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Ashley Madison courted several buyers, landed none before attack

By Allison Martell and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) – The owner of adultery website Ashley Madison had already been struggling to sell itself or raise funds for at least three years before the publication of details about its members, according to internal documents and emails also released by hackers as part of their assault on the company in recent weeks.

New photos reportely show Apple iPhone 6s Force Touch screen and larger front camera

Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac has acquired some newly leaked photos that show the new camera and screen of the next iPhones — likely called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The drone revolution: How unmanned aerial vehicles will transform the economy

GUEST: Tech giant Facebook recently announced plans to bring Internet access to areas where many people have never touched a computer before — using solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicles as Wi-Fi hot spots.

Until Dawn gets its first bug-fix update

Sony has released an update to fix various bugs that interrupt the gameplay of Until Dawn. These bug fixes could be critical, since Until Dawn is a highly replayable interactive horror game where you try to save as many characters trapped at a mountain lodge, until dawn.

ArenaNet makes Guild Wars 2 free as it preps paid Heart of Thorns expansion

Confirming rumors, ArenaNet announced today that the Guild Wars 2 core online game is going to be available for free, starting today.

How to know when your startup is ready to acquire its first company

GUEST: As the founder of a growing startup, one of the most common questions I get asked whenever the topic of competitors comes up is, “Can’t you just buy some of these companies out?

Apple threatens $20M suit if Drake video stream appears on Tidal

Apple apparently didn’t like its new music service’s poster boy, Drake, appearing on a rival music service.

The 10 hottest startup ecosystems in the world

GUEST: Since SparkLabs Global Ventures launched 20 months ago, we have made 50 investments across five continents.

The biggest lesson from Ashley Madison is about security, not fidelity

Life’s short. Use PGP. Once IPO bound, Ashley Madison is almost certainly doomed to shutter following a ruinous hack. As an early indication of its inevitable shutdown, parent company Avid Life Media announced yesterday that CEO Noel Biderman is stepping down.

HTC cofounder Peter Chou joins Hong Kong visual effects studio in VR push

The cofounder and former chief executive of struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has joined Hong Kong-based visual effects studio Digital Domain Holdings, according to an exchanges filing Friday.

Russia’s Kaspersky threatened to ‘rub out’ rival, email shows

(By Joseph Menn, Reuters) – In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world’s top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies by “rubbing them out in the outhouse,” one of several previously undisclosed emails shows.

LinkedIn acquires predictive marketing firm Fliptop to boost its Sales Solution offering

LinkedIn has acquired the predictive sales and marketing firm Fliptop in an effort to boost development on its own Sales Solution offering.

Yep, gameplay video shows Lawbreakers is a CliffyB shooter

Nexon showed off the first gameplay video from Cliff Bleszinski’s new first-person shooter game Lawbreakers.

U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement

By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S.

Apple Watch is disrupting the ‘Interruption Economy’

GUEST: If the Apple Watch has taught me anything, it’s that all smartwatches are going to require us as product developers, marketers, and publishers to fundamentally reconsider our notion of interruptions and the role they play in how we communicate and engage with consumers.

Uber hires two security researchers to improve car technology

By Joseph Menn and Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars.

Alleged PlayStation Network, Xbox Live cyberattackers arrested by U.K. law enforcement

The long arm of the law is also patient and persistent. The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested six teenagers (via Variety) who are allegedly the cyberattackers who barraged the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network online services during the end-of-December holidays last year.

Search startup Qbox raises $2.4M as it develops ‘Project Gossamer’

EXCLUSIVE: Qbox, a startup that operates a cloud-based version of the Elasticsearch open-source search database for use in other companies’ applications, in announcing today that it has raised $2.4 million.

Data-driven marketing: With new solutions come new challenges

GUEST: According to eMarketer, digital marketers have a “love affair with data.” Spend on data-driven campaigns continues to grow annually, along with profits attributable to those same initiatives.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III had the PlayStation 4’s biggest multiplayer beta

Sony and Activision announced today that the Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer beta test on the PlayStation 4 was the biggest ever for that platform.