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VentureBeat is hiring a Heartland Tech editor

We’re looking for an experienced editor to serve our readers with news and analysis around one of the most important issues of our time: The role of tech in creating — and destroying — jobs in America’s heartland The 2016 presidential election laid bare a chasm between technology companies and the rest of the country, namely the so-called flyover […]

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Concord Announces $3.7 Million Series A and New Executive Hires

PRESS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 31, 2017– Concord, a leading contract management platform, today announced $3.7 million in additional funding to continue solving the challenge of reconciling speed and compliance for hyper-growth and enterprise-level companies like Just Eat, Crédit Mutuel, and Stanford University. The investment will be used to scale the marketing and sales organizations. […]

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Google is first to offer Intel’s Skylake processors in the cloud

Google has become the first major cloud provider to start offering virtual machine instances using a new generation of Intel Xeon processors powered by the chipmaker’s Skylake architecture. The company launched those instances in beta a few months ago, and they’re generally available as of Wednesday. It’s a move by Google to better compete with […]

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Law professor Lawrence Lessig: Vast online games need a political structure

If you create an online world, would it turn into some kind of utopia or a hate-filled reality like The Lord of the Flies? And can game developers do anything about which way it goes? Lawrence Lessig thinks so. A law professor at Harvard University and a constitutional law expert, he has been helping new democracies form […]

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Wild swings, lack of liquidity keeping U.S. funds out of bitcoin

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lack of liquidity is keeping U.S.-based mutual fund managers from investing in bitcoin even as the digital currency hits record highs.

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Africans never hung up on Nokia's old 'brick'

LAGOS (Reuters) – For Europeans, Nokia’s revamped ‘brick’ is a throwback to a simpler, more innocent age, when phones were for speaking and reading on the train meant buying a newspaper.

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Gmail enterprise users get earlier phishing detection, malicious link and external reply warnings

Google today announced an update to Gmail aimed at businesses. Three security features are rolling out to the email service: early phishing detection using machine learning, click-time warnings for malicious links, and unintended external reply warnings. The first two already exist for Gmail users and are now being made available to enterprises, while the last […]

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Obsidian’s Pathfinder Adventures is the latest mobile game to journey to PC

Obsidian Entertainment is bringing its mobile release to PC, a platform it has plenty of experience with. The developer announced today that Pathfinder Adventures is coming to PC and Mac on June 15. The adaptation of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (itself an adaption of a pencil-and-paper role-playing game) came out for mobile last year as a free-to-play app with […]

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Vuforia’s Project Chalk lets people communicate in augmented reality

Internet of Things and augmented reality technology provider PTC announced that it is working on an application that lets people make ink-like virtual marks on AR images they can view using AR goggles. The Project Chalk technology could be a very important applications in moving augmented reality into mainstream use, said Jay Wright, president of […]

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Taylor Freeman, digital ghosts, and the future of reality — VB Engage

This week, Travis and Stewart discuss the latest AI startups, including Replika, a spinoff of the Luka bot that creates a “digital ghost” of your friends. We also talk about DemandBase’s new (massive) round of funding and Twitter’s new ad units that put a bot in your DMs. We then interview Taylor Freeman of Upload, […]

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