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Microsoft reportedly acquires Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite for $100 million

Microsoft has acquired Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite in a deal thought to be worth around $100 million, according to a report (in Hebrew) in local Israeli business publication the Calcalist. Founded in 2014, Hexadite is perhaps less about preventing cyberattacks than it is about identifying and addressing them swiftly when they occur. Show More Summary

Poland’s DocPlanner raises $16.8 million to expand its doctor booking platform into more markets

DocPlanner has raised €15 million ($16.8 million) in a series D round of funding led by Enern Investments, with participation from Target Global and London-based One Peak Partners. Founded out of Poland in 2011, DocPlanner is one of a number of players in the online doctor booking realm, and currently operates in around 25 markets, with a particular […]

How eastern European tech entrepreneurs are drawing global interest

(Reuters) — Tech entrepreneurs in central and southeastern European, many of whom already have experience of launching their own businesses, are now having more success at enticing global investors the second time around. Until recently, the region’s tech start-up scene was stagnant, failing to rank among Europe’s top dozen countries for investment and lagging western […]

Top Gear mobile game dev Motorious Entertainment raises $894,000

Helsinki mobile game developer Motorious Entertainment said it has raised $894,000 (€800,000) in a new round of funding. That will help the company gear up for its debut mobile title, Top Gear Road Trip. The money comes from the Finnish government’s Finnvera Venture Capital and Nordea’s Startup and Growth Services, while additional funds came from backers […]

Game engine maker Unity raises $400 million in private equity from Silver Lake

Game engine maker Unity Technologies isn’t hurting for money. The company has raised $400 million in private equity from Silver Lake, according Unity CEO John Riccitiello, as quoted in Bloomberg. The investment values San Francisco-based Unity at $2.6 billion, but regulators still need to approve the deal, Riccitiello told Bloomberg. Part of the money will go […]

5 bots to try this week: Karrueche, Eclipse, Andromeda, PooBot, and Trivia Blast

Here are the five most popular bots this past week, as they appear on Botlist. Give them a try and let us know what you think. 5. Trivia Blast The game is simple! 1. Play the Bot: Choose a topic and answer 7 questions. 2. Climb the ranks to become the Top Player in the world: […]

Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is ‘on the right path’ in mobile gaming

Though Square Enix is known for its console blockbusters such as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, it’s been making big push in mobile. This includes a Final Fantasy XV massively multiplayer online game for mobile or with developer MZ (Game of War, Mobile Strike) as well as Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius with A-lim and Gumi […]

5 things Amazon Alexa needs to do before 2020

Alexa is now humming along in my living room most evenings. I use the voicebot routinely to ask about basketball scores and discover obscure facts about people and places. The more I use the bot, the more I wonder how it could evolve. Here are five ways I’d like Alexa to help me during the […]

Call of Duty shows off more of its new take on World War II

Sledgehammer Games unveiled more details about the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII during a livestream today on Facebook. Speaking on “Making Call of Duty,” senior creative director Bret Robbins answered questions from gamers about what the game will include when it debuts on the consoles and the PC in November. Asked whether it would include […]

Quiqup, the Postmates of London, raises $26 million to grow its on-demand logistics platform

Quiqup, a U.K.-based logistics startup that serves businesses and consumers with an on-demand delivery and pickup service for just about any type of goods, has raised £20 million ($26 million) in a series B funding round led by New York’s Jobi Capital, with participation from Transmed, among other existing investors. Founded out of London in […]

Grand Theft Auto Online cushions the blow of Red Dead’s delay

ANALYSIS: Take-Two Interactive Software delayed Red Dead Redemption 2 this week until 2018. But that didn’t derail the company’s outlook for the current fiscal year. That’s because the video game publisher isn’t as dependent on its huge launches as it once was. Now it can count on revenues from its back catalog, online game transactions, live updates […]

Consultancies are taking out ad agencies … and upending ad-tech and mar-tech

GUEST: Marketing technology and advertising technology firms have heard the distant rumble of the herd of elephants for what feels like years: Consultancies like IBM, Accenture, PwC, and Deloitte would be coming onto the scene. And now it feels like this has finally come to fruition. It’s an odd moment for ad-tech and mar-tech companies, both […]

Overwatch’s first anniversary event has great content with no real theme

Bust out the cake and candles … er, candle, I guess. Just one candle. Overwatch is celebrating its first anniversary, having come out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 24, 2016. The team-based shooter already has over 30 million players, an impressive number for a paid game in only one year. And […]

Why every worker needs a virtual assistant

GUEST: Nuclear technology can power an entire city or flatten it. Artificial intelligence is similar, in that it can be used as a tool for great good or a weapon for greater evil. For example, we’ve all read those gloomy reports about AI causing mass unemployment — but they assume that AI will entirely replace people in the […]

Google’s AlphaGo narrowly beat the top Go player because it avoids risks

Google’s AlphaGo program bested the world’s top Go player by the slimmest margin possible in the first of three matches Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean humanity is safe. The AI won a match against Ke Jie as part of an exhibition during the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, China. While Ke made moves reminiscent […]

Why AI won’t replace all human data analysts

GUEST: While artificial intelligence for self-driving cars and virtual assistants gets a lot of attention, the past few months have seen a wave of AI advancements focused on the tasks of analysts. “Analyst” is a ubiquitous role, found in every industry that touches data. Analysts use the measurements we take of our world and try to […]

Twitter created an ad format to put bots in your DMs

Today Twitter launched a new way for advertisers to promote a chat experience with Promoted Tweets. Direct Message Cards allow brands to reach users to start an experience with a bot directly in their Twitter feed. “Using a Direct Message Card, businesses can capture people’s attention with engaging image or video creatives, and include up to […]

What should you expect from Sony PlayStation at E3? GamesBeat Decides

We only have a couple of episodes of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, a hilarious show about a man and his mischievous pet ape, before we’re in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show. That means our preview shows now feature more leaks and rumors. This week, hosts Mike Minotti and Jeff Grubb decide […]

Civ VI was a large contributor to Take-Two’s net revenue growth

Take-Two Interactive Software reported today a net revenue growth of more than 50 percent to $571.6 million in the fiscal year 2017, in large part due to the success of the strategy game Civilization VI. Civ VI made history as the fastest-selling release in the franchise, which launched in 1991 with Sid Meier’s Civilization. Since Civ […]

Take-Two teases mystery game in 2018 from one of ‘2K’s biggest franchises’

Take-Two Interactive teased a new game during its earnings call today, saying that it would launch an unnamed game under the 2K label in the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2019. The game publisher said that results for that fiscal year would get a boost from Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 and “a highly anticipated […]

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