Sat.Sep 12, 2020

Why Apple’s anti-tracking move hurts everyone … but Apple

Venture Beast

Apple’s limit on ad tracking is not only monopolistic but also harmful to the very stakeholders who made Apple’s ecosystem great in the first place. Read More.

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SoftBank is reportedly preparing to sell ARM to Nvidia for more than $40 billion

The Verge

Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge. SoftBank is reportedly is preparing to sell chipmaker ARM to Nvidia as early as next week in a deal worth more than $40 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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If Nvidia buys Arm, how open will it remain?

Venture Beast

Nvidia is rumored to be in talks to buy Arm for more than $40 billion from SoftBank, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Read More.

Each Episode of Lovecraft Country Now Comes With a Syllabus

GizModo VR

Lovecraft Country has as lot of powerful, distinct intersections with Black history, looking at the Black experience in the United States during the time in which it’s set through the lens of horror.

Facebook Causes Continue to Show Little Promise as Fundraising Tools

Why niche SaaS scales so well

Venture Beast

The market for vertical SaaS is strong, tripling in the last decade. And even niche verticals are proving they can be lucrative. Read More. Business Entrepreneur category-/Business & Industrial/Business Services category-/Computers & Electronics/Enterprise Technology vertical SaaS

Australia Burned Under a Haze of Misinformation Earlier This Year. The U.S. Is Next.

GizModo VR

In January, I watched Australia burn from a distance, gripped with anxiety and sadness. Only a few months after I moved to Norway, the most terrifying firestorms the country has ever encountered tore through the land. Read more


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SoftBank reportedly closing a $40 billion sale of ARM to Nvidia, announcement imminent


According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, SoftBank and Nvidia are nearing a deal for the graphics giant to acquire ARM for $40 billion in a cash and stock transaction. SoftBank acquired Arm for around $31 billion in 2016, and in recent months has been looking to offload

This Clash of Clans animated short is a first step toward a bigger fantasy universe

The Verge

Supercell’s mobile games, Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, are massive: together, the pair has been downloaded more than 3 billion times, according to the developer. Now, the Finnish studio is bringing them together with a new Clash animated short, a 12-minute piece called Lost & Crowned.

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Over 41 percent of cyber insurance claims in 2020 came from ransomware attacks


Last year, ransomware attacks jumped 41 percent and hit hundreds of thousands of organizations that were forced to pay dearly to get access to their important files.

Sony announces PS5 event for Wednesday September 16th

The Verge

Sony is holding a special PlayStation 5 event next week. The company will broadcast a 40-minute “digital showcase” on Wednesday, September 16th that will include updates from first-party Sony game studios and third-party partners.

Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Blightbound interview: Dungeon-running, Early Access-style

Venture Beast

Blightbound is a darker multiplayer co-op game, but that's not the only thing different for Ronimo Games' approach to its latest release. Read More.


Borderlands 3 is getting a free PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrade — and four-player splitscreen

The Verge

Borderlands 3 is the latest game to adopt an encouraging trend — giving gamers a next-gen upgrade without making them pay for it — and in this case, it’s one that’ll be extremely welcome to console gamers who have 4K TV sets.

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Facebook Finally Cracks Down on Bogus Propaganda About Oregon Wildfires

GizModo VR

As emergency responders in Oregon struggle to contain a record 900,000 acres of wildfires across the state, local police have been fighting to contain a torrent of bogus rumors spreading online.


Google Groups rolling out redesign that includes improved mobile site

The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. A Google Groups Material Design revamp that’s been in beta for several months will become the default for all users starting next week, the company announced in a blog post.

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Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti rumored for October debut


The supposed RTX 3060 Ti would launch in October, the same month that Nvidia's upcoming RTX 3070 is supposed to arrive. As for when we could expect a standard RTX 3060, that's presently unclear. Early 2021 seems like a safe bet, though


Seattle entrepreneurs lead new digital health platform DexCare, incubated at Providence


DexCare CEO Derek Streat and CCO Sean O’Connor. DexCare Photos). Providence’s Digital Innovation Group is adding two Seattle entrepreneurs and former colleagues to lead its newest incubated health tech startup, an “access optimization platform” called DexCare.

