YouTube just took action against a collection of controversial figures synonymous with race-based hate, kicking the cluster of major channels off its platform on Monday.
The company deleted six channels: Richard Spencer‘s own channel and the affiliated channel for the National Policy Institute/Radix Journal, far right racist pseudo-science purveyor Stefan Molyneux, white supremacist outlet American Renaissance and affiliated channel AmRenPodcasts and white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
“We have strict policies prohibiting hate speech on YouTube, and terminate any channel that repeatedly or egregiously violates those policies. After updating our guidelines to better address supremacist content, we saw a 5x spike in video removals and have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement provided to TechCrunch.
The company says that the channels violated the platform’s policies prohibiting YouTube videos from linking to off-platform hate content and rules prohibiting users from making claims of inferiority about a protected group.
YouTube’s latest house-cleaning of far-right and white nationalist figures follows the suspension of Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes earlier this month. Some of the newly-booted YouTube account owners turned to still-active Twitter accounts to complain about losing their YouTube channels Monday afternoon.
The same day that YouTube enforced its rules against a high-profile set of far-right accounts, both Twitch and Reddit took their own actions against content that violated their respective rules around hate. The Amazon-owned gaming streaming service suspended President Trump’s account Monday, citing comments made in two Trump rallies that aired there, one years-old and one from the campaign’s recent Tulsa rally. And after years of criticism for its failure to stem harassment and racism on, Reddit announced that it would purge 2,000 subreddits, including r/The_Donald, the infamously hate-filled forum founded as Trump announced his candidacy.
Going Remote: Minimum Viable Workspace
Internet Human. Software Engineer.
Throughout 2020 and 2021 the mode of working changed for many people. There was less office time, moving away from big cities, and more time spent working in an unconventional spot, like on your couch or a closet so you could get someplace quite for a few minutes. As a long-time work from home employee my work changed as well, which lead me to question exactly what I needed from my work setup.
How It Was
When I first started working from home, years ago, I assumed my home workspace basically had to be a home office. This wasn’t practical in NYC, SF, or other cities, but I did it anyway. I had a big L-shaped desk, a secondary monitor, a vertical monitor, a powerful workstation, and a mechanical keyboard. My office had a printer, a stapler, stereo speakers, and all the other accessories that make a place feel professional. I even had a VoIP phone at one time, so I would never drop calls thanks to spotty mobile phone service.
A lot has changed in the past 10 years.
2022 WFH Life
Last year lots of us started working from home, and I already had my setup, but, like everyone else, more people were in my home as well. My spouse needed a spot to work, my kids were doing online school and needed work places — the days of the dedicated home office were over. Now I, like many others, settled into an itinerant WFH experience — spending a few hours at the standing desk, a few on the couch, 30 minutes in a walk-in closet to do a presentation…
This got me thinking about what was needed from a workspace.
Under 30 Minutes
If I’m working for a time slot of under 30 minutes, I find it can be anywhere. Sitting up in a bed, sitting on a couch, standing at the kitchen counter, it doesn’t matter. If I have my laptop and a WiFi connection, I’m good to go.
If you are working for a 1-hour slot, almost any place will do. You can be sitting or standing (providing the standing place is sufficiently high) and the place needs to be away from foot trafffic, but I find nothing else is necessary.
For a 1-3 hours stretch of working, I need a everything mentioned previously, plus seating, an outlet for charging, a place to put a glass of water or a cup of coffee.
This is a serious stretch of time. If I’m carving out this much time to work, I’ll likely need what’s mentioned above, plus a phone charger, a quiet enough spot to take a Zoom meeting, enough space to write down some notes on paper, and the place can’t be too clean (like a bed) because I’m going to eat at some point.
I rarely find that I work 5+ hour stretches any longer and I’d recommend not doing so if this is a normal thing for you. Breaking up your work with a walk, some exercise, some unrelated reading, a light nap, or almost anything, will mean greater productivity when you start up again.
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How to Get Started on Creating Your Own Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency is one of the words you can’t avoid these days. News, blogs and even big-time financial authorities obsess over it, and by now everyone has to admit: the world is changing in front of our eyes. Miss this bandwagon now and you will be left so far behind that you might never recover.
