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Facebook’s Oculus Looking to Invest in Location-Based Virtual Reality (EXCLUSIVE)

Facebook’s Oculus Looking to Invest in Location-Based Virtual Reality (EXCLUSIVE)

Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) unit Oculus is getting ready to get out of the house: The subsidiary is looking to embrace VR centers and arcades in malls and movie theaters and has plans to strike deals with producers of location-based VR content. Ultimately, Oculus wants to use location-based VR to get more consumers interested in buying VR headsets.
Russian government hackers mined bitcoin to fund attacks

Russian government hackers mined bitcoin to fund attacks

People are definitely spending bitcoin, just maybe not the kind of people proponents of cryptocurrency adoption had in mind.  A lengthy indictment from the Justice Department dropped today, accusing seven Russian intelligence officers of conspiring to hack anti-doping agencies around the world in retaliation for their efforts to expose Russian athletic doping. And, at least according to the US officials, the GRU hacking group mined bitcoin to fund its efforts. 
Amazon’s Alexa companion app is getting a much-needed redesign

Amazon’s Alexa companion app is getting a much-needed redesign

The Alexa app, which acts as a piece of setup and companion software for Amazon’s Echo devices, just got a major visual redesign. The new app has a much-improved user interface with easier control over Alexa-enabled smart home devices.
Up to 10,000 attend rally demanding end to housing crisis

Up to 10,000 attend rally demanding end to housing crisis

The housing and homelessness crises are now affecting “everyone” and could become “the new water charges” in terms of mobiling protesters, those at a rally demanding action on the issue said on Wednesday. Up to 10,000 people, from all age groups, sectors and parts of the country, took part in the #RaiseTheRoof protest outside Leinster House in Dublin.
EBay accuses Amazon of 'unlawful' merchant poaching

EBay accuses Amazon of 'unlawful' merchant poaching

EBay is accusing Amazon of "unlawful and troubling" poaching of merchants on the platform, the company said Wednesday. Amazon employees have been using eBay's seller messaging feature to sway merchants over to Amazon, eBay claims. The "scheme" has been going on for several years and in several countries, it says. EBay issued a cease-and-desist letter earlier this week.
Google Assistant now lets you compare rideshare prices and wait times

Google Assistant now lets you compare rideshare prices and wait times

Google is making it a little easier to book a rideshare through Google Assistant. The company has announced a number of new features for Assistant that should help users look at rideshare pricing quickly and easily, though the actual booking of the service still needs to take place in the app itself.
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. The security of the global technology supply chain had been compromised, even if consumers and most companies didn’t know it yet. “Having a well-done, nation-state-level hardware implant surface would be like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow”
Weed in space is going to be a thing now

Weed in space is going to be a thing now

Scientists interested in cannabis as a subject for pharmaceutical studies may find an unlikely new home for their research into the plant, its byproducts, and biochemistry aboard the International Space Station. Yes, weed is going to space thanks to the work of a small Lexington, Ky.-based startup called Space Tango.
Haptx unveils haptic gloves so you can feel things in VR

Haptx unveils haptic gloves so you can feel things in VR

Haptx has been working on its haptic gloves — which give you a sense of touch in virtual reality — for a few years. Today, the company is launching its Haptx Gloves Development Kit, an industrial-grade product for advanced simulation in virtual reality.
A New UAV Launch-and-Recovery System Pins Drones in Their Own 'Iron Maiden'

A New UAV Launch-and-Recovery System Pins Drones in Their Own 'Iron Maiden'

A new defense startup has invented a drone recover and launch system that uses vertically mounted pins to trap and release unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system, which looks like a medieval torture device, can nab a drone from a moving platform and send it back out again—all without involving a person.
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