China's e-commerce giant Alibaba is planning to launch a video streaming service within the next two months. The company's head of digital entertainment, Patrick Liu, said Alibaba is hoping to mimic the success of services like Netflix and HBO, Reuters reports.
Automakers around the world use their large luxury sedans as testbeds for bleeding-edge tech — a lot of it is ridiculous, but a lot of it becomes practical (think heated seats) or even required by law (think anti-lock brakes or stability control). Over time, the theory goes, some of those technologies filter down to the more plebeian models in the range.
Valve just announced a revamped version of Dota 2, called Dota 2 Reborn, which will feature an entirely new interface and a new engine. The engine is speculated to be the Source 2, a long-rumored successor to Valve's Source engine, which has been running most of the company's games for over a decade, Polygon reports.
Google is now officially taking on Twitch. As rumored, the company today announced YouTube Gaming, an app and dedicated website designed to be a home for all its gaming video both live-streamed and on demand. YouTube Gaming will launch this summer starting in the US and UK.
The hackers who compromised millions of US government employees' personal datamay have gotten off with much more than previously believed. According to the Associated Press, upward of 9 million to 14 million current and former civilian employees may have had their information taken from the Office of Personnel Management, rather than the theft being limited to the 4 million figure announced last week. That data also contains highly personal information that could be problematic for the US government, according to The New York Times.