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12:11 Why video gaming is set to become a major industry - and how to invest in the firms that could cash in •Paris 2024 Olympic organisers said to be 'in deep talks' about including esports •In less than two years, esports could have more viewers than any other sporting tournament except NFL •Waiting in the wings are patient young technology companies By Lucy White City Correspondent For The Daily Mail Published: 09:38, 11 August 2018 | Updated: 10:37, 13 August 2018 "Having video game leagues in the Olympics may seem like heresy to sports fans. But with the Paris 2024 Olympic organisers said to be 'in deep talks' about including esports in the world's oldest sporting tournament, it could soon be a reality. Esports is essentially competitive video game playing. Watching millennials play Fifa or shooting games against each other may sound tedious, but it's big business. Tens of thousands of fans at big stadiums watch their favourite players or teams use their consoles to battle against each other in a digital world. Waiting in the wings are patient young technology companies ready to serve the gamers' and viewers' needs, hoping to cash in on what could be a multi-billion-pound industry. Investors who put their money in the right place could do well. Technology consulting firm Activate thinks that by 2020, 70m people will watch an esports final, more than the number watching the American professional baseball, soccer, and hockey finals." "The big break is likely to come in the 2022 Asian Games, where players will be on a mainstream stage for the first time. After that, esports' rise could be meteoric."
hopes to put humans on Mars Engineer boldly goes where no man has been before: Cobham hired to make parts for Nasa's Orion mission By City & Finance Reporter for the Daily Mail Published: 21:50, 3 August 2018 Cobham is making parts for Nasa’s Orion mission which plans to help humans boldly go where they have never gone before. The Dorset-based space and satellite manufacturer has been hired by Lockheed Martin for its deep space project which even hopes to put humans on Mars. Cobham will supply parts such as oxygen service valves to help astronauts breathe and pyrotechnic valves to help with pressure inside the spacecraft. Boss David Lockwood said he could not disclose the value of the contracts but said: ‘Every Nasa astronaut who has ever flown has breathed through Cobham equipment. If as we expect there is growth in manned space flight, it secures our position for the whole next generation,’ he said. ‘It’s an unsung part of Cobham all the stuff we do in breathing and life support systems – and from space down to fast jets and so on. ‘We are going to make more of it later in the year.’
It's interesting that Facebook is concerned about the "costs of new data centres to support video initiatives". hTTp:// Tech managers split on Facebook after growth shock Allianz Technology manager Walter Price cuts stake but AXA's Jeremy Gleeson says share price plunge an 'overreaction'. by Daniel Grote on Jul 31, 2018 at 14:31 "The issue is that costs of new data centres to support video initiatives and costs for improving the platform in content filtering and fake news removal are increasing faster than revenue." hTTp:// July 27, 2018 Blackbird Wows Global Media Industry By Delivering Workstation Experience In The Cloud "By working in the cloud all the processing power needed to manage video is performed remotely – freeing businesses from the costs of investing in hugely expensive editing hardware and associated upgrade and maintenance expenses. Downloading and transferring huge volumes of video between workstations is also expensive, slow and frustrating. Working in the cloud on just the video content you need dramatically saves time and boosts productivity. Plus the nature of working in the cloud means that media teams can operate simultaneously on the same workflows and projects in real time. So as you can see, the cloud provides many huge benefits to organizations that manage video content and Blackbird is perfectly placed to meet those needs."
10:04 Facebook Loses $119 Billion in Day -- WSJ 27/07/2018 8:02am Dow Jones News By Akane Otani and Deepa Seetharaman This article is being republished as part of our daily reproduction of articles that also appeared in the U.S. print edition of The Wall Street Journal (July 27, 2018). Facebook Inc. suffered the biggest-ever one-day loss in market value for a U.S.-listed company, a punishing reversal for a company that has led a yearslong tech-stock surge. Facebook shares fell 19% to $176.26, erasing about $119.1 billion in market value, after the Menlo Park, Calif., company warned late Wednesday about slowing growth. Facebook's loss in market value Thursday is larger than 457 of the 500 companies in the S&P 500 and bigger than the aggregate valuation of the bottom 20 companies in the S&P 500. Technology stocks have ripped higher, outpacing the broader market this year, as investors have wagered that companies like Inc., Alphabet Inc., Netflix Inc. and Facebook Inc. will dominate industries ranging from retail to entertainment for years to come. The stock drop represented Facebook's biggest percentage drop ever, and the shares were the worst performer in the Nasdaq 100 and second-worst in the S&P 500. Yet even with the technology stocks sliding Thursday, many of the market's behemoths hung onto sizable 2018 gains. Netflix is up 89%, Amazon 55% and Microsoft 28%. The S&P 500 is up 6.1% in 2018, and Facebook is down 0.1%. On Wednesday, Facebook reported slower-than-expected revenue growth for the second quarter -- albeit logging in at more than 40% -- and said it expected quarterly revenue growth to decline over the rest of the year. Until then, Facebook had shown few business effects from the negative headlines that have dogged it in recent months. The broader market was largely unaffected by Facebook's news, with the Dow industrials rising 112.97 points, and's strong quarterly earnings after the bell Thursday easing concerns about a broader pullback in the tech sector. In general, analysts remain overwhelmingly bullish on the big tech stocks. Of those who have issued a rating for the stock, 96% of analysts have recommended buying or being overweight Amazon, while 91% have issued equivalent ratings for Alphabet, according to FactSet. To many, analysts' conviction in technology stocks reflects the sector's rapid climb to dominance across many industries, as well as its record of above-average earnings growth. Yet Facebook's slide, along with others, have made some investors increasingly worried that the technology sector could be due for a reversal. Investors have ranked being long in big tech names and their Chinese equivalents -- Baidu Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. -- as the most crowded trade in the markets for six consecutive months, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch's July survey of global fund managers. When market bets look overwhelmingly one-sided, analysts worry they are prone to unraveling quickly. Such was the case when the big tech names tumbled in March, dragging the broader stock market lower, as investors worried that fallout over Facebook's handling of user data around the 2016 election could spur tighter regulations around the industry. More recently, Netflix slid 6.5%, notching its biggest one-day loss of the year, after missing its own forecasts by more than a million subscribers. "What we'd been seeing would almost suggest that these companies are infallible," said Brendan Erne, director of portfolio implementation at Personal Capital, who had been advising clients against stacking up bets in popular technology stocks. "But these trades can end abruptly and with very little reason." Institutional investors have hung onto large stakes in Facebook, with filing data for the quarter through March 31 showing Vanguard Group owning roughly 7.1% of shares outstanding, Fidelity Management & Research Co. having a 4.9% stake and BlackRock Fund Advisors with 4.4%, according to FactSet. Fund managers have increasingly pulled back on bets against technology stocks. Short interest on the biggest tech stocks as a percentage of float -- how many shares available to trade -- has fallen to near record low levels over the past year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a July report. The plunge in Facebook shares caught options traders off guard. Investors were girding for a 5.6% move in the stock, in either direction, through Friday, Trade Alert data show, much smaller than the decline suffered so far. That is based on a trade called a straddle, which entails buying puts and calls -- options to buy or sell a security -- at the same price, called a strike. There was also a surge in bullish call option activity on Wednesday ahead of the earnings release, including a mammoth trade targeting a 19% advance in the shares by December, according to Fred Ruffy, an analyst at Trade Alert. "That thing just turned into a disaster after the move today," Mr. Ruffy said. "They're deep underwater on it." Facebook options volume ramped up Thursday, and traders forecast more turbulence for the stock, Trade Alert data show. Expected swings in the stock are near a year high. --Gunjan Banerji and George Stahl contributed to this article.
12:08 Forbidden 1h Check out this @televisualmedia blog on how remote editing cuts costs & increases efficiency for live broadcast production hTTp:// The Televisual Genre Report - Live and Event TV Tim Dams 25 June 2018 "The BBC is now weighing up the viability of remotely producing the Tokyo Olympics in 2020."
hTTp:// FAANGs are out as tech sector changes leaders Disappointment at Netflix’ half-year results is evidence of change of leadership among technology stocks as smaller companies overtake larger rivals, says Fidelity’s Hyun Ho Sohn. by Michelle McGagh on Jul 18, 2018 at 07:00 Disappointment at Netflix’ half-year results this week is evidence of the change of leadership in the technology sector, as smaller companies overtake larger rivals and investors have to look beyond FAANG stocks for growth, says fund group Fidelity. Technology stocks have continued their run of growth over the past year but picking the big winners is no longer as easy as putting money into US FAANG stocks - Facebook (FB.O), Amazon (AMZN.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Netflix (NFLX.O), and Google (GOOGL.O) - or their Chinese BAT equivalents - Baidu (BIDU.O), Alibaba (BABA.N), and Tencent (o700.HK) stocks. This was brought into stark relief by Netflix yesterday as shares in the TV streaming service plunged 14% on disappointing second quarter new subscriber figures. Hyun Ho Sohn, manager of the £2.7 billion Fidelity Funds Global Technology fund, said while 2017 was characterised by mega-cap outperformance, the ‘momentum is now extended to extreme levels’ and technology ‘sector leadership has changed’. Communications equipment, software and IT services are the best performing sectors in the past 12 months, pushing the large internet names off their perch. Ho Sohn added that small caps are now outperforming large and mega cap stocks and he remains underweight the latter. ‘There has been increasing dispersion among mega caps, with Amazon continuing to perform strongly, but with Tencent, Alphabet and Facebook weaker,’ he said. ‘Netflix had been on a stellar run in 2018 until [the] second quarter results, which undershot analyst expectations on new subscribers. Facebook has suffered from growing concerns about potential negative effects of regulation.’ There is also intensifying competition within the FAANG and BAT stocks as Google’s Alphabet and Amazon compete for advertising and cloud revenue, while Facebook competes with Alphabet-owned YouTube in video content. ‘Investors are underestimating the likely decline in returns on capital among these companies owing to increasing competition, with rising investment leading to declining returns on invested capital, with increasing regulation also leading to higher compliance costs,’ said Ho Sohn. The technology sector may be growing at more than double the rate of global GDP but Ho Sohn (pictured) said it remains ‘reasonably priced’ compared to its own history and global equities. The most expensive stocks were FAANG stocks on one hand and new companies floating on the stock market in initial public offers of new shares (IPOs). Demand for both was stoked by ‘loose liquidity conditions and ongoing low interest rates’, he said. ‘The sector as a whole is displaying increasing quality over time, with superior margins and return on equity relative to global equities,’ said Ho Sohn. Not all areas of technology are expensive, and Ho Sohn said there was still value in ‘mature software and large-cap semiconductor spaces’, the latter of which have been hit by trade war talk. He has increased his position in Oracle Corporation (ORCL.N) after it was ‘oversold due to negative narratives’. He said the fundamentals of Oracle are ‘much more resilient than consensus gives the company credit for’. The fund has also opened a new position in PC and mobile-based video games company Nexon (3659.T), which owns games franchises in China and Korea. ‘It is a high margin, cash generative business trading at an attractive valuation – one much cheaper than global gaming peers,’ said Ho Sohn. Within the semiconductor sector, the fund has benefited from a position in Intel (INTC.O), which is ‘working through security issues with its chips’ and should ‘benefit from growth and margin expansion driven by demand for data centres’. The fund has a new position in semiconductor equipment company KLA-Tencor (KLAC.O), which Ho Sohn said has a ‘dominant position in metrology and inspection tools’.
