Amid Legal Controversy, Telegram Blockchain Explorers Are Already Available

In 2018, TON raised more than $1.7 billion in a private initial coin offering (ICO). On a technological level, it aims to replace Bitcoin and Ethereum by featuring a transaction throughput that is reportedly competitive with Visa and MasterCard. As per its white paper, it will be a Proof-of-Stake network employing sharding technology to achieve high performance. Decentralized applications (DApps) are to be supported as well.

The Telegram team had previously released a barebones blockchain explorer for its testnet. The blockchain software company Blockchair recently released a more polished version, similar to explorers for existing networks.

The company also released APIs for developers to interface with the blockchain, though the documentation notes that the testnet is “highly unstable.” Blockchair reports the current testnet as two months old, with the mainnet being originally scheduled for Oct. 31.

How Big Data is Transforming Video Gaming Across All Platforms | Analytics Insight

Big data is becoming a fundamental analysis tool across all industries, with the world of gaming seen using the power of big data across all platforms in 2020 and beyond.

As almost all forms of digital gaming have online elements to them, be it the game being hosted on online servers or customers connecting to the internet via their consoles for head-to-head battles and DLC purchasing, video game industry companies can stack up heaps of data every single day. This includes statistics on how often a certain title is played, what times of the day are most popular with each demographic, the replayability of their titles or even the likelihood that players will purchase additional content.

Starting with such data, gaming brands use complex tools to enhance their products, make marketing decisions, choose the most likely to succeed promotions, or even select the genre and themes of upcoming games. It is safe to say that regardless of the platform in use, gaming is becoming increasingly driven by big data.

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Scoop: Cargo pivots to car-top advertising, does layoffs

Cargo, a New York-based startup that sells snack-boxes and other amenities to ride-hail passengers, has laid off around two dozen employees and will pivot to car-top advertising, the company confirms to Axios.

Why it matters: A growing number of startups are under pressure to build sustainable businesses instead of focusing on unprofitable, top-line growth.

Background: Cargo, founded in 2016, debuted with items that Uber and Lyft drivers can put in their cars and sell to passengers.

  • It inked a partnership with Uber in 2018.
  • Drivers have earned $13 million by selling 12 million products to 35 million passengers across 14 cities and three countries, Cargo CEO Jeff Cripe tells Axios.

A few months ago, Cargo began testing car-top ad displays in Atlanta with Uber, putting it in direct competition with startups like Google-backed Firefly.

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First signs of the Google Pixel 4a surface with a 5G-capable version

We might have gotten another hint of the Google Pixel 4a, an affordable version of the Pixel 4 devices, and it seems there could be three of these new Pixel A handsets – including one that could have 5G. In other words, it’s the first indication that Google could release a 5G phone before the Google Pixel 5 flagship.

These references were found in Android code – as Android is open-source, people can access the code readily – and 2020 mid-range Pixel phones were mentioned in a new batch of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), this month’s Pixel 4 firmware dump, and the latest versions of several Google applications.

Credit goes to Twitter user @akes29, who dug up the code names, and was then helped by XDA Developers who pored over the code with a fine-tooth comb.

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