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Kik is venturing into new territory.
The messaging service announced on Thursday that it was launching its own digital currency, called "Kin" that can be used to buy services on its platform.
SEE ALSO: Bye, Bitcoin. Hello, Ethereum.
Users will be able to use Kin to buy games, live video streams and other digital products.
Kin will be created on the Ethereum blockchain — a rival to Bitcoin — and is expected to make its debut some time this year.
“Kik will be the largest install base of cryptocurrency users in the world,” said Kik's CEO Ted Livingston, according to a Bloomberg report.
"Kin, on day one will be the most-used cryptocurrency in the world." Read more...More about Bitcoin, Kik, Cryptocurrency, and Tech
If you've got $12,000 to blow and already own every Apple product under the sun, we've got great news — you can now buy this impeccably sophisticated hourglass to fill the void in your life.
Channelling the tech company's innovation, Apple designer Marc Newson revamped the traditional hourglass to create this ridiculously expensive, limited-edition product for HODINKEE, a publication specializing in wristwatches.
Now okay, sure, The Marc Newson Hourglass technically measures time. But tbh, this is pretty pointless. I mean, when was the last time you needed an hourglass? TBH unless you're a hardcore Days of Our Lives fan, when was the last time you even thought of an hourglass? Read more...More about Tech, Apple, Conversations, Time, and Designer
Katy Cats are in for a treat — Katy Perry is playing a surprise show in front of 90 fans in London and live streaming the whole thing.
Perry just announced the intimate gig at the Water Rats, where she played nine years ago, on Twitter. You can tune into the show on YouTube now.
Perry is playing Witness era tracks like "Chained to the Rhythm" as well as the hits from Teenage Dream. Would you like to watch Perry inquire whether they have Taco Bell in England and then hear a bunch of Brits argue about the answer? Well, that's there, too. Read more...More about Music, Celebrities, Pop Star, Katy Perry, and Live Music
Jupiter looks like hell.
The huge planet in the middle of our solar system has giant Earth-sized storms, a powerful magnetic field, and extreme auroras, a series of new scientific studies published this week show.
The new findings come from data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft, which has been studying Jupiter since it arrived in orbit around the huge world in July 2016.
And wow, are there surprises from the information Juno has gathered.More about Nasa, Science, Space Photos, Storm, and Astronomy
Target is betting big on mattresses in the mail.
The big box chain is investing $75 million in bedding delivery startup Casper as it looks to bolster its e-commerce offerings in the face of the tanking brick-and-mortar market, Recode reported Thursday.
A source familiar with the deal confirmed that amount.
Casper has sought to upend a $14 billion industry with foam mattresses that are folded into ultra-compact packages for shipping. Before now, it'd raised nearly $70 million in venture capital.
Target was reported to be considering a billion-dollar acquisition of Casper earlier this month, but talks seem to have fallen through. The fast-growing startup was last valued at more than $500 million in 2015. Read more...More about Business and Business
Harvard dropout and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg found himself the subject of fake news on Thursday after the school's newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, was hacked.
Instead of the Crimson's regularly planned special commencement issue, the website showcased some not so flattering photoshops and strange headlines.
The fake issue was on the homepage briefly as Zuckerberg, who left the Ivy League university 12 years ago to start Facebook, was about to deliver his commencement speech on campus. Manipulated photos of Zuckerberg's face filled the photo slots on the page, while headlines about Facebook, the Winklevoss twins, and intentional misspellings of Zuckerberg's name flowed freely. Read more...More about Mark Zuckerberg, Hack, Harvard, Graduation 2017, and Harvard Crimson
President Donald Trump's budget proposal would save an estimated $10 million in 2018 by allowing the United States's wild horses to wind up on someone's plate.
The U.S. has long rounded up and sold wild horses that roam through Nevada and other Western states, but buyers have always legally had to promise not to ship horses for slaughter. Horse slaughterhouses are outlawed in the U.S., but not in Mexico or Canada, nor in Europe, where horse meat is considered something of a treat.
Around 75,000 wild horses and burros roam the American West, according to National Geographic, to go along with about 45,000 kept in pastures controlled by the Bureau of Land Management or individual owners. Managing those 45,000 horses and burros drains the agency of about $50 million per year. Read more...More about Newsy and Lifestyle
The Bachmanity Insanity is officially over.
Silicon Valley is saying Avia-dios (get it, like Aviato and adios? Oh, never mind!) to star T.J. Miller for the show's upcoming fifth season, Mashable has confirmed.
HBO renewed the Emmy-winning comedy — along with Veep — for a new season on Thursday, shortly before news broke that Miller would not be returning after the conclusion of Season 4.
"The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for Season 5. In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations," HBO said in a statement. Read more...More about Hbo, Silicon Valley, T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley Season 5, and Entertainment