Gupshup’s chatbot authoring and multichannel messaging platform gets $100M boost
Join GamesBeat Summit 2021 this April 28-29. Register for a free or VIP pass today. Gupshup, a messaging-focused customer engagement platform, today announced it has raised $100 million in funding from Tiger Global Management, valuing the startup at $1.4 billion. Gupshup says the funds will be put toward its... Read more
Apple says Epic’s suit is really an effort to revive ‘flagging interest’ in Fortnite
Apple and Epic have been dueling in a California court since August 2020 Angela Lang/CNET Fortnite is one of the most popular games ever made, and it’s soon going to be one of the most litigated too. Apple on Thursday submitted its description of its souring relations with Fortnite... Read more
Study suggests that AI model selection might introduce bias
Join GamesBeat Summit 2021 this April 28-29. Register for a free or VIP pass today. The past several years have made it clear that AI and machine learning are not a panacea when it comes to fair outcomes. Applying algorithmic solutions to social problems can magnify biases against marginalized... Read more
NASA’s Hubble telescope spots rare pair of blazing double quasars
A pair of quasars from merging galaxies, as depicted in an artist rendering. NASA NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is offering yet more insightful images from the cosmos. It captured two quasars that look fairly close together, from a pair of merging galaxies — and then discovered a second set,... Read more
Help! My Colleague Is Taking Credit for My Work
Dear OOO, I work in digital marketing. Several months ago a colleague, ‘Mary,’ and I worked together to develop a proposal for a monthly newsletter, which was approved. I do all the monthly work to produce it, and I have no issue with this. But I recently realized Mary... Read more
Abandoned for PS5 is not a secret Hideo Kojima game
Kojima Productions is making a new game, but it is not Abandoned for PlayStation 5. Earlier today, Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed a trailer for Abandoned, which is a horror project from developer Blue Box Games. But that trailer, and the developer’s spotty history, are just odd enough to cause... Read more
How a VPN vulnerability allowed ransomware to disrupt two manufacturing plants
Getty Images Ransomware operators shut down two production facilities belonging to a European manufacturer after deploying a relatively new strain that encrypted servers that control manufacturer’s industrial processes, a researcher from Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The ransomware known as Cring came to public attention in a January blog... Read more
Facebook says data from 530M users was obtained by scraping, not hack
Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET Facebook is attributing a reported data leak with information on more than 530 million users to a vulnerability that it previously identified in 2019. Malicious actors exploited a Facebook feature by using a method of scraping, an often automated process of netting unsecured public data,... Read more
Twitch Will Act on ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform
Twitch is finally coming to terms with its responsibility as a king-making microcelebrity machine, not just a service or a platform. Today, the Amazon-owned company announced a formal and public policy for investigating streamers’ serious indiscretions in real life, or on services like Discord or Twitter. Last June, dozens... Read more
Why company culture is the foundation of your company’s growth (VB Live)
Presented by TriNet How do you create a company culture that empowers your employees to grow and gives you a competitive edge? Learn how to build a positive environment, align your culture with your org’s values and goals, and more in the first of this three-part webinar series, The... Read more