$761 million has been stolen from digital currency exchanges so far this year Bitcoin price warning: BTC will drop to ‘$100' after being 'regulated into oblivion' BITCOIN could be “worth just $100 in 10 years” says Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz who claims digital currencies will be “regulated into oblivion” in a future clampdown on money laundering. By David Dawkins PUBLISHED: 12:23, Mon, Jul 9, 2018 Joseph Stiglitz, the former chief economist of the World Bank has warned the crypto community central banks have not yet clamped-down on bitcoin and other leading coins because the market is still relatively small. The Columbia University professor told Financial News that once crypto “becomes significant” they will “use the hammer”. He said: “People in power will move to regulate anonymous transactions. That you can be sure of. “Bitcoin could easily be worth just $100 in 10 years.” Professor Stiglitz says that the main problem with bitcoin and other decentralised cryptocurrencies comes from the conflict between the near anonymity for users and the necessary transparency needed for a banking system. He said: “You cannot have a means of payment that is based on secrecy when you’re trying to create a transparent banking system. "If you open up a hole like bitcoin then all the nefarious activity will go through that hole, and no government can allow that.” On the need for regulation, industry onlookers are in agreement that changes are needed and new rules would help bring in the next wave of investment from big bank and institutional investors. However more shocking losses are expected to surface, leaving risk-adverse money markets unsure over what’s often dubbed a ‘wild west’ for investors According to new data from cybersecurity firm CipherTrace, $761 million has been stolen from digital currency exchanges so far this year compared to $266 million for the whole of 2017. Yet in the UK, trust in the exciting new technology appears to be on the up with recent discussion in the UK being described as a “model example” for how regulation should be fashioned. Last week MPs heard from a Treasury select committee on the potential for fraud, money laundering, hacking, crypto-jacking and phishing in the crypto space. The meeting has been viewed by industry onlookers as a positive step, and Kevin Murcko, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange CoinMetro argued that the Treasury hearing "set the right tone for the future of crypto-assets in the UK – one that reconciles the risks and benefits of the asset." During the hearing Director Donald Toon, Prosperity Command at the National Crime Agency, told MPs that the use of crypto-assets in money laundering was minimal, and that it paled in size to other laundering strategies. While Martin Etheridge, Head of Note Operations at the Bank of England, argued that crypto didn’t pose a threat to financial stability. (Today 1 Bitcoin = 6,384 United States Dollar)
08:26 Facebook, Google Aren't Tech Stocks? What That Means for Investors 01/07/2018 5:39pm Dow Jones News By Danielle Chemtob The technology sector's dominance of the stock market is about to face a big test. Facebook Inc. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. are expected to say goodbye in September to the highflying tech sector of the S&P 500. They will join a new communications-services group that will also house media giants such as Netflix Inc. and Comcast Corp. that now reside in the consumer-discretionary group. This is far more than mere housekeeping on the part of an index provider. The revisions mean that funds tracking the current telecom, tech and consumer-discretionary sectors will be forced to trade billions of dollars of shares to realign their holdings before the moves become effective Sept. 28. The new sector's weighting in the broad S&P 500 will be more than 10%, up from less than 2% for the current telecom sector, according to a report from Credit Suisse. Some investors expect a pickup in volatility -- and price swings -- when the changes take effect as tech-focused funds drop Facebook and Alphabet. "It's almost like a philosophical question," said Jonathan Golub, chief U.S. equity strategist at Credit Suisse. "If we group companies differently, does that change the behavior of investors?" The answer: Most likely. Mr. Golub said he expects there will be "arbitrage opportunities" for traders and investors who are able to take advantage of any volatility. Here's what's happening: S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI Inc. are restructuring the current telecommunications sector in the S&P 500, which houses only three stocks: AT&T Inc.; Verizon Communications Inc.; and CenturyLink Inc. The sector's influence on the broader S&P 500 has waned over the years because of consolidation in the industry. So the sector can swing wildly when the stock price of just one company in the group moves. Those issues should be addressed by the index providers' plan to broaden the sector to include companies that focus on communication and offer content and information. They are scheduled Monday to unveil the full list of companies subject to the restructuring, having in January already have named some of the big companies affected by the changes. Already, some of the big fund companies are trying to limit the upheaval in the markets by setting up new funds that track the proposed communications sector ahead of its launch. So far, investors have been slow to take advantage. State Street Corp.'s new Communication Services Select Sector SPDR began trading June 19, but just $135.8 million has flowed into it as of Friday, according to FactSet. Vanguard's Communication Services Fund, a transition benchmark that began tracking the companies proposed for the new sector back in March, has seen minimal fund