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Joel Berg on World Hunger Day and rising concerns for famine hit countries

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To talk about world hunger and what can be done about it, CGTN's Wang Guan spoke with Joel Berg. He's CEO of Hunger Free America and the the author of "America, We Need to Talk: a Self-Help Book for the Nation."Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenewsSubscribe to CGTN America on YouTubeFollow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: Cctvamer... Read More
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Why a quick chat with a bot solves a lot of problems

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Why do chatbots work? Because a quick chat resolves a lot of problems. The workplace is no different and yet we spend a lot of our time managing processes and slogging through impersonal workflows to manage mundane but essential tasks. It would be better to handle these with a chat too and that’s exactly what conversational workflow promises. The capabilities of chatbots have expanded significantly in recent years. Last year’s chatbot announcements by Facebook propelled the technology further up the hype curve. At its peak we saw customer-focused chatbots tha... Read More
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App launches live or die on download speeds (VB Live)

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Doesn’t matter how good the app is. If your load times are too slow and your file sizes are too large, you’ll start to churn users. How do you deliver lighting speed without compromising your app, and keep them coming back for more? Don’t miss this VB Live event! Register here for free. It’s a tough balancing act between delivering rich content and letting players enjoy the game without a painful loading screen. And in some countries, speed and minimalism are a must, not a nice-to-have, if you’re going to ... Read More
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Turtle Rock’s Steve Goldstein believes the console game industry lacks risk takers

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I’ve formed a lot of opinions about the game industry over the years. And I recent got the chance to spout them in a conversation with Steve Goldstein, president of Turtle Rock Studios, the maker of the Evolve video game published by Take-Two Interactive’s 2K label in February 2015. At UCLA, we gave a talk before a group of game industry lawyers from the Video Game Bar Association. We were encouraged to talk about the whole industry’s trends, and we started about by noting how conservative the console game industry has become, with huge budgets that are forcing publishers to be very careful when it comes to la... Read More
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The factions of the mobile AR war

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Mark Zuckerberg’s “We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform” was the most important step so far toward mass market AR. Where Pokémon Go gave many consumers their first taste of mobile AR, and Google Tango ushered in the race towards high end mobile AR phones, Facebook’s AR Platform now democratizes mobile AR r... Read More
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How chatbots can settle an insurance claim in 3 seconds

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At Amazon’s prototype grocery store, Amazon Go, customers can walk in, pick up what they want and walk out, without ever waiting in a checkout line or pulling out a wallet. Amazon will automatically charge their account and send them a receipt. Run out of paper towels? No problem. Amazon Prime customers can place an order from their phone and get same-day delivery. These are the kinds of no-hassle experiences that consumers have come to expect — and artificial intelligence (AI) is powering many of... Read More
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Uber CEO’s mother killed in boating accident, father hospitalized

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Bonnie Kalanick, the mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, died Friday evening in a boating accident outside Fresno, Calif. Donald Kalanick, Travis’s father, suffered “moderate injuries” as a result of the accident, and is currently hospitalized in Fresno, according to a report by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office received a report of the accident slightly before 5 p.m. Friday. Deputies with the office’s boating enforcement unit already patrolling the lake went to investigate, along with deputies aboard the department’s helicopter. They later found Donald and Bonnie ... Read More
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This was a big week for blockchain

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I just spent four days at two of the most important conferences in the emerging blockchain/crypto-currency space. One was Consensus. The other Token Summit. I had about 100 conversations with people who are at the epicenter of the blockchain wave, including one of the approximately 35 people in the world who make up the Bitcoin Core team that’s responsible for the protocol’s upkeep. It’s going to take a few weeks or months to totally get my head around all this, but here are a few important themes I ob... Read More
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Gazillion 2.0: How an online game company rebooted itself and brought Marvel Heroes Omega to the consoles

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Gazillion Entertainment is a company that came back from the dead. It was shedding employees a few years ago, and now it’s celebrating the recent debut of its massively multiplayer online game Marvel Heroes Omega on the PlayStation 4. Soon it will debut on the Xbox One. The company’s new leadership refers to this era as Gazillion 2.0, where it had to reboot not only its biggest game but also the whole company. And early results from the beta test look good. “The word of mouth is viral,” said David Von Dorman, CEO of Gazillion, in a fireside chat with GamesBeat’s Mike Minotti at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017. “We are so pleased ... Read More

