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Amazon’s Crucible Flopped So Hard It’s Being Un-Released – Kotaku

In this era of constant updates, games leave closed beta on a regular basis. They don’t often re-enter it. However, like a groundhog emerging to un-see its own shadow, Amazon’s team-based shooter Crucible is no longer a fully released video game.

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Google Might Try to Save Its Fitbit Deal From EU Regulators By Promising Not to Use Health Data for Ads – Gizmodo

European regulators are examining Google’s deal to acquire Fitbit, even seeking perspective from healthcare providers and the company’s rival wearable device makers. This appears to be making Google sweat a little bit, according to a Reuters report, because t…

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European regulators are examining Googles deal to acquire Fitbit, even seeking perspective from healthcare providers and the companys rival wearable device makers. This appears to be making Google sweat a little bit, according to a Reuters report, because the company may be planning to offer a binding pledge not to use Fitbit health data to target ads.
Google to regulators, in short: Were only in it for the hardware, we swear!
Google announced its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit last November, but it hasnt exactly been a quick and easy merger. At the time of the acquisition, Google Senior Vice President Rick Osterloh said the company wants Fitbit as an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market.
But Google critics and privacy advocates are concerned that the company will use the wealth of data Fitbit collects, including information about heart health, sleep, menstrual cycles, and more, as part of Googles core ad-targeting business. In February, the European Data Protection Board expressed concern about the deals privacy risks to consumers. The deal is also under review by the U.S. Department of Justice and Australian regulators.
Google has had fair warning from the EU that its Fitbit acquisition wasnt a done deal, and the company has until July 13 to offer concessions to European Commission regulators and make the case that the purchase isnt harmful to consumers. The commission is slated to decide Fitbits fate on July 20.
Google has said since announcing the acquisition that it wouldnt use Fitbit data in its ad business.
The wearables space is highly crowded, and we believe the combination of Googles and Fitbits hardware efforts will increase competition in the sector, benefiting consumers and making the next generation of devices better and more affordable, a Google spokesperson told Reuters. Throughout this process we have been clear about our commitment not to use Fitbit health and wellness data for Google ads and our responsibility to provide people with choice and control with their data.
But its one thing for a company to swear up and down that it wont use customer data in ways that would compromise privacy. Its another thing entirely for that company to make a legally binding pledge to that effect to avoid an antitrust investigation.

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Let’s Rank The Tony Hawk Games, From Worst To Best – Kotaku

So here I am, doing everything I can, ranking Tony Hawk games and hoping I don’t anger fans.

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So here I am, doing everything I can, ranking Tony Hawk games and hoping I dont anger fans.
The Tony Hawk franchise started all the way back in 1999 and since that first game, the franchise has been chugging along, releasing over 15 games across nearly every platform out there including the PS1, N-Gage, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, and PS4, just to name a few. While the games changed over the years, the basic idea of riding a skateboard, landing cool tricks, and unlocking new levels, boards, and skaters has remained a constant throughout the good and bad entries.
Neversoft made the first Tony Hawk games, but over the course of the franchises history other developers became involved. Eventually, after Neversoft stopped developing them in 2007 Robomodo would take over the franchise, releasing some of the lesser-loved entries. Later this year Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1+2 will be released, and it was developed by another studio, Vicarious Visions. However, that developer has a history with the franchise, as it once handled many of the portable THPS ports.
For this list, we are looking only at the main games released on home consoles. Yes, some of the portable Tony Hawk titles were great. We recently wrote about this very fact. But including all of them would have doubled this already-long list. We also left off the weird and wild ports of some games to older consoles, like Project 8 on PS2 or THPS3 on PS1. Also, even though THUGPro is great, its a fan-made PC mod, so it isnt on here either. Now, let us proceed.
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