Frustrated with Google, Amazon may be making a YouTube competitor

So it appears Amazon was a little more angry about YouTube getting pulled from the Amazon Echo Show than it initially seemed.  On December 5, the very day that Google yanked YouTube off the Echo Show for a second time, Amazon filed two trademark requests for a seemingly rival video streaming service with the US …

A Federal Ban On Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

A Federal Ban On Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted Published on December 21, 2017 at 04:30AM schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Federal officials on Tuesday ended a moratorium imposed three years ago on funding research that alters germs to make them more lethal. Such …

From ‘Edith Finch’ to ‘Gorogoa,’ The Best Games You Might Have Missed in 2017

More than 400 videogames were released this year. Four. Hundred. With a firehose like that, it’s all too easy to miss some of the gems that become available, so we pored through our played list to pull together our favorite under-the-radar titles. These weren’t necessarily the most popular games released in 2017, nor are they …

China’s Didi Chuxing raises $4B more for AI, international expansion and electric vehicles

China’s Didi Chuxing, the country’s top ride-hailing company, said today that it has raised $4 billion in new capital to support a range of new initiatives including international expansion. The company has already raised $13 billion from investors that include Alibaba, Tencent and Apple, and it said that this newest round will go towards developing …

Youbit Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Exchange After Second Hack, Files For Bankruptcy

Youbit Shuts Down Cryptocurrency Exchange After Second Hack, Files For Bankruptcy Published on December 21, 2017 at 02:25AM phalse phace writes: After experiencing another hack, South Korean crypto-currency exchange Youbit has closed their doors and is filing for bankruptcy. BBC reports: “Youbit, which lets people buy and sell bitcoins and other virtual currencies, has filed …

NASA Advances Missions To Land a Flying Robot on Titan or Snatch a Piece of a Comet

NASA Advances Missions To Land a Flying Robot on Titan or Snatch a Piece of a Comet Published on December 21, 2017 at 03:05AM Sarah Kaplan, writing for the Washington Post: NASA’s newest mission will either land a quadcopter-like spacecraft on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan or collect a sample from the nucleus of …