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Why chatbots need a better long-term memory

GUEST: Chatbots are everywhere, and I’m a big fan of the constant improvements I see in UI, features, and more from the plethora of chatbot developers and platforms.

Minecraft gets updated for Windows phones — yes, really

Minecraft lives on Windows Mobile devices. Developer Mojang has updated Minecraft for Windows 10 Mobile, and you can get it for free if you already own it and update your Windows Phone 8 device to Windows 10 Mobile.

Twilio paid $8.5 million in cash for assets of Kurento Open Source Project

Twilio has been making strides to improve its WebRTC capabilities and part of its strategy includes making acquisitions to advance its objective.

Google adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar support in latest Chrome Canary build

Google has included support for the Touch Bar display on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro laptops in the most recent Canary build of its Chrome browser.

GitLab open-sources Pages as part of its free Community Edition

GitLab, a startup that offers open-source and premium source code repository software, today announced the availability of GitLab Pages code in its open-source Community Edition distribution.

How a personal assistant in your car will help you drive better

In the future, your car will become more like a personal assistant. That’s already a reality for drivers who sync their phone using Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Eve Online is crowdsourcing the search for real planets beyond the Solar System

The wisdom of the crowd is coming to astronomy. Developer CCP Games revealed today that it will use Eve Online to power the scientific search for exoplanets, which are planets that exist outside of the Solar System.

Blackbird Interactive builds NASA’s vision of what a Mars base would look like

It isn’t easy to marshal the will to create a human colony on Mars. It’s an expensive project, and to pull it off, you need a vision.

Fitbit paid just $23 million for Pebble

Wearable device company Fitbit today disclosed that it paid $23 million to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Square grew transactions 39% to $50 billion in 2016

Square ($SQ) has announced the results of its fiscal fourth quarter earnings, revealing that it generated $452 million in net revenue, an increase of 21 percent from last year, but had a net income loss of $15 million.

AI + mobile commerce: No longer a nice-to-have (VB Live)

VB LIVE: AI ain’t a maybe anymore in the mobile commerce world. In this interactive VB Live event, we’ll dive deep into the latest Insight consumer study on bots to share how AI will transform your mobile commerce strategy, and tell you how to get started with full C-suite support.

Smart sensors keep this truck in line — even with a trailer in tow

It makes perfect sense for a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty to use lane-keeping tech. As you drive, the truck scans for lane markings and alerts you if you veer outside of the lane, which is easy to do when you’re towing a snowmobile.

How Overwatch became Blizzard’s most hopeful and accessible world

Blizzard’s blockbuster game Overwatch is set on Earth, but it’s a place that most people wouldn’t recognize.

Microsoft adds Focused Inbox and @mentions to Windows 10 Mail app

Microsoft today announced that it’s enhancing the standard-issue Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10.

7 things startups should think about when recruiting and keeping employees

Zenefits, Medium, Mixpanel, Fitbit, and Uber — those are just some of the companies experiencing issues around human resources lately.

March 2017 Xbox Live Games With Gold: Evolve, Borderlands 2, and more

Another month, another slew of free games for people paying for Xbox’s premium subscription service. In March, Microsoft will give away four games as part of the Games With Gold feature of its Xbox Live Gold membership program, which has 55 million subscribers.

The Elder Scrolls Online gives us our first look at the return of the weird land of Morrowind

“Now is the time to return to Morrowind.” Bethesda has released a new trailer for its massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Elder Scrolls Online today, giving players its first good look at Morrowind, an expansion coming out on June 6 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC title.

Startup Huuuge Games finds way to grow huge in social casino games

Huuuge Games is a late entrant in the social casino game market. By all measures, it should have failed in its effort to compete with rivals such as Playtika, Scientific Games, Aristocrat, Zynga, and IGT.

Twitter tweaks direct messages for brands so they sound more human

Twitter is once again tinkering with direct messages, this time to let brands show customers that they’re communicating with a human, not an automated bot.

AMD will launch its Intel-busting Ryzen PC chips next week

Advanced Micro Devices announced today that it will launch three Ryzen 7-branded processors March 2, with preorders opening today from 180 global online sites and manufacturers for the chip’s worldwide debut.