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Despite crackdown, there’s a new Apple Park drone video

A new drone video shows work continuing on Apple Park, including progress on landscaping, despite reports that the company was attempting to prevent such flyovers. Over the summer, several drone operators said that Apple had hired security guards for adjacent sites to warn them not to fly their drones over the company’s new headquarters. At…

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B2B data platform ZoomInfo was acquired by private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $240 million

ZoomInfo , the subscription-based B2B platform that sells access to company data such as contact details, employment history, and other background information, was acquired earlier this week by Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners. But the company didn’t reveal how much it was acquired for — until now. A ZoomInfo spokesperson has confirmed to…

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HashiCorp and Microsoft team up on Terraform infrastructure provisioning

EXCLUSIVE: HashiCorp and Microsoft announced today that the two organizations will be working together on integrating the popular Terraform infrastructure management software with the Azure cloud platform. It’s a move by Microsoft that could help with adoption of its cloud platform, especially by enterprises that are the bread and butter of the tech giant’s customer…

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Kabam vet leads Deca Games’ charge into live operations for old games

Germany’s Deca Games is coming out of stealth to offer live operations (such as tournaments) that can breathe life into older mobile and PC games. The Berlin-based company will work with game studios and developers who don’t want to continue the task of running an existing game as a service. It will do so by…

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Box taps Google’s AI for image recognition

Box is bringing more artificial intelligence to its content services offering for enterprises, the company announced today. Using the Google Cloud Vision API, customers will be able to get automatic tagging of objects, optical character recognition of text in images, and other information when they upload files. With this move, Box is adding a new…

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Quake Champions hits Early Access for $30 on August 22

Id Software announced today that its multiplayer first-person shooter Quake Champions will transition from its closed testing phase to Early Access on August 22. To play the game in Early Access, you need to buy the Champions Pack for $30. That’s $10 cheaper than it’s final $40 retail price. Quake Champions is a PC-only arena shooter,…

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HMD Global is preinstalling surveys on Nokia phones

OPINION: If there’s one thing consumers don’t like, it’s being spammed with calls, instant messages, and texts involving promotions and other forms of marketing chicanery — especially when they haven’t given consent. What may be even more annoying, however, is turning on your phone to find a survey has been baked directly into the software….

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Robotic digitization startup Ripcord raises $40 million to make paperless offices a reality

Ripcord , a startup that’s using robotics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence to create what it calls the “truly paperless workplace,” has raised $40 million in a series B round of funding led by Icon Ventures, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. The funds constitute $25 million in equity financing and $15…

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Total War: Warhammer II hands-on: The Skaven rats are dangerous vermin

PREVIEW: In The Creative Assembly ‘s new strategy game, we’ll find out if the rats will inherit the Earth. The Sega-owned developer has revealed the Skaven, a rat-like, fourth playable race in Total War: Warhammer II , which Sega will launch on Steam  on the PC on September 28. I attended a preview event where I was able…

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Total War: Warhammer II’s rat race is pretty fierce

PREVIEW: Sega’s The Creative Assembly revealed the Skaven rat faction as the fourth playable race in Total War: Warhammer II . And it’s a logical question as to whether this faction is going to be overwhelming. I went to a preview event for the game, which debuts on Steam on the PC on September 28. I…