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It seems like an eternity, but not long ago, this same Kentucky Wildcats team started conference play 3-0 before a big showdown with Alabama.

The Cats weren’t up to that challenge that day, and the season quickly tanked after the loss.

The stage on Saturday’s was set similarly, as UK put their three-game winning streak on the line inside Rupp Arena.

No matter the result, I anticipated Twitter would be an emotional place for Kentucky fans this afternoon.

Early on, the vibes were terrific after a fast start fueled by BJ Boston and Davion Mintz. It’s clear that this new run and gun style offense is proving to transform UK’s entire offensive approach.

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Kentucky would go on to score 39 points in the first half.

Despite playing swarming defense for a good portion of the first 20 minutes, a Florida run cut the lead to just one point.

Things didn’t come easy in half number two, but if nothing else, the Cats fought all day long.

The game went back and forth with both teams responding to runs from the opposing side.

A Jacob Toppin put back slam gave the Cats a 63-62 lead at the under four minute timeout.

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The stage was set.

Despite this game not meaning much in terms of Kentucky’s postseason future, it still had the feel of a very important last four minutes.

After clawing to the end, it just wasn’t enough and Kentucky falls to Florida.

Again — this doesn’t matter much, but it’s definitely deflating to come up short after so much momentum has been built the past few weeks.

Davion Mintz balled out and finished with 21 points.

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Here’s what Twitter had to say about the heartbreaker.

My timeline is BIG mad about this game bleeding over. I sorta get it but, y’all, they’re making the fans in that arena sit and do nothing just so you don’t miss tip.

— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 27, 2021

That’s a three minute stretch Riley Welch will never forget.

— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) February 27, 2021

Let the record show: when Riley Welch came out of the game on his Senior Day, Kentucky has a lead.

— Wu-Tang Dave (@WuTangDaveBBN) February 27, 2021

Cool to see Riley Welch get minutes

Also cool to see BJ Boston taking up for Welch when ghe Fla player was being a little disrespectful to Him

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— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 27, 2021

That Florida player had one thing to say about Riley and the whole squad ready to throw hands. That’s love.

— Jesse Riffe (@JesseRiffe) February 27, 2021

BJ Boston has already matched his scoring total from last Saturday’s game at Tennessee. Has 6 points in the first 3 minutes.

— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) February 27, 2021

Davion Mintz pulls up for 3 on the break. You think he’s feeling it??

— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) February 27, 2021

Kentucky has started this game shooting 7 of 11 from the field.

— Cats Coverage (@CatsCoverage_) February 27, 2021

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BJ Boston has a wing 3-pointer, a 3-point play and 3 FTs on a 3-shot foul, now 9 points in 8 minutes. Kentucky leads 23-14.

— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 27, 2021

Isaiah Jackson footsteps may be the scariest footsteps….

— Bryan Kennedy (@BKennedyTV) February 27, 2021

Technical foul on Florida coach Mike White with 10:52 left in 1H.

— John Clay (@johnclayiv) February 27, 2021

Not sure why Mike White is complaining. Florida got away with an offensive foul on the layup attempt.

— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) February 27, 2021

Idk how much Mike White is getting paid but it’s too much

— Mitch Handegan (@WeWantMitch) February 27, 2021

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Kentucky’s doing some great stuff, particularly defensively, but negating it with turnovers. Florida capitalizing with three-three-dunk. Two-point game, 26-24.

— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) February 27, 2021

Case of the butterfingers and the Cats lead is just 2 in the blink of an eye.

— BBN Tonight (@BBNTonight) February 27, 2021

10 point lead evaporated after 4 straight TOs. maybe should have called a timeout earlier.

— Kelly (@Deuz) February 27, 2021

Against a 3-2 zone pass to the middle then have a cutter on the baseline. It’s a layup every time. We are standing around the perimeter without a clue of what to do.

— Dad of Queens (@jrasmussbbn) February 27, 2021

Dunking play really working for Florida today.

— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) February 27, 2021

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Mike Whites technical paying off getting the no calls and touch fouls since..

— Roger Harden (@HardenRoger) February 27, 2021

I swear there have been more dunks in this Kentucky-Florida game than Louisville has had all year.

— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) February 27, 2021

Kentucky: *Needs a bucket*

Davion Mintz: Bet.

— BBN Tonight (@BBNTonight) February 27, 2021

Florida played at a pretty high level for a lot of that half. Seemed like every Gator bucket was a highlight reel play. UK must get back to attacking UF early in possessions

— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 27, 2021

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HALFTIME: Kentucky 39, Florida 38

Mintz leads Cats with 13 points.

UK led by 10 but made only 1 bucket from 13:59 to :50. Maintained the lead by going 16/17 at FT line. pic.twitter.com/riBvdDjw3p

— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) February 27, 2021

Couple of tough twos allowed UK to get the lead back, but feels like UK needs Isaiah Jackson on the floor to win this game. Gators got to the rim way too easy as the 1H closed.

— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) February 27, 2021

The zone definitely threw Kentucky off but things changed on the defensive end when Jackson picked up his 2nd foul. Florida really attacked the rim when he was out.

— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) February 27, 2021

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Other than Riley Welch’s Senior Day start, Calipari sticking with the 7-man rotation.

Minutes: Mintz 19, Sarr 18, Boston 17, Brooks 14, Askew 14, Toppin 7, Jackson 6. (Askew and Jackson with 2 fouls).

— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) February 27, 2021

Dontaie Allen checks in at the 17:49 mark of the second half. Has played a total of 5 minutes in Kentucky’s last two games combined.

— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) February 27, 2021

Cats have hit 60 of their last 65 at FT line over last three games. Last year’s team was the best FT shooting team I’ve covered at UK. This one is starting to look like them.

— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) February 27, 2021

MEDIA TO (15:47, 2H): UK leads 46-44, but Isaiah Jackson was just called for an offensive foul. He’s got three in the game.

UK is plus-12 with Jackson on the floor.

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— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) February 27, 2021

It’s clear Jackson’s presence is important.. only played 6 min in that opening half and has been physical to start this second half.. he’s built different

— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnTV) February 27, 2021

I’m confident enough to double down on Devin Askew down the stretch. He is this team’s Point Guard. There just aren’t many options. There will be ups and downs. We want and NEED him in down the stretch. Tie game with 12:00 minutes left. Let’s win a game!

— Brandon Ramsey (@BRamseyKSR) February 27, 2021

I really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really wanna see Mintz back in a Kentucky jersey next season.

— Things #BBN Likes (@ThingsBBNLikes) February 27, 2021

Devin Askew has 3 fouls, 2 turnovers, 0 for 4 from the field today. Not a great afternoon for the freshman.

— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 27, 2021

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Please Kentucky, get Askew off the floor, not hating on the kid, just want to beat Florida

— Joe Waters (@joedwaters10) February 27, 2021

You DON’T have a tattoo? I thought we were all doing that

— Maggie Davis (@MaggieDavisTV) February 27, 2021

Someone on this Kentucky team is going to put someone on a poster or in a body bag before all is said and done. They’ve gotten very bold with their dunk attempts the last few weeks

— Sam Gillenwater (@samdg_33) February 27, 2021

Did Devin throw that off the backboard to toppin??

— Big Blue Nation David (@BigBlueNationD1) February 27, 2021

This is gonna be the longest 3:44 of our lives isn’t it?

— Anna Maria Tarullo (@tarullotweets) February 27, 2021

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It won’t be after this season, but Jacob Toppin is going to end up as a first round NBA Draft pick.

Mark. It. Down.

— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) February 27, 2021

Teams above UK in the standings have lost today. The Cats need to come back and win this.

— Keith Farmer (@KeithFarmer18) February 27, 2021

Trailing 67-65 with 37 seconds left … but our ball.

How we hanging in there, #BBN?

— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 27, 2021

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Can someone explain to me, a Basketball Benny, what that was

— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) February 27, 2021

Can’t believe that’s the best shot we could’ve gotten. Sarr deep in the corner. My goodness.

— Michael Paul Clark (@UKDad21) February 27, 2021

Let’s lay out the stakes. If Kentucky pulls a miracle, they’ll need to win the SEC Tournament. If Kentucky comes up short, they’ll need to win the SEC Tournament.

— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 27, 2021

FINAL: Florida 71, Kentucky 67

The final 5 minutes gets UK yet again. Cats outscored 12-5 from the 5:00 mark on.

Kentucky missed 5 of its last 6 shots.

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— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) February 27, 2021

FINAL: Florida 71, Kentucky 67

Cats see their three-game win streak come to an end. Haven’t won four straight this season, which they’ll need to do in Nashville to make the NCAA Tourney. pic.twitter.com/IAyD8azOci

— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) February 27, 2021

Kentucky falls to Florida on Senior Day, 71-67.

Now 8-14 on the year.

— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) February 27, 2021

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Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 Billion in Taxes in 2021 But Twitter Wants ‘Proof’

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Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.

If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.

Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.

For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021

But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.

A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.

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Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021

Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021

Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.

In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”

He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”

Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.

Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.

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The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”

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Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures

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Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.

Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.

It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.

Their concerns were quickly validated, with anti-extremism researcher Kristofer Goldsmith tweeting a screenshot of a far-right call-to-action circulating on Telegram: “Due to the new privacy policy at Twitter, things now unexpectedly work more in our favor.”

“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.

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Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.

Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.

“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.

In announcing the privacy policy on Tuesday, Twitter noted that “sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm.”

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But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”

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By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”

“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.

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Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream

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At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”

On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.

Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.

Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.

The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.

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Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.

The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.

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The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.

Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.

In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.

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Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.

Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.

But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.

“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.

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