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"04.12.2016 15:10:41" venturebeat.com These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week Happy Saturday! This week, Tech.eu tracked 10 technology M&A transactions and 71 tech funding deals (totaling €360 million) in Europe, Turkey, and Israel. $533 million from BMW for investments in new car technologies
"04.12.2016 01:59:35" venturebeat.com WordPress Foundation to create public-benefit corporation supporting non-profits Automattic is seeing a steady growth in the number of sites using its WordPress content management system -- 27 percent of the internet uses it today -- and there's no shortage of die-hard fans and users who gather in towns and cities around the world to The The WordPress Foundation is setting up a public-benefit corporation to help more non-profits. #WCUS
"03.12.2016 20:59:11" venturebeat.com Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 available digitally on PlayStation 3 today When's Mahvel? Right now. Start downloading.
"03.12.2016 20:28:12" venturebeat.com PlayStation classics Wipeout, PaRappa The Rapper, LocoRoco, and Patapon all are returning to PS4 Old games are better than new games. That's one of science's few incontrovertible facts. It has nothing to do with me being age 12 when I played old games. That's merely a coincidence. The PlayStation classics are back.
"03.12.2016 19:56:41" venturebeat.com Chris Sacca on Silicon Valley's tech bros and Facebook's fake news response: “It's bulls–t.” Facebook has been taking a lot of heat from critics outside of Silicon Valley following the recent election of Donald Trump. But it might not be anywhere as tough as the recent blasting it took from one of the region's own. Early Twitter investor Chris Sacca wants the tech industry to acknowledge its problems. http://onvb.co/QObVzBu
"03.12.2016 19:25:28" venturebeat.com Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance," asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able Skip the classroom in favor of a headset?
"03.12.2016 18:54:44" venturebeat.com Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is real — it's coming in 2017 You were right. Tell the internet that you were right about Marvel. Game on!
"03.12.2016 18:15:12" venturebeat.com Dead Rising 4's quirky humor will cure 'The Walking Dead' blues Zombie survival stories don't have to be as bleak or tragic as AMC's television series The Walking Dead. Capcom Vancouver wants to remind you that the apocalypse can be fun, too. Here's a The Walking Dead pick me up for you.
"03.12.2016 17:44:18" venturebeat.com Beware of these cyber hazards in 2017 The ongoing struggle between hackers and the civilized world is usually described as a cat and mouse game, with both hackers and security experts trying to stay one step ahead. But as the stakes get higher and "hacktivism" becomes more audacious amidst an It's time once again to brush up on being safe online
"03.12.2016 17:21:17" venturebeat.com Facebook reportedly cloning Snapchat Discover to add more real news to your feed Facebook's envy of Snapchat has been well-documented—as have its attempts over the years to imitate various features of the mobile video-messaging service. Virtually none of these efforts have managed to gain much traction with users, however. Spot the real news in your Facebook feed
"03.12.2016 16:49:02" venturebeat.com Presidential commission recommends U.S. to pursue international cyber security policies (Reuters) - The U.S. government and the private sector must cooperate to improve the security of digital networks, a U.S. presidential commission on cyber security recommended in a wide-ranging report issued on Friday. Could U.S. lead push for "global norms" of behavior among countries?
"03.12.2016 16:24:30" venturebeat.com Now is the best time to be an entrepreneur in Europe "Now is the best time in history to be an entrepreneur in Europe.” That is one of the banner conclusions from a new report, The State of European Tech, published today by VC firm Atomico and Slush, the organisation behind of the Finnish tech conference of Things look good despite recent dips
"03.12.2016 16:03:17" venturebeat.com Russian central bank loses $31 million in cyber attack (Reuters) -- Hackers stole more than 2 billion rubles ($31 million) from correspondent accounts at the Russian central bank, the bank said on Friday, the latest example of an escalation of cyber attacks on financial institutions around the globe. "Separately, Russia said on Friday that it had uncovered a plot by foreign spy agencies to sow chaos in the country's banking system via a coordinated wave of cyber attacks and fake social media reports about banks going bust"
"03.12.2016 15:33:01" venturebeat.com Apple tells feds 'new entrants' to auto industry should get same testing rights as incumbents Apple last week submitted a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that suggests it's interested in testing self-driving cars. Apple shows its interest in self-driving cars
"03.12.2016 04:11:21" venturebeat.com GamesBeat weekly roundup: Final Fantasy XV is a hit, and Pokémon Go could be getting a monster update Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This week, Final Fantasy XV knocks our socks off (and we show you how to get around, level up, and make money faster, too!), Hearthstone's Mean Streets of Gadetzan launches (and we opened a ton of Here are the biggest games stories from GamesBeat this week
"03.12.2016 03:40:18" venturebeat.com Overwatch heads to South Korea's prestigious esports stadium as part of ESL's Intel Extreme Masters Blizzard's big 2016 shooter is attracting a lot of attention as a game for competitions. Game on
"03.12.2016 03:18:03" venturebeat.com YouTube has muted The Game Awards due to a copyright claim The Game Awards aired last night, and you can watch the video-on-demand on YouTube right now ... but you cannot hear it. YouTube's copyright policy is out of control
"03.12.2016 02:48:43" venturebeat.com You will love this Siri versus Google Assistant infographic Siri is the go-to personal assistant Apple iOS users are proud to have and rely on. It had nearly no competition in the world of smartphones with its speed, clarity, and accuracy -- until Google Assistant entered the picture and turned the tables. Apple Siri or Google Assistant?
"03.12.2016 02:18:25" venturebeat.com Star Wars: The Old Republic launches Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion Star Wars' canon is doing just fine, but one vestige of the old Extended Universe is not only active but also still growing. Star Wars' old canon is still rolling along
"03.12.2016 01:44:11" venturebeat.com Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will use AI to automatically write photo descriptions Microsoft today said that, starting in early 2017, its Word and PowerPoint applications will be able to automatically come up with descriptions of photos that users add into documents. Office 365 subscribers will see it first in Word and PowerPoint for Microsoft knows more about your pics than you do
"03.12.2016 01:16:43" venturebeat.com Zenefits reportedly hiring senior talent who could succeed CEO David Sacks Zenefits says that it's always hiring, but could one of the next people it brings on be the successor to current chief executive David Sacks? The company is reportedly looking to bring on senior managers to help grow the workplace benefits service, and What does a Zenefits severance plan look like?
"03.12.2016 00:54:47" venturebeat.com Paradox hooks up with Tencent to take Cities: Skylines and Stellaris to China China is a huge market for gaming, but it's tough to succeed in that country without help from a domestic publishers. And help has arrived for one of Europe's fastest-growing gamemakers. Tencent + Paradox
"03.12.2016 00:31:15" venturebeat.com Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 upgrades the comfort and sound but keeps the sub-$100 price Razer, a gaming-product company, is updating just about all of its major products for the holidays, including the Kraken gaming headsets. The headline here is that they now have 50mm audio drivers, but it's still the entire package that makes the Kraken "Packing great sound into a lightweight, comfortable headset is a a winning combination"
"03.12.2016 00:08:18" venturebeat.com The Game Awards trailer roundup: Zelda, Mass Effect, and Death Stranding The Game Awards happened yesterday evening, and the show handed out trophies to 2016 hits like Overwatch, Doom, and more. But the show also gave us all plenty of glimpses at what we can look forward to in 2017. Nintendo's finally showing off more Zelda -- watch here
"02.12.2016 23:43:58" venturebeat.com The gaming world is flat, but you can tilt it in your direction I'm third-generation Japanese-American. My grandparents came from Japan as farmers about 100 years ago. I considered it an honor to be able to speak at three events in Japan about my 20 years of experience covering games. "You can make a game anywhere now. The proof is these two brothers here, from Siberia"
"02.12.2016 23:20:27" venturebeat.com Apple releases iOS 10.2 public beta 5 Apple today started rolling out the fifth public beta of iOS 10.2, the next update to its iOS 10 mobile operating system. Apple also made this update available today to developers. Coming to your iPhone soon
"02.12.2016 22:59:10" venturebeat.com Dauntless is a free-to-play take on Monster Hunter from ex-BioWare and Riot devs Phoenix Labs is coming out of stealth mode with the announcement of a new science fiction role-playing game called Dauntless. Hunt giant monsters -- for free!
"02.12.2016 22:30:35" venturebeat.com 7 predictions for voice and AI in 2017 Unlike every other hot topic from 2016, voice interaction and AI does not bore me. I hope you feel the same, because we'll be hearing even more about them in 2017. Here's what we should keep our eyes (and ears) on. How AI and voice interaction may change in 2017
"02.12.2016 21:57:17" venturebeat.com Moving from AI-assisted humans to human-assisted AI AI and natural language understanding (NLU) is evolving quickly and made quite some progress over the last couple of years. Still, it seems that fully automated support via chatbots is not there yet. 4 ways humans can successfully work together with bots
"02.12.2016 21:30:58" venturebeat.com How Nokia broke into virtual reality with its Ozo camera Nokia has been searching for new businesses to break into ever since it retreated from the smartphone business. And after a few years of research, the Finnish company decided to move into virtual reality 360-degree capture cameras. Inside Nokia's virtual reality breakthrough
"02.12.2016 20:58:06" venturebeat.com Star Wars holochess-inspired AR game Hologrid: Monster Battle hits closed beta You can now let the Wookie win. Now you can let the Wookie win
"02.12.2016 20:28:55" venturebeat.com BotBeat: This week's top bot stories VentureBeat's Bots Channel tracks all the important and interesting news related to the exploding field of bots and messaging. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in our free weekly newsletter, BotBeat. We include news stories by Catch up on the biggest bot and AI stories of the week, right here:
"02.12.2016 20:02:00" venturebeat.com AWS unveils AppStream 2.0, runs on many types of VMs After unloading a whole bunch of news this week at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced a refresh of its Amazon AppStream service for hosting desktop applications that end This was a big week for AWS news
"02.12.2016 19:38:45" venturebeat.com Transformers: Forged to Fight coming to iOS and Android in spring 2017 It's time to transform and roll out ... to fight a battle to save the multiverse. Spring 2017!
"02.12.2016 19:18:03" venturebeat.com Square Enix: Final Fantasy XV is the fastest-selling game ever for the series Final Fantasy XV has returned the franchise to the top both with its critical reception and sales. Final Fantasy fans: What do you think of Final Fantasy XV?
"02.12.2016 18:49:45" venturebeat.com Facebook commits $20 million to Silicon Valley housing, legal services, and job training Facebook wants to be a better corporate citizen, which is why on Friday it announced a partnership with local community organizations near its headquarters in which it will initially commit $20 million towards making affordable housing, job training, and $20,000,000 from Facebook
"02.12.2016 18:27:27" venturebeat.com The Department of Defense's deep web search engine to find human traffickers just got a boost Security and intelligence company IST Research has acquired Rescue Forensics to double down on its efforts to find human traffickers and victims of modern day slavery. Inside U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) efforts to stop human trafficking
"02.12.2016 18:01:26" venturebeat.com Pandora's shares jump more than 12% on fresh acquisition rumors Pandora may have been pushing to reinvent itself in recent months, but reports emerged earlier today that the internet radio company is keen to self itself. Who wants to buy Pandora?
"02.12.2016 17:39:16" venturebeat.com AWS enhances Lambda with Step Functions, CloudFront compute capability, C# support At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced support for the C# programming language in its Lambda event-driven computing service, as well as a new capability called C# support was highly requested, says Amazon's CTO
"02.12.2016 17:17:16" venturebeat.com AWS launches CodeBuild for unit testing and X-Ray for debugging At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of a new service called CodeBuild, which is meant to automatically compile developers' code and then run unit tests on The latest news from Amazon.com's AWS
"02.12.2016 16:54:21" venturebeat.com Danish prosecutor indicts Uber over driver violations (Reuters) - Ride-hailing group Uber Technologies' [UBER.UL] European business has been indicted in Denmark on charges of assisting two drivers in violating taxi laws, the Copenhagen police's head of public prosecutions said on Friday. Uber's legal woes stretch far and wide.
"02.12.2016 15:48:02" venturebeat.com Minecraft developer Mojang looks back on 5 years of the Pocket Edition as it prepares version 1.0 Minecraft: Pocket Edition came out five years ago, but it is actually only about to turn 1.0. Hey, Minecraft fans:
"02.12.2016 15:17:28" venturebeat.com Censorship of WeChat users extends beyond mainland China Censorship on China's top social messaging app WeChat goes beyond the country's borders, according to a report released on Thursday, with messages containing sensitive terms that are sent from overseas to mainland-linked accounts being blocked. Yikes
"02.12.2016 14:46:26" venturebeat.com Twitter acquires Yes, Inc. to connect people around events (and get a product lead) Twitter has acquired the app maker Yes in a move designed to encourage its users to get better acquainted with each other around events. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but as a result, Yes' apps, Frenzy and WYD, are being shuttered "in the coming Twitter just bought itself a new head of product
"02.12.2016 13:56:04" venturebeat.com What 700 startup founders expect in 2017 First Round Capital released its annual survey of more than 700 startup founders this morning. It paints a picture of a complicated, sometimes contradictory crew of people. Which isn't surprising – you have to be at least a little irrational to start a Headline says it all...
"02.12.2016 13:01:34" venturebeat.com One huge iPhone vs. Android mobile shopping difference no one is talking about Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rearview mirror. And whether you #optedoutside or joined the barbarian invasions of Walmarts and Best Buys around the country, it was a record holiday. There is a key difference between iOS and Android users in the area of bricks versus clicks, or online vs. offline shopping.
"02.12.2016 12:36:29" venturebeat.com Why AT&T and other carriers oppose a program for low-income internet subsidies For decades, low-income households have been getting subsidized telephone service under the federal government's Lifeline program. Back in April, the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees the program, decided to extend the subsidy to cover "For decades, low-income households have been getting subsidized telephone service under the federal government's Lifeline program."
"02.12.2016 10:44:33" venturebeat.com Squarespace now lets merchants accept PayPal payments in their online stores Website builder Squarespace has introduced PayPal integration, meaning merchants can now sell their wares to customers in more than 200 markets across 100 currencies. If Squarespace powers your online store, you can now let shoppers pay with PayPal
"02.12.2016 07:14:26" venturebeat.com PlayStation VR headsets in Japan live in cute little prisons To fully appreciate virtual reality, you have to try it yourself. That's why retailers have demo stations set up for HTC Vive and PlayStation VR headsets throughout the United States. But that's not what is happening for PSVR in Japan. Free @[Sony]'s PlayStation VR headsets!
"02.12.2016 06:42:55" venturebeat.com Microsoft-owned SwiftKey removes final in-app charges as it makes premium themes free on Android and iOS SwiftKey, the popular Microsoft-owned mobile keyboard app, has removed the last remaining in-app purchases, meaning the app is now completely free in its entirety. @[Microsoft]'s SwiftKey makes themes free
"02.12.2016 06:20:24" venturebeat.com Pokémon Go leads list of Google Play's top trending games of 2016 Looks like Pokémon Go was listening to the TV show's lyrics: "I wanna be the very best. Like no one ever was." It certainly was when it comes to leading the app stores. Nintendo's Pokémon Go is tops at Google Play
"02.12.2016 05:58:21" venturebeat.com Bot-making service Motion.ai now supports Node.js Bot creation platform Motion.ai now allows people to create bots with Node.js modules that can be used to do things like call on APIs or interact with databases. More people will soon be making their own bots
"02.12.2016 05:37:32" venturebeat.com AWS launches Amazon Pinpoint mobile analytics service At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of Amazon Pinpoint, a mobile analytics service. Pinpoint will help developers understand the behaviors of people using mobile apps
"02.12.2016 05:14:12" venturebeat.com FBI gains expanded hacking powers in cases involving anonymizing technology (Reuters) - A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible Senate fails to block FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation's new search powers for people using anonymizing technologies
"02.12.2016 04:53:17" venturebeat.com AWS launches Glue service for running automated ETL jobs At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of AWS Glue, a tool for automatically running jobs for cleaning up data from multiple sources and getting it all ready Werner Vogels onstage at AWS re:Invent
"02.12.2016 04:27:51" venturebeat.com GoDaddy launches new Pro service letting devs manage multiple WordPress sites from a single dashboard GoDaddy is expanding its Pro offering today by adding a new multi-WordPress website management tool to the mix. New dashboard from @[GoDaddy]
"02.12.2016 03:55:27" venturebeat.com Cloudinary launches multi-CDN manager to speed up your website's media delivery As we all know, content that takes forever to load will increase your site's bounce rates, decrease your conversions, and undeniably scar your bottom line. And by “forever” I mean more than a few seconds. A recent study by KISS Metrics found that page "By 'forever' I mean more than a few seconds."
"02.12.2016 03:24:11" venturebeat.com 4 tips for building the best bots It's been seven months since we launched Kik's Bot Shop, and we've seen more than 20,000 bots created in that time. We've also approved more than 150 bots to be featured in the Bot Shop, following strict standards to ensure a high-quality experience for May the best bot win
"02.12.2016 03:01:07" venturebeat.com Oculus Touch: 53 launch games for the new motion controllers Oculus is about to release the motion controllers for its VR headset, and the company announced it will have 53 games that support the device during what it is calling the "launch window." Oculus catching up to HTC VIVE
"02.12.2016 02:39:47" venturebeat.com Wargaming tanks up its mobile arm with Boomlagoon acquisition The publisher of World of Tanks further pushing into mobile gaming with the acquisition of the one of the studios that spun out of Angry Birds developer Rovio. Wargaming is going to be hiring
"02.12.2016 02:15:54" venturebeat.com AT&T's purchase of Time Warner likely to be approved under Trump Will Trump violate another campaign promise? Donald J. Trump's Federal Communications Commission likely to approve, The United States Department of Justice not likely to block
"02.12.2016 01:49:45" venturebeat.com Intel and Amazon to release a smart speaker reference design Intel and Amazon plan to work together on a series of smart home initiatives in the near future, the companies announced today in conjunction with Amazon Web Services' (AWS) re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week. Smart speaker from Intel and Amazon.com with Alexa inside
"02.12.2016 01:26:25" venturebeat.com AWS open-sources Blox container management tools Public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) today talked about Blox software that it has open-sourced to let developers create custom schedulers for use inside AWS' EC2 Container Service (ECS). Amazon.com will let developers create custom schedulers
"02.12.2016 01:04:20" venturebeat.com Automattic readies big WordPress SSL push for hosting partners and features Automattic wants everyone to know that it's taking steps to ensure that the services you use are secure. The company behind the WordPress blogging and content management platform announced on Thursday that in 2017, it'll be investing heavily in SSL More security is a good thing
"02.12.2016 00:38:52" venturebeat.com Facebook plans to use artificial intelligence to automatically flag offensive live videos Facebook is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company's director of applied machine learning. Facebook confronts the tradeoffs between censorship and filtering
"01.12.2016 23:28:48" venturebeat.com AWS introduces free and premium Shield DDoS mitigation services At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) said that it has turned on distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack mitigation technology, called AWS Shield Standard, for all of its Amazon.com's defense against distributed denial of service attacks
"01.12.2016 23:03:00" venturebeat.com Dear President-elect Trump: Please don't ignore artificial intelligence Every White House leadership change causes speculation about what pre-existing initiatives the incoming administration will embrace or eliminate. I encourage President-elect Trump and his appointees to start their term ready to ensure that artificial Can AI give our economy a boost?