The crossover between car simulations and autonomous vehicles

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Artificial intelligence is advancing fast and it is leading to strange bedfellows. One case is the interplay between AImotive, a maker of self-driving car software for real-world autonomous cars, and Slightly Mad Studios, the London-based maker of the Project Cars video game and the upcoming Project Cars 2. AImotive found that it needed to test its self-driving car software in cars on the road, but that wasn’t really easy to do, given regulatory restrictions on where such cars can be driven. So the company turned to a video game, Project Cars, and used it to test... Read More
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Marc Curtis talks about rising consumption of wine in China

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The Heat: World hunger Pt 3

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The numbers are staggering. Nearly 800 million people go to bed on an empty stomach each night. One in three suffers from malnutrition. The consequences go beyond poor health, pain and suffering – emotional and intellectual development is also affected. There are myriad reasons why – poverty, food shortages, war and conflict, waste and climate change among them. So as we approach World Hunger Day this Sunday, we take a look at one of civilizations greatest challenges. To talking more about world hunger: Suresh Babu, head of capacity strengthening at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Babatunde Omilola, charge of development planning and inclusive sustainable growth at the U.N.’s Developm... Read More
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The Heat: World hunger Pt 2

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The numbers are staggering. Nearly 800 million people go to bed on an empty stomach each night. One in three suffers from malnutrition. The consequences go beyond poor health, pain and suffering – emotional and intellectual development is also affected. There are myriad reasons why – poverty, food shortages, war and conflict, waste and climate change among them. So as we approach World Hunger Day this Sunday, we take a look at one of civilizations greatest challenges. To talking more about world hunger: Suresh Babu, head of capacity strengthening at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Babatunde Omilola, charge of development planning and inclusive sustainable growth at the U.N.’s Developm... Read More
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How chatbots will evolve over the next 5 years

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Bots hit the scene so quickly in 2016 that many people have started to wonder if they’re just a temporary fad that will give way to a new technology this year or next. What these people fail to realize is that bots never mattered. They didn’t matter when Microsoft announced its Bot Framework; they didn’t matter when Facebook announced its ... Read More
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Amtrak: 3 tracks to be closed at Penn Station during repairs

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Three tracks at a time will be closed at Penn Station as part of extensive repair work there that is expected to inconvenience thousands of rail commuters this summer, an Amtrak official said Thursday. Michael DeCataldo, the national passenger railroad’s vice president of operations, offered details on the repair work, which Amtrak announced last month after two derailments and other major service disruptions highlighted the station’s aging infrastructure. It isn’t known yet how train schedules will be affected since final details haven’t been released. Amtrak has been negotiating with the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit, which combine to carry hundreds of thousands of people into and out of the station... Read More
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Ultima Online vets aim for emergent MMO gameplay with Legends of Aria

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Most massively multiplayer online role-playing games take their cues from World of Warcraft: lots of quests and storylines that the designers mete out to players. Legends of Aria wants to show that emergent gameplay can work in MMOs, too. Ultima Online vets Derek Brinkmann and Tim Cotten founded Citadel Studios in 2013 with the aim of creating an Ultima Online- and Neverwinter Nights-inspired sandbox MMORPG. Its previous incarnation, Shards Online, raised a little over $105,000 on Kickstarter in 2014. Prior to launching it in paid alpha, the ... Read More
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Zuckerberg’s universal income is socialism on steroids: Fmr. U.S. Comptroller

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Published on May 26, 2017Former U.S. Comptroller David Walker on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's call for the government to guarantee income for all. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Draper Associates collaborates with LawTrades to help private companies achieve liquidity

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Owning Uber or Airbnb shares might sound appealing to envious investors — but until these unicorns ring the opening bell on the stock exchange, static shares remain difficult to trade within the private markets. Draper Associates and LawTrades are trying to tackle this issue of illiquidity by offering seed stage startups a new kind of deal: the Tradeable Automated Term Sheet, or TATS, details of which they shared exclusively with VentureBeat. Draper Associates led LawTrades’ seed round last year and has since been working w... Read More
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Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics

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Enlarge this image Billionaire Robert Mercer speaks on the phone during the 12th International Conference on Climate Change on March 23, 2017. The Washington Post/Getty Images... Read More
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Veeco acquires Ultratech

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In a nearly $1 billion deal, Plainview-based Veeco Instruments has acquired San Jose, Calf.-based Ultratech. Veeco valued the transaction at $862.3 million in stock and cash, including 7.4 million shares of Veeco stock and a$628.4 million in cash. Ultratech shareholders will receive $21.75 in cash and 0.2675 shares of Veeco stock for each Ultratech share. Ultratech is a maker of lithography, laser-processing and inspection systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices and LEDs. Veeco CEO John Peeler said this makes his firm “a leading equipment supplier to the growing advanced packaging industry” and brings economies of scale. “We believe this is the ideal platform to accelerate growth, enhanc... Read More
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Why Facebook’s Zuckerberg universal basic income is a bad idea

