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Game industry scrambles to respond to Trump’s immigration order

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images + Aurich Lawson + Warren Davis and Jeff Lee In the wake of President Trump's sweeping order[1] to severely limit immigration, visitation, and refugee status for people from seven Muslim-majority countries this weekend, game developers and trade groups are scrambling to respond in ways that protect their members and project a message of inclusiveness in the gaming community. "We embrace the fact that the passion and skill for game development knows no boundaries—political, geographic, cultural, or demographic," the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) said in a statement. "Thus to restrict immigration on the basis of an individual's…
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Trump orders “1 in, 2 out” rule for federal regulations

Enlarge[1] / US President Donald Trump signs an executive order as Vice President Mike Pence looks on at the White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017.Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Last week was a busy one for controversial executive orders, and this week started with another. On Monday, President Trump signed a far-reaching Executive Order[2] directing federal agencies to get rid of two existing regulations for every new regulation added—regardless of almost any other consideration. Specifically, the order says that “unless prohibited by law," agencies “shall identify at least two existing regulations to be repealed." The EO also states that…
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FCC Chairman Pai takes Wheeler’s set-top box plan off the table

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has taken his predecessor's cable TV set-top box plan off the table. The proposal from former Chairman Tom Wheeler was officially "on circulation," meaning that commissioners could vote on it at any time. That was the case until Friday, when Pai removed the set-top box proposal from the list of items on circulation[1], an FCC official confirmed. (Pai also removed a Wheeler proposal to lower the price caps[2] for business data services.) Republican members of Congress had previously asked Pai to close the set-top box proceeding entirely[3]. But while Wheeler's proposal can no longer be voted…
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Mystery new Windows SKU could be a resurrection of Windows RT

Microsoft's own Surface: one of the few Windows RT devices that you could actually buy. There are increasing signs that Microsoft is planning to release a new edition of Windows 10. Evidence from the Windows SDK[1] and in product key configuration files[2] points at something called "Windows Cloud" (and "Windows Cloud N," which is presumably the same thing with Media Player removed to make the EU happy). Amid speculation that this may be some kind of subscription edition of Windows, Mary Jo Foley[3] reports that according to her sources, it is in fact a resurrection of Windows RT. Specifically, she…
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Textio’s Data Sharing Points to Machine Learning Business Model

In the cutthroat game of recruiting, companies are constantly eyeing the competition. Textio, a Seattle startup using machine learning to help improve the performance and reduce the bias of job listings, is taking the lid off a massive data trove it has amassed over the last two years to help its customers see how they stack up. Textio’s customers can now compare the expected performance of their job listings with that of competitors using a score the company’s “predictive engine” calculates through automated analysis of tens of millions of job listings. Anyone can search through thousands of employers in the…
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Goldman Funnels $51M Into Cloud Tech Company That Fights Fake Drugs

Xconomy Boston [1] — An increased incidence of counterfeit drugs around the world has people worried about the health problems they can cause, among other issues. That’s sparked a wave of interest in companies that are creating technologies to potentially sniff out counterfeit drugs. Now, a Massachusetts business that tracks and documents the authenticity of pharmaceutical drugs globally has raised $51.5 million in a Series C round of funding, which was led by GS Growth[2], an investment arm of Goldman Sachs focused on growth-stage, investment-driven businesses. TraceLink, based in North Reading, MA, plans to build out its sales and marketing…
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When Innovation Is Not Enough: How GreatCall Has Grown Its Market

In the 10 years since David Inns joined San Diego-based GreatCall as CEO, he has seen a proliferation of innovative healthtech startups that are targeting baby boomers who are in or nearing retirement. A lot of these digital health companies are trying to connect with senior living communities, typically at events like the annual Aging 2.0 conference held in San Francisco earlier this month. For many healthtech startups, however, Inns said innovation is not enough. Aging Americans and their caregivers represent a huge market. Roughly 44 million citizens are 65 or older, according to U.S. census data[1]. They account for…
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Cybersecurity Firm Proficio Raises $12M in Private Equity Round

Proficio, a Carlsbad, CA-based startup providing cybersecurity protection services for middle market companies, has raised $12 million in an investment round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The Los Angeles-based private equity firm provided funding from its Kayne Partners Fund Group, which invests in high-growth technology businesses. Proficio, founded in Irvine, CA, in 2010, specializes in network monitoring, intruder detection, and cyber-attack response services—saving companies the cost of acquiring sophisticated cybersecurity software and running their own cybersecurity operations center. Two years ago, Proficio relocated employees from Irvine and the Bay Area to a new headquarters in Carlsbad [1](about 30 miles…
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Seattle Week in Review: Amazon, AI, and Slipping Earth’s Gravity

Fall began in earnest this week, but the winds and rains that buffeted the Northwest are nothing compared to the fury of Hurricane Matthew. Time to hunker down for a review of the local tech news including: Amazon’s big contribution to UW, plans for a large Bellevue office, and partnership with KITT.AI; advances in the commercial space race from Blue Origin, Stratolaunch Systems, and Tethers Unlimited; and much more. —Amazon buoyed the University of Washington’s effort to expand its computer science department[1] with a $10 million donation. The UW still needs $24 million more to reach its goal of $110…
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Cybric Bags $5M to Automate Align Cybersecurity Tools

Boston cybersecurity startup Cybric announced $5 million in new funding today, as investors place more bets on tech companies promising to make security tools more sophisticated and unified. Cybric says it closed a $6.3 million seed round[1]. But that amount includes $1.3 million in funding announced in November 2015[2], a spokeswoman says. Cybric’s main backers are Capstone Ventures and Petrillo Capital. Cybric offers what it calls a “continuous security-as-a-service platform” that aims to automate much of the process of finding and fixing holes in an organization’s cyber defenses, with a particular focus on application security. As Xconomy reported earlier this…
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