Astra’s first attempt to reach orbit ends early after rocket fails mid-flight

The Verge

Astra’s Rocket 3.1 leaves the pad | Astra. The first orbital mission for rocket launch startup Astra ended without its Rocket 3.1 reaching orbit.

What to Expect from Apple's September Event (Hint: Maybe No iPhones)

GizModo VR

Since the very beginning of time, which has lost all meaning at this point, almost every September has delivered a new iPhone. It’s possible that Apple’s event next week will also deliver a new iPhone, but for the first time in many moons, we may not see a phone. Read more.

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Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

Smart home platform Wink suffering widespread outage

The Verge

Smart home platform Wink is having a widespread outage, just over a month after it implemented a paid subscription plan for most of its previously free features. First reported by Android Police , the outage appears to have started Thursday.

California Passes Law to Help Inmate Firefighters Pursue Professional Careers in the Field

GizModo VR

Amid the flames ravaging the state, California on Friday finally took a step to recognize the important contributions made by incarcerated firefighters over the years.


Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus are just $95 for one day only at Woot

The Verge

At Woot, Amazon Prime members can pick up a set of Samsung’s very good Galaxy Buds Plus wireless earbuds for $95. This is the lowest price yet. If you don’t have Prime, your checkout price will be $100, so it’s not too harsh of a penalty.

Three Electrostatic Motors Almost Make This Pricey Watch Worth It

GizModo VR

The 1960s were an interstitial time when it came to technology.


The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Microsoft calls Apple's new guidelines for cloud gaming "a bad experience for customers"


The move means that game-streaming services like xCloud and Stadia can make the leap to iPhones and iPads, but that individual titles offered by each service will need to be released as separate iOS and iPadOS apps.

Doom Patrol Has Been Renewed For a Third Season on HBO Max

GizModo VR

Praise the patron saint of fuckup superheroes, Doom Patrol isn’t over just yet. Read more. doom patrol hbo max dc universe warner bros dc fandome dc brendan fraser matt bomer


New platform from nonprofit Carina offers quick searches for in-home childcare openings


Childcare owner Katina Richardson, one of the providers on Carina. Photo courtesy of Carina). As COVID-19 stay-at-home orders began triggering business closures in early spring, there was much attention paid to shuttered restaurants and storefronts.

Crysis Remastered brings ray tracing to current-gen consoles, non-RTX GPUs


Crysis Remastered appears to be following in the footsteps of its predecessor: both the original and the remastered version have introduced impressive new visuals, and both are pretty hard to run when maxed out. Enabling ray tracing in Crysis Remastered will bring the Xbox One X to 30fps at 1080p


The Complete Guide to Distributed Tracing

Distributed tracing is a diagnostic technique that reveals how a set of services coordinate to handle individual user requests. Distributed tracing helps enable loosely coupled work across teams for fast, independent problem-solving.

Legends of Tomorrow's Season 6 Has Found Its Guide to the Wide World of Aliens

GizModo VR

The Legends have fought time-displaced historical leaders, magical creatures, and the greatest villains of all time—maybe it’s time for them to face something a little more out of this world.

Next Google Nest thermostat might support motion gestures, just like the Pixel 4

Mashable VR

Folks who like to use Google technology to regulate the temperature in their homes might have a strange new way to do that soon. Droid-Life spotted an FCC filing that appears to be for a new Nest Thermostat.

The Next PS5 Showcase Event Is On September 16

GizModo VR

Today, Sony announced that they have one last Playstation 5 showcase event before the console launches this holiday. This next event will be about 40 minutes long and will air on September 16 at 4 PM ET. Read more. ps5 playstation 5 playstation showcase kotakucore


Apple goes to war with video game streaming platforms in App Store rules update

Mashable VR

The video game industry is none too pleased with Apple right now.

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.