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High tech in the heartland

High Tech in the Heartland is an occasional series exploring the relationship between Silicon Valley and the rest of America. The 2016 presidential election laid bare a chasm between technology companies and the rest of the country, namely the so-called flyover states and the region often derided as the Rust Belt. Last summer, more than 140 tech executives penned […]

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U.S. Justice Department announces actions to dismantle Kelihos botnet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it had launched an effort to disrupt and dismantle the Kelihos botnet – a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers under the control of a cybercriminal.

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Blizzard is suffering log-in issues for games like Hearthstone and Overwatch

Something is going wrong over at Blizzard. Players are unable to log into the company’s online games, which includes hits like Overwatch and Hearthstone. This is especially bad timing for the digital card game leader, as its latest expansion, Journey to Un’Goro, launched just last week. Blizzard has acknowledged the issues on Twitter. We're currently investigating […]

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Examining the data on chatbot retention

GUEST: What’s a good retention metric for bots? At my company Dashbot, we’ve processed nearly 2 billion messages in the past 11 months. It took 10 months to process the first billion, and we’re on pace to process the second billion in about six weeks. We took a look at the retention data across bots […]

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U.S. FCC chair wants to end effort to allow cellphone use in air

(Reuters) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday he is proposing to end a 2013 regulatory proceeding that had sought to lift the ban on mobile phones on U.S. airlines.

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Overwatch: Insurrection trailer leaks in French with new skins, co-op mode

Overwatch is potentially getting a new event, according to a leaked video. Blizzard Entertainment started teasing a new update recently, and now we have a better idea of what that is thanks to a video that PlayStation has uploaded to its French YouTube account. The event, which appears to have the name “Overwatch: Insurrection,” will […]

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Prem Jain, Ex-Cisco SVP, Joins SitterFriends as Investor and Advisor

PRESS RELEASE: New Company Innovating How Parents Find, Schedule and Experience Childcare SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 10, 2017– SitterFriends announced today that entrepreneur Prem Jain has joined the soon to launch new company, as Investor and Advisor. Jain, formerly of Cisco, is well known for his many contributions in the semiconductor, networking and computer industries. He […]

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Boeing Dreamliner cost to drop $2-$3 million per plane from 3-D printed titanium

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co hired Norsk Titanium AS to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, the Norwegian 3-D printing company said on Monday, paving the way to cost savings of $2 million to $3 million for each plane.

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France's Macron says would step up security demands on tech firms

PARIS (Reuters) – French presidential candidate and frontrunner Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he would step up efforts to get technology firms such as Google or Facebook to share encrypted content from messaging services with authorities.

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Minecraft Will Get A Community Marketplace Soon

Exciting times are up ahead for Minecraft players. Mojang, the Microsoft-owned studio behind this game, has confirmed that Minecraft is going to get a community marketplace this spring. The marketplace will play host to content made by players that other players can purchase if they want to. The marketplace will be available on mobile and […]

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