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The politics of the Zuma-Zondo showdown

NEWS ANALYSIS As Jacob Zuma’s due date to take the stand at the Zondo commission nears, hope that he would testify has all but been replaced by concern about a political fallout if the deputy chief justice is forced to call for the former president’s arrest for defying another summons. The commission’s anticipation of another...

Optimism ‘Soft Launches’ Ethereum Throughput Solution With DeFi’s Synthetix

Optimism has “soft launched” its solution to Ethereum’s transaction problem, the Optimistic Virtual Machine (OVM). The startup announced Friday that OVM is now live, at a time when gas fees have reached near all-time highs for decentralized finance (DeFi) traders. Indeed, the cost to send a single Ethereum transaction has hovered in the low single-digit...

K-Pop Sensation Mamamoo to Mint Digital Collectibles on Polkadot

Fans of K-Pop girl group Mamamoo will soon be able to buy digital products related to the band using blockchain technology. RBW (Rainbowbridge World), a South Korean entertainment company representing Mamaoo and other popular K-Pop artists such as Vromance and Oneus, is jumping into the cryptocurrency world by issuing non-fungible tokens (NFT) on Hong Kong-based...

‘No one took us seriously’: Black cops warned about racist Capitol police for years

When Kim Dine took over as the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in 2012, he knew he had a serious problem. Since 2001, hundreds of Black officers had sued the department for racial discrimination. They alleged that white officers called Black colleagues slurs like the N-word and that one officer found a hangman’s...

Will Mayor Suarez’s Miami Be the First Major City to Buy Bitcoin?

The entrepreneurial mayor brings his recruitment of tech talent to the crypto space with the potential of a 1% investment of the city’s reserves into BTC. This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io. Today on the Brief: Initial jobless claims grow the most since March Biden unveils emergency relief plan Fed Chair Powell discusses CBDCs and...

Children may benefit when parents share their digital gaming space

As the pandemic forced many Americans to hunker down at home, the video game industry experienced record spending and profits in 2020. Interacting with other people through gaming became, for some players, essential for social connection. As an education researcher and professor of digital literacy, I study the educational benefits and perils of digital gaming....
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