Cambridge has announced the “Centre [sic] for the Study of Existential Risk,” a research group that will try to answer the age-old question: Are the robots going to rise up and kill us all? The center will launch next year.
Microsoft has warned that FREAK, the bug that’s left countless Apple and Google devices vulnerable to attack because of the United States‘ restrictions on exporting cryptographic tools, also affects Windows products. [Source: Ars Technica]
Uber has suspended its UberX service in Seoul because it “determined it was in the best interests of Korean riders, drivers and the community as a whole” to “define our business offerings within the current confines of the regulatory framework.” Ayn Rand is rolling over in her grave. [Source: Uber]
“There have been certain partners that have been loath to work with us because we were part of eBay and they considered eBay to be a competitor. We are a neutral third party to merchants and we believe that we are extremely well positioned and very focused as we look at this digital payments future.” ~Incoming PayPal CEO Dan Schulman on the company’s post-eBay opportunity.
Looks like the ultimate party game will be making a comeback this year after all. Harmonix has announced that “Rock Band 4,” the latest version of the popular music-playing game series, will debut on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. [Source: Ars Technica]
Fitbit announced today that it has acquired the FitStar training service for an undisclosed sum. FitStar users will be able to send information about their workouts to FitBit’s apps, and the two companies will boast further integrations in the future. [Source: Fitbit]
Etsy, the craftsperson-focused digital marketplace, has filed its S-1. The company intends to be listed on NASDAQ with the ticker symbol “ETSY”; it’s seeking $100 million; and it posted a $15 million loss in 2014. [Source: Fortune]