Article: How a $2 Million NFT Drop Changed Artist Ben Mauro’s Life

Crypto, Money

How a $2 Million NFT Drop Changed Artist Ben Mauro's Life - DecryptHow a $2 Million NFT Drop Changed Artist Ben Mauro’s Life

Ben Mauro has worked on many massive entertainment projects during his career as a concept designer and art director. He’s been involved in films like the Matt Damon Sci-Fi hit “Elysium,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and “The Hobbit,” as well as video games including “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” and the upcoming “Halo Infinite.”

But while those franchises have spread far and wide, Mauro struggled to find the funds and platform to fully pursue his own personal projects as a digital artist.

Until NFTs, that is.

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Article: Decentralized apps struggle to go mainstream amid coronavirus lockdown

Blockchain, Decentralized Internet

Decentralized apps struggle to go mainstream amid coronavirus lockdown

Zoom, once the darling of the quarantined remote worker, has been slammed for poor privacy, and has suffered a data breach in which 500,000 user accounts were offered for sale on the dark web. Meanwhile, Google and Apple have pooled their resources for contact tracing, highlighting the amount of information that Big Tech monoliths hold on their customers.

This, then, should surely be the moment for Web3 to sweep in and save the day, with its promise to wrest power from centralized entities and restore privacy to the masses. But it hasn’t. Not a single Web3 decentralized app (dapp) has gone truly mainstream during the coronavirus pandemic.

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