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io9 Co-Founder Charlie Jane Anders Wins Best Novel at This Year’s Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the Nebula Awards for 2016 over the weekend. There are some impressive and talented works in the mix, including an award for Arrival. But, of course, io9 can’t help but be a little extra thrilled that our co-founder, Charlie Jane Anders, took…

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This app lets you donate wish list items to homeless people you pass every day

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Marcellus has lived on the streets of Philadelphia for more than four years, and he wants you to know that being homeless isn’t easy.

“It’s, like, waking up hungry. Going to sleep hungry,” he says in a new video, as he fiddles with a small piece of blue plastic in his hands. “But this right here — this got me some food. This got me clothes. This got me a shower and all that.”

It’s not just any piece of plastic. Marcellus is holding a Bluetooth-connected beacon — a small component of an app called StreetChange that could transform how passersby help curb homelessness in their cities.

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This company is opening a virtual reality multiplex this fall

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Los Angeles is set to become home to a very futuristic theater experience this fall, as “new location-based virtual reality venture” Dreamscape Immersive launches a VR multiplex in the city in September.

Using technology based on medical imaging and body mechanics, the start-up is building an interactive experience where you don’t just go to the movies, you get up and move in and out of the situation on screen and interact with the content and others watching alongside.

In a Monday news release about funding for the VR theater project, producer Kevin Wall explained Dreamscape as a fourth option or watching platform. Read more…

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IDG Contributor Network: Red Hat expected to rake in $2.4 billion in revenue this year

The king of Linux, Red Hat, continues its growth as a leading Linux vendor that’s betting big on the cloud. Yesterday, the company announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended August 31, 2016.

The company generated $ 600 million in revenue for the quarter, a 19 percent year-over-year increase. Red Hat is often credited with creating a business model around Linux and Open Source: a subscription based service and support model.

Subscription revenue for the quarter was $ 531 million, which accounts for 89% of total revenue. It was a 20% year-over-year increase. Based on these numbers we can safely assume that Red Hat will be generating revenues around $ 2.415 billion in this fiscal year. That makes Red Hat the most successful pure open source company to date.

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