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For the love of god stop sending ‘Elon Musk’ your Ethereum. It’s a scam.

Seriously don't do that.
Seriously don’t do that.

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People, please please please listen closely: Elon Musk is not giving away Ether

Scammers have swarmed Twitter in recent weeks in an attempt to trick people out of their hard-earned cryptocurrency, and as a particular tweet today makes clear they’re having a lot of success. 

The scam itself is incredibly simple, and starts with someone famous tweeting out some random statement. Like this, for example:

That’s when the scammers come in. Someone, with a Twitter account designed to mimic the famous person’s, posts a reply promising free bitcoin, ether, or some other cryptocurrency. All you supposedly need to do to be on the receiving end of this potential bonanza is send a little ether to a provided address. 

See where this is going?

“To celebrate this, I’m giving awaу 5,000 ЕTH to my followers,” reads once such reply from @elonlmusk (notice the extra “L”). “To pаrtiсipаte, just sеnd 0.5-1 ЕTH to the address bеlow and gеt 5-10 ЕTH back to the address you used for the transaсtion.” 

Clicking through the link takes you to a page that makes it look like ether is indeed being sent out. Spoiler: It’s not. That page is fake. 

Don't be fooled.

Don’t be fooled.

Image: some scammer

To make things even more confusing, the person behind the grift looks to have set up fake Twitter accounts to attest to the legitimacy of the con. The account @GaryPet70008539, for example, was created in January of this year and has only tweeted once. 

The account @MattMar46412834 was also set up in January, and has also only tweeted once. 

If you take the time to copy and paste the receiving ETH address into a legit service, like Etherscan, you are greeted with a very different picture. Specifically, one that shows no outgoing transactions and a whole lot of incoming. 

Never gonna see that again.

Never gonna see that again.

Image: etherscan

At the time of this writing there are almost 20 ETH in that account for a value of around $16,424. In other words, people are falling for this. Please don’t be one of those people. 

After all, while some fanboys like to call Elon Musk the real-life Tony Stark, Iron Man wasn’t exactly known for randomly giving away cryptocurrency on the internet. 

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Elon Musk gets permission to do a little digging for his Hyperloop

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It’s been far easier for Elon Musk to send a rocket to the Mars than move a pebble in Washington, D.C.

That could be changing, according to The Washington Post. The SpaceX entrepreneur’s tunnel digging company, The Boring Company, recently received vague permission to do some exploratory digging at 53 New York Avenue NE.

Musk is hoping to build a high speed hyperloop between New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and D.C. The loop will be capable of moving passengers at very high speeds thanks to depressurized tubes and magnet-levitated pods. 

The digging site could become a hyperloop station, though plans remain mostly theoretical at this point.

“We’re just beginning, in the mayor’s office, our conversation to get an understanding of what the general vision is for Hyperloop,” John Falcicchio, chief of staff to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, told The Washington Post.

Musk’s permit was the only good thing to come out of Trump’s infrastructure week. So. Yay.

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Here’s how to make The Boring Company’s flamethrower


Obligatory disclaimer: Don’t be dumb.

What follows is a video showing high level instructions on how to build a nearly exact copy of The Boring Company’s flamethrower. Basically, gut this $125 Airsoft gun and insert a propane torch. The total bill of goods should be under $200, well under the $500 The Boring Company was charging until it sold out of the 20k units.

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As many pointed out before, The Boring Company Flamethrower is muddling the definition of a flamethrower. It’s more of a large torch like those used in roofing or to clear brush or melt ice.

Whatever. It’s okay to have fun sometimes.

Elon Musk said following launching a Tesla Roadster into space, “It’s kind of silly and fun, but I think that silly and fun things are important.” I agree. This DIY flamethrower is silly and fun and it’s the type of project that could inspire and engage someone into discovering mechanical engineering. Just don’t be dumb. Please.

These portals to Elon Musk’s space Tesla and ‘Rick and Morty’ are going viral on Snapchat

Elon Musk probably won’t send you into space anytime soon, but if you want to see what it would like to be up close and personal with Starman and his Tesla, there’s always Snapchat. 