"01.12.2016 22:36:54" venturebeat.com Amazon Prime gets HBO and Cinemax subscriptions for $15 and $10 per month The great cord-cutting revolution continues today with the news that HBO and Cinemax are now available to Amazon Prime subscribers for $14.99 and $9.99 per month respectively. Amazon Prime adds HBO and Cinemax
"01.12.2016 22:11:26" venturebeat.com Europe's biggest tech hope Spotify could see profits next year Music streaming service Spotify, one of Europe's most valuable tech start-ups, could start to become profitable as early as next year, said a board member who was also one of the company's first investors. Music to Spotify's ears
"01.12.2016 21:50:28" venturebeat.com You can now access Box files from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android Box has updated its Microsoft partnership with a feature enabling you to easily access files from the cloud-based file storage service onto the mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This comes months after Box was named to Microsoft's Cloud Box + Microsoft + Android
"01.12.2016 21:26:36" venturebeat.com Annapurna Pictures forms studio to bring storytelling of films like Her to video games The Hollywood movie studio behind Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and Sausage Party is starting a video game division that will focus on what it terms as "personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists From the studio that made Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and Sausage Party
"01.12.2016 21:06:00" venturebeat.com Sony, Facebook, Google, and Samsung dominate VR, with over 50% market share VR is hot! Sony's Playstaion VR the leader with one third of the market
"01.12.2016 20:40:00" venturebeat.com Encrypted email app ProtonMail introduces two-factor authentication ProtonMail has finally introduced two-factor authentication (2FA) to its encrypted email service, meaning you can now make it harder for third-parties to access your account should they gain access to your password. Keeping things secure with 2FA
"01.12.2016 20:17:03" venturebeat.com The Bots Landscape evolves, adds heavyweights like Google Assistant, funds 14 more Slack bots About a year ago I left Google to join Slack, and I hit the ground running. The team I joined was really excited about the platform we were planning to launch and things were super hectic. We were working with partners to implement bots, deliberating if @[Google] Assistant shows up in a big way
"01.12.2016 20:01:48" venturebeat.com AWS launches batch processing service in preview At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of AWS Batch, a service for automating the deployment of batch processing jobs. Amazon.com's AWS to offer batch processing
"01.12.2016 19:38:13" venturebeat.com Interfaces on demand: the new services inside chatbots, voice computing, and mixed reality We are at the very beginning of a fundamental shift in the way that humans communicate with computers. I laid out the beginning of my case for this in my essay The Hidden Homescreen, in which I argued that as internet-powered services are distributed What it means when our interfaces "disappear"
"01.12.2016 19:12:02" venturebeat.com Osterhout Design Group raises $58 million for augmented reality smartglasses The Osterhout Design Group has raised $58 million to develop new generations of mobile augmented reality and virtual reality smartglasses. The race is on to build smartglasses that you'll actually want to wear
"01.12.2016 18:51:06" venturebeat.com Drake is the most streamed artist on Spotify for the second year in a row Spotify today unveiled data on the most popular music on Spotify for 2016. At the top of the charts is Drake, just like last year. This time around he had 4.7 billion streams. Plus, Drake was the most-streamed male artist on Spotify. Spotify shares its most popular songs
"01.12.2016 18:22:47" venturebeat.com PlayFab raises $3.1 million for back-end service for game developers PlayFab announced it has raised $3.15 million in a second round of funding for its infrastructure for connected PC and mobile games. This two-year-old company raised $3,100,000 to help game publishers big and small run online games
"01.12.2016 17:58:09" venturebeat.com AngelList acquires Product Hunt The Product Hunt you know and love is changing, at least in terms of ownership. The company announced today that it has been acquired by the investment syndication platform AngelList and said that a “majority” of Product Hunt's 14 employees will be kept "Where the world meets startups" becomes "Where the world meets startups' products?"
"01.12.2016 17:47:52" venturebeat.com Super Evil Megacorp starts team-franchise program to energize Vainglory's esports scene Mobile esports is growing under the leadership of Super Evil Megacorp. Esports is a rapidly growing $493 million industry
"01.12.2016 17:25:45" venturebeat.com Bullpen Capital closes 'oversubscribed' third fund at $75 million, targets post-seed startups Bullpen Capital has closed what it calls an "oversubscribed" third fund, as the Menlo Park-based venture capital (VC) firm targets a fresh swathe of post-seed stage startups. Aims to invest in "founders with unusual backgrounds"
"01.12.2016 16:59:45" venturebeat.com PS Plus games December 2016: Invisible, Inc., VVVVVV, and more Sony is making one of 2015's quietest hits part of its PlayStation Plus offerings at no extra charge. Sony's offering of free PS Plus games this month
"01.12.2016 16:38:57" venturebeat.com AWS brings PostgreSQL support to the Aurora database engine At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas, public cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that its Aurora managed cloud database engine now supports the popular PostgreSQL structured database. AWS support for Aurora's database engine
"01.12.2016 16:11:47" venturebeat.com Mobile security startup Seworks raises $8.2 million from SoftBank, Qualcomm, Samsung, others Seworks, a mobile security startup that serves to protect apps from hacks, has raised $8.2 million in a Series A round from SoftBank Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Smilegate Investment, and Wonik Investment Partners. Founded by a team of "globally famous" white hat hackers
"01.12.2016 15:50:51" venturebeat.com Dashbot raises $2 million for its bot analytics service Dashbot announced today that investors have thrown their support behind its mission to be the Google Analytics for bots. The company has raised a $2 million seed round led by ff Venture Capital. The investment will be used to bring in more talent and This company raised $2,000,000 to be like "Google Analytics for bots"
"01.12.2016 15:29:46" venturebeat.com Amazon Alexa skills are about to become much smarter Amid a flurry of major news for Amazon's Alexa, the company today shared plans to beef up the Alexa Skills Kit with a library of hundreds of built-in commands within the next few weeks. Heads up, Amazon Echo fans:
"01.12.2016 15:08:41" venturebeat.com Y Combinator-backed employee training startup WorkRamp raises $1.8 million WorkRamp, an enterprise training software company, today announced it has raised $1.8 million in seed funding. The startup is aiming to improve training within companies by providing tools and templates to enhance employees' skills, making them more This Y Combinator-backed startup raised $1,800,000 to "enhance employees' skills, making them more valuable to the company"
"01.12.2016 13:19:05" venturebeat.com Food delivery giant Just Eat claims 'world's first' drone-delivered meal Food delivery giant Just Eat is laying claim to a significant milestone today -- the world's first takeaway meal delivered by a robot. Food delivery giant Just Eat claims 'world's first' drone-delivered meal
"01.12.2016 12:35:56" venturebeat.com Robotics startup Exotec raises $3.5 million to help warehouses pack and dispatch goods using mini robots A French robotics startup has raised €3.3 million ($3.5 million) to build and grow a fleet of mobile robots that help warehouses prepare orders for delivery. The rise of the machines... Exotec is doing cool stuff, though.
"01.12.2016 11:58:43" venturebeat.com New Nokia Android phones and tablets are coming as 10-year licensing deal is finalized A new slate of Nokia-branded mobile devices will soon be hitting the market, as the Finnish tech giant confirmed that it has finalized a 10-year brand- and intellectual property-licensing deal to bring feature phones, Android smartphones, and tablets to It's official: Nokia smartphones, powered by Android, are coming in 2017.
"01.12.2016 11:38:11" venturebeat.com Opendoor raises $210 million to buy and sell even more homes Buying and selling houses is not cheap. Big raise from Opendoor.
"01.12.2016 10:42:36" venturebeat.com Fitbit is buying Pebble for $34-40 million Fitness wearable creator Fitbit is in the process of acquiring smartwatch maker Pebble in a deal that will likely spell the end of the Pebble brand. VentureBeat has learned that the sale price will be between $34 million and $40 million. Wow. Fitbit is buying Pebble.
"01.12.2016 09:45:19" venturebeat.com On-demand ride service Gett receives $100 million loan from Russia's Sberbank On-demand ride service Gett has announced that it has received a $100 million loan facility from Sberbank CIB, the corporate and investment banking branch of Russian national savings Sberbank. Gett operates across 70 cities in the U.S., Israel, Russia, and U.K.
"01.12.2016 04:15:56" venturebeat.com Trump reportedly to appoint Pence ally to FCC chair, setting stage to rollback net neutrality A former ally of Vice President-elect Mike Pence with a strong focus on deregulation could be in line for an appointment to the Federal Communications Commission, possibly as the next chairman. Brandt Hershman authored a massive law to deregulate telecommunications in Indiana
"01.12.2016 03:50:44" venturebeat.com How chatbots will factor into elections When people ask me why they should use a bot, my answer is simple: Bots are engaging. Land on a webpage and you need to go through the effort of reading the content and figuring out the point. Land on a bot and it will (ideally) tell you exactly what you Eventually political chatbots could become common
"01.12.2016 03:27:19" venturebeat.com Marvel: Contest of Champions reached No. 1 on the iPhone top-grossing chart for the first time Cyber Monday deals aren't just for buying physical goods from Amazon. You can also get a decent deal on in-app purchases in certain mobile games -- and that led to a spike in revenue for one of Kabam's biggest apps. Kabam's game topped Game of War, Clash Royale, and Pokémon Go
"01.12.2016 03:01:34" venturebeat.com Expedia now has an Alexa skill for flight updates and car rentals Expedia customers can now use Amazon's Alexa to ask for flight updates and rent a car, the company announced today. Expedia has one of the few Alexa skills for tracking flights or checking on rental car reservations
"01.12.2016 02:37:50" venturebeat.com SurveyMonkey shutting down its mobile app insight service on January 31 If you've been a fan of SurveyMonkey Intelligence, then you'll be disappointed to know that the company is shuttering its mobile app insight service on January 31, 2017. No specific reason for the closure as given, but SurveyMonkey will provide insights SurveyMonkey says bye-bye to a mobile intelligence product
"01.12.2016 02:14:29" venturebeat.com Gears of War 4 is testing crossplay between Xbox One and PC Microsoft wants to enable Gears of War fans on Xbox One and the PC to play together, and it's going to run a test of that functionality starting Friday. Gears of War 4 is getting a special playlist from Microsoft December 2 through December 5 that will mix together people
"01.12.2016 01:51:17" venturebeat.com Pokémon Sun and Moon are Nintendo's fastest-selling games ever in the Americas Pokémon fever isn't just for mobile games. Pokémon Sun and Moon have owned the universe
"01.12.2016 01:25:55" venturebeat.com The limitations of letting chatbots imitate humans Chatbots have faced a lot of criticism in recent months. They've been called dumb, frustrating and useless, and a waste of time. I, human
"01.12.2016 01:04:24" venturebeat.com AWS launches elastic GPUs for EC2, FPGA-backed F1 instances, R4 and refreshed T2, C5 and I3 coming in Q1 At its fifth annual re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of new virtual machine (VM) instances that will be available for developers to rent out by the hour to run their News of elastic GPUs from AWS re:Invent
"01.12.2016 00:42:32" venturebeat.com Amazon unveils Dash button for AWS IoT with twice the battery life of the original During the busiest week of the year for the public cloud infrastructure provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS) today said that it has developed a new version of its IoT (internet of things) button with twice the battery capacity as the original, which made Because running out of laundry detergent is no way to live
"01.12.2016 00:10:57" venturebeat.com Twitter now lets you curate your own Moments on mobile Twitter only recently opened up its Moments product to users, allowing them to curate tweets around specific events, but it was limited to just the desktop and web. However, starting today, the company is rolling out mobile support so now you'll be able Make Moments on Twitter when you go on a trip or out for an event -- whether it's live sports, a conference, or a political rally
"30.11.2016 23:42:29" venturebeat.com GoPro is cutting 15% of its workforce amid sales slump Wearable action-camera maker GoPro said on Wednesday it would cut about 15 percent of its workforce and shutter its entertainment business, as the one-time Wall Street favorite cuts costs to help it return to profitability. Yikes: More GoPro news
"30.11.2016 23:10:30" venturebeat.com Everything announced at AWS re:Invent 2016 so far For the past five years, Amazon has held a big conference for customers of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud division in Las Vegas. Software industry people and existing customers have always paid attention. But this year AWS has become such a financial AWS re:Invent: The Amazon.com news you need to know
"30.11.2016 22:46:21" venturebeat.com Reddit to ban or suspend harassers following Pizzagate and abuse directed at CEO (Reuters) -- Social media website Reddit, known for its commitment to free speech, will crack down on online harassment by banning or suspending users who target others, starting with those who have directed abuse at Chief Executive Steve Huffman. Reddit launches crackdown on personal harrassment
"30.11.2016 22:21:58" venturebeat.com YouTube now supports 4K livestreaming across standard and 360-degree videos YouTube has supported 4K-resolution videos for a number of years already, but today the Google-owned streaming giant is taking things to the next level with support for 4K livestreaming. The future is being livestreamed -- in 4K
"30.11.2016 21:57:28" venturebeat.com Google launches App Maker to help people easily build custom enterprise software Google today is announcing the launch of App Maker, a new service that people inside organizations can use to easily develop custom applications based on their business needs. Google is now taking applications for early access to the tool from Google is now taking applications for early access to this tool
"30.11.2016 21:34:33" venturebeat.com Geohot's startup Comma.ai open-sources its self-driving car technology George “Geohot” Hotz is driving forward with his push to bring self-driving cars to the masses, but he's going about it a slightly different way. His company Comma.ai is brushing past some previous regulatory issues and is trying another way -- open “ghostriding for the masses”
"30.11.2016 21:08:49" venturebeat.com Google now shows a card to compare products in search results Google has started to show crude product comparisons in search results on mobile and desktop. New Google search feature timed for the holidays
"30.11.2016 20:43:53" venturebeat.com AWS now offering trucks to move your data to its cloud At its re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled the next generation of its Snowball boxes that customers can use to move lots of data to AWS. Vroom, vroom! Yes, trucks from Amazon.com!
"30.11.2016 20:18:21" venturebeat.com AWS launches Amazon Athena service for querying data stored in S3 At its annual re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of Amazon Athena, a new tool for running queries on data that's stored in AWS' widely used S3 cloud storage service. Amazon.com Athena is a new tool for running queries on data
"30.11.2016 19:48:57" venturebeat.com Pokémon Sun and Moon are November's top-selling games at online U.S. retailers Nintendo didn't have a great 2016, but it's ending the year with a big hit. Surprised?
"30.11.2016 19:25:53" venturebeat.com Lego's Minecraft-like Worlds will leave Early Access and launch on consoles and Steam in February Minecraft is one of the most popular games of all time largely because it offered players an easy way to build their own Lego-like creations. Now, after a couple of years in Early Access, a Lego game that plays like Minecraft is about to launch. Lego learns from Minecraft, which learned from Lego, and kids love both of them
"30.11.2016 19:04:47" venturebeat.com Google Play improves capabilities for identifying fraudulent app reviews Google Play admins have improved their ability to identify and remove fraudulent or spammy app ratings and reviews. Google Play is getting better at finding fake app reviews
"30.11.2016 18:32:12" venturebeat.com AWS launches Amazon Lex, a bot framework that powers Alexa The time has come. Following years of mounting interest in a type of artificial intelligence (AI) called deep learning, the biggest public cloud infrastructure provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced its first Amazon AI services that make use Here's what makes Alexa so smart
"30.11.2016 18:07:36" venturebeat.com AWS launches Amazon Lightsail, a DigitalOcean killer offering $5 virtual private servers At its annual re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Amazon Lightsail, a new way for developers to quickly and easily get access to low-cost virtual private servers (VPS). $5 virtual private servers from Amazon.com
"30.11.2016 17:36:27" venturebeat.com Email delivery platform SendGrid raises $33 million ahead of IPO in 2017 SendGrid, an email delivery and performance platform that helps marketers track their email performance stats, has raised a fresh $33 million round led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from Bessemer Ventures and the Foundry Group. SendGrid to go public next year?
"30.11.2016 17:03:58" venturebeat.com Does Final Fantasy XV make a good first impression? It's all leftovers all the time in my house, but we're serving up hot and fresh decisions on our podcast. Is the new Final Fantasy any good? Here's our take:
"30.11.2016 16:31:10" venturebeat.com Trump's Secretary of Transportation could help Uber and Lyft President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Secretary of Transportation is likely a boon for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. "she seems quite friendly to the so-called 'sharing economy.'"
"30.11.2016 15:59:49" venturebeat.com Russia set to become BlaBlaCar's biggest market in 2017 BlaBlaCar's activity in Russia has reached a “phenomenal level,” said its cofounder and CEO Nicolas Bruisson, in a recent interview with French business daily Les Echos. BlaBlaCar is big in Russia
"30.11.2016 14:44:33" venturebeat.com Netflix finally lets you download some movies and TV shows to watch offline Despite pledging it would never offer downloads, Netflix is finally letting its millions of users around the world access movies and TV shows offline. Boom. Netflix now lets you download.
"30.11.2016 14:20:18" venturebeat.com Samsung Electronics surges to record high on payout growth hopes Samsung Electronics Co Ltd added $9 billion to its market value on Wednesday as shares in the South Korean tech giant soared to record highs, buoyed by promises of greater capital returns and a review of its corporate structure. A tale of two companies?
