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The Pirate Bay is back online after almost two months

venturebeat.com — The Pirate Bay, once the most popular file-sharing website on the planet, is back online after the longest outage it has ever experienced. Anyone visiting thepiratebay.se domain today will be welcomed with a functioning site, as if nothing had ever happened almost two months ago.

Drones need software, too

venturebeat.com — Venture capitalists aren't seers. But at Bessemer Venture Partners, we try to dive deep into a particular sector to find great investments. The thinking is that by thoroughly getting to know the pain points - and players - in a particular sector, we can identify trends and predict opportunities for investment.

Snapchat's first episode of Literally Can't Even is a train wreck - and that's not a bad thing

venturebeat.com — The first episode of Snapchat's new micro-series Literally Can't Even, debuted this morning on the app's new Discover media channel. While some may think the opening episode was "dumb," there may be more promise in the series than meets the eye.

Check out Dying Light's Half-Life, Mario Bros., and Left 4 Dead Easter eggs

venturebeat.com — Earlier this week, a new open-world zombie game hit the market, and developer Techland made sure to include homages to some of gaming's biggest hits ever. Dying Light puts you in a country overrun by the undead - but thanks to your character's parkour skills (aka how he can run and jump all over the place), you have the capability dash right over the shambling biters.
Jan 31, 2015

Check out Dying Light’s Half-Life, Mario Bros., and Left 4 Dead Easter eggs venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/che… via @VentureBeat

WhatsApp's highly anticipated calling feature shows up for some users

venturebeat.com — There have been lots of reports that WhatsApp will roll out free voice calling in India in 2015. However, there's been no confirmed timeline for when that might happen. Late last night, images of W...

Tencent grabs the digital rights to NBA basketball in China

venturebeat.com — The National Basketball Association has licensed China's Tencent to be its partner in digital content for the next five years in China. Effective on July 1, the deal recognizes Tencent's huge position in Internet social networking and commerce in the world's most populous market.

New Apple and IBM enterprise app delivers a lot of utility

venturebeat.com — Apple and IBM are planning on partnering on a dozen new enterprise apps this quarter, and 100 this year, and the first of them, aimed at utility workers, will be announced next week. VentureBeat has learned that the app, which was developed for a major U.S.
Jan 30, 2015

Ooohhh> New Apple and IBM enterprise app delivers a lot of utility venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/new… by @GreeterDan

Jan 30, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: Scoop! New Apple and IBM enterprise app delivers a lot of utility wp.me/p5hvhT-6W3K by @greeterdan pic.twitter.com/pZxrG99ADe

Jay-Z takes on Spotify with acquisition of music-streaming services Tidal and WiMP for $56M

venturebeat.com — Here's one out of left-field: International rapping superstar Jay-Z is apparently on the verge of buying Swedish company Aspiro AB - the firm that owns Norway-based music-streaming service WiMP Music. Launched in 2010, WiMP is only available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Poland, though you may well know the service under its other name in the U.S.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: Jay-Z takes on Beats & Spotify with acquisition of music platforms Tidal and WiMP for $56M wp.me/p5hvhT-6VWb http://t…

Jan 30, 2015

Jay-Z takes on Beats and Spotify with acquisition of music-streaming services Tidal, WiMP for $56M venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/jay… via @VentureBeat

Jan 30, 2015

Jay-Z takes on @Spotify with acquisition of music-streaming services Tidal (Sweden) and WiMP (Norway) for $56 million venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/jay…

Jan 30, 2015

Watch out, Beats RT @VentureBeat: Jay-Z is acquiring music-streaming services Tidal and WiMP for $56M wp.me/p5hvhT-6VWb

Plan by Belgium researchers to put a billboard in space is not as horrifying as it sounds

venturebeat.com — Upon first hearing that someone wants to launch a billboard into orbit around Earth, most people would probably shake their heads and despair over how humanity had lost its way. Because really, if and when most of us manage to get into space, we don't want our first vision of the galaxy's wonders to be a sign telling us how far to the closest McDonald's.
Jan 30, 2015

Plan by Belgium researchers to put a billboard in space is not as horrifying as it sounds venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/pla… via @VentureBeat

Jan 30, 2015

Plan by researchers to put a billboard in space not as horrifying as it sounds wp.me/p5hvhT-6VW9 by @obrien pic.twitter.com/L5lIzq9O2y

Jan 30, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: Plan by researchers to put a billboard in space not as horrifying as it sounds wp.me/p5hvhT-6VW9 by @obrien pic.twitter.com/SFRZzyQgtk

Jan 30, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: Plan by researchers to put a billboard in space not as horrifying as it sounds wp.me/p5hvhT-6VW9 by @obrien pic.twitter.com/SFRZzyQgtk