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Published on May 26, 2017Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Seth Harris weighs in on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s push for universal basic income, and President Trump’s budget. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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No ‘military heroes’ left behind

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A battalion of special guests – including a shining example of med-tech innovation – helped Northwell Health salute the Memorial Day holiday this week. Held Thursday at the system’s New Hyde Park headquarters, Northwell Health’s Fifth Annual Military Memorial Luncheon was designed to honor those who served and celebrate Armed Forces veterans who are back on the job – including one retired U.S. Marine who lost a leg in Afghanistan, but is back on his feet thanks to Northwell and its partners. ... Read More
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Why Soul Machines made an AI baby

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At Soul Machines, a company that uses artificial intelligence to create lifelike avatars that respond to human emotion, a fair amount of their work could be considered unsettling to the average person who fears the coming takeover by our AI-robot overlords. It’s a company that pretty much lives in the uncanny valley, that space between fake and real that can creep people out, but that’s not usually what happens when people meet BabyX, said Soul Machines founder Mark Sagar. Instead, he says, wh... Read More
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Zuckerberg gives Harvard commencement address

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The Facebook founder and CEO dropped out of Harvard in 2004 after creating the social networking site in his dorm room.Learn more about this story at www.newsy.com/69454/Find more videos like this at www.newsy.comFollow Newsy on Facebook: www.facebook.com/newsyvideosFollow Newsy on Twitter: www.twitter.com/newsyvideos... Read More
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This Entrepreneur A/B Tested Her Clothes to Combat Sexism

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twelveofour Kathryn Minshew is a female co­founder and CEO of The Muse, a popular online job search destination for millennials. She doesn’t have a technical degree, although she was a top computer science student who aced the advanced placement exam for computer science when she was in the tenth grade at Thomas Jefferson High, a prestigious math and science magnet school in northern Virginia. For fun she and her friends used to pass notes in class that they’... Read More
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No. 219: Mark Cuban, Casper the friendly mattress and guess what’s selling better than Viagra

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TGIF: Welcome to the Friday edition and hope it’s capping an awesome week. The Innovate staff is celebrating the long Memorial Day weekend, so no Tuesday newsletter. Please do take a moment to thank the 1.8 million Americans who have died in uniformed service to our country. Today’s birthday troika: Peggy Lee, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz. 30 Rock rocks: The Feinstein Institute celebrated the remarkable achievements of its ... Read More
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PC Gaming Weekly: How modding may play into Take-Two’s strong earnings

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Want to know why Take-Two is OK with Rockstar pushing its next blockbuster into 2018? Just look at the insane money it’s still making from Grand Theft Auto V — a game that came out in 2013. This week, the triple-A game publisher released its earnings, which were above analyst expectations. And that’s in part thanks to GTA V... Read More
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AI Weekly: AlphaGo’s triumph shows the future of machine learning isn’t so black and white

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This week, Google’s AlphaGo defeated a top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in the first match of a three-game series underway in China. The victory by AlphaGo — created by DeepMind, which Google bought 3 years ago — follows its headline-grabbing triumph over South Korean Go star ... Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg gives commencement address at Harvard

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave the commencement address at Harvard University this year. Watch an excerpt of his speech here.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "CBSN" on Facebook HERE: ... Read More
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Zuckberberg to graduates: Create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today urged college graduates to follow their sense of purpose and enable others in order to build a better world together. And yet, standing onstage at Harvard University in a crisp suit instead of the traditional hat and gown, Zuckerberg looked and sounded a lot more like a presidential candidate than a tech CEO. Zuckerberg has denied interest in running for president of the United States before — most recently three days ago — but today he hit candidate talking points during the speech such as climate change, affordable healthcare, universal basic income, an... Read More
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David Becker of AttractChina on Chinese tourism in the US

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CGTN's Elaine Reyes interviewed David Becker, CEO of AttractChina on growing Chinese tourism in the United States. Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenewsSubscribe to CGTN America on YouTubeFollow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnews»» Watch CGTN ««Washington, DC (and greater area)• MHz - Channel 3• COMCAST (Xfinity) - Channel 273• FIOS - Channel 277New York City• Time Warner - Channel 134• FiOS (Ve... Read More
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Leaders speak of a ‘retrofitted’ suburbia