So, here you are with this great new business idea or getting ready to launch a startup, and you want to embrace the fascinating opportunities of the new world and create your own cryptocurrency. But how exactly does one do that? The Internet is full of information but, as it often happens, it’s contradicting, spattered all over the place, and sometimes simply hard to understand due to a heavy industry jargon.
After reading this article you will know exactly what a cryptocurrency is, how a token is different from a coin, how to make your own cryptocurrency and whether your business needs it.
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Difference Between Token and Coin
Before we dive into the technicalities of how to create your own cryptocurrency, we should set our facts straight and take a look at some basic definitions used in all cryptocurrency-related conversations.
So, what is a cryptocurrency?
Let’s take a step back and refresh in memory a definition of a currency first. While we tend to think about currencies in terms of banknotes and coins or dollars and euros, a currency is a unit of storage and account and a means of exсhаnge, i.e. a universally accepted way to obtain goods and services as well as to store and distribute wealth.
Now, a cryptocurrency can be defined as a digital currency relying on encryption to generate new units and confirm the transactions. It has all the functions of the currency with the difference of running outside of a single centralized platform (such as a bank).
Cryptocurrencies don’t have banknotes but they do have coins, which are often confused with tokens. So what exactly is the difference between them? Simply put, it all comes down to these three points:
Coins require their own blockchain while tokens can operate on the existing ones.Tokens are limited to a specific project; coins can be used anywhere.Coins buy tokens but tokens can’t buy coins.
If you want to put tokens and coins in a real-life context, think about tokens as your Frequent Flyer Miles while coins are actual money: you can use both to get an airplane ticket, but with the miles your choice will be limited to the air company that issued them, while with the money you can take your business anywhere you want.
The bottomline is that you need to build a blockchain if you want to create a crypto coin.
Benefits of having your own cryptocurrency
In some cases it’s a no-brainer: if your project or startup requires its own blockchain, you need to create your own digital currency to incentivize the nodes contributing their processing power. One more word on blockchains here: many authoritative business analysts foresee a big future and a growing list of the markets and industries where the blockchain technology will significantly disrupt the status quo and generously reward the early adopters. The good news is that for many fields the blockchain technology has never truly arrived yet so it’s not too late to join the ranks of pioneers.
The other important aspect is that when you decide to start a cryptocurrency you get a whole set of powerful marketing tools and consumer benefits which will help you differentiate yourself from the competition. Here is a list of the most significant advantages:
Eliminating fraud risks — cryptocurrency is impossible to counterfeit and no party can reverse past transactions.Providing transaction anonymity — customers decide what exactly they want sellers to know about them.Cutting down operating costs — cryptocurrency is free from the exchange or interest rates, as well as the transaction charges.Offering immediate transactions — state holidays, business hours or geographic location of the parties don’t affect cryptocurrency.Ensuring an immediate pool of potential customers — now you can make business with those without an access to traditional exchange resources. No more trade restrictions in any markets.Providing security for their funds — since cryptocurrency is a decentralized system, there is no Big Brother figure like banks or government institution that can seize or freeze your assets.How to Create a Blockchain
Now that you know how your own cryptocurrency can boost your business, let’s see the main steps you need to take to build a blockchain.
Step 1. Know your use-case.
Do your business interests lay in smart contracts area, data authentication and verification or in smart asset management? Define your objectives clearly at the very beginning.
Step 2. Choose a consensus mechanism.
For your blockchain to operate smoothly the participating nodes must agree on which transactions should be considered legitimate and added to the block. Consensus mechanisms are the protocols that do just that. There are plenty to choose from for the best fit for your business objectives.
Step 3. Pick a blockchain platform.
Your choice of a blockchain platform will depend on the consensus mechanism you’ve selected. To give you a better idea of what is out there, here is a list of the most popular blockchain platforms:
Ethereum (market share — 82.70%)Waves (WAVES)NEMNxt (NXT)BlockStarterEOSBitShares 2.0CoinListHyperledger FabricIBM blockchainMultiChainHydraChainBigChainDBOpenchainChain CoreQuorumIOTAKICKICOStep 4. Design the Nodes
If you imagine a blockchain as a wall, nodes are the bricks it consists of. A node is an Internet-connected device supporting a blockchain by performing various tasks, from storing the data to verifying and processing transactions. Blockchains depend on nodes for efficiency, support, and security.
