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 2018-01-17 05:36 

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21 U.S. states sue to keep net neutrality...

(Reuters) -- A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the ...

 2018-01-17 01:41 

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PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan gets promoted to deputy president of SIE...

Sony Interactive Entertainment has a new deputy president. Jim Ryan, who previously served as president of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe, has moved up to a new role under SIE president and chief executive officer John Kodera. Ryan has worked at So...

 2018-01-17 00:00 

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Hero Academy 2 launches on PC early access, iOS, and Android...

Robot Entertainment has spent the last several years dealing with rampaging humanoids with the Orcs Must Die! franchise. But it also has another well-received series, Hero Academy, a tactical game that appeared on iOS, Android, and Steam way back in 2012 ...

 2018-01-16 23:30 

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Georgia researchers are studying the ways AI can reduce traffic accidents in Atlanta...

Atlanta's traffic congestion infamy — the city regularly makes every annual top list due to its bottlenecks — is partially caused by car accidents at large, busy intersections. After a few accidents occur, the Georgia Department of Transpo...

 2018-01-16 22:10 

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7 predictions for the evolution of enterprise AI in 2018...

While artificial intelligence applications in business and industry remain limited to narrow machine learning tasks, we are seeing progressive improvements in the convergence of algorithms and hardware that will have significant implications for how well ...

 2018-01-16 21:17 

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Star Wars: Force Arena turns 1 with 6.5 million players for its card-based battler...

Netmarble Games is celebrating the one-year birthday of Star Wars: Force Arena with an in-game event that will run until January 25 on iOS and Android. Players can collect characters from the recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi film as well as an Netmarble Ga...

 2018-01-16 20:35 

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U.S. security concerns could stall Huawei's and ZTE's 5G expansions...

Will U.S. citizens get their first 5G phones from Huawei or ZTE? Not if Congress has its way.Will U.S. citizens get their first 5G phones from Huawei or ZTE? Not if Congress has its way. Over the past week, members of Congress have been getting tough on t...

 2018-01-16 20:25 

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Xbox One Elite Controller 2.0 reportedly has adjustable analog-stick tension...

Microsoft is working on the next iteration of its Xbox One Elite controller, according to recent reports. I still think the Xbox One Elite Controller is the best gamepad I've ever used, but Microsoft has plenty of features it could add to the device t...

 2018-01-16 20:13 

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American history podcasts are having a moment...

With podcasts enjoying a surge in revenue and VC investment and collectively surpassing 65 million monthly listeners for the first time, VentureBeat's Paul Sawers makes a good case for why 2017 was the year of the podcast. A closer look at the shows u...

 2018-01-16 20:10 

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Ethical AI happens before you write the first line of code...

As internally developed artificial intelligence systems move from lab to deployment, the importance of creating unbiased, ethical systems is greater than ever. The challenge is that there is not a simple solution for companies to build ethical considerati...

 2018-01-16 20:03 

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YC engineer launches Leap, an online community by women for women...

2017 was a turning point for women in tech. With an avalanche of news swirling on the web about sexual harassment allegations and the #MeToo movement spreading on social media, women are beginning to speak up. In this context, Y Combinator (YC) software e...

 2018-01-16 19:15 

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Survios's VR racer Sprint Vector dashes into closed beta on January 19...

Virtual reality studio Survios is now taking signups to beta test its futuristic track-and-field racing game Sprint Vector. The beta will be available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift through the Oculus Home and SteamVR platforms. It'll last from Janu...

 2018-01-16 18:55 

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Rise and Fall's Loyalty system will get me back into Civilization VI...

Like GamesBeat managing editor Jason Wilson, I fell off of Civilization VI surprisingly early. But while Steam Workshop mods helped him sink more than a hundred hours into the game over the past couple of weeks, I'm waiting for the Rise and Fall expan...

 2018-01-16 18:35 

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Disney hits reset on mobile games with new development partners...

Disney executive Kyle Laughlin announced today that the entertainment giant has hit reset on its game strategy and formed new relationships with four development partners.Disney executive Kyle Laughlin announced today that the entertainment giant has hit ...

 2018-01-16 17:35 

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Google will expand cloud infrastructure with 3 subsea cables and 5 new regions...

Google announced today that it's going to massively expand its global cloud infrastructure with three new subsea cables and five new regions.Google announced today that it's going to massively expand its global cloud infrastructure with three new ...

 2018-01-16 17:00 

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Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global and Samsung launch tech detox app...

Between emails, social media accounts, calls, text messages, WhatsApp, and more, our smartphones have become ticking bombs, gradually turning us (and our children) into co-dependent, digital junkies. Media mogul Arianna Huffington is seeking a solution to...

 2018-01-16 16:59 

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Facebook promises to 'massively' simplify Messenger in 2018...

New features have led to Facebook Messenger, an app used every month by 1.3 billion people, becoming too cluttered, said Messenger chief David Marcus today. Users should expect steps to be taken in 2018 to simplify the Messenger user experience.New featur...

 2018-01-16 16:35 

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Why Accenture moved into 3D visualization production by acquiring Mackevision...