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Two transportation initiatives announced Wednesday will boost Long Island’s economy, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told local leaders at the Hauppauge Industrial Association Business Trade Show & Conference executive lunch today in Brentwood. Those projects – the MTA-approved funding for the proposed LIRR third track and the addition of Denver-based Frontier Airlines, which will start service at Long Island MacArthur Airport to Orlando – will help to retrofit suburbia, he said. The efforts will help to make the region competitive, attracting a young knowledge workforce. “It will create an environment in which they can thrive and make the region accessible to them,” he said. These initiatives ... Read More
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Fitness app Gixo raises $3.7 million from Greylock, Reid Hoffman joins board

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Gixo, a fitness app that offers live classes for anyone to exercise anywhere, launched today and announced a $3.7 million round of funding led by Greylock Partners. Reid Hoffman led the round and joined the board. The Gixo app, which is available on both Android and iOS, offers more than 150 live classes per week, ranging from 15 to 40 minute workouts. The added bonus? A coach can track your progress live throughout a variety of exercises that range from walking and running to strengthening the core and gluts. “With Gixo we’ve taken all of the usual fitness excuses out of the equation, especially with the first month free,” wrote cofounders ... Read More
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For deposed Ford CEO, the future didn’t come quickly enough

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Ford announced that CEO Mark Fields retired on Monday and will be replaced by Jim Hackett. After months of shareholder grumblings about Ford’s stock market performance, it’s obvious that his hand was forced, but he was allowed a graceful exit. Ford’s stock has tumbled 35 percent since Fields took the helm, so it’s no huge surprise to see him go. Fields’ connected car dreams Nobody ever said Fields was not ambitious. During his tenure, we saw a dramatic change in direction within Ford — sharply toward connected car tech, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions.... Read More
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For deposed Ford CEO, the future didn’t come quickly enough

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Ford announced that CEO Mark Fields retired on Monday and will be replaced by Jim Hackett. After months of shareholder grumblings about Ford’s stock market performance, it’s obvious that his hand was forced, but he was allowed a graceful exit. Ford’s stock has tumbled 35 percent since Fields took the helm, so it’s no huge surprise to see him go. Fields’ connected car dreams Nobody ever said Fields was not ambitious. During his tenure, we saw a dramatic change in direction within Ford — sharply toward connected car tech, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions.... Read More
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Meet The Best and Brightest in The Industry at Star Network’s Premiere Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event

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Mix and mingle with Queens’ preeminent realtors, developers and more at the Star Network’s Premiere “Excellence in Real Estate & Development Awards & Networking Event.” On Wednesday, June 14, join the Star Network as we honor the best and brightest from 6 to 9 pm at Terrace on the Park, 52-11 111th St, Flushing, NY 11368. Don’t miss what internationally renowned leader Tami Bonnell, CEO of Exit Realty Corp International has to say. As the night’s keynote speaker, she will be covering is “The best is yet to come!” Find out how to improve day after day, year after year in every aspect of your life. Bonnell, who had been President of EXIT Realty’s US Organization since 2001, is a more than 30-y... Read More
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Google A.I. Clinches Series Against Humanity’s Last, Best Hope To Win At Go

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Enlarge this image Ke Jie, the world's No. 1 Go player, stares at the board during his second match against AlphaGo in Wuzhen, China, on Thursday. The 19-year-old grandmaster dropped the ma... Read More
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Stripe now lets marketplaces onboard new sellers in less than 2 minutes

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Stripe, the fast-growing fintech startup that’s now worth around $9 billion, has announced that it’s making it easier for marketplace companies to onboard new sellers. Founded in 2010 by Irish brothers Patrick and John Collison, Stripe provides the technical and banking infrastructure to enable companies and individuals to accept online payments. With Stripe Connect, which ... Read More
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AppsFlyer helps mobile advertisers beat back ad fraud via machine learning

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AppsFlyer is helping mobile game and app developers deal with the severe problem of fraudulent advertising responses via third-party ad networks. In doing so, the company said it has already saved brands tens of millions of dollars since 2016. Today, the San Francisco-based maker of mobile attribution and marketing analytics is launching Active Fraud Insights 2.0, hoping to set a new marketing industry standard for detecting fraud. The platform leverages metadata from 98 percent of the world’s mobile devices, and it uses proprietary advances in big data and machine learning. ... Read More
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How Unity convinced investors it’s worth $2.6 billion