There is a number of choices you have to make about the nodes you will employ:
What are they going to be in terms of permissions: private, public, or hybrid?Will they be hosted on the cloud, on premise or both?Select and acquire necessary hardware details, such as processors, memory, disk size, etc.Pick a base operating system (most common choices would be Ubuntu, Windows, Red Hat, Debian, CentOS, or Fedora)Step 5. Establish your blockchain’s internal architecture
Tread carefully as some of the parameters can not be changed once the blockchain platform is already running. It’s a good idea to take your time and really think through the following:
Permissions (define who can access the data, perform transactions and validate them, i.e. create new blocks)Address formats (decide what your blockchain addresses will look like)Key formats (decide on the format of the keys that will be generating the signatures for the transactions)Asset issuance (establish the rules for creating and listing all asset units)Asset re-issuance (establish the rules for creating more units of the open assets)Key management (develop a system to store and protect the private keys granting the blockchain access)Multisignatures (define the amount of keys your blockchain will require to validate a transaction )Atomic swaps (plan for the smart contracts enabling the exchange of different cryptocurrencies without a trusted third party)Parameters (estimate maximum block size, rewards for block mining, transaction limits, etc.)Native assets (define the rules of a native currency issued in a blockchain)Block signatures (define how the blockchain participants creating blocks will be required to sign them)Hand-shaking (establish the rules of how the nodes will identify themselves when connecting to each other)Step 6. Take care of APIs
Make sure to check whether the blockchain platform of your choice provides the pre-built APIs since not all of them do. Even if your platform doesn’t come with those, not to worry: there are a lot of reliable blockchain API providers out there. Here are some of them for you to check out:
Communication is the key and a well-thought-out interface ensures a smooth communication between your blockchain and it’s participants.
Here are the things to consider at this stage:
Slowly but surely the law is catching up with the cryptocurrencies and you better protect yourself from any surprises by looking into the trends around the cryptocurrency regulations and the direction they are headed.
Bonus step for overachievers: Grow and Improve your Blockchain
You’ve come so far, don’t stop now. Get a headstart into the future and think how you can boost your blockchain by tapping into the future-proof technologies like the Internet of Things, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive service, Machine Learning, Containers, Biometrics, Cloud, Bots and other inspiring developments.
Bitcoin Forks as an Alternative to Building Your Own Blockchain
As you can see, it takes a lot of time, resources and particular skills to build a blockchain. So what can you do if you don’t possess all of the above but still want to build your own cryptocurrency? Then it’s time to talk about Bitcoin forks.
How to Create a Bitcoin Fork?
It’s time for another basic definition to make sure that we speak the same language.
What is forking in cryptocurrency?
In layman’s terms, a blockchain fork is a software update. All blockchain participants (aka full nodes) run the same software and it’s crucial that they run the same version of that software to be able to access the shared ledger to verify transactions and ensure network security. Therefore, every time you want to change your blockchain parameters or introduce new features, you will need to create a fork.
What is the difference between hard and soft forks?
Forks can be divided into hard and soft.
Hard forks require 90% to 95% percent of the nodes to update their software; the system will no longer accept the nodes running a non-updated version.
Soft forks are less demanding. Simply a majority of the nodes is required to update the software and those who run a previous version can continue to operate.
What are Bitcoin forks?
Now, the Bitcoin forks are the changes in the Bitcoin network protocol. Since the Bitcoin code is an open-source protocol, it is a low-lift exercise for those who want to create their own cryptocurrency and built on the existing by adding new features or addressing current imperfections.
How to create a Bitcoin fork?Option 1. Use a fork coin generator.
If you don’t have any programming skills, services like ForkGen might be a perfect solution for you. ForkGen is an automated fork coin generator where anyone can create a unique Bitcoin offshoot by changing some parameters and rules.
Option 2. Do It Yourself.
If you want to take a hardcore way to create a Bitcoin fork and aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, follow these steps:
Go to Github, find, download and compile Bitcoin code on your computer.Then, the programming part starts: you’ll have to reconfigure the Bitcoin code, implement your customization.Publish the code (open source) back to Github.Provide a website and some kind of documentation (normally a white paper).Bitcoin forks: success stories
Bitcoin forks are worth exploring if you want to start your own cryptocurrency leveraging the social and financial capital around the Bitcoin name. Some examples of successful Bitcoin forks include:
LitecoinBitcoin CashBitcoin GoldMain Steps of How to Make Your Own Cryptocurrency
To sum it up, you have two ways to go about starting your own cryptocurrency: build a blockchain or create a fork.
