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Deep learning startup Skymind raises $3 million, launches Intelligence Layer distribution

Skymind, a startup that promotes the use of the Deeplearning4j open-source software for deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), is announcing today that it has raised a $3 million seed round.

BlackBerry may shutter its handset business today if CEO keeps promise he made last year

With Canada’s BlackBerry set to report earnings this morning before North American stock markets open, Wall Street is wondering whether the company will announce a decision about whether to close its handset business.

With Tinder Boost, you can soon pay for up to 10X more profile views in a 30-minute period

Tinder’s testing an interesting new feature that lets users promote their profiles for 30-minute periods.

Uber plans to enter long-haul trucking business

(Reuters) – With its recent acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto, Uber is plotting its entry into the long-haul trucking business, aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and a technology partner for the industry.

BitTorrent’s and uTorrent’s new Altruistic Mode uploads double what you download

BitTorrent today announced a new feature for its BitTorrent and uTorrent clients: Altruistic Mode. In short, the new experiment (available in BitTorrent 7.9.9 and above as well as uTorrent 3.4.9 and above) is for users who want to make sure that they upload more than they download, and are okay with downloads never completing.

Public blockchain investments heat up: $5 million in 5 minutes

GUEST: In early 2016 it started becoming obvious that Bitcoin hadn’t just given rise to a full new asset class of blockchain related projects but that these entities were reinventing how early stage fundraising is done.

PlayStation Experience website updates with 2016 dates and Anaheim location for fan event

It looks like Sony may hold another fan gathering in 2016 for its gaming audience. The PlayStation Experience website just updated with new dates and a new location for 2016.

Why your mobile KPIs may be sending you down a rabbit hole (VB Live)

VB LIVE: No one wants to support a marketing activity that’s losing their company money. But too often that’s the price of the mobile-first world.

4 graphs show the state of Facebook and Google’s revenue dominance

Our industry faces a well-known duopoly: Facebook and Google command an ever-increasing share of digital ad spend, both in the US and globally.

The NBA is esports’ greatest ally

GUEST: Traditionalists will tell you gaming doesn’t qualify as a sport. They’ll tell you it will never catch on like football or baseball has on an international level.

How developers can improve their bots by listening to their users

GUEST: recently surpassed 50 million messages processed. We thank all our customers for the continued support — we greatly appreciate it!

Ubisoft acquires Ketchapp, a mobile studio criticized for cloning puzzle game Threes

Ubisoft is expanding its presence in mobile. The French publisher announced today that it acquired mobile game studio Ketchapp.

Content marketing is up 300%, but only 5% of it matters

When it comes to content marketing, media spend, programmatic ad buying, and other popular marketing tactics, finding good benchmark data can be hard.

HP Labs chief spells out the trends of the next 30 years

HP Labs turned 50 this year, and in honor of past inventions such as the inkjet printer, the company is hosting an event that celebrates its view of the future.

The moral responsibility of A.I.

GUEST: Having established that we are light years away from full artificial intelligence, and that true A.I.

Battlefield 1’s incredible cinematic trailer borrows ‘The Spielberg Face’

After the multiplayer beta for Battlefield 1, it’s easy to assume the game is just three men on a single horse shooting flames and .50 caliber rounds into the sky.

Chip designers are sidestepping Moore’s Law slowdown with specialized processors

As easy performance advances slow down, chip designers are turning to specialized processors for neural networks, self-driving cars, and the Internet of Things to make progress in electronics design.

SpaceX releases teaser video of Interplanetary Transport System that could bring people to Mars

Elon Musk’s plan to put humans on Mars in the next ten years looks a little bit more real today, with the release of a teaser video of SpaceX’s planned “Interplanetary Transport System.” While this is just a teaser clip — densely packed with dramatic, simulated visuals and space music — Musk is scheduled to reveal more information during a 30 minute press conference today at 11:30 a.m.

Twitter introduces Periscope VIP program to incentivize broadcasters

Twitter-owned Periscope on Tuesday introduced a VIP program aimed at supporting the most ardent broadcasters of its livestreaming platform.

Square Enix’s Flame x Blaze is a mobile MOBA that will take on Vainglory

I know you thought the deluge of League of Legends clones from big publishers was over, but you thought wrong.