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Blackstorm Labs looks to bring the co-op experience to a Facebook Messenger game

blackstorm boss raids Co-founder Ernestine Fu hopes that Blackstorm Labs, the makers of a bullet hell-ish fantasy shooter called EverWing, has figured out how to tap into that real-time co-operative experience that you might find in a massive online game like World of Warcraft within Facebook Messenger.

The company is calling the experience Boss Raids. EverWing runs on HTML5 within Facebook Messenger, where… Read More

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The 30 richest people on earth

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The wealthiest 30 people in the world control a staggering portion of the world economy: $1.23 trillion — more than the annual GDP of Spain, Mexico, or Turkey. 

That’s according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which recently relaunched and expanded online to include 500 billionaires across the globe. The ranking updates daily to provide up-to-the-minute data on the world’s wealthiest men and women. You can read about the ranking’s full methodology here.

Business Insider has culled the 30 richest from the ranking as of March 1, when the index relaunched in its expanded format.

Billionaires need a minimum net worth of at least $22.5 billion to crack the top 30. Eighteen from this group hail from the US and two-thirds are completely self-made, having built some of the world’s most powerful companies, including Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, Google, Facebook, and Oracle.

The two biggest gainers in the past year were Wang Wei, who added $22.7 billion to his fortune as the founder and majority owner of China’s largest package delivery company, and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who boosted his fortune by $21.9 billion thanks to Amazon’s strong performance. 

From tech moguls and retail giants to heirs and heiresses, here are the billionaires with the deepest pockets around the globe.

Note that Bloomberg does not report the net worth of its founder and owner Michael Bloomberg, who does not appear on this ranking, though other sources peg his fortune at roughly $45 billion

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30. Ma Huateng

Net worth: $22.5 billion

Age: 45

Country: China

Industry: Technology

Source of wealth: Self-made; Tencent Holdings

Software engineer Ma Huateng (aka Pony Ma) founded China’s largest internet portal, Tencent Holdings, in 1998. He was 26. Ma’s company has a number of successful and widely used platforms in its portfolio, including QQ, its instant-messaging service, which is one of the world’s 10 largest websites; a mobile-texting service (WeChat) with over 800 million users; a mobile-commerce product (WeChat Wallet); and an online-gaming community (Tencent Games), the largest in China.

Ma’s wealth has increased by $4.7 billion in the past year.

29. Phil Knight

Net worth: $25 billion

Age: 78

Country: US

Industry: Retail

Source of wealth: Self-made; Nike

After a stint in the US Army, and with a Stanford MBA under his belt, Phil Knight convinced Tiger-brand shoemaker Onitsuka in the early 1960s to allow him to distribute Tiger shoes under the name Blue Ribbon Sports — the name Knight picked that predated his swoosh-logo-clad company Nike. Knight worked full-time as an accountant as he launched his new brand, and by 1968 he had built up enough of a rapport with customers that he was able to leave the CPA life behind. Knight now serves as chairman emeritus of Nike.

Nike has built its success on celebrity and athlete endorsement deals, starting with running prodigy Steve Prefontaine in 1973 and continuing with one of the most successful shoe marketers of all time in Michael Jordan, whom Nike signed to a five-year endorsement deal in 1984 worth roughly $500,000 per year. The biggest NBA star today is still under the Nike roof, with LeBron James signing a lifetime contract with the brand in 2015 reportedly in excess of $1 billion.

Knight’s wealth has decreased by $1 billion over the last year.

28. George Soros

Net worth: $25.2 billion

Age: 86

Country: US

Industry: Hedge funds

Source of wealth: Self-made; Soros Fund Management

Born in Budapest, George Soros lived through the Nazi occupation of Hungary during WWII before fleeing to the UK and later settling in the US. Touted as “the man who broke the bank of England,” he’s best known for the Quantum Fund, a hedge fund he launched in 1973 under his Soros Fund Management company. In 1992 he shorted the British pound, a risky move that ended up earning the fund $1 billion in a single day and solidifying Soros’ place in the finance world. Quantum Fund also generated annual returns over 30% under Soros’ leadership, making it one of the most successful hedge funds of all time.

Today, Soros remains chairman of Soros Fund Management, which manages more than $25 billion in assets, including stakes in prominent companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix. He’s also chairman of Open Society, an organization he founded in 1979 that operates as a network of foundations and partners across the globe that promote the values of open society and human rights.

