Telltale Introduces Harley Quinn into Batman

Harley Quinn is a tough-talking dame who is fast on the trigger, and she and Bat-enemy the Joker share a mad love. In this new clip from Telltale Games’Batman: The Enemy Within, the Joker finally introduces Batman to the woman who stole his villainous heart.

The exciting part about Telltale Games’ version of the Dark Knight is you get to play as both Batman AND his alter-ego Bruce (or is it the other way around?) and get to see how Bruce/Bats interacts with these rogues.

Telltale Games’ offers story-driven point-and-click adventures of properties like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. And to further its story-driven theme, Telltales’ games are released in seasons and episodes. Season 2, The Enemy Within, is currently underway.

Perkville Wants To Turn Your Email Address Into A Virtual Rewards Card

Earlier today, I wrote about a new startup called Perka that’s attempting to bring an end to loyalty cards with a kick ass merchant-facing service. Well, it seems that today is the day for launching loyalty program-disrupting startups, as a company named Perkville is coming out stealth mode and launching into the public sphere.

Many of us have overflowing wallets due the amount of loyalty cards, buy-five-get-one-free tickets, and Groupons we carry around in our wallet. Or we get to our favorite coffee shop only to remember that we forgot our punch card at home. Perkville, as opposed to Perka, is taking a different approach to providing local merchants with a loyalty solution by turning customers’ email addresses into virtual reward cards. That means no more cards to carry and forget at home, no apps to download — just an email address, and users can participate in any merchant program on Perkville. And for merchants, Perkville is free to use and can be set up in minutes.

Spotify Shows Strong Growth

Spotify on pace to grow revenue 40% this year, according to report

  • The music streaming company posted growing revenue and margins in the first half of the year.
  • Better deals with music labels may have helped Spotify, according to The Information, but the company is still losing money.
  • Investors estimate that the company has grown to about $16 billion in value, up from $13 billion earlier this year, according to "The Information".

1world Begins ICO Public Pre-Sale

1World Online, the Blockchain powered engagement and revenue platform for publishers and brands, announced today the public pre-sale for its Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The public pre-sale formally opened on Sept. 7, 2017 with discounted rates of purchase for the 1World (1WO) tokens through Oct. 5, 2017, continuing with the public sale until Nov. 6, 2017.

Telltale Hires Zynga Veteran as New CEO

Telltale Games, the independent studio behind the popular Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft adventure games, has a new CEO. Pete Hawley, the former executive at mobile and social gaming giant Zynga, has been hired to lead Telltale.

Hawley replaces Dan Connors, the Telltale co-founder who was CEO before being replaced by Kevin Bruner in 2015. Bruner resigned and Connors was CEO again in 2015. At this time, Telltale's board of directors was looking for a permanent replacement for its CEO, leading up to the announcement of Hawley in the top role this week.

ApplePie Capital Expands Fifth Third Bank Relationship

On Wednesday, ApplePie Capital and Fifth Third Bank revealed new details about their strategic partnership. The companies shared that this agreement enables Fifth Third to purchase loans that are originated through ApplePie’s franchise loan marketplace and will also join ApplePie’s SBA lender network, along with receive referrals to SBA loan opportunities.

Spotify Prepares to go Public with 60 Million Users

Spotify’s singular focus on music sees it adding subscribers faster than the iPhone company with a streaming app on the side. Spotify has added 20 million paid subscribers in less than a year, while it’s taken Apple Music more than a year and a half to make that progress. Spotify now has 60 million subscribers, compared to Apple Music’s 27 million (as of June).

Spotify’s ability to accelerate its growth rate despite competition from arguably the world’s most powerful company is a testament to the product and community it’s built.

Magic Cube Raises $8.5m

SANTA CLARA, CA-- MagicCube, the creator of the world's only Software Trusted Execution Environment platform (sTEE™), today announced completion of an $8.5 million Series A funding round. Bold Capital Partners led the round, with participation from Epic Ventures, Social Starts and Silicon Valley Bank. MagicCube original investors include Visa.

MagicCube technology enables the large-scale deployment and management of Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile-secure solutions to consumers. The MagicCube sTEE platform provides a secure in-app container that protects sensitive data, logic and cryptographic operations on the device, while offering unprecedented ease of massive deployment and remote management capabilities.

Blockchain is Second only to AI: Brock Pierce

Brock Pierce, founder and managing partner of Blockchain Capital and chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Pierce pioneered the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $200 million for companies he founded. A faculty at the Singularity University, Pierce is also the founder of IMI Exchange (the world’s leading digital currency marketplace for games), ZAM (one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers) and IGE (the pioneer of digital currency in online games). In an email interview, Pierce—who was a speaker at the two-day SingularityU India Summit ((held on 7-8 April in association with INK, which hosts events like INKtalks, a platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories)—spoke, among other things, on why companies would want to invest in blockchains. Edited excerpts:

MagicCube and Sequent Strike Partnership

Sequent, the leader in digitizing payment, transit, access control and hospitality cards, and MagicCube, the creator of the breakthrough Software Trusted Execution Environment (sTEE™) platform, today announced a partnership to bring to market the first full software solution that rivals hardware secure elements to protect mobile and other connected devices. Sequent and MagicCube are integrating their industry-leading technologies in a new offering that protects token-based payment service deployments from advanced threats.

MagicCube's technology provides a secure in-app container that protects sensitive data, sensitive logic, and cryptographic operations on the device while offering unprecedented ease of deployment and remote management capabilities.

Spotify Acquires Mediachain to Advance Services with Blockchain

Spotify, the European streaming music service that took the United States and other parts of the world by storm several years ago, has long been a favorite among listeners for its selection of music and ease of use. Like many other streaming services, though, Spotify has its share of detractors among artists and rights holders, some of whom suggest that the shifting world of royalties is not entirely fair or accurate. Now, in a maneuver aimed at improving and honing relations with rightsholders for the music streaming on its platform, Spotify has acquired the New York-based startup Mediachain, which it hopes will assist in tracking and processing royalty payments. The key to this development will be the use of blockchain technology.

Blockchain Capital Partners Raises $10m ICO

Blockchain Capital partners recently raised $10 million for a venture capital fund, Blockchain Capital III Digital Liquid Venture Fund, LP, which it calls the first venture capital fund raised by a digital fund offering.

The venture capital firm’s new digital liquid venture fund recently raised funds through a digital token offering called BCAP token.

The Ethereum-based tokens will represent a partial ownership in the fund. The tokens will be issued on May 10.

“The $10 million will be used to invest in blockchain startup companies,” Brock Pierce, managing partner at Blockchain Capital, told CCN. “We will be investing in the equity of these startups and will also consider token-based offerings.”