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Steam introduces digital gift cards ahead of holiday sales – Engadget – Engadget

Thursday, October 26, 2017

You can only send funds to a Steam Friend you’ve had for more than three days, but once you select them, “send money” appears as an option. Easy! They come in the typical denominations of $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100. You can buy them with major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB), PayPal or Bitcoin.

Redbox, Studios’ Frenemy, Selling Low-Cost Digital Downloads Of Disney Films – Deadline

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Redbox, which has battled multiple Hollywood studios in court over its rightful place in the movie ecosystem, is now selling discounted digital downloads of Disney films despite not having a formal relationship with the No. 1 studio. Third-party sellers had previously supplied the kiosk operator with physical copies of Disney DVDs and Blu-ray discs, with the studio’s consent. The availability of lower-cost digital codes on Redbox comes at an awkward…

Las Vegas shooter’s laptop missing its hard drive – ABC News

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned. Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered,…

Overstock.com goes for largest digital coin offering ever at $500 million – CNBC

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Las Vegas shooter’s laptop missing its hard drive – ABC News

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A laptop computer recovered from the Las Vegas hotel room where Stephen Paddock launched the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history was missing its hard drive, depriving investigators of a potential key source of information on why he killed and maimed so many people, ABC News has learned. Paddock is believed to have removed the hard drive before fatally shooting himself, and the missing device has not yet been recovered,…

Digital Marketing Is The Future Of Customer Support – Forbes

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Shutterstock Imagine relaxing with your favorite Netflix show after a long day when, suddenly, your internet connection goes down. In place of your show are a spinning wheel and black screen. You reach for your cell phone and ask Google about your connection loss. Google recommends your provider’s help page, and on this page, you are greeted with a site that is not optimized for mobile and content that does…

Burning Memories – WIRED

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

On Sunday night, October 8, my parents’ house in Napa burned to the ground in the wildfire. For my mom and dad, now in their eighties, the place had been a retirement escape from the hurlyburly of New York. My wife and I were married there 23 years ago, in the hillside living room looking out over a vine-carpeted valley. The fire turned this refuge into a heap of tile…

Kaspersky: NSA staffer’s laptop was infected with malware – CNET

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kaspersky Lab released details from an internal investigation on Wednesday, hours before a hearing in Congress on its antivirus technology. Eugene Kaspersky/Flickr Russian spies didn’t need Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus software to steal information from an NSA staffer, the company says — the computer was already infected with malware. Kaspersky Lab has been under scrutiny in the US after multiple reports alleged that the Moscow-based security company had been working with…

Empathy – the latest gadget Silicon Valley wants to sell you – The Guardian

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The other week, Mark Zuckerberg visited Puerto Rico without leaving California. He stood on the roof of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park with a virtual reality (VR) headset strapped to his face, and immersed himself in a flooded street 3,000 miles away. Zuckerberg was livestreaming the event to promote Facebook Spaces, a “social” VR app. But it backfired, badly. Using a humanitarian crisis for a marketing stunt made many people…

Blockchain And Digital Transformation Go Hand In Hand – Forbes – Forbes

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Shutterstock New technologies are revolutionizing business from every direction. Digital transformation isn’t a technology trend; it’s a customer experience trend. In short, businesses are evolving because customer expectations are evolving. Either we are revolutionizing experiences through our own innovation or we are using data to iterate and innovate along with what the customers want. In some cases, we are doing both. However, new technologies like blockchain and AI are certainly…

McCain Honest Ads Act for digital transparency belies 2008 … – Business Insider

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks after being awarded the 2017 Liberty Medal by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (unseen) at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller A new bill sponsored by Sen. John McCain promises to bring full transparency to digital political ads. But that won’t be easy, argues veteran journalist Kate Kaye. Kaye, author of the 2009 book, “Campaign ‘08: A…

Zero Gravity Expands Into Digital With New Department Headed By Ray Jimenez – Deadline

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Zero Gravity Management is expanding into the digital space with the formation of a new Digital Dept. which will be overseen by Ray Jimenez. The new division will focus on developing content for digital platforms, managing influencers and crossover talent as well as digital business development and brand creation and management. Prior to joining Zero Gravity, Jimenez owned Embolden Entertainment, a digitally-based talent management and business development firm whose…

NPR: National Public Radio goes digital across channels – ZDNet

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

National Public Radio is one of the most well-known media brands in the United States, with radio shows such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition. However, despite this popularity, media and radio face new competition from many directions, in particular, the proliferation of digital channels such as the web, podcasts, and social media. In addition to the broad digital challenge, radio is inherently a non-personalized medium in a world…

Bitcoin: Bloq Founders Launch Digital Currency, Metronome – Fortune – Fortune

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The blockchain firm Bloq on Tuesday said it has created a rival to bitcoin called Metronome that will go on sale in December. The announcement is significant because the founders of Bloq are longtime fixtures in the world of bitcoin, and are claiming that Metronome addresses flaws in how the original crypto-currency, which is now worth around $100 billion, is created and distributed. “Today, bitcoin faces existential threats from forks,…

Blockchain And Digital Transformation Go Hand In Hand – Forbes

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Shutterstock New technologies are revolutionizing business from every direction. Digital transformation isn’t a technology trend; it’s a customer experience trend. In short, businesses are evolving because customer expectations are evolving. Either we are revolutionizing experiences through our own innovation or we are using data to iterate and innovate along with what the customers want. In some cases, we are doing both. However, new technologies like blockchain and AI are certainly…

Bitcoin Alums Announce New Digital Currency Metronome – Fortune

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The blockchain firm Bloq on Tuesday said it has created a rival to bitcoin called Metronome that will go on sale in December. The announcement is significant because the founders of Bloq are longtime fixtures in the world of bitcoin, and are claiming that Metronome addresses flaws in how the original crypto-currency, which is now worth around $100 billion, is created and distributed. “Today, bitcoin faces existential threats from forks,…

Digital bank Monzo now supports Android Pay – Engadget

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

With Android Pay, Monzo is making it easier for Brits to switch away from high-street banks. (Heck, Barclays still doesn’t support Android Pay.) To get started, you’ll need to load up you Android Pay wallet and add a Monzo card by taking a photo or entering the relevant details manually. You can then take out your phone and make contactless payments as normal; Monzo will keep track of your spending…

New teardown brings more smoke to reports of a touchscreen Google Home – Ars Technica

Monday, October 23, 2017

reader comments 43 Sections of code within a recent update to the Google app seem to bolster reports that Google is working on a competitor to Amazon’s Echo Show smart speaker. An Android Police teardown of the Google app’s v7.14.15 beta update uncovered several references to functions and commands that can be performed by a device or feature codenamed “Quartz.” The code suggests that Quartz is activated through voice commands…

Steve Rossi retiring as CEO and president of Digital First Media – The Denver Post

Monday, October 23, 2017

Digital First Media, owner of The Denver Post, has named Guy Gilmore as the company’s chief operating officer following the retirement of chief executive Steve Rossi. “I wish to express my sincere thanks to all of you who work so hard to assure the company’s success. It has been a real pleasure to serve the company in this role, and to work with you. There are many exciting challenges ahead,…