Soros’ wealth decreased by $800 million over the last year.

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The 29-year-old founder of ‘Hater,’ one of the hottest new dating apps, says he’s gotten death threats after a big marketing stunt in New York City

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Brendan Alper’s mom isn’t very happy with him right now. 

The 29-year-old founder of Hater, a dating app that connects people based on mutual dislikes, recently took something of a risk: His company created an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin caressing a pregnant Donald Trump and projected it on buildings throughout New York City.

The advertisement got some laughs, but it also inspired internet backlash. Alper has a handful of death threats sitting in his Facebook inbox, and has decided against heading to an upcoming tech conference in Moscow, Russia. 

Putin Trump Hater app“We got invited a little while ago, right when this started to blow up,” Alper told Business Insider. “We were really excited about it — this was before we got any press — and it was a big deal. But I don’t think we’re going to go now, because we’re just a little nervous, which is crazy that I have to make decisions like that. My mom wasn’t happy about this whole thing, I’ll tell you that.” 

But Alper mostly laughs off the internet backlash and the concerns that Russia might be displeased with his company’s handiwork.

After all, stirring the pot and sparking conversation is the whole point of Hater. 

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There’s science behind it

Hater is Alper’s first foray into the startup world. The former banker spent five years at Goldman Sachs and one and a half more at Nomura, but he never really loved what he was doing. 

“To be honest, I just wanted a steady job out of college,” Alper said. “That’s all I wanted, to be able to make some money and survive.”

It was at Goldman that Alper began writing comedy sketches. Two days a week, Alper would work on sketches with his roommate, filming them and putting them online. He continued working at Goldman, and later Nomura, in able to save up enough money to quit and write comedy full-time.

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The idea for Hater started as one of those sketches. Wouldn’t it be funny, he thought, if there was a dating app for bonding over things you don’t like? 

“I did the research on it and found a study saying that actually, there’s some science behind this: People bond over the things they hate more strongly than over the things they love,” Alper said. “I just thought, ‘Man, this idea is really going to resonate with people.'”

Getting creative with monetization

Hater works by supplying users with close to 3,000 topics to rate by swiping one of four ways: up to love, right to like, left to dislike, and down to hate.

By letting the app know how you feel about those topics, you’re creating a profile that gets compared to the profiles of other users. You’re then matched with other users based on the things you both hate or love.

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Alper says Hater does not allow hate speech of any kind on the platform. The topics do not include any racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups and all the topics are chosen by the Hater team, not by the users. 

 

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NASA released incredible new animations of a star that exploded with the energy of 100 million suns

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New animations released by NASA are recasting a groundbreaking astronomical moment in a whole new light.

On February 24, 1987, astronomers Oscar Dhalde and Ian Shelton witnessed an incredible sight atop a Chilean mountain: a new star in the night sky. Soon, however, they realized it was not a star’s birth; rather, it was a blue supergiant meeting its doom.

In that moment, the fusion-powered core of the star — previously called Sanduleak −69° 202 — began to falter. Most astronomers agree the blast happened because the star’s core ran low on high-energy fuel, while some believe another star merged with the blue supergiant to trigger the blast.

Whatever the cause, the star collapsed under its own gravity, exploded, spewed its radioactive guts all over space, and generated the power of 100 million suns in the process. We now call the object Supernova 1987A, or SN 1987A.

supernova sn 1987a xray visible infrared nasa stsci h p1708b f 3000x2500It was not only the brightest supernova seen for hundreds of years, but also the first time astronomers recorded such an event with modern, high-tech instruments.

“Supernova 1987A became one of the best opportunities ever for astronomers to study the phases before, during, and after the death of a star,” a video produced by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory team said.

The data has provided lots clues about supernovas, including how they forge new elements that life needs to evolve and distribute them around the universe.

NASA recently commemorated the supernova’s anniversary with a bunch of new multimedia, and a few of the images and animations caught our eye.

Zooming in on a supernova’s leftovers

This animation gives you a sense of where in the night sky (and just how far away) SN 1987A is located.

The remnants lurk inside the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that trails the Milky Way some 168,000 light-years from Earth.

This vast distance means the explosion technically happened 168,000 years in the past, at least relative to where we live. It took that long for the light from the blast to reach us.

