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Samsung will reportedly blame Galaxy Note7 fires on poorly made batteries
A Samsung investigation into reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire or overheating has found that some batteries were irregularly sized and that others had manufacturing irregularities, The Wall Street Journal reports. The South Korean firm recalled all 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones last year after repeated complaints. The recall is likely to cost Samsung at least $5 billion and has already affected the company's brand.
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Mail.ru Group acquires Warface publishing rights for North America and Europe
Starting next month My.com, the international branch of Mail.Ru Group, will take over publishing and operations in North America and Europe for Warface, an online multiplayer video game developed by Crytek.
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Obama’s parting gift to foreign entrepreneurs: A new way to stay in the US
Back in 2014, when it was clear that Congress was not going to pass bipartisan immigration reform, President Obama vowed to take whatever steps he could, short of legislation, to advance his immigration agenda, including making it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to work in the U.S.
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Tehran will host its first regional Middle East game conference
The Middle East is awakening to the opportunities in the $91 billion game industry.
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U.S. gaming industry earned $30.4 billion in 2016, up from 2015
2016 was a year of growth for the U.S. gaming industry.
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2016 NPD: Call of Duty No. 1, Battlefield No. 2 on 2016’s list of best-selling games
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‘Beauty in a box’ subscription startup Birchbox to open brick-and-mortar store in Paris
"Beauty in a box" startup Birchbox, an online subscription service for grooming products, has announced plans to open a brick-and-mortar store in Paris later this year.
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U.S. regulators say driver in fatal Tesla crash had 7 seconds to react
U.S. auto safety regulators said on Thursday they found no evidence of defects in a Tesla Motors car involved in the death of a man whose Model S collided with a truck while he was using its Autopilot system.
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Apple’s Beats1 lineup is still one big experiment
Apple today announced the coming of another show for Beats1 radio, which is one of the key pieces -- albeit the free part -- of its Apple Music streaming service. The latest Beat1 star is Marc Kinchen, whom the Guardian once dubbed "the house remix king."
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BotBeat Weekly: This week’s top bot stories
VentureBeat's Bots Channel tracks the most important news and analysis from the exploding field of bots and messaging. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in our free weekly newsletter, BotBeat. We include news stories by VentureBeat staff, guest articles from leading figures in the bots community, and a good number of posts from a wide variety of other outlets. You can subscribe to our BotBeat newsletter to receive this informa...
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PitchBook: 2016 saw more private equity tech investments than in past 15 years
The technology sector received more investments from private equity firms in 2016 than it did at any time in the last 15 years, according to a report released today by PitchBook. Driven by gloomy IPO conditions and a swirl of available capital, a staggering 567 deals worth $159.8 billion were completed last year. The logic: If PE firms were willing to inject sizable amounts of cash in venture-backed companies, then entrepreneurs didn’t see the ne...
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Twitter testing new layout for Moments
Twitter is currently testing at least one new layout for its Moments product, showcasing related tweets in a timeline-like format instead of its de facto flipbook-style. Because it's a test, it's not guaranteed to actually become available to the masses.
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