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Opinion: Kim Wall was a journalist most aspire to be

January 17, 2018 |

Kim Wall wasn’t just an extraordinary storyteller, she was also one of my beloved friends and a colleague. I found her sense of humor and adventure contagious. And I wasn’t the only one.
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Report: 75 Women Strangled in Chicago, Most Cases Unsolved

January 14, 2018 |

An investigation by the Chicago Tribune has found that at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered over the last 17 years, though arrests have been made in just a third of the cases. The newspaper reports that the women’s bodies were found in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage cans,…
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Japan’s Most Popular Chat App In Talks to Integrate Cryptocurrencies

January 12, 2018 |

Japan's Most Popular Chat App In Talks to Integrate Cryptocurrencies

Japan’s most popular chat app, with 168 million active monthly users, Line, could soon integrate cryptocurrencies. The company is reportedly in talks with a number of companies to integrate cryptocurrencies into its mobile payment service, Line Pay.

Also read: South Korea Urges 23 Countries, EU, and IMF to Collaborate on Curbing Crypto Trading

Line Could Soon Integrate Cryptocurrencies

Japan's Most Popular Chat App In Talks to Integrate CryptocurrenciesThe operator of Japan’s most popular messaging app, Line Corp, is reportedly working to integrate cryptocurrencies into its platform.

According to people familiar with the matter, the Tokyo-based company “is in discussions with multiple companies on using cryptocurrencies for payment services including Line Pay,” adding that:

The broader goal is to create products that keep users within Line’s ecosystem and keep them coming back to the app, increasing ‘stickiness.’

Line Pay is the mobile payments service used in the chat app. Launched in 2014, it has signed deals with over 30 banks across Japan to allow instant transactions using its platform, according to Mobile World Live. In May of last year, Line Pay reached 30 million users in Japan.

Japan's Most Popular Chat App Line Could Soon Integrate Cryptocurrencies

Line has a market value of ¥1.2 trillion (~USD$ 10.75 billion). The app currently has about 168 million monthly active users in its primary markets of Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Speculation of a Collaboration with Kakao’s Upbit

Line has not named the companies it is in discussion with. However, there is “speculation that it was looking to tie up with South Korean bitcoin exchange Upbit,” according to a Bloomberg report. However, a representative for Line declined to comment on a potential alliance with Upbit.

Japan's Most Popular Chat App Line Could Soon Integrate CryptocurrenciesThe South Korean exchange is backed by Kakao Corporation, the operator of the country’s most popular chat app, Kakao Talk.

Since its launch in October, Upbit has rapidly gained market share in South Korea. In December of last year, the platform claimed that its volumes exceeded those of Bithumb, South Korea’s largest exchange by volume. There are currently over 120 coins listed on Upbit, thanks to a partnership with the US-based exchange, Bittrex.

Makers of chat apps around the world are starting to take notice. Earlier this week, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology could potentially be used on Facebook’s platform.

Do you think Line will soon integrate cryptocurrencies? Do you think Kakao’s Upbit is the right partner for Line? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Most unusual items uncovered by TSA in 2017 include a rifle-shaped umbrella

January 7, 2018 |

Airline passengers in the U.S. remain confused about what items they are allowed to bring into the cabin of a commercial plane.

That is evident by a list of the most unusual items discovered in 2017 by the Transportation Security Administration, which has posted such a list for the last few years.


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The US’ 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

January 7, 2018 |

Despite increasing safety regulations—the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act lowered workplace deaths from 14,000 in 1970 to 5,200 in 2016—it seems some jobs will always be inherently dangerous. 24/7 Wall St looked at workplace fatality rates by occupation to rank the 25 most…
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Pa. Man Builds Most Creative Snowplow Ever

January 5, 2018 |

Innovators often arise out of the most grueling circumstances, and Jonathan Schill is no exception. As the Chambersburg Public Opinion reports, the young Pennsylvania man was shoveling snow at his new home last Saturday when he got tuckered out after 15 minutes. He didn’t have a snowplow to tap into,…
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Trump celebrates Christmas like most of America, with family

December 26, 2017 |

President Donald Trump is celebrating Christmas the way millions of Americans do: surrounded by family, the White House said.
FOX News

Sheriff Shares ‘Most Important Detail’ in Woman’s Dog Mauling

December 19, 2017 |

News that a 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls in Virginia Thursday night was met with sadness—and plenty of doubt . Amid a sea of cries that the dogs would not have harmed Bethany Lynn Stephens, and perhaps were indeed trying to protect her from…
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10 Most, Least Charitable US Cities

December 18, 2017 |

So which city in America most embraces the holiday season of giving? Madison, Wis., gets the honors in a new ranking by WalletHub . The site looked at the 100 biggest cities and examined a number of metrics, including money donated to charity, the number of hours spent volunteering, and the…
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The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever Invented

December 17, 2017 |

The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever Invented

Just as Satoshi’s vision wasn’t 1,000 bitcoin forks, the vision of ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin wasn’t to decentralize the parenting industry. This year, an avalanche of ridiculous ERC20 tokens have been issued that take vaporware to the next level. From bananas on the blockchain to smart contract-based tombstones, these are the most pointless cryptocurrency tokens ever issued.