flow since the announcement, according to FactSet. "Because you're bringing in some names with much larger market caps for that index and names that are very top of wouldn't surprise us that investors would at least take a closer look," said Rich Powers, head of ETF product management at Vanguard. The changes create big opportunities for growth investors who have long shied from telecom companies, which are considered value plays for their steady dividend payments. Chris Cook, president and CEO of investment adviser Beacon Capital Management, said he nearly pulled his clients' assets out of Vanguard's telecom exchange-traded fund earlier this year because the firm was facing liquidity issues when trying to trade large blocks of shares. Beacon manages $3 billion in assets, the vast majority in ETFs tracking the 11 S&P 500 sectors. "It wasn't a diversified sector, and that's why we buy ETFs and invest at the sector level," he said. The proposed communication-services sector would have outperformed the S&P 500 since 2013 and would have gained 6.9% this year through June 15, compared with the S&P 500's 4% gain through that date, according to Credit Suisse. The current telecommunications sector, meanwhile, has underperformed this year, suffering the biggest losses of all 11 sectors in the index with an 11% decline through Friday. For those investors who want to make a blanket investment in growth companies, the technology sector may no longer be the best bet. The new consumer-discretionary sector will have the highest share of growth companies, followed by communication services, according to projections from State Street that were based on the initial list of companies affected. The makeup of the technology sector, considered the darling of growth investors, will fall to 49% growth from 61%. Meanwhile, investors who favor telecom stocks for their dividends and use passive funds that track the sector as a way to hedge against risk will also need to make changes. The new sector is expected to yield just 1.2%, according to Credit Suisse, compared with the current 5.6% yield of the telecom sector, which is the highest of any of the 11 S&P 500 sectors. "The guy that may hold [a telecommunications fund] may be an individual who is risk averse and who likes yields," Mr. Golub of Credit Suisse said. "He may wake up and the weights of AT&T and Verizon in that mutual fund are going to be much smaller, and he's going to end up with a bunch of Netflix and Google and Facebook. And he may be saying, 'Wait a second this isn't what I thought I had.'"
hTTps:// Brexit Killing London as Financial Hub? Not Just Yet A feared flood of bankers out of the U.K. has turned out to be a trickle By Max Colchester and Patricia Kowsmann June 29, 2018 9:07 a.m. ET "Brexit was meant to be a crippling blow to London’s position as the financial capital of Europe. With eight months to go before the U.K. is set to leave the European Union, the British capital’s role remains mostly undiminished, and no single other European city is close to claiming its crown. One key measure: what was expected to be a flood of bankers out of London to continental Europe has turned out to be a trickle."
Tencent is hunting for takeover targets in Britain Seems somewhat ironic that my holding in Tencent is now being used to invest in the UK.
The UK is in the top of our basket of considerations China's biggest technology company sets sights on pioneering UK rivals as it plots global expansion By Matt Oliver For The Daily Mail Published: 21:51, 24 June 2018 China's biggest technology company has set its sights on pioneering UK rivals as it plots a global expansion. Tencent is hunting for takeover targets in Britain because of the country’s talented entrepreneurs and impressive investment record, according to senior figures. And one of its top executives pointed to the billions of pounds of investment that had flowed in since the Brexit vote. However its interest in UK firms is likely to prompt concern from security experts. China has made bolstering its high-tech industries a national priority, with its moves to snap up foreign rivals causing unease in the West. Sir Gerald Howarth, a former Tory defence minister, said: ‘Ministers need to identify those industries that it would be prudent to watch closely so that, if companies are going to be sold, they can look at what threat it might pose to Britain’s national interest – and particularly security.’ Since the referendum in 2016, £5 billion has been ploughed into UK tech firms by venture capital funds – more than double any other European country. Tencent has already invested in British artificial intelligence start-up Medopad, partnered with Babylon Health and taken a minority stake in London-listed video games maker Frontier Development. Though largely unknown to most Western consumers, Tencent is China’s second most-valuable company. Most of its income comes from the lucrative video games business, where it distributes many Western hits such as Fortnite in the country. But it also owns Wechat, the hugely-popular Chinese messaging app – that also allows people to pay for shopping, hail taxis, play games and find restaurants. The app has 1 billion active users, more than 70 per cent of China’s population. Tencent employs some 45,000 staff and has built an entertainment empire as well. Its Tencent Music business is more popular than Apple and Spotify’s rival services in China, while it has helped to finance Hollywood blockbusters such as Wonder Woman and Kong: Skull Island. In the UK it helped jointly finance nature documentary Blue Planet 2 – watched by 220 million people worldwide – with the BBC. Seng Yee Lau, a senior executive vice president at Tencent, said: ‘The UK is in the top of our basket of considerations in our global merger acquisition market.’
