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Uber recruiting engineers by randomly sending a coding game to play during rides

Microsoft engineer Joshua Debner was taking an Uber in Seattle to meet a friend when the new notification popped up on the screen. Uber wanted to play a game called Code on the Road. Uber confirmed to Business Insider that it’s found a new way to lure engineers to work for the fast-growing startup by […]

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VR Sports, Ninja Trainer reveal VR’s potential for destruction

I hit a man last week. Actually, I hit him three times. Now, these were not deliberate acts of violence. No — they were accidental moments of virtual reality havoc. If you remember the early days of Nintendo’s Wii motion-controller console, you can probably recall people breaking their televisions because they were flailing their arms […]

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Verizon says security breach leads to customer data leak

(Reuters) – Verizon said an attacker had exploited a security vulnerability on its enterprise client portal to steal contact information of a number of customers. The company said the attacker however did not gain access to Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) or other data. CPNI is the information that telephone companies collect including the time, […]

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Jay and Silent Bob’s Jason Mewes on crowdfunding and pot leaf throwing stars

First they were just a couple of stoners hanging outside a convenience store. Now they could be video game stars. The characters Jay and Silent Bob have been in numerous movies, comics, and more since their debut in the 1994 Kevin Smith film Clerks. Now, developer Interabang Entertainment is trying to crowdfund a 2D brawler […]

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Game developers weigh in on the openness of Microsoft’s Windows 10 platform

Tim Sweeney is one of the best-known technical experts in the game industry and the CEO of Gears of War creator Epic Games. He kicked off a big debate over the openness of Windows earlier this month when he wrote an opinion piece that warned about Microsoft’s moves with Windows 10 to close off its Windows app […]

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Microsoft exec apologizes for Tay chatbot’s racist tweets, says users ‘exploited a vulnerability’

Peter Lee, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s research and development wing, today apologized for the behavior of Tay, the artificial intelligence-powered chatbot the company unveiled earlier this week and soon thereafter took offline. “We are deeply sorry for the unintended offensive and hurtful tweets from Tay, which do not represent who we […]

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GameStop expects new PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and other hardware sales to drop 10% in 2016

GameStop doesn’t share Wall Street’s confidence about its outlook for fiscal 2016. The world’s largest gaming-focused retailer announced that it expects to earn somewhere between $3.90 and $4.05 per share this year. Analysts were expecting something closer to $4.09. GameStop’s core business of selling video games and consoles is the big reason the company isn’t […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview for PCs and mobile with many bug fixes

Microsoft today announced the release of new Windows 10 preview builds for PCs and mobile devices for people in the fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. Unlike the build released on March 17 that brought extensibility to Microsoft’s Edge browser, this preview build doesn’t have any big new features — instead there are a […]

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OneRent raises $4M as it expands to disrupt online real estate biz

Real estate managing tool OneRent announced yesterday that it sealed a $4 million funding deal with early-stage VC Renren, Inc. The investment will be used to hire new personnel and expand to six new cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Washington, DC. OneRent, which currently operates in the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, […]

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Google starts the Android Experiments I/O Challenge to attract more open-source projects

Google is announcing today the launch of Android Experiments I/O Challenge, a short program to encourage the submission of cool new open-source Android apps to the Android Experiments program that Google introduced last year. Google has racked up apps in its online gallery since then, but with its I/O developer conference coming up in May, […]

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