From VentureBeat: SoftBank and Sprint are testing blockchain payments

SoftBank Corp. and Sprint announced today that they have created a new consortium they hope will encourage telecom carriers to adopt blockchain technologies. Dubbed the Carrier Blockchain Study Group, or CBSG, the group initially consisted of those two giants, plus TBCASoft, a startup that is developing blockchain services for the telecom industry. As a starting […]

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From VentureBeat: Software Industry Leader Joe Juliano Joins Summit Partners Executive-in-Residence Program

PRESS RELEASE: Global growth equity investor Summit Partners today announced the addition of Joe Juliano to the firm’s Executive-in-Residence (“EIR”) program. In this role, Juliano will work closely with Summit’s Technology team to identify new investment…

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From VentureBeat: ProtonMail opens free ProtonVPN service to everyone

Encrypted email service provider ProtonMail has opened the free version of its virtual private network (VPN) service to everyone. The Swiss company first unveiled ProtonVPN back in March, but the service didn’t fully launch to the public until a few months after. As with its main email product, ProtonMail offers various pricing tiers for its VPN […]

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From VentureBeat: Spotify and Hulu to offer U.S. students $4.99 bundled monthly subscription

(Reuters) — U.S. college students can buy Spotify Premium music streaming and Hulu TV streaming for a combined, deeply discounted $4.99 per month, in a new student subscription bundle the companies announced on Thursday to lure younger consumers. The entertainment bundle, $13 cheaper than the regular combined price, is the latest effort in the industry […]

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From VentureBeat: Doc.ai raises $2.3 million in cryptocurrency presale

Doc.ai, a startup making natural language processing focused on health care, has raised $2.3 million in the early sale of digital tokens for its new cryptocurrency, Neurons. Doc.ai came out of stealth mode in late August and uses blockchain to timestamp and decentralize its datasets and conversational AI. It plans to release three NLP services […]

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From VentureBeat: PC Gaming Weekly: Wet Hot Battlegrounds Summer

Ten million and counting: That’s the number of copies of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds that PC gamers have bought since the last-player-standing shooter debuted six months ago. That’s a remarkable accomplishment for Bluehole Studio — especially when you consider that this development group has never made a shooter before. So, where does Battlegrounds go from here? We’re […]

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From VentureBeat: Former Amazon.com analyst pleads guilty to insider trading

(Reuters) — A former Amazon.com Inc financial analyst pleaded guilty on Thursday to insider trading for tipping a former college fraternity brother about the retailer’s quarterly results before they were made public. Authorities said Brett Kennedy gave fellow University of Washington alumnus Maziar Rezakhani nonpublic information from Amazon’s database, showing that the retailer would lose […]

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From VentureBeat: Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms D&D clicker game launches on Steam Early Access

To paraphrase the might berserker Minsc, “Click for the eyes, Boo! Click for the eyes!” That’s right — Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, the Dungeons & Dragons-based clicker game, launched into Early Access on Steam today. Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is an “incremental game” where players primarily interact by clicking or tapping for […]

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From VentureBeat: GTA Online’s ‘Battle Royale’ mode reveals why PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds works

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has sold 10 million copies since March, and its astronomical success was always going to lead to imitators of both the cheap and triple-A varieties. While I find perverse joy in the iOS and Android clones, like the shameless BulletStrike: Battleground, I’m fascinated to see what bigger, established studios will do with the formula. […]

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From VentureBeat: Amazon gives developers more ways to build Alexa skills

Amazon today rolled out the ability to quickly migrate a bot made with its Lex framework to an Alexa skill. The Amazon Lex console can now export a Lex bot as a JSON file, which can be made into an Alexa skill using the Skill Builder inside the Alexa development portal. “The JSON configuration file contains […]

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