hTTps:// Caoimhe Toman WebFG News 25 Jun, 2018 11:54 Trump clamps down on Chinese investment in US tech firms The US Treasury is drafting regulations that would block Chinese companies from buying US tech firms and stop US companies transferring important tech to China. Initial regulations would look to stop organisations with at least 25% Chinese ownership from investing in American companies that involve “industrially significant technology”. Following his Friday threat to impose tariffs on imported cars from Europe, the latest move in the mushrooming US-Chinese trade war, President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the government would limit Chinese access to US tech and will block additional technology exports to Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reported. The National Security Council and the Commerce Department are planing "enhanced" export controls to avoid shipments of technology to China. According to the WSJ, the White House's new plans would only affect new deals and not existing ones, but US-China joint ventures would not be able to make additional investments on certain US tech. These initiatives are sure to slow and possibly prevent China from reaching its goal to become a global leader in 10 broad areas of technology by 2025. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told the newspaper: “The President has made clear his desire to protect American technology. All possibilities that would better protect American technology, including potential changes to export controls, are under review.” These plans come after China and the EU decided to hit back at US tariffs against the states that elected Trump as president, just ahead of the US midterm elections. It’s likely that the US will be hit hard if it continues to ramp up the tariffs. One Chinese state media outlet cited research by the Rhodium Group pointing to a 92% drop in Chinese investment in the US to $1.8bn in 2018, its lowest level in seven years. Prior to the announcement from Washington, the People's Bank of China had cut the capital reserve requirements for domestic Chinese banks to the lowest level since 2010, as Beijing hopes to free up funding as the trade war looks set to slow down economic growth.
The Dutch East India Company raised 78 million Dutch guilders in the early 1600s, equivalent to $7.4 trillion today Ah, those were the days! hTTp:// ‘FAANGs are fine but we prefer smaller tech stocks’ Neil Goddin, Citywire A-rated manager of Kames Global Sustainable Equity fund, says US tech titans have further to run but smaller tech stocks could grow faster. by Jennifer Hill on Jun 21, 2018 at 08:07 "‘FAANG’ stocks have further to run, but smaller tech players stand to grow faster and deliver superior returns to shareholders, according to Kames Capital. While Facebook (FB.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O), Netflix (NFLX.O) and Google (GOOG.O) have seen their share prices soar ever higher this year, with some now closing in on the fabled $1 trillion (£760 billion) valuation, history suggests they have further to go. A direct comparison of their valuations with tech giants of the past shows they are not overvalued. Apple’s current market capitalisation is $950 billion, with Amazon closely behind at $823 billion and Alphabet (Google’s parent) at $795 billion. Cisco was worth $500 billion in 1999, but that is equivalent to $725 billion today and General Electric peaked at $572 billion in 1999, equivalent to $800 billion when adjusted for inflation. The Dutch East India Company raised 78 million Dutch guilders in the early 1600s, equivalent to $7.4 trillion today. Moreover, all of the FAANG stocks have improved their position in Kames’ in-house stock-screening process, which ranks companies based on their prospects for performance. ‘The strong fundamentals have shone through and so far in 2018 the FAANG stocks have actually improved their screen ranking, driven by strong earnings growth,’ said Neil Goddin, its head of equity quantitative analysis. Nevertheless, the Citywire A-rated manager has next to nothing in FAANG; he sees greater opportunities in a growing band of small and ‘mid-cap’ tech stocks that are climbing the rankings more rapidly. His two-year-old Kames Global Sustainable Equity fund has 3.1% of its assets in Facebook, but just 8.7% in mega caps overall – pointing to a ‘clear trend away from mega caps’. Its larger sister fund, Kames Global Equity , only invests in companies worth less than $30 billion and has 24.3% in information technology, many of them small and mid-cap names. ‘Ask anyone to name the top ten companies in the world and there would likely be a lot of commonality in their answers,’ said Goddin. ‘There are lots of funds out there investing in the biggest companies in the world; we want to do something different.’"
2 billion active Android devices .. a huge potential opportunity hTTps:// Fortnite now has 125 million players just one year after launch That’s a lot By Nick Statt Jun 12, 2018, 9:12pm EDT Developer Epic Games announced today that Fortnite has grown to 125 million registered players in less than a year. The metric, confirmed in a blog post about the game’s $100 million e-sports competition, is the first updated player figures from Epic since the company confirmed the game had been downloaded 45 million times back in January. Just last week, Epic investor Tencent confirmed that 40 million people play the game at once a month. Fortnite came out in July 2017, and its battle royale game mode didn’t launch until September 2017. It’s no wonder Fortnite has ballooned in popularity given that is both free and accessible on almost every major platform, including the Nintendo Switch as of earlier today. The only player base left untapped right now is Android, which is, of course, the largest on the planet due to the number of Android smartphones. Last year, Google announced there were more than 2 billion active Android devices across the globe. So that’s a huge potential opportunity for Epic to continue growing its battle royale hit.