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From what we hear, a lot of investors in Silicon Valley wanted to get in on Unity Technologies’ $400 million funding round. Unity received bids, or term sheets, for more than three times the amount of money it was seeking, according to a source familiar with the matter. And that puts John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity, in a very good position. He raised money for the game engine maker at a time when he didn’t need it, and he was able to provide liquidity for some of the company’s 1,400 employees, as about half of the $200 million went to the employees. Riccitiello said... Read More
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Rackspace continues managed services pivot with TriCore acquisition

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Cloud services firm Rackspace is doubling down on its push to be a managed services provider with the acquisition of TriCore, a company that provides support and management services for applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence, and analytics systems. The deal is supposed to help Rackspace win more business from customers who want help running their critical applications. Prior to the acquisition, Rackspace wasn’t able to help those customers who wanted assistance managing applications like Oracle EBS, according to Matt Bradley, the company’s vice president of corporate development and strategy. Rackspace’s customers, however, are... Read More
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Best Buy: Shoppers take advantage of tax refund checks

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Best Buy had better-than-expected sales of mobile devices and strong sales of gaming products during the first quarter, after the delayed arrival of federal tax refund checks put Americans in the mood to buy stuff. Shares surged nearly 17 percent Thursday to levels not seen since before the recession and the emerging dominance of Amazon.com. For the three months that ended April 29, Best Buy Co.’s revenue climbed to $8.53 billion from $8.44 billion. That’s better than the $8.26 billion analysts expected, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research. Online sales jumped 22.5 percent domestically. “Compared to our expectations going into the quarter, our revenue was higher due to strong performance in gaming,... Read More
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App Samurai launches to help startups take a stab at user acquisition

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Our research is very clear on this point: Mobile marketing budgets are being wasted, and most of the money is being spent on user acquisition. That’s because mobile marketing is still difficult for many, and getting new users is seen as more important than retention, advocacy, or customer service. Today, App Samurai has launched its mobile, self-service advertising tool to help solve this problem for businesses of all sizes. And it has an interesting trick up its sleeve — cost per install (CPI) optimization. CPI, you say? I... Read More
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Seriously takes the Angry Birds path with Best Fiends animated cartoon

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Mobile game maker Seriously is taking a page from the strategy of its neighbor Rovio, the maker of the Angry Birds mobile games and film, by launching an animated cartoon based on its Best Fiends mobile game. Helsinki, Finland-based Seriously is releasing Best Fiends Boot Camp, an original animated short film with an all-star voice cast that includes Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), and Pamela Adlon (Better Things). The 3.5-minute film was created by Reel FX, creators of The Book of Life, and it’s one examp... Read More
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Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

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This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech revolution, and to ruminate — and sometimes to fulminate — about their creations. Now, as I prepare to retire at the end of that very long and world-changing stretch, it seems appropriate to ponder the sweep of consumer technology in that period, and what we can expect next. Let me start by revising the oft-quoted first line of my first Personal Technology ... Read More
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Level up game dev with one platform for all stakeholders

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Presented by Assembla Collaboration is taking over game development. As studios become increasingly global and start adopting agile project frameworks, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork becomes the gateway to games shipped intact, on time, and without the bugs that piss off the players who’ve been waiting for your newest release. Open communication is key for identifying issues early, brainstorming new and innovative ideas, and coming up with solutions when a crisis occurs, especially as games become more complex — especially when you add virtual reality and augmented reality into the mix. That means teams are becoming more complex too. Rise of the st... Read More
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Friendly social network Imzy is shutting down

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B2B targeted marketing platform Demandbase raises $65 million

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B2B marketing platform Demandbase has raised $65 million in a round of funding led by existing investor Sageview Capital, with participation from existing investors Adobe Systems, Altos Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Jackson Square Ventures, and Scale Venture Partners. Founded in 2007, San Francisco-based Demandbase offers an account-based marketing (ABM) platform that helps B2B firms target prospective clients based around pre-determined criteria, such as revenue, industry, and previous purchasing habits. More specifically, the Demandbase platform enables companies to deliver personalized online ads to specific people at specific companies across the web, while... Read More
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Kik’s new cryptocurrency will let minors make in-bot purchases

