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Civilization: Beyond Earth Review – Much More Than Just Civilization In Space

CivBE_Screenshot_Harmony_MindflowerEndgame The Civilization series has repeatedly roped me in for disappearances that span hours and even days, and the newest instalment, Civilization: Beyond Earth continues that storied tradition. The civilization building and management simulation keeps a lot of what has worked about the series, and adds substantial new gameplay elements – this is no warmed-over expansion with some sci-fi… Read More Continue reading

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Early Stage Investor Version One Ventures Closes $35M Second Fund

Boris-Wertz-2 The Vancouver-based early stage investment fund Version One Ventures, led by founder and current Andreessen Horowitz board partner Boris Wertz, has closed its second fund of $35 million today. The venture firm, which also has offices in Palo Alto, secured the funding from Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, a recently created Canadian ‘fund-of-funds,’ and BDC Capital, as well as… Read More Continue reading

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Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

 Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions in Mandarin, to the delight of the audience and t… Continue reading

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German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

Google News Germany A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers — who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so. Read More Continue reading

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Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

oxford Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More Continue reading

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Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Media

 Telegram, the privacy-focused messaging app, now lets you add friends without necessarily knowing their phone number. An update to the iOS and Android app today has introduced the option to register as username, although all users must still regi… Continue reading

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Ant Financial: The Greatest Victory Is That Which Requires No Battle

ant Not long after the Alibaba IPO, eBay announced that it aims to spin off PayPal as a separately traded company. The rumors of PayPal as an acquisition target are already looming, and one of the contenders is Jack Ma’s Alipay, now called Ant Financial. A deeper insight into Alipay is interesting in light of the potential changes similar players like Apple, Amazon and PayPal pose for the… Read More Continue reading

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Chicago And Big Data

shutterstock_216526753 (1) As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for… Read More Continue reading

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Tim Armstrong Doesn’t Say The Wrong Thing About Women In The Workplace

Tim Armstrong Aol-1-2 In the past few weeks and months, conversations about women in our industry have run the gamut from companies such as Apple and Facebook willing to pay to freeze women’s eggs so they can put off having children and Satya Nadella’s karmic misstep to the data-rich, but solution-poor disclosure of just how few women are at the top of tech. Read More Continue reading

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When Should Startups Hire A CFO?

shutterstock_119165185 Many founders and CEOs of start-ups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a start-up, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more money do we need? Read More Continue reading

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