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Verizon executive defends Yahoo deal, but thinks more information is needed over hack

(Reuters) — A Verizon Communications Inc executive said the acquisition of Yahoo Inc still makes sense, but the telecommunications company needs more information about the email provider’s massive breach of accounts.

Nintendo to unveil Switch console’s price and details on January 12

Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima announced today that major details about the Nintendo Switch home-and-tablet game console will be shared at a January 12 event called the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017.

IDC: Smartphone shipments up 1% in Q3 2016, Samsung’s lead over Apple shrinks due to Note7 fiasco

Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 362.9 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This figure is up 1.0 percent from the 359.3 million units in Q3 2015.

Salesforce’s Marc Benioff addresses failed efforts to buy Twitter and LinkedIn

(Reuters) — Inc Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff spoke on Wednesday about a pair of key acquisitions that got away, suggesting his vision for LinkedIn Corp (was different from Microsoft Corp’s and that he would have pursued Twitter Inc if shareholders had not learned of his plans.

The Nintendo Switch secrets that may sit inside Nvidia’s Shield

Nintendo has a new console coming in March, and it is running on some familiar hardware. This could give us some idea of what to expect from the new system.

Intel Capital expands diversity fund to include LGBTQ, disabled, and veteran founders

More than a year ago, Intel Capital allocated $125 million to a fund dedicated investing in minority and women-owned startups.

Toronto is proving to be a hotbed for machine learning

GUEST: If you’re interested in learning about, investing in, or building a company involved in machine learning, Toronto should be on your radar.

Prisma is bringing its filters to Facebook Live videos

Just a day after Facebook demonstrated an app that would deploy filters in live video, Prisma announced that its solution will be available in the “next couple of days.” In a broadcast, company chief executive and cofounder Alexey Moiseenkov said that Prisma Live brings the styles users apply to photos to video livestreams, starting with Facebook Live.

Germany’s Gameforge doubles down on PC games as it lays off mobile staff

Gameforge said it has acquired a military PC game from Aeria Games, even as the German game publisher laid off staff making mobile games.

Verizon acquires Vessel to further online video ambitions, will shut it down October 31

Vessel announced on Wednesday that its video subscription service is being acquired by Verizon where its capabilities will be used to further the telecommunication giant’s online video ambitions.

A Soundcloud sale would be bad for fans

GUEST: In a month packed with big music industry stories, the rumor of a potential sale of Soundcloud to Spotify stood above the rest.

Hands-on with Surface Studio and Surface Dial

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Studio today, the company’s first desktop computer. We shot a quick and dirty hands-on video with the all-in-one PC and its flagship accessory, the Surface Dial — you can view it below — and then we went back to spend more time with it.

Windows Holographic on aggressively priced VR headsets is a baby step for Microsoft’s mixed reality

ANALYSIS: Microsoft won’t skip virtual reality and jump directly to augmented reality. Instead, the company is combining these technologies into its Windows Holographic platform while also getting aggressive on pricing and capabilities.

Why everyone is using the Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge

GUEST: Your employees aren’t robots, and until they are, it is vital to incorporate who they are as humans in your workplace culture.

Yahoo’s fantasy football bot helps you coach your team

Yahoo Sports released a bot named Blitz today that gives fantasy football coaches advice about how to win each game.

Everything Microsoft announced today: Surface Studio, new Surface Book, Paint 3D, and more

Microsoft hosted its Windows 10 event today in New York City and, to my surprise, it was quite awesome.

Snap reportedly aims to raise $4 billion in IPO at up to $35 billion valuation

Snap, the company formerly known as Snapchat, is reportedly looking to raise up to $4 billion when it files paperwork for its initial public offering (IPO).

Super League Gaming raises $5 million for its movie theater esports business

The movie theater is becoming a more interactive place. Super League Gaming announced that it has raised $5 million in Series C funding for its business that hosts esports events in movie theaters across the country.

PlayStation 4 will get Elite-style controllers from Razer and Nacon

Some outside help is stepping in to up the PlayStation 4’s controller game. Sony has revealed two new “pro” controllers on its PlayStation Blog: the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution.

Google aims to outdo Prisma and Artisto with app that adds multiple styles to video

Not to be outdone, Google today unveiled new research that enables an application to apply an artistic style over a video and then switch to different artistic styles on demand.