Accenture is getting serious about helping its clients move into immersive media. The company, whose workforce of 425,000 consultants spans the globe, last week acquired Mackevision, a 3D visualization and production house in Germany that is known for its...

 2018-01-16 16:00 

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Brian Fargo will launch blockchain currency for alternative digital game store...

Veteran game publisher Brian Fargo and other game industry veterans hope to change the PC industry by creating a new cryptocurrency that serves as an alternative to the app stores.Veteran game publisher Brian Fargo and other game industry veterans hope to...

 2018-01-16 15:49 

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Mophie PowerStation AC review: Recharge any laptop, tablet, or phone anywhere, for a price...

Like many USB-C users, I've been waiting for an all-in-one battery that could refuel my laptop, tablet, phone, and accessories on the go. Mophie's just-released $200 PowerStation AC is the first to offer such capability, thanks to its rare inclusi...

 2018-01-16 15:15 

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U.S. lawmakers urge AT&T to scrap Huawei smartphones and 5G collaboration plans...

(Reuters) -- U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national securi...

 2018-01-16 15:10 

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Bringg raises $12 million for its delivery logistics platform...

Bringg, a delivery logistics platform for enterprises, said it has raised $12 million in funding from strategic partners, bringing its total second round to $22 million.Bringg, a delivery logistics platform for enterprises, said it has raised $12 million ...

 2018-01-16 15:00 

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Two Point Hospital is Sega's spiritual sequel to hit business sim Theme Hospital...

Sega announced today that it is releasing Two Point Hospital for PC via Steam later in 2018. The game comes from Two Point Studios, which former Lionhead employees Mark Webley and Gary Carr founded in 2016.Sega announced today that it is releasing Two Poi...

 2018-01-16 14:45 

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Team Gaz unveils stealth fighting game Shadow Brawlers for PC and consoles...

Argentina-based indie game studio Team Gaz and Latin American publisher Inca Games are announcing Shadow Brawlers, a fast-paced stealth fighting game that will come out on the PC and consoles in 2018.Argentina-based indie game studio Team Gaz and Latin Am...

 2018-01-16 14:26 

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Bluewave Partners with Mimosa Networks to Deliver Ultrafast Wireless Broadband...

Mimosa Networks, the global technology leader in fiber-fast wireless broadband, announced today that Bluewave has selected Mimosa as its fixed wireless technology partner. For its new island-wide high-speed broadband deployment,...Mimosa Networks, the glo...

 2018-01-16 14:15 

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Cartoon Network teams up with Zimad to turn shows into digital puzzles...

Cartoon Network has signed a partnership with mobile game developer Zimad to turn top animated shows into digital jigsaw puzzles.Cartoon Network has signed a partnership with mobile game developer Zimad to turn top animated shows into digital jigsaw puzzl...

 2018-01-16 14:01 

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Instacart acquires Canada-based grocery ecommerce platform Unata...

Instacart announced that it has acquired Unata, a Canadian startup that offers an all-in-one ecommerce platform for grocery retailers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Instacart announced that it has acquired Unata, a Canadian startup that offers an a...

 2018-01-16 14:00 

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Lyft: Riders put $2 billion into local economies in 2017...

Lyft passengers spent $2 billion on local businesses and services in 2017, according to the results of the 2018 Lyft Economic Impact report. By contrast, Lyft riders had an economic impact of $750 million last year, according to the 2017 Lyft Economic Imp...

 2018-01-16 14:00 

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Google and Coursera launch program to train entry-level IT support professionals...

To address a shortage of IT talent in the U.S., Google announced today that it is launching a Coursera training program for IT support professionals. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate is designed to help students with no prior IT training get...

 2018-01-16 14:00 

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Smartsheet acquires business automation chatbot startup Converse.AI...

Smartsheet, a Seattle-area company that builds software to help companies manage their internal processes, announced today that it is acquiring Converse.AI, a Scotland-based startup that lets companies create bots to automate their business processes.Smar...

 2018-01-16 14:00 

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Jump Bikes locks in $10 million for bike sharing, launches dockless stations in San Francisco...

Jump Bikes, formerly known as Social Bicycles, announced today that it has raised $10 million in funding to further expand its dockless electric bike sharing service. Menlo Ventures led the round, with participation from Sinewave Ventures and existing inv...

 2018-01-16 14:00 

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Nevada's Filament unveils chip that lets industrial IoT devices communicate with blockchains...

Filament, a Reno Nevada-based startup that develops blockchain solutions to leverage industrial internet of things data, today announced the Blocklet chip, which will allow any industrial device to communicate and interact with multiple blockchain technol...

 2018-01-16 12:00 

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IBM and shipping giant Maersk launch blockchain company for global logisics...

IBM and Danish transport conglomerate Maersk announced today they are launching a joint venture to redefine the global shipping industry for the blockchain age. The new company, which hasn't yet been named, will focus on simplifying the complex proces...

 2018-01-16 11:26 

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Bidgely Closes $27 Million Series C to Grow Disaggregation Solutions for Utilities...

