Day: May 15, 2020

Facebook’s Giphy acquisition sounds antitrust alarms in Congress

A bipartisan group of senators are sounding the antitrust enforcement alarm Friday over Facebook’s newly announced acquisition of Giphy, a GIF-making and sharing website. On Friday, Facebook announced that it would acquire Giphy for the reported price of $400 million. Giphy is one of the largest GIF sites on the internet and social media and …

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Fitbit is reportedly planning to build ventilators to help treat COVID-19 patients

Fitbit, which makes fitness-tracking wearables, will be shifting supply chain resources to make emergency ventilators, Fitbit CEO James Park said to CNBC. The ventilators will be used to help treat COVID-19 patients and could help bolster the national supply of the medical devices, which have been in need during the pandemic. “There was a lot …

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Game devs hold virtual meeting from hell in Mythic Quest: Quarantine teaser

Teaser for Mythic Quest: Quarantine dropping next week on Apple TV+. With production temporarily halted on so many films and television shows, casts and crews are getting creative about bringing new content to all the people fighting off ennui while sheltering in place. Late night hosts are putting together mini-talk shows from home, the main …

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How Investors Are Presented With Bitcoin: ‘A New Decentralized Monetary Asset, Akin to Gold’

Bitcoin (BTC) is a compelling investment case “for patient, long-term investors” willing to spend the time to understand the top cryptocurrency, a new paper by Paradigm co-founder managing partner Matt Huang notes. The crypto entrepreneur places BTC besides gold, as a go-to store of value, amid unprecedented stimulus spending by governments during the Covid-19 crisis. …

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Blockchain Bites: Last Day of Consensus, Will Crypto Save the Internet?

Top Shelf Consensus: Distributed ended on a high note with a keynote address from Juan Benet, founder of Protocol Labs, who granted a rare interview as he closed out the week-long virtual conference.  Speaking widely on the topics of decentralization and Web 3.0, Benet said, “the internet has become dramatically more important to us.” Over a …

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US Space Force unfurls official flag in President Trump’s office – CNET

The official Space Force flag after its unfurling in the White House. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET <p class=”speakableTextP1″><span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/news/us-space-force-what-you-need-to-know/”>New military branch formed</a></span>. Check. Official <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/news/star-trek-fans-are-not-pleased-about-the-new-us-space-force-logo/”>Star Trek-like logo</a></span> revealed. Done. <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/news/trumps-us-space-force-successfully-launches-its-first-national-security-mission/”>First national security mission</a></span>. Launched. <span class=”link” section=”shortcodeLink”><a href=”https://www.cnet.com/news/first-us-space-force-recruitment-video-wants-you-to-find-your-purpose-off-the-planet/”>Recruitment video</a></span>. Released. The US Space Force had one more …

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11 million tests in 10 days: Wuhan lines up after COVID-19 cluster

Enlarge / Medical workers take swab samples from residents (L) to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus, in a street in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on May 15, 2020. – Authorities in the pandemic ground zero of Wuhan have ordered mass COVID-19 testing for all 11 million residents after a new cluster of …

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Rock Star Simulator ‘Hotel R’n’R’ to Launch on PSVR May 28th, Trailer Here

<!– Share buttons by mashshare.net – Version: 3.4.0–><em>Hotel R’n’R, </em>the rock star lifestyle simulator, is headed out of early access on PC VR headsets soon, which will coincide its release on PSVR. Developers Wolf & Wood Interactive say the full version is set to release on May 28th, which will be available on SteamVR headsets, Oculus Rift, …

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JK Rowling Asks About Bitcoin. Accursed Crypto Twitter Scares Her Off

JK Rowling probably wasn’t expecting to unleash the bitcoin community’s pent up passion and imagination when she tweeted two sentences asking about bitcoin. But the author of the Harry Potter series did. Responding to a tweet from CoinDesk senior reporter Leigh Cuen, Rowling tweeted: “I don’t understand bitcoin. Please explain it to me.” In just …

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Valve Releases ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Steam Workshop Tools for Making & Downloading Mods

<!– Share buttons by mashshare.net – Version: 3.4.0–>Valve today launched new <em>Half-Life: Alyx</em> modding tools which will allow developers and tinkerers to make and publish mods and user-generated content via the Steam Workshop system. Valve says the tools will allow for the creation of new levels, models, textures, and animations for the game. It’s been about a …

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