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Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos on what scares him most about the upcoming U.S. presidential election

Alex Stamos rose to fame as the former chief security officer for Yahoo and then Facebook. But today he’s the director of Stanford’s Internet Observatory, where he’s immersed in teaching and research safe tech — and understands better than most the threats that the U.S. is facing, particularly as we sail toward the next U.S. presidential election. Last night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, he talked with New York Times cybersecurity correspondent Sheera Frenkel about a small number of these massively impactful issues, first by revisiting what happened during the 2016 president election, then catching up the audience on whether the country’s defenses have evolved since. (The short version: they haven’t. If there’s any good news at all, it’s...

VoltServer adds a data layer to electricity distribution in a move that could help smart grid rollout

Stephen Eaves, the chief executive of a new startup which promises to overlay data on electricity distribution has spent years developing data management technologies. Eaves’ first company, the eponymous Eaves Devices focused on energy systems in aerospace and defense — they converted the military’s fleet of B2 bombers to use lithium ion batteries. The second company he was involved in was developing modular array devices to install in central offices and cell towers and conducted early work on electric vehicle development. His goal, Eaves says, was to “make electricity inherently safe”. VoltServer is the latest company from Eaves to pursue that goal. Eaves makes transmission safer by breaking electrical distribution into packets and those packets are sent dow...

AWS confirms reports it will challenge JEDI contract award to Microsoft

Surely just about everyone was surprised when the Department of Defense last month named Microsoft as the winner of the decade-long, $10 billion JEDI cloud contract — none more so than Amazon, the company everyone assumed all along would be the winner. Today the company confirmed earlier reports that it was challenging the contract award in the Court of Federal Claims. The Federal Times broke this story. In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson suggested that there was possible bias and issues in the selection process. “AWS is uniquely experienced and qualified to provide the critical technology the U.S. military needs, and remains committed to supporting the DoD’s modernization efforts. We also believe it’s critical for our country that the government and its elected leade...

X019: Classic Games in Kingdom Hearts Saga Come to Xbox One

Summary Two compilations of games will be available: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Play through the earliest games in the series, fully remastered with improved HD visuals, controls, and music Give the series a try right now with a demo of Kingdom Hearts III on Xbox One If you’re a fan of Disney, Final Fantasy, or RPGs, get ready – we have a lot of very exciting news to share. Like… a lot. During the Microsoft X019 event in London, we announced that the full Kingdom Hearts saga is making its way to Xbox One in 2020! It’s something we know Xbox owners have been asking for, so we’re happy to announce that two compilations of games will be available: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Each co...

Xbox Game Pass at X019: Announcing Over 50 New Games, and Ultimate Holiday Offer

Summary If you haven‘t tried Xbox Game Pass Ultimate yet, get your first 3 months for $1 For a limited time, all eligible Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members get 1 month of EA Access, 3 months of Discord Nitro, and 6 months of Spotify Premium Read below to see many of the games coming to Xbox Game Pass beginning this holiday and throughout 2020 Hi friends! I know we’re not ready for the holidays to be here just yet, but I have been holding this news in for so long that I can’t wait any longer to share it with you. We have so many­ good games, and some unbelievably amazing partnerships; my early holiday gift is to be able to finally tell someone about this holiday deal, because I hate keeping secrets. Let’s get into this good stuff. We’ve got too many good games we need to share. If you haven‘t...

Everything We Announced at X019

X019 kicked off with the biggest episode of Inside Xbox ever, celebrating all things Xbox with an incredible slate of news, including over ten Xbox Game Studios games on stage, three brand new games revealed from Xbox Game Studios, and four more world premiere titles from developers around the world. Inside Xbox was also home to big news from Xbox Game Pass (with 21 titles from developers in the ID@Xbox program coming day one with Xbox Game Pass) and Project xCloud, as well as for revealing great new Black Friday deals for the holiday season. Read on for the full recap news from the show. Obsidian Tackles the Survival Genre with Grounded During the show, Obsidian debuted a trailer introducing Grounded – a brand-new Xbox Game Preview title launching in Spring 2020 with Xbox Game Pass....

