After the popularity of Pokemon Go brought big crowds (and overflowing trash cans) to a Milwaukee County park, officials signed a permitting process Feb. 10 for game makers that include virtual monsters and other augmented reality features on public property. The ordinance requires game developers to obtain a park permit, which will range from $100 to $1,000 depending on factors like how many people are expected to participate. The Wisconsin government is the first to regulate the emerging industry in this manner; however, other lawmakers are also looking at how to legislate in the space. For example, a bill pending in the Illinois Legislature would require companies to remove locations from a game once they are requested to do so. Source: The Associated Press
As phones get smarter and replace other devices, some users are longing for the simpler handsets of the past. The Nokia 3310, arguably one of the most iconic dumbphones, has been brought back by Finnish manufacturer HMD Global Oy, which made the announcement at the Mobile World Congress in February. While the phone isn’t yet available in the U.S. — Barcelona and Europe are getting first access — its price tag will be around $60. Following its original release in 2000, more than 100 million 3310s were sold. While it’s too early to call it a comeback, recent headlines about the announcement included the phrases “the greatest phone of all time” and “the most reliable phone ever made.” Source: TreeHugger
The amount that Austin, Texas-based startup Data.world, which is billed as a “social network for data people,” raised in a funding round. The site’s framework is built on the Semantic Web, the same technology used by tech giants like Facebook and Google, and users can sign up for free and import data from any source. However, storing data privately requires a monthly fee. Users sift through the information, creating visualizations and sharing it on their Data.world profiles. Source: Venturebeat
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