Mobile Gaming Cements Its Dominance, Takes Majority of Worldwide Sales

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Newzoo’s 2018 Global Games Market Forecast now predicts that mobile games will make up a slim majority (51 percent) of all worldwide gaming revenue this year (including smartphones and tablets, but not dedicated gaming handhelds). That’s up from 34 percent in 2015 and just 18 percent in 2012. Console and PC games will split the remainder of the pie relatively evenly…

May 2, 2018
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Spotify reports 75M paid subscribers in Q1, slightly below analyst expectations, but beats expectations with 99M ad-supported MAUs; stock down 8%+ (Anita Balakrishnan/CNBC)

May 2, 2018

Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Spotify reports 75M paid subscribers in Q1, slightly below analyst expectations, but beats expectations with 99M ad-supported MAUs; stock down 8%+  —  – The company posted a total user base of 170 million, with 75 million paid subscribers, in line with expectations. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Zynga founder Mark Pincus reducing his voting power in the social gaming firm from a 70% to 10% stake, will remain on board but as non-executive chairman (Kara Swisher/Recode)

May 2, 2018

Kara Swisher / Recode: Zynga founder Mark Pincus reducing his voting power in the social gaming firm from a 70% to 10% stake, will remain on board but as non-executive chairman  —  In an unusual move, Pincus doesn’t want the final say anymore and wanted more freedom.  —  In an unusual move for a Silicon Valley company … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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On Site Autonomous Parcel Delivery Services Become Reality

US – EUROPE – Starship Technologies, the robotics start-up by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has announced a major commercial rollout of autonomous delivery services for corporate and academic campuses across the US and Europe. This comes on top of continuing schemes to promote growth in robotic food, grocery and parcel delivery in residential neighbourhoods. Source: http://www.handyshippingguide.com

May 2, 2018
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Spotify reports first ever financial results with Q1 revenue of €1.139B, up 26% YoY, on operating loss of €41M; MAUs up 30% YoY to 170M; stock down 5% (Spotify Investor Relations)

May 2, 2018

Spotify Investor Relations: Spotify reports first ever financial results with Q1 revenue of €1.139B, up 26% YoY, on operating loss of €41M; MAUs up 30% YoY to 170M; stock down 5%  —  Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT) today reported financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2018 ending March 31, 2018. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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North Korean Antivirus Software Uses Decade Old Pirated Scan Engine

With a name like ‘SiliVaccine’ you could be forgiven it’s something your doctor would give you if you were worried about turning into a clown. But in fact this is North Korea’s home grown antivirus product. From a report: Check Point Software has obtained and analyzed a rare copy of the software and discovered key components of its source code to be identical to a 10-year old copy of Trend…

May 2, 2018
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