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VentureBeat is an American technology website headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States. It publishes news, analysis, long-form features, interviews, and videos. The VentureBeat company was founded in 2006 by Matt Marshall, an ex-correspondent for The Mercury News. In March 2009, VentureBeat signed a partnership agreement with IDG to produce DEMO Conference, a conference for startups to announce their launches and raise funding from venture capitalists and angel investors.Source
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Game Industry’s First Mental Health Event Debuts in October

Game Industry’s First Mental Health Event Debuts in October

The International Games Summit on Mental Health takes place on October 9-10 in Toronto. The will event take place on October 9-October 10 in Toronto, Canada, and it will be the first such event on for game industry professionals. It is based on the notion that game industry professionals are just like everyone else. And in any given year, one in five people in Canada and the United States will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. But games require a mental health conference of their own because the industry presents unique environmental challenges and opportunities. The...

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Dean Takahashi
August 27, 2019
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Mozilla debuts its new Firefox logos

Mozilla debuts its new Firefox logos

Mozilla today introduced a new Firefox family of logos, a rebranding effort it kicked off more than 18 months ago. For most people, Firefox refers to a browser, but the company now wants the brand to encompass the entire Firefox family of apps and services.“The ‘Firefox’ you’ve always known as a browser is stretching to cover a family of products and services united by putting you and your privacy first,” Mozilla explained. “Firefox is a browser AND an encrypted service to send huge files. It’s an easy way to protect your passwords on every device AND an early warning if your email has been...

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Emil Protalinski
June 12, 2019
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Hired: AR/VR engineers replace blockchain programmers as hottest commodity

Hired: AR/VR engineers replace blockchain programmers as hottest commodity

Join 500+ top game execs at GamesBeat Summit, 4/28 - 4/29.jobs are hot, with demand surging 1,400% in 2019, according to a new State of Software Engineers report by job site .This means that AR/VR knowledge is the hot new thing, supplanting blockchain engineers, who according to Hired’s data were in demand a year ago. In last year’s report, blockchain engineer demand grew 517%. It’s a surprise to me, as AR/VR is having a mixed impact in consumer markets. But is strong.Hired said that AR/VR engineer salaries range from $135,000 to $150,000 in large U.S. tech hubs. The majority of software...

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Dean Takahashi
February 13, 2020
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AI Weekly: Coronavirus, facial recognition, and the future of privacy

AI Weekly: Coronavirus, facial recognition, and the future of privacy

3D art based on microscope images of the coronavirus from the 2020 outbreak in Wuhan, ChinaGlobal cases of COVID-19 . As President Trump signs into law an $8.3 billion emergency aid package to address the crisis, the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday that this is “a time for pulling out all the stops.”New cases are emerging in countries around the world, but COVID-19 appears to be flat or declining in China, where the novel virus first emerged. Earlier this week, VentureBeat took a look at some .AI and big data played a significant role in China’s response to...

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Khari Johnson
March 10, 2020
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ProtonMail could use Google’s infrastructure to circumvent censorship [updated]

ProtonMail could use Google’s infrastructure to circumvent censorship [updated]

ProtonMail**This article was updated on March 16, 2020, to reflect additional input from Proton, which told VentureBeat that it would only use Google’s infrastructure in very limited situations — and that it won’t be directing actual connections through Google as this article originally stated. However, due to the nature of this new tool and the adversaries that it is looking to counter, the company is unable to disclose exactly how the technology works.Proton Technologies, the company behind encrypted email provider , has announced plans to circumvent censorship by using “alternative...

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Paul Sawers
March 13, 2020
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Microsoft acquires virtualized mobile network startup Affirmed Networks

Microsoft acquires virtualized mobile network startup Affirmed Networks

Microsoft today announced it is acquiring Affirmed Networks, a startup that offers fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network solutions, for an undisclosed amount. The company wants to integrate Affirmed Networks’ technology into Microsoft Azure to let the telecommunications industry deploy and maintain 5G networks via the cloud rather than just hardware and software. Affirmed Networks offers a virtualized cloud-native network called Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) that lets communication service providers scale with the demands of mobile services. The startup also offers a cloud-native...

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Emil Protalinski
March 26, 2020
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Google claims its AI can design computer chips in under 6 hours

Google claims its AI can design computer chips in under 6 hours

In a preprint coauthored by Google AI lead Jeff Dean, scientists at Google Research and the Google chip implementation and infrastructure team a learning-based approach to chip design that can learn from past experience and improve over time, becoming better at generating architectures for unseen components. They claim it completes designs in under six hours on average, which is significantly faster than the weeks it takes human experts in the loop.While the work isn’t entirely novel — it builds upon a technique proposed by Google engineers in a — it advances the state of the art in that it...

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Kyle Wiggers
April 23, 2020
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OpenAI launches Microscope to visualize the neurons in popular machine learning models

OpenAI launches Microscope to visualize the neurons in popular machine learning models

OpenAI today launched Microscope, a library of neuron visualizations starting with nine popular or heavily neural networks. In all, the collection encompasses millions of images. Like a microscope can do in a laboratory, Microscope is made to help AI researchers better understand the architecture and behavior of neural networks with tens of thousands of neurons.Initial models in Microscope include historically important and commonly studied computer vision models like AlexNet, 2012 winner of the now retired ImageNet challenge. AlexNet has been cited over 50,000 times in research. There’s...

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Khari Johnson
April 14, 2020
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Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads in August

Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads in August

Google Chrome LogoGoogle today announced that Chrome will start blocking resource-heavy ads. Examples include ads that mine cryptocurrency, are poorly programmed, or are unoptimized for network usage. Chrome will block these ads because they “drain battery life, saturate already strained networks, and cost money.” There are three possible thresholds an ad can hit to be blocked: 4MB of network data, 15 seconds of CPU usage in any 30-second period, or 60 seconds of total CPU usage. Google will be experimenting with this change “over the next several months” and will roll it out on Chrome...

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Emil Protalinski
May 14, 2020
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GameStop appoints Reggie Fils-Aimé to board of directors

GameStop appoints Reggie Fils-Aimé to board of directors

Reggie Fils-Aimé.former president and taker of names is joining . The huge gaming retail company announced today that is joining its board to help turn the company around. Fils-Aimé is best known as his time as president of Nintendo of America, when he was the face of the company in North America.Joining Fils-Aimé on the board is Bill Simon and J.K. Symancyk. Simon has worked 30 years in various executive roles in the retail industry. Symancyk is the president and chief executive of PetSmart. GameStop’s goal is to have Fils-Aimé, Simon, and Symancyk provide expertise to help turn its...

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Jeff Grubb
March 10, 2020
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