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American Startup News for 19 Oct 2017

Developer Stardock is preparing the return of its Star Control series. The studio acquired the license from the rubble of Atari’s 2013 collapse, and it will finally launch a reboot called Star... Control: Origins next year. You can preorder the space adventure sim now on GOG or Steam, and you can also buy Star Control: The […]
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The most interesting Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature, to me, is Now Playing. If you’ve ever used Shazam or SoundHound, you probably understand the basics: The app uses your device’s... microphone to capture an audio sample and creates an acoustic fingerprint to compare against a central song database. If a match is […]
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A Canadian company called AdHawk Microsystems is announcing that it has created small motion-tracking sensors that could be a boon for augmented reality glasses and virtual reality headsets. Current... AR and VR products are oversized for consumers, and bulky camera-based sensors are a big part of that problem. But AdHawk has created eye-tracking sensors that […]
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Today, Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers football team announced that each organization will be investing $5 million, doled out over the course of the next five years, to fund the creation of an... accelerator, an early-stage VC fund, and a business development lab in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The building, called Titletown Tech, is tentatively […]
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Facebook has launched advertisements to monetize a new type of popular casual game, dubbed Instant Games, which people play on the Facebook Messenger feed. The company launched Instant Games for... Messenger last year, enabling developers to create games that are playable in a Messenger feed. The games are easy to play and accessible, and usually […]
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Uber Data Determine The BestHow can you use Uber pickup data to find the best locations for food trucks in New York City. Location-based mobile apps contain valuable insights around how individuals interact and move around. This... data becomes increasingly important for businesses to define where to be located.
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Lyft today announced it has raised $1 billion, lifting the company’s valuation to $11 billion, up from $7.5 billion this spring. The funding round was led by Alphabet investment fund CapitalG, and... follows $600 million in funding the ride-sharing app raised in April. CapitalG partner David Lawee will join Lyft’s board, the company said in a […]
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At Google’s annual Playtime developer event in Berlin and San Francisco, the company made a series of Google Play announcements. In terms of momentum, Vineet Buch, Google Play’s director of... product management, shared that the number of developers making over $1 million per month on Google Play has grown by more than 30 percent since […]
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Amazon Is Most Likely To BuildWith bids due today from cities vying to host Amazon's second headquarters, lists of likely top contenders are cropping up. These 5 cities appear on most or all of them.
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PREVIEW: Mark Thompson is taking us to the Dark Side. The director for the single-player campaign of Star Wars: Battlefront II has created a story where you can play the baddies. In this story, you... play as Iden Versio, an Imperial special forces commander who happens to be on Endor as the second Death Star blows […]
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Spoke bets on AI to automate company help desks

Venture Beat - 19 Oct 2017 18:00
There’s a new company on the block that’s aiming to help AI take some of the busy work out of jobs that rely on handling requests like IT and HR. The startup, called Spoke, uses machine learning... to help businesses automate requests for information. It’s designed to save humans’ time by dealing with the questions […]
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PREVIEW: Star Wars: Battlefront II is coming in hot, and Electronic Arts is revealing the first details of the single-player campaign where you play as a commander in the Imperial special forces.... Battlefront II debuts on November 17 on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the story, you suit up as Iden Versio, commander […]
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Facebook revealed a new open source tool today that's designed to help developers build more complex apps with less work by detecting bugs that are typically difficult to suss out and squash. Called... RacerD, it's a system that examines code for nasty issues known as race conditions and helps identify how to prevent them. Race […]
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Lyft Gets $1 Billion FromIn the game of ride-hailing musical chairs, Alphabet has switched from Uber to Lyft.
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Hiya, the company behind the caller ID and spam-blocking app of the same name, has raised $18 million in a series A round of funding as it looks to “transform mobile calling worldwide,” according... to a statement. By way of a quick recap, Hiya was spun out of online directory services Whitepages as a standalone company way […]
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SPONSORED: Presented by Providence Ventures Fourth in the series, "Strategic VC as a Secret Weapon in Healthcare." Financing for innovative healthcare technology start-ups has reached unprecedented... levels. However, for venture investors, it can be daunting to sort through myriad "not ready for prime time" opportunities in order to find scalable innovations that can potentially transform the […]
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Pokémon Go is holding another Halloween event, and this time it’s bringing in some new creatures to help celebrate the holiday. Niantic announced that Pokémon from the franchise’s third... generation (often called Gen 3 by fans) are coming to the game for the first time as part of the event, which will run from October 20 to […]
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PRESS RELEASE: Tinyclues, provider of a leading artificial intelligence (AI)-first marketing solution, today announced Charles Tyrwhitt as a new customer. The British-owned, global menswear retailer... expects to run its first AI-driven email-marketing...
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SXSWEdu Drops The Big One

Nibletz - 19 Oct 2017 16:15
SXSWEdu Drops The Big One220 Sessions Announced, Speaker Announcements and More From SXSWEdu SXSWEdu is still just about six months away. The organizers promised that SXSWEdu will continue to get better and better every year... and they continue to deliver on that promise. On Wednesday they made some big programming announcements including the announcement of 220 sessions that were […] The post SXSWEdu Drops The Big One appeared first on Nibletz.
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Nintendo’s Switch has claimed another month. The home console/portable hybrid was the top-selling system in September in the U.S., according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. But it... wasn’t the only successful Nintendo product of the month. The SNES Classic Edition launched in September. All Nintendo systems, which also includes the aging 3DS line, accounted […]
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PRESS RELEASE: The first anniversary is expected to be a watershed moment for every mobile game, and the most popular ARPG mobile game Legacy of Discord - Furious Wings is celebrating such a moment.... Starting October 20, Legacy of Discord will kick...
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Climate Change Startups To BeCTA Announces CES Eureka Park Climate Change Innovators The annual CES conference in Las Vegas is notorious for it’s support of startups at all stages and in across all industries. Eureka Park, the... startup showcase within CES is the largest assembly of startups in the United States with entrepreneurs showing off their companies from across […] The post Climate Change Startups To Be Recognized At CES appeared first on Nibletz.
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Smart lock startup August Home has been acquired by Swedish lock giant Assa Ablo. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded out of San Francisco in 2013, August creates a home access system that... uses smartphones to lock and unlock doors. Before being acquired, it had inked some notable partnerships with property marketplaces like Airbnb and […]
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Boyfriend Dungeon is like Tinder for swords

Venture Beat - 19 Oct 2017 15:00
We’ve had our share of sassy talking swords in games, but Boyfriend Dungeon wants to take things a step further. It plunges you into dungeons where you fight enemies and date your weapons. It’s... the latest offering from indie studio Kitfox Games, and it’s set for a release in 2019 for PC. So far, Kitfox has revealed […]
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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launched Game of Thrones: Conquest, the mobile strategy game, for iOS and Android worldwide today. Game of Thrones is one of the hottest media brands out there.... It has already been the basis for other mobile games, including Disruptor Beam’s Game of Thrones: Ascent. “The political maneuvering of Game of Thrones […]
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