Inspired by the racial justice protests of 2020, Jahm Najafi is ready to shed his normally low profile to make some headlines for his partnerships and philanthropy
Elon Musk's Neuralink Shows Monkey Playing Video Game With Mind. Neuralink is a company founded by Musk that aims to enhance the human brain with technology. On April 8, Musk took to Twitter to share a video of a monkey named Pager playing the video game Pong with his mind. A monkey is literally playing a video game telepathically using a brain chip, Elon Musk, via Twitter. About six weeks ago, the nine-year-old monkey had two Neuralink devices implanted on each side of his brain. Pager first learned how to use a traditional joystick to play the game and was rewarded with a banana smoothie through a straw attached to the game. His neuron activity was recorded, decoded and calibrated to the point where Pager was able to move the cursor with his mind instead of using the joystick. Musk would ultimately like to use the technology to allow paralyzed people to operate machines with their minds. He also claims Neuralink could help humans communicate telepathically and have their consciousness downloaded to be uploaded elsewhere after death
'Playboy' Partners With Nifty Gateway to Release NFTs . 'Playboy' has announced its plan to step into the world of crypto artwork collectibles. . The famed magazine brand has partnered with Nifty Gateway to release digital collectibles in the form of NFTs. . Nifty Gateway is an established marketplace for NFTs. . 'Playboy' will utilize its 67-year archive of classic photography and artwork. . It will also partner with modern artists on pieces and offer grants in support of “emerging and underrepresented artists entering the NFT art community.”. The first NFT drop will feature artwork from previous 'Playboy' print collaborator Mike “Slimesunday” Parisella. . Known for his erotic collage-style compositions, Parisella promoted the collaboration on Instagram with a teaser image. . 'Playboy' also announced a future NFT drop featuring 3D artist Blake Kathryn. . Kathryn’s Pride-themed collaborative piece will drop in June.
Half a Billion Facebook Users' Info , Posted on Hacking Site, Experts Find. Cyber intelligence experts say that the leaked information of Facebook users includes phone numbers, . email addresses . and other personal information including location and full name. This is old data that was previously reported on in 2019. We found and fixed this issue in August 2019, Andy Stone, Facebook Spokesperson, via CNN. Though the information is a few years old, experts say that it could still be valuable to identity thieves. In addition, the way in which the data has been organized and posted makes it easier for hackers to access. These are the pieces of data cyber criminals spend time searching for to perform social engineering attacks (a type of hacking) .., Rachel Tobac, SocialProof Security CEO, via CNN. ... but now they're all in one place and easily accessible in this leak, which makes social engineering quicker and easier, Rachel Tobac, SocialProof Security CEO, via CNN
Instagram Launches Remix for Reels. Instagram announced its TikTok Duets competitor on March 31. To use Remix, select a Reel and then hit the three dots on the upper right corner. Next, select "Remix This Reel.". You can create your Remix in real time and edit with the tools on the left of the screen. . You can also use a pre-recorded video from your camera roll uploads. Only newly-uploaded Reels have Remix enabled. . If you want to Remix an older Reel, you have to go back to the three dots in the upper right corner and "Enable Remixing."
NBC Universal Media May Get Pulled, From Netflix, HBO Max to Boost Peacock. NBCUniversal parent company Comcast is weighing the possibility, as deals with both HBO Max and Netflix are set to expire at the end of the year. Comcast's Universal Pictures is home to the wildly popular 'Jurassic World' and 'Fast & Furious' franchises. Comcast's animation studio, Illumination, produced 'The Secret Life of Pets,' 2020's third-most popular movie on streaming services. . Sources say that a decision has not yet been made. The pandemic has had a profound effect on the way media is consumed, which has led to a shift in the availability of media online. The Walt Disney Company made the decision to support all Disney content on its own streaming platform, Disney+. . Other companies have done the same with some of their content, adding to the competition among streaming services for original films
A number of top executives and corporate leaders gathered online this weekend to discuss what to do in response to changes to some state voting laws, according to multiple news reports
Facebook Announces Feed Filter Bar, Adds Chronological Timeline. The company announced the new feature on Wednesday through a post titled, “You and the Algorithm: It Takes Two to Tango.”. The update will allow users to view content sorted by most recent posts or their favorite friends and pages. Though these options were already available to users, the settings were deeply buried, making it difficult to toggle on or off. The social networking platform also plans to give users insight through their “Why Am I Seeing This?” feature. The feed filter bar was rolled out for Android users on Wednesday and will be available on iOS “in the coming weeks.”
PayPal Now Allows Cryptocurrency Payments for Products . Last October, PayPal permitted users to buy, sell and hold various cryptocurrencies. . Now, the payment platform is letting customers "Checkout with Crypto.". Users can select the option at checkout, and PayPal will convert the amount needed to fiat currency which will then be sent to the seller. The company is offering this service without any additional transaction fees. As the use of digital payments and digital currencies accelerates, the introduction of Checkout with Crypto continues our focus on driving mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies.., Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, via statement. ... while continuing to offer PayPal customers choice and flexibility in the ways they can pay using the PayPal wallet, Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, via statement. Enabling cryptocurrencies to make purchases at businesses around the world is the next chapter in driving the ubiquity and mass acceptance of digital currencies, Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal, via statement. As of now, users cannot transfer cryptocurrency they already own to their PayPal account. Instead, they must buy cryptocurrency through their PayPal account in order to use it at checkout for other purchases
After a deadly year in New York’s nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation that could potentially force facility owners to spend more on patient care
Microsoft Reportedly in Talks to Acquire Messaging Platform Discord. According to Bloomberg News, Discord has been exploring a sale and has reached out to potential buyers. People familiar with the reported talks say that Microsoft is set to purchase the company for more than $10 billion. VentureBeat also reported that the messaging platform is already in final talks with a buyer. One source close to the matter told Bloomberg News that Discord is more likely to go public than to sell. The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the appeal of gaming companies, as many people turned to video games during quarantine. Both Microsoft and Discord have yet to comment on the sale