"30.11.2016 13:52:33" venturebeat.com Female fertility app Clue raises $20 million in round led by Nokia Growth Partners Berlin-based Clue announced that it has raised a $20 million round to extend the global reach of its fertility tracking app. 5 million women use this app
"30.11.2016 13:32:16" venturebeat.com Angry Birds maker Rovio spins off Hatch, a subscription video game streaming service for mobile Finland's Rovio announced today that it has created a new company called Hatch Entertainment that is developing a Spotify-like service for mobile video games. Rovio spins out a Spotify-like service for mobile video games
"30.11.2016 13:12:02" venturebeat.com Data science startup Civis Analytics raises $22 million Everyone wants to make smarter decisions, and brands are right up there when trying to figure out a game plan for their next product or service release. But it can be difficult without the right team and infrastructure in place. Civis Analytics seeks to This came out of President Obama's successful re-election in 2012
"30.11.2016 11:57:36" venturebeat.com Uber defends business model as a digital service before Europe's highest court (Reuters) - Uber defended its business model in Europe's highest court on Tuesday, saying its service had made it easier for people to get around and cut pollution as it fights a case which could leave app-based startups facing tougher regulation. The age-old debate: Is Uber a technology platform or a glorified cab firm?
"30.11.2016 11:26:23" venturebeat.com Why MoneyFarm reassures customers that humans invest their money, not bots In 2011, Paolo Galvani and Giovanni Daprà created MoneyFarm to help Italian investors with wealth management. Would you trust bots with your cash?
"30.11.2016 01:51:45" venturebeat.com Dear Facebook Messenger: We're in a relationship, but it's complicated Have you talked to a chatbot yet? Everyday brands are releasing bots to provide everything from trivia games to customer support to flower delivery, but chatbots aren't working perfectly yet. A Facebook Messenger reality check
"30.11.2016 01:19:12" venturebeat.com Game Insight invests over $5 million on Facebook Messenger Instant Games Big Viking isn't the only company investing into Facebook's new HTML5 Messenger Instant Games platform. More money to back Instant Game developers
"30.11.2016 00:46:38" venturebeat.com Big Viking Games unveils $10 million fund for Facebook's new HTML5 Messenger Instant Games Those big vikings in Canada have some big bucks to invest in games for Facebook's latest platform. Calling all Instant Game developers
"29.11.2016 22:50:17" venturebeat.com Microsoft's latest experimental Android app lets you easily copy and share text onscreen Microsoft's Garage division, which regularly pumps out experimental apps, today released a new Android app that could be useful to many people. It examines the raw text that's displayed on the screen and makes it super simple to copy whichever regions of The latest from Microsoft's proverbial garage
"29.11.2016 22:16:51" venturebeat.com Universal will bring Nintendo attractions to its theme parks in Hollywood, Osaka, and Orlando The Mushroom Kingdom is sprouting up in key places around our world thanks to Nintendo's partnership with Universal. Harry Potter, meet Super Mario Bros.
"29.11.2016 21:43:24" venturebeat.com Microsoft brings collaborative editing to PowerPoint Microsoft today said that it has enhanced certain versions of its PowerPoint presentation-building program with real-time collaborative editing. Microsoft lets PowerPoint catch up to Word
"29.11.2016 21:13:06" venturebeat.com Lyft's upfront price estimation tool now available for all rides Starting today in select cities, Lyft is launching its upfront price estimation tool for all of its ride types. That means that when you enter your destination, the app will display the fare you can expect to pay. Previously, this was only available for How much?
"29.11.2016 20:42:36" venturebeat.com Why we should augment, not automate, workers It's hard to not get swept up in all the hype surrounding AI at the moment. The more you research the seemingly limitless potential, the grander the scope of your ambition becomes. At first, you automate part of a workflow only to inevitably be struck Before you know it, you'll convince yourself that AI could stage a coup of a small island nation
"29.11.2016 20:17:10" venturebeat.com Algorithmia will help you make your own AI-powered photo filters Algorithm open marketplace Algorithmia today released more than three dozen stylized filters with names like alien goggles, post modern, Sunday, purple storm, and space pizza. Stunning
"29.11.2016 19:41:26" venturebeat.com Jessy Hanley, Marketing Secrets, and Instagram's Snapchat killer – VB Engage This week, Travis and Stewart interview Jessy Hanley, who knows a thing or two (well, more like a few thousand things) about apps, games, and how to unlock the secrets of success. The latest Instagram features, which look to further copy Snapchat and take on the likes of Periscope and Facebook Live
"29.11.2016 19:08:36" venturebeat.com Facebook brings 'instant' HTML5 games like Pac-Man to your News Feed and Messenger Facebook wants to completely remove the barrier between you and games on its platform, and it is using HTML5 to accomplish that across mobile and the web. Instant Games for Messenger have arrived
"29.11.2016 18:37:24" venturebeat.com PlayStation 4 beats Xbox One for the top-selling electronics product on Cyber Monday in the U.S. Gaming fans continue to drive a significant chunk of online spending through the gift-giving holidays, and Sony and Microsoft are both benefitting from that. PlayStation 4 tops Xbox One
"29.11.2016 18:06:46" venturebeat.com Here are the companies that could join China's Orwellian behavior grading scheme A year after China's central government proposed a far-sweeping social credit system to turn citizens' mundane online activities into a record of creditworthiness, local governments are beginning to compile records in the system critics dismiss as Yes, Orwellian, as in 1984 - George Orwell
"29.11.2016 17:35:20" venturebeat.com Twitter turbo charges live video credentials with Disney partnership on 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Twitter's evolution into a platform for exclusive live video content is taking another notable step this week with the news that the social network is partnering with Disney to broadcast "never-before-seen" content from the upcoming Star Wars flick, Rogue Rogue One event is latest in a line of livestreaming initiatives from Twitter
"29.11.2016 17:03:29" venturebeat.com Here are at least 12 ways to give back this holiday season It's once again Giving Tuesday, a day that encourages you to give back to those less fortunate. You had Thanksgiving and Black Friday to splurge on yourself and your loved ones, but now it's time to think about those with fewer means. If you're looking Today is GivingTuesday
"29.11.2016 16:43:19" venturebeat.com Eleague's season two Counter-Strike playoffs start November 30 Cable television's biggest Counter-Strike tournament is reaching its zenith this weekend, and the action kicks off on Wednesday. Starts tomorrow!
"29.11.2016 16:10:47" venturebeat.com Tilting Point launches $12 million user-acquisition fund for mobile-game devs Mobile-game publisher Tilting Point has launched Game Alliance, a $12 million user-acquisition (UA) fund for developers who want to stay independent. Help for the indie developers
"29.11.2016 15:38:57" venturebeat.com Hearthstone's Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion launches December 1 Blizzard is moving on to the fourth expansion for its popular digital card game, and now we know when you can expect it. Coming Thursday from Blizzard
"29.11.2016 15:17:37" venturebeat.com The Japanese take their Final Fantasy XV quite seriously TOKYO - The Japanese take their fantasies quite seriously. Video game giant Square Enix launched its Final Fantasy XV role-playing game with a lot of fanfare on the company's home turf in Tokyo today. The launch event happens in parallel with a global Final Fantasy is something like a Hollywood blockbuster in Japan
"29.11.2016 14:55:17" venturebeat.com SiFive launches open source RISC-V custom chip SiFive wants to democratize the custom chip business, and so today it is launching the industry's first open-source RISC-V system-on-chip processor. Like Linux, but for chip design
"29.11.2016 14:34:12" venturebeat.com 5 bots to try this week: Bly, Smokey, MotivateBot, Reply.ai, and Rudolf Adventson This week, three of the five bots to try include animals as icons -- and two of them are reindeer, though only one of the antlered creatures is related to Christmas. But perhaps it makes cosmic sense, as we're just shifting now from turkeys and pilgrims Not Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, Rudolf Adventson!
"29.11.2016 13:42:47" venturebeat.com The Internet Archive is building a database replica in Canada, prepares for a web with 'greater restrictions' The Internet Archive has been documenting the web's evolution for exactly two decades, letting anyone revisit the Apple homepage in 1998, the New York Times in 2001, or VentureBeat in 2006 by plugging their desired URL into the Wayback Machine. The Internet Archive is creating a copy of its entire web history database in Canada... just in case.
"29.11.2016 12:07:15" venturebeat.com LinkedIn blocked in Russia: A welcome warning for global players? Earlier this month, Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor blocked access to LinkedIn for non-compliance with recent legislation on personal data storage. Adopted in 2014, and applicable since September 2015, the law requires companies operating in Russia "Russia's moves to control personal data flows should be regarded as a useful warning for global businesses to adapt to these new realities."
"29.11.2016 11:45:42" venturebeat.com Amazon's Alexa answered a lot of questions on Thanksgiving that had nothing to do with food Amazon's Alexa spent a lot of time fielding questions this Thanksgiving about cooking and a whole range of other topics, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat. Folks bombarded Alexa with non-culinary questions at Thanksgiving.
"29.11.2016 06:25:03" venturebeat.com Hitman gets update to improve offline play One of 2016's sleeper hits is getting an update to close out November. Because we all need to go offline sometimes
"29.11.2016 05:54:23" venturebeat.com HTML5 is the next $100 billion game platform We believe over the next 12 months, billions of mobile messenger users will become prolific consumers of games and apps using HTML5 and messenger bots. This has the potential to be the most important and lucrative platform ever made available to At last, games with nearly the same speeds, look and feel as native apps
"29.11.2016 05:22:57" venturebeat.com Konami stokes PES 2017's esports ambitions with a free-to-play version Konami wants to give everyone a chance to prove they are the best digital-soccer star in the world. Part of Konami's shift from traditional game development toward mobile and free-to-play
"29.11.2016 04:52:45" venturebeat.com Skype for Business on iOS now lets you answer calls from the lock screen Microsoft today announced that it has updated its Skype for Business app for iOS such that the app now takes advantage of optional improvements for third-party VoIP calls that Apple introduced in iOS 10 earlier this year. So, it's not really locked?
"29.11.2016 04:21:10" venturebeat.com MediaTek to launch family of chips for autonomous cars Self-driving cars are one of the hot emerging industries in tech, and Taiwan's MediaTek wants in on it. The semiconductor chip maker is announcing today a plan to bring out a family of integrated chips for the automotive industry in the first quarter of MediaTek chips are already used in 1.5 billion consumer devices each year, now onto the ultimate consumer device...
"29.11.2016 03:51:02" venturebeat.com GitHub is now selling a $30 Octocat plush doll GitHub, the company that offers free and enterprise versions of source code repository software based on the Git open-source software, today unveiled its latest product: a plush doll in the form of its Octocat mascot. It costs $30. Tech companies and their stuffies -- from Shoptocat to SaaSy
"29.11.2016 00:55:59" venturebeat.com 4 ways to find lost links on Slack As Slack works to become the operating system for work, the company and other team messaging apps have a pretty simple, unavoidable pain point: You lose links. Eureka!
"29.11.2016 00:31:21" venturebeat.com Samsung says it's considering 'a holding company structure' Samsung today unveiled a wide-ranging "roadmap of actions" following an effort by activist investor Elliott Management to simplify the 47-year-old company, which employs more than 325,000 people. WIll this appease activist investor Elliott Management?
"29.11.2016 00:09:24" venturebeat.com Devialet raises $106 million to expand international rollout of its connected Phantom speakers Paris-based Devialet announced today it has raised $106 million in venture capital as the company seeks to capitalize on strong reviews of its connected Phantom speakers. Listen up with a $2,000 speaker from Devialet
"28.11.2016 23:49:06" venturebeat.com Google releases Featured Photos screen saver for Mac Google today announced that it has come out with a new Mac screen saver that displays certain photos that people share publicly on Google+. Previously these kinds of photos have been available as a backdrop on the Chromecast and other devices, but now A cool tool from Google for -- yes, you guessed it -- an Apple product
"28.11.2016 23:28:09" venturebeat.com AT&T to launch DirecTV Now streaming service on November 30 AT&T will soon launch several new ways for subscribers to consume live and premium video content. Starting November 30, the telecommunications and cable provider will make available DirecTV Now, FreeView, and Fullscreen, options which it hopes provides The big news is that DIRECTV Now will compete with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, YouTube, and many others
"28.11.2016 23:06:04" venturebeat.com Hackers threaten to release trove of data from San Francisco transit system Hackers infected a computer network operated by San Francisco's public railway system with malicious software over Thanksgiving weekend. Ransom reportedly demanded over 30 GB of stolen employee and customer data
"28.11.2016 22:19:39" venturebeat.com Apple releases iOS 10.2 public beta 4 Apple today started rolling out the fourth public beta version of iOS 10.2, an update that became available to developers earlier today and will become available for everyone to install in the next few weeks. You can access this Apple public beta free of charge simply by signing up
"28.11.2016 22:18:07" GamesBeat Decides 05: No Cats On this week's episode of GamesBeat Decides, we recover from Thanksgiving and talk about the following topics:
Does Final Fantasy XV make a good first impression?
Is it too late for No Man's Sky?
Are big games really selling slower than expected?
"28.11.2016 21:49:22" venturebeat.com The Turtle Beach Stream Mic is a good idea with poor audio Everyone is a content creator. You are a brand, and you need to promote it. And you'll need equipment to do that properly. That's where Turtle Beach wants to step in and help you. Listen to Turtle Beach 's Stream Mic in comparison to other headsets
"28.11.2016 21:08:37" venturebeat.com Uber drivers join nationwide strike to demand $15 minimum wage Uber riders may find the availability of rides in short supply on Monday as "hundreds" of drivers in two dozen U.S. cities go on strike. The action is intended to raise awareness of a desire by not only Uber drivers, but fast-food cooks, airport baggage Protests in Denver, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco
"28.11.2016 20:37:10" venturebeat.com Razer Ornata Chroma keyboard's faux-click makes for an amazing typing experience Mechanical keyboards are amazing, but Razer has built something magical by combining that technology with the standard membrane keyboards that you are likely most familiar with. I've never had a clickier, more satisfying typing experience than this Razer keyboard
"28.11.2016 20:05:25" venturebeat.com Why Nintendo's Super Mario Run may not have the same instant success as Pokémon Go Casual mobile games, including the popular Pokémon Go from Niantic, Inc., enjoy the highest benefits from word-of-mouth virality, according to Peanut Labs' new survey of mobile gamers. But while many people know Nintendo's Mario character as a brand, a Super Mario Run or Pokémon Go?
"28.11.2016 19:44:32" venturebeat.com How this quirky clothing brand uses Snapchat to sell more shorts The world is in danger: The evil Pants Co. wants to hypnotize everyone watching TV into working on the weekends. The Shorts Guys can save the weekend, but they'll have to travel back in time to stop Pants Co.'s CEO's dangerous plan. Have you watched 'True Thighs' by Chubbies on Snapchat?
"28.11.2016 19:23:21" venturebeat.com Joint venture aims to take live esports events to bigger stages British game industry content agency Attention Seekers and live event firm Done + Dusted have formed a joint venture to make competitive gaming and esports into much larger public events. Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Live get it. Will the mainstream TV industry embrace esports?
"28.11.2016 18:58:18" venturebeat.com Microsoft confirms its Chinese-language chatbot filters certain topics Microsoft's Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. References to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or “Steamed Bun Xi,” a nickname of Chinese President Xi Jinping, draw evasive answers or non sequiturs from the chatbot
"28.11.2016 18:36:55" venturebeat.com Final Fantasy XV tips for faster travel, easy leveling, and making money Final Fantasy XV review We share what we discovered after spending more than 30 hours with this action role-playing game
"28.11.2016 17:07:13" venturebeat.com Amazon promotes 'The Grand Tour' in Google's Waze app by providing navigation voiced by the show's 3 presenters Waze, the popular navigation app owned by Google, just gained a triumvirate of new celebrity voices as former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond are now available as voice-navigation options in the Waze app on Android and If you're a fan of Top Gear or The Grand Tour, you might want to check this out.
"28.11.2016 16:45:35" venturebeat.com Cybersecurity startup Proficio raises $12 million to grow its managed detection and response services Proficio, a cybersecurity startup specializing in managed detection and response (MDR) services, has raised $12 million in a round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. There has been a lot of VC investment in cybersecurity in 2016.
"28.11.2016 15:20:07" venturebeat.com Google: In-store visits jumped by 65% on Black Friday compared to November average In-store foot traffic jumped by almost two-thirds in the U.S. on Black Friday, according to data revealed today by Google. Google data shows that in-store visits jumped by two-thirds on Black Friday, but other data suggests that foot-traffic was down overall.
"28.11.2016 13:56:34" venturebeat.com Samsung Electronics reportedly considering splitting up business (Reuters) -- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will consider splitting itself into two as proposed by U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management, Seoul Economic Daily reported on Monday citing an unnamed source. The proposal involves splitting Samsung into a holding vehicle for ownership purposes, and an operating company.
"28.11.2016 10:18:41" venturebeat.com BMW increases size of venture capital fund by 400% to $530 million (Reuters) -- BMW is increasing the size of its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures, to 500 million euros (425 million pounds or $530 million) from 100 million, German business daily Handelsblatt said on Sunday, citing an interview with one of the The fund will also be moved to Silicon Valley from New York.
"28.11.2016 02:03:25" venturebeat.com Your personal assistant doesn't need any chatbots — or does it? Not only do more people use messaging services than social networks, they spend more time using these services than they do on social networks and browsing the web, combined. Messaging is in its heyday. The future of technology is in conversation. Not only do more people use messaging services than social networks, they spend more time using these services than they do on social networks and browsing the web, combined.
"28.11.2016 01:43:12" venturebeat.com Don't cancel the retrospective Not too long ago, I noticed a lot of teams at my company rescheduling or cancelling retrospectives. Sometimes it was because key people were going to be out of office. Sometimes it was because a major deliverable was due and everyone was wildly stressed. Finding wisdom in the Agile Manifesto
"28.11.2016 01:17:11" venturebeat.com 4 things you should never say if you want to innovate successfully As a Chief Strategy Officer, it's my job to think differently than everybody else. It's how I got this gig; I've always been good at looking at problems from fresh perspectives and different angles. For the early part of my career, I thought that way of Resist saying, “Can't we just throw more cash into R&D?”
"28.11.2016 00:55:41" venturebeat.com Sennheiser's PC 373D gaming headset has mind-blowing audio quality While companies like Razer and HyperX battle over the sub-$100 gaming headset market, Sennheiser wants to win over consumers looking to spend a bit more. @[Sennheiser] wants to win over consumers looking to spend a bit more
"28.11.2016 00:35:18" venturebeat.com PayPal: Nearly 1/3 of Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping was done on mobile With the "official" start of the holiday shopping season behind us, the time now has come to see what damage we have done to our checkbooks. Many in the commerce space have already come out with their own analysis, but today it's PayPal's turn and what Now comes Cyber Monday
"27.11.2016 22:33:15" venturebeat.com HP Spectre x360 (2016) review: A nice refinement of an already good convertible laptop HP has done a great job of following up on its Spectre x360 convertible laptop. The size is greatly improved, while the touch display, performance, and build quality are just as good as they were last time. In short, this is among the best Windows laptops of the year.
