Transcending Borders Through Technology

Tallinn, Estonia at night As is clear from the front pages of newspapers recently, we are living in a world where open democratic values are under attack. Paris, Bamako, San Bernardino, Jakarta and Ouagadougou have all been targeted by terrorists. At the same time, we are in the midst of a technological revolution that is reshaping our society. The Internet of Things is driving a whole new way for businesses to… Read More

Startup Step-By-Step: Raising

IMG_5766 I’m taking a last look around the room. It’s five in the morning and the black car is idling outside. The driver has already called me and I quietly whispered that I was coming down. My wife, my long-limbed and tangled in sheets, is asleep. In the small light on my bedside table I see her settle into the warm place where I just was and I wish I could lie back down to sleep.… Read More

Digital Transformation Requires Total Organizational Commitment

Cartoon of many on couch at psychologist's office with caption: "My profession has probably been transformed again just since we started this session." Wherever you turn, businesses are facing tremendous disruptive pressure. What’s interesting is that the theory about how firms should be dealing with this massive change is itself in flux, transforming if you will, as organizations come to grips with the idea that the most basic ways they do business are being called into question. Just over a year ago when I researched this topic,… Read More

Google’s U.K. tax deal sparks criticism

Google sign Vince Smith Flickr

(Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour party demanded on Sunday that the finance ministry explain how it arrived at a back tax payment by Internet giant Google that has put the government on the back foot.

The settlement of 130 million pounds ($185 million) for the period since 2005, announced just over a week ago, was hailed by the government as a major success but criticized by other parties, and could be examined by European Union antitrust regulators.

In a letter to Conservative finance minister George Osborne, Labour’s parliamentary spokespeople for finance and justice asked him to provide more information on the deal to restore public trust in tax authorities.

“We would urge you to address the widespread concerns that have been expressed about the lack of transparency surrounding the deal,” Seema Malhotra and Charles Falconer wrote in the letter.

They asked for additional information on whether Diverted Profits Tax had been levied on Google, and further details on the basis that authorities had used to arrive at the figure of 130 million pounds.

Google says it is paying all the tax that is due.

Tax avoidance has become a hot political issue in Britain, where people question whether the burden of strengthening public finances has been shared fairly.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already challenged Prime Minister David Cameron to defend the deal, and the party has called for an investigation by the National Audit Office, while the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said it will investigate the arrangement.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Cable, streaming and Viola Davis star at the SAG Awards

Television was praised as gutsy and bold as the Screen Actors Guild Awards honored shows that illuminate the lives of transgender parents and imprisoned women. That's TV as in cable channels and streaming services, with commercial networks nearly shut out at Saturday's awards ceremony and forced to hear their competition lauded in ways that broadcasters rarely are these days.

Will the Bubble Burst? Ask Your Cabbie

badmarket There are too many headlines and articles about bubbles, market crashes, negative interest rates and venture-backed unicorns. Why write one more? Because I believe there is a much more pragmatic way to evaluate what you are reading from all the “experts.” Experts armed with mountains of data and statistical analysis predict the stock market is going to crash, while at the same… Read More

Halo character teased for Killer Instinct

Halo in my Killer Instinct!

Microsoft and developer Iron Galaxy are keeping the teases coming for the new season of downloadable content for Killer Instinct.

It looks like the Halo character Arbiter is coming to Microsoft’s free-to-play fighting game. Developer Iron Galaxy teased the power-sword wielding character during the Killer Instinct World Cup tournament that is happening right now in San Antonio as part of the Penny Arcade Expo South event. In the video that teases the fighter, you can clearly see the Arbiter firing up his weapon before the clip cuts to the Killer Instinct logo. Obviously, Microsoft is planning for crossover characters like these to keep current Killer Instinct players engaged and spending money. The company is also likely incorporating Halo to bring in new fans and to bring back lapsed players to the fighting game.

Killer Instinct is a notable game for this generation of consoles because it is one of the first and biggest free-to-play fighting games. Prior to the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, free-to-play games were rare. But studios began experimenting with the business model early after the release of those systems. This has led to a market where a developer can constantly support a fighting game with three years of content without having to charge an upfront price for the game.

Check out the Arbiter tease below:

This tease comes after we’ve already seen two characters confirmed for Killer Instinct Season 3.

In August, at the Gamescom fan convention in Germany, Iron Galaxy announced it is bringing the Battletoads character Rash into the mix. He has already debuted during a testing period where players were able to give feedback about what they liked about the character and what they would like to see changed.

And Iron Galaxy previously teased Kim Wu for the third season as well. She is now confirmed, and players are getting a chance to try her out at PAX South. On top of that, the studio released the following trailer for the new fighter:

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