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It's the end of an era: New York City removed its last public payphone on Monday. The city began removing street payphones in 2015, replacing them with kiosks that offer free phone calls, Wi-Fi, and device charging. The boxy enclosures were once an iconic symbol across the city, but the rise of cellphones made the booths obsolete. Continue Reading →
Metacademy
I’m thrilled to announce the public beta launch of Metacademy: a free-to-use, risk-free, hands-on website that will teach you about blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFTs, smart contracts, Web3, and other associated technologies. You’ll learn about the world of Web3, decentralized finance (DeFi), the correct way to set up a crypto wallet, how to mint your own NFTs, and how to buy and sell them. Continue Reading →

MetaMask Mac Attack

There is a new phishing scheme targeting MetaMask users on Apple devices. You’ll get a phone call with a legit-looking Apple caller ID. The caller will ask you to call them back so that you “know” the call is real (which it isn’t), at which point the scammer will ask you for a code that is being sent to your phone. That’s it; your MetaMask wallet is now drained because a hot (online-only) MetaMask wallet stores your seed phrase in your iCloud account. Continue Reading →

Bored? Follow the ETH.

Bored Ape 6525
On the morning of January 23, 2022, I saw a tweet about purchasing a Bored Ape NFT for 135 ETH that I assumed was completely fake. It turned out to be fake. But the transaction was absolutely real. How do I know? The Ethereum blockchain is a public ledger. Transactions are viewable by anyone (including you and me), so let's do a little exploring and see who spent $337,500 (1 ETH = $2,500 at the time) to get their Bored Ape. Continue Reading →
Axie Infinity announced the global early access release of its free-to-play game Axie Infinity: Origin. The launch of the entry-level game comes a week after Axie's Ronin Network was hacked for $625 million, which was one of the largest crypto hacks ever. Continue Reading →

Axie Hack is Mindblowing

Axie Infinity is the most popular play-to-earn game. It is one of the best current examples of how you might combine Web2 and Web3 concepts to push the envelope. NFT|LA, a massive event about – you guessed it – NFTs opened yesterday, and I had the pleasure of moderating the opening fireside keynote with The Continue Reading →
ConsenSys, the company that owns MetaMask, has closed a $450 million funding round that values the New York City-based blockchain company at $7 billion. The company announced that MetaMask now has over 30 million monthly active users and its Infura blockchain infrastructure tool serves more than 430,000 developers. Continue Reading →
Thinking
Part of the power and promise of Web 3.0 is the concept of decentralization, the ability to transact without the need for a central authority or an intermediary such as a bank or centralized exchange. While the idea of decentralization is quite easy to understand, the devil is in the details. Continue Reading →

$1.7M of NFTs on OpenSea GG

This past Saturday, hackers socially engineered approximately 32 OpenSea users into signing incomplete contracts and stole 254 NFTs. Although it was a phishing attack, it caused a bit of a panic.  Continue Reading →

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