Tech 2.0 for Thursday, June 13, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 6/13/2013 12:33 pm


Vince Zampella is back at E3. After spending the past three years engaged in both legal battles and work on a new game, the "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" co-creator has returned to the Electronic Entertainment Expo to debut "Titanfall." The game is the first title from Respawn Entertainment. He launched the studio in 2010 with partner Jason West after they were fired by Activision-Blizzard Inc. "Titanfall" is a shoot-'em-up multiplayer game where players portray futuristic soldiers who can run up walls and man giant robots dubbed titans. The game is set for release next year for Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One console, as well as the current-gen Xbox 360 and PC. Zampella says Xbox One's cloud computing capabilities will make for stronger artificial intelligence in the game.

A forecast predicts Google will sell more mobile advertising than the rest of its rivals combined for the second straight year. The report released Thursday highlights the expansion of Google's moneymaking prowess from personal computers to smartphones and tablets. If the projections by eMarketer pan out, Google Inc. will generate nearly $8.9 billion in mobile ad revenue throughout the world this year. The prediction calls for Google to hold a 56 percent share of the overall mobile ad market, which is expected to approach $16 billion this year. In 2012, Google accounted for 52 percent, or $4.6 billion, of the worldwide mobile ad market. Facebook Inc. is expected to rank a distant second in mobile advertising this year with about $2 billion in revenue from phones and tablets.

Hashtags are coming to Facebook to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook, and functional hashtags are the first step. According to Facebook, many users already post hashtags anyway. Hashtags will be both clickable and searchable.

The nation's new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5 million square feet, and are filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails. Two small signs in the sagebrush greet interlopers to this place, reading: "Military reservation. No trespassing." But there is no visible marker bearing the facility's name and operator: The Utah Data Center, brought to you courtesy of the National Security Agency. When it opens this fall, the facility will be the NSA's largest data storage center in the United States. A former NSA official calls it a "big file cabinet."


Imma #hashtag EVERYthing on #FACEBOOK!!! bhahahhahahahahahha #FINALLY ;D !!!!

I am making a status just to use my first hashtag on FACEBOOK :) #yolo

The nation's new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long,...
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