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MetaMask Hacked
My Metamask Chrome Extension Wallet was hacked this morning. The ETH is gone forever. Even though I can clearly see that address of the wallet that stole it. There's nothing I can do to get it back. I'm just writing this blog post as a warning for anyone who thinks keeping more than a few hundred dollars in a "hot wallet" is a good idea. I always keep a small amount of ETH in my Metamask wallet to buy virtual goods and NFTs and game tokens, etc. I have been aware that the wallet was vulnerable to attack, but this hack is remarkable. They must have figured out my password – which is hard to do. Here's a chronicle of the events. I'll keep it updated. Continue Reading →
CryptoPunks
You know how to amass a $1 million fortune investing in NFTs? Start with $5 million. If you are trying to “get rich quick,” stop reading now. There’s nothing here for you. If, on the other hand, you want to dig a little deeper into the most popular use cases for NFTs and the transitional technologies empowering web 3, read on. Continue Reading →

The Constitution Works

Federal judge Robert Pitman blocked a Texas state law that bans "censorship" on social media platforms, ruling that the law violates the social networks' First Amendment right to moderate user-submitted content. Continue Reading →

Refunding ETH is a Gas!

ConstitutionDAO (a decentralized autonomous organization created to purchase a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution) raised $49.8 million in ETH. Its auction bid was not successful, so it began refunding the unused ETH to members of the DAO. Continue Reading →

Web 3 and the Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot
At the annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K run, a family-friendly “Turkey Trot” event that brings the community together to get their “tailfeathers moving,” there were a bunch of retail booths selling food, local produce, homemade goods, and arts & crafts. This year, each local artisan had an easy way for you to purchase with a credit card as well as an easily accessible eCommerce site. Three years ago, this was an all-cash shopping zone. This year (if you knew where to look), customer experience, customer service, customer relationship management (CRM), and relatively sophisticated data-gathering were on full display. Which made me wonder about the impact Web 3 and decentralized finance might have on future Gobble Wobblers. Continue Reading →

Programmable Money

I love the characterization of cryptocurrency as "programmable money." While it is technically incorrect, it communicates the entirety of the idea behind decentralized finance (DeFi) in a really nice way. Continue Reading →
Crypto developer Matthew Jensen was forced to close his JRR Token business as part of a settlement with the estate of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkein. The estate’s lawyer, Steve Maier, described the case as a “particularly flagrant case of infringement,” adding that the estate is “pleased that it has been concluded on satisfactory terms.” Continue Reading →

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