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Binded raises another $950K for its copyright-protecting tools.

Binded aims to make it easier for photographers to protect their intellectual property by creating a permanent record of their copyright in a public database, namely the blockchain. The startup was previously known as Blockai, but it's rebranding today , the new name is meant to focus less on technology and instead ...

- TechCrunch - US

Rulai launches 'low-code' chatbot development tool and raises $6.5 million.

Customer experience chatbot developer Rulai has launched a new “low-code” chatbot development tool and raised $6.5 million to roll it out. Yi Zhang, the company's chief technologist, and her team are launching a product that customer service managers can use to develop chatbots that will perform tasks based ...

- TechCrunch - US

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2.

Sports ready, LTE ready, but still a solution looking for a problem? Real World Test Back when Captain Scarlet was still fresh, in the 1970s, I wanted a watch that made phone calls. I think I might have drawn one on my arm with a Biro. This has been a sci-fi staple since Dick Tracy in the 1950s. Now I've got one, I wonder ...

- TheRegister - UK

Time-bending shooter 'Superhot VR' arrives on HTC Vive.

Superhot VR didn't start life as an Oculus Rift game, but it eventually made it to the VR headset. With dual-wielding guns and further tweaks to improve the title for a new interface, it turned into a short-but-sweet slice of virtual reality gaming....

- Engadget - US

The √ʬĬėMonster Hunter√ʬĬô series is coming to Nintendo's Switch.

We knew it was going to happen. Capcom will be bringing its hugely popular action RPG to Nintendo's hybrid console, although the first title won't be a completely new iteration. Monster Hunter XX is pitched as an expanded edition...

- Engadget - US

Anatomy of a managed marketplace.

Managed marketplaces have been one of the hottest categories of venture investment over the past several years. They garner a lot of press because the consumer experiences are often radically different than what's previously been available in the market. But there is confusion over what a true “managed” ...

- TechCrunch - US

Instagram direct messages now support web links and different photo orientations.

Instagram's Direct feature just got more generally useful as a messaging option, with support added for external web links, and the ability to send photos and video in their original portrait or landscape aspect ratios without cropping. The first is really far more important than the second, mainly because it means users ...

- TechCrunch - US

A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits.

While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an estimated 50 percent of the workforce won't even have basic benefits by 2020 , and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to do something about that.

- TechCrunch - US

These 20 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your life.

Built to lastImage by EAFar too many games these days are built to be played in small bursts: brief encounters, designed for a world with too few hours in the day and too many digital distractions. And that's fine! Blasting through a few rounds of Call of Duty multiplayer, or playing a few run-throughs in Spelunky, is a ...

- PCWorld.com - US

What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?.

Continuous Lifecycle: Fill-up with speaker videos, slides Events If you couldn't join us last week for Continuous Lifecycle London 2017, you can still get a flavour of the event with our speakers' presentations and selected video highlights.…

- TheRegister - UK

League of Angels ‚Äď Paradise Land Endorsed by Gal Gadot Launches on Mobile.

PRESS RELEASE: GTarcade is proud to announce that League of Angels ‚Äď Paradise Land, the company's latest turn-based fantasy RPG endorsed by Hollywood superstar Gal Gadot, was launched on iOS and Android today. This Smart News Release features†multimedia....

- VentureBeat - US

Second-gen Moto 360 smartwatches will get Android Wear 2.0 soon

A bunch of smartwatches got Android Wear 2.0 when it finally came out in April, but sadly, Moto 360 wasn't one of them. The company promised a late-May availability, and it sounds like it's staying true to its word. Motorola Support's Twitter account...

- Engadget - US

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

Big Blue is 'shifting service delivery model to dedicated employee workforce' but clients aren't happy Exclusive IBM is not just banning the hire of new contractors and telling existing contractors they won't get new gigs: now it is telling some current contractors they will have to take a pay cut.…

- TheRegister - UK

Even the world's largest bitcoin exchange couldn't handle this week's cryptocurrency boom

For those operating a bitcoin exchange , where people can buy cryptocoins , you'd imagine that the current surge in value for bitcoin and others like Ethereum's ether coin is a dream come true. The answer is yes and no. Coinbase, the world's most funded bitcoin exchange, was dragged offline by the massive increase in ...

- TechCrunch - US

Zuckerberg to graduates: Create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose

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 ...

