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In-demand Bored Ape NFT sold for $3,000 instead of $300,000 due to 'fat finger' error

The Independent - Tech

A highly sought-after non-fungible token (NFT) in the Bored Ape Yacht Club collection was accidentally sold for about $3,000 (£2,272) instead of the actual market price of $300,000 (£227,190). The Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs – some of which are known to be owned by the likes of Jimmy Fallon and DJ Khaled – consist of digital art of about 10,000 apes that each have different "properties" such as fur type, facial expression, clothing and accessories ranked and valued in terms of their rarity. The apes are programmatically generated with a computer code mixing and matching their properties to make each of them unique. A seller, identified by the username maxnaut on their social media handles, hoped to list Bored Ape number 3,547 for sale at 75 ethereum (ETH) on Saturday, but due to a "fat finger" typing error, the user accidentally sold it for about 0.75 ETH, reported CNET. Before maxnaut could cancel the listing, the NFT was reportedly snapped up by what seemed like a bot account that paid very high "gas" fees of 8 ETH for the Ethereum network to quickly processes the transaction.

The Green Google: Berlin Search Engine Uses Profits to Plant Trees

Der Spiegel International

At first glance, the Berlin startup doesn't seem so different from others: a factory floor in the rear courtyard of a building in the city's Neukölln district, stacked preserving jars filled with muesli in the kitchen, a discarded ping-pong surface repurposed as a conference table. The employees are young, relaxed and very international. The company's head and founder, Christian Kroll, is 35 years old, the same age as Mark Zuckerberg. The two men also share a quirk: To avoid wasting time in the mornings choosing an outfit, he always wears the same thing -- in his case, blank white T-shirts made from organic cotton. Zuckerberg's favorite color, by contrast, is gray.

The search engine boss who wants to help us all plant trees

BBC News

This week we speak to Christian Kroll, the founder and chief executive of internet search engine Ecosia. Christian Kroll wants nothing less than to change the world. "I want to make the world a greener, better place," he says. "I also want to prove that there is a more ethical alternative to the kind of greedy capitalism that is coming close to destroying the planet." The 35-year-old German is the boss of search engine Ecosia, which has an unusual but very environmentally friendly business model - it gives away most of its profits to enable trees to be planted around the world. Founded by Christian in 2009, Ecosia makes its money in the same way as Google - from advertising revenues.

This German Startup Has Just Planted 50M Trees with its Search Engine - AgFunderNews


Ecosia, a German startup with an internet search engine, today, has brought in enough revenues to enable it to plant 50 million trees. This equates to the removal of 2.5 million tonnes of Co2 from the atmosphere, according to the company. Ecosia has used the profits from advertisements on its search engine to plant trees in Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, Tanzania, Madagascar, Colombia, Peru, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Morocco, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and Nicaragua. Ecosia has partnered with Bing, Microsoft's search engine, to get results for users, but receives a majority portion of any revenues. After covering its internal costs, everything left goes towards planting trees; Ecosia is a non-profit organization.

Google's search engine not as good as its competitors for news, research finds

The Guardian

Australians trying to stay up to date with the news by searching online may be better off ditching Google and using its competitors, research by Monash University has shown. On Australia Day "Grace Tame" was the most popular search term used on Google – reflecting the fact that she had just been made Australian of the Year. The top 50 results delivered by Google included only 70% of professional news websites, compared with 94% for the same search term on Bing and 82% on Ecosia. Last Sunday Australians rushing to find out more about the suddenly announced coronavirus lockdown in Perth made "perth lockdown" the most popular search term. Google delivered only 80% of news websites in the top 50, compared with 90% from Bing and 86% from Ecosia.