Gamers Greet Microsoft’s Activision Deal With Guarded Optimism

Some players, unhappy with Activision in recent years, said the Microsoft deal could reverse a decline in quality.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-sports, #kotick-bobby, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mixer-microsoft, #sexual-harassment, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #workplace-environment, #xbox-video-game-system

What’s All the Hype About the Metaverse?

Microsoft cited the metaverse as a reason for buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Let’s break down what that really means.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #microsoft-corp, #virtual-reality-computers

Microsoft Warns of Cyber Attack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

The malware was revealed as Russian troops remain massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #microsoft-corp, #putin-vladimir-v, #ukraine

Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Meet Their Match: Angry Gamers

Game publishers are offering NFTs, but skeptical gamers smell a moneymaking scheme and are fighting back.

#blockchain-technology, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sega-corp, #square-enix, #ubisoft-entertainment, #virtual-currency, #xbox-video-game-system

Crypto Enthusiasts Meet Their Match: Angry Gamers

Game publishers are offering NFTs, but skeptical gamers smell a moneymaking scheme and are fighting back.

#blockchain-technology, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #sega-corp, #square-enix, #ubisoft-entertainment, #virtual-currency, #xbox-video-game-system

Everyone Wants to Be Wordle

Wordle went from a gift to an internet sensation, and now everyone wants in.

#computers-and-the-internet, #social-media, #wardle-josh

‘Attempted Security Threat’ Disables Software at Some New York Schools

The outage in a platform used by teachers and students has caused another disruption for a system that has had its share amid the pandemic.

#adams-eric-l, #computers-and-the-internet, #education-k-12, #education-department-nyc, #goldstein-leon-m-high-school-for-the-sciences-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #school-of-the-future, #teachers-and-school-employees

Millions Have Lost a Step Into the Middle Class, Researchers Say

The new figure points to the challenge for the majority of Americans who do not have a four-year college degree.

#accenture-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #nonprofit-organizations, #opportunitywork, #shortages, #vocational-training, #wages-and-salaries

How I Quit Prime and Survived

It turns out, one can live in America and not have an Amazon Prime account.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #internal-sub-only-nl, #shopping-and-retail

Netscape Founder Gives Up $35 Million in Art Said to Be Stolen

“Why would you want to own something that was stolen?” said James H. Clark, who investigators said had been persuaded to buy dozens of looted items by a rogue dealer.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #cambodia, #clark-james-h, #collectors-and-collections, #computers-and-the-internet, #latchford-douglas-a-j, #netscape-communications-corp

How Big Sports Leagues Are Trying to Woo the Gamer Generation

Here’s what sports marketers are doing to win back a lost generation and save the future of fandom.

#baseball, #basketball, #blevins-tyler-1991, #charlotte-hornets, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cortez-jhay-singer, #detroit-lions, #e-sports, #fans-persons, #football, #fortnite-video-game, #generation-z, #instagram-inc, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #national-football-league, #nba-2k-video-game, #new-england-patriots, #overwatch-video-game, #roblox-video-game, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitch-interactive-inc, #twitter, #youtube-com

Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Recent research underlines the central role that automation has played in widening disparities.

#acemoglu-daron, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #income-inequality, #innovation, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

What It Was Like on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury for 18 Weeks

Away from the media frenzy, jurors dealt with the trial’s disruption to their lives and had little idea of the case’s implications.

#computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #jury-system, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital, #work-life-balance

Covid Test Misinformation Spikes Along With Spread of Omicron

The added demand for testing and the higher prevalence of breakthrough cases have created an “opportune moment” to exploit.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #tests-medical

What if Work Were a Video Game?

Xbox head Phil Spencer discusses how the gaming industry is already peeking into the metaverse with avatars, virtual worlds and online economies.

#activision-blizzard-inc, #audio-neutral-informative, #call-of-duty-video-game, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #fortnite-video-game, #halo-video-game, #microsoft-corp, #minecraft-video-game, #roblox-video-game, #xbox-video-game-system

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

The yawning disparity between the performance of the electric car company and established automakers last year reflects the technological change roiling the industry.

#automobiles, #batteries, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #mercedes-benz, #musk-elon, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #volkswagen-ag

Italian Mafia Fugitive Caught In Spain Thanks to Google Maps

Investigators had tracked the man to a town in Spain, and an image found online confirmed that the police were on the right track.

