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Mozilla Stops Taking Crypto Donations After Facing a Backlash ❌

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Following a vast backlash sparked in part by a Mozilla founder, Jamie Zawinski, Mozilla said on Thursday that it would be stopping the ability to accept bitcoin donations.

Zawinski, who left Mozilla in 1999, tweeted a harsh response to a December 31 Mozilla tweet announcing the company’s acceptance of cryptocurrency donations.

On January 3, Zawinski said, “Everyone participating with the initiative should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to cooperate with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters.”

Peter Linss, the creator of the Gecko engine that powers Firefox, also expressed his displeasure on Twitter.

Mozilla responded to the matter in a Twitter thread on Thursday.

The company said, “Last week, we tweeted a reminder that Mozilla supports cryptocurrency donations. This sparked a lively debate on cryptocurrency’s environmental impact.”

They also mentioned that they will “examine if and how our existing policy on bitcoin donations fits with our climate goals,” and in the meanwhile, the crypto donation option will be put on hold.

On the other hand, Mozilla isn’t entirely dismissing decentralized technologies like cryptocurrencies, noting that “decentralized web technology remains an essential area for us to research.”

Recent Studies ? Indicate that a Chatbot Might be Helpful in Preventing Eating Disorders

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According to a study conducted by Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, digital preventive programs are more effective when led by a human moderator.

However, in the United States, financing for mental health prevention programs is difficult to come by.

A chatbot, according to Fitzsimmons-Craft, might be a cheaper, more scalable version of such a program that gives “certain aspects of moderating in an automated format.”

The team created a chatbot version of the StudentBodies eating disorder prevention program, which generally consists of informative content, exercises, and journal prompts and is distributed via a website.

Participants might communicate with the chatbot via SMS or Facebook Messenger.

Women who did not have an active eating disorder but had risk factors for one, such as a negative body image or excessive anxiety about their weight, were randomly assigned to interact with the chatbot or be placed on a waiting list.

The chatbot offers eight discussions about body image and healthy eating, with women urged to have two of them every week.

Chatbots like the one Fitzimmons-Craft and her colleagues built may be incorporated with things like the National Eating Disorder Association screening exams or in locations like campuses where people are more likely to display indicators of an eating disorder, according to Fitzimmons-Craft.

SEC Files Complaint Against the $33M Crowd Machine ICO ?

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The SEC has launched a lawsuit against Australian Craig Derel Sproule for allegedly selling “digital asset securities” in an Initial Coin Offering his company held in 2018.

The American financial regulator claims that Sproule’s company, Metavine, Inc., which ran the Crowd Machine ICO from January to April 2018, offered unregistered securities, never completed the project, and “materially misrepresented how it intended to use ICO proceeds” in a complaint filed on January 6.

According to the SEC, Sproule raised at least $33 million in all, but he now lacks “sufficient money to fund continued operations.” The cause for his financial difficulties is at the heart of the SEC’s case.

According to the SEC’s notice on January 6, Sproule agreed to conditions prohibiting him, Crowd Machine, and Metavine from conducting additional securities offerings. “Permanently disable the CMCT coins and demand their removal from digital asset trading platforms,”. According to CoinGecko, CMCT is currently exclusively accessible for trading on HitBTC.

Sproule has been barred from serving as an officer of a public business and fined $195,047.

Tinder Develops a new Feature ➡️⬅️ Named ‘Swipe Party’

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Tinder has announced that it is investigating the development of a new tool called Swipe Party, which aims to make searching through potential matches more communal.

Swipe Party requires access to the phone’s camera and microphone so that your friends can “see and hear you while vetting prospects.”

In the case of Swipe Party, however, it appears that Tinder is looking to turn this into a virtual experience where a user could invite a “guest” to join their swiping session and provide feedback remotely.

The Swipe Party feature was first discovered in the Tinder Android app’s code by the Dutch website GratisDatingTips. It was then reblogged as a rumor by Pocket-lint and PhoneArena.

Last August, the company announced that over the next 12 to 24 months, it would add audio and video chat services to its dating app portfolio, including live group video.

According to Match, these new capabilities will be powered by Hyperconnect’s innovations. Hyperconnect is a Korean social networking and app developer that became Match’s largest acquisition to date for $1.73 billion.

Tinder took its first major moves in this direction last year with the addition of a new area dubbed “Explore” to its app, which now showcases the service’s interactive components.

Swipe Night, an interactive video series, interest-based matching, lightweight chat, and other features.

Tinder verified Swipe Party’s existence but declined to provide any other information about the concept.

Around the Web ?

Dapper Labs is the first non-financial technology company to register as a lobbyist: Dapper Labs is the first NFT company to officially register to lobby the US government through a public disclosure on January 3. The corporation joins a growing list of crypto industry influencers to influence new policies. According to the statement, dapper Labs has hired Crossroads Strategies as their lobbying company. According to the corporation, it would advocate for “policy-relevant to NFTs, blockchain, and financial services.” In November 2021, Dapper Labs hired Alison Kutler as its new head of government affairs and hired a lobbying agency.


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