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Kik Interactive today announced plans to launch a new cryptocurrency, called Kin. Once it’s up and running, each Kik user will get a Kin wallet and opportunities to earn Kin for being part of the community. The currency can be exchanged for products, goods, and services within the chat app and any others that adopt the currency. The move appears to be an attempt to monetize Kik’s young user base. Roughly 30 percent of Kik users are teenagers, and now minors ages 13-17 will be able to collect Kin currency, along with the rest of Kik’s users. Today, you can make a purchase within a bot by entering credit card information through a webview. This allows you to do things like order clothes from H&M or Aerie bras, bu... Read More
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Cheetah Mobile launches next-generation flagship app Security Master

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Cheetah Mobile has grown into a mobile titan with more than 500 million downloads of its security app. And today it is launching its next generation app, dubbed Security Master. The company launched the app for free today on Android devices, and this version is tailored for the U.S. market. The app is specifically touted as providing privacy protection in the wake of the rollback of privacy protections related to internet service providers. Security Master provides real-time, scenario-oriented protection for any Android device. The app conducts live device diagnostics, classifies the conditions, and recommends solutions to optimize users’ mobile experience. Depen... Read More
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HP records ‘breakthrough’ Q2 sales, but it’s not getting carried away

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HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler wasted no time in describing his company’s latest quarterly earnings as a “breakthrough.” In a call with analysts on Wednesday, Weisler said HP’s third-straight quarter of rising sales shows that the company’s turnaround since splitting with data center specialist sibling Hew... Read More
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This isn’t the VR we’ve been dreaming of — and that’s a good thing

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When the term “virtual reality” first became a topic of general conversation, many people had grand expectations of what it would look like when it arrived. Spurred by sci-fi movies like 1982’s “Tron” and 1992’s “The Lawnmower Man,” we imagined complex, fully immersive environments entered using headsets and specialized haptic suits. A quarter-century later, we’re still not quite there. Hollywood studios and game developers still face challenges fulfilling that flashy vision of VR. What we’re seeing instead are different kinds of VR success stories – ones we never anticipated. For example, corporations have quietly been taking advantage of VR, with companies like PwC, Accenture, and travel center giant... Read More
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Founder Institute wants to launch a generation of space entrepreneurs

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As kids, becoming an astronaut is a great aspiration for many of us. By the time we grow up, though, the dream of exploring space fades, and we learn that the vast majority of the things being launched into space are satellites. In coming years, the dawning of a new space age could change that. Aspiring astronauts who never achieved their childhood dreams may find a nice consolation prize: creating a space exploration startup. The Founder Institute is ready to help. It announced today its Star Fellow program to offer training and mentorship to entrepreneurs looking to launch space-related c... Read More
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Women CEOs earn big pay, but few of them have the top job

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Women CEOs earned big bucks last year, but there’s still very few of them running the world’s largest companies. The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1 million last year, up 9 percent from 2015, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and The Associated Press. By comparison, male CEOs earned $11.4 million, also up 9 percent. But the number of women in CEO roles has barely budged. Just 6 percent of the top paid CEOs in the U.S. last year were women, according to the Equilar and AP analysis, a slight increase from about 5 percent in 2015 and 2014. The highest paid woman was Virginia Rometty of International Business ... Read More
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HIA business expo to be held in Brentwood

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The Hauppauge Industrial Association’s 29th annual Business Trade Show & Conference will be held Thursday at the Suffolk Community College Sports and Exhibition Center in Brentwood. The business expo will open at 9 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The event features an executive breakfast at 8 a.m. with keynote speaker Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports, who will discuss his book “You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire.” An executive lunch, titled “Long Island Economic Revitalization Projects: Building the Local Economy” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will feature a discussion about developme... Read More
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Meet the first 8 startups backed by AI studio All Turtles

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Last week former Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced plans to leave his job as managing director of investment firm General Catalyst to launch All Turtles, an AI startup studio. Libin and cofounders Jessica Collier and Jon Cifuentes call All Turtles an AI startup studio because they say they plan to take a Hollywood studio production approach to creating products that infuse AI. “We’re inspired by the modern generation of integrated content studios: HBO, Netflix, Amazon,” said Libin in a LinkedIn ... Read More
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Fmr. McDonald’s CEO: $15 protesters are a bunch of ‘socialist, fascist hypocrites’

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Published on May 24, 2017Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi on why a union-backed lobby group fighting for a minimum wage hike is hurting small businesses. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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New CardLinx Data Shows 50% Growth in Online-to-Offline Ads