To build a blockchain you need to:
define how it will be used in your business model;decide upon a consensus mechanismchoose a blockchain platform;design the nodes and blockchain properties;provide APIs for the tasks executed on you blockchain;develop an intuitive and comprehensive Admin and User Interfaces;take care of the legal side of the business.
To create a Bitcoin fork you can either:
Use an automated fork coin generator like ForkGen
Download the Bitcoin code;Customize it;Publish and maintain your code.Starting a New Cryptocurrency: Is It Worth the Effort?
Having read this far, you already have a fairly clear picture of what it takes to create a new blockchain. Before starting any new complex project it’s always a good idea to take a deep breath and evaluate once again if this is something you should be investing your time and money in.
So, how to establish if you even need a blockchain in the first place? Here is a list of question that will help you to answer this question before you make this commitment.
Do you need data storage?Do your requirements reach beyond what a traditional database can provide?Do you have multiple participants updating the data?Are you looking to eliminate a third-party?Do you want to establish a safe environment for the parties that don’t trust each other?Is your environment going to have hard rules requiring little to no updates?Do you need to maintain the privacy of your data?
If you’ve answered “yes” to 3 and more of these questions, you will get all the benefits of a blockchain including:
Enhancing data security.Cutting down transaction costs.Preventing frauds.Improving efficiency.Providing transparency.Executing Smart Contracts.
While the benefits are numerous, the amount of work that goes into creating your own blockchain is significant and requires a wide range of knowledge and tools to execute all steps of the process in the most time- and cost-efficient way.
Having employed the help of professional developers you will significantly cut down your expenses in the long run by eliminating the room for errors, and, therefore, time and cost of the rework and updates; future-proof your solutions by working with the experts who stay on top of all the latest industry developments and innovations, and free up your time for growing your business.
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Pinterest to test live-streamed events this month with 21 creators
Pinterest is expanding into live events. The company is planning to host a three-day virtual event that will feature live-streamed sessions from top creators, including big names like Jonathan Van Ness and Rebecca Minkoff, among others. The virtual event will run inside the Pinterest app from May 24th through May 25th, and will serve as the company’s first public test of directly streaming creator content to its over 475 million global users.
The rise of the creator economy and a pandemic-fueled demand for virtual events led Pinterest to explore the idea of live streaming. Last fall, it began testing a “class communities” feature that allowed users to sign up for Zoom classes through Pinterest, while creators used Pinterest’s boards to organize materials, notes, and other resources. These communities also included a group chat option and shopping features.
The new live-streamed sessions will operate a bit differently.
For starters, they’re not directing users off-site to Zoom for the sessions. Instead, users will launch the live-streaming experience directly inside Pinterest mobile app and remain there during the sessions. Pinterest users can also comment to interact with the creator during their stream, but there is no longer any shopping functionality, Pinterest tells TechCrunch.
The live streams allow up to five “guests” and an unlimited number of viewers. Meanwhile, moderators — which may include Pinterest employees, during this test — will help to control the experience. They will also have the ability to remove people from the chat if they do not uphold Pinterest’s Community Standards.
The forthcoming event’s lineup will focus a variety of topics, including food, design, cooking, style, and more.
Jonathan Van Ness‘ session will discuss morning rituals and self-care routines. Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff will teach Pinterest users how to style their summer wardrobe. Others featured during the event include food creators GrossyPelosi and Peter Som, who will showcase favorite recipes; Women’s Health magazine will talk about using vision boards to achieve your goals; Jennifer Alba will show how to communicate the Zodiac through sign language; and Hannah Bronfman will offer ideas for creating an at-home spa night.
In total, Pinterest will feature around 21 creators throughout the three-day event, with around 7 different session per day. Users will be directed to the live event via a new “Live” tab inside the Pinterest app for iOS and Android, where they can view the schedule and join sessions.
x”As a visual platform, people discover billions of ideas on Pinterest every day, and we’re always looking for new ways to help them bring those ideas to life,” says David Temple, Pinterest’s Head of Creators.
