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Tips for mastering Magikarp Jump, the next Pokémon masterpiece

 The Pokémon company has come out with another true masterpiece. It’s called Magikarp Jump, which came out for iOS and Android earlier today. It’s about training Magikarp, the most beloved Pokémon in the universe, to jump as hard as it can and squash the hopes and dreams of its opponents. Here are some tips to get started. Read More
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The co-founder of digital ad company Undertone is stepping down

Eric Franchi

Eric Franchi, co-founder of the digital ad firm Undertone, is leaving the company after 16 years.

Franchi, who is regularly spotted at ad industry conferences and in industry trade press, plans to focus on investing in and consulting digital startups. His last day at Undertone will be June 1.

“Over the past year, investing in and advising startups has grown from a side project into an obsession for me,” he told Business Insider. “I’m going to be focusing on that full time from here.”

Undertone was founded in 2001 as an early digital ad network–essentially selling ads for other websites. It eventually evolved into a company offering a fuller suite of ad offerings to big marketers, from actually making their ads to selling social video ad packages.

The Israeli tech firm Perion acquired Undertone in late 2016 in a deal worth $180 million.

Undertone’s president Robert Schwartz issued a company-wide memo regarding Franchi’s departure on Thursday afternoon:

 All,

After 16 fantastic years and many, many professional and personal milestones, Eric Franchi’s last day at Undertone will be June 1.  Eric has decided the time is right to move on with the next stage of his life and career to pursue his work investing and advising startups full time.

On behalf of the company, we thank Eric for his leadership, dedication, and countless contributions.  Personally, I want to thank Eric for his guidance, support, and continuing friendship.

We will be celebrating Eric next week.  However, the best way to honor Eric is to continue building and growing the special company that was born out of an apartment in Manhattan with two people and a fax machine a decade and a half ago.

Rob

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'Change starts local' – Watch Mark Zuckerberg's politically charged Harvard speech (FB)

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“If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard.”

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg gave Harvard’s 2017 commencement address and received an honorary doctorate degree. The 33-year-old CEO and world’s fifth richest man famously dropped out the university 12 years ago to create Facebook, which is now valued at $447 billion.

During his 30-minute speech, Zuckerberg touched on a range of politically charged topics, including climate change, universal basic income, criminal justice reform, and even “modernizing democracy” by allowing people to vote online.

Despite his public denials, Zuckerberg has continued to spark speculation that he’s considering a bid for public office. He did little to dissuade rumors with his speech on Thursday, which ended with him crying while telling the story of an undocumented immigrant student he mentors.

He also reiterated sentiments from his lengthy manifesto about the future of Facebook and the global community.

“Change starts local,” Zuckerberg said. “Even global change starts small with people like us.”

You can watch the video of Zuckerberg’s full speech below:

SEE ALSO: Harvard’s student newspaper was hacked to make fun of commencement speaker Mark Zuckerberg

AND ALSO: Mark Zuckerberg has spoken with Trump multiple times since the election

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How the internet is changing sports TV, as cable feels the heat

Craig Barry turner sportsFor the past few weeks, the media world has buzzed about the prospects of sports television, after brutal layoffs at ESPN coincided with record cable subscriber losses in the quarter.

The big question was whether the old business model is tenable in the world of smartphones and social-media.

But when considering the future of sports media, Craig Barry, the head of content for TV juggernaut Turner Sports (the company behind the “NBA on TNT”), takes inspiration from an unlikely source: esports.

In the summer of 2016, Turner made its first big foray into the budding world of esports with ELEAGUE, which broadcasts professional players of popular video games like “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” and “Overwatch.” And it’s been an eye-opening experience for the 25-plus year Turner Sports veteran.

“ELEAGUE is teaching us so much about the digital space,” Barry said in a recent interview with Business Insider.

For Barry, esports has been particularly useful in highlighting the difference between a “fan base” and a “community,” he said. A community is engaged, drives the conversation, and decides whether something is good or bad. A community can push Turner Sports to totally change its approach based on the community’s acceptance, or lack thereof. On the other side, a fan base, historically, has been more passive in terms of what it demands of a broadcaster.

That distinction is relevant for the future.

In the digital age, communities rule, and those who want to dominate the next phase of sports media need to understand that. These communities are all about conversation, particularly what’s happening in the swirl of social media. And old-media giants like Turner Sports would do well to react to it.

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TV is not the default

“The same way that tech is evolving, content is evolving,” Barry said. Pregame shows, for instance, used to lean heavily on historical, “evergreen” content. Now the pregame show is starting the conversation around the game, and jumping into the conversation that’s already happening online.

“That’s what specifically social [media] has brought to the sports media table,” Barry said: The ability to have conversations in realtime. “You [as a broadcaster] have to be reflective of those conversations.”