"27.11.2016 22:01:33" venturebeat.com Minority Report science advisor builds the most awesome conference room John Underkoffler was the science advisor for the landmark 2004 film Minority Report, and he designed the gesture-controlled user interface that Tom Cruise used in the film to solve crimes in the sci-fi story. Meetings suddenly get a lot more interesting
"27.11.2016 21:34:49" venturebeat.com How Red Dead Redemption's writer wants Start VR to change storytelling Red Dead Redemption is often regarded as one of the best video games from the past decade. The immensely detailed world full of bustling NPCs, addicting gameplay across the Wild West, and a cast of memorable characters all add up to one of the most lively "Storytelling is the name of the game — no pun intended."
"27.11.2016 21:12:58" venturebeat.com 5 marketing trends to watch for in 2017 It's been an incredible year for digital marketing. 2016 saw numerous ups, downs, and unexpected trends. As we kick off 2017, prepare to see some game-changing opportunities and exciting developments that may impact your marketing plans. Get ready for AR apps, chatbots and more
"27.11.2016 20:52:31" venturebeat.com Computers could soon be our best developers It's fun to imagine the AI future of home service robots, Amazon Dots in every room, delivery drones and more accurate home medical diagnoses. But while it's natural that flashy consumer applications are capturing the public's imaginations, AI's capacity AI's capacity to transform the way software is developed hasn't received much attention – until now
"27.11.2016 16:08:14" venturebeat.com Job Simulator studio Owlchemey wants testers for new mixed reality project Mixed reality is one of the most impressive uses of virtual reality technology we've seen so far. By using a green screen and inventive camera setup, users can project the game world to the screen and let it surround the player — as if they are actually Mixed reality is an impressive use of VR
"27.11.2016 15:37:35" venturebeat.com CloudTot baby monitor will detect if your infant has wet the crib DockATot has sold nearly 10 million units of its well-designed baby lounger in the past year. Now the company has come up with CloudTot, a monitor that detects moisture and alerts the parent if the baby has wet the bed. A dry baby is a happy baby
"27.11.2016 15:16:07" venturebeat.com Forget Black Friday. Here's my gift guide There are some good deals out there for Black Friday. But maybe what's on sale isn't what you really want. Some people buy what's on sale even if it's not exactly what they -- or the people they're buying gifts for -- want. I am not one of those people. Recommendations from @[Jordan Novet]
"27.11.2016 14:44:36" venturebeat.com Thanksgiving and Black Friday store sales fall, but online rises (Reuters) -- Sales and traffic at U.S. brick-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday declined from last year, as stores offered discounts well beyond the weekend and more customers shopped online. Data highlights the waning importance of Black Friday
"27.11.2016 09:41:11" venturebeat.com PlayStation leads console brands' ongoing stranglehold on fall TV Mobile games haven't heard the Call of Duty the past few weeks. Mobile games haven't heard the Call of Duty the past few weeks
"27.11.2016 09:20:48" venturebeat.com The VR industry's biggest threat is underwhelming content Vrideo, the portal that started back in 2014 with the lofty aim of being the YouTube of virtual reality, called it quits earlier this week. Two years is like a decade in "VR-years", as those in the fast-moving industry can readily testify, and while Where's the beef?
"27.11.2016 08:59:09" venturebeat.com Hackers pose threat to retailers' cyber sales plans Getting knocked offline is costly. Getting knocked offline is costly
"27.11.2016 08:36:09" venturebeat.com These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week Happy Friday Saturday! This week, Tech.eu tracked 5 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 63 tech funding deals (totalling €125.5 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel. One IPO and 63 tech funding deals.
"27.11.2016 08:14:36" venturebeat.com How machine learning can make humans better managers Machine learning is rapidly infiltrating today's workplace, in businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries -- and it's here to stay. In fact, so far in 2016 over 200 AI-focused companies have raised nearly $1.5 billion in funding, and equity deals to So far in 2016 over 200 AI-focused companies have raised nearly $1.5 billion in funding.
"27.11.2016 07:52:03" venturebeat.com What if Google and Facebook got it all wrong? Google and Facebook are without a doubt two of the greatest entrepreneurial success stories of the digital age. Both companies serve billions of users. They are the winners of our era. But what if they got the core of their business wrong? What if Google and Facebook enabled direct transactions instead of advertising?
"27.11.2016 07:29:28" venturebeat.com What happens when bots start writing code instead of humans “'It may be a hundred years before a computer beats humans at Go — maybe even longer.” — New York Times, 1997 “'It may be a hundred years before a computer beats humans at Go — maybe even longer.” — New York Times, 1997
"27.11.2016 07:07:05" venturebeat.com The cloud hit escape velocity in 2016, powering an SaaS buy-up GE's recent acquisition of ServiceMax, a cloud-based field service solutions provider, marked the first billion-dollar SaaS (software as a service) acquisition by a company outside the traditional software business. The move not only underscores the Get ready, we may see more billion dollar acquisitions of SaaS companies
"27.11.2016 06:43:49" venturebeat.com Venture capitalists and the search for moonshots In Silicon Valley, there are companies that prefer to target low-hanging fruit, problems that may not be significant but that have a high likelihood of gaining traction quickly. But a few are bucking this trend, instead opting to look at the bigger Go big, very big
"26.11.2016 15:41:18" venturebeat.com How voice search may threaten Google's advertising business When the world shifted from desktop to smartphones, one thing didn't change: the existence of a screen on both devices. Will search ads resemble radios ads?
"26.11.2016 15:08:57" venturebeat.com Uber seeks EC ruling that it is a digital service, not a transportation company (Reuters) - Uber will seek to convince Europe's top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies. This landmark case forUber starts Tuesday
"26.11.2016 05:36:20" venturebeat.com Pokémon Go could get a huge December update with 100 new creatures Niantic Labs is reportedly planning a huge Pokémon Go update for December that will give players a lot of what they've been asking for. Among the new Legendary Pokémon will be Mew and Mewtwo...
"26.11.2016 05:13:04" venturebeat.com Banks reportedly seek to invest $59 million in blockchain startup R3 (Reuters) - Banks involved in the blockchain consortium R3 CEV have expressed interest in investing $59 million in the company's first funding round, less than half its overall target, a person close to the deal said on Friday. R3 originally sought to raise $200 million
"26.11.2016 04:40:34" venturebeat.com How Star Wars: The Old Republic keeps rolling in a universe outside of the movies Rogue One isn't the only Star Wars event in December. Rogue One isn't the only Star Wars event in December
"26.11.2016 00:12:34" venturebeat.com Get into the Christmas spirit with Warcraft and Hearthstone's Murlocs Happy mrrrglgglgl season! Grab some eggnog, sit back and enjoy this twisted Yule log
"25.11.2016 23:40:49" venturebeat.com The real opportunities with Facebook Messenger In April, 2016 (a mere seven months ago) Mark Zuckerberg, David Marcus (and, in a smaller side tent, myself) went on stage to proclaim that the future of business is conversation. From Seth Rosenberg former Product Manager for Facebook Messenger Developer Platform.
"25.11.2016 23:08:08" venturebeat.com WordPress.com rolls out Google Translate widget to let visitors convert websites into 103 languages WordPress.com has launched a new widget -- powered by Google Translate -- that lets bloggers and their visitors translate a website's content into more than 100 languages. Translation made easy
"25.11.2016 22:36:12" venturebeat.com Black Friday online sales expected to hit a record $3 Billion People are shopping via their mobile phones at record levels. People are shopping via their mobile phones at record levels.
"25.11.2016 19:35:38" venturebeat.com This messaging app is helping Cox and Citizens Bank reinvent customer service The idea of using messaging as a conduit for marketing and customer service has been gathering steam since Facebook declared its intention last year to let businesses connect through its standalone Messenger app. Will all customer service convert to messaging one day?
"25.11.2016 18:32:00" venturebeat.com What they don't tell you about making games I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I'm thankful that you are taking some time to read GamesBeat and this column. Today's the day when the real season for gaming begins, as shoppers decide which creations they want to spend their hard-earned The DeanBeat
"25.11.2016 17:21:58" venturebeat.com Xiaomi says shrinking smartphone sales won't hit the company Sharp drops in smartphone sales for China's Xiaomi Inc will not have a major impact on the company as profit growth will be driven by sales from smart home devices as well as revenue from its software eco-system, a senior executive said. Xiaomi says it's doing just fine
"25.11.2016 16:38:15" venturebeat.com China will defend WTO rights if Trump moves on tariffs (Reuters) - China will defend its rights under World Trade Organization tariff rules if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump moves toward executing his campaign threats to levy punitive duties on goods made in China, a senior trade official said on China is not manipulating its yuan currency to gain an unfair trade advantage as Donald J. Trump Trump has charged
"25.11.2016 15:59:20" venturebeat.com Gift guide: Holiday gifts for gamers that aren't video games If you know a person who loves gaming, getting them some kind of digital entertainment makes sense for a gift. But you could be more creative. For your gamer family members and friends
"25.11.2016 14:09:49" venturebeat.com Encrypted email service ProtonMail offers limited number of 'Lifetime' accounts for $1,400 each ProtonMail, the encrypted email service that has previously touted itself as “NSA-proof," has made a limited number of lifetime subscriptions available to mark Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You better be quick (and loaded) if you want one of ProtonMail's new "Lifetime" accounts.
"25.11.2016 13:46:59" venturebeat.com BotBeat: This week's top bot stories VentureBeat's Bots Channel tracks all the important and interesting news related to the exploding field of bots and messaging. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in in our free weekly newsletter, BotBeat. We include news stories by All about bots...
"25.11.2016 12:34:35" venturebeat.com Jason's Gloriously Geeky Gift Guide for the Old Geeks in your life I'm thankful for colleagues who inspire me to embrace my cranky inner geek Geek out with this handy guide...
"25.11.2016 11:32:11" venturebeat.com Thanksgiving sales surge online as shoppers stay home for holiday (Reuters) - Online spending by U.S. bargain hunters climbed to above $1 billion by Thanksgiving evening, according to Adobe Digital Index, surging almost 14 percent from a year ago and reflecting a broader trend away from brick-and-mortar shopping. Boom time for online retailers.
"25.11.2016 03:30:51" venturebeat.com Samsung Gear Fit2 band now auto-pauses when you stop exercising, detects more dynamic workouts automatically Samsung is rolling out a handful of new features for its Gear Fit2 wearable device to help automate the process of tracking your exercise habits. Handy.
"25.11.2016 02:50:26" venturebeat.com China's Ctrip.com acquiring travel search website Skyscanner for $1.74 billion (Reuters) -- Ctrip.com International Ltd, China's biggest online travel company, said on Wednesday it agreed to buy travel search website Skyscanner Holdings Ltd in a deal valuing the Scotland-based company at about 1.4 billion pounds. ($1.74 billion). Ctrip.com is buying Skyscanner
"25.11.2016 02:24:16" venturebeat.com Toronto blockchain security startup hires antivirus pioneer John McAfee as chief security officer The epic and unpredictable adventures of John McAfee have taken their most startling turn yet: He's accepted a job working for someone else. John Mcafee is once again up to something new
"25.11.2016 00:59:39" venturebeat.com Huawei leapfrogs Samsung to become world's most profitable Android device maker The explosive woes of Samsung's defective Galaxy Note 7 franchise have helped catapult China's Huawei past the South Korean conglomerate as the most profitable Android smartphone manufacturer in the world. Apple continues to remain the most profitable of Wow Huawei Mobile
"24.11.2016 23:22:07" venturebeat.com Stanford Study: Most students can't tell the difference between fake and real news Stanford study finds most students failed to distinguish between real news and fake. Sigh.
"24.11.2016 22:57:26" venturebeat.com Samsung moves past Note7 crisis, but its SDI battery affiliate struggles (Reuters) -- In the shadows of Samsung Electronics' Note7 smartphone crisis, affiliate Samsung SDI is quietly reassuring anxious clients including Apple Inc that its batteries are safe. One of Samsung Mobile's battery makers is being hit hard
"24.11.2016 22:03:53" venturebeat.com Twitter Cortex team loses some AI researchers At least five members of Twitter's Cortex artificial intelligence group have left this month, at a time when companies are rushing to accumulate AI talent. More bad news for Twitter
"24.11.2016 21:20:15" venturebeat.com PlayStation 4 Pro: How to install a SATA III SSD The PlayStation 4 Pro is fast, but let's see if we can make it faster. When your PlayStation 4 Pro needs more space
"24.11.2016 19:50:53" venturebeat.com Some Mac users are pre-ordering $699 Eve V convertible Windows tablets on Indiegogo A startup based in Finland called Eve has already raised more than $860,000 through an Indiegogo campaign for the Eve V, a $699 convertible Windows tablets with high-end specifications. The campaign is way over the $75,000 goal for the campaign after "more than 30 percent of them are Mac users"
"24.11.2016 19:08:16" venturebeat.com Scottish unicorns Skyscanner and FanDuel reveal their exit plans 1 week apart Travel search engine giant Skyscanner revealed today that it is to be acquired by one of China's biggest online travel companies in a deal worth £1.4 billion (USD$1.74 billion). Skyscanner had raised the first significant round of funding in its 12-year Two huge exits in just one week
"24.11.2016 16:15:39" venturebeat.com Playrix has become Europe's quiet giant in mobile gaming In the $36 billion mobile gaming market, Russian developers and publishers are on the rise. And one of the fastest-growing companies is Playrix, which quietly became the No. 2 game publisher in Europe in mid-September, according to market researcher App Rising up the ranks in mobile
"24.11.2016 13:34:42" venturebeat.com Skyscanner CEO discusses why he just sold his company for $1.7 billion Big news merged from M&A land earlier this morning, when travel search giant Skyscanner revealed it had been acquired by one of China's biggest online travel companies, Ctrip, in a deal worth £1.4 billion (USD$1.74 billion). An interview with the Skyscanner CEO who just sold his business to a Chinese corporation for $1.7 billion.
"24.11.2016 13:03:38" venturebeat.com Toyota says it will develop more advanced electric-car batteries with up to 15% greater range (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said it aims to develop a more advanced electric-car battery "in a few years" that will allow the Japanese automaker to build vehicles with up to 15 percent greater range and battery life than they have currently. Batteries are ripe for innovation.
"24.11.2016 12:33:03" venturebeat.com Reddit CEO apologizes for editing comments critical of him following Pizzagate ban Reddit chief executive Steve Huffman is finding himself in a little bit of hot water after he revealed that he modified comments aimed at him that were posted in the "fuck u/spez" subreddit. He acknowleged that it was a mistake and claimed that whatever Rumbled.
"24.11.2016 12:01:12" venturebeat.com Finnish town proposes adopting 'Emoji Street' and 'Meme Street' in new business district development Finland is living in the future, and the rest of the world can only sit back and marvel. Why are you even reading this story? You should be spending time with your family and eating turkey. Shame on you.
"24.11.2016 06:07:26" venturebeat.com Overwatch takes center stage at yet another major esports tournament While Blizzard is starting its own official esports league for Overwatch, third-party event organizers continue to turn to the popular game for their own tournaments. Gamers have completely embraced Overwatch
"23.11.2016 23:34:01" venturebeat.com What to do about Facebook's stranglehold on news Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Google, have entirely too much control over the news most people see. Good thing Facebook and Google are cracking down on “fake news sites,” right? After all, Fake News on Facebook changed the election results (maybe). Should algorithms censor and filter news?
"23.11.2016 23:03:14" venturebeat.com 5 emergency chat services with the power to save lives Amid billions in AI investment and a rush to make profitable bots by virtually every major tech giant from Apple to Google to Samsung, it can be tough to remember there are bots out there with a mission to protect the most precious, priceless thing of all These chat apps are doing very important work
"23.11.2016 22:25:13" venturebeat.com How to replace public SSH keys on your AWS EC2 instance Security can be easily overlooked when building a product, especially when working with an outsourced engineering team. You want to trust them, so you give them access to your servers. But then you discover fraudulent activity, and, well, you start to Quick Amazon Web Services security tip
"23.11.2016 22:01:33" venturebeat.com Microsoft refreshes its Azure A-Series VM instance lineup Microsoft today said that it has introduced new virtual machine (VM) instances through its Azure public cloud. It's not a completely new type, but instead a set of new options under the existing A-Series of VMs, which developers can use for a variety of Microsoft Azure update!
"23.11.2016 21:09:33" venturebeat.com App analytics startup Apptopia raises $2.7 million from Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, others Apptopia, an app intelligence startup based in Boston, has raised a $2.7 million seed round of funding from Ashton Kutcher's and Guy Oseary's Sound Ventures VC firm, existing investor Mark Cuban, 500 Startups, and a handful of other VC firms. Big names: Ashton Kutcher and Mark Cuban
"23.11.2016 19:26:46" venturebeat.com The U.S. and Russia request Czechs extradite arrested Russian hacker (Reuters) -- The United States and Russia have both requested the extradition of a Russian arrested in Prague and indicted in the U.S. for hacking computers of social media companies, the Czech justice ministry said on Wednesday. Whoa, the U.S. and Russia found something to agree on
"23.11.2016 18:53:22" venturebeat.com The accelerating inspiration cycle of science fiction, video games, and real-world technology The science fiction in games and other entertainment used to be very different from real-life technology. Sci-fi creators made time machines and flying cars. But increasingly, we see the creative visions of plausible science fiction becoming the "Video games, science fiction, and real-world technology are in a positive and accelerating inspiration cycle."
"23.11.2016 18:20:38" venturebeat.com Microsoft launches Office 365 in 10 new markets, bringing total to 150 Microsoft today announced Office 365 is now available in 10 new countries: Bhutan, Cambodia, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Laos, Maldives, Martinique, Mozambique, Myanmar, and Vatican City. This brings the total for Office 365 to 150 markets, with support for 44 Office 365 is taking over the world
"23.11.2016 17:48:44" venturebeat.com Why Vevo built an analytics platform from scratch While music video streaming service Vevo may have launched in 2009, this past year or so the company has been acting a lot like a fresh-faced startup. An inside look at Vevo's analytics platform
"23.11.2016 16:54:38" venturebeat.com Microsoft brings Solitaire Collection to Android and iOS Looking for a new excuse to stare at your phone all day during Thanksgiving? Finally! Solitaire for Android and iOS
"23.11.2016 16:13:24" venturebeat.com Google to promote Pixel phones and Daydream VR through a series of live-streamed music festivals Google is entering the music festival realm this year with news that it's sponsoring and livestreaming a series of five shows spread across five cities, in support of five different good causes. Google starts cranking up its Pixel and Daydream VR promotions.