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Loyalty Rewards Gain Share Versus Cash Back Offers Commerce Bots Promise to Drive Digital Advertising Dollars to New Offline Sales 95% of Participants Use Card-Linking as Main O2O Strategy SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 24, 2017– The CardLinx Association today released new data from the 2017 Card-Linking and O2O Industry Annual Survey. The new 2017 data is sourced from the largest merchants, payment companies, digital publishers and card-linked technology companies including CardLinx members Mic... Read More
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Accel leads $30 million investment in G2 Crowd’s B2B review platform

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G2 Crowd, which collects and publishes business products reviews, announced today funding of $30 million led by Accel. The Chicago-based startup collects reviews from verified users on more than 25,000 products, which range from content management tools like Google Drive and Dropbox to ecommerce solutions like PayPal and Stripe. But unlike other review websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, not everyone can post on G2 Crowd. “Every review is checked by a human being for quality and we use a LinkedIn login to verify that the reviewer is real, not a company employee or a competitor,” wrote cofounder and CEO Tim Handorf, in an email to VentureBe... Read More
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Jam City’s Cookie Jam hits 100 million downloads as Cookie Jam Blast debuts

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Jam City announced that its mobile game Cookie Jam has passed 100 million downloads, and the company is launching Cooking Jam Blast as a new match-3 title in the series. It’s kind of like jam on top of a peanut butter sandwich. The title is the flagship game for Jam City, and it is one of a handful of hits that has enabled the company to grow to more than 500 people. “Cookie Jam Blast builds on what Cookie Jam is,” said Josh Yguado, president and chief operating officer of Jam City, in an interview with GamesBeat. “It has lots of different mechanics, with graphics in 3D. It’s set in the same universe.” The new iOS and Android game has a lot of different... Read More
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How 1APP wants to disrupt the app stores with infinite distribution

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Mobile app developers face a lot of friction when it comes to getting people to use their apps. They have to advertise the app and get a user to touch the ad, download the app, and then start to use it. But 1APP wants to address that by making apps infinitely distributable. Raheel Hasan, CEO of 1APP, spoke about this at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017 event in a lightning talk. He noted how app distribution hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years, and the cost of advertising apps has skyrocketed. 1APP has virtualized Android in the cloud so that you can access the app or game instantly. When you tap on a link in an ad, you can instantly play the game. These links can appear anywhere, such as a Twitter stream, and you ca... Read More
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Donna Troy Joins Kony Advisory Board

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Channel and Business Transformation Leader and Software Industry Veteran Appointed to Kony’s Advisory Board AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 24, 2017– Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility company, today announced the appointment of Donna S. Troy to Kony’s Advisory Board, effective immediately. Troy will join a distinguished group of advisory board members that were recently appointed, including go... Read More
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Mark Cuban leads $1.5 million round in SaaS management tool Meta SaaS

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As companies gradually shift to the cloud, they naturally pile on Software as a Service (SaaS) subscriptions. Meta SaaS wants to help these companies better manage these various subscriptions, saving them money along the way by pointing out underutilized services. The Austin, Texas-based startup came out of stealth mode today and announced a seed round of $1.5 million, led by serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban. With companies paying for and using SaaS applications like Salesforce, DocuSign, Asana, and Box, keeping track of... Read More
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IFTTT now lets any developer build and publish applets for others to use

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IFTTT, the platform that allows users to create customized, conditional interactions between apps, online services, digital assistants, and devices, has announced that it’s opening its platform to individual developers, allowing them to build and publish their own applets for others to use. Founded in 2010, IFTTT — an acronym for “If this, then that” — became known for its for its online service that let users set up automated actions, which it called “recipes,” between two apps. Last August, IFTTT revealed it was to begin allowing third-party compan... Read More
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Work management startup Smartsheet raises $52.1 million, claims a $852 valuation

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Smartsheet, which provides a software as a service (SaaS) to help businesses better manage and automate their productivity tools, announced today funding of $52.1 million in a round led by Insight Venture Partners. Businesses use Smartsheet to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents, and manage other types of work. The service integrates with various business systems and cloud applications such as Atlassian, Box, and Salesforce to enable seamless data sharing. According to Smartsheet’s CEO, Mark Mader, nearly 70,000 customers use the platform, including Netflix, Aramark, NBC Universal, Sony Music, and Comcas... Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg tours old Harvard dorm room and dishes on Facemash, Hot Pockets, and crappy roommates

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Forget Hollywood movies. Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg livestreamed a tour of his old Harvard University dormitory room, where it all started. Along for the ride last night was his former classmate and now wife Priscilla Chan. Zuckerberg recalls his glory days as a wannabee prankster whose stunts like Facemash (he uploaded photos of Harvard students into a kind of collegiate “Hot Or Not” program) sometimes got him into hot water with the Harvard snobby elites. Oh, the hijinks! ... Read More
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Apple expands economic development agenda with new app class for high schools and colleges