Beyond reflecting the online discourse in its TV broadcasts, Turner Sports has created shows designed specifically for various online platforms, like Twitter or Facebook.

“It’s part of our DNA now,” Barry said. Five years ago, TV was the default, and Turner Sports would search for a digital extension, he explained. Now they think about whether it would play better on Facebook or Twitter from the outset.

An example is Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21.” Segments of “Area 21” appear on TNT’s NBA broadcasts, but it’s really meant for Twitter. The show recently stirred up controversy when Garnett got the old Celtics band back together — pointedly without Ray Allen — and they talked about the strained relationship with Allen (who rejected a Celtics contract extension to go to the Heat).

That moment was meant to spark a discussion on social media.

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The money question

But as social media begins to play a bigger role in sports coverage, the main problem is that it’s hard to make money on platforms other than TV. You certainly aren’t getting the type of revenue you get from cable subscribers.

“The code has not been cracked to some degree,” Barry said of monetization on social media platforms. But at the same time, the level of engagement Turner Sports is getting from these places, and in coveted demos, is compelling. “There has to be a value proposition” eventually, if five million millennials are following you on a certain platform, Barry said. One thing Barry thinks has held back the money is a lack of good audience measurement tools, which he said will improve over time.

But here’s something that’s certain: If you aren’t able to build a brand that rises above commodity items — the way highlights and scores have become a commodity — you won’t survive.

“I will tell you, ‘engagement’ is most important metric in our industry,” Barry said (whether people are watching it, liking it, and sharing it on social media). The fact is that people, even the cord-cutters and cord-nevers, aren’t going to stop watching sports, Barry said. But you need to meet them where they are, and give them the type of content they want.

So what do they want?

“Access, access, access,” Barry said, when describing what fans are looking for moving forward.

One reason Barry thinks the NBA has continued to rise in the pop culture imagination is how close people feel to the players. In the game, locker room, and on the social media accounts of NBA stars, the league has made an effort to grow that intimate relationship with its fans. (It’s good to note that the NBA is one of Turner Sports’ biggest contracts.)

But as the NBA playoffs reach their peak, it’s certainly true that its biggest stars, like Steph Curry and LeBron James, have actively showed the world their personality. Curry’s wife and daughter have even become stars in their own right. 

This has served the league well, according to Barry. Fans want to be as close to the game, and the players, as possible.

SEE ALSO: The 7 highest-paid CEOs in the US last year were all in the media business — here they are

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This Week on Windows: The new Surface Pro, Movies & TV deals and more

We hope you enjoyed today’s episode of This Week on Windows! Head over here for our Windows 10 Tip on how to lower the blue light emitted from your PC with Night light, watch the season premiere of Casual with the Hulu app from the Windows Store, or keep reading to catch up on this week’s news.

In case you missed it:

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

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He’s back! The newest leader for Halo Wars 2 is none other than Sergeant Johnson himself and this time he’s brought his “Green Machine” with him, in addition to new units, abilities and tactics. The update also includes Halo Wars 2 feature improvements such as two new visual themes for Blitz mode’s Proving Grounds map and a variety of other fixes and improvements.

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As spring turns to summer and the world comes inspiringly to life, turn your own inspirations into reality with our collection of creativity apps – now with up to 75% off premium features for a limited time. Use them to draw, color, or just have fun experimenting and letting your creative juices flow. Includes favorites like Sketchable, Aphalina Designer, Planner 5D and more.

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John Wick Chapter 2 is now available in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store

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Bitcoin is soaring — here's what the cryptocurrency is all about

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Bitcoin is a currency just like the US dollar or Mexican peso. It’s also back in the headlines for soaring in value. One bitcoin was worth $2,800 on May 25, up from $1,200 at the end of April.

In countries that accept it, you can buy groceries and clothes just as you would with the local currency. Only, bitcoin is entirely digital; no one is carrying actual bitcoins around in their pocket.

Bitcoin is divorced from governments and central banks. It’s organized through a network known as a blockchain, which is basically an online ledger that keeps a secure record of each transaction all in one place. Every time anyone buys or sells bitcoin, the swap gets logged. Several hundred of these back-and-forths make up a block.

No one controls these blocks, because blockchains are decentralized across every computer that has a bitcoin wallet, which you only get if you buy bitcoin.

Why bother using it?

True to its origins as an open, decentralized currency, bitcoin is meant to be a quicker, cheaper, and more reliable form of payment than money tied to individual countries. In addition, it’s the only form of money users can theoretically “mine” themselves, if they (and their computers) have the ability.

But even for those who don’t discover using their own high-powered computers, anyone can buy and sell bitcoin, typically through online exchanges like Coinbase or LocalBitcoins.  

