Get to know ‘non-fungible tokens,’ NFT for short

A phrase you’ll probably be hearing or reading about quite a bit in the coming weeks and months is ‘non-fungible tokens.’ I’d not come across it until I read a Reuters report about a guy who sold a 10-second video artwork by the digital artist known as Beeple for $6.6 million at a Christies auction in Florida last month. He’d bought it last October for just $67 thousand. Nice ROI! While this in itself is an interesting tale, what makes…

FIR 196: Speak up, Twitter

The June 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report features Neville and Shel discussing… Their appearance on Joe Jaffe’s broadcast show A report on the all-virtual IABC World Conference Twitter’s move to let users record and tweet audio (but only on iOS for now) Three new blockchain developments of interest to communicators Flipboard’s new Storyboard feature A user email that prompted Merriam-Webster to update a dictionary definition How Wikipedia became a battleground for racial justice Facebook’s news tab and…

For Immediate Release 113: Not a 280-Character Episode

Shel and I recorded the November edition of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report podcast. We had a great chinwag on these topics: A follow-up to our KFC story (about 11 herbs and spices); the social media team struck again. Twitter has made its new expanded 280 character count available to almost everyone. Not everyone is happy about it. Uber’s new CEO took an investigator’s advice and scrapped the company’s old values statements. Instead of simply crafting a new one,…

SDF Podcast 13: 1984 meets Pavlov’s dogs

“Trust, but verify” is a phrase that was used often by Ronald Reagan. It is more than a little ironic that this is originally a Russian proverb (Doveryai, no proveryai). Trust is also what links the various topics in episode 13 of our podcast (with show notes written by Thomas Stoeckle). From Chinese citizen scores to alleged irregularities in the UK referendum and the US presidential election, the implications of GDPR and the prospects of blockchain: trust is the glue…

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