#computers-and-the-internet, #fugitives, #google-street-view, #google-maps, #italy, #organized-crime, #spain

Let Marjorie Taylor Greene Keep Her Social Media Accounts

We’ve ceded too much control over our speech to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

Google Infringed on Speaker Technology Owned by Sonos, Trade Court Rules

The company will not be allowed to import products that infringe on Sonos patents, including smart speakers, video streaming devices and some computers and phones.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #sonos-inc, #speakers-audio, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-international-trade-commission

One Year After the Jan. 6 Attack, Parler’s C.E.O Grapples With Big Tech and Trump

George Farmer doubles down on his efforts to revive a right-leaning social media company that was taken offline a year ago.

#computers-and-the-internet, #parler-llc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

Ryan Kaji, the Boy King of YouTube

Ten-year-old Ryan Kaji and his family have turned videos of him playing with toys into a multimillion-dollar empire. Why do so many other kids want to watch?

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #kaji-ryan, #parenting, #toys, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

As Beijing Takes Control, Chinese Tech Companies Lose Jobs and Hope

The crackdown is killing the entrepreneurial drive that made China a tech power and destroying jobs that used to attract the country’s brightest.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #iqiyi-com-inc, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #unemployment, #xi-jinping

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2022

Here we go again: Virtual reality, now dubbed ‘the metaverse,’ will be a thing. So will the smart home.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #home-automation-and-smart-homes, #medicine-and-health, #virtual-reality-computers

What We Got Wrong About Tech

Looking back at tech misjudgments so we can better look ahead.

#computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media

Why Silicon Valley Can’t Escape Elizabeth Holmes

Ms. Holmes, the founder of Theranos, wasn’t a creature of Silicon Valley, or so the refrain went. But her fraud trial showed otherwise.

#computers-and-the-internet, #frauds-and-swindling, #high-net-worth-individuals, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #news-and-news-media, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Found Guilty of Four Counts of Fraud

The case against the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos came to symbolize the pitfalls of Silicon Valley’s culture of hustle and hype.

#computers-and-the-internet, #domestic-violence, #falsification-of-data, #frauds-and-swindling, #high-net-worth-individuals, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

The Epic Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes

In Silicon Valley’s world of make-believe, the philosophy of “fake it until you make it” finally gets its comeuppance.

#careers-and-professions, #computers-and-the-internet, #fitzgerald-f-scott, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #jobs-steven-p, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

BlackBerry Ends Service on Its Once-Ubiquitous Mobile Devices

Android-powered devices carrying the BlackBerry name won’t be affected. For some, it’s a farewell to an era when BlackBerries dominated airport lounges and the West Wing.

#a-promised-land-book, #and-just-like-that-tv-program, #blackberry, #blackberry-handheld-device, #cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #obama-barack, #privacy, #sex-and-the-city-tv-program, #software, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging, #wireless-communications

Apple Becomes First Company to Hit $3 Trillion Market Value

The iPhone maker’s value tripled since 2018 as its sales continued to soar and it spent hundreds of billions of dollars on its own stock.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #iphone, #sp-dow-jones-indices, #stock-buybacks, #stocks-and-bonds

Twitter’s Former C.E.O. Has a ‘Too Bad, So Sad’ Approach to Content Moderation

Dick Costolo discusses the unique difficulties of heading the social media platform.

#agrawal-parag, #audio-neutral-informative, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #costolo-dick, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #twitter

Why Banks Are Slow to Embrace Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.

#amazon-com-inc, #bank-of-america-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #capital-one-financial-corporation, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #google-inc, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #microsoft-corp, #morgan-stanley, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coons-christopher-a, #crowdtangle-inc, #facebook-inc, #law-and-legislation, #portman-rob, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silverman-brandon-technology-executive, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

Snow Closed the Highways. GPS Mapped a Harrowing Detour in the Sierra Nevada.

Public safety officials warned that alternate routes offered by apps like Google Maps and Waze don’t always take into account hazards to drivers.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #geography, #global-positioning-system, #google-inc, #google-maps, #maps, #mobile-applications, #navigation, #nevada, #plumas-county-calif, #reno-nev, #roads-and-traffic, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transportation-department-calif, #truckee-calif, #washoe-county-nev, #waze-mobile

Chinese Police Hunt Overseas Critics With Advanced Tech

Authorities in China have turned to sophisticated investigative software to track and silence obscure critics on overseas social media. Their targets include college students and non-Chinese nationals.