"23.11.2016 15:41:29" venturebeat.com Didi Chuxing, the Uber of China, signs up to help find missing children Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing (Didi) is the latest company to embrace AMBER alerts for missing children, following the launch of the system in China back in May with internet behemoth Alibaba. Didi, the company that Uber merged with in China, will serve its 400 million users with in-app alerts for missing children in their area.
"23.11.2016 15:11:57" venturebeat.com Google nears tax settlement with Indonesian government, sources say JAKARTA (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google is expected to reach a tax settlement with the Indonesian government in the next few weeks, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Google comes close to settling some of its tax woes.
"23.11.2016 09:23:17" venturebeat.com Gay dating app Hornet raises $8 million, its first institutional funding Hornet, a dating app that touts itself as "the world's second largest gay social network," announced that it has raised $8 million in its first round of institutional financing. The Series A round was led by Shanghai-based VC firm Ventech China, and adds First round of funding for San Francisco's Hornet - Gay Social Network
"23.11.2016 06:04:35" venturebeat.com Silicon Valley kids track their science experiment in space with Windows 10 IoT Core Microsoft is calling attention today to progress in a space experiment that was developed by Silicon Valley children and is being deployed on an internet-connected device running Windows 10 IoT Core. As one of many NanoRacks payloads, the experiment went Very cool.
"23.11.2016 05:28:15" venturebeat.com Facebook reportedly built a censorship tool for a possible return to China Facebook has developed technology that could finally make its service palatable to Chinese authorities, who have blocked it since 2009. More clues Facebook is eyeing China
"22.11.2016 23:28:23" venturebeat.com Unity partners with Xiaomi to give game makers better access to China's mobile market Unity Technologies and Xiaomi have announced a partnership to help developers of mobile apps and games succeed in markets such as China. Unity and Xiaomi team up
"22.11.2016 23:07:11" venturebeat.com Twitter warns developers about misusing data Twitter will expand and accelerate efforts to punish companies that employ its data for surveillance or other activities that violate its terms of service, the social network announced on Tuesday. Don't do it.
"22.11.2016 22:37:15" venturebeat.com Telegram launches Telegraph, a long-form publishing platform Telegram is branching beyond being a messaging app into something more well-rounded. The company on Tuesday launched Telegraph, a publishing platform with striking similarities to Medium and Quip. What's interesting about the service is that no account is Telegram launches Telegraph
"22.11.2016 22:06:06" venturebeat.com All Android developers can now let the Google app index personal data Google today said it has released version 10.0 of its Firebase App Indexing application programming interface (API), which lets mobile app developers integrate content from their apps into search results. Now all developers can index personal content, not This will make the Google app even more powerful
"22.11.2016 21:03:09" venturebeat.com Strategy Analytics: Apple took a record 91% of all smartphone operating profit in Q3 2016 Of all the operating profit generated from smartphone sales in the third quarter of this year, Apple received 91 percent of it, according to a report out today from research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple crushed it last quarter.
"22.11.2016 20:33:28" venturebeat.com Oculus Rift can play Xbox One games starting next month You don't need to sit on your couch in your living room to play Xbox One games anymore. Now, you can enter virtual realty and sit on a digital couch in a digital living room to play Xbox One games. Huge for Oculus and Xbox
"22.11.2016 20:02:36" venturebeat.com The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is 25 years old The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past came out in Japan on November 21, 1991. That makes the Super Nintendo classic 25 years old today. Happy Birthday The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past!
"22.11.2016 19:31:30" venturebeat.com Google releases Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview 2 for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C Google today said that it has started rolling out the second developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat for a small group of devices: LG's Nexus 5X, Huawei's Nexus 6P, HTC's Nexus 9, and the Google-made Pixel C tablet. The new features in this update will be The latest version of Android is here for Nexus users
"22.11.2016 17:55:35" venturebeat.com New scrutiny for tech worker visas likely under Trump (Reuters) - The main U.S. visa program for technology workers could face renewed scrutiny under President-elect Donald Trump and his proposed Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the skilled-worker program. More bad news for tech under Donald J. Trump
"22.11.2016 16:58:46" venturebeat.com Amazon isn't just gunning for Netflix — it's going after ESPN, too The e-commerce giant is looking to acquire the rights to a broad range of sporting events. Amazon.com making big moves in sports
"22.11.2016 16:28:34" venturebeat.com Google Play services will drop Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb support 'in early 2017' Google today announced that Google Play services 10.0.0 and Firebase 10.0.0 client libraries for Android will be the last versions to support Android API level 9 through API level 13. The next version of these libraries (10.2.0), slated for release "in Cleanup in Android land
"22.11.2016 15:57:30" venturebeat.com VR startup Vrideo is shutting down Vrideo, a startup that set out to be a hub for virtual reality (VR) videos, today announced that it's shutting down. RIP Vrideo
"22.11.2016 11:17:05" venturebeat.com Google expands mobile-optimized 'rich cards' in Search to cover local restaurants and online courses Google is expanding its rich cards program in Search and will now enable local restaurants and online course-providers to display their content in a more engaging, mobile-optimized interface. Google Search results are getting prettier.
"22.11.2016 07:43:10" venturebeat.com Alibaba Cloud stretches global reach with four new facilities (Reuters) -- Alibaba Cloud plans to open four new data facilities outside China, the cloud unit of Alibaba Holdings Ltd said on Monday, as it seeks to grab global market share from leading players Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft. Alibaba.com is expanding its Cloud
"22.11.2016 05:11:45" venturebeat.com Facebook testing feature that shows you where to find free and public Wi-Fi Facebook has begun early testing of a feature designed to highlight places where you can access free and public Wi-Fi near you. The social networking company confirmed that its Wi-Fi discovery feature being rolled out now, but it appears only in select Facebook wants to help you find free Wi-Fi
"22.11.2016 04:40:28" venturebeat.com AWS cuts S3 standard storage prices by up to 28% Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced changes to the pricing structure for its Glacier cold storage service, as well as price cuts for its widely used S3 standard cloud storage. Amazon Web Services price cuts!
"22.11.2016 04:19:39" venturebeat.com Google forms Montreal AI research group, gives $3.37 million grant to Yoshua Bengio, others Google is announcing today that it's setting up a deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) research unit in its office in Montreal and giving $3.37 million in grant money to deep learning luminary Yoshua Bengio and seven other people associated with Google pours money into AI research group in Montreal
"21.11.2016 23:13:59" venturebeat.com Google acquires cloud training startup Qwiklabs, services will remain available Google today said it has acquired Qwiklabs, a startup that developed commercially available training courses that people could use to become familiar with public cloud infrastructure services. For now the startup will keep offering credits and selling Google buys Qwiklabs
"21.11.2016 22:06:46" venturebeat.com Android Nougat update will make Moto Z and Moto Z Force the first non-Google phones to support Daydream Motorola announced that its 2016 line of flagship Moto Z handsets -- the Moto Z and Moto Z Force -- will begin receiving an update to Android 7.0 Nougat starting this week. Once updated, the two devices become the first non-Google phones certified to Moto's phones are the first non-Google phones to support the Daydream VR platform
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"21.11.2016 21:32:51" venturebeat.com What it's like to send social media posts and chat messages with Google Assistant There are more than 60 applets on IFTTT that extend the functionality of the Google Assistant. With them, you can purify the air, set mood lighting for a party, and control home appliances and smart cars. Let Google Assistant handle social networks for you
"21.11.2016 21:09:10" GamesBeat Decides 04
"21.11.2016 20:30:58" venturebeat.com Google touts test results showing its Wifi router is faster than Eero and Luma Google today pointed to results of a test from an independent company suggesting that its $129 Google Wifi routers can deliver faster internet connections than similar routers from other companies. Google points to tests that show its router is the best
"21.11.2016 19:45:30" venturebeat.com BuzzFeed wants to sell you stuff The company has acquired Scroll, an e-commerce startup from Quirky founder Ben Kaufman. Would you buy stuff from BuzzFeed?
"21.11.2016 19:06:07" venturebeat.com NBA 2K shoots for VR on November 22 Come on and slam, and welcome to the VR jam. Are you ready for basketball in VR?
"21.11.2016 18:34:00" venturebeat.com OnePlus 3T review: the best smartphone $479 can buy The year 2016 has ushered in a number of great flagship smartphones, such as Google's new Pixel line, Samsung's refreshed Galaxy S7 duo, Apple's upgraded iPhones, and the slightly-more-under-the-radar OnePlus, which introduced a fantastic premium phone to We review the OnePlus 3T
"21.11.2016 18:03:30" venturebeat.com Amazon Appstore announces esports tournament for casual mobile gamers The Amazon Appstore is launching an esports tournament dubbed Champions of Fire International for casual mobile gamers. Amazon.com pushes more into esports
"21.11.2016 17:11:04" venturebeat.com Hyperloop One's new autonomous transportation system: 'We're not just a train in a tube company anymore' As if building a revolutionary transportation system using magnets and vacuum tubes was not insanely ambitious enough, Hyperloop One has now extended its high-wire innovation act by claiming it will create an autonomous system to take passengers and cargo Hyperloop One is just getting started
"21.11.2016 16:39:05" venturebeat.com Symantec to purchase LifeLock for $2.3 billion (Reuters) - Symantec said it would acquire U.S. identity theft protection services company LifeLock for $2.3 billion, in a deal that it hopes will prop up sales at its Norton cybersecurity unit. Symantec is buying LifeLock
"21.11.2016 15:48:19" venturebeat.com Uber now lets you thank drivers for that awesome ride Most of us have experienced exceptional service that brings a smile to our face and leaves us with a great impression. Uber feels the same way and has rolled out “Compliments,” a feature that empowers happy riders to note specific reasons they enjoyed Compliments but still no tips for that great @[Uber] driver
"21.11.2016 15:25:51" venturebeat.com How blockchain can change the future of IoT The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-growing industry destined to transform homes, cities, farms, factories, and practically everything else by making them smart and more efficient. According to Gartner, by 2020, there will be more than 20 billion 20 billion connected things by 2020 will require a new approach to security
"21.11.2016 15:04:34" venturebeat.com Sony, Kabam, and Blippar: AR is the gateway drug to VR Sony's launch of its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset could mark an inflection point in virtual reality's steady march toward mainstream adoption. The headset is compatible with the wildly popular PS4 platform; at $500, it's being offered at a reasonable It may take a killer app for VR to go mainstream
"21.11.2016 14:14:40" venturebeat.com Oracle acquires DNS provider Dyn Database technology giant Oracle has announced plans to acquire Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that operates a platform to optimize websites' performance, and includes monitoring and controlling applications and infrastructure with data and analytics Big acquisition by Oracle
"21.11.2016 11:14:47" venturebeat.com Samsung says there is no evidence of Galaxy S7 faults, after reports that some smartphones had caught fire With Samsung still reeling from the fire-catching Galaxy Note7 calamity, the Korean electronics giant is facing fresh controversy after a series of reports indicated that the company's Galaxy S7 range of smartphones was also exploding. Fresh reports have surfaced that Samsung's S7 smartphones are also prone to catching fire. But Samsung says there is no evidence of technical faults.
"21.11.2016 04:52:18" venturebeat.com Is traditional game outsourcing on its death bed? Streamline Studios has worked on big games such as Street Fighter V, BioShock Infinite, Killer Instinct, Final Fantasy XV, and Pillars of Eternity. "Why outsourcing doesn't work"
"21.11.2016 03:23:42" venturebeat.com Turns out those FIFA 17 glitches are more realistic than you think Get on Twitter and ask Neil deGrasse Tyson to list the mathematical constants of the universe, and he will say the speed of light, that pi is 3.14..., and that FIFA games always have insane glitches. FIFA fans, watch this.
"21.11.2016 03:01:01" venturebeat.com Ubisoft will remove a woman character's exposed genitalia from Watch Dogs 2 Watch Dogs 2 is rated M for Mature, but it still decided to remove some adult-themed material. Wow Ubisoft
"21.11.2016 02:35:34" venturebeat.com Final Fantasy fans freak out over Conan O'Brien's latest Clueless Gamer bit Late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien admits he knows nothing about video games, but publishers still often pay him money to play their products on his show because they consider it great exposure. That might've backfired a bit when it comes to Final Hilarious Final Fantasy
"21.11.2016 02:10:06" venturebeat.com Asana introduces Boards, a native Trello competitor Task management software startup Asana today is announcing the launch of a feature called Boards, a tool that lets end users track all the tasks involved in projects in boards, using lists and cards that visually convey the status of work. Fellow startup Asana takes on Trello
"21.11.2016 01:43:28" venturebeat.com Trump looks poised to overturn Obama policies that favored Google Alphabet's Google faces a tougher regulatory landscape as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration looks poised to reverse Obama administration policies that often favored the internet giant in the company's battles with telecoms and Bad news for Google:
"21.11.2016 01:16:12" venturebeat.com Google joins Microsoft's .NET Foundation As part of its slew of announcements at its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft unveiled that Google is joining the .NET Foundation. Specifically, Google is becoming a member of the Technical Steering Group, which Microsoft Wow Google gave Microsoft a boost
"21.11.2016 00:53:05" venturebeat.com Google to build 1 million square foot building in post-Brexit London Google delivered a vote of confidence in London's future as a technological hub after the Brexit vote on Tuesday by announcing plans for a new building in the King's Cross area of the city that will house thousands of extra engineers. Wow.
"21.11.2016 00:29:46" venturebeat.com Apple reportedly asked Foxconn about manufacturing iPhones in the U.S. Apple has asked two companies that make its iPhones in China, Foxconn and Pegatron, to explore the idea of moving iPhone manufacturing to the U.S., according to a new report. Apple explores building iPhones in the U.S.
"21.11.2016 00:06:49" venturebeat.com NES Classic Edition will be available for a few minutes each day through November 18 on Walmart's website You don't have to spend $250 on eBay to get an NES Classic. Have some patience, and try Walmart instead. This is your only option to get the NES Classic Edition without overpaying
"20.11.2016 23:42:29" venturebeat.com How Supercell kills its darlings to focus on potential hits Supercell has outstanding mobile games, but it's also known for killing off the projects that don't work. Supercell is the company behind Clash Royale, Boom Beach, and Clash of Clans
"20.11.2016 23:17:29" venturebeat.com Facebook, fake news, and democracy: 'I see a somewhat darker side of the internet emerging' Fake news is everywhere and it's a threat to democracy. Who is to blame: Social media companies? Consumers? Demagogues? Or all of the above? Technology wanted to enable the crowd. Instead, it has unleashed the mob.
"20.11.2016 22:56:13" venturebeat.com Facebook kills its Atlas ad server to focus on measurement tools for marketers Facebook on Friday announced that it will be "winding down" its Atlas ad server because the company believes advertisers are more interested in metrics and insights. No specific timeline for the closure has been revealed, but it's expected to take a few Facebook is killing Atlas
"20.11.2016 22:32:00" venturebeat.com The 5 truths of great software development Successful software development today requires the right people as much as the best code. I like to say that great people, who form great teams, have a shot at creating great software. And great companies are increasingly those that make great software, #1 Attitude is everything.
"20.11.2016 22:08:01" venturebeat.com Trim will renegotiate your Comcast bill while you play Tetris Makers of personal finance bot Trim have created a new bot to negotiate with Comcast and reduce monthly billing rates, the company told VentureBeat today. Hate Comcast? This is for you.
"20.11.2016 21:42:26" venturebeat.com Jack Dorsey selling 7% of his Square stock, with some proceeds going to fund his foundation Square announced on Tuesday that its chief executive Jack Dorsey will be selling approximately 7 percent of his stock over the next 12 months. The move is designed to not for Dorsey's "financial and tax planning purposes," but also to invest more into his Jack Dorsey starts selling Square stock
"20.11.2016 21:18:18" venturebeat.com Zuckerberg: 'We need to do our part to stop the spread of hate and violence and misinformation.' Speaking today in Lima, Peru at an economic forum, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed that his company would do its part to help fight the growing tide of hate speech and fake news that has engulfed his and other social media companies in Wow
"20.11.2016 20:53:52" venturebeat.com Microsoft joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member At its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation. And the company isn't joining just to say it did: Microsoft is becoming a Platinum member, the highest level of membership, which costs Hell froze over this week.
"20.11.2016 20:30:32" venturebeat.com In wake of Trump victory, FCC abandons proposed reform of business data services market (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is dropping plans to push through a proposed reform of the $45 billion business data services market in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president. "It is one of the first major impacts of Trump's election on U.S. regulatory reforms."
"20.11.2016 20:05:53" venturebeat.com Crowdsourced algorithmic trading platform Quantopian raises $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz, others Quantopian, an online platform that strives to turn anyone into a successful quantitative analyst, has raised $25 million in a series C funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Point72 This platform raised $25,000,000 to inspire "talented people everywhere to write investment algorithms"
"20.11.2016 19:43:29" venturebeat.com Forget homes: Airbnb wants to own your entire trip Airbnb has revealed what it believes to be the next stage in its evolution to make it easier for hosts and guests to build a better community while designed to facilitate "meaningful and magical moments". The company has released trips, experiences, and This is Airbnb's vision for how you take trips
"20.11.2016 19:19:49" venturebeat.com Forget about smart glasses … here come smart contact lenses If you want to see the future, look to the patent office. Google recently published the full text of a patent for a contact lens that can monitor blood glucose and dispense insulin automatically, while Samsung patented a contact lens with an integrated Progress?
