Troubled Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has abandoned all plans to rebuild and will go into liquidation. The Wall Street Journal reported that the exchange is asking for permission to liquidate from a Tokyo court as it now views that its plans to exit bankruptcy protection are too complex and unrealistic.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has successfully acquired Titan Aerospace, a startup that specialises in building high altitude drones. It was earlier reported that social media giant Facebook expressed interest in purchasing the company, but it would appear that they have been beaten to the punch by Google.
One of my fondest gaming memories was playing Total Annihilation back in 1997. It was a time when Cavedog Entertainment provided new units to use every month; free of charge. These new units weren’t all that game-changing either; just nice additions to the already massive arsenal that few other games have managed to provide. Things have changed a lot since then.
As some of you might aware, Microsoft is no longer providing support for Windows XP and Office 2003 starting from yesterday onwards. This means that both software will no longer receive updates or fixes from Microsoft and that might spell trouble to companies especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) out there that have yet to move away from both software.
To benefit such organizations, Microsoft Malaysia together with TM and Intel Malaysia have launched a trade-in program called “Good Bye XP, Good Buy Windows 8” to help them migrate to Windows 8 and Office 365.
I was recently asked about the necessity of anti-virus software on a smartphone. It is was a reasonable question, but one that I didn’t quite have an answer to. Kaspersky has reported some 200,000 unique samples of mobile malware in January 2014; which certainly looks like an extremely dangerous trend. Yet, security against malware doesn’t appear to be very high on the list of priorities of smartphone users.
A report on re/code has suggested that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is preparing to directly challenge Youtube. The web giant hasn’t had much luck getting into the video steaming space with a plan to purchase Daily Motion falling through, but this time it has a plan. Yahoo is supposedly working on luring the biggest names from Youtube by offering them a larger share of the ad revenue.
As expected, TM and P1 will be collaborating together to deliver new communications services in Malaysia. Apparently, this partnership will be involving IP-based services via LTE. SK Telecom of Korea is also part of this partnership.
Puan Chan Cheong, the Group of CEO of Green Packet Berhad (P1′s parent company) in his speech has mentioned that this is an “investment agreement” which further confirmed the rumour that we have been hearing for quite sometime.
In just few hours’ time, Telekom Malaysia (TM) is expected to announce a collaboration with a number of unnamed parties in what the company has described as a “milestone agreement”. While these so-called industry players were not directly named inside the media invite that arrived into our inbox yesterday, it was stated that these parties are actually involved in wireless technologies.
Sparking our curiosity even further, TM has also said that this new collaboration will offer huge benefits not only to the industry but also Malaysian consumers in general. As TM is traditionally more known among consumers for its landlines and wired Internet services, this should be an interesting collaboration.
Few weeks ago, Mt. Gox – one of the most well-known Bitcoin exchange – files for bankruptcy in Japan after admitting that Bitcoins worth more than RM 1.5 billion were allegedly “stolen” from them over the past few years. Fast forward to today, the company announced that it has found around 200,000 Bitcoins…somehow.
An article about an earthquake became the first computer generated story to be published by a newspaper. The computer behind it is the work of journalist and programmer Ken Schwenke, who created an algorithm that generates short articles when an earthquake occurs.
This mechanical journalist draws information from trusted sources such as the US Geological Survey and places the data into a template. The same machine uses another algorithm to generate stories about crime in the city, although that still requires the attention of human editors to decide which gets printed.
As of yet, the machine based stories will not be replacing humans; but it will potentially become more commonplace as the algorithm becomes more efficient. Eventually, we could be seeing a world where computers generate basic news stories about the weather, sports, and stock market movements.