Quibi series from Steven Soderbergh starring Tye Sheridan focuses on smartphone survival skills

People dramatically proclaim all the time that they don’t think they could survive without their smartphones, but a new series from the forthcoming streaming service Quibi from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman approaches smartphone survival in a much more literal way. The scripted series, which will premiere on Quibi at launch in April 2020, stars Tye Sheridan from “Ready Player One,” and counts Steven Soderbergh as an executive producer. The series, called “Wireless,” was created by Jack Seidman and Zach Wechter, who are the creators of the short film “Pocket,” which is shot entirely as though it was taking place on a person’s phone, almost like a screencast of that device. “Wireless” will feature similar cinematography, which ...

X019: Microsoft Flight Simulator Reveals First Wave of Aircraft Partnerships

At X019, we’re thrilled to reveal many of the great aircraft manufacturers we are partnering with to make Microsoft Flight Simulator the most realistic flight simulation yet. As you saw in our new trailer, we have a broad range of aircraft, including commercial airliners, business jets, and general aviation aircraft, all from the most renowned manufacturers. The breadth of partnerships we have forged for the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator goes far beyond what was done for previous titles. We are determined to make this sim, and all of its components, as authentic as possible. The aircraft partnerships we’re announcing today include (in alphabetical order): Airbus The Boeing Company CubCrafters Daher Diamond Aircraft Industries ICON Aircraft Robin Aircraft Textron Aviation We...

Decide which type of investor to target for raising capital

David Teten Contributor Share on Twitter David Teten is a Venture Partner with HOF Capital. He was previously a Partner for 8 years with HOF Capital and ff Venture Capital. David writes regularly at teten.com and @dteten. More posts by this contributor Should you raise equity venture capital or revenue-based investing VC? Why are revenue-based VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders? I recently wrote Should you raise venture capital from a traditional equity VC or a Revenue-Based Investing VC? Since then, I’ve talked with a number of other firms and greatly expanded my database: Who are the major Revenue-Based (RBI) Investing VCs? That said, venture capital is just one of many options to finance your business, typically the most expensive. The broader question is, what...

X019: Age of Empires IV, World’s Edge, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Out Now

Summary Today, we unveiled that our studio, led by Shannon Loftis, is named World’s Edge As part of Inside Xbox, live from X019 in London, we revealed a first look at Age of Empires IV with an all-new trailer Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is available now on Windows 10, with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta), and Steam Wololo! Today marks another milestone in the journey of the Age of Empires franchise at X019 in London. Earlier this year, we announced that Age of Empires now has a dedicated studio as part of the Xbox Game Studios family. Today, we unveiled that our studio, led by Shannon Loftis, is named World’s Edge. Spanning multiple disciplines, our team of seasoned game developers is directing, guiding, innovating and caring for the legacy of Age of Empires...

X019: Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 Coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2020

We’re happy to announce that SEGA / Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s Yakuza series is headed to Xbox One and Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2  (the first three titles in the series, chronologically) will be available on the Microsoft Store and with Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) in early 2020! This series began in Japan nearly 14 years ago, and it’s slowly built up a cult following in the West; we’re excited to have the opportunity to finally introduce Xbox fans to this bizarre and fascinating series. It’s probably not what you expect, unless you expect a session of Yakuza 0 to have you cap off a night of bowling by hiring a chicken as your real estate manager, so let’s get right into it: What is Yakuza? To put it simply, Yakuza is a series of duality. O...

Lyft deploys 200 long-range EVs for its rideshare rental fleet in Colorado

Lyft is making 200 new long-range EVs available to rideshare drivers as part of its Express Drive program, the company revealed today. Express Drive is a program that Lyft offers to provide rental cars to drivers on its platform, as an alternative to options like long-term leasing. Express Drive members get unlimited miles, as well as included insurance, maintenance and roadside service, with the ability to return the car after a rental period of as little as just a week. These 200 new EVs (all Kia vehicles for this particular deployment, Lyft tells me) will be available to Express Drive Lyft drivers in December, and the rideshare company says that this is “the largest single deployment of EVs in Colorado’s history” – and there’s good financial reasoning for the tim...