WoW Valentine Event; token farming mount

To celebrate valentine's, Blizzard has their inaugural event in WoW. Two noteworthy mounts are the rocket, bound on pickup (a rare drop), and the bird, that can be traded for a nice sum (at a cost of tokens)   Can You Feel it? Love is in the Air Has Begun! February 7th by Blizzard Entertainment   their days giving and receiving gifts—but something’s suspicious about this sudden outburst of affection. . . Take a deep breath. Smell that? That’s the undiluted smell of love right there. Don’t mind…
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Tierion Microsoft Blockchain Digital Decentralized Identity collab

Microsoft has announced a collaboration with Tierion in the vein of having decentralized digital identities (in a different manner from say the Estonian e-passport). General use cases of having a digital identity on a blockchain online usually goes towards say authentication in authorizations, or saving costs on know your customer anti money laundering requirements. The Microsoft Press Release: Microsoft and Tierion collaborate on attestations & Blockchain proofs Posted on January 30, 2017 Cale Teeter DX TED SDE Daniel Buchner from the Identity team is working with a wide…
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AlphaGo goes AlphaCraft as Deepmind teams up with Blizzard

DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment An agent that can play StarCraft will need to demonstrate effective use of memory, an ability to plan over a long time, and the capacity to adapt plans based on new information. Computers are capable of extremely fast control, but that doesn’t necessarily demonstrate intelligence, so agents must interact with the game within limits of human dexterity in terms of “Actions Per Minute”. StarCraft’s high-dimensional action space is quite different from those previously investigated in reinforcement…
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Technological credit default swaps and smart contract blockchains

Abridged Version of a piece written earlier this year:   What is it that we look to in technology? Technology at its core about solving problems, finding new problems and creating better problems. One can hone or refine a solution, learn or explore new problems (and solutions) and then create or synthesize new solutions (and new problems). At times it performs the role of scarcity transformation (much as a bank does maturity transformation); china has traded “free” clean air for cheap production, rare earths prices are more extraction…
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IBM and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ inks deal for Blockchain Contract Management

Following some of the other japan advances, such as an internal bank coin, in Singapore at the Watson centre: SINGAPORE - 16 Sep 2016: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has signed a contract with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to examine the design, management and execution of contracts among business partners using blockchain technologies. The two companies will begin by piloting blockchain to automate business transactions between the two companies. This is one of the first projects built on the Hyperledger Project fabric, an open-source blockchain…
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Hearthstone makes $20m per month, Dota 2 $18m, LoL $123m

According to superdataresearch, Hearthstone makes $20m per month, Dota 2 $18m, LoL $123m, with World of Warcraft still retaining its spot as the MMO to beat. And that hearthstone jumped 31% off its mobile debut in monthly revenue. With the grand tournament coming out, I guess they will only make more!     Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft managed to disrupt the category in the same way World of WarCraft transformed massively-multiplayer online games (MMOs). Blizzard’s first digital card game has deep mechanics, but it is more accessible and streamlined than long-running…
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