A South Korean Coin Exchange accidentally sent millions of dollars in Bitcoin to its customers. Now it wants its crypto back

Imagine logging in to your coin exchange account and finding that your balance had grown overnight without any explanation. Well that’s exactly what happened to customers of South Korean cryptocurrency exchange CoinZest. According to CoinDesk Korea, CoinZest inadvertently sent millions of dollars of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to its users. Apparently a server issue resulted …

SmugMug gives free Flickr users until Tuesday to download their files

Not sure how this hasn’t received wider coverage: After promising exactly nothing will change when they bought Flickr, SmugMug now want Flickr users to either pay up or have their stuff deleted. The not-so-old adage the cloud is just other people’s computers has never rang truer. This came hot on the heels of Verizon writing …

The One Plus 5 and One Plus 5T are finally getting Android P

It appears One Plus started rolling out Android 9 to One Plus 5 and One Plus 5T devices in the past week. Christened “Pie”, Android 9 reportedly packs a lot of features that I was keen to check out. I have not been able to get the update myself. Checking for updates on my phone …

The case for eccentric, obsessive corners of the Web

I read two or three pieces in the last 24 hours that made a really strong case for maintaining little independent bits of the internet that are focused on pet interests and subjects. My first website when I was 14 was Jazz Nairobi, envisioned as a site focused on the then fairly non-existent Nairobi Jazz …

Shorting Uber

Investors currently have over USD 16 billion in cash invested in Uber. The company is currently valued at over USD 64 billion. Steve LeVine over at Quartz wonders if the company really is worth this much and if there is a case for shorting Uber: In its first seven years of existence, Uber has irked …

Shengspeare: Shakespeare in Sheng.

In the old age black was not counted fair, Or if it were, it bore not beauty’s name; But now is black beauty’s successive heir Zamo kuwa dark skin haikuwa usupuu, hata ka kulikuwa na mablack beauty hatukutambua; Lakini siku hizi kushika rangi ni urembo mtupu From Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Sheng translation mine) Shakespeare Week came …

Snapchat grows up and moves into a tasteful $2.5m mansion

Snapchat is definitely catching on in Kenya. Minor Kenyan online celebrities such as Huddah Monroe and Vera Sidika have been very active on the platform in the recent past. Just last week, former Prime Minister and opposition co-principal Raila Odinga joined Snapchat. I have been on the platform for two years now. While the rest …

Uber did battle in China. And Lost

Online news site Quartz is reporting a deal between Didi Chuxing and Uber that will see the two companies merge in China. Citing a widely circulated blogpost by Uber C.E.O Travis Kalanick on WeChat, the site reports that a deal is impending. It appears Uber finally ran out of steam in China, where the company …