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People lined up for hours at New York Comic Con to try new, unreleased video game demos — here are the hottest games at the show

New York's Comic Con brought a flood of fun, geek-related fare to Manhattan last week, from elaborate cosplay outfits to trailers for the latest superhero movies to incognito celebrities.

But for me, one of the best parts of the event were the video games. 

During the weekend thousands of attendees had a chance to play unreleased games at booths across the convention floor and developers were able to showcase their upcoming titles during exclusive panels.


'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Dave Bautista wants to join James Gunn on 'Suicide Squad 2' (DIS)

"Guardians of the Galaxy" star Dave Bautista wants to join fired director James Gunn, who was fired from directing the next "Guardians" movie, on his next project: "Suicide Squad 2." "Where do I sign up?" Bautista tweeted on Tuesday after Warner Bros. confirmed that Gunn will write the "Suicide Squad" sequel. Disney fired Gunn from the third "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie in July after offensive tweets from Gunn resurfaced.  Bautista has been the most vocal "Guardians" star to speak out against Disney since Gunn's firing.

Fired "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn is jumping ship from Marvel to DC, and "Guardians" star Dave Bautista wants to come along for the ride.

After Warner Bros. confirmed that


VMware's CEO has a vision that should terrify the security industry: 'Start getting rid of products' (VMW)

In an interview on Monday at the Best of Breed conference, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that right now, companies are using too many security products — grim tidings for anybody trying to sell security products to those companies.  By using multiple products, they're creating more cracks in their security infrastructure, where attackers could hypothetically get in. Gelsinger says the goal is to reduce the number of security products used to help protect VMware itself down to 15.  To do this, VMWare will build more security features directly into its own products.

The problem with the security industry, says VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger, is that companies are using too many security products. If you want to be more secure, he says, "start getting rid of products."


SoftBank is in talks to invest $15B - $20B in WeWork for a majority stake

Softbank may make an investment between $15 billion and $20 billion in WeWork, giving it a majority stake in the co-working space company, according to the Wall Street Journal. The discussions are ongoing and a deal is not guaranteed. SoftBank’s technology-focused Vision Fund already made a $4.4 billion investment in WeWork last August, giving it a 20% ownership stake in the company. 

SoftBank is in discussions about investing $15 billion to $20 billion in WeWork, giving it a majority stake in the co-working space company, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday.

The potential deal — a massive investment in a private company even by the dizzying standards of Silicon Valley — would effectively give Japan's SoftBank control of the fast-growing office sharing company.


A bipartisan pair of senators want more answers from the company accused of selling Apple and Amazon data servers compromised by Chinese spies

Sens. Marco Rubio and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to Supermicro, the motherboard supplier named in a recent bombshell Bloomberg report on Chinese infiltration. Rubio and Blumenthal requested the company send information regarding microchips allegedly placed onto equipment by Chinese government officials that was then sold to tech giants like Apple and Amazon as well as government contractors. While Apple and Amazon have both strongly denied the report, Rubio and Blumenthal felt the importance of the issue demanded further investigation by Capitol Hill. Read the full letter below.

A bipartisan pair of senators requested more answers from Supermicro, the motherboard producer that an explosive report said sold equipment to major US tech companies that had been infiltrated by the Chinese government.


The US government appeared to take a shot at Tesla after the company touted the Model 3's safety features (TSLA)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement on Tuesday that it does not evaluate vehicle safety beyond its star rating system. The statement was an apparent response to Tesla's claim that its Model 3 sedan gives occupants a lower probability of receiving a serious injury in a crash than any other vehicle tested by the agency. A Tesla representative directed Business Insider to NHTSA data that appeared to support its claim. When asked to comment on Tesla's claims about injury probabilities, the NHTSA directed Business Insider to its statement.

The 21-year-old who built a robot lawyer to fight parking tickets has a new tool to help you automatically sue companies who get hacked (FB, TWTR)

Automated legal tool DoNotPay is trying to help people lock down their online privacy settings and sue companies that get hacked. Created by 21-year-old entrepreneur Joshua Browder, DoNotPay started out by helping users challenge parking tickets. It has since expanded into more than a thousand new areas, from getting flight discounts to assisting with landlord disputes.

First Joshua Browder went after parking tickets, building a bot that helped hundreds of thousands of users challenge their fines.

Then, the 21-year-old student broadened his focus, expanding into everything from landlord disputes to chasing compensation for lost luggage on flights.

In 2018, Browder  took aim at Equifax after a data breach exposed the personal data the firm held on tens of millions of Americans, and his app DoNotPay was used to help file 25,000 lawsuits against the company.


10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted October 10, 2018 0:57 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

Google launched a slew of new hardware products on Tuesday, including its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. There was also a new tablet, the Pixel Slate, and a new Google Home speaker. Bloomberg has doubled down on its reporting that China compromised server firm Supermicro in a major supply chain hack. Bloomberg reported that an unnamed US telecoms firm found and removed compromised hardware, citing security expert Yossi Appleboum.

Google is appealing its $5 billion EU antitrust fine over Android

Google has submitted an appeal to the EU refuting the €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine it received for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. Google is following through on its promise to appeal when the fine was imposed in July. It is already appealing a separate antitrust fine from the EU for promoting its own shopping platform within Google search.

Google has appealed the record €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine it was hit with by the EU in July.

The European Commission fined Google on antitrust grounds for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. At the time Google said rather than reducing consumer choice, Android had increased it.

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Amazon built an AI to hire people, but reportedly had to shut it down because it was discriminating against women

Amazon tried building an AI tool to help with recruiting but it showed a bias against women, Reuters reports. Engineers found the AI was unfavourable towards female candidates because it had combed through male-dominated resumes to accrue its data. Amazon reportedly abandoned the project at the beginning of 2017.

Amazon worked on building an AI to help with hiring people, but the plans backfired when it discovered the system discriminated against women, Reuters reports.