- VentureBeat - US

The Oculus Rift's best VR game comes to the HTC Vive

There are only a few virtual reality titles that I've played where I need a bit of a “come down” period to regroup my thoughts and start thinking like a real human again. SUPERHOT VR is one of those titles. Today, the Rift-exclusive is finally coming to the HTC Vive natively via the Steam store, nearly six ...

- TechCrunch - US

Japan, South Korea drive global bitcoin prices as retail investor pile in

HONG KONG - Japanese and South Korean buying helped drive the price of bitcoin to an all-time high this week, with the digital currency more than doubling its value since the start of the year, analysts and market practitioners said on Friday.

- Reuters - US

Ouch! Latest Qualcomm sueball comes from ... its own shareholders

Legal flingball fingers Snapdragon 810 debacle Qualcomm's own shareholders have added to the barrage of lawsuits being fired at the mobile chip giant.…

- TheRegister - UK

Someone impersonated them to slam the FCC's net neutrality rules. Now they want answers.

"I have been slandered."

- Washington Post - US

'Pokémon Go' update gives cheaters lousy monsters

With a new update, Pokémon Go cheaters won't be banned, but instead thrown into a depressing purgatory. As spotted by Reddit's hardcore Pokémon Go site, Silph Road, Niantic is now "shadowbanning" cheaters by only letting them find humdr...

- Engadget - US

F-1 engines from Apollo missions found deep underwater

Bezos Expedition's F-1 Engine Recovery team found multiple engines used in some of spaceflight's earliest Apollo missions. The engines are now on display at the the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

- Washington Post - US

Raspberry Pi Foundation merges with coding club network CoderDojo

The Raspberry Pi Foundation, the organization behind the micro-computer designed as an easy point of entry for tinkerers and budding programmers, is merging with not-for-profit coding club network CoderDojo. For the uninitiated, the Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized device that serves as the building blocks for ...

- VentureBeat - US

Japanese lab's 'value-aware' SSDs last longer, recognise images faster

Special error correction techniques work around degrading drives' dying cells Japan's Takeuchi Lab has proposed a value-aware' solid state drive that it says can recognise images faster than rivals, while also extending drives' working life.…

- TheRegister - UK

Rackspace continues managed services pivot with TriCore acquisition

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 , business intelligence, and analytics systems. The deal is supposed to help Rackspace win ...

- VentureBeat - US

Bits: Daily Report: AlphaGo Wins Again

In the second match of a three-game series on Thursday, the computer program beat the 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Ke Jie in the strategy board game Go.

- New York Times - US

How Unity convinced investors it's worth $2.6 billion

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, the CEO†

- VentureBeat - US

Get real, Microsoft: If the Surface Pro is a laptop, bundle it with a Type Cover

If Microsoft sold cars like it's trying to sell its Surface Pro , it would charge extra for wheels‚ÄĒand would be laughed out of the market. But Microsoft's using this tactic to sell its new Windows tablet as a laptop,' and we're still trying to figure out why.Microsoft's Surface Pro is clearly a Windows tablet, just like ...

- PCWorld.com - US

Mark Zuckerberg’s Great American Road Trip

The Facebook chief plans to visit every state in the union and learn more about a sliver of the nearly two billion people who use the social network regularly.

- New York Times - US

App maker Appian soars 25% on first day as a public company

It was off to the races for Appian, which debuted on the Nasdaq on Thursday, soaring 25 percent on its first day on the stock market. After pricing shares at $12, the company closed the day above $15, valuing the company at about $900 million.

- TechCrunch - US

Fitness app Gixo raises $3.7 million from Greylock, Reid Hoffman joins board

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 ...

- VentureBeat - US

AI Weekly: AlphaGo's triumph shows the future of machine learning isn't so black and white

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 Lee Sedol last year. Go is a two-player†

- VentureBeat - US

B2B targeted marketing platform Demandbase raises $65 million

B2B marketing platform Demandbase has raised $65 million in a round of funding led by Sageview Capital and Silver Lake Waterman, with participation from Adobe Systems, Altos Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Scale Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, and Split Rock Partners. Founded in 2007, San Francisco-based ...

- VentureBeat - US

Magikarp Jump gives Pokémon's fishy weakling his own mobile game

Pokémon's most pathetic creature is now a star. The Pokémon Company International released Magikarp Jump for iOS and Android devices today. The free-to-play game has players training the fishy Pokémon to reach its full leaping potential. It's a silly game, but the humorous approach could bring in fans who have always ...

