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May 22, 2018

Epic Games will pump $100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions

Epic Games doesn’t want the party to stop. The gaming company announced today that it plans to funnel $100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions for the “2018-2019 season,” a move which will undoubtedly drive talent and enthusiasm to the battle royale title. The company annou…

By Lucas Matney
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May 21, 2018

Don't expect Ubuntu maker Canonical to IPO this year

Canonical, the company best known for its Ubuntu Linux distribution, is on a path to an IPO. That’s something Canonical founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth has been quite open about. But don’t expect that IPO to happen this year. “We did decide as a company — and that’s …

By Frederic Lardinois
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May 21, 2018

Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers' wireless routers

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers' Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber's account number and street number will be served up the wi-fi name and password via the company's Xfinity internet a…

By Devin Coldewey
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May 21, 2018

Uizard raises funds for its AI that turns design mockups into source code

When you’re trying to build apps, there is a very tedious point where you have to star at a wireframe and then laboriously turn it into code. Actually, the process itself is highly repetitive and ought to be much easier. The traditional software development from front-end design, to front-end html/…

By Mike Butcher
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May 21, 2018

Instagram says "you're all caught up" in first time well spent feature

Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you’ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-induci…

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May 21, 2018

Adobe to acquire Magento for $1.68 B

Adobe announced today that it was acquiring Magento for $1.68 billion. The purchase gives Adobe a missing Ecommerce platform piece that works in B2B and B2C contexts and should fit nicely in the company’s Experience Cloud. It should also help Adobe compete with Salesforce, which offers its ow…

By Ron Miller
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May 21, 2018

Google Photos adds likes and favorites with hearts and stars

Twitter swapped out its Favorite star icon for an appreciation-focused heart icon instead, but Google Photos is embracing both icons with an update rolling out now. The company announced this afternoon it’s adding a new star-shaped Favorites button to its photo-sharing service starting today,…

By Sarah Perez
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May 21, 2018

Sony shrinks its Digital Paper tablet down to a more manageable 10 inches

I had a great time last year with Sony's catchily-named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that's perfect for reading PDFs and other big documents, but one of my main issues was simply how big the thing is. Light and thin but 13 inches across, the tablet was just unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my advice, Son…

By Devin Coldewey