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Long-hidden hackers unmasked by US special counsel – KFDX

Long-hidden hackers unmasked by US special counsel KFDX PARIS (AP) - On the morning of March 19, 2016, Den Katenberg ran a little test with big stakes. The previous week, Katenberg's hacking crew had been bombarding the Hillary Clinton campaign's email accounts with fake Google warnings, trying to get her ... and more »

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Overwatch League strikes a milestone deal with Disney and ESPN

If you’re sick of hearing about esports, you need to get over it. The space continues to grow, inching its way into the traditional media landscape. Today, in fact, Activision Blizzard announced that the Overwatch League playoffs will be aired on ESPN and Disney XD. The Overwatch League in itself is a huge step for esports , as it’s the first true city-based league for a competitive video game. While most esports leagues are comprised of privately owned teams with little or nothing to do with geography, Overwatch League is a pro league made up of city-based teams such as the Dallas Fuel or the San Francisco Shock. Many of these teams are owned by big names in the traditional sports world, such as Robert Kraft (CEO and owner of New England Patriots, who owns the Boston Uprising) and Jeff Wilpon (COO of the New York Mets, who owns the New York Excelsior). The agreement, which also includes a recap/highlights package from 2018 Grand Finals coverage on ABC on July 29, marks the first time that live competitive gaming has aired on ESPN in primetime, and will be the first broadcast of an eSports championship on ABC. Activision Blizzard said in the announcement that this is just the start of a multi-year agreement. That said, EA’s Madden NFL 18 did broadcast an e-sports tournament on ESPN2 and Disney XD earlier this year. Overwatch League playoffs begin tonight at 8pm ET, and will culminate in the Grand Finals, taking place in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on July 27 and July 28.

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PlayVS CEO Delane Parnell to talk high school eSports at Disrupt SF

The gaming world is evolving at a rapid clip. No longer is the idea of the lonely gamer a reality. Twitch and Discord have brought gamers together and given everyone the opportunity to see just how talented some of these young players are. Meanwhile, publishers and eSports organizations have built out an infrastructure. But there is plenty left to do, and PlayVS founder and CEO Delane Parnell is well aware of this. We’re amped to announce that Parnell is joining us at TC Disrupt SF in September to talk about how high school esports could pave the way for even more growth in this industry. PlayVS is a startup that has partnered with the NFHS to bring esports to the high school level, providing infrastructure around scheduling, refs, rules, and state tournaments. Not only does this allow high school students to get extracurricular experience doing what they love (playing video games), but it offers a new way for esports orgs and colleges to look at the bright young talent coming up through the ranks. PlayVS launched in April after securing its partnership with the NFHS. Through this partnership, the company will be able to bring organized esports to more than 18 states and approximately 5 million students across 5,000 high schools. The company has since raised $15 million in Series A , and the inaugural season begins in October of this year. We’re absolutely thrilled to get the chance to sit down with Parnell to discuss the launch of the platform and hear about how high school esports could set the tone for the industry as a whole. Passes to Disrupt SF are available here at the Early Bird rate until July 25 .

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Apple May Not Use Intel’s 5G Modems For iPhones – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Apple May Not Use Intel's 5G Modems For iPhones Ubergizmo If a new report is to be believed, Apple has informed Intel that it won't be using the company's radio chips starting 2020. Apple was reportedly the main customer for Intel's combined 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth chip. Intel is now said to have halted the ... and more »

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Apple may bring FaceID to the iPad – New Kerala

Apple may bring FaceID to the iPad New Kerala ... July 4 : With the iOS 12 beta on the iPad , developers have discovered the AvatarKit which is the framework behind the animated emoji. The framework requires TrueDepth camera sensor, which first made its debut on the iPhone X, Mashable reported. and more »

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UK job ad indicates Amazon wants to bring TV advertising and free TV channels to Prime

People have long wondered if one of Amazon’s goals in video and advertising — two key areas in Amazon’s media strategy — ultimately would be to bring the two together, with Amazon-powered ads running in video streams also served by Amazon. A job ad in the U.K. appears to indicate that the company might be gearing up for such a play. According to the ad, the company is currently hiring for someone to lead its efforts in free-to-air TV and advertising in Europe. Free-to-air TV refers to the range of ad-supported (or TV license -supported) TV channels that you can access through a digital TV tuner, satellite or cable without paying anything to receive them. The advertisement for the job when it was posted four weeks ago was titled, “Head of Free to Air TV & Advertising.” Yesterday, after people started noticing it (and what it implied about Amazon’s plans), Amazon appeared to change it to a slightly more muddled “Head of Prime Video Channels Free To Air TV & Advertising TV Partner Channels.” Then this morning, as we started asking questions, the title appeared to change again, to “Head of Prime Video Partner Channels” — without any reference to free-to-view or advertising. All the ads had the same job ID number. “Channels have launched in US, UK and Germany and this is a new and fast-growing area within Prime Video,” the advertisement reads. “As part of this expansion we are seeking a senior leader to join the European Channels & Sports team, based in London. This individual will be responsible for widening the content range with the development of free and advertising-funded channels.” The job ad notes that the responsibilities will include developing Prime Video’s European strategy for free-to-air and advertising-funded channels; collaborating with global peers; and working with major broadcasters across Europe, “translating their requirements into Amazon capabilities and execution for our customers.” The person will also work with various internal teams — product, tech, ad sales, marketing, finance, operations — “and act as internal champion for free-to-air and advertising funded content.” This is notable because currently it appears that Amazon does not have any free-to-air channels on its U.K. service (and an Amazon spokesperson would not directly answer me on this point and declined to provide a comment on the record for this story), and it’s also gearing up to have some free significant sports content on its platform, in the form of Premier League football matches . Amazon’s current Prime Video offerings in the U.K. include films and TV shows it picks up by way of licensing deals with third parties; Amazon original content; and a selection of  live-streamed broadcast channels  (which include HBO, Showtime and Starz for now , Discovery and Eurosport in the U.K., as part of Amazon Channels, launched in March 2017 ). We’ve also heard it has been eyeing  purchasing at least one commerce-minded broadcaster outright . Globally, Prime Video is live in 200 countries worldwide

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DirecTV Now Prices Being Raised By $5 Soon – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo DirecTV Now Prices Being Raised By $5 Soon Ubergizmo AT&T's DirecTV Now plans will now be a bit more expensive as the standalone online streaming service has confirmed that it's raising $5 across the board. All packages available to DirecTV subscribers will now cost $5 more than they did in the past. and more »

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