hTTps:// Fortnite made nearly $300 million in the month of April Sales from Epic Games’ battle royale title more than doubled in just two months By Nick Statt May 24, 2018, 1:28pm EDT Epic Games’ Fortnite generated $296 million in the month of April across mobile, console, and PC platforms, according to digital game sales tracker SuperData Research. That amount is more than double what the game generated in the month of February, when it earned $126 million and surpassed Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds in monthly sales for the first time. The big difference between the games, and what really makes Fortnite shine, is Epic’s free-to-play model, which gets the title into as many players’ hands as possible and recoups the money, and then some, by way of in-game purchases. Epic sells players cosmetic items that do not affect gameplay, including goofy and topical character costumes and in-game dance moves purely for vanity purposes. It also sells a season subscription called the Battle Pass for around $10. Still, the company sells these items at such an alarming quantity that Fortnite made more money in April than Avengers: Infinity War did on its opening weekend later that same month. There’s a few reasons why Fortnite sales continue to climb. The game launched on mobile with an iOS beta in mid-March, and in the first week of April, it became available to everyone on Apple’s platform. That expansion of the iOS version of the game likely helped drive a significant amount of money, as mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower now reports the game is making more than $1 million on a day on mobile alone. In addition to that, Epic’s third season of the game was coming to a close in April, ahead of the much anticipated season 4 launch on May 1st. So many players may have spent money at the tail of the season to unlock exclusive rewards, like the coveted John Wick skin, that would be going away when the season closed at the end of the month. There’s reason to believe the game will only continue to get bigger. Epic is planning an Android release sometime this summer. The developer also announced earlier this week that it plans to put $100 million toward prize pools for Fortnite competitions in the first year of play, which is slated to begin later this year and stretch into 2019. If all goes according to the company’s plan, that should mean Fortnite stays at the forefront of e-sports and Twitch and YouTube streaming as it starts attracting high-profile competitive players and bigger venues for tournaments. At the E3 expo next month in Los Angeles, Epic is hosting its first big official celebrity event, titled the Fortnite Celebrity Pro Am, featuring 50 streamers and 50 celebrities all competing in teams of two. Blackbird Cloud Video 15 Jun 2018 What a great action-packed week! From working on Fortnite in LA, to seeing familiar faces at MediaProductionShow & listening to top sessions at AISummit - it's been awesome. Have a great weekend everyone!
But was any of the manipulation illegal? hTTps:// Iain Gilbert WebFG News 13 Jun, 2018 19:03 Bitcoin's meteoric rise was the result of manipulation, new report says As much as half of the Bitcoin boom in 2017 may have been part of a campaign of price manipulation, according to a new paper by John Griffin, an academic known for his ability to spot fraud in financial markets. Griffin, a finance professor at the University of Texas, and Amin Shams, a graduate student, looked at the flow of digital tokens moving through Bitfinex, one of the largest and least regulated cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, and saw distinct patterns that suggested that the exchange aimed to push up prices when they dipped at other exchanges. In order to achieve their goals, the person or persons involved used Tether, a virtual currency sold by the owners of Bitfinex, to stock up on other cryptocurrencies. Many within the crypto industry accused Bitfinex of being at least partly responsible for artificially inflating the price of Bitcoin at the time and the paper looks set to pour fuel on the fire of an existing debate over just how much of Bitcoin's meteoric rise was caused by the covert actions of a handful of players, rather than actual demand from legitimate investors. "There were obviously tremendous price increases last year, and this paper indicates that manipulation played a large part in those price increases," Griffin said. Bitfinex, which has previously denied it was involved in any kind of manipulation, is registered in the Caribbean, holds offices in Asia, and was subpoenaed by US regulators shortly after concerns over its actions were raised in 2017. Griffin and Shams scoured through millions of transactions on the blockchain, to identify patterns, a method that, while not conclusive, has aided government authorities and academics in spotting suspicious activity in the past. Griffin and Shams focused on the use of Tether, a token that is allegedly tied to the value of the US dollar, and found that 50% of the rise in Bitcoin in 2017 could be traced to the same times as Tether had flowed to a select group of other exchanges, specifically when the cryptocurrency's price was on the decline. Bitfinex did not respond to requests for comment.
the first time a streaming service has broadcast UK top-flight football live .. The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world hTTp:// Amazon to stream 20 live Premier League matches from next year June 7, 2018 Amazon has won the rights to stream Premiere Leagues games, amounting to 20 matches per season, from 2019 onwards. The internet retail giant was among bidders for two packages of games which failed to make their reserve price during an auction in February. That original bidding process saw Sky, the owner of Sky News, secure more games for less money for the lifetime of the new contracts – due to run over three seasons from 2019/20. BT was handed an additional package of live games in the final round at a total cost of £90m, taking its tally of games per season to 52 versus the 128 for Sky. Amazon gets 20 games per season but its entry is significant because it marks the first time a streaming service has broadcast UK top-flight football live. The amount it paid was yet to be disclosed. Jay Marine, vice president of Prime Video in Europe, said: “We are always looking to add more value to Prime, and we’re delighted to now offer, for the first time, live Premier League matches to Prime members at no extra cost to their membership. “The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world. “Over these two December fixture rounds Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you’re guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video.”The Premier League’s executive chairman, Richard Scudamore, added: “Amazon is an exciting new partner for the Premier League and we are very pleased they have chosen to invest in these rights. “Prime Video will be an excellent service on which fans can consume live Premier League football – including for the first time in the UK a full round of matches – and we look forward to working with them from season 2019/20 onwards.”
