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Virgin Media's superfast broadband network heads to Leeds

Engadget - 4 hours 35 min ago
After breaking ground in its first UK city last month, Virgin Media has chosen its the next location for its £3 billion broadband expansion: Leeds. The company confirmed today that it's investing £40 million to deliver superfast broadband, TV and lan...

Former 'Dead Island 2' developer can't pay its bills

Engadget - 4 hours 45 min ago
The situation with Dead Island 2 and developer Yager took another turn today as the company announced it's filing for insolvency. Yager Productions, the team formed to work on the zombie sequel, can't pay the money it owes to debtors. "At the moment,...

Vaniday, Rocket Internet’s Beauty And Wellness Marketplace, Scores €15M Backing

TechCrunch - 5 hours 2 min ago
 Vaniday, the online marketplace for beauty and wellness professionals co-founded by e-commerce behemoth and ‘startup builder’ Rocket Internet, has bagged its first major round of funding. Read More

Sun Tzu 2.0: The Future of Cyberwarfare

Slashdot - 5 hours 56 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Cyberwar and its ramifications have been debated for some time and the issue has been wrought with controversy. Few would argue that cyber-attacks are not prevalent in cyberspace. However, does it amount to a type of warfare? Let's break this down by drawing parallels from a treatise by 6th century military general, Sun Tzu, who authored one of the most definitive handbooks on warfare, "The Art of War." His writings have been studied throughout the ages by professional militaries and can be used to not only answer the question of whether or not we are in a cyberwar, but how one can fight a cyber-battle.

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Chaldal Wants To Become The Amazon Fresh Of Bangladesh’s Capital

TechCrunch - 6 hours 5 min ago
 Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is one of the densest cities in the world. Since real estate is at a premium, stores are often tiny and carry very limited inventory. Backed by Y Combinator and 500 Startups, Chaldal currently stocks over 4,000 products in its two warehouses, which it delivers in about an hour, and hopes to become the “Amazon Fresh of Dhaka.” Read More

The Enterprise Model Of Pepper, SoftBank’s Robot, Will Cost $440 A Month To Rent

TechCrunch - 6 hours 25 min ago
 SoftBank will start taking pre-orders for the enterprise model of its humanoid robot, Pepper, on October 1. The company revealed today “Pepper for Biz” will cost 55,000 yen (about $440 a month) per month to rent. Contracts are for 36 months, so businesses have to spend a total of about $15,940 in rental charges. Read More

Sony Posts $780M Profit On Strong PlayStation And Sensor Businesses

TechCrunch - 6 hours 31 min ago
 Sony today reported a $780 million operating profit for Q1 2015 as the company’s camera sensor business and PlayStation 4 arm helped it beat analyst expectations. Read More

PlayStation helps Sony to big profits, but mobile's struggling

Engadget - 6 hours 38 min ago
Sony is actually doing all right despite a lot of turmoil, and it's got the PlayStation 4 to thank. This quarter, the company moved 3 million PS4s, bringing total sales of the console to 25.3 million units. Peripheral and software shipments also went...

Video Ad Company Jun Group Raises $28M In Its First Venture Round

TechCrunch - 7 hours 4 min ago
 Jun Group was founded back in 2005, but according to founder and CEO Mitchell Reichgut, the video ad company has never accepted any venture funding — until now. “We really have been independent since day one,” Reichgut said. (Jun Group has taken money from Western Technology Investment, but it was debt, not equity financing.) Read More

San Francisco's Public Works Agency Tests Paint That Repels Urine

Slashdot - 7 hours 5 min ago
monkeyzoo writes: San Francisco is testing an ultra-water-repellant paint on wallls in areas fraught with public urination problems. The paint is designed to repel the urine and soil the offender's pants. "It's supposed to, when people urinate, bounce back and hit them on the pants and get them wet. Hopefully that will discourage them. We will put a sign to give them a heads up," said Mohammad Nuru, director of the San Francisco public works. A Florida company named Ultra-Tech produces the super-hydrophobic oleophobic nano-coating that was also recently used with success on walls in Hamburg, Germany [video] to discourage public urination. Signs posted there warn, "Do not pee here! We pee back!"

