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WWE turns TV into Suplex City while Pokémon Go skips costly ads

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to avoid visiting Brock in Suplex City<p>GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, which measures TV advertising in real-time, to bring you a monthly report on how gaming brands are spending their ad dollars and which are generating the most digital response. Below …

Warner Bros. unveils Fantastic Beasts, Sonic, and E.T. add-ons for Lego Dimensions

Toys-to-life game-toy hybrid sales have weakened this year, forcing Disney to shutter its Infinity line. But Warner Bros. is still investing in its Lego Dimensions product, and it unveiled a series of expansion packs for release on November 18.<p>At San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Interactive …

Solar-powered plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour

<i>(Reuters</i>) – An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe.<p>Solar Impulse 2, a spindly single-seat plane, took off from Cairo in darkness en route to Abu Dhabi, its final destination, with a flight expected to take between …

How chatbots can improve your daily routine

Remember a company named Haptik.<p>The team, based in India, has created a messaging app used by millions of people. It relies on A.I. to help human agents provide personal assistance, a bit like Mezi or Lola. Interestingly, the folks behind this app learned a few lessons about what it takes to create …

Inside the hackathon that keeps Twilio innovating

Hackathon events, where developers get together to compete, are one of the many things that have become synonymous with Silicon Valley. But while they are great for stimulating creativity, they don’t often provide companies with tangible benefits that actually advance their product roadmap.<p>Twilio …

Brazilian judge: Facebook and Twitter cooperated in probe of alleged militants

(<i>Reuters</i>) — The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects’ use of both social networks.<p>In an interview late Sunday with …

With 10M downloads on iOS, Prisma now lets Android users turn their photos into works of art

What should a startup do when it find itself sitting on one of the hit apps of the year? Make it available to more people, of course.<p>And that’s exactly what the Russian team behind the much-hyped Prisma has done with the Android launch over the weekend of an app that had been restricted to iOS for …

Why the U.S. government, Alaska Airlines, and Amtrak may soon launch Facebook chatbots

Some of the biggest names in air travel and health care, as well as the U.S. government, may soon bring their virtual assistants to Facebook, Amazon’s Alexa, and Twilio, as Next IT announced today that bots created with its Alme platform can now join the popular chat app platforms.<p>Next IT is by no …

Yahoo and AOL finally take entire world’s advice to merge, but it could be a decade too late

It’s hard to find a more anticlimactic deal in the history of technology than the $4.8 billion Verizon acquisition of Yahoo announced today.<p>In taking this step, Verizon plans to effectively merge Yahoo with AOL, something every single human being on the planet has suggested the two companies do for …

B12, a startup that build websites with A.I. and human help, raises $12.4 million

B12, a startup that developed technology to automatically generate website designs using artificial intelligence (A.I.) — while still allowing people to add design flourishes and other elements — is announcing today a $12.4 million funding round. The service is available now in beta.<p>B12 blends a …

Fort Myers shooting: 2 dead outside teen party at club

<b>Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) —</b> What started as a beach-themed teen party at a Florida nightclub ended early Monday in a shooting, with a 14-year-old and an 18-year old killed and more than a dozen others injured.<p>Parents were picking up their children from Club Blu Bar and Grill in Fort Myers when …

Study shows that to a teen’s brain getting “likes” is like winning money

It’s blatantly obvious that teenagers are obsessed with social media. Go anywhere in public and you’re likely to see teens hunched over their phones tweeting, Instagramming, and “like”-ing away. But now a new study shows why teens may be so addicted to social media: <b>the same areas of their brains</b> …

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How Nestle Toll House Became YouTube’s House Cookie Brand

When Nestle wanted millennials to embrace Toll House, they did something unexpected: create YouTube cooking shows.<p>Nestle’s Toll House brand of cookies and chocolate chips is one of America’s iconic brands. Debuting in 1936 and founded by an actual restaurant, the Toll House Inn, which invented the …

Who is Tim Kaine?

Tonight, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will take the biggest stage of his life in the first and only vice-presidential debate of 2016. His bout with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time in Farmville, Va.<p>Because both Kaine and Pence remain somewhat anonymous to most American voters, we …

Nintendo shares plunge, company says Pokémon Go’s earnings impact limited

<i>TOKYO (Reuters)</i> — Shares in Nintendo Co tumbled as much as 18 percent on Monday after the company said Pokémon Go would have a limited impact on its earnings — their biggest setback so far after a huge run-up on the smash-hit game.<p>The Kyoto-based gaming company, which is due to report first-quarter …

Bernie Sanders seeks unity at convention after DNC chair resigns

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Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83 billion

After a months-long bidding process and many layoffs, Yahoo has finally found a buyer. Verizon (which owns AOL, which owns TechCrunch) is officially acquiring Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion in cash, which includes Yahoo’s advertising, content, search and mobile activities.<p>“Just over a year …

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First Alleged Leaked Images of 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro 2' Surface

Amidst the recent flurry of videos and images of iPhone 7 mockups coming out of China, one pair of pictures that emerged over the weekend claims to offer evidence of Apple's successor to the first iteration 12.9-inch iPad Pro.<p>Sent in to <i>AppleInsider</i> and said to originate from a Chinese supplier, the …

This is how you build a portable charger case to answer all your power needs

If you are shooting on location (and even if not) you must have a ton of batteries to power your production war-horse. The camera takes batteries, …

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Suicide bomber kills 14 at Iraq checkpoint; 9 die in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside a Shiite town north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least …

10 Topics to Follow the Democratic National Convention

After a tumultuous four days in Cleveland for the Republican Party, members of the Democratic Party head to primetime this week for their convention in Philadelphia. Democratic elected officials, leaders and supporters are expected to nominate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as their …

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of July 18, 2016): Trump Claims Nomination Amid Discord

This week was dominated by the Republican National Convention, during which Donald Trump accepted the party’s nomination for president. The four-day long event was filled with ups—like the largely lauded speeches by Trump’s children—and downs, including the plagiarism controversy surrounding …