Microsoft reportedly investing in Uber at a $50 billion valuation

If it seems like Uber is working on another new round of funding, that is because Uber is always working on another new round of funding. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that the company has closed a new investment which values it at $50 million, and also includes Microsoft as a backer. The round gave Uber another $1 billion, putting its total funding at $5 billion.

Uber’s endless appetite for cash is driven by its equally ambitious plans for expansion. It is currently active in over 50 countries and 300 cities around the globe. It is hiring drivers and adding cars at a rapid pace in all these territories, while also spending considerable amounts on political lobbying and legal battles with regulators.

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Today's Rocket League Patch Detailed; Punishes Online Quitters

Rocket League‘s first major patch is now available, and Psyonix has provided the full notes on everything it does.

The 186 MB update brings the game to version 1.03 and is primarily focused on fixing various nagging issues, though it offers some new features, too.

Perhaps most importantly, quitters in online ranked matches are being punished. The first player to leave a ranked match will now be banned from matchmaking for 15 minutes. It’s not a huge penalty, but it should help to dissuade some players from dropping out of a match.

This is key because ranked matches, unlike standard matches, don’t place an AI in a quitter’s place (or allow for a new player to take his or her place). That leaves the remaining players in an untenable position, and typically results in either those people quitting or the remainder of the match being lopsided. A future update will include a forfeit button, Psyonix said on Twitter today.

The patch also now allows for quick chat to be used across PC and PS4; previously, these commands (which include compliments and things like “Thanks” or “I got it”) could only be used to communicate with people on the same platform as you.

Another small, but appreciated addition is new functionality for two vehicle toppers. The Propellerhead’s blade now rotates, as does the Cherry Top’s light.

You can check out the full patch notes below. Another free update is coming soon alongside the game’s first DLC; it’ll introduce a spectator mode, a new arena, new flags, a 3v3 ranked playlist, and customization options intended as an apology for the game’s server issues.

Rocket League v1.03 patch notes:

The Headlines

  • “Quick Chat” commands can now be used cross-platform between PC and PS4
  • Stat tracking for online games is now properly recorded for its correlating Garage items
  • AI Bot skill levels now adjust to the average skill level of all players currently in the game
  • The first player to abandon a “Ranked” match is now banned from matchmaking for 15 minutes
  • (PS4) “Far, Far Away” Trophy can now be unlocked via online play
  • (Steam) “Virtuoso” Achievement is now obtainable and includes appropriate description
  • Fixed multiple crash scenarios

New Features

Gameplay

  • “Quick Chat” commands can now be used cross-platform between PC and PS4

Content

  • Topper: “Cherry Top” now includes a working, rotating light
  • Topper: “Propellerhead” now includes a working, rotating blade

Online Play

  • AI Bot skill levels now adjust to the average skill level of all players currently in the game
  • The first player to abandon a “Ranked” match is now banned from matchmaking for 15 minutes

UI/UX

  • (Steam) Added “Mouse Sensitivity” setting to the “Options” menu
  • (Steam) Added support for more resolutions

Changes and Updates

Training

  • “Freeplay” now grants truly unlimited “Rocket Boost”

UI/UX

  • Stats: Player’s “Win/Loss Ratio” is now displayed as a “Win %”

Bug Fixes

General

  • (PS4) Sweet Tooth now properly unlocks when completing a game with all 10 of the other Battle-Cars
  • (PS4) Multiple visual optimizations
  • Reduced, but did not eliminate, instances of the “Invisible Car” bug
  • Fixed multiple crash scenarios

Garage Items

  • Antennas
    • Country Flags: Congo is now appropriately-named
    • Country Flags: Mexico is no longer reversed
    • Country Flags: Northern Ireland is now correct
    • Country Flags: United States now shows all 50 stars

Trophies and Achievements

  • (Steam) “Virtuoso” Achievement is now obtainable and includes appropriate description
  • (PS4) “Far, Far Away” Trophy can now be unlocked via online play

UI/UX

  • Stat tracking for online games is now properly reflected for their correlating Garage items
  • Blog and Scrolling Ticker now work as intended and will not errantly show “Offline” messages
  • “PsyNet” icons for cross-platform players will now display properly
  • Main Menu Player Avatars will no longer disappear between matches
  • Player names are now displayed correctly during “Replays”

Localization

  • French, German, Italian, and Spanish-language corrections and improvements

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Apple’s Tim Cook reportedly met with BMW to learn about making cars

Reuters is today backing up earlier reports of a meeting between Apple and luxury automaker BMW. CEO Tim Cook is said to have visited BMW’s headquarters last year, and other executives toured the company’s Leipzig plant. According to Reuters, Apple showed a particular interest in BMW’s i3 electric car and the manufacturing process which produces the vehicle’s carbon fiber body. Only a week ago, Manger Magazine reported on the Apple / BMW meeting and claimed that Cupertino may be eyeing the i3 as the foundation for its own, heavily rumored electric car. Hundreds of Apple employees are working on the secret project, The Wall Street Journal revealed in February.

The BMW i3 that Apple has showed interest in.

The initial report…

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Every New Hearthstone Grand Tournament Card Revealed So Far

Blizzard has revealed another card from Hearthstone‘s upcoming expansion, The Grand Tournament. While there are still many more to come, we’ve now seen 28 of the new cards, all of which we’ve rounded up for you below.

The latest card is Demonfuse, which allows you to grant +3/+3 to a Demon card while also giving your opponent a mana crystal.

You can help to decide which card is revealed next by voting on Blizzard’s website. All you have to go on in choosing from the two cards currently squaring off is their artwork and rarity (in this case, both are Epics); there’s no indication of their cost, strength, or anything else.

Click any of the cards below for a full-size view

You can check out the galleries above for a look at every Grand Tournament card revealed to date.

The expansion is due out in August and adds a new arena and 132 new cards in all, as well as the new Inspire mechanic. When players use their hero power, this will cause cards with Inspire to do various things, such as causing the card to return to your hand or give your totems additional attack power.

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Drake and The Game trade beef for bromance in their video for ‘100'

It’s been a busy week for Drake, but why not cap it off with yet another song about how real he is. A music video just came out for The Game’s “100,” which features a very mellowed out Drake rapping through the middle of it and warning other rappers not to show up to his studio “with that fake shit.” The song originally dropped last month, but its lyrics are all too fitting for the end of a week focused on Meek Mill’s accusation that Drake does exactly what he’s warning others not to. Perhaps the most ironic part of this entire thing is that The Game actually references Meek on this track, and in a line about friendship. Presumably, it isn’t a metaphor Drake would have used.

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