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PureBDcraft’s four-year journey onto the Minecraft Marketplace

EXCLUSIVE: Since I started covering the Minecraft Marketplace, one thing I’ve learned is that many of the community creators have spent years working on their content. While the Marketplace is under a year old, it’s not strange to find people who have done this for four or five years, like creator Flavien Sphax who is one […]

Vulkan graphics will enable faster games and apps on Apple platforms

The Khronos Group, a consortium of hardware and software companies, has announced that the Vulkan graphics technology has been ported to Apple’s platforms, allowing games and apps to run at faster performance levels on Macs and iOS devices. That’s a small victory for open platforms, and it should make a lot of Apple consumers happy. […]

GTT to acquire European fiber network operator Interoute for $2.3 billion in cash

U.S. telecommunications company and internet provider GTT Communications is buying European fiber network operator Interoute in a deal worth $2.3 billion. London-based Interoute operates one of Europe’s biggest fiber networks and associated...Show More Summary

ZEDEDA Emerges from Stealth to Power Real-Time Apps at the Edge; Closes $3.06M in Seed Funding

PRESS RELEASE: ZEDEDA, a startup powering the real-time enterprise, today emerged from stealth mode and announced it closed $3.06 million in seed-stage funding. As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows exponentially-IoT-related spending is estimated...

Cybersecurity startup PhishMe acquired for $400 million by private equity consortium and rebranded as Cofense

Cybersecurity startup PhishMe has been acquired by an undisclosed syndicate of private equity firms and rebranded as Cofense, with the company stating that the deal valued it at around $400 million. Leesburg, Virginia-based PhishMe provides tools that help employees recognize malicious phishing emails. Show More Summary

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and its Affiliates (Pioneer) Deploy Mimosa Fixed Wireless Solutions to Offer Ultra-Broadband Services

PRESS RELEASE: Mimosa Networks today announced that Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., the third largest cooperative in the United States, and its affiliates, have selected the company's fiber-fast wireless solutions to complement its extensive...

Reduce churn + maximize subscription revenue with AI (VB Live)

VB LIVE: Involuntary churn significantly impacts subscription revenue, so it’s critical to address — and easier than ever. Machine learning can automatically reduce involuntary churn and boost monthly recurring revenue by an average of 9 percent. Want to know more? Join our latest VB Live event! Register here for free. One of the most important factors in […]

Indonesian Uber rival Go-Jek raised $1.5 billion from investors including Google and BlackRock

(Reuters) — Indonesia’s Go-Jek has raised a higher than targeted $1.5 billion in a fundraising round from a dozen investors including BlackRock and Google, sources said, as the ride-hailing firm builds its war chest to fight deep-pocketed rivals. Go-Jek had planned last year to raise $1.2 billion, and, with the 25 percent extra funds it […]

Snapchat’s new 3D Friendmojis put virtual versions of you and a friend in an AR world

Snapchat is getting a funky new augmented reality (AR) feature today in the form of a new World Lens. The 3D Friendmoji Deluxe World Lens builds on Snapchat’s growing push into AR by allowing you to not only transpose a 3D virtual version of yourself into the real world, but to add one of your […]

GreenWaves Technologies unveils Gap8 processor for AI at the edge

Artificial intelligence processing might best be done at the edge of the network, or where sensors collect data. And GreenWaves Technologies is unveiling an open-source-based processor that can do just that today, with the hope of enabling a new wave of products from smart toys to smart cities. Grenoble, France-based GreenWaves is announcing its Gap8 […]

Mastercard tests pay as you go for solar energy in Africa

Solar energy is the key to getting power to a lot of Africans, but it is expensive to implement and paying for it isn’t easy. So global payments firm Mastercard has teamed up with solar energy company M-KOPA Solar, banks, and mobile network operators to enable payments and commerce for people who don’t have access to […]

7 promising tech startups shaking up the auto industry

GUEST: The auto industry is undergoing a massive shift with the onset of technologies like electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and onboard tech designed to improve or enhance the driving experience. But to fully understand how those changes are manifesting, and how they could evolve in the future, we have to first understand the startups and entrepreneurs […]

Hearthstone’s esports team has two secret weapons: a Halo vet and an Olympic aspirant

Blizzard Entertainment doesn’t follow anyone’s playbook. It writes its own. We’ve seen that with games like Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch. And this approach applies to esports as well as to game development. In January, Hearthstone crowned its 2017 champion, Chen “tom60229” Wei-Lin, in Amsterdam, the first time Blizzard held finals for its card game outside […]

Learning Lion and Finka in Rainbow Six: Siege

One of the things I like best about Rainbow Six: Siege is that it’s OK to learn on the job. The tactical hero shooter is extremely popular, so you’re often partnered with newer people who are also learning. And figuring out how to use a new character — or operator — is part of the […]

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus debuts with high-tech, turn-based combat this year

Games Workshop is continuing to work with its partners to make Warhammer 40,000 video games, and that includes the newly announced Mechanicus that puts players in control of the technology-worshiping Adeptus Mechanicus army. Publisher Kasedo Games and developer Bulwark Studios are working on the turn-based strategy game, and it plans to launch Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus […]

How universities could drive more innovative research to market — and share in the profits

GUEST: In the early 1980s, Irving Grousbeck and his colleagues at Stanford Business School launched a revolution in the way that entrepreneurs and investors fund, manage, and grow mature businesses. Their creation — the search fund — changed the way many investors thought about equity investments, turning fund managers into quasi private equity shops and posting […]

Galaxy S9 and S9+ specs: What Samsung changed

At Mobile World Congress 2018 today, Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, successors to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, respectively. After months of leaks, Samsung’s ninth-generation phones are now official. Preorders begin March 2, and the devices will begin shipping March 16. Before you get your credit card ready, you might […]

Microsoft partners with Michigan company to bring internet access to 82,000 rural residents

As part of a recent push to increase rural broadband access in the U.S., Microsoft announced today that it will partner with Michigan-based Packerland Broadband. The goal is toprovide internet access to 82,000 people living in rural regions of northern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan over the next four years. The partnership is the […]

Why VCs hate cryptocurrency investments — or why they should

GUEST: While some VC firms have embraced ICOs (USV, Sequoia, DJF, and Seedcamp are some prime examples), the broader VC community has shown signs of fear and resentment towards ICOs. I have been following blockchain and distributed ledger technologies since 2013. The rise of cryptocurrencies since then has been meteoric. Only a year ago, I wasn’t […]

Samsung’s camera focus: ‘Nothing is more important than how emojis are replacing words.’

With the launch of its new flagship phones, Samsung executives sought to emphasize how the gadget’s new cameras are built for an era of visual communication. Indeed, the teaser line for the event when it was announced was “The Camera Reimagined.” Execs sought to make good on the boast by noting that the Samsung Galaxy S9 […]

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