Kabosu, the Face of Cryptocurrency Dogecoin, Dies at 18, Owner Says

This picture taken on March 19, 2024 shows Atsuko Sato (L) with her Japanese Shiba Inu dog Kabosu, best known as the logo of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, playing with students at a kindergarten in Narita, Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. (AFP)
This picture taken on March 19, 2024 shows Atsuko Sato (L) with her Japanese Shiba Inu dog Kabosu, best known as the logo of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, playing with students at a kindergarten in Narita, Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. (AFP)
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Kabosu, the Face of Cryptocurrency Dogecoin, Dies at 18, Owner Says

This picture taken on March 19, 2024 shows Atsuko Sato (L) with her Japanese Shiba Inu dog Kabosu, best known as the logo of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, playing with students at a kindergarten in Narita, Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. (AFP)
This picture taken on March 19, 2024 shows Atsuko Sato (L) with her Japanese Shiba Inu dog Kabosu, best known as the logo of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, playing with students at a kindergarten in Narita, Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. (AFP)

Kabosu, the Japanese dog that became a global meme and the face of alternative cryptocurrency Dogecoin has died at 18, her owner announced in a blog post on Friday.

The Japanese Shiba Inu passed away while sleeping, her owner Atsuko Sato wrote.

Kabosu became recognizable as the face of Dogecoin, an alternative cryptocurrency that began as a satirical critique of the 2013 crypto frenzy.

But the token jumped in value after Tesla boss Elon Musk, a proponent of cryptocurrencies, began tweeting about it in 2020. Since then the billionaire has repeatedly promoted the coin.

Dogecoin added as much as $4 billion to its market value last year when the billionaire, who bought social media site Twitter in 2022, briefly replaced Twitter's blue bird logo with an image of Kabosu. Musk subsequently renamed Twitter X.

With a market capitalization of around $23.6 billion, Dogecoin is now the ninth biggest cryptocurrency, according to data site Coingecko.com. “The impact this one dog has made across the world is immeasurable,” Dogecoin posted on social media site X on Friday.



Saudi Ministry Offers AI-powered Health Screenings for Security Personnel during Hajj Season

The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)
The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministry Offers AI-powered Health Screenings for Security Personnel during Hajj Season

The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)
The Saudi Ministry of Interior offers AI-powered health screenings for security Personnel during Hajj season. (SPA)

The Saudi Ministry of Interior's General Department of Medical Services continues to deploy a state-of-the-art medical capsule for security personnel during this year's Hajj season, 1445 AH.
This innovative capsule utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced communication technologies to conduct comprehensive medical examinations within just six minutes, the Saudi Press agency reported on Thursday.
The capsule captures 26 key physiological measurements, including height, weight, body composition, vitals, and oxygen saturation.
Leveraging integrated AI, the capsule analyzes health data, facilitates remote consultations with doctors, and allows for medication registration. It reduces the need for hospital visits, offering a safe and private environment for on-site health screenings and consultations at workplaces across the Ministry of Interior and the Presidency of State Security.