IDG Contributor Network: How No Man’s Sky resurrected itself from no man’s land

What was once considered by many (including me) a potential for game of the year suddenly became really dull (No Man’s…Sigh) and a total bust, then got even worse when people decided they hated the game and wanted to return it. Now, though, it has become a much better game with a new, free expansion pack. As if that isn’t enough irony for one day, I’m seeing the potential for No Man’s Sky to become one of the best games…of 2017.

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Facebook Instant Games helps you waste more time

I think most people would agree, it is so hard to waste time on Facebook.

Well, the social media giant must understand our plight, because it just introduced a new way to spend even more time on the social network with Facebook Instant Games. Now, you only have to leave Facebook to eat, sleep and work. 

In IT Blogwatch, we avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.

So what exactly is going on? Derrek Rosignol has the background:

Facebook has never been a stranger to gaming…Now, though, Facebook is making a…concerted effort to make the site a destination for quick, casual gaming, and they’re bringing in some classic heavy-hitters to help with the effort.

The company introduced Facebook Instant Games, an HTML5-based gaming platform that will allow users to play…games in Facebook’s messenger and…news feed…It’s also a cross-platform service, meaning that users on mobile and desktop versions of Facebook can play nice with each other.

What games are available? Alexandra Burlacu lists a few options:

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Now you can spend even more time on Facebook with Instant Games

I think most people would agree, it is so hard to waste time on Facebook.

Well, the social media giant must understand our plight, because it just introduced a new way to spend even more time on the social network with Facebook Instant Games. Now, you only have to leave Facebook to eat, sleep and work. 

In IT Blogwatch, we avoid Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.

So what exactly is going on? Derrek Rosignol has the background:

Facebook has never been a stranger to gaming…Now, though, Facebook is making a…concerted effort to make the site a destination for quick, casual gaming, and they’re bringing in some classic heavy-hitters to help with the effort.

The company introduced Facebook Instant Games, an HTML5-based gaming platform that will allow users to play…games in Facebook’s messenger and…news feed…It’s also a cross-platform service, meaning that users on mobile and desktop versions of Facebook can play nice with each other.

What games are available? Alexandra Burlacu lists a few options:

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Study warns of human rights risks from censoring online terror content

Internet companies should not be required to monitor third-party terrorist content that they host or transmit, nor should they face direct or indirect liability from governments for such content, according to a new study.

The Global Network Initiative, a group that represents academics, investors, civil society organizations and companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, published its study Tuesday. It’s the offshoot of a policy discussion it started in July 2015, exploring key issues such as the human rights implications of government efforts to restrict online content with the aim of protecting public safety.

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Wisconsin recount will not be entirely by hand

A judge in Wisconsin has refused to order a recount by hand of ballots cast in the state for the U.S. presidential elections, shooting down a petition by Green Party candidate Jill Stein that the use of automatic tabulating equipment, identified as potential targets of foreign government agents, “risks tainting the recount process.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission decided Friday to recount the votes in the state, after concerns were raised that the voting systems can be hacked. Democratic party candidate Hillary Clinton also backed the recount, including the hand count.

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The new Mirai strain has spread far beyond Deutsche Telekom

The latest strain of Mirai, the malware that’s been infecting internet routers from Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, has spread to devices in at least 10 other countries, according to security firm Flashpoint.

The company has detected the new Mirai strain infecting internet routers and modems across the globe, including in the U.K., Brazil, Iran and Thailand.

It’s still unclear how many devices have been infected, but Flashpoint estimates that as many as five million devices are vulnerable. “If even a fraction of these vulnerable devices were compromised, they would add considerable power to an existing botnet,” Flashpoint said in a Tuesday blog post.

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A year after separation, HP and HPE are still trying to shed rust

Five years ago, then Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker was derided for an abrupt plan to spin off the PC division from the mothership. It happened anyway in 2015, when the idea seemed more logical.

The spinoff led to the creation of HP, which focuses on PCs and printers, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which focuses on enterprise hardware and the cloud. Now a year after the split, the companies are still trying to shed off the rust as they try to stand on their own legs.

Growing pains have afflicted both companies as they try to find their identities. HP and HPE both had to change their business focuses and also shed excess fat, announcing layoffs last month within days of each other.

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