In Brief “Closer Than You Think” Today at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Jeff Holden, Uber’s head of product, announced updates to the ride-hailing company’s Elevate project. As the name suggests, Elevate is Uber’s flying car taxi service, which Holden first hinted at back in September of 2016. Since then, Uber Elevate has been working on plans to bring a flying taxi service to Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai. Holden now said that the company is adding Los Angeles
The Segwit2x bitcoin fork may have been formally called off, but as many as 150 nodes still running its code have stopped accepting transaction blocks. Data from Bitnodes shows that 95 nodes are currently running 2x software and are stuck at block number 494,782. CoinDance, another network data site, says that 154 nodes are running the "btc1" software as of press time. The situation is a curious one, given that the 2x fork effort – advanced by a group
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In Brief The Best Place to Be Is Underground Because the moon has no atmosphere and is home to a host of unfriendly occurrences like extreme temperature variation, radiation, and meteorite impacts, astronauts who venture to our nearest neighbor will need to find proper shelter before they can accomplish anything outside of their vehicle. Human-made colonies are still a ways off, if they ever happen, and to create them we would need to use materials naturally occurring on the
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to sign the draft decree on the Belarusian High-Tech Park (HTP) that will make the use of digital currencies in the country lawful. Under the draft, virtual currencies and initial coin offerings (ICO), as well as mining will already be allowed in the country, while exchanges can trade rubles for cryptocurrencies. According to major Belarusian information technology (IT) holding firm the Belhard Group CEO Igor Mamonenko, the virtual currencies and ICOs should be
It may have been the first bit of fake news in the history of the Internet: in 1984, someone posted on Usenet that the Soviet Union was joining the network. It was a harmless April’s Fools Day prank, a far cry from today’s weaponized disinformation campaigns and unscrupulous fabrications designed to turn a quick profit. In 2017, misleading and maliciously false online content is so prolific that we humans have little hope of digging ourselves out of the mire.