Real Madrid .. can engage with their 450 million fans where only 3% are based in Spain I didn't know that. hTTps:// The benefits of Edge computing in a Sports 2.0 world May 25, 2018 | News, Sports, Technology, Thought Leadership Everyone knows the benefits of cloud technology since we use it every day – viewing emails, streaming music/videos on smart devices during our daily commute. Yet do we really know the benefits of being on the edge of the cloud and not in it? Edge computing allows any device, including mobiles, servers, PCs and Macs to act as gateways between the physical world and cloud storage – running processes such as video transcoding and speech recognition as ‘close to the content’ as possible. This form of cloud computing is a breakthrough technology with direct benefits to the sports industry, ensuring professional sports athletes can maintain their competitive edge. For the Americas Cup, the British yachting team utilized Edge technology which transmitted performance data through the cloud, leading Sir Ben Ainslie and the Oracle team to win the race. Capturing and analysing performance data and performing ‘virtual chase boat’ projects allowed for immediate changes where 350 data points were captured for analysis. Edge also took the spotlight earlier this year at the Winter Olympics, with the US ski team utilising STRIVR’s 360-degree video to practice the Pyeongchang course over and over again. The ability to gain ‘mental access’, where physical presence was not possible, allowed the team to maximise their preparation. By uploading video content to the cloud, players and coaches were able to identify athletes’ weak spots and gauge the competition’s strategy. Edge technology has other benefits as well for both video professionals and sports fans, since it works on the principle of combining outputs from new video technologies and overlaying data in the most appropriate and efficient location – delivering the game rapidly without time delays. Edge technology is cost-effective for multimedia and production teams on smaller budgets since it removes the expense required to move video content and data to the same physical location. Fans also benefit, gaining the ultimate viewing experience without concerns of technical glitches causing time delays and receive sports scores fast. The advances in cloud and edge technology have blurred the lines between traditional broadcast and digital content delivery, allowing the games of minor sports teams to be accessible to fans at a much lower cost. Cloud Video and On-Demand, Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms have also made it possible for smaller leagues and individual teams to have their own channels. Tata Communications connected the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit to its global network and today works with more than 20 broadcasters to bring motor racing to fans worldwide. Vice President of Global Marketing, Mehul Kapadia, said “The cloud is levelling the playing field between sports giants like F1 and smaller local series like the F4 British Championship. You only need a few cameras to capture the action; the rest of the production can be done easily and inexpensively in the cloud”. Major sports teams such as Real Madrid, have found that by embrace cloud technology, they can engage with their 450 million fans where only 3% are based in Spain. José Ángel Sánchez, CEO, Real Madrid, said, “Using Microsoft Cloud, we are building a way of understanding who our fans are, where they are, and what they want from us.” In conclusion, the introduction of Edge computing into sports has lowered the barriers for smaller sports teams to experiment with innovative technologies. Edge computing has helped simplify video production and distribution, at a lower cost. Teams and sports professionals have the advantage of extending their online presence, reaching a global audience with a lower cost digital strategy. Our Blackbird Edge is a cloud-native solution which can run on multiple platforms including servers, public cloud services (AWS and Azure), in virtual machines and Mac OS X operating systems. It is fundamentally a software conduit to cloud workflows for our applications and Blackbird cloud video platform. Edge manages the referencing of content and creation of lightweight Blackbird proxy video. It provides Ascent and Forte users with conforming and render capabilities required to publish video content across multiple platforms based on user edit instructions. Find out more about email us at: References Davis.M. (2018, February) Winter Olympics: US skiers use VR goggles & brain zapping headphones. [ONLINE] Available at : [Accessed 24 May 2018]. Orton-Jones, C. (2017, March) Cloud giving sports teams the competitive edge – Competitors in a wide range of sports are benefiting from the advantage cloud computing can bring. [ONLINE] Available at: hxxps:// [Accessed 24 May 2018]. Miah, A., 2017. #Sports 20.0 #TransformingSportsforaDigitalWorld. 1st ed. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Pickup, O. (2018, January) Three major ways cloud is transforming sport – Sports organisations are using the cloud, on and off the field of play, to achieve record goals and reach a growing worldwide audience.[ONLINE] Available at : hxxps:// [Accessed 24 May 2018]. Unknown (2016, March) Real Madrid brings the stadium closer to 450 million fans around the globe, with the Microsoft Cloud. [Accessed 24 May 2018].
