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Will it? Won't it? New doubts raised over Dell-EMC takeover

Will it? Won't it? New doubts raised over Dell-EMC takeover

Dell Inc.'s proposed $67 billion takeover of EMC Corp. is once again, with the New York Post reporting that bankers are having difficulty in raising the necessary cash to fund the acquisition. When the deal was announced last October it looked to be cut and dried, with Dell carefully laying out its plans to fund the takeover. However, that was five months ago, and five months is a long time in the tech business, which has been hard hit by the worldwide slump in stock prices. Now, the New York Post says that the JP Morgan-led banking consortium that's supposed to get the funds... more »
What's Twitter done to your timeline and how to fix it

What's Twitter done to your timeline and how to fix it

Twitter users were in an uproar this weekend when rumors emerged that Twitter Inc. would be changing its timeline this week. The rumors sparked the introduction of #RIPTwitter, which became a very popular hashtag over the days that followed. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey attempted to quell user’s frustration and concerns with the announcement on Sunday, February 7 that the company would not be reordering timelines this week. However, this promise was short-lived and just four days after Dorsey’s tweet Twitter launched its new algorithmic timeline. Since the announcement of the new Twitter timeline on Wednesday, February 10, the outcry and complaints about the... more »
Rackspace now hosts Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack on its private cloud

Rackspace now hosts Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack on its private cloud

Rackspace Inc. has teamed up with Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. to add another Openstack-as-a-Service offering to its lineup. Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat is essentially Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform hosted on Rackspace's private cloud, and sits alongside Rackspace's own Private Cloud powered by OpenStack. The service comes with Rackspace's standard “Fanatical Support” customer service infrastructure, and is managed by the company's OpenStack and Red Hat specialists. If you're scratching your head as to what makes this a “private” cloud, well, let's just say that Rackspace uses a different definition of the concept from most of the rest of... more »
Report: Google building new untethered VR headset that will work sans mobile or computer

Report: Google building new untethered VR headset that will work sans mobile or computer

The rumors keep flying about Google's plans in the virtual reality space with a new report claiming the search giant is actually doubling down on VR and is building a standalone unit that doesn't need a smartphone to operate, as is currently the case with its Cardboard VR headset. According to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Google is developing all-in-one virtual reality headset that not only doesn’t require a smartphone but also won't need a computer or game console to operate, a first in the space. Google's new standalone device is said to include "a screen, high-powered processors and... more »
Be my Valentine LOL: Americans are turning to dating sites like never before

Be my Valentine LOL: Americans are turning to dating sites like never before

Online dating can sometimes be a frustrating affair, negotiating profiles that are less realistic than the one you’ve posted yourself, finding out the person you’ve spent countless hours sending emojis to is not really the one your heart desires. Nonetheless, young Americans are turning to dating sites and apps like never before. According to a new survey taken by the Pew Research Center in the USA, the amount of people aged between 18-24 using online dating sites or mobile dating apps has tripled in the last three years. At the same time usage has doubled for 55 to 64 year olds,... more »
Time Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Viant Technologies, the owners of MySpace

Time Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Viant Technologies, the owners of MySpace

Time, Inc. has announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Viant Technologies, Inc., the ad network that is the parent company of MySpace. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it is reported that the founders of Viant, the Vanderhook family, will retain a minority stake in the company, and it will continue to trade as an independent business. Founded in 1999 Viant's primary business is its advertising platform, with its Viant Advertising Cloud providing marketers access to over 1.2 billion registered users, and is claimed by the company to be "one of the largest registered user databases in... more »
Pandora said to be on the market as Q4 financials show lower subscriber numbers

Pandora said to be on the market as Q4 financials show lower subscriber numbers

Internet radio company Pandora Media, Inc. is attempting to sell itself, at least according to one report Thursday. The New York Times claims that Pandora has hired Morgan Stanley to meet with potential buyers and that talks so far have been preliminary and may not lead to a deal. For its part, Pandora Chief Executive Officer Brian McAndrews has neither confirmed nor denied the report, saying instead that the company wasn’t commenting on what he referred to as rumor and speculation. “We are very confident in our ability to continue to drive significant value for our shareholders,” he said. “We are focused on working... more »
Twitch's 2015 retrospective shows esports is still a driving force behind the platform

Twitch's 2015 retrospective shows esports is still a driving force behind the platform

Last year was a time of major growth for Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming service for gamers, and today the site released a retrospective looking back at all of its major accomplishments for 2015, along with a few interesting stats about how viewers and broadcasters have been using the platform. "What did Twitch watch in 2015? A lot. Actually, make that a whole lot," the company said in its retrospective. "And when Twitch watches, the world notices. With an average of 1.7 million broadcasters streaming every month, you logged some serious minutes." According to Twitch, users watched a total over nearly 460,000 years... more »
Even Ubisoft is finally sick of yearly Assassin's Creed releases

Even Ubisoft is finally sick of yearly Assassin's Creed releases

Ubisoft Entertainment SA has been churning out new Assassin's Creed games every year since 2009 (2007 if you count a couple of games for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable), but the studio has finally decided to give the franchise a rest this year for the first time in nearly a decade. In a blog post, Ubisoft noted that 2016 is a big year for the Assassin's Creed series with the upcoming release of the franchise's first live-action feature film, which releases on December 21 and will star Academy Award nominated actor Michael Fassbender. "This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise,"... more »
AR and VR firms Magic Leap and Virtuix join the Entertainment Software Association

AR and VR firms Magic Leap and Virtuix join the Entertainment Software Association

Augmented reality company Magic Leap, Inc. and virtual reality company Virtuix (Virtuix Holdings, Inc.) have joined the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The ESA is a Washington DC-based association of software developers, publishers and distributors dedicated to service the business and public affairs needs of the video game industry. This news comes after Magic Leap raised a staggering $827 million in Series C funding, increasing its valuation to $3.7 billion to continue its research into producing vivid augmented reality (AR) solutions. Virtuix produces an “Active VR” platform named the Virtuix Omni that “engages the entire body and transforms the gaming experience,” by... more »
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