Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

After the pro-Trump hack-and-leak operations and disinformation campaigns that roiled the 2016 US election, the country braced for a second round of no-holds-barred foreign interference last year. But US intelligence agencies have now confirmed that didn’t entirely come to pass. The 2020 election was hit with similar meddling, trolling, and disinformation operations as 2016—but not […]

Activision Blizzard lays off about 50 in its esports division

Activision Blizzard has let go of about 50 employees in its esports division, as the Sports Business Journal first reported. The publisher blames the decision on the impact the pandemic has had on live events. Activision Blizzard had invested heavily in on-stage esports shows with crowds, including with the Overwatch League, which had Blizzard selling […]

AI patent intelligence platform PatSnap secures $300M

Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Learn more. PatSnap, which offers a patent and R&D platform and services, today announced that it raised $300 million in series E funding from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Tencent Investment. The Toronto-, Singapore-, and London-based company plans to use the funds […]

IAM Access Analyzer Update – Policy Validation

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is an important and fundamental part of AWS. You can create IAM policies and service control policies (SCPs) that define the desired level of access to specific AWS services and resources, and then attach the policies to IAM principals (users and roles), groups of users, or to AWS resources. […]

New Amazon EC2 X2gd Instances – Graviton2 Power for Memory-Intensive Workloads

We launched the first Graviton-powered EC2 instances in late 2018 and announced the follow-on Graviton2 processor just a year later. The dual SIMD units, support for int8 and fp16 instructions, and other architectural improvements between generations combine to make the Graviton2 a highly cost-effective workhorse processor. Today, you can choose between General Purpose (M6g and […]

GamesBeat Decides: The best (and worst) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 levels

Jeff Grubb and I have some similar tastes when it comes to gaming. That includes a love for the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise, which makes it the ideal candidate for our latest tier list. Specifically, we’re looking at the levels found in the recent Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 remake compilation. That gives us […]

Scientists plan to drop limits on how far human embryos are grown in the lab

For the last 40 years, this voluntary guideline has served as an important stop sign for embryonic research. It has provided a clear signal to the public that scientists wouldn’t grow babies in labs. To researchers, it gave clarity about what research they could pursue. Now, however, a key scientific body is ready to do […]

The Fascinating Link Between Big Data and Sports Performance

Big data is a term that has been thrown around a lot in the last few years. While it seems like just a large amount of random information that is collected and stored, businesses have recently really begun to tap into all of the things that big data is able to do for them. This […]

AMD Flexes Server Processor Muscle

AMD increased the pressure it’s been applying to archrival Intel with the unveiling of an AMD EPYC 7003 Series that includes an AMD EPYC 7763 processor. The company claims it is the fastest server processor available. Each member of the AMD EPYC 7003 Series has 64 “Zen 3” cores per processor with up to 32MB […]