- VentureBeat - US

Jim Hackett√ʬĬôs Toughest Job Yet: Leading Ford into the Driverless Era

An industry outsider will help Ford navigate an altered car industry and compete with the likes of Google and Uber.

- Technology Review - US

The dread, the separatism, and the coming collapse of America that inspired Far Cry 5

Dan Hay, creative director of Ubisoft's Far Cry 5, said that the Far Cry franchise is always about the combination of chaos and beauty. His team chose to set the next game , coming February 27, 2018 , in the beautiful fictional Hope County in Montana. Beneath that beautiful surface, a frightening religious cult runs the ...

- VentureBeat - US

You Control This Tiny Drone Simply By Moving Your Hand

There are no controllers needed with the DJI Spark

- TIME Magazine - US

China LeEco's sports unit says valued at $3.5 billion after new funding round

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco's sports unit said it completed a new round of funding that valued it at 24 billion yuan and that its investors will form a new committee to supervise its finances.

- Reuters - US

Superdata: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds made $34 million in April

You don't kill 99 digital strangers without making a few bucks. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is making bank. We already knew this because the Battle Royale-like online multiplayer shooter has topped the best-selling games on Steam for more than a month. But what does this translate into in dollars? Well, in April, ...

- VentureBeat - US

Zuckerberg recalls launching Facebook from Harvard dorm at university's commencement

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address at Harvard, where he dropped out 12 years ago to focus on building the platform.

- Washington Post - US

Judge orders Uber to hand over to Waymo unredacted term sheet with Otto

Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley ordered Thursday that Uber needs to hand over to Waymo the full, unredacted term sheet between Uber and Otto. By the end of the day. Corley ultimately decided there was no basis for Uber to redact the information because there was no privileged information shared with Otto prior to ...

- TechCrunch - US

Nintendo shares hit 8-year high as cult title Monster Hunter is announced for Switch

Nintendo is unleasing a monster title on the Switch , quite literally , after Capcom revealed plans to bring its Monster Hunter franchise to the console with the upcoming Monster Hunter XX title. While it might not be mainstream in the West, Monster Hunter is a huge franchise in Japan. Where do we start?

- TechCrunch - US

Nintendo Switch and Pokémon bolster GameStop's first quarter

GameStop reported $2.05 billion in sales today at the end of its first quarter of 2017, exceeding expectations due to the high sales of the Nintendo Switch hybrid home-portable console and collectibles like Pokémon cards. Sales of new software dipped by 8.2 percent in contrast to the uptick of new hardware, which ...

- VentureBeat - US

Mark Zuckerberg tells Harvard grads that automation will take jobs, and it's up to millennials to create more

Zuckerberg said automation will take jobs, and millennials must undertake big projects to create more

- Washington Post - US

Tech Tip: Erasing Your Android Tracks

Google keeps a record of your searches and other activity across its sites, but you can delete the information, even with your phone or tablet.

- New York Times - US

Payment firm Soft Space raises $5M to expand in Southeast Asia and Japan

Soft Space, a payment provider in Southeast Asia, has close its $5 million Series A as it looks to expand across the region, and potentially into Japan. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Soft Space works with large enterprise customers, typically banks, to offer customized solutions for mobile payment, both at ...

- TechCrunch - US

For deposed Ford CEO, the future didn't come quickly enough

GUEST: 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 ...

- VentureBeat - US

Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line

Data centre unit 'still under transformation' and losing money, as is mobile business Lenovo has returned to growth, posting a pleasing set of fourth quarter numbers but still has plenty of work to do in the mobile and data centre markets.…

- TheRegister - UK

Feast your eyes on this 600-DPI e-paper screen

I have to say, I really like e-paper. And it's come a long way since the crude early Kindles , nowadays you have e-readers that are as high-resolution as the best phones and iPads. And they're set to get even better if E-Ink's latest screens make it into a few products, as I hope they do.

- TechCrunch - US

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Or I could press 'Play' via the evil internet Something for the Weekend, Sir? Mrs Dabbsy is getting cross. I know this because she has said "grrrr".…

- TheRegister - UK

Cool Vendors in Core AI Technologies

Cool Vendors in Core AI TechnologiesCool or not?  With all the hype from vendors around AI, Gartner is taking the bull" by the horns and launching a...

- Gartner - US