"20.11.2016 18:59:12" venturebeat.com App-testing startup Sauce Labs raises $70 million Software testing startup Sauce Labs has raised $70 million in a round of funding from Centerview Capital Technology, IVP, and Adams Street Partners. This startup raised $70,000,000 for its app-testing technology
"20.11.2016 18:33:38" venturebeat.com Salesforce touts AI research progress, beating Google, IBM, and Microsoft on question answering Publicly traded customer relationship management (CRM) software company Salesforce is today talking up new artificial intelligence (AI) research that's been conducted by the Salesforce Research division the company formally announced in September, Salesforce shares AI research progress
"20.11.2016 18:09:14" venturebeat.com Google Translate starts using neural machine translation in 9 languages, coming to all 103 Google today said that it's improving translations that are available through its Google Translate service for nine languages by using neural machine translation, a method that was recently implemented for translations from Chinese to English. Big deal for Google Translate
"20.11.2016 17:45:21" venturebeat.com Snap has reportedly filed confidentially for IPO Oh Snap, indeed! The company formerly known as Snapchat is going public, at least that's according to a report from Reuters, citing sources. The ephemeral messaging app maker-turned camera company has filed confidentially with the U.S. Securities and Whoa Snapchat
"20.11.2016 16:03:49" venturebeat.com Kano's head-spinning journey from computing dream to international DIY success story The improbability of Alex Klein's evolution from journalist to founder of DIY computer startup Kano fully struck him as he sat on a stage in India earlier this month listening to the British prime minister praise his company's potential global impact. Most adults stare at their screens, but kids are naturally curious about what's inside
"20.11.2016 15:33:15" venturebeat.com Novartis backs off from 2016 date for testing Google's smart contact lens Novartis has abandoned a 2016 goal to start testing its autofocus contact lens on people, though it said the groundbreaking product it is making with internet giant Google is "progressing steadily." Contact lenses that would autofocus for people with far-sightedness, and measure blood glucose levels for those with diabetes
"20.11.2016 15:02:41" venturebeat.com How to design for esports, from Counter-Strike to Project Cars One thing that some of the biggest games in esports share in common is that they don't change that much. Sure, they have updates and new characters, but the basic gameplay stays the same, and that allows for the cultivation of celebrity teams and athletes Getting the design right the first time for for consumers and professionals
"20.11.2016 14:37:43" venturebeat.com Remedy Entertainment soaks in the lessons of Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break It's been eight months since Microsoft shipped Quantum Break on the Xbox One and PC, and more than five years since Remedy Entertainment started working on the ambitious time travel game. VentureBeat gave Quantum Break a score of 90 out of 100. But the average score was 77 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic
"20.11.2016 14:16:01" venturebeat.com 4 biggest surprises from 2016 vertical software report For software entrepreneurs looking to redefine age-old industries like Manufacturing, Legal, or Transportation industries, the opportunities remain enormous. Since 2014 our firm has released a point of view on 10 distinct industry verticals ripe for Legalized marijuana: Entrepreneurs should pay serious attention to the massive growth within the cannabis vertical software space
"20.11.2016 13:45:12" venturebeat.com Swedish IoT startup H&D Wireless raises $3 million, considering IPO Swedish IoT startup H&D Wireless has raised $3 million from Blasieholmen Investment Group and its network of 40 Swedish and European private entrepreneurs and investors. Bringing cashless payments and location tracking services tp more applications
"20.11.2016 06:46:38" venturebeat.com How to beat the innovation rot when your company scales Most companies start out innovative. They have a good idea, put a team in place, and if the stars align they'll make it through the first year without running out of cash. Getting this far isn't as hard as you might think: According to the U.S. Bureau of "Don't kill what made you great in the first place."
"20.11.2016 06:15:17" venturebeat.com What the heck is a growth team? When I first caught wind of the trend of companies building “growth teams,” I probably had a similar reaction to a lot of people: “Wait a second, isn't everyone on the sales and marketing teams at a company already part of the growth team?” Then of course "Growth teams solve problems that enable further growth"
"20.11.2016 05:52:53" venturebeat.com Senior U.S. officials reportedly recommend removal of NSA director The heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on "Rogers is being considered as a potential new director of national intelligence by President-elect Donald Trump"
"20.11.2016 05:27:21" venturebeat.com Report: Oculus gobbles up computer vision company Zurich Eye Oculus is going on a recruitment drive, with over 100 positions available, mainly in its U.S. offices. But the company is making big moves across the globe. Facebook's Oculus "is making big moves across the globe"
"20.11.2016 05:04:41" venturebeat.com Google's Click-to-Message introduces mobile messaging to businesses About a month ago, Google announced a new addition to its AdWords platform: the click-to-message ad extension. After some regional testing, Google recently rolled this functionality out across the globe. Advertisers can now place a small button below "63.9% of consumers want business to be contactable and available on messaging apps"
"20.11.2016 04:44:38" venturebeat.com HTC unveils a $1.5 billion investment fund and research center for China HTC is making yet more moves in China, announcing a partnership with the Shenzhen Municipal Government to kick off two new initiatives. A $1,500,000,000 investment fund and research center for China
"19.11.2016 22:55:08" venturebeat.com How tech usurped the word 'empathy' Six years ago, during a tense job interview, an executive asked me what the most important trait was for a product leader. I responded, discerned the frustration in his movements, and then responded again. He cut me off. In the tech world, "'empathy' is a rebranding of the same, tired advice that's been taught in business circles for thousands of years: know your audience."
"19.11.2016 22:32:37" venturebeat.com AWS adds web access to its WorkSpaces virtual desktop tool Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) today said that people can now use the Amazon WorkSpaces service without downloading and installing a client. Instead, they can use the service on the web after logging in. One more thing Amazon Web Services can sell to large companies:
"19.11.2016 21:55:00" venturebeat.com Trump's tech agenda is still a huge mystery, but there is cause for alarm "Companies are probably anxious because there just isn't the sense that [Trump] has ever thought about a lot of important tech issues ..." The lack of information is “unprecedented"
"19.11.2016 21:30:50" venturebeat.com Airbnb has no plans for an API to integrate with its new trip platform…yet Airbnb has often touted its push to look beyond the home, and this week it launched its next phase centered around experience and further consolidating all your trip needs into a single app. Because of this effort, company chief executive Brian Chesky Airbnb wants to be everywhere
"19.11.2016 20:55:44" venturebeat.com Nintendo's Wii turns 10: Remembering the waggle All these years later, and the Wii is still making headlines unintentionally funny. Nintendo Wii came out 10 years ago
"19.11.2016 20:23:41" venturebeat.com Gaming's $4.4 billion video-content business is why Warner Bros. wants Machinima Traditional media companies see a huge amount of potential in gaming-related content, and that has translated into another acquisition. Why Warner Bros. wants Machinima
"19.11.2016 20:01:36" venturebeat.com These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week Here's an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week: The top 10 European tech stories to read this weekend
"19.11.2016 19:39:30" venturebeat.com How digital assistants change the way we search The transformative power of technology is stunning. Fifty years ago, if you told someone you needed to search for a piece of information, they would think that you were headed over to a wall of encyclopedias at the library. Fifteen years ago they would Is this the future of search?
"19.11.2016 19:18:24" venturebeat.com Zuckerberg: 'We need to do our part to stop the spread of hate and violence and misinformation.' Speaking today in Lima, Peru at an economic forum, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed that his company would do its part to help fight the growing tide of hate speech and fake news that has engulfed his and other social media companies in Wow
"19.11.2016 16:19:39" venturebeat.com NES Classic Edition proves how important the television set really is The NES Classic Edition is nearly impossible to find. Overwhelming demand from a generation of people who want to go back the video games of their childhood (and scalpers) has ensured that Nintendo's limited supply sells out the instant it goes on sale Want one?
"19.11.2016 15:48:48" venturebeat.com Security firm Optiv files for IPO, seeks to raise $100 million (Reuters) - Cybersecurity company Optiv Security, majority owned by Blackstone Group, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of its common stock on Friday. $100,000,000
"19.11.2016 02:12:11" venturebeat.com Turns out those FIFA 17 glitches are more realistic than you think Get on Twitter and ask Neil deGrasse Tyson to list the mathematical constants of the universe, and he will say the speed of light, that pi is 3.14..., and that FIFA games always have insane glitches. FIFA fans, watch this.
"19.11.2016 01:40:14" venturebeat.com Snapchat now lets you add Bitmojis to on-demand geofilters Geofilters on Snapchat are getting a bit more creative now that the company is supporting Bitmojis, the cartoon-like designs that Snapchat acquired four months ago. So when you create your own custom geofilter, be it for an anniversary party, wedding, Snapchat update!
"18.11.2016 22:08:15" venturebeat.com Windows 10 informs Chrome and Firefox users that Edge is 'safer' Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that inform Chrome and Firefox users on Windows 10 that Edge is a "safer" browser. We reached out to Microsoft to find out how long this latest recommendation has been active. "This wave of Windows Tips Microsoft's latest strategy to get you to use Edge
"18.11.2016 21:04:47" venturebeat.com Amazon inks deal to sell Fiat cars in Italy (Reuters) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said it has teamed up with U.S. internet giant Amazon to start selling cars online offering an additional discount. Next up, Amazon.com wants to sell cars
"18.11.2016 20:27:35" venturebeat.com Razer Kraken Pro V2 is a lightweight all-day gaming headset Razer has revamped most of its gaming headsets for this holiday season, and that includes one of its best sellers in the Kraken Pro. Now known as the Kraken Pro V2, the upgrade introduces an aluminum body, 50mm audio drivers, and larger earcups. We review Razer's latest gaming headset
"18.11.2016 19:53:16" venturebeat.com Facebook kills its Atlas ad server to focus on measurement tools for marketers Facebook on Friday announced that it will be "winding down" its Atlas ad server because the company believes advertisers are more interested in metrics and insights. No specific timeline for the closure has been revealed, but it's expected to take a few Facebook is killing Atlas
"18.11.2016 19:32:10" venturebeat.com DraftKings and FanDuel agree to merge, creating a fantasy sports giant (Reuters) -- After tussling for years to win customers, the two biggest U.S. companies in fantasy sports, DraftKings and FanDuel, said on Friday they are teaming up in a merger that will cut down on legal bills and advertising spending. DraftKings and FanDuel are merging
"18.11.2016 19:01:23" venturebeat.com Google will bring 'custom' Intel Skylake Xeon chips to Compute Engine in early 2017 Google today announced that it will bring new "Custom Cloud" Intel Skylake Xeon chips to its Google Compute Engine public cloud infrastructure service in early 2017. Those chips form the basis of the virtual machines (VMs) and containers in which third Big deal for Google Cloud
"18.11.2016 18:31:39" venturebeat.com Pokémon Sun and Moon break Nintendo 3DS record with 10 million copies shipped Nintendo announced today that it has shipped 10 million copies of Pokémon Sun and Moon for the 3DS, the newest installments in the company's hit monster-collecting and fighting series. Whoa Pokémon does it again
"18.11.2016 17:42:02" venturebeat.com Hey, Silicon Valley: This election shows we have to give back Like many in Silicon Valley, I was surprised at the results of the election. But now that the shock has worn off, I've reminded of a key insight Abraham Maslow taught us: If a person's basic physiological needs are not being met or are threatened, why "This can be a pivotal moment for Silicon Valley since we embrace failure."
"18.11.2016 16:46:09" venturebeat.com Trump looks poised to overturn Obama policies that favored Google Alphabet's Google faces a tougher regulatory landscape as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration looks poised to reverse Obama administration policies that often favored the internet giant in the company's battles with telecoms and Bad news for Google:
"18.11.2016 16:23:42" venturebeat.com Pokémon Sun and Moon make a good first impression with their formula-shaking tweaks It's time to do that whole Pokémon thing again. What is the catch phrase? I think it's: "I'm Ashley Graball and I'm going to grab all of them!" That sounds right. You don't have to walk to play these Pokémon games
"18.11.2016 15:51:46" venturebeat.com Transcriptic raises $13.4 million to grow its cloud platform for automated scientific research Transcriptic, a biotechnology startup that's setting out to reinvent how biological research is carried out, has raised $13.4 million in a new round of funding led by Data Collective, with participation from new investors Digital Science and WuXi AppTec. This startup raised $13,400,000 'to make life science research cheaper, faster, and more accessible'
"18.11.2016 15:29:15" venturebeat.com Cogito raises $15 million to help call center staff detect customers' mood from their voice Artificial intelligence company Cogito raised $15 million in its latest funding round, the company told VentureBeat today. This company raised $15,000,000 to detect your emotion with A.I.
"18.11.2016 15:03:38" venturebeat.com Snap's youthful founders show no fear in race to IPO Snap Inc, the red-hot messaging company, is seen by many tech investors as the next Facebook or Google, but its youthful founders are pushing far more aggressively than its predecessors in moving from scrappy startup to public company. Snapchat founders race to go public
"18.11.2016 14:27:13" venturebeat.com Particle raises $10.4 million to grow its IoT development platform Internet of things (IoT) startup Particle has raised $10.4 million in a Series A funding round from Root Ventures, O'Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (OATV), and Rincon Venture Partners. Particle boosts its cash resources to fund the 'internet of things'.
"18.11.2016 14:02:55" venturebeat.com Baidu and BMW's joint self-driving car project comes to a halt (Reuters) - German automaker BMW and Chinese internet giant Baidu will end their joint research on self-driving cars, executives for the two firms said on Friday, with Baidu now searching for new global research partners. Baidu USA is now using Ford cars, apparently.
"18.11.2016 13:42:43" venturebeat.com Intel will test Nervana's 'Lake Crest' silicon in first half of 2017, 'Knights Crest' also coming At its inaugural "AI Day" event in San Francisco today, Intel talked for the first time about what it will do with artificial intelligence (AI) startup Nervana following its acquisition earlier this year. Intel talks artificial intelligence.
"18.11.2016 13:21:45" venturebeat.com CodeFights raises $10 million round to expand its platform for testing coding skills of potential hires CodeFights, which hopes to make hiring of programmers more meritocratic, says it has raised $10 million in a series A round. So you're good at coding? CodeFights wants to find out how good.
"18.11.2016 09:05:17" venturebeat.com France's Sigfox raises $160 million to expand its IOT network to 60 countries French IOT startup Sigfox announced today that it has raised $160 million as it continues to build out its communication network for connected objects. Sigfox just raised one of France's largest VC rounds ever.
"18.11.2016 08:45:13" venturebeat.com MVNO FreedomPop takes on eBay with the launch of FreedomShop, an online store for refurbished smartphones FreedomPop, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that offers SIM cards with completely free basic mobile service plans, is expanding the scope of its service today with the launch of an online store for refurbished smartphones. FreedomPop normally offers free data/call plans with its SIMs. Now it's selling you refurbished smartphones, too.
"18.11.2016 04:47:34" venturebeat.com Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with EPUB support in Edge, Paint 3D, and PowerShell default Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs. This is the third build ahead of the company's Windows 10 Creators Update, which is coming in "early 2017"; it brings EPUB support in Microsoft Edge, Paint 3D, PowerShell in Command Prompt's The latest Windows 10 build defaults to PowerShell instead of the command prompt
"18.11.2016 04:24:29" venturebeat.com Cadillac president: Self-driving cars 'spell the demise of the traditional car industry' Detroit grew rich and fat on the one-person, one-car ethos of the American Dream. But new technologies for driving won't just change how we get from A to B -- they'll also change how we pay for transportation. Agree with Cadillac Europe?
"18.11.2016 04:01:14" venturebeat.com In wake of Trump victory, FCC abandons proposed reform of business data services market (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is dropping plans to push through a proposed reform of the $45 billion business data services market in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president. "It is one of the first major impacts of Trump's election on U.S. regulatory reforms."
"18.11.2016 00:17:47" venturebeat.com AWS will build 5 more solar farms in Virginia Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) today said it will build five more solar farms in Virginia to meet the power needs of its data center infrastructure in the state. This builds on the original Amazon Solar Farm announced last year. Amazon Web Services betting big on solar
"17.11.2016 23:53:10" venturebeat.com Trump transition team now lacks cyber security expertise (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has not announced a point person dedicated to cyber security policy or staffing in his administration, an omission that could make the United States more vulnerable to threats and worsen a Sigh.
"17.11.2016 23:31:36" venturebeat.com Bing now lets you save images, videos, and products across devices Microsoft today announced that its Bing search engine now lets users save certain kinds of content to quickly access later. The feature is currently available on Bing on desktop and on the mobile web, where you can save and bring up images, videos, For the hardcore Bing users
"17.11.2016 22:21:39" venturebeat.com Tesla and SolarCity investors approve acquisition Tesla is now officially in the solar energy business. Boom. Tesla investors vote to buy SolarCity
"17.11.2016 21:33:38" venturebeat.com Watch the making of a Nintendo Switch replica We are still about four months away from the launch of Nintendo's next console, but one dude already got his hands on one ... well, a fake one. Very cool.
"17.11.2016 20:39:41" venturebeat.com Apple reportedly asked Foxconn about manufacturing iPhones in the U.S. Apple has asked two companies that make its iPhones in China, Foxconn and Pegatron, to explore the idea of moving iPhone manufacturing to the U.S., according to a new report. Apple explores building iPhones in the U.S.
"17.11.2016 20:09:36" venturebeat.com Jack Dorsey blames automated system for white supremacist Twitter ad Twitter's chief executive has apologized after at least one white supremacy ad surfaced on the platform. Jack Dorsey tweeted that a "mistake" had been made and blamed his company's automated system for failing to flag the ad. "We did a retro and fixed!" Jack Dorsey explains Twitter's white supremacist ad
"17.11.2016 19:46:04" venturebeat.com Udacity launches Blitz, a service that connects companies with nanodegree graduates for specific projects Online education platform Udacity has launched a new service that aims to connect its graduates with companies seeking top software engineers. Check out Udacity's new Blitz service
"17.11.2016 19:25:20" venturebeat.com Trump win drives more people to online privacy tools, including VPN and encrypted messaging One week after Trump's unlikely U.S. election victory, and it's not much clearer what lies in store for the technology industry under a Trump presidency, though Apple's stock did fall earlier this week after a warning that iPhone sales could suffer if the Donald J. Trump is excellent marketing for privacy tools
"17.11.2016 19:03:42" venturebeat.com Forget homes: Airbnb wants to own your entire trip Airbnb has revealed what it believes to be the next stage in its evolution to make it easier for hosts and guests to build a better community while designed to facilitate "meaningful and magical moments". The company has released trips, experiences, and This is Airbnb's vision for how you take trips
"17.11.2016 18:01:46" venturebeat.com MekaMon will turn your living room into a robot battleground Your living room is the next battleground. Reach Robotics is launching its MekaMon augmented reality gaming robots today. Awesome.
