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Tumblr Post+ subscription service monetizes content at last [UPDATE: Tumblr responds]

Tumblr Post+ subscription service monetizes content at last [UPDATE: Tumblr responds]

Creators of content working with Tumblr now have their own monetization system in play. The system is called Tumblr Post+, and it'll be appearing with the biggest and most popular Tumblr accounts as soon as this week. Users will be able to set prices for their content, starting at $3.99, with higher tiers at $5.99 and $9.99 per month.

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New gold found in pyrite

New gold found in pyrite

It would appear that fool's gold isn't done revealing its many secrets just yet. Over the past several decades, pyrite (fool's gold) has been subject to advanced testing and deep-dive investigations. This week's discovery of "a third, previously unrecognized way that real gold can lurk inside pyrite" may change the way (some) gold is mined.

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Twitter Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces are now accepting applicants

Twitter Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces are now accepting applicants

There is no stopping Twitter's push to finally monetize its social network, even if it remains to be seen how successful these attempts will really be. It kicked things off earlier this month with the launch of the much-rumored Twitter Blue subscription that offers features, both wanted and unwanted, for a price. Twitter is now accepting applications for its more exclusive Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces, but the fine print may actually discourage some creators and publishers from fully jumping aboard.

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin price drops with China power chops

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin price drops with China power chops

Chinese government officials cut power to cryptocurrency mining operations on Monday morning, resulting to an immediate drop in price for the coin and related cryptocurrency. This is the latest in a line of similar targeted operations in China aimed at cutting down on mining operations throughout the country here in the year 2021. Officials suggested this year that cracking down on crypto mining is aimed at bringing the country closer to environmental goals as a significant amount of the energy used was (and continues to be) generated by coal power stations.

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Facebook Messenger update makes money transfers easier

Facebook Messenger update makes money transfers easier

Facebook is primarily a social networking platform but it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone these days that it has grown far past that narrow definition. The tech giant has its hands in pretty much anything that can be associated with being social, including virtual reality or even money. Going beyond the usual culprits of product ads and purchasing stuff on Facebook, it has turned its Messenger platform into a P2P money transfer service of its own, one that may have just become easier in Facebook's latest update.

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Twitter Ticketed Spaces will have users paying to attend

Twitter Ticketed Spaces will have users paying to attend

It was really only a matter of time before the Clubhouse-alike services and features started trying to monetize the audio-only social media hype. While Clubhouse itself seems to still be experimenting with payment systems, Twitter is pushing forward with what will be known as Ticketed Spaces, turning the nascent Twitter feature into something like a concert or VIP meet and greet where users will need to pay tickets to get in. As enticing as that may sound for hosts, the cut they receive might not be so encouraging.

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Sotheby’s first NFT auction revealed

Sotheby’s first NFT auction revealed

An art auction is set to take place in June of 2021 called "Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale." This sale will be hosted by Sotheby's, and it'll take place entirely online. Sotheby's started their description of this sale with the following: "NFTs will be considered one of the groundbreaking artistic breakthroughs of the century."

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Microsoft Surface Duo cuts price in half, but don’t be fooled

Microsoft Surface Duo cuts price in half, but don’t be fooled

The two-screen Android device called Microsoft Surface Duo just had a price gut. It's had its guts ripped out at a whopping 50% off, down to around $700 from its original $1400 USD. This isn't the first time the device's price has been clipped, and it probably won't be the last.

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Sotheby’s Banksy is first physical painting sold with cryptocurrency option

Sotheby’s Banksy is first physical painting sold with cryptocurrency option

A battle between four bidders ended with a $12.9 million hammer price for the Banksy artwork 'Love is in the Air'. This is the first piece of art sold in a Sotheby's auction where cryptocurrency was accepted as a payment option for a physical artwork. It's likely this practice will continue with other major sales in the near future.

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FCC $50/month internet relief check process starts: How to get your money

FCC $50/month internet relief check process starts: How to get your money

The FCC started their Emergency Broadband Benefit Program this week as administered by USAC (with FCC oversight). This Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will deliver up to $50/month discount for broadband service and associated equipment rentals for qualifying low-income households. This program also aims to deliver up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands, and a one-time discount of $100 for the purchase of a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer for some households.

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US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission was put in a position this week where they needed to issue a warning to citizens. May 12, 2021, at 9AM, the USCPSC released a warning: "Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline." The followed up with another warning: "Use only containers approved for fuel." Why, you might wonder, would anyone EVER fill a plastic bag full of gasoline?

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Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google recently retired its old Google Pay app and with it the ability to send and receive money, at least on that old app and website. To make up for that, Google is announcing a new feature in Google Pay that expands that money transfer feature beyond the borders of the US. Unfortunately, as it stands, it's a one-way street that has very limited availability, at least as far as this first phase of the rollout goes.

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