Why THQ Nordic has joined the game studio acquisition binge

On November 17, Embracer Group (a game publisher formed from the combination of THQ Nordic and Nordic Games Publishing) announced the acquisition of a dozen game studios. That was a historic day in games, and it was part of an acquisition binge trend that we’ve seen along with deals like Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda […]

Salesforce + Slack mashup signals the rise of Deep Collaboration

News this week that Salesforce is acquiring Slack has a lot of people opining on the pros and cons of such a merger. But one thing is clear: combining the collaboration functionality of Slack with the sales productivity tooling of Salesforce represents a monumental step forward in the history of enterprise software. My team at […]

The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors

The two stories that have dominated headlines in the US in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic and the presidential election, were still in the news this week as virus cases and death tolls rise and the promise of a vaccine looms. New research, though, indicates that phishers have been targeting vaccine development groups and particularly organizations […]

JD.com becomes first online platform to accept China's digital currency

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc said on Saturday it has become the country’s first virtual platform to accept Beijing’s homegrown digital currency. JD Digits, the company’s fintech arm, will accept digital yuan as payment for some products on its online mall, as part of an experimental giveaway of digital yuan to citizens […]

Quibi: Why did the video app go so wrong?

By James ClaytonNorth America technology reporter image copyrightQuibi/Getty Images Quibi pulled the plug on its video-streaming service this week, capping an extraordinary year for the company. At the start of 2020, it was seen by some as the future of “snackable” smartphone entertainment. Shows were shot so they could be watched full-screen in both portrait […]

U.S. not extending TikTok divestiture deadline, but talks will continue: sources

By David Shepardson and Echo Wang WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Friday opted not to grant ByteDance a new extension of an order requiring the Chinese company to divest TikTok’s U.S. assets, but talks will continue over the short video-sharing app’s fate, two sources briefed on the matter said. A Treasury Department […]

We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says

Many details of the exact sequence of events that led up to Gebru’s departure are not yet clear; both she and Google have declined to comment beyond their posts on social media. But MIT Technology Review obtained a copy of the research paper from  one of the co-authors, Emily M. Bender, a professor of computational […]

What’s next for BioWare? | GamesBeat Decides 175

Some big names left BioWare this week. What does that mean for the studio, and where does that leave Mass Effect and Dragon Age 4? GamesBeat editors Jeff Grubb and Mike Minotti discuss that on this week’s episode of GamesBeat Decides. Also, Oscar Isaac is playing Snake in a Metal Gear Solid movie, and the […]

The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann is now co-president of Naughty Dog

Neil Druckmann, an influential game developer behind titles such as The Last of Us, has been appointed a co-president of Naughty Dog alongside longtime co-president Evan Wells. The appointment is a big recognition of Druckmann’s contributions to Naughty Dog, a Sony-owned game studio in Los Angeles with hundreds of employees. Under Druckmann’s direction, Naughty Dogs […]

Chinese professor pleads guilty to lying to FBI in Huawei-related case

By Karen Freifeld (Reuters) -A Chinese professor accused by U.S. prosecutors of helping steal American technology to benefit China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on Friday pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, but is expected to be allowed to return home after prosecutors decided not to pursue a more serious charge. The professor, Bo Mao, […]