Also read: The World’s Worst Named Cryptocurrencies

Yo Dawg I Heard You Like Tokens

The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever InventedICO Alert is a goldmine of ridiculous token-based projects, and by “goldmine” read “excruciating well of despair”. There aren’t enough facepalms to include all of the inane and insane tokenized offerings to be found on its pages. To save you from plummeting down that rabbit hole never to return, we’ve done the dirty work for you and rounded up a small selection from Token Hell.

Speaking of dirty work, the first entry on our list is Dirty Coin, a “fast and discreet way to pleasure”. Its white paper (oh yes, it has a white paper) begins, without a trace of irony:

In an atmosphere of increasing belief in quick profits, currencies that rely on gimmicks for their success are then abandoned. Dirty Coin will be the first cryptocurrency used for the Adult Industry, the Escort Industry and for means of pleasure.

As an antidote to all that filth, have Prayer Token, “sent to god and stored on the blockchain”. It’s an ERC23 token that’s backed by real prayer. “I don’t know if prayer works, but if it does, then you’re getting much more value out of a Prayer Token than almost every other token in existence,” its creator implores. “This is not a joke, scam, or grift. I will pray for you as honestly and sincerely as possible. Most other tokens on the market just want your money – I want to save your soul!”

The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever Invented

Tokenize All The Things

Imigize is the “first online 3D shoe fitting service in the world”, a claim which comes as a complete surprise. In comparison, Useless Ethereum Token looks positively useful. It’s “a standard ERC20 token, so you can hold it and transfer it. Other than that… nothing. Absolutely nothing.” That didn’t stop it from raising $ 40,000 in its ICO.

Operating under the slogan “Someone’s Garbage is Someone’s Treasure!” comes Trash Cash. It’s “the ultimate cryptocurrency to exchange all the garbage dumped in your wallet into a single token which can be traded in exchanges…now you can keep all the trash in one place”.

The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever InventedThen we have Sand Coin, a token for ordering high quality sand. Funds will be used to develop a sand quarry near Moscow. There’s also Milk Coin, another Russian token designed to raise funds for a milk production complex. Dentacoin is the world’s first blockchain project for the dentistry industry, Kevin (KVT) is “an innovative online banking service” and Cooocoin (count those o’s) is so bad it unironically uses comic sans on its website.

Maxitube is a robotized transport system for goods delivery. Apparently an “electric locomotive” will deliver goods to your address. Dopameme is a dank decentralized website where you’re rewarded for posting memes and The Memessenger is “the world’s first no-bullshit messenger with memes instead of words”. Sometimes there really are no words.

The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever Invented

Choking On Tokens and Drowning in Decentralization

Satoshi Brewery is issuing a token to set up the largest regional craft brewery in north-west Russia and Florio is “the first blockchain based health platform that actually enables everybody to live healthy”, although how is never made clear. Exotown, meanwhile, is a reptile breeding program that specializes in selective breeding of pet reptiles and saving endangered species. Proof that the ICO game really is full of snakes.

Rexpax lets you “lend, borrow and share items with your neighbors”, but at the last check had sold just 220,000 of its 190 million Rexx tokens. More like Rekt, amirite? Without a blockchain-based lending service, how’s anyone meant to borrow a cup of sugar from their neighbor now?

The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever Invented

Family Points is a token designed “to disrupt the parenting industry in order to make it safer, more convenient, and more transparent for everyone involved. The Family Points platform will make parenting cheaper.”

“Disrupt the parenting industry”?

The Most Pointless Cryptocurrency Tokens Ever Invented

Finally, we have Tombcare:

Today different applications have appeared for many spheres of life…taxi, food ordering, hotels booking, housing rent, etc. But the sphere of ceremonial services is still left in the basket. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is often associated with sad circumstances, but the fact is that it is the billions of dollars market and its Uberisation is inevitable.

Uber for tombstones? That sound you just heard was your ancestors turning in their graves.

Most of the aforementioned ICOs are still running, incidentally, so if you hate money, you should probably invest in them.

And that’s enough internet for today.

What’s the worst token-based project you’ve heard of? Let us know in the comments section below.


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