Present exchange rate 1 Bitcoin = 7,914.72 US Dollar Bitcoin price analysis: BTC/USD dives under $8,000; Vanguard economist believes it will go to zero Tanya Abrosimova FXStreet May 23, 03:30 GMT •Joe Davis devalues Bitcoin as a currency and a store of value. •BTC/USD needs to recover above $8,000 as soon as possible to mitigate downside pressure. Bitcoin's price action is to the downside today. Digital currency No. 1 lost about 5% of its value in the recent 24 hours, retracing from $8,400 on Tuesday to trade at $7,912. at the time of writing. The coin has been sliding for the third day in a row; its market value dropped to $135B, the lowest since April 18. Meanwhile, Joe Davis, a senior economist of the Vanguard Group, is another institutional guy who doesn't believe in Bitcoin as a currency or investment tool. He says that Bitcoin lacks the features of a currency as a means of payment, while high volatility makes it a bad store of value. “Over the past few months, I’ve gotten this question more than any other,” he wrote. “As for bitcoin the currency? I see a decent probability that its price goes to zero.” Bitcoin's technical picture Looking more broadly on a daily chart BTC/USD stays firmly below 50-DMA that coisides with 38.2% Fibo at $8,425. This bearish signal is intensified by the price diving under $8,000. Once the breakthrough is confirmed, the focus will shift to the next support seen at $7,683 (23.6% Fibo) and at $7,042 (the upside trendline). On the upside, a sustainable move above $8,420/50 might attract more buying interest with the next target at $8,855 (100-DMA)
I'm quite relieved that I don't have $130.8bn to spend. hTTp:// I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space The world needs fewer men like Amazon's CEO By Iain Thomson in San Francisco 3 May 2018 at 07:01 "The Amazon chief executive has complained he has so much money, the only thing he can think to blow it on is his Blue Origin space tourism project. Bezos was in Germany last month to pick up the Axel Springer Award for being such an innovative person, and gave an extensive interview to the German publisher outlining his philosophy. In it he was asked, as the world's richest man with a net worth of $130.8bn, what money meant to him now. "The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel. That is basically it," Bezos said. "I am very lucky that I feel like I have a mission-driven purpose with Blue Origin that is, I think, incredibly important for civilization long term. And I am going to use my financial lottery winnings from Amazon to fund that." So desperate is Bezos to blast off into orbit and beyond, he's forgotten one thing. Earth. As in, the people on it right now. Specifically, the people who work for him, who made him rich, and the cities in which they live. They are being left behind in more ways than one as the internet baron prepares to lift off into the heavens." 73 comments
The cloud business, called Azure, jumped 93% in the fiscal third quarter Cloud Business Boosts Microsoft's Earnings -- 2nd Update 26/04/2018 11:29pm Dow Jones News By Jay Greene Microsoft Corp. extended its streak of wins in the latest quarter as the software giant moves into an era where its venerable Windows franchise plays a supporting role to its burgeoning cloud-computing operations. The cloud business, called Azure, jumped 93% in the fiscal third quarter, Microsoft reported Thursday. The business has never grown slower than 90% since the company began reporting the metric in October 2015. The other big piece of the company's cloud operations, the commercial version of its Office 365 online-productivity service, grew 42%. Microsoft doesn't disclose revenue for either business, but in the preceding second quarter it said Azure jumped 98% and commercial Office 365 grew 41%. The two businesses combined accounted for $6 billion in revenue, up 58% on what Microsoft financial chief Amy Hood said was "better-than-expected demand." Ms. Hood pointed to 20% growth in Microsoft's server-products and cloud-services revenue as a reflection of its focus on the so-called hybrid cloud, in which customers mix cloud services with software running on servers in their own data centers. Microsoft has capitalized on its legacy as a seller of server software to win over its longtime customers who choose to gradually move their operations to the cloud. That growth has propelled Microsoft into the role of chief cloud rival to Inc., which pioneered the business of renting out computing power and storage a decade ago. "Two years ago, there was a clear No. 1 with no clear No. 2," said Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Brad Reback. "There is no doubt that Microsoft has put significant distance between themselves and all of the other" Amazon rivals. The surging cloud business led Microsoft to post a profit increase of 35% to $7.42 billion, or 95 cents a share. Revenue rose 16% to $26.82 billion. Analysts surveyed by S&P Global Market Intelligence expected Microsoft to report per-share earnings of 85 cents on revenue of $25.78 billion. Microsoft no longer reports adjusted figures, reflecting accounting changes it adopted at the start of the fiscal year. The year-ago figure reflects that change. Microsoft's stock was down 0.3% in after-hours trading, after finishing the day at $94.27, up 2.1%. Last month, Microsoft shares hit an all-time high of $96.77, a gain of nearly 40% over the past year. The company has jostled with Alphabet Inc. and Amazon for the No. 2 spot behind Apple Inc. as the world's most valuable company as measured by market capitalization. Microsoft's Azure business is part of its Intelligent Cloud segment. Revenue from that unit rose 17% to $7.9 billion. The Office franchise is part of Microsoft's Productivity and Business Processes segment, where revenue climbed 17% to $9.01 billion. The company continues to dole out huge sums building massive data centers around the globe to battle Amazon and others. In the quarter, Microsoft had $3.5 billion in capital expenses, with much of that money going toward its data-center expansion. A year ago, Microsoft had $2.1 billion in capital expenditures Microsoft doesn't break out revenue for its Windows business. Earlier this month, International Data Corp. reported world-wide PC shipments showed no growth in the most recent quarter. Revenue in Microsoft's More Personal Computing segment, which includes the company's slow-growing Windows franchise as well as the mobile-phone and Xbox gaming businesses, gained 13% to $9.92 billion. A month ago, Microsoft split the engineering group that develops products under the Windows banner among two separate divisions. It was a recognition that the product that had been synonymous with Microsoft for most of its 43 years will now play a supporting role to the company's cloud-computing efforts. Even as Microsoft has shifted its focus away from Windows, the operating system showed surprising resiliency. Revenue in the version of Windows that Microsoft generally sells to corporate customers, known as OEM Pro, grew 11%. And revenue from Microsoft's Surface line of computers jumped 32% to $1.10 billion. LinkedIn, the professional social network Microsoft bought for $27 billion more than a year ago, grew rapidly, with revenue climbing 37% to $1.34 billion.
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