"17.11.2016 17:28:43" venturebeat.com Cortana can now create and manage lists, integrates with Wunderlist Microsoft today updated Cortana for Android, iOS, and Windows 10 with support for lists. In the same vein, Cortana has also gained support for Wunderlist, a task-management app Microsoft acquired in June 2015. Cortana finally integrates with Wunderlist
"17.11.2016 16:44:00" venturebeat.com Panic over disruption drove non-tech companies to triple acquisitions of startups in Q3 Acquisitions of tech startups exploded in the third quarter, led by giants outside the industry who are hoping they can buy their way to an innovative future. Startups, it's a good time to get acquired
"17.11.2016 15:48:30" venturebeat.com Russia begins blocking LinkedIn after court rules site violates data storage laws (Reuters) -- Russia's communications regulator ordered public access to LinkedIn's website to be blocked on Thursday to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating data storage laws. LinkedIn is now blocked in Russia
"17.11.2016 15:12:26" venturebeat.com Mozilla updates Firefox Focus for iOS with a stripped-down private browser Mozilla today launched a new browser for iOS. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. You can download Check out Mozilla's new private browser
"17.11.2016 14:02:08" venturebeat.com Rovio continues reinvention with 'ToonsTV for Samsung' app featuring Angry Birds characters Continuing to push past its Angry Birds roots, Rovio announced today that it has released a new version of its animation app for Samsung smartphones. Company wants to be more than a mobile game maker.
"17.11.2016 13:51:41" venturebeat.com Take a tour by drone through Samsung's futuristic new North American HQ in Silicon Valley As Silicon Valley companies have recently been bitten by the architectural bug, the region has seen a range of ambitious new headquarters either being proposed or built by some of its biggest names. Inside Samsung's eye-catching HQ.
"17.11.2016 10:50:27" venturebeat.com Facebook bows to EU pressure and pauses WhatsApp data sharing Facebook's plans to glean more data from WhatsApp users has hit an obstacle in Europe, with the social network "pausing" some data-sharing after regulators across the continent called on the companies to clarify its messaging and provide more details on The WhatsApp messaging was not clear. But yes, it really wants to share data with Facebook.
"17.11.2016 10:27:23" venturebeat.com Amazon cuts $20 from Prime subscription to encourage signups ahead of 'The Grand Tour' debut Amazon's long-awaited Top Gear "spin-off," The Grand Tour, debuts on November 18, and Amazon is knocking $20 off its annual Prime membership for a 27-hour period to encourage folks to sign up. Amazon.com has invested a lot of cash inf Top Gear spin-off The Grand Tour. Now, it wants you to sign up to Amazon Prime to watch it.
"17.11.2016 07:00:58" venturebeat.com Dropbox now lets admins track end users' Paper activity Cloud file syncing and sharing software company Dropbox is announcing today new enterprise-focused features to aid security and management. While the company's Paper note-taking app is still in beta, Dropbox is enhancing the feature with tools that admins Do you use Dropbox Paper?
"17.11.2016 06:29:15" venturebeat.com Google refreshes Play Newsstand for Android and iOS, brings it to the web Google today announced an overhaul to its Google Play Newsstand app on both Android and iOS and also announced the launch of a web version, at newsstand.google.com. The updated mobile versions will be rolling out over the next few days. Google Play Newsstand gets a new look
"17.11.2016 00:55:36" venturebeat.com Huawei starts selling its MediaPad M3, M2, and T1 tablets in the U.S. Huawei today is announcing that it's beginning to sell its MediaPad tablets in the U.S. through Amazon. The M3, T1 7.0, and T1 10.0 varieties start shipping tomorrow, while the M2 will be available in December, according to a statement. These will be Huawei Mobile's new tablets have arrived in the U.S.
"17.11.2016 00:30:07" venturebeat.com Edward Snowden on Pokémon Go, freedom, and the future of augmented reality Edward Snowden said he hasn't played a whole lot of Pokémon Go, but he does believe the augmented reality (AR) game that takes place in the physical world has had a huge impact this year. Its legacy, Snowden said, will go far beyond gaming, and affect not Edward Snowden talks augmented reality
"17.11.2016 00:06:20" venturebeat.com Facebook acquires FacioMetrics to add 'fun effects' to photos and videos Facebook on Wednesday acquired face recognition technology provider FacioMetrics in a move to beef up its photo and video capabilities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Facebook buys FacioMetrics
"16.11.2016 22:38:09" venturebeat.com Nvidia: Porting PS4, Xbox One, and PC games to Nintendo Switch is simple Nintendo's new Switch hybrid handheld-and-home console will launch in March, and we've already seen the publisher suggest that it'll have games like Skyrim and NBA 2K. But now we're also learning that the system could have the right processor to attract NVIDIA has some good news for Nintendo Switch developers
"16.11.2016 22:05:18" venturebeat.com Trim will renegotiate your Comcast bill while you play Tetris Makers of personal finance bot Trim have created a new bot to negotiate with Comcast and reduce monthly billing rates, the company told VentureBeat today. Hate Comcast? This is for you.
"16.11.2016 21:34:04" venturebeat.com Nintendo is creating real-life Zelda escape rooms across the U.S. Your next Zelda adventure could be for real. Genius.
"16.11.2016 20:55:01" venturebeat.com EA's new rule for Twitch and YouTube streamers: You must disclose sponsorships If you are a content creator on YouTube or Twitch, publisher Electronic Arts has some rules it wants you to follow. EA - Electronic Arts cracks down on sponsorships
"16.11.2016 20:34:34" venturebeat.com Google to build 1 million square foot building in post-Brexit London Google delivered a vote of confidence in London's future as a technological hub after the Brexit vote on Tuesday by announcing plans for a new building in the King's Cross area of the city that will house thousands of extra engineers. Wow.
"16.11.2016 20:12:52" venturebeat.com 1 week after Trump's victory: Tech stocks are still (mostly) down After election night, tech investors awoke to the prospect of a Trump presidency and sent just about every major tech stock down into the red (except Twitter). The tech industry has no idea what will happen next
"16.11.2016 20:12:42" venturebeat.com SoundCloud now lets creators apply for its revenue-sharing Premier program SoundCloud is hoping to make itself more appealing to creators with the announcement that it is opening up more applications for its invite-only Premier program and launching new track editing capabilities within SoundCloud Pulse. SoundCloud wants to pay creators
"16.11.2016 19:47:31" venturebeat.com Microsoft offers EU 'concessions' over its $26 billion LinkedIn bid (Reuters) -- Microsoft has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators over its $26 billion bid for social network LinkedIn, the European Commission said on Wednesday, as the U.S. software company seeks to allay concerns over its largest ever deal. Microsoft wants LinkedIn badly
"16.11.2016 19:25:44" venturebeat.com How Supercell kills its darlings to focus on potential hits Supercell has outstanding mobile games, but it's also known for killing off the projects that don't work. Supercell is the company behind Clash Royale, Boom Beach, and Clash of Clans
"16.11.2016 19:01:38" venturebeat.com Is NES Classic Edition worth the price? Will we get an SNES Classic? GamesBeat Decides The boys are back. Do you want a NES Classic Edition?
"16.11.2016 18:41:08" venturebeat.com Google, Facebook, Twitter take steps to reduce hate speech and fake news on their site Facing a growing backlash over the role that fake news and hate speech may have played in the recent U.S. presidential election, three of Silicon Valley's largest tech companies have announced plans to try to address the problem. All these companies face a massive task
"16.11.2016 18:20:45" venturebeat.com Google now lets G Suite customers make custom templates for Docs, Sheets, and Slides Google today is announcing a new capability for organizations that pay for its G Suite cloud service portfolio, which includes the likes of Gmail and Google Docs. Now it will be possible for approved customers to add customized templates for Google Docs, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides finally get custom templates
"16.11.2016 17:49:27" venturebeat.com Google updates Allo with Smart Smiley, Fantastic Beast stickers, and background themes Google today updated its smart messaging app Allo with three new features. The new version will be rolling out worldwide "over the next few days" -- you can grab it from Google Play and Apple's App Store. Google Allo can now tell you which emojis to use
"16.11.2016 17:22:14" venturebeat.com Google Earth is now available in virtual reality on the HTC Vive Now this is pretty cool. Google has announced a new virtual reality (VR) version of Google Earth, the virtual navigable globe operated by the internet giant since 2005. You can now use Google Earth in virtual reality
"16.11.2016 16:59:56" venturebeat.com Google joins Microsoft's .NET Foundation As part of its slew of announcements at its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft unveiled that Google is joining the .NET Foundation. Specifically, Google is becoming a member of the Technical Steering Group, which Microsoft Wow Google just gave Microsoft a boost
"16.11.2016 16:28:36" venturebeat.com Samsung launches Visual Studio Tools for Tizen preview, lets developers build apps with .NET Samsung today released the first preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen. In addition to using HTML5 and C, Tizen developers can now build apps in .NET. Samsung also promises to contribute related source code to the Tizen and .NET open source projects. Samsung Mobile wants .NET developers to build Tizen apps
"16.11.2016 16:06:00" venturebeat.com Microsoft announces Visual Studio for Mac, preview of the next SQL Server with Linux and Docker support Microsoft's Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today had some big partnership announcements, including Google joining the .NET Foundation, Microsoft joining The Linux Foundation, and Samsung launching a preview of Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio is coming to Mac
"16.11.2016 15:34:27" venturebeat.com Microsoft joins The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member At its Connect(); 2016 developer event in New York City today, Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation. And the company isn't joining just to say it did: Microsoft is becoming a Platinum member, the highest level of membership, which costs Hell just froze over.
"16.11.2016 14:34:56" venturebeat.com How to watch Microsoft's Connect(); 2016 developer event Microsoft is livestreaming its developer event Connect(); 2016 for the next three days. If you're not in New York City on November 16, 17, or 18, don't worry, you can watch it right here. Livestream: Microsoft's Connect(); 2016 developer event
"16.11.2016 04:42:43" venturebeat.com AWS launches QuickSight business intelligence tool out of preview Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced that its QuickSight cloud-based business intelligence (BI) service is now available after being in preview for more than a year. Amazon Web Services launches its business intelligence tool
"16.11.2016 04:17:59" venturebeat.com Ubisoft will remove a woman character's exposed genitalia from Watch Dogs 2 Watch Dogs 2 is rated M for Mature, but it still decided to remove some adult-themed material. Wow Ubisoft
"16.11.2016 03:49:46" venturebeat.com Final Fantasy fans freak out over Conan O'Brien's latest Clueless Gamer bit Late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien admits he knows nothing about video games, but publishers still often pay him money to play their products on his show because they consider it great exposure. That might've backfired a bit when it comes to Final Hilarious Final Fantasy
"16.11.2016 03:27:15" venturebeat.com Pinterest debuts Explore, a feature that surfaces trending pins and native videos Pinterest is rolling out a new feature called Explore that uses machine learning to surface trending ideas on the visual idea search and bookmarking service from select tastemakers and publishers. It will display not only popular pins, but also native Pinterest gets a new Explore feature
"16.11.2016 03:02:20" venturebeat.com NES Classic Edition's limited supply is attracting scalpers and their bots It's a few days since the NES Classic Edition launched, and it is nearly impossible to find online or at retail stores. Unless you are Mike Friend. It was inevitable.
"16.11.2016 02:36:20" venturebeat.com Asana introduces Boards, a native Trello competitor Task management software startup Asana today is announcing the launch of a feature called Boards, a tool that lets end users track all the tasks involved in projects in boards, using lists and cards that visually convey the status of work. Fellow startup Asana takes on Trello
"16.11.2016 02:14:28" venturebeat.com NES Classic Edition will be available for a few minutes each day through November 18 on Walmart's website You don't have to spend $250 on eBay to get an NES Classic. Have some patience, and try Walmart instead. This is your only option to get the NES Classic Edition without overpaying
"16.11.2016 01:50:32" venturebeat.com Jack Dorsey selling 7% of his Square stock, with some proceeds going to fund his foundation Square announced on Tuesday that its chief executive Jack Dorsey will be selling approximately 7 percent of his stock over the next 12 months. The move is designed to not for Dorsey's "financial and tax planning purposes," but also to invest more into his Jack Dorsey starts selling Square stock
"16.11.2016 01:24:33" venturebeat.com Twitter reveals new features to protect you from online harassment As promised, Twitter has revealed new features to further defend you against online harassment and abuse. Rolling out in "the coming days", the service's 317 million monthly active users will be able to utilize a "mute" feature on their notifications, Twitter is slowly getting better at fighting harassment
"16.11.2016 00:59:03" venturebeat.com Google's newest app can help you scan and share old family photos Google is updating its flagship photo service today with a handful of new features timed for the holidays. Google is using machine learning to help save your old family photos
"16.11.2016 00:31:27" venturebeat.com Facebook's new inbox for businesses manages messages on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger Facebook is making it easier for businesses to use three of its most popular services by consolidating the messages they receive into a single repository. Between managing their presence across their Facebook Page and their Instagram, and corresponding to Facebook gives businesses a new inbox
"16.11.2016 00:06:32" venturebeat.com Super Mario Run sprints to iPhone and iPad on December 15 Gaming's favorite plumbler is getting ready to take a big bite out of Apple. Super Mario Run for iOS launches in a month
"15.11.2016 23:46:04" venturebeat.com Microsoft launches Azure Bot Service to bring more bots and AI into the cloud Microsoft launched its Azure Bot Services today to give bot creators the option to move their bots into the cloud and let Microsoft handle server and storage issues, the company announced today. Introducing Microsoft Azure's Bot Service
"15.11.2016 23:16:38" venturebeat.com Salesforce touts AI research progress, beating Google, IBM, and Microsoft on question answering Publicly traded customer relationship management (CRM) software company Salesforce is today talking up new artificial intelligence (AI) research that's been conducted by the Salesforce Research division the company formally announced in September, Salesforce shares AI research progress
"15.11.2016 22:32:34" venturebeat.com Firefox 50 arrives with faster startup, download protection for more file types, and new keyboard shortcuts Mozilla today launched Firefox 50 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new version, which was delayed by a week to improve startup times, also includes download protection for more executable file types and new keyboard shortcuts. Firefox 50 is out
"15.11.2016 22:01:16" venturebeat.com Snap has reportedly filed confidentially for IPO Oh Snap, indeed! The company formerly known as Snapchat is going public, at least that's according to a report from Reuters, citing sources. The ephemeral messaging app maker-turned camera company has filed confidentially with the U.S. Securities and Whoa Snapchat
"15.11.2016 21:27:02" venturebeat.com Google Translate starts using neural machine translation in 9 languages, coming to all 103 Google today said that it's improving translations that are available through its Google Translate service for nine languages by using neural machine translation, a method that was recently implemented for translations from Chinese to English. Big deal for Google Translate
"15.11.2016 20:56:20" venturebeat.com Lyft unveils customizable LED signs to replace pink mustaches on dashboards Alternative cab service Lyft today is announcing a new digital sign called Amp as a more modern way for passengers to recognize their drivers, and vice versa. Lyft is all about that LED
"15.11.2016 20:23:01" venturebeat.com Location intelligence firm xAd raises $42.5 million and acquires WeatherBug Location intelligence firm xAd has raised $42.5 million in a fifth round of funding and has acquired weather-data site WeatherBug to further its ambition of predicting where consumers will go next. xAd buys WeatherBug
"15.11.2016 20:01:18" venturebeat.com OnePlus 3T launches on November 22 from $439: faster processor, bigger battery, new 128GB version It was among the worst-kept secrets in recent smartphone launch history, but OnePlus has finally unveiled the latest device in its flagship mobile phone lineup. Introducing the OnePlus 3T
"15.11.2016 19:28:17" venturebeat.com Google Cloud is launching GPU-backed VM instances early in 2017 Google today announced that it will launch virtual machine (VM) instances that are backed by graphics processing units (GPUs) early in 2017 through its Google Cloud Platform public cloud. Big deal for Google Cloud
"15.11.2016 18:57:31" venturebeat.com PlayStation 4 Pro teardown shows off the system's 4K guts The PlayStation 4 Pro is out now, and maybe you want to know what it has on the inside. Well, don't get out your toolbox to take it apart, because someone else already has. This is what powers the PlayStation 4 Pro
"15.11.2016 17:58:52" venturebeat.com GE acquires machine learning startup Wise.io GE today announced that its GE Digital division has acquired machine learning startup Wise.io. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. GE buys Wise.io
"15.11.2016 17:28:35" venturebeat.com Minecraft's Exploration Update is live with spitting llamas and more C'mon, grab your friends. It's adventure time. Get the latest Minecraft update
"15.11.2016 17:03:49" venturebeat.com Tinder rolls out new transgender identity options Tinder has revealed that it will now let its users manually describe which gender they associate themselves with. “We haven't had the right tools to serve our diverse community in the past, but that changes today"
"15.11.2016 16:32:23" venturebeat.com Shervin Pishevar on Calexit effort: 'I am very serious' In the wake of the upset victory by Donald Trump last week, a small group of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have raised the prospect of California leaving the United States. No joke?
"15.11.2016 16:01:56" venturebeat.com Apple releases iOS 10.2 public beta 3 Apple today started rolling out the third public beta of iOS 10.2, just a few days after issuing the second public beta of the update to iOS 10. Here's what's new with iOS 10.2 public beta 3
"15.11.2016 15:40:35" venturebeat.com Sony Pictures will use Nokia's Ozo 360 camera for virtual reality content Sony Pictures will use Nokia's Ozo 360-degree camera hardware and software tools to make virtual reality content. Sony Pictures picks Nokia's Ozo 360 camera to create virtual reality experiences
"15.11.2016 15:19:56" venturebeat.com Pokémon Sun and Moon somehow make Dugtrio more ridiculous Dugtrio is a Pokémon that's just three heads popping out of the ground. How do you make him sillier? By giving all of those heads fancy hair. That was possible?
"15.11.2016 14:58:45" venturebeat.com App-testing startup Sauce Labs raises $70 million Software testing startup Sauce Labs has raised $70 million in a round of funding from Centerview Capital Technology, IVP, and Adams Street Partners. This startup raised $70,000,000 for its app-testing technology
"15.11.2016 12:25:07" venturebeat.com Expedia's hotel search engine Trivago kicks off IPO with SEC filing, plans to list on NASDAQ Accommodation search engine Trivago has kickstarted its plans for a proposed initial public offering (IPO) after filing a Form F-1 with the securities and exchange commission (SEC) in the U.S. Expedia owns 61% of trivago
"15.11.2016 11:27:09" venturebeat.com 'China's Uber' Didi Chuxing partners with Avis to offer car-rental services to millions of Chinese travelers Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing (“Didi”) and car rental behemoth Avis have announced a partnership that will give registered Didi users easy access to car rental services when traveling abroad. With Uber's omnipresence, going global is a tough task for China's Didi Chuxing 滴滴出行. This is one way though.
