GamesBeat Summit speakers — Second Life creator Philip Rosedale, video host Andrea Rene, and FoxNext’s game chief

We’re stocking up on star speakers for our GamesBeat Summit 2018, which will take place at the beautiful Claremont Resort in Berkeley, California, on April 9 and April 10. Our conference is all about making games better and improving the business, and our latest speakers should help us realize this vision. Our speakers include Philip Rosedale, […]

NBC’s Jennifer Salke is the new Amazon Studios chief

Amazon Studios has a head executive once again. Back in October, the film and TV production division’s previous chief Roy Price had resigned days after he was publicly accused of sexual harassment. Today, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke was named as his replacement, and is expected to remain at the network until she transitions into […]

Orrin Hatch just made a stunning reversal on allegations that his former chief of staff abused his ex-wives

Associated Press/Manuel Balce Ceneta Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, issued two dramatically different statements regarding allegations that his former chief of staff abused both of his ex-wives. The women publicly accused Rob Porter of engaging in a pattern of violence over a period of years. Hatch first called the allegations “politically motivated,” but then said […]

UK will seize assets held by foreign criminals, says security chief

The UK has introduced sweeping new powers which, according to the country’s security minister, will be used to seize the assets of foreign criminals. Speaking to the Times, cabinet minister Ben Wallace said that he would use “the full force of the government” to stifle the activities of investors using Britain as a haven for their […]

Sony’s CEO Hirai to step down, hand control over to finance chief Kenichiro Yoshida

Thomson Reuters Japan’s Sony Corp said CEO Kazuo Hirai would be handing over the reins to finance chief Kenichiro Yoshida after a good run. People say Yoshida is more reserved than Hirai, but also a forceful partner who pushed through many controversial changes, including the sale of the Vaio PC division and spinning off the […]

Zhou Xiaochuan, China’s central-bank chief, is about to retire

WHEN Zhou Xiaochuan took the helm of China’s central bank 15 years ago, the world was very different. China had just joined the World Trade Organisation and its economy was still smaller than Britain’s. Foreign investors paid little heed to the new governor of the People’s Bank of China. He seemed safe to ignore: another […]

Swarms of locusts ‘pose no threat’ to World Cup pitches, says Russia 2018 chief

Swarms of locusts will “pose no threat” to the grass on football pitches at the FIFA 2018 World Cup host venues, says Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) head Alexey Sorokin. On Wednesday, Russian Agriculture Ministry official Pyotr Chekmarev said swarms of locusts could attack and damage the grass on football pitches, causing a “global […]

Porsche 911 Chief Talks Philosophy and Future, Including a Plug-In Model

– Back in December, we had the chance to sample two distinctly different sides of Porsche: The 718 Boxster/Cayman GTS and the Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid. Both deliver performance that stands at the top of their respective classes. And both have the same reference model: the 911. This rear-engined sports car still is […]