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Netmarble Games IPO raises $2.3bn

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:12am
Second-biggest share sale in South Korea, thanks partly to the success of high-end mobile title Lineage II: Revolution
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Trump's FCC Votes To Allow Broadband Rate Hikes Will Deprive More Public Schools From Getting Internet Access

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:41am
The FCC voted on Thursday to approve a controversial plan to deregulate the $45 billion market for business-to-business broadband, also known as Business Data Services (BDS), by eliminating price caps that make internet access more affordable for thousands of small businesses, schools, libraries and hospitals. The Outline adds: The price caps were designed to keep phone and, later, broadband, access cheap for community institutions like schools, hospitals, libraries, and small businesses. Now, there will be no limit. A spokesperson for the trade association Incompas, which advocates for competition among communications providers, told The Outline that the increase is expected to be at least 25 percent across the board. Low-income schools already don't have enough money; according to a report last year in The Atlantic, schools in high-poverty districts, where the property taxes are lower, spend 15.6 percent less per student than schools in low-poverty districts. If internet costs go up by 25 percent, it may make more sense to cut that budget item, or, for schools that still don't have internet, never add it at all. Add it to the list of things that well-funded schools in already-rich neighborhoods get that schools in low-income neighborhoods don't. New textbooks. Gyms. Advanced Placement classes that let students earn college credits. Computers. Internet access.

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G2A's reputation can still be fixed, indies say - "Just stop being shit"

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:40am
Rami Ismail, Mike Bithell and Dan Da Rocha on the art of managing reputation in the games business
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Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:36am
A graphic killing video on Facebook has sparked calls for technological fixes. But these ignore the fact that Facebook's biggest problem is not technology, but people
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Devcom tickets now on sale

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:34am
New Cologne conference kicks off August 20th, prices range from €69 to €1,000+
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Bleszinski: “AAA is a nearly unsustainable model”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:15am
The Gears of War creator discusses why blockbuster games often feel repetitive, and looks ahead to VR
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Inside Elon Musk's New Company Neuralink Which Aims To Fight Brain Conditions And Help Humanity Survive in the Age of AI

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:01am
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp, revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in "consensual telepathy." In an interview with explainer website Wait But Why (36,000-word), Musk said Neuralink aims to implant tiny brain electrodes that first would be used to fight brain conditions but later help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines. From the report: "There are a bunch of concepts in your head that then your brain has to try to compress into this incredibly low data rate called speech or typing," Musk said. "That's what language is, your brain has executed a compression algorithm on thought, on concept transfer. If you have two brain interfaces, you could actually do an uncompressed direct conceptual communication with another person." Musk says he expects the project to take eight to 10 years before being usable by people with no disability. He anticipates tons of regulatory challenges in his way.

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First living example of giant ancient mollusc found in the wild

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:00am
The giant shipworm has mostly been known for its elephant tusk-like shells. Now we’ve finally found some live ones - they eat noxious mud and smell like rotten eggs
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Blog: Building a dynamic ecology through sound

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:42am

A multi part development journal that discusses the dynamic music and SFX for the open world of Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles and examines the risks and challenges encountered. ...

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Mystery human hobbit ancestor may have been first out of Africa

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:00am
The evolutionary origins of the tiny Indonesian hominin Homo floresiensis have perplexed us for years – now there’s a new twist to the tale, suggesting we had it figured out all wrong
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US Prepares Charges To Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 5:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell CNN. The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning. Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward. During President Barack Obama's administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn't alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to U.S. officials involved in the process then.The U.S. view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference Thursday that Assange's arrest is a "priority." "We are going to step up our effort and already are stepping up our efforts on all leaks," he said. "This is a matter that's gone beyond anything I'm aware of. We have professionals that have been in the security business of the United States for many years that are shocked by the number of leaks and some of them are quite serious. So yes, it is a priority. We've already begun to step up our efforts and whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail." Meanwhile, Assange's lawyer said they have "had no communication with the Department of Justice."

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Nominations now open for the eSports Industry Awards 2017

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:35am
New categories and judging panel revealed
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I joined the wildlife police to save baby eels from poachers

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:10am
Fishing for the endangered European eel is allowed only under strict rules. Clare Wilson joins the environmental officers patrolling the banks of the UK’s River Severn
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New Ubisoft game marks its next big move into China

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:36am
Publisher partners with Playcrab and Tencent
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Riccitiello: “There's always blood and sweat. We'd like to make the tears go away”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:17am
The Unity CEO discusses the firm's next step to solving all of the world's (games development) problems
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Should indies release their video games in a box?

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:05am
There's still money to be made in the old physical games market
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Here’s what to expect from Saturday’s March for Science

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:00am
Despite criticisms of the organising committee and a perceived lack of a clear message, the march could be a turning point for how scientists approach government
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Quickest we could visit another star is 69 years – here’s how

New Scientist - Breaking news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 2:30am
It may be faster to send a spacecraft to Sirius than our closest star, thanks to a trick using starlight to slow it down
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Neuroscientists Offer a Reality Check On Facebook's 'Typing By Brain' Project

Slashdot Updates - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 2:00am
the_newsbeagle writes: Yesterday, Facebook announced that it's working on a "typing by brain" project, promising a non-invasive technology that can decode signals from the brain's speech center and translate them directly to text (see the video beginning at 1:18:00). What's more, Facebook exec Regina Dugan said, the technology will achieve a typing rate of 100 words per minute. Here, a few neuroscientists are asked: Is such a thing remotely feasible? One neuroscientist points out that his team set the current speed record for brain-typing earlier this year: They enabled a paralyzed man to type 8 words per minute, and that was using an invasive brain implant that could get high-fidelity signals from neurons. To date, all non-invasive methods that read brain signals through the scalp and skull have performed much worse. Thomas Naselaris, an assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, says, "Our understanding of the way the words and their phonological and semantic attributes are encoded in brain activity is actually pretty good currently, but much of this understanding has been enabled by fMRI, which is noninvasive but very slow and not at all portable," he said. "So I think that the bottleneck will be the [optical] imaging technology," which is what Facebook's gear will be using.

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Shopify enables devs to sell physical merchandise in-game

GamesIndustry.biz news - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:52am
SDK opens potential revenue source for developers, Alto's Adventure the first to use new tool
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