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Streaming games: Is a workable model in sight?

SPONSORED: This post is part of a new series called “Game On” brought to you by Akamai Technologies. As game publishers deal with increasingly more complex issues, this series looks at issues as diverse as managing worldwide launches, security, second screen integration and the changing business model of freemium games.

isoHunt now lets anyone launch their own version of The Pirate Bay

Not satisfied with merely launching The Old Pirate Bay, torrent site isoHunt today debuted The Open Bay, which lets anyone deploy their own version of The Pirate Bay online.

Microsoft adds AMBER missing children alerts to Bing search queries

Google has integrated AMBER alerts into a number of its products, including Search, for a while already.

How big data can change the music industry

GUEST: The topic of royalty payouts from streaming services emerges year after year. The arguments remain the same, yet no progress has been made.

NASA has emailed a wrench to astronauts in space

Talk about throwing a wrench into the works. Responding to International Space Station astronauts’ need for a wrench, NASA solved the problem by emailing a digital file to the ISS.

3 examples of why Twitter’s struggles with vision are a learning moment

GUEST: Here’s the challenge: On the one hand, entrepreneurs and leaders are expected to be very crisp about what problem they are solving and execute on the value they deliver “here and now.” On the other hand, investors, potential employees, and other stakeholders want to hear the vision of how that can lead to building a substantial company they can bet on for the future.

Microsoft releases Power BI apps for iPad, previews integrations with GitHub & Salesforce

Microsoft is adding substantially to its Power BI business-intelligence software, with new mobile apps for devices running operating systems other than Windows, along with standard integrations with widely used cloud software tools.

Google is pissed at the MPAA for secretly trying to revive SOPA and going after the search giant

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) might not quite be dead, according to recent Sony email leaks, and Google is concerned about that.

Vainglory brings its mobile multiplayer arena battler to Japan and Korea

Super Evil Megacorp took the idea of the hardcore PC multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) and translated it to a touchscreen experience on a tablet.

Minecraft creator Notch moves on up — into the $75M megamansion that Jay-Z and Beyonce wanted

When you sell your life’s work for billions of dollars to Microsoft, you can only really celebrate one way: by getting in a bidding war for a huge mansion with music-industry royalty.

A new Amazon Fire phone is in the works, but don’t expect it in 2015

Amazon has indeed been working on a followup to its ill-fated Fire phone, but will not release the new model until 2016, several sources close to the situation have told VentureBeat.

A vulnerability hits the open-source Git project for managing code repositories

People running the open-source Git code-repository software and tools based on it, like GitHub, on Mac OS X and Windows computers could have a significant security issue on their hands.

Soccer star Lionel Messi is better than supermodel Kate Upton when it comes to advertising games

ANALYSIS: One of the world’s biggest sports stars is turning into a smart investment for game maker Electronic Arts.

How Google’s latest game gives a glimpse of our augmented-reality future

OPINION:   Google’s Niantic Labs is doing a transmedia project with novelist and discredited memoirist James Frey.

4 questions that reveal whether you have the hottest job skill of 2014

Though the economy is growing, we’re still suffering in the aftermath of the Great Recession, and many ambitious workers are eager to get training in skills with the highest pay.

Listen up: Social listening proves critical for successfully launching new gadgets

GUEST: An estimated 250,000+ new consumer tech products launch every year, with a whopping 95 percent failure rate.

Intel confirms that Lenovo will use Atom chips in two new smartphones next year

Intel is making steady progress toward its goal of breaking into mobile, as Lenovo is expected to announce two new Intel-based smartphones in the early part of 2015.

Russia’s currency needs help, but don’t count on Bitcoin

The decline of the Russian ruble earlier this week has caused a mass selloff of the currency in exchange for alternatives — including the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Prime-time: Amazon’s annual membership is now too good to ignore, and local retailers should be afraid

If Amazon’s $79/year Prime membership didn’t appeal to you this time last year, chances are 2014’s developments have put a slightly different spin on the service.

OMG! Guardians of the French language warn against using ‘LOL’

The French language is under constant assault thanks to the Internet, movies, television, smartphones and all assortment of pop culture delirium.