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Google AI AlphaGo Wins Again, Leaves Humans In the Dust

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:20am
Google's AlphaGo has defeated the world's best Go player in the second out of three games, scoring an overall win for the artificial intelligence algorithm in the fiendishly complex board game. CNET adds: The human gave it his all. "Incredible," wrote DeepMind founder and CEO Demis Hassabis on Twitter while the match was underway. "According to AlphaGo evaluations Ke Jie is playing perfectly at the moment." The match took place over a year after AlphaGo bested Lee Sedol, one of the world's top Go players, in four out of five matches in March 2016. It also beat European champion Fan Hui 5-0 in October 2015. The match was being played in China, the place where the abstract and intuitive board game was born. The government, however, isn't a big fan of letting its citizens know about the battle and has censored all the livestreams in the country.

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Digital game sales rise to $7.7bn in April - SuperData

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 7:00am
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has already made around $34 million while in Early Access
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Report: Japanese internet giant Softbank picks up $4B stake in Nvidia

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:41am

Japanese internet giant Softbank has purchased a $4 billion stake in computer tech manufacturer, Nvidia. ...

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US Intelligence Community Has Lost Credibility Due To Leaks

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:40am
Two anonymous readers and Mi share an article: U.K. police investigating the Manchester terror attack say they have stopped sharing information with the U.S. after a series of leaks that have so angered the British government that Prime Minister Therese May wants to discuss them with President Donald Trump during a North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting in Brussels. What can Trump tell her, though? The leaks drive him nuts, too. Since the beginning of this century, the U.S. intelligence services and their clients have acted as if they wanted the world to know they couldn't guarantee the confidentiality of any information that falls into their hands. At this point, the culture of leaks is not just a menace to intelligence-sharing allies. It's a threat to the intelligence community's credibility. [...] If this history has taught the U.S. intelligence community anything, it's that leaking classified information isn't particularly dangerous and those who do it largely enjoy impunity. Manning spent seven years in prison (though she'd been sentenced to 35), but Snowden, Assange, Petraeus, the unknown Chinese mole, the people who stole the hacking tools and the army of recent anonymous leakers, many of whom probably still work for U.S. intelligence agencies, have escaped any kind of meaningful punishment. President Donald Trump has just now announced that the administration would "get to the bottom" of leaks. In a statement, he said: "The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Bitcoin Surges 10% To All-Time High Above $2,700, Has Now Doubled in May

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:00am
An anonymous reader writes: In another intraday jump of more than $200, bitcoin surged to a record Thursday on strong Asian demand overnight. Bitcoin jumped more than 10 percent to an all-time high of $2,752.07, more than twice its April 30 price of $1,347.96 according to CoinDesk. The digital currency last traded near $2,726. At Thursday's record, Bitcoin has now gained more than 45 percent since last Thursday and more than 180 percent for the year so far. "There is no question that we are in the middle of a price frenzy," said Brian Kelly of BKCM, in a note to clients Thursday. "There will be a correction and it could be severe, but it's unclear if that correction will start from current prices of $2700 or from some place much higher."

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Cabin in the woods: Who's heading to this year's Stugan games accelerator?

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:41am

15 teams will be heading to the cabin in the woods this time around for a seven week, expenses-paid program that'll help them get to grips with key skills like game design, publishing, and marketing.  ...

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Blog: 5 trailer takeaways from Flinthook

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:15am

Flinthook got a lot right, especially its gameplay trailer. Here's five Flinthook trailer takeaways that should help devs making their own trailer. ...

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Quit nature to save wolves and bears? There are better ways

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:15am
Wild predators bounce back as nations modernise, people shift to cities and attitudes change. But we don't have to seal ourselves off to save them, says Niki Rust
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Microsoft's Twitch competitor rebrands as Mixer, makes moves for mobile

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:02am

The streaming service formerly known as Beam will be getting mobile support and a new co-streaming feature to help Microsoft's streaming service differentiate from the competition. ...

