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The Download: who pays for climate change and blockchain gaming

Dark Forest is a vast universe, and most of it is shrouded in darkness. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to venture into the unknown, avoid being destroyed by opposing players who may lurk in the dark, and build an empire of the planets you discover and that you can make yours.

But while the video game apparently looks and plays a lot like other online strategy games, it doesn’t rely on the servers running other popular online strategy games. Instead, Dark Forest runs entirely on a blockchain, in a way that means no one controls how it runs.

The success of the game demonstrates that blockchains can be used in far more interesting and complex ways than just moving digital money, something some blockchain champions have been repeating since the technology emerged.

And it may point to something even deeper: the possibility of a metaverse that isn’t owned by a big tech company. Read the full story.

—Mike Orcutt

The unavoidable

I’ve scoured the internet to find you today’s funniest/important/scariest/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Crypto Exchange Binance Isn’t Buying Rival FTX After All
However, we still don’t know the full extent of FTX’s financial problems. (WSJ $)
+ Nothing and no one in crypto is too big to fail. (NYT $)
+ Crypto markets are even more volatile than normal right now. (Bloomberg $)
+ Meanwhile, crypto is back on New York’s new governor’s agenda. (The edge)

2 Why the Republicans’ “red wave” didn’t materialize
The specter of Donald Trump and the Dobbs decision loomed. (Voice)
+ The allure of Trumpism certainly seems to be fading. (Atlantic $)
+ Conspiracy theories related to the results also did not take off. (NYT $)
+ That hasn’t stopped Holocaust deniers from trying, however. (Bloomberg $)
+ Here’s how to avoid being misled by misinformation. (WP $)

3 Prepare for a winter of sickness
It’s a triple threat of flu, covid and a respiratory virus. (Wired $)
+ The wave of respiratory bugs hit before we had a vaccine. (Slate $)
+ Is a “double epidemic” of covid and flu on the horizon? (MIT Technology Review)

4 How Donald Trump unwittingly helped the Paris Agreement
Its withdrawal from the treaty actually prompted other countries to act. (Atlantic $)
+ Reparations could finally compensate the hardest hit nations. (Wired $)
+ Climate action is gaining momentum. Such are disasters. (MIT Technology Review)

5 A Viral App Was Falsely Accused Of Being A Front For Sex Trafficking
It’s just the latest in a long line of trending apps targeted by traffic hoaxes. (WP $)

6 There are fewer ransomware attempts than before
The reluctance to pay ransoms could be one of the factors for the drop. (FT $)
+ The world’s largest ransomware gang has disappeared from the internet. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Laid-off Twitter workers were inundated with job offers
Despite the hiring freeze in the tech sector, they are in high demand. (information $)
+ More than 11,000 Meta employees will join them. (Motherboard)
+ Verifying and “officially” rolling out Twitter was a mess. (WP $)

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