#censorship, #china, #chinese-americans, #computers-and-the-internet, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #social-media

Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People and Steal Cars?

Privacy groups sounded alarms about the coin-sized location-tracking devices when they were introduced. Now people are concerned those fears are being realized.

#airtags, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #electronic-frontier-foundation, #iphone, #los-angeles-calif, #privacy, #stalking-crime, #turo-inc

Big Tech Journeys Into the Virtual Reality Reaches of the Metaverse

Tech’s biggest companies are joining game makers and start-ups in pursuit of an immersive digital world that some have been working on for years.

#apple-inc, #augmented-reality-computers, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #intel-corporation, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Metaverse’s Dark Side: Here Come Harassment and Assaults

As Meta and other companies bet big on an immersive digital world, questions about its harms are rising.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #innovation, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #women-and-girls, #zuckerberg-mark-e

How Discord, Born From an Obscure Game, Became a Social Hub

Jason Citron created a video game that was going nowhere fast. So he stripped it down to a chatting feature that eventually boomed during the pandemic.

#charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #citron-jason, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #discord-inc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Tech Won. Now What?

We’re grappling with how to handle the tech we have, and imagining what to make of the tech of our future.

#computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #internal-sub-only-nl, #smartphones, #social-media

The 2021 Good Tech Awards

This year, technology companies stepped up on housing and criminal justice — with a dash of whistle-blowers mixed in.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #3-d-printers, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #criminal-justice, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #haugen-frances, #meat, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #scott-mackenzie, #social-media, #start-ups, #whistle-blowers

Jury in Holmes Trial Set to Deliberate for Fourth Day

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated for three days last week with no verdict in the case of the Theranos founder.

#computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

OneTrust Grows While the Internet Breaks Apart

Companies have sprouted up to help others navigate the varied laws around the world governing websites.

#advertising-and-marketing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups

Holiday Retail Sales Soared, With E-Commerce Notching Huge Gains

Mastercard SpendingPulse data showed an 8.5 percent jump in total sales, with online ordering up 11 percent from last year.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #mastercard-inc, #shopping-and-retail

In China, Bragging About Your Wealth Can Get You Censored

Online posts by users showing off their receipts, over-ordering food or scattering money have been deemed vulgar. Regulators say such content leads young people astray.

#beijing-kuaishou-technology-co-ltd, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #douyin-bytedance, #dujiangyan-china, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Why Bragging About Your Wealth In China Can Get You Censored

Online posts by users showing off their receipts, over-ordering food or scattering money have been deemed vulgar. Regulators say such content leads young people astray.

#beijing-kuaishou-technology-co-ltd, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #douyin-bytedance, #dujiangyan-china, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Why the Match.com C.E.O. Took a Stand on the Texas Abortion Law

Shar Dubey runs some of the world’s most popular online dating sites. A restrictive new law prompted her to speak out.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #executives-and-management-theory, #match-group-inc, #match-com, #online-dating

“The Matrix Resurrections” and the Dark Timeline Humanity Is on

The original Matrix trilogy imagined a future more hopeful than the one conjured up by Silicon Valley today.

#computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #moss-carrie-anne, #movies, #reeves-keanu, #social-media, #the-matrix-movie, #the-matrix-resurrections-movie, #the-matrix-revolutions-movie, #turkle-sherry, #wachowski-lilly, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Tech I Want in 2022

Next year we need more creative ways to bring us together. (Laundry robots would be cool, too.)

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only-nl, #inventions-and-patents

How the Copycats Came for Clubhouse

The company showed that people would flock to an audio-only social media app. Can it fend off the imitators?

#agrawal-parag, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #computers-and-the-internet, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #snap-inc, #social-media, #start-ups, #twitter

Lawmakers Urge Tech Companies to ‘Mitigate Harm’ of Suicide Website

A House committee is seeking briefings from search engines and web-hosting companies whose services might have been leveraged by the site, which has been linked to numerous deaths.

#blumenthal-richard, #cloudflare-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce, #microsoft-corp, #search-engines, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #united-states-politics-and-government