out there globally,” KweliTV founder DeShuna Spencer told me. “For us, we’re offering an avenue for filmmakers of color to make money off …

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Boiled Bats Are Falling From The Sky In Heatwave-Stricken Australia

January 12, 2018

… of a sandpit with no shade.” – About 90 percent of the bats that died were babies or juveniles, Ryan said. Although they managed to rehydrate about 80 of the animals. “The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking,” WIRES said in a statement. “Hundreds of mainly young flying-foxes were lost to the heat yesterday and the final count could run to thousands.” “It’s devastating when a colony like our local one goes down like …

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