A 2015 survey showed bitcoin users tend to be overwhelmingly white and male, but of varying incomes. The people with the most bitcoins are more likely to be using it for illegal purposes.

Each bitcoin also has a complicated ID code, known as a hexadecimal code, that is many times more difficult to steal than someone’s credit card information. And since there is a finite number to be accounted for, there is less of a chance bitcoin or fractions of a bitcoin will go missing. 

But while fraudulent credit card purchases are reversible, bitcoin transactions are not.

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21 million

Bitcoin is also unique in that there are a finite number of them: 21 million. Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s enigmatic founder, arrived at that number by assuming people would discover, or “mine,” a set number of blocks of transactions on a daily basis.

Every four years, the number of bitcoins released relative to the previous cycle gets cut in half, as does the reward to miners for discovering new blocks. (The reward right now is 12.5 bitcoin.) As a result, the number of bitcoin in circulation will approach 21 million, but never hit it.

This also means bitcoin never experiences inflation. Unlike US dollars, whose buying power the Fed can dilute by printing more of them, there simply won’t be more bitcoin available in the future. That has worried some skeptics, as it means a hack could be catastrophic in wiping out people’s bitcoin wallets, with less hope for reimbursement.

The future of bitcoin

Historically, the currency has been extremely volatile. But go by its recent boom — and a forecast by Snapchat’s first investor, Jeremy Liew, that it will hit $500,000 by 2030 — and nabbing even a fraction of a bitcoin starts to look a lot more enticing.

Bitcoin users predict 94% of all bitcoin will have been released by 2024. As the total number creeps toward the 21 million mark, many suspect the profits miners once made creating new blocks will become so low they’ll become negligible. But with more bitcoin in circulation, people also expect transaction fees to rise, possibly making up the difference.

SEE ALSO: Bitcoin just hit an all-time high — here’s how you buy and sell it

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Amazon is on the verge of hitting $1,000 a share for the first time (AMZN)

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Amazon’s stock is a hair away from the $1,000 mark.

The company’s shares went public on May 15, 1997, at a time when it had no clear path to profitability and bookstores like Barnes & Noble — over a century older — threatened its business.

Amazon has now turned a profit for eight straight quarters largely because of the strength of its cloud-computing business, Amazon Web Services.

Its more popular, less profitable retail segment has also forced established retailers like Walmart to more quickly   adapt to how consumers prefer shopping today.  

Amazon shares have surged 41% over the past year, and more than 50,000% over the last 20 years. 

Here is the stunning chart: Screen Shot 2017 05 25 at 12.49.39 PM

SEE ALSO: Here’s how much Amazon’s earliest investors have earned

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Bitcoin blew past $2,500, nearly touched $2,800, and now it's plunging

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The bitcoin rally looks like it’s finally running out of steam. The cryptocurrency blew past $2,500, $2,600, $2,700, and nearly $2,800 for the first time on Thursday, but is now trading in negative territory.

It hit a high of $2,799, up $360, before surrendering its gains. The cryptocurrency is now trading down 2.2% at $2,400 a coin. It has gained in 26 of the past 29 sessions, tacking on more than 107% over that time.

Bitcoin had climbed as much as 25% since Tuesday’s close, propelled by news that the Digital Currency Group, representing 56 companies in 21 countries, reached a scaling agreement at the Consensus 2017 conference in New York.

The announcement was the latest bit of good news for the cryptocurrency. In early April, Japan announced bitcoin had become a legal payment method in the country. Additionally, Ulmart, Russia’s largest online retailer, said it would begin accepting bitcoin even though Russia had said it wouldn’t explore the cryptocurrency until 2018.

But the market is still waiting on a ruling by the US Securities and Exchange Commission on whether it will overturn its decision on the Winklevoss twins’ bitcoin exchange-traded fund. The SEC was accepting public comment on that decision until May 15, but it hasn’t announced whether it will overturn its rejection of the ETF.

Bitcoin has gained 156% this year.

SEE ALSO: The price of Bitcoin just hit an all new high — here’s how easy it is to buy your first one

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Computex 2017: Acer announces Spin 1 notebook and Nitro 5 gaming line with Windows 10

Ahead of Computex, Acer announced new Windows 10 devices for gaming and productivity on-the-go with the new Nitro 5 notebook line for casual gamers and the lightweight Spin 1 for flexible computing and sleek design, all powered by Windows 10. Here’s a closer look at these devices:

Acer debuts all-new Nitro 5 notebook line with Windows 10 for casual gaming

First from the new Acer Nitro family, the Nitro 5 series with Windows 10 provides a balance of powerful features with a sharp and stylish design, as well as a variety of configurations that feature popular graphics and processors to provide a wide selection that meets different budgets and needs.