Bidgely announced today that it has closed a $27 million Series C round of financing - the largest round of investment to date for energy disaggregation technology. Georgian Partners, an investment fund known for its focus on high-growth...Bidgely announc...

 2018-01-16 10:49 

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Airbnb now lets you book with a 50% deposit...

Airbnb announced that it will now let guests book with a deposit, marking a notable shift from the current state of play that requires you to pay the full amount up front.Airbnb announced that it will now let guests book with a deposit, marking a notable ...

 2018-01-16 10:26 

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Breed Reply Portfolio of IoT Start-Ups Raise in Excess of $50 Million in Series A Funding in 2017...

Breed Reply, a leading operational investor in early-stage internet of things (IoT) businesses, saw one third of its 18-strong portfolio of investee companies, complete series A funding rounds in 2017. In total, six companies raised...Breed Reply, a leadi...

 2018-01-16 09:29 

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Amazon expands its Alexa-powered Echo Spot from the U.S. into the U.K and Germany...

Amazon has announced that its Alexa-powered Echo Spot is officially available to buy outside the U.S., with preorders open in the U.K. and Germany.Amazon has announced that its Alexa-powered Echo Spot is officially available to buy outside the U.S., with ...

 2018-01-16 07:11 

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Blockchain could help small studios compete in multiplayer game development...

How Blockchain is Driving Multiplayer Madness in VideogamesHow Blockchain is Driving Multiplayer Madness in Videogames Multiplayer video games have enjoyed increased popularity ever since two people could play in split-screen mode. For developers, buildin...

 2018-01-16 04:33 

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SoftBank considers IPO for wireless business, reportedly seeking $18 billion...

(Reuters) -- SoftBank Group said on Monday it was considering listing its Japanese wireless business - a move that could reportedly raise $18 billion and would accelerate the conglomerate's transformation into one of the world's biggest tech inves...

 2018-01-16 01:17 

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Why The Lord of Rings: Living Card Game is going to Steam Early Access...

Fantasy Flight Interactive's debut game is The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, an adaptation of Fantasy Flight Games' groundbreaking tabletop game that Asmodee Digital is publishing. Living Card Game is a trademark of the gamemaker, and this ...

 2018-01-16 00:10 

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Social VR's success depends on humans, not headsets...

The early success of social VR apps like Rec Room and Altspace show us that social VR ventures need to focus on key drivers of human behavior as much as they focus on engineering and 3D UX design. Moreover, the rise and subsequent stagnation of Pokmon Go ...

 2018-01-15 20:56 

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Apple and Tencent strike deal to let WeChat users resume tipping...

Apple and Tencent have reached an agreement to allow tip-style gifts to again be sent through WeChat, a messaging application that boasts nearly 1 billion users. While the specific date for reintroduction of tipping was not given, the Apple and Tencent ha...

 2018-01-15 20:45 

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Ex-Motorstorm, DriveClub leads found Wushu Studios to make indie sci-fi game...

More senior development leads are leaving behind big publishers and triple-A blockbuster gaming to start something smaller and independent, and Wushu Studios is the latest example of this trend. Former Evolution Studios designers and directors, who worked...

 2018-01-15 20:10 

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The success of retail bots depends on quality human relationships...

We're only as good as the moment, that fragile moment when we please or hopefully don't disappoint the customer.We're only as good as the moment, that fragile moment when we please or hopefully don't disappoint the customer. — Howard...

 2018-01-15 19:40 

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BlackBerry launches Jarvis to find security holes in car software...

BlackBerry announced a new service called Jarvis today that's aimed at helping automakers test the code they're loading into cars for security flaws.BlackBerry announced a new service called Jarvis today that's aimed at helping automakers test...

 2018-01-15 19:20 

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Heartland startups need to become better storytellers...

Telling your startup's story is important everywhere, but it's especially important if your startup is located outside of a coastal hub. With fewer resources available, especially capital, you need to break out of the pack and get noticed. Here ar...

 2018-01-15 19:14 

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To truly honor Martin Luther King Jr., Apple should stop exploiting laborers...

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the inspirational leader who died fighting to bring racial equality to the United States. Since 2015, Apple has commemorated this holiday by replacing its homepage with an MLK photo and quote or reflection....

 2018-01-15 19:00 

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World of Warcraft's January 16 patch adds level-scaling to old zones...

Blizzard revealed today that World of Warcraft's 7.3.5 patch is coming out tomorrow. The update notably adds level-scaling to older zones. Blizzard introduced level-scaling in the latest expansion, Legion. It lets players tackle zones in any order, wi...

 2018-01-15 18:15 

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Esports giant Team Dignitas signs a Super Smash Bros. Melee team...

Team Dignitas announced today that it has signed a Super Smash Bros. Melee team, the first in the esports organization's 14-year history.Team Dignitas announced today that it has signed a Super Smash Bros. Melee team, the first in the esports organiza...

 2018-01-15 17:35 

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Indiegogo moves beyond crowdfunding to help startups with manufacturing...

Indiegogo made its name as a crowdfunding site where startups could get cash for their big dreams. But the San Francisco company is moving beyond that idea to helping startups with design for manufacturing and hardware distribution.Indiegogo made its name...

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