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What Amazon taught us this week: Data-centric companies will devour competitors


GUEST: The initial head-scratching phase over the Amazon-Whole Foods deal is giving way to some aha moments as commentators absorb the idea of a mostly online retailer buying something as tangible and localized as an organic grocery chain.

Microsoft wants to make Direct Reality VR’s answer to DirectX


Just ahead of Microsoft’s media event prior to E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show) last week the company filed a trademark for Direct Reality.

Donut County shows how much fun you can have with a hole


In Donut County, the starring role is a hole. I realize how ridiculous that sounds, but this is a pretty quirky game.

Judge tells ZeniMax and Oculus to end their legal battle


One of the biggest stories of 2017 for the VR industry is also one of its longest. The year started out with ZeniMax Media taking Facebook-owned Oculus to court over an alleged theft of technology.

State of Decay 2 fully simulates the world of the undead


Most undead games try to hook you with the number of zombies you can shoot in a minute. But Microsoft’s upcoming State of Decay 2 is different.

Softbank says its $50 billion will reach entrepreneurs from Kansas to Kentucky


It’s a bold vision: 50,000 new American jobs to be created by a series of investments from Softbank Capital.

Xbox fans hate ‘parity,’ but I want it after playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds


Bungie confirmed at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show) in Los Angeles last week that its upcoming sci-fi shooter Destiny 2 will run at 30 frames per second on all consoles.

Google Home 6x better than Amazon Alexa in 3,000 question test


Don’t judge a smart speaker by its sales — at least that’s the story floating around the internet today, as Ad Age has revealed a study showing that Google Home is six times likelier than Amazon Alexa to answer user requests correctly.

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week


This week, Tech.eu tracked 12 technology M&A transactions, 2 IPOs and 57 tech funding deals totalling about €751 million (about $841 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

DoJ asks Supreme Court to decide Microsoft foreign email battle


The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear a case that could have a massive impact on the way tech companies respond to law enforcement agencies’ requests for user data.

PC Gaming Weekly: Beyond E3’s spectacle, smaller games shine


I’m still in my recovery coma after last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the huge game industry gathering at and around the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Andrew Ng to launch Deeplearning.ai months after departure from Baidu


Former Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng today announced plans to launch a new business called Deepelarning.ai. The company launched with little information about what to expect beyond an exploration of the “frontiers of AI,” but alludes to additional details being shared in August about Deeplearning.ai’s focus and mission.

Super Mario Odyssey: Yo, what’s in this hole?


Super Mario Odyssey is reintroducing exploration to the 3D platforming series. As we saw at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade event) in Los Angeles last week, that means you will find secrets hidden everywhere throughout the various worlds.

I played Nintendo Switch with a stranger on a plane


OPINION: I never thought it could happen to me, but it did … I somehow ended up in a Nintendo commercial in real life.

Adobe Flash is dead. Here’s how to save your game before it’s too late


GUEST: The tech industry has been calling for the death of Flash for years. Last year, the quiet rumblings calling for its demise turned into roars as the likes of Chrome and Firefox began to phase out support.

Houzz raises $400 million, doubling valuation to $4.3 billion


Houzz, which provides a home remodeling and design service, just closed a $400 million round led by Iconiq Capital, according to a report published today by The Wall Street Journal.

VentureBeat is looking for ace tech reporters in S.F. and NYC


VentureBeat has immediate openings for experienced reporters with a track record of getting scoops and providing smart analysis.

YIIK is the millennial take on EarthBound


YIIK: A Postmodern RPG (or Y2K) is a surreal role-playing game from developer Ackk Studios and publisher Ysbryd Games.

Happy Shoryuken day! Street Fighter pummels 6/23 into submission


If you’re at your keyboard, look down at the keypad and try to enter the input to perform the shoryuken dragon punch from Street Fighter.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is all about punching Nazis out of America


The Wolfenstein video game story is quite disturbing. It’s built on a fictional alternative history, where the Nazis won World War II.


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