Ring of radioactive fire

About once a month over the course of more than 20 years, the Hubble space telescope has photographed SN 1987A and its traveling shock wave. Astronomers continue to compile these images into animations to watch the system evolve.

Starting around the year 2000, they saw the shockwave begin slamming into a 1-light-year-wide ring of gas and dust that the star threw off before its death, creating a brilliant, bubbling glow.

Researchers now believe the high-speed blast wave is leaving the field of gas and dust, marking the beginning of a major change in its evolution, according to a pre-print study posted to arXiv.org.

3D model of a disaster

This new animation is a computer simulation that used decades of observations to map SN 1987A’s explosion in three dimensions.

The model, described in a pre-print study also posted to arXiv, can also fast-forward SN 1987A’s evolution years into the future.

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HPE refocuses tech services group on cloud, big data

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has revamped its existing technology services unit to focus on helping customers adopt emerging technologies, including cloud computing, the internet of things, and big data.

HPE’s new Pointnext technology services division, announced Thursday, is designed to help businesses speed up their adoption of several technologies, also including hybrid IT services and analytics, the company said. HPE announced the rebranded services unit with an “unboxing” video.

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Cisco expands Docker partnership, rolls Contiv open source container networking software

Cisco and Docker today announced an expanded partnership that will see further integration of container management software from Docker with infrastructure equipment.

Cisco also released a 1.0 version of an open source container networking project named Contiv.

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This Week on Windows: NASCAR app, Anime Month, tips for using Microsoft Edge

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows! Catch up on all the news out of Mobile World Congress and the Game Developers Conference, head over here to learn how you can import your favorites from other browsers to Microsoft Edge, or keep reading to see what’s new in the Windows Store.

Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:

Riptide GP: Renegade

Riptide GP: Renegade

The future moves fast in Riptide GP: Renegade ($9.99), where illicit hydroject racing involves death-defying stunts over massive waterfalls, cop-dodging through public waterways and boosts to breakneck speeds across surging waves.

NASCAR, new for Xbox One

 NASCAR

The thrills of the stock-car racing season are what the NASCAR (Free, with IAP options) app is all about, and now it’s here for Xbox One, too. Get ready for the whole 2017 season with in-depth race analysis, live stats, in-race highlights, and more.

The Walking Dead Season 7

The Walking Dead

Now, until April 3, when you purchase The Walking Dead S7 ($41.99 HD, $26.99 SD), get tokens to download The Walking Dead: A New Frontier game episodes 1 & 2 for free (PC only).

Anime Month – Week 4

Anime Month

Anime Month is almost over, but it’s not too late to save big on movies like Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and TV shows like Fairy Tail, Cowboy Bebop, and High School DxD. There’s one week left, so don’t miss out on all great deals and rewards in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store!

Bubble Witch 3 Saga

Bubble Witch Saga

Stella the Witch is back in Bubble Witch 3 Saga (Free, with IAP options), a brand-new addition to the Bubble Witch series. This time, she needs your help in defeating the evil Wilbur – who may look cute, but who is full of magical mischief.

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Snap valued above $30B as shares pop more than 40% in public trading debut

snapchat-spectacles Snap shares began trading more than 40% higher than its original IPO price this morning — opening at $24 per share — as the company made its debut as a publicly-traded company on the NYSE. After months of hand-wringing, Snap’s IPO has now set the stage for not just what people will be expecting for the future of its business. Snap’s performance this morning is also… Read More

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Apple debuts a new Home app website to show how its devices work in a smart home

apple-home-app-website Apple is touting the home automation capabilities of iOS and Apple TV on a newly updated website for its HomeKit software and its related Home app. The page now includes a new 45-second video that demonstrates the Home app for iOS 10 in action, showing a woman operating a range of devices from her phone, including the Honeywell Lyric Round thermostat, Kwikset smart lock, and iHome smart plug.… Read More

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Google Allo gets improved GIF and emoji support, easier access to Google Assistant

allo-head Allo, the messaging app Google launched into a crowded market last September, is getting an update today. The update focuses on improved support for emoji and GIFs (because that is, after all, what the world needs), and easier access to the Google Assistant.
As far as we can tell, Allo has been anything but a hit for Google. With Hangouts, the company had a perfectly solid and competitive… Read More

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