Mojang blocks NFTs in Minecraft

Minecraft developer Mojang Studios is taking a strong stance against NFTs. In a blog post titled “Minecraft and NFTs,” the studio, which is owned by Microsoft, wrote that “integrations of NFTs with Minecraft are generally not something we will support or allow.” “To ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our client and server applications, nor may Minecraft in-game content such as worlds, skins, persona items, or other mods, be utilized by blockchain technology to create a scarce digital asset,” Mojang said. According to Mojang, some companies have created “NFT implementations that are associated with Minecraft world files… Read More

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‘We want to stop the virus’: Monkeypox shots still limited as cases grow

Monkeypox cases have roughly doubled in some Bay Area counties in the last week, as anxious residents snap up the limited supply of vaccine and many others are turned away. Cases are now past the 200 mark across six Bay Area counties, with San Francisco leading the pack with the majority of cases and Santa Clara and Alameda counties reporting a few dozen. All three counties are offering the vaccine with varied requirements and eligibility. In Santa Clara County, residents as of Tuesday are able to make appointments if they have had direct contact with someone with the virus, attended an event where someone tested positive with monkeypox or are… Read More

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Midyear update on our Bay Area housing market

By Rebecca Jepsen So, how’s the market doing so far this year? “It’s a little like being on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!” says longtime Realtor Rebecca Jepsen of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International’s Los Gatos office. She says many factors are contributing to the turbulence in our market and, more importantly, our lives. We are experiencing the highest inflation rate seen in the last 40 years, currently hovering at around 9% (it was about 2% pre-pandemic). Of course, this affects all aspects of our daily expenditures, from astronomically high gas prices to more dollars spent at the grocery store, where prices are up about 10% versus last year. If you are… Read More

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Air Force hopes for ‘Top Gun’ boost in recruiting

By Lolita C. Baldor | Associated Press WASHINGTON — When “Top Gun: Maverick” roared into theaters in late May, the Air Force was ready. The smash hit movie may feature Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a hotshot Navy aviator, but to much of the movie-going public, the distinction between Air Force and Navy fighter jets is lost. So Air Force recruiters struggling to meet their enlistment goals took boxes of free mugs and lanyards, and fanned out to movie theaters for the premiere, determined to capitalize on the jet-fueled excitement surrounding the film. These are tough times for military recruiters. With COVID-19 complicating their work and low unemployment reducing… Read More

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Report: Warriors signing Summer League standout to one-year deal

After an impressive Summer League stretch in which he averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 assists per game with the Warriors, point guard Mac McClung has reportedly agreed to a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported the agreement. McClung, the 2021-2022 G League Rookie of the Year with the South Bay Lakers, played two Summer League games with the Los Angeles Lakers before joining Golden State following an injury that sidelined second round draft pick Ryan Rollins. The 6-foot-2 guard made the most of his opportunity, impressing the Warriors’ brass with his play-making abilities on offense and forcing his way into a… Read More

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Utah State gymnastics: Aggies hire former Utah assistant Robert Ladanyi

In this April 7, 2018, file photo, Utah assistant coach Robert Ladanyi gives some last-minute pointers to Sydney Soloski before her floor routine during the 2018 NCAA Gymnastics regional. Ladanyi will now be an assistant coach at Utah State. Adam Fondren, Deseret News Utah State gymnastics’ coaching staff has been finalized, and the last addition is one Utah gymnastics fans are familiar with. Former Red Rocks’ assistant coach Robert Ladanyi — who coached at Utah in 2018 and 2019 — has been hired as the Aggies’ final assistant coach, joining head coach Kristin White and assistant coach Rachel Slocum in Logan. Related Utah State has its new gymnastics coach, and… Read More

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Letters: Fleeing California | Biased views | Obstructionist’s days | War in Ukraine | Climate change | Defense spending

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Californians are fleeingstate income tax Re. “ByeByeCalifornia,” Page A1, July 18: Finally, the East Bay Times has reported what long-time residents have known for years – people are fleeing this state in droves. Texas was cited as the leading destination for Californians. The article failed to mention that Texas has no state income tax while California taxes its higher-earners at a nation-leading rate of 13.3%. No wonder people are leaving – lower taxes and lower cost of living while enjoying high wages. Perhaps California could retain more higher-income wage earners by lowering the state income… Read More

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Housing market: Where are most homes being built? This state is booming

Single-family homes under construction in the Wildflower community in Saratoga Springs are pictured on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Looking at the national map of where in the U.S. homes are being built the fastest, almost the entire state of Utah sticks out as a glaring hot spot. Using Census Bureau data, Axios recently compiled a county-by-county national map of where housing units are growing the fastest across the U.S. While some geographically smaller counties in Texas boast some of the highest percentages, Utah is high on the national list, too — but with a high concentration of rapidly growing counties statewide. Fascinating map by Erin Davis… Read More

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Rachel and Jackie Robinson’s lives celebrated at MLB All-Star Game

This March 4, 1946, file photo shows Jackie Robinson of the Montreal Royals baseball team, in Sanford, Florida. Already at the forefront on the 75th anniversary of breaking baseball’s color barrier, Robinson’s life, legacy and impact was honored as part of the 2022 baseball All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Bill Chaplis, Associated Press Rachel Robinson, wife of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, was honored at the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game for her 100th birthday and her philanthropic work. To honor the Robinsons’ legacy, Sony Interactive made a donation of $875,000 to the foundation she created in her husband’s memory. She founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 1973 to… Read More

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Indiana GOP proposes abortion ban with limited exceptions

By Tom Davies | Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Leaders of Indiana’s Republican-dominated Senate on Wednesday proposed banning abortion with limited exceptions — a move that comes amid a political firestorm over a 10-year-old rape victim who came to the state from neighboring Ohio to end her pregnancy. The proposal will be taken up during a special legislative session that is scheduled to begin Monday, making Indiana one of the first Republican-run states to debate tighter abortion laws following the U.S. Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. The Indiana proposal would allow… Read More

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