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Tech

Yahoo ordered to pay $5.5 million for busting March Madness deal

(Reuters) — Yahoo Inc owes a prize promoter $5.5 million for backing out of a contract to pay $1 billion for predicting every winner in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and entering a similar contract with Quicken Loans Inc and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, a court decided on Monday. The 5th U.S. Circuit…

Tech

SEC is investigating Spotify’s plans to go public without an IPO

Officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ) have met with Spotify executives to examine its plans of bypassing the initial public offering (IPO) market and listing shares directly on the New York Stock Exchange, according to Bloomberg. Such direct listings , rare on major stock exchanges, tend to involve small companies moving from…

Cloud

Cisco to acquire hyperconvergence software company Springpath for $320 million

Networking giant Cisco has announced plans to acquire hyperconvergence software company Springpath in a deal worth $320 million. Founded out of Sunnyvale, California as Storvisor back in 2012, the company launched out of stealth three years later as Springpath. Cisco actually led Springpath’s $34 million series C funding round in 2015, and the duo worked…

Tech

Altspace: Revival is ‘deep in discussions’ for social VR app

Two weeks ago, social VR platform AltspaceVR hosted what was supposed to be its final gathering  before shutting down. Now, it appears that it won’t be shutting down at all. AltspaceVR announced its planned closure  in late July, noting that the company had been unsuccessful in raising further funds needed to keep the platform going. On August…

Culture & Gaming

HP vs. Acer: comparing Windows VR headsets

For the past year and a half the world has known two primary PC VR ecosystems: the Oculus Home-powered Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers) and the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive (although the Rift works on SteamVR too, but that’s beside the point sort of). There have been a handful of others that popped up, like OSVR,…

Culture & Gaming

Immersv raises $10.5 million for VR ads and mobile 360-degree video

Immersv has raised $10.5 million to strengthen its position as a provider of advertising for virtual reality and mobile 360-degree apps and games. The new round is a vote of confidence for the VR market and its cousin mobile 360 (where people view 360-degree images on their mobile devices). While some VR companies have run…

Culture & Gaming

Wargaming will stream 1,000 hours of World of Tanks gameplay on Facebook Live

World of Tanks is rolling out on your newsfeed. Wargaming is partnering with Facebook to stream over 1,000 hours of video centered on its popular take on online shooters. In addition to livestreams of gameplay, this deal includes historical content, interviews with players, and coverage of esports events, such as the World of Tanks regional and…

Tech

Google researchers made an algorithm to delete watermarks from photos

Researchers at Google have found a vulnerability in the way watermarks are used by stock imagery sites like Adobe Stock that makes it possible to remove the opaque stamp used to protect copyright. The consistent nature in which the watermarks are placed on photos can be exploited using an algorithm trained to recognize and automatically…