Moon has perfect response to Donald Trump's dumb Nasa tweet

Moon has perfect response to Donald Trump's dumb Nasa tweet

So, late last week Donald Trump took to Twitter (because that's pretty much all he does as US President) to announce that the moon is part of Mars.

“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago," the orange one declared.

He added: “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”

This, somewhat predictably, had space enthusiasts dropping their kettles in disgust. There were plenty of amusing responses to Trump's tweet, but our personal fave came from crypto payment processing startup Moon.

The company recently announced that it was now possible to use the Lightning Network to buy items at e-commerce sites like Amazon. Any Lightning-enabled wallet could be used through its Chrome browser extension, it said. Prior to this, a small group of beta users used Moon to spend crypto on e-commerce sites by connecting the browser extension to exchange accounts like Coinbase.

“[The extension] will pop up a QR code and it will have the Lightning invoice, which you could also copy and paste if you can’t use the QR code for some reason, and you’ll be able to pay with your favourite Lightning wallet,” Moon CEO Ken Kruger commented.

"The power of crypto is revolutionary"

Earlier this year, Kruger told RTIH: “I do believe crypto will be adopted by retailers. There are obvious benefits to both parties: merchants who accept crypto pay lower fees and have no risks of chargebacks, while consumers benefit from more control over their funds.”

Reaching the promised land won’t be easy, however, as there are numerous barriers to be overcome. “Many of the critics are not familiar with either the technology or the real problems crypto solves, such as issues of privacy, censorship, and lack of access to financial services."

"Perhaps not all of these problems will be solved by crypto in its current form, but technology evolves. The power of crypto is revolutionary. Just give it time,” Kruger said.

Sign up for our free retail technology newsletter here.

Miserable May for physical retailers as footfall slumps

Miserable May for physical retailers as footfall slumps

Sainsbury's announces reverse vending recycling trial

Sainsbury's announces reverse vending recycling trial