Knight Foundation ponies up $3M for projects that 'leverage libraries as a platform'

venturebeat.com — Now that books and research are available from anywhere, what should libraries become? That's the question the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation asked - except when you're the Knight Foundation, you have millions of dollars to help find the answer.
Jan 30, 2015

From makerspaces to a Journalism Digital News Archive, the Knight Foundation's $3m library projects venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/kni… (via @SteveITaaU)

Jan 30, 2015

The @knightfdn tackles this: "Now that books and research are available from anywhere, what should libraries become?" goo.gl/CWpKSJ

Jan 30, 2015

Knight Foundation ponies up $3M for projects that ‘leverage libraries as a platform’ venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/kni… via @VentureBeat

With virtual reality blowing up, first VR accelerator unveils initial 13 startups

venturebeat.com — It seems everyone's got an accelerator these days. There's the blue-chip models, like Y Combinator, and the big-money backed efforts, like Disney's. Now, the initial companies in what could be the first virtual reality accelerator have been announced.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @Saga_Paul: With virtual reality blowing up, first VR accelerator unveils initial 13 startups venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/wit… via @VentureBeat #virtualreality

Jan 31, 2015

With virtual reality blowing up, first VR accelerator unveils initial 13 startups venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/wit… via @VentureBeat

Oculus Super Bowl party could be the future of social sports broadcasting

venturebeat.com — REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - When the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots kick off the NFL's championship game Sunday, friends, family, and co-workers will gather across the country and the world to watch. But for one big group, while the game will be real, the gathering will be entirely virtual.
Feb 01, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

Tip @Techmeme Oculus Super Bowl party could be the future of social sports broadcasting venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/ocu…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: I might actually enjoy watching the Super Bowl in virtual reality like this: venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/ocu… via @GreeterDan

Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

Oculus Super Bowl party could be the future of social sports broadcasting venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/ocu… via @VentureBeat

Overwolf and Twitch will hold app coding contest for gamers

venturebeat.com — Overwolf is announcing a contest to see who can create the best apps for the Twitch gameplay livestreaming platform. Tel Aviv-based Overwolf makes software for creating rich overlay apps for PC games, and it can be used to make apps such as Twitch more useful to gamers.

Deep learning startup Clarifai goes beyond image recognition, now offers video analysis

venturebeat.com — Clarifai, one startup with a service for recognizing things in images, today introduced some pretty nifty new capability. Now the startup can quickly point out the things that appear in videos. To perform this work, Clarifai employs a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning.
Jan 30, 2015

Deep learning startup Clarifai goes beyond image recognition, now offers video analysis venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/dee… by @jordannovet #DeepL15

Nintendo wants a taste of your YouTube action -- and creators hate it

venturebeat.com — Nintendo wants people to make money from videos on YouTube featuring Mario and Zelda games, but the Japanese company also wants a piece of that cash. Earlier this week, the publisher introduced the Nintendo Creator's Program that enables video makers to earn advertising revenue on YouTube.

Check out these playbooks from successful industry cloud startups

venturebeat.com — Industry cloud software companies are on the verge of taking off, with several already achieving multibillion-dollar valuations. At Bessemer, we've been fortunate to partner with more than a dozen industry software companies. And we've watched them attack the field in a variety of ways.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: Check out these playbooks from successful industry cloud startups wp.me/p5hvhT-6W0X via @bessemervp pic.twitter.com/rAPTOp66fo

Here are the predictions for who will win the Super Bowl -- of ads

venturebeat.com — Every year about this time, the world watches the Super Bowl to find out which one really is the best. And, of course, they also watch a football game. On Super Sunday, there will be two parallel competitions going on - the guys in knickers with a ball, and the ads sliced in between the game.
Jan 30, 2015

Here are the predictions for who will win the Super Bowl — of ads venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/her… via @VentureBeat

Months after 'God View' fiasco, Uber is updating privacy policies

venturebeat.com — Months after entrepreneur Peter Sims aired his grievances about Uber tracking his whereabouts as a party trick, the company is releasing an independent audit of its privacy policies. This is a review of the policies at Uber and not a technical review of how it actually stores or accesses user data.
Jan 30, 2015

Months after ‘God View’ fiasco, Uber is updating its privacy policies venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/mon…

Romney could have announced 2016 on any outlet on Earth. He chose Medium

venturebeat.com — Medium just had a moment. Former Republican nominee Mitt Romney just announced he would not be running for president in 2016 on the new writing platform of Twitter cofounder Ev Williams. With wild speculation consuming the press for days, Romney could have announced this decision on any news network or tech platform on the planet.
Jan 30, 2015

romney could have announced 2016 on any outlet on planet earth. He chose Medium. Big for @ev venturebeat.com/2015/01/30/rom…