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IBM launches a cheaper platform for start-ups to build blockchain projects

IBM launches a cheaper platform for start-ups to build blockchain projects

has unveiled a new blockchain product that lets start-ups and developers build their own distributed ledger projects. The service is a cheaper alternative to Big Blue's current enterprise plan for firms looking to develop blockchain applications.
You Can Do Bong Hits With HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Crew–In VR

You Can Do Bong Hits With HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Crew–In VR

Have you ever wanted to do bong hits with the crew from HBO’s Silicon Valley? Now you can–in VR. To coincide with the show’s fifth season premiere, the hit-making cable channel is debuting Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel, a virtual reality recreation of the infamous house where the show’s main characters have lived and failed, again and again, to build their business.
‘Diet Bitcoin’: Brother of Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Launches Bizarre ICO, Claims He Met Satoshi

‘Diet Bitcoin’: Brother of Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Launches Bizarre ICO, Claims He Met Satoshi

The brother of deceased Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has created his own cryptocurrency. It’s called Dietbitcoin (DXX), and it’s perhaps even more bizarre than you would imagine. Roberto Escobar, who served more than 11 years in a maximum security prison for his role as an accountant for the Medellin cartel, is launching the coin through Escobar Inc., a private investment company.
Apple confirms it will fix bug that caused Siri to read out hidden lock screen notifications

Apple confirms it will fix bug that caused Siri to read out hidden lock screen notifications

Apple says it will fix a bug that caused Siri to read out hidden lock screen notifications to anyone who asks. Apple said in a statement to MacRumors, “We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update.” The update might come in iOS 11.3, currently still in beta, or possibly in iOS 11.2.7 if Apple releases a minor update.
Drone near-misses triple in two years

Drone near-misses triple in two years

Drone near-misses with planes have more than tripled in two years, new figures show. Some 92 incidents were recorded in 2017, according to analysis of UK Airprox Board (UKAB) data. This is compared with 71 during the previous 12 months and 29 in 2015.
HTC Vive Focus to Release Internationally in 2018, Dev Kit Pre-Orders Live Now

HTC Vive Focus to Release Internationally in 2018, Dev Kit Pre-Orders Live Now

HTC’s standalone, untethered VR headset the Vive Focus, will come to western markets later this year, HTC announced today. The company also announced that developers can register for Dev-Kit units from today.
Fidelity National Agrees to $1.2 Billion Deal for Stewart

Fidelity National Agrees to $1.2 Billion Deal for Stewart

Fidelity National Financial Inc. agreed to buy Stewart Information Services Corp. for $1.2 billion to bolster its position in the title-insurance market. The deal will be paid half in cash and half in Fidelity National common stock, the Jacksonville, Florida-based company said Monday in a statement.
THE NSA WORKED TO “TRACK DOWN” BITCOIN USERS, SNOWDEN DOCUMENTS REVEAL

THE NSA WORKED TO “TRACK DOWN” BITCOIN USERS, SNOWDEN DOCUMENTS REVEAL

INTERNET PARANOIACS DRAWN to bitcoin have long indulged fantasies of American spies subverting the booming, controversial digital currency. Increasingly popular among get-rich-quick speculators, bitcoin started out as a high-minded project to make financial transactions public and mathematically verifiable — while also offering discretion.
Travis Kalanick is buying a new company that rehabs real estate and will run it as CEO

Travis Kalanick is buying a new company that rehabs real estate and will run it as CEO

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has found his new job. The controversial Silicon Valley entrepreneur is joining a startup called City Storage Systems that focuses on repurposing distressed real estate assets like parking lots or abandoned strip malls and turning them into spaces suited for new industries, such as food delivery or online retail.
Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More

Today Magic Leap has launched the Lumin SDK, the toolkit which allows developers to build AR experiences for Lumin OS, the operating system that powers the Magic Leap One headset.


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