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1989 Damien Hirst USD$1k medicine cabinet could sell for millions in 2020

1989 Damien Hirst USD$1k medicine cabinet could sell for millions in 2020

This January of 2020 an auction is set to take place with a set of artworks from several artists, one of whom is Damien Hirst. Of interest in this auction is a relatively old Damien Hirst artwork by the name of "Bodies", originally sold in the year 1989. The artwork is one of the first 4 medicine cabinets that'd eventually make a suite of 12, and it was purchased for a sum of £600
- converting that amount in 1989 to dollars hits around USD$1k.

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Amazon hand recognition could be the future of payments

Amazon hand recognition could be the future of payments

Plastic cards tried to make paper cash a thing of the past and phones are now trying to return the favor. All of these payment systems, however, have one thing in common. They all require you to carry something with you, something you could potentially lose. Your hand, on the other hand, is always by your side (hopefully) which is why Amazon is reportedly looking into technology that will let people pay with just their palm.

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Opera resorts to questionable loan apps as browser market share tanks

Opera resorts to questionable loan apps as browser market share tanks

Back in the days when phones weren't exactly smart, the only way people could browse the Web was often through Opera. In the age of smartphones and Google Chrome, however, Opera has become almost a legacy, a legacy that might soon be tarnished by the company's own actions. It turns out that Opera is using what can only be described as predatory loan apps on Android to make a profit but could, in turn, get it banned from Google Play Store for good.

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Pokemon cards now bought/sold on product stock market StockX

Pokemon cards now bought/sold on product stock market StockX

Pokemon cards are now being sold on StockX. StockX is an auction/sales site that goes the extra mile when it comes to authenticating the source of a wide variety of items, centering on sneakers, artwork, and other highly sought-after representations of modernity. Before now, the "Trading Cards" category included only sports - Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Hockey. Now it includes Pokemon!

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Dizzy man accidentally sells US$1.4 million game character for $500

Dizzy man accidentally sells US$1.4 million game character for $500

It's a classic story of selling a multi-million-dollar video game character on a digital sale site for $500 - we've all heard it. This particular story takes place in China, and starts with a video game "whale" - a rich person who spends boatloads of cash on video games. This whale, Lu Mou, spent 8 million to 10 million yuan (the equivalent of around $1.4 million USD) in a video game, creating a powerful in-game character with in-game purchases.

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Google’s next big play is personal banking

Google’s next big play is personal banking

With many tech companies dipping their toes in the personal finance pool, it won't be long before we see Google attempt to do the same. Google confirmed today that it will soon begin offering checking accounts to its user base. Internally, this new service is code-named Cache, and it seems the big G has plans to launch it at some point in 2020.

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These custom AirPod Pros cost over $67k

These custom AirPod Pros cost over $67k

A pair of AirPod Pro earbuds were customized by the same folks who brought you several diamond-encrusted iPhones. They've suggested that the "Caviar AirPods Pro Gold Edition" is an extravagant package the likes of which only one person will ever own. They've suggested that the body of each of the AirPod Pro buds is "one-piece 750-content gold."

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NBC Peacock streaming TV may be free in 2020

NBC Peacock streaming TV may be free in 2020

If NBC follows through with today's report, they'd be the first "totally free streaming video service" to be delivered by a major media provider. Of course, said streaming video provider wouldn't likely be delivered COMPLETELY free. Instead, today's report means it's likely NBC's Peacock will be free, with advertisements. So sorta like what Hulu did when they started... only a little bit different.

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BBK Group may soon beat Apple and Samsung, but how?

BBK Group may soon beat Apple and Samsung, but how?

There's a company by the name BBK Group that you should get to know, if you don't know already. Where Apple made their mark in the smartphone world with a single brand, iPhone, BBK Group (aka BBK Electronics Corporation, or BBK) went completely the opposite direction, creating not only a wide variety of different smartphone models, but running a set of different smartphone companies that, to the average consumer, look like completely separate entities. If one combines the various brands owned by BBK into a single count, they ship more phones than any other single brand.

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Apple earnings Q4: As iPhone falls, all others rise

Apple earnings Q4: As iPhone falls, all others rise

Official Apple earnings sheets released today show iPhone sales numbers down, while all other categories in Apple's earnings breakdown went up. Apple's Financial Year 2019 Forth Quarter Results showed both the three months period ending in September of 2019 and the full 12-month period ending in September 2019. Of course, even falling iPhone sales numbers are sales numbers that dwarf every other category, per usual.

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Why Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans are under fire

Why Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency plans are under fire

Facebook's plans to launch its very own cryptocurrency was met with heavy opposition last week, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Libra proposal to Congress was hijacked into a hearing of the company's past mishandling. To put it briefly, the social media company's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica and election controversies had broken its trust with authorities. Without a clear structure for regulation, there are concerns that Zuckerberg's new Libra project could undermine the national dollar, as well as contain loopholes for criminals to exploit.

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Prototype Star Wars action figure selling for over $130k

Prototype Star Wars action figure selling for over $130k

Why would someone pay over one-hundred-thousand dollars for an action figure? That's likely the question most people ask when they see the most recent listing of a Star Wars: Boba Fett "Rocket-Firing Prototype" action figure here in late October, 2019. Today we're going to give a nutshell version of the low-down on this particular action figure and why it, above all others, strikes the fancy of the most hardcore collectors.

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