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Razer's Android gamepad is now on Google Play for $80

Engadget - 7 hours 36 min ago
If you're tired of having to pause games on your Android mobile device just to wipe finger grease off the screen, you are in luck. For $80, the Bluetooth-connected Razer Serval gamepad will ensure that you never touch that screen again (at least unti...

Chat App Line’s Revenue Falls For First Time Amid Struggle For Global Growth

TechCrunch - 8 hours 6 min ago
 Mobile messaging app Line saw its revenue decrease quarter-on-quarter for the first time as the Japanese company battles to grow its userbase worldwide. Read More

AT&T rejects $100 million fine, claims it followed the rules

Engadget - 8 hours 13 min ago
AT&T refuses to pay the FCC the $100 million fine it got slapped with, claiming that it didn't keep data throttling a secret from its subscribers at all. Ma Bell was given with such a hefty penalty, because the agency determined that it slowed down s...

'Dropsy' the clown threatens to hug you in September

Engadget - 9 hours 3 min ago
Dropsy, a new game from publisher Devolver Digital, is a pixelated acid trip disguised as a point-and-click adventure. It's stars a bald, nearly toothless clown covered in thick white face paint, bright red lipstick, too-small suspenders and high-wat...

Why I’m Quitting Shoppable Video

TechCrunch - 9 hours 4 min ago
 Video has completely taken over: 10 billion video views will roll off today and an estimated 86 percent of Internet traffic will be dedicated to video in 2016. But despite its dominance, video monetization is reliant on old models: TV-style media buys and the clinging ridiculousness of banner ads. Read More

With A Slew Of US Investors, Zimmber Launches Home Service Marketplace For India

TechCrunch - 9 hours 13 min ago
 A who’s-who of big time American investors are bringing the marketplace investment thesis behind HomeJoy and Handy to India — backing the new startup Zimmber. Ram Shriram, the founder of Sherpalo Ventures and an investor in Google, IDG Ventures, the Omidyar Network, and the India-based chairman of Manipal Global Education, V. Mohandas Pai, have committed just under $2 million into… Read More

How Developers Can Fight Creeping Mediocrity

Slashdot - 9 hours 32 min ago
Nerval's Lobster writes: As the Slashdot community well knows, chasing features has never worked out for any software company. "Once management decides that's where the company is going to live, it's pretty simple to start counting down to the moment that company will eventually die," software engineer Zachary Forrest y Salazar writes in a new posting. But how does any developer overcome the management and deadlines that drive a lot of development straight into mediocrity, if not outright ruination? He suggests a damn-the-torpedoes approach: "It's taking the code into your own hands, building or applying tools to help you ship faster, and prototyping ideas," whether or not you really have the internal support. But given the management issues and bureaucracy confronting many companies, is this approach feasible?

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Betterment Tops 100,000 Customers And $2.5B Under Management

TechCrunch - 9 hours 44 min ago
 Automated investment service Betterment is growing at a torrid pace through the first half of 2015. The company has managed to woo over 100,000 customers to its algorithm based investment service and has grown its assets under management to $2.5 billion. Read More

Canon's new $30,000 video camera can see where you can't

Engadget - 10 hours 5 min ago
Canon is already competing with the Arri Alexa and Red cameras of the world, but it's about to take this one step further. Meet the ME20F-SH, a high-end video shooter that features a sleek, subtle and somewhat compact design. Most importantly, Canon'...

Samsung will discount Galaxy S6 phones after launch sales disappoint

Engadget - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:36pm
Samsung's earlier prediction for the second quarter of 2015 was spot on: the company has failed to hit its goals when it comes to the sales of its flagship devices. Its operating profits fell four percent to 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion), and the m...