Temple notes Pinterest has integrated with third-party live-streaming technologies and built its own in-house messaging systems to power live interactions.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to respond to Pinner feedback for more dynamic and timely events as new interests like cooking have emerged for many in quarantine, and trends like beauty, fashion, and home renovation are on all-time highs as we move into a post-pandemic world,” Temple adds.
However, Pinterest isn’t discussing how it views the potential for live events longer-term. For the time being, it’s not offering tools that could woo creators away from other platforms where they can monetize their fans through features like donations, tips, virtual gifts, paid ticketing, subscriptions, or brand partnerships via a creator marketplace. Without such options, Pinterest could have a hard time competing for creators’ attention.
Nearly every big tech platform today is making a play for creators, and some are even willing to throw cash at them to win them over. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, and Twitter are all building out features that let creators do more than build an audience to monetize through ads or brand deals. Now, fans can send creators money during or after streams, subscribe for exclusive content, pay for access and more, depending on the platform.
New types of creator services are emerging, too, including the audio chat room experience pioneered by Clubhouse (and being cloned by everyone else), as well as dozens of virtual events startups hoping to win the market.
Pinterest’s attraction among such heavy competition isn’t clear, but the company will use this experiment to learn more about what works for its own community.
Pinterest tested its live streaming technology with employees a few weeks ago, but this will be the first time the feature will be available to the public.
While the event lineup can be viewed on the web, the live streams themselves will only run inside the Pinterest app for iOS and Android starting May 24th.
Millennials are flocking to fixer-uppers because it’s the only way some can afford a home
As prices for homes reach record-highs, millennials are turning to fixer-uppers as a more affordable solution.
More than three-quarters (82%) said in Bank of America Research’s sixth annual millennial home improvement survey that they’re more likely to buy a fixer-upper than a newly built home. The survey polled over 1,100 members of the generation.
It’s the latest takeaway from a historic housing shortage that’s forcing millennials into their second housing crisis in 12 years. Contractors have been underbuilding since the Great Recession. The US has been about 6.5 million homes short since 2000 and is facing a two-month supply of homes when it should have had about six months, Gay Cororaton, the director of housing and commercial research for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), previously told Insider.
Millennial demand has only exacerbated the shrinking inventory. It’s led to cutthroat competition rife with bidding wars, as aspiring homebuyers throw down all-cash offers and higher down payments in hopes of snagging a house. Some of those unable to outbid are resorting to buying old homes and renovating them.
Consider the millennials who have been putting bids on fixer-uppers featured in Instagram account Cheap Old Houses, which highlights historic homes that cost no more than $100,000 to buy, as The New York Post’s Shayne Benowitz reported back in August. These “old houses” are typically found in smaller towns that have become enticing in the age of coronavirus and remote work.
Finkelstein told Benowitz the account helps make homeownership more attainable for millennials, many of whom had plenty of time on their hands during quarantine for restoration projects.
Fixer uppers aren’t always cost-effective
But a fixer-upper isn’t always as affordable as it seems.
One 27-year-old that Benowitz spoke with said she had paid $18,500 for a Victorian home in West Virginia, but estimates her renovation budget would total $125,000.
Half (52%) of millennials started their home improvement projects within six months of their purchase, per the BofA survey. Many have already completed smaller, more budget-friendly projects such as painting and landscaping but still have yet to complete larger projects like bathroom and kitchen remodels.
Millennials are comfortable DIYing many of their home renovations, according to the survey, particularly the 30-something cohort. They feel more at ease painting and wallpapering and upgrading appliances, compared to more complex projects like altering floor plans and roofing.
That leaves some taking out loans to complete more complex projects. For the first time in the history of the annual survey, BofA found that millennials are using loans more frequently than cash to fund projects exceeding $10,000. When BofA last conducted the survey in 2017, only 34% were using loans for home improvement. Today, 42% of respondents are.
It hasn’t helped that a series of shortages, from lumber to semiconductor chips, and shipping delays are hijacking many costs involved with renovating a house such as wood and big appliances, making renovating more costly.
However much millennials try to find a more budget-friendly option, there will always be hidden costs to homeownership.
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