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How Facebook Flouts Holocaust Denial Laws Except Where It Fears Being Sued

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Facebook's policies on Holocaust denial will come under fresh scrutiny following the leak of documents that show moderators are being told not to remove this content in most of the countries where it is illegal. The files explain that moderators should take down Holocaust denial material in only four of the 14 countries where it is outlawed. One document says the company "does not welcome local law that stands as an obstacle to an open and connected world" and will only consider blocking or hiding Holocaust denial messages and photographs if "we face the risk of getting blocked in a country or a legal risk." A picture of a concentration camp with the caption "Never again Believe the Lies" was permissible if posted anywhere other than the four countries in which Facebook fears legal action, one document explains. Facebook contested the figures but declined to elaborate. Documents show Facebook has told moderators to remove dehumanizing speech or any "calls for violence" against refugees. Content "that says migrants should face a firing squad or compares them to animals, criminals or filth" also violate its guidelines. But it adds: "As a quasi-protected category, they will not have the full protections of our hate speech policy because we want to allow people to have broad discussions on migrants and immigration which is a hot topic in upcoming elections." The definitions are set out in training manuals provided by Facebook to the teams of moderators who review material that has been flagged by users of the social media service. The documents explain the rules and guidelines the company applies to hate speech and "locally illegal content," with particular reference to Holocaust denial. One 16-page training manual explains Facebook will only hide or remove Holocaust denial content in four countries -- France, Germany, Israel and Austria. The document says this is not on grounds of taste, but because the company fears it might get sued.

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Vlambeer, Supercell and Raw Fury join Stugan 2017 as mentors

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:00am
Non-profit accelerator will take 26 devs from 15 countries for its third annual program
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Beam becomes Mixer: Microsoft upgrades its Twitch rival

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:00am
Live-streaming platform also expands to mobile
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Blog: The mobile AR platform war

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:59am

Mark Zuckerberg's "We're making the camera the first augmented reality platform" kicked off the mobile AR platform war. But which company is going to come out on top? ...

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Trump’s budget jettisons ‘irreplaceable’ marine mammals agency

New Scientist - Breaking news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:06am
The US Marine Mammal Commission, charged with restoring oceans’ mammal populations, is set for the chop in president Donald Trump’s budget proposal
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GAME to rent out Belong arenas for private parties

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 3:14am
Private hire added as GAME pushes its in-store event concept
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8 In 10 People Now See Climate Change As a 'Catastrophic Risk,' Says Survey

Slashdot Updates - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 2:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Thomas Reuters Foundation: Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats found Wednesday. The survey of more than 8,000 people in eight countries -- the United States, China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Germany -- found that 84 percent of people now consider climate change a "global catastrophic risk." That puts worry about climate change only slightly behind fears about large-scale environmental damage and the threat of politically motivated violence escalating into war, according to the Global Challenges Foundation, which commissioned the Global Catastrophic Risks 2017 report. The survey, released in advance of this week's G7 summit of advanced economies in Italy, also found that 85 percent of people think the United Nations needs reforms to be better equipped to address global threats. About 70 percent of those surveyed said they think it may be time to create a new global organization -- with power to enforce its decisions -- specifically designed to deal with a wide range of global risks. Nearly 60 percent said they would be prepared to have their country give up some level of sovereignty to make that happen.

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Wii U was the most profitable for Rain Games' Teslagrad

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:20am
"It's more important to be visible than to have the biggest target audience on the platform"
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Oskar Burman: “Free-to-play will grow, but will never dominate VR”

GamesIndustry.biz news - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:05am
Former Rovio exec believes virtual reality has a lot to learn from mobile, but won't be ruled by the same type of games
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Game Design Deep Dive: Creating tension in Card Thief

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:00am

"In order to create what I think is most important in a stealth or heist game, I designed several game systems that all feed into the idea of creating a high tension experience." ...

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Cookie Jam reaches 100m downloads milestone

GamesIndustry.biz news - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:58pm
Mobile title is Jam City's "most successful game to date"
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