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Apple continued its Trump-era emphasis of economic development initiatives today when it announced the creation of a new app development curriculum. The curriculum can be accessed by anyone as a free download from Apple’s iBooks Store. The lessons are aimed at developing skills in Apple’s Swift programming language. The company said the course is “designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy.” While anyone can access the guide, Apple said six community college systems will start... Read More
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Microsoft reportedly acquires Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite for $100 million

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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. Its technology connects to existing cybersecurity detection systems, analyzing threats automatically using... Read More
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Poland’s DocPlanner raises $16.8 million to expand its doctor booking platform into more markets

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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 focus on Europe and Latin America. Over in the States, New York-based ZocDoc has raised more than $220 million for a similar proposition, while in Europe several startups are vying for mindshare, including Luxembourg-based Doctena which ... Read More
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Top Gear mobile game dev Motorious Entertainment raises $894,000

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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 in an earlier round of investment. All told, the company has now raised $1.4 million (€1.3 million). Motorious Entertainment is working on the iOS and Android mobile game based... Read More
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Game engine maker Unity raises $400 million in private equity from Silver Lake

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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 to rewarding longtime employees, as those employees sold their shares to Silver Lake, Riccitiello said. “A big chunk of it is secondary and that’s because it makes sense to let employees buy cars,” Riccitiello said to B... Read More
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Can technology help prevent the next terror attack?

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Published on May 23, 2017American Majority CEO Ned Ryun, ‘The Security Brief’ host Paul Viollis and Helios and Matheson Analytics Chairman Ted Farnsworth discuss how technology could help prevent future terror attacks. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius is ‘on the right path’ in mobile gaming

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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 (Brave Frontier). Since Brave Exvius’s launch in Japan, the game has been downloaded 20 million times. According to ... Read More
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Was Britain adequately prepared to handle a terror attack?

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Quilliam CEO Haras Rafiq on the terror attack in Manchester.... Read More
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Quiqup, the Postmates of London, raises $26 million to grow its on-demand logistics platform

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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 2014, Quiqup is basically the U.K. capital’s answer to Postmates. Individual consumers can call on Quiqup to purchase something from a store and deliver it directly to them, or they can get a Quiqee (Quiqup’s name for its self-employed couriers) to pick up a video game they accidentally left at a friend’s house, for example. Qui... Read More
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Grand Theft Auto Online cushions the blow of Red Dead’s delay

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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 and tournaments, and downloadable content releases. All of those things help smooth the financial results. Although Take-Two’s stock price dipped after the Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement yesterday, it’s now back up ... Read More
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Is it time to invest overseas?

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Matson Money CEO Mark Matson on whether it’s time to invest in overseas markets.... Read More
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Verizon CEO confirms company’s plan to launch a streaming TV service

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Trump transition from CEO to president double-edged sword

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Many people have talked about Donald Trump as the “CEO of the country.” His background in business was a principal reason for his election. But even if leading a company can provide a good training ground for leadership at any level, some people are pointing to the structure of the president’s company as very different from some other companies and the federal government. Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, invoked the CEO metaphor recently, describing Donald Trump’s role in the nation. “The president is the CEO of the country,” she said regarding the firing of FBI chief James Comey. “He can hire and fire anyone he wants,”... Read More
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Northwell Health partners on new cardio device

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Northwell Health is partnering with Manhattan-based Peerbridge Health to develop and deploy remote medical monitoring systems using wireless that patients wear. Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling called the collaboration “part of our overarching strategy to introduce disruptive technologies that will help shape the future of health care delivery. The nonprofit invested an undisclosed sum in the company and helped the firm conduct a small clinical trial with 13 outpatients at Lenox Hill hospital. Northwell Helath plans to help conduct a broader clinical trial at its hospitals to better measure the performance and make more widely available the firm’s ... Read More
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Bill Ford on the company’s future

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As Ford's profits dwindle and CEO Mark Fields exits, the company's chairman talks to CBSN about the company his great-grandfather started.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "CBSN" on Facebook HERE: ... Read More
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Northwell strategy cuts to the heart of $4.5B industry

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Referencing “the future of remote medical monitoring,” Northwell Health is trying on a little wearable technology. Make that a big wearable technology – as in, the Peerbridge Cor, a portable electrocardiogram monitor produced by Peerbridge Heath Inc. ... Read More