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The Age of Tech Superheroes Must End

Silicon Valley has an accountability crisis, and at its root is the idolatry of its founder-CEOs<p>Whether it’s Theranos Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes or ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, or the heads of currently troubled public companies like Evan Spiegel of Snap and Elon Musk of Tesla, powerful …

Silicon Valley

Google erases 'Don't be evil' from code of conduct after 18 years

Google quietly removes its famous 'Don't be evil' motto, which used to figure in the opening to its code of conduct.<p><i>Video: To comply with EU, Google</i> …

Starbucks’s mobile payments system is so popular in the U.S., it has more users than Apple’s or Google’s

New estimates predict that it will stay that way.<p>By the end of this year, a quarter of U.S. smartphone users — 55 million people — over the age of 14 will make an in-store mobile payment. More than 40 percent of those people will have done so through Starbucks’s mobile payments app, according to …

This incredible 3D map of a mouse retina was assembled by 30,000 people playing an online game

A tremendous amount of circuitry is required for your eyes to actually let you see. And researchers have just assembled a 3D model that shows exactly how complex the retina is, using data from observations on an animal researchers expected to have eyes far simpler than humans: a mouse.<p>Mice don’t …

Robots

The Dallas Cowboys could be the first NFL team to move into the $890 million e-sports industry

According to Ad Age, the Cowboys have chosen the Alliance Data-owned marketing agency Epsilon to help determine whether they will buy an e-sports team.<p>Data from SuperData, a research firm that focuses on video games, found that the e-sports industry generated $892.8 million in revenue last year. …

Video game industry prepares for coming of possible trade tariff

Prime your lobbyists<p>The Entertainment Software Association is in the process of formulating a plan to deal with the possibility of U.S. President Donald Trump rolling out trade tariffs, a source tells Polygon.<p>A tariff is essentially a form of tax that is used to make goods and services that are …

Konami's bitter, yearlong breakup with Hideo Kojima, explained

A 30-year relationship goes down in the flames of a hundred burned bridges<p>Hideo Kojima is one of the world's foremost game designers, the renowned creator of the Metal Gear franchise under Japanese publisher Konami. He began his career at the company in 1986, and worked on dozens of games there …

Metal Gear

A Note on Trump: We Are No Longer Entertained

Earlier today, the candidate currently leading in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." That was, of course, Donald Trump. As Jeffrey Goldberg just tweeted, "Donald Trump is now an actual threat to …

Facebook Is Blocking an Upstart Rival—But It's Complicated

Tsu is a new social network that promises to pay its users for posting content to its site. But if want to share your Tsu profile with your Facebook …

SXSW faces growing exodus over canceled gaming panels

South by Southwest Interactive is facing a growing media backlash over its decision to nix a pair of panels on gaming and online harassment.<p>A day after organizers for the Austin-based media festival announced that it had canceled the panels after receiving threats of violence, BuzzFeed and Vox …

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill - MIT Technology Review

When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage. Standard features on many ordinary cars include intelligent cruise …

Watch Out, Twitch: YouTube Gaming Just Went Live

Google's striving to make its services more stream-friendly with Youtube Gaming, a new games-centric site launched today. Designed as a direct …

Epic’s Tim Sweeney: Augmented reality will replace traditional screens

Unreal dev sees a single, unified AR platform taking over in ten years' time.<p>In recent years, major tech conglomerates like Facebook/Oculus, Sony, …

Alphabet

We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, …

EA Sports Trolls Seahawks With Epic Super Bowl Tweet

Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch is the top-rated overall running back in Madden NFL 16, according to player ratings released this week. But the Seahawks apparently were unhappy with Beast Mode's 98 Trucking rating--and they let developer EA Sports know.<p>What they might not have expected, …

Don't Celebrate A Tournament Win Until You've Actually Won

After losing the first round during a best-of-three semi-finals match against one of the best <i>Guilty Gear</i> <i>Xrd Sign</i> players in the world, Woshige pulled …

Anime

EVO 2015 Winner Triumphs Despite Broken Stick

Momochi is your 2015 <i>Street Fighter IV</i> champ at EVO, and he took out the title in some of the weirdest circumstances ever seen at the …

Street Fighter

Hackers Threaten to Expose 37 Million Cheating AshleyMadison Users

AshleyMadison—tagline “Life Is Short. Have An Affair”—is an online site that facilitates cheating among its 37 million users. It’s a service founded …

New Horizons: Nasa spacecraft speeds past Pluto

<b>Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has made the first visit to Pluto, speeding past at 14km per second.</b><p>Earlier, the space agency released the most detailed picture yet as it hurtled towards the dwarf planet on Tuesday.<p>The probe was set to grab more images and other data as it passed just 12,500km from …

Rock band Wavves’ latest music video is shot entirely inside Grand Theft Auto V

The worlds of gaming and music come together in the official music video for “Leave” by San Diego-based rock band <i>Wavves</i>.<p>Shot entirely inside the open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V — which has sold around 52 million copies worldwide — the video by German YouTuber YeahMAP came top in a recent …

BBC to give away 1m Micro:bit computers to schoolchildren

Corporation to set up not-for-profit venture to sell starter device, a modern-day successor to the BBC Micro, after its rollout to pupils in October.<p>The BBC is to give away up to one million of its new Micro:bit computers to 11- and 12-year-old children across the UK.<p>The computer was unveiled at an …

Raspberry Pi

28 Moments Anybody Who Played Nintendo In The '90s Will Remember

Stretching Mario's 3D face in Super Mario 64!

Google May Kill Off the Space Bar, andOtherTechNewsYouMayHaveMissed

<i>Ouya hits some financial trouble, Tesla teases its upcoming announcement, and Google is trying to kill the space bar. Bitstream is the tech news and</i> …

Germany’s Handy Games chief dives into wearable game design

<i>Disclosure: The organizers of Quo Vadis paid my way to Berlin, where I moderated a session with veteran game designers. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>Chris Kassulke has been designing mobile games for more than 16 years. While many console game makers are just beginning to make the transition from …

Batman: Arkham Knight PC System Requirements Reveal Minimum RAM is 6GB

With just two months to go before Rocksteady Studios releases Arkham Knight, the final entry in its Batman trilogy, the developer has now revealed the game's PC system requirements.<p>As listed on Nvidia's website, Arkham Knight will require at least 6 GB of RAM and 45 GB of hard drive space for the …

Destiny's House of Wolves DLC lets you upgrade your old gear, here's how it works

<i>Destiny</i>'s upcoming DLC, <i>House of Wolves</i>, will allow players to boost their older legendary and exotic weapons and armor to be viable for max level content, so long as they collect a new resource called Etheric Light.<p>Developers from Bungie explained the process during a livestream presentation today. …

Technology

Introducing the Alan Wake 2 you will never play | Polygon

<i>Concept art of a Taken</i><p><i>Concept of Birdman Taken</i><p><i>Bear Boss Taken</i><p>"We had different gameplay tests and elements and some assets."<p>My first thought was that Alan Wake 2 was completely dead.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the next game from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets

The next game by Patrice Desilets, the original creator of the Assassin's Creed series, is called <i>Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey</i>. It is described as a third person, episodic action-adventure survival game. The short, episodic triple-A experience and will be produced by his new studio, Panache …

Mortal Kombat X lets you buy easier fatalities

<i>Mortal Kombat X</i> players can purchase optional downloadable content that makes it easier to execute the often complex series of stick movements and button presses required by the game's signature fatalities.<p>Two "Easy Fatalities" packs are available, which give players "access to Fatalities with …