With Windows 10, these devices also have your personal digital assistant, Cortana*, built-in, are equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12 and can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

You can choose from models featuring up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 7th Generation Intel Core processors or AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with 7th Generation AMD A-series processors. Dual fans with Acer Coolboost technology deliver heightened fan speeds and cooling ability, and allows you to manually control the cooling process when heavy use requires an added boost. Ideal for accelerating boot-up time and shortening in-game loading times, select models come equipped with super-fast PCIe SSDs (up to 512GB) paired with an optional HDD for storage (up to 2TB).

Features of the Nitro 5 series include:

  • Configurations featuring up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics paired with 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, or models with AMD Radeon RX550 graphics with 7th Generation AMD A-series processors. These models all support up to 32GB of DDR4 2400 MHz memory.
  • Dual fans with Acer Coolboost technology, which delivers heightened fan speeds and cooling ability
  • A vibrant 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, with Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology that provides incredible sound depth. These work in tandem to provide immersive experiences for gaming or watching movies.
  • A Gigabit Ethernet port delivers fast and reliable wired connections, while the 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO wireless technology provides blazing-fast wireless connectivity.
  • A comprehensive selection of ports includes one USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1) port, one USB 3.0 port with power-off charging, two USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port, which can support up to 90 Hz refresh rates.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Nitro 5 will be available in North America in July starting at $799; in EMEA in August with prices starting at €1,099; and in China in July starting at ¥5,499.

Acer’s new Spin 1 with Windows 10 brings together flexible computing and sleek design

The 11.6-inch convertible Acer Spin 1 features a sleek metal chassis and vibrant Full HD display, built to be lightweight and portable for creatives on-the-go.

With Windows 10, the Spin 1 also arrives with Microsoft Edge for fast and secure browsing, your digital personal assistant Cortana,* comprehensive protection with Windows Defender and more. The Spin 1 is fully ready to work with the Acer Active Stylus accessory which enables precise and direct on-screen input, providing a natural pen-on-paper experience. You can quickly turn thoughts into action, capture ideas swiftly and naturally with Windows Ink, markup webpages in Microsoft Edgedraw in the Photos app or add notes to your maps.

Weighing in at just 1.25 kg (2.76 lbs), the 14 mm(0.55-inch)-thin chassis sports the latest Intel Pentium or Intel Celeron processors, 4 GB DDR3L memory as well as a choice of 32 / 64 / 128 GB eMMC storage. Its crisp 11.6-inch Full HD (1920×1080) touch-enabled screen with IPS technology displays vibrant colors at 178-degree viewing angles. Eight hours of battery life allow you to work, play, share, and draw all day with four versatile modes (laptop, display, tablet and tent).

Features of the Acer Spin 1 with Windows 10 include:

  • Fast and reliable wireless connectivity through 802.11ac 2×2 technology, the Spin 1 provides up to three times faster downloads compared to traditional 802.11n 2×2 devices.
  • Acer BluelightShield, which may help to reduce eye strain from prolonged screen viewing.
  • Speakers with Acer TrueHarmony technology are located on both sides of the device.
  • Audio channels that automatically reverse to ensure optimal sound quality in any mode, and are paired with a webcam for video chats.
  • Additional connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.1 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port and one microSD (SDXC) card slot.

Pricing and Availability: The Acer Spin 1 will be available in North America in July with prices starting at $329; and in EMEA in July with prices starting at €399.

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via acer.com.

*Cortana available in select markets.

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Introducing “Mixer”

Today, we’re excited to announce a big evolution of the interactive live-streaming platform Beam, and reveal a new name for the service: Mixer. We’re also launching several exciting new features that will unlock a whole new world of possibilities for social streaming, as well as a big update for our mobile app.

Mixer

The name Mixer represents what we love most about the service: how it brings people together through the core experience fans know and love: the ability to not just watch streams, but to also interact with streamers and play together in near real-time. In other words, Mixer is livestreaming that’s actually LIVE, compared to the traditional 10 – 20 second latency on other platforms. What’s more, viewers can actively participate in what’s happening on screen instead of just watching from the sidelines. With Mixer, you can influence everything from quest selection to tools to movement, mixing it up with your favorite streamers to create a new kind of gaming experience.

Head over here to learn more about all the new features we announced today from fellow co-founder and Mixer engineering lead, Matt Salsamendi. Later this morning, we invite you to join us in celebrating Mixer’s launch with a full day of livestreaming fun, starting at 11 a.m. Pacific Time at mixer.com/mixer! And finally, we invite you to check out Mixer’s interactivity at 9pm PT,  with a fireworks display that the audience creates! Visit www.mixer.com to learn more!

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