Romance scammers collected $139 million in crypto last year

Romance scammers made off with a total of $139 million in cryptocurrency last year, five times more than the amount stolen in 2020, according to a new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Cryptocurrency payments made up the largest fraction of the $547 million lost to scammers in 2021, with victims losing $9,770 in…

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Fortnite Stoneheart Trials: How to earn badges and get all cosmetics

Fortnite’s Stoneheart Trials are here to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day (week?) with a bevy of new cosmetics to earn. True to the holiday spirit, all the cosmetics are full of heart…and a few thorns. You’ll need to complete some serious challenges if you want to earn any of them, though. Stoneheart Trials only runs…

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Genshin Impact Making Kazari Mask Permanent Item

The upcoming Version 2.5 update for Genshin Impact will add popular quest NPC Kazari’s mask as a furnishing for the player’s Serenitea Pot. Throughout Genshin Impact‘s massively successful run since the open-world gacha RPG launched in late 2020, the game’s roster of diverse and unique characters have been one of its most popular elements. From…

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BlockFi will pay $100 million in a settlement with SEC and states over its interest accounts

BlockFi, a crypto finance institution, will pay $100 million in penalties to the Securities and Exchange Commission (or SEC) and 32 US states after it settled charges relating to its interest program (via The Block). Regulators say that the company’s BlockFi Interest Accounts, which let users earn returns on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDT,…

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UK authorities seize NFTs as part of £1.4M fraud investigation

It seems like only yesterday that Cent, one of the largest NFT trading exchanges out there, halted transactions due to rampant counterfeiting. Oh wait, it was: As CEO Cameron Hejazi said about the current state of NFTs, “We realized that a lot of it is just money chasing money.” Rampant speculation, in other words. Some…

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Lost Ark is Being Review Bombed

While quite a few Lost Ark players have expressed their enjoyment with the game when they can get in, the server issues have made some turn against it Now that Lost Ark is officially released in the United States and other parts of the world that previously hadn’t had access, the game has mostly seen…

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Texas is suing Meta over Facebook facial recognition

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Meta over its use of facial recognition. The lawsuit, filed today in state district court, claims Meta’s Facebook photo tagging system violated the Texas Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier (CUBI) Act. It’s seeking financial damages and an end to any unauthorized use of Texans’ biometric data. The…

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There’s actually some good graphics card news for a change: they’re getting cheaper

In a rare bout of good news, graphics card pricing appears to be heading back down to normal levels. Numbers from that track the average of the best prices for the latest Ampere and RDNA2 graphics cards show a downward trend over the last three weeks, and it makes for an encouraging sign of…

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Nintendo Showcases Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Characters

After revealing Xenoblade Chronicles 3 a few days ago during its Nintendo Direct, Nintendo has new information on some of its characters. Over the last few days since its announcement, the trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has been picked over by fans who have analyzed the trailer to try and learn what is happening in…

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Apple’s solution to Dutch App Store dispute just earned it another €5 million fine

Apple’s new proposals for dating apps in the Netherlands haven’t gone far enough to appease the country’s competition regulator, which has just announced that it’s fining the company another €5 million (around $5.6 million). It’s the fourth weekly fine levied against the company, bringing the total to €20 million (around $22.6 million), and these fines…

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