"15.11.2016 09:02:33" venturebeat.com WhatsApp to bring video calling to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 'in the coming days' Good news for WhatsApp users today: The Facebook-owned messaging app will finally allow its users to make video calls. Big launch for WhatsApp
"15.11.2016 05:24:28" venturebeat.com Apple's stock falls after China warns about Trump's possible tariffs (Reuters) - Apple's stock extended recent losses on Monday after a warning that iPhone sales could suffer if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on campaign threats to impose new tariffs on China. The Donald J. Trump effect strikes again.
"15.11.2016 04:54:19" venturebeat.com Apple reportedly considering expansion into wearable glasses (Reuters) - Apple is considering expanding into wearable glass headsets and has talked about the project with potential suppliers, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter. Would you buy Apple Glasses?
"14.11.2016 23:34:12" venturebeat.com Visa lawyer bot pledges to 'help immigrants make America great again' A bot that helps people complete visa applications to enter the United States has launched in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election. Available in beta on Facebook Messenger, Visabot helps complete the kinds of visa applications typically sought Great bot idea.
"14.11.2016 22:57:09" venturebeat.com Microsoft launches Outlook Customer Manager with dedicated iOS app Microsoft today is launching Outlook Customer Manager, a tool designed to help companies keep track of relationships with current and future customers -- without going beyond Outlook. This is Microsoft's new Outlook Customer Manager
"14.11.2016 21:48:43" GamesBeat Decides 03: Episode Beta Mike and Jeff talk NES Classic, forgotten 2016 games, and more.
"14.11.2016 21:43:54" venturebeat.com Google reportedly acquires startup Undecidable Labs, CEO now works on image search Google last month acquired a small startup called Undecidable Labs, according to a new report. Now cofounder and chief executive Cathy Edwards is head of product and engineering for Google's image search tool, according to her LinkedIn profile. Rumor has it Google has bought Undecidable Labs
"14.11.2016 21:16:44" venturebeat.com You can now use Skype for Web without an account Microsoft today announced a small but significant update to Skype for Web: Guest accounts. If you want to start a Skype conversation with someone quickly and don't want to sign up for an account, this is for you. Hate signing up and logging in? This Skype feature is for you.
"14.11.2016 20:21:51" venturebeat.com AWS cuts prices of C4, M4, and T2 instances by up to 25% Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced price cuts for a few types of virtual machine (VM) instances that people can use to run applications remotely. Amazon Web Services price cuts!
"14.11.2016 18:54:38" venturebeat.com Facebook launches analytics dashboard to track Messenger bot performance Facebook will now allow people with Messenger bots to track them and get detailed information about their bot's performance and its users, the company said today. Facebook now offers analytics for Messenger bots
"14.11.2016 18:27:26" venturebeat.com Why IPO?: You need the public market's tough love You often hear about the knockdown, drag-out debates, between CEOs and their investors about when a startup ought to go public, or indeed whether it should at all. During the recent past (as in the past 18 months), it was common to hear the argument that "You need to move out of your parent's basement"
"14.11.2016 17:45:56" venturebeat.com Google revamps Play Music with optional recommendations based on your location and activity Google today is announcing an overhaul of its Google Play Music streaming app for Android, iOS, and the web. Google's Spotify and Apple Music competitor is changing
"14.11.2016 17:22:40" venturebeat.com Crowdsourced algorithmic trading platform Quantopian raises $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz, others Quantopian, an online platform that strives to turn anyone into a successful quantitative analyst, has raised $25 million in a series C funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Point72 This platform raised $25,000,000 to inspire "talented people everywhere to write investment algorithms"
"14.11.2016 16:55:08" venturebeat.com The 5 truths of great software development Successful software development today requires the right people as much as the best code. I like to say that great people, who form great teams, have a shot at creating great software. And great companies are increasingly those that make great software, #1 Attitude is everything.
"14.11.2016 16:30:53" venturebeat.com IBM and Nvidia team up to create deep learning hardware Deep learning continues to gather steam in corporate computing, and IBM and Nvidia are teaming up to help accelerate the foundation behind artificial intelligence breakthroughs. The two companies are collaborating on a deep learning solution that melds Big news for deep learning tech:
"14.11.2016 16:09:39" venturebeat.com Microsoft reveals its biggest wind energy purchase to date: 237 megawatts to power its Wyoming data center Microsoft has announced it has signed new wind farm contracts that commit the company to buying 237 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power its zero-carbon data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Microsoft invests big in wind energy
"14.11.2016 15:27:34" venturebeat.com Postmates' difficult fundraise not a bad sign for on-demand delivery On-demand delivery service Postmates announced just days ago that it had closed a flat round of follow-on funding after a difficult fundraise. The announcement raised questions about the health of the young on-demand delivery industry. Really?
"14.11.2016 14:57:16" venturebeat.com Facebook, fake news, and democracy: 'I see a somewhat darker side of the internet emerging' Fake news is everywhere and it's a threat to democracy. Who is to blame: Social media companies? Consumers? Demagogues? Or all of the above? Technology wanted to enable the crowd. Instead, it has unleashed the mob.
"14.11.2016 10:20:58" venturebeat.com Amazon Music Unlimited launches in Europe to take on Spotify One month after launching in the U.S., Amazon has announced that its on-demand music-streaming service is now available in Europe too. Amazon Music Unlimited lands in Europe.
"14.11.2016 09:32:11" venturebeat.com Samsung boosts its connected car credentials with $8 billion Harman acquisition Samsung has announced plans to acquire Harman International Industries (Harman), a company specializing in connected car software and services, in a deal worth $8 billion. Wow. Samsung is paying $8 billion to get a massive leg-up into the connected car industry.
"14.11.2016 06:22:45" venturebeat.com Nvidia's CEO on everything from AI's dangers to Donald Trump and the Nintendo Switch Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says that Nvidia is in the midst of a transition from being a graphics chip company to an artificial-intelligence platform maker. The company still powers graphics chips in laptops and gaming PCs with virtual reality headsets. We interview NVIDIA's CEO
"14.11.2016 05:26:32" venturebeat.com Forget about smart glasses … here come smart contact lenses If you want to see the future, look to the patent office. Google recently published the full text of a patent for a contact lens that can monitor blood glucose and dispense insulin automatically, while Samsung patented a contact lens with an integrated Progress?
"14.11.2016 05:02:54" venturebeat.com Google's 4K Chromecast Ultra isn't a huge step up from last year's model About one week ago, Google started shipping its newest Chromecast device, the Chromecast Ultra, which is capable of streaming 4K and (high-dynamic range) HDR video on 4K displays. It costs $69, which comes out to $35 more than the Chromecast that Google Good to keep in mind when buying a Chromecast
"14.11.2016 04:32:32" venturebeat.com This software lets you use an iPhone as an escape key for the new MacBook Pro Remember all the jokes people made about the lack of a physical escape key on the new MacBook Pro models with a Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard? My favorite was a picture of a physical escape key that used a wired connection to connect to the MacBook Useful.
"14.11.2016 03:51:27" venturebeat.com The Google Pixel is a great phone. A tablet version would be the next logical step For the past month, I have been using the Google Pixel as my main phone. And day after day, I continue to love it. It is a wonderful phone. The Pixel XL has a better display and longer battery life, but the smaller version feels more comfortable in my Agree?
"13.11.2016 23:39:34" venturebeat.com Android Nougat hits 0.3% adoption after 2 months A new Android version has arrived, and that means we can start watching paint dry. Per Google's Platform Versions page, the latest and greatest version of the company's mobile operating system took more than two months to hit a whopping 0.3 percent Come on Android, this is sad.
"13.11.2016 23:16:30" venturebeat.com How our dumb bot attracted 1 million users without even trying Three months ago, we released a modest chatbot that we thought could be fun to use in group conversations. The bot, which we called Roll, did one simple thing: It randomly selected a participant in the conversation as the answer to such pressing questions What a story.
"13.11.2016 22:55:53" venturebeat.com Meet Stack: Dell and Intel's vision for an ecosystem built around a full Windows 10 mobile device In mid-2014, Dell and Intel embarked on an ambitious, long-view product ecosystem known internally as Dell Stack. The project centers on a 6.4-inch, full-HD mini-tablet that would underlie the desktop, laptop, and tablet experiences: That is, one device Check out this awesome Windows 10 project Dell and Intel were working on
"13.11.2016 22:34:31" venturebeat.com 5 dark and ugly ways tech mattered in the U.S. election When it came to the issues during this amazing presidential election, technology policy got even less attention from the candidates than it typically does. The Internet and tech were game changers this election. Hooray?
"13.11.2016 22:10:12" venturebeat.com Google is rolling out the new Google Sites for G Suite customers, will kill old version later Google today announced that the new version of the Google Sites service for easily creating websites is now becoming available for all G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Work) customers to use. Google unveiled the redesign in June and only made it The new Google Sites is here
"13.11.2016 21:47:28" venturebeat.com How Pinterest reached 150 million monthly users (hint: it involves machine learning) On Pinterest.com, I find myself being summoned from various directions, as if I've just stepped into a party with my closest friends. Many pins I see are interesting to me -- it's a pleasant feeling. How Pinterest used machine learning to grow
"13.11.2016 21:27:13" venturebeat.com Need to raise $1 million? Start with 10,000 social followers Five and a half months after the SEC began allowing crowdfunded investments for startups, it's apparent that it pays to be popular. Entrepreneurs with the largest social networks have tended to be those who raise the most capital -- even if the total Want to raise $1,000,000? Here's a tip:
"13.11.2016 21:06:48" venturebeat.com Here's how media companies will make money with VR In late September, on the night of the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I made the anti-social decision to pass on an offer to grab drinks and watch at my friend's apartment. Instead, I chose to watch alone in my bedroom "How the hell can a media company make any money with virtual reality?"
"13.11.2016 20:42:30" venturebeat.com Recruitment marketplace Hired adds another $30 million to its Series C pot, closing out at $70 million in total Hired has announced a fresh batch of funding as the jobs marketplace for techies closes out its Series C round at $70 million. With Hired, candidates don't apply to be hired by companies -- companies apply to hire them.
"13.11.2016 20:20:26" venturebeat.com Unicode Consortium proposes 51 new emojis including T-Rex, woman in hijab The Unicode Consortium's Emoji Subcommittee proposed 51 new emojis for version 10.0 of the Unicode due out next June, among them a vampire, mermaid, flying saucer, breastfeeding woman, and a woman in a hijab. These 51 new emojis could show up next year
"13.11.2016 19:58:47" venturebeat.com Android Auto now works right on your phone's screen Google today launched a significant update to Android Auto: The app can now be used right on the device's screen. Android Auto is thus no longer a smartphone projection standard that must be operated using a car's dashboard display. You can download the You can now use Android Auto without buying a new car
"13.11.2016 19:35:26" venturebeat.com The game industry reacts to Trump's triumph Donald Trump has many targets for change, but he hasn't drawn his cross hairs on the video game industry yet. In fact, it's hard to see what kind of economic impact Trump's presidency would have on the game business, as his economic strategies seem vague. The game industry is worried about Donald J. Trump
"13.11.2016 19:13:44" venturebeat.com 'Coming together': Microsoft's response to Donald Trump victory echoes many from across the industry As the dust began to settle on Donald Trump's momentous election victory, leaders from across the technology industry gave their verdicts, which ranged from despair to defiance to acceptance. Microsoft is the latest company to issue a formal response to “this is a time for the nation to come together" — Microsoft
"13.11.2016 18:50:38" venturebeat.com Tesla will stop offering free, unlimited Supercharging for new cars ordered after January 1, 2017 Tesla says the decision allows it to “reinvest in the network” and “greatly expand” it. Better buy a Tesla quick if you want unlimited free charging
"13.11.2016 18:30:25" venturebeat.com Apple starts selling refurbished iPhones online Today Apple started selling refurbished iPhones on its website. They're available with a one-year warranty. You can now buy a used iPhone right on Apple's website
"13.11.2016 18:09:46" venturebeat.com Tesla boosts car production with acquisition of German automated manufacturing firm Grohmann Engineering Tesla has announced a rare acquisition today, as the Palo Alto-based motor company revealed that it has snapped up European engineering company Grohmann Engineering. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is only Tesla's third acquisition.
"13.11.2016 17:47:15" venturebeat.com Russia likely to block LinkedIn next week following court ruling Rejecting an appeal from the company, a Moscow municipal court confirmed today an earlier court decision to consider LinkedIn as violating the Russian legislation on personal data storage, according to Russian news agency Interfax. Russia really hates LinkedIn
"13.11.2016 17:25:00" venturebeat.com Google launches Firebase Test Lab free tier, real-time exporting to BigQuery Google today is announcing a few updates to the services in its Firebase cloud service portfolio. Awesome Firebase news for developers!
"13.11.2016 16:54:29" venturebeat.com How the tech industry is reacting to Donald Trump's improbable election victory In case you missed the memo, Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election today, and technology industry figureheads have been weighing in with their thoughts after financial markets began to react when it became apparent that Hillary Clinton would Well, it happened. And here's how the technology industry is responding.
"13.11.2016 02:33:39" venturebeat.com 5 most common things users first say to a chatbot Dashbot recently surpassed 140 million messages processed. We took a look back at a previous report on common messages sent in to bots to see how messaging has changed over the past five months. The following metrics are based on Facebook bots on our #2 is "help"
"13.11.2016 01:59:11" venturebeat.com Before you sign up for a self-driving car, pay attention to hacker Charlie Miller It seems that all of Silicon Valley is designing artificial intelligence for driverless cars. But before we hand over our driving to computers, Charlie Miller, a well-known computer security researcher, would like car companies to pay attention to "In the end, that's kind of a security nightmare"
"12.11.2016 22:34:03" venturebeat.com Twitter impresses advertisers with BuzzFeed U.S. election livestream Twitter said it was able to deliver more viewers than promised to advertisers on a U.S. election night livestream, good news for the microblogging site as it tries to ward off growing competition for ad dollars from Snapchat and Instagram. Finally, some good news for Twitter
"12.11.2016 20:43:28" venturebeat.com 8 technologies in Westworld and when we'll see them It seems like every television season plays host to a single show that takes over our cultural consciousness by coating modern fears in fantastical drama. For Westworld fans
"12.11.2016 19:58:45" venturebeat.com Global industry groups voice opposition to China cyber security law More than 40 international business and technology organizations representing hundreds of companies on Friday expressed “deep concerns” to the Chinese government about a new cyber security law they said would likely increase the separation between China Chances are China doesn't care
"12.11.2016 18:17:06" venturebeat.com Line abandons U.S. (for now), says AI and chatbots are the secret to winning 4 Asian markets Often focusing on what you know best makes the most sense. In a nutshell, that's the current business strategy of Line, the popular Japanese messaging platform. In an interview with VentureBeat's editor in chief Blaise Zerega, Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa LINE Global isn't coming to the U.S. anytime soon
"12.11.2016 17:24:18" venturebeat.com Twitter's time to prove it can defend against harassment is now As we gear up for what will surely be a combative presidential term, and as Twitter's most toxic users succeed in poisoning the service, more pressure should be placed on the company to ensure that updated policies and tools are in place to protect users. Twitter needs to stop making excuses
"12.11.2016 16:38:29" venturebeat.com NES Classic Edition is now on sale … oh, and now it's sold out Nintendo won't release the anticipated Switch console until next year, but it may still end up with the hottest new hardware this holiday season afterall. That was fast.
"12.11.2016 01:28:51" venturebeat.com MacPaw wants to reinvent the Mac App Store experience As Apple's Mac App Store has exploded in size and popularity, it has also faced a growing number of complaints from developers. It can be hard to get your app discovered, there is frustration with terms of service, and updates can pose challenges. With a subscription service called Setapp:
"12.11.2016 00:56:04" venturebeat.com Revealing an actor's age is illegal? IMDb website sues California Many actors think there ought to be a law against posting their ages online, and California has obliged critics of ageism in Hollywood with legislation targeting a leading online source for information on movie and television figures. What do you think?
"12.11.2016 00:34:52" venturebeat.com Intento wants to build the Google for messaging and chatbot content As instant messengers (IM) are getting increased traction -- even more than the classic internet and social networks for certain user categories -- Intento offers a new way to explore their content, which is generally ignored by traditional search Will it work?
"12.11.2016 00:33:30" Web Summit Ambarish Mitra of Blippar, Shawn Layden of Sony, Holly Liu of Kabam and Blaise Zerega of VentureBeat: You no longer have to wait to plug in your console to game. The rise in mobile and augmented reality has brought new elements to gaming, engaging a whole AR as the gateway drug to VR...
"12.11.2016 00:14:20" venturebeat.com Judge orders Amazon refunds for children's in-app purchases A federal judge on Thursday directed Amazon to set up a year-long process to reimburse parents whose children made in-app purchases without permission, but rejected a U.S. regulator's request for a $26.5 million lump-sum payout. Good.
"11.11.2016 23:52:06" venturebeat.com The biggest bot stories this week VentureBeat's Bots Channel tracks the most important news and analysis from the exploding field of bots and messaging. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in our free weekly newsletter, BotBeat. We include news stories by VentureBeat From the future of A.I. to new Facebook bot ads, here's a list of the biggest bot stories this week
"11.11.2016 23:25:06" venturebeat.com Here's how media companies will make money with VR In late September, on the night of the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I made the anti-social decision to pass on an offer to grab drinks and watch at my friend's apartment. Instead, I chose to watch alone in my bedroom "How the hell can a media company make any money with virtual reality?"
"11.11.2016 22:58:47" venturebeat.com NES Classic Edition can save retro gamers hundreds of dollars Retro gaming isn't cheap. The whole thing costs $60
"11.11.2016 22:26:20" venturebeat.com This dude getting owned by Paper Mario is all of us Remember that time you complained about how unfair a game is only to find out that you really didn't try that hard in the first place? You're not alone. "Don't worry, Dion. We've all been there."
"11.11.2016 21:54:18" venturebeat.com Girls in Tech Amplify event will pick the best female-led startup The nonprofit Girls in Tech has identified 10 female-led startups that will compete for a cash prize for the "next great female-founded startup." Girls in Tech has more than 50,000 members and 60 local chapters
"11.11.2016 21:33:34" venturebeat.com Top games stories this week: Old is new with PlayStation 4 Pro and NES Classic Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we got better looks at the sci-fi Mass Effect: Andromeda and snowboarding Steep, and we discovered how the gaming industry has reacted to Donal Trump's presidential win. Enjoy