A new Snapchat lens appears as a portal to space. Users can enter, see Starman, and walk right back out. Here’s a video of a user testing it in New York’s Grand Central Terminal:

That lens is just one of the latest products out of SVRF, a tech startup vying to be the best search engine for immersive content like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The website also has an in-house studio that’s making creative experiences like the Starman lens for Snapchat. 

The popularity comes as millions of Snapchat users are grappling with the app’s redesign. A tweet alleging it only take 50,000 retweets to get the old Snapchat back is now the eighth most retweeted tweet of all time. YouTube star Marques Brownlee, also known as MKBHD, said spoke out against the company and said he’s prioritizing Instagram Stories. 

But AR experiences like Starman are exciting some Snapchat users and even former ones. 

“As someone who isn’t on Snapchat, I opened up Snapchat for the first time in two years because these portals are so damn cool,” Cesar Kuriyama, founder of 1 Second Everyday, told Mashable.

But seriously, the update is really getting some people mad. 

For SVRF CEO and founder Sophia Dominguez, the viral lenses are among her effort to move the world beyond experiences isolated on their phone. She became interested in the topic while reading Feed, a young adult dystopian novel by M.T. Anderson, when she was 13. 

“Everything is AR and VR. People have chips in the brains and it’s all advertising driven. When I read it, I freaked out. That’s why I don’t have Facebook because Facebook is that future, but I love the imagination. I knew I wanted to work on whatever is the past the phone,” Dominguez said.

Back in 2013, Google Glass was viewed as one way to take us beyond the phone. Dominguez decided to apply for a pair as part of the Explorer program and then traveled the world, including Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London, Berlin, Dubai, Goa, and Mumbai, with them. 

Now, at 25, she’s building SVRF, with a team of five out of an office in New York City. She’s raised $725,000 from angel investors, including Giphy founder Alex Chung, First Round’s Product Co-op, and Techstars. 

Since Snapchat released Lens Studio, the SVRF team has been building experiences like Starman as well as a play on Pickle Rick from Ricky and Morty. Pickle Rick dancing in a mansion has more than 1 million views on Snapchat, and counting:

Those experiences are exclusive to Snapchat, and yet, they aren’t easy to find there. Instead, her team and the fan community has been promoting them across Reddit, Twitter, and their own social channels. The subreddit r/SnapLenses has nearly 120,000 subscribers. 

“An early version of SVRF was StumbleUpon of VR. After testing we realized people would want to search for their next experience, like now I want to see a snowman or now I want to be in Rome,” Dominguez said.

Snapchat is far from the only destination for AR content. The SVRF team has used Facebook’s Camera Studio as well. However, that’s been better for face lenses rather than for portals, Dominguez said. She also is planning to build own AR app and API for VR-enabled devices. 

Already, Dominguez has been quite happy with the response to SVRF’s AR.

“We’re hearing people being like, ‘Wow this is unreal. How did you do this?’ But somebody did say, ‘Hopefully no one is doing this on the street cause you might get run over,'” she said. 

Yeah … stay safe. No portal in the streets!

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Elon Musk has now sold 15K flamethrowers, earning $7.5M for boring


The Boring Company is getting decently well-capitalized on the back of sales of its flamethrower (yes, flamethrower). The no-doubt overpriced piece of knack, which can be make yourself at home using likely around $30 in parts, is selling for $500 and has already netted Elon Musk’s digging venture $7.5 million.

That’s after just over a day of being on sale, and not counting the revenue from fire extinguisher sales (those sell for just $30, which is itself also overpriced). All told, Musk says he’s sold 15,000 of the flamethrowers thus far, with only a total of 20,000 available in total during the sale.

Chances are, we’re very near the total sell-out of the stock, so if you really want to own this potential piece of transportation history, you’d better act fast. Or you could continue living your life, and ignore this particular circus show in favor of paying attention to what will hopefully be the main act: Actually building a network of interconnected underground hyperloops.