Amazon’s flying security camera, and Microsoft’s $7.5B gaming deal

Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week:

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GeekWire Podcast: Amazon’s flying security camera, and Microsoft’s $7.5B gaming deal

Ring, the Amazon-owned smart doorbell and security company, unveiled a flying indoor camera on Thursday morning. Sure, it’s cool technology that may make your home safer, but what about the privacy implications?

There was big news in the gaming industry from Amazon and Microsoft this week. Amazon will try again to make its mark in games, this time with a new cloud-based gaming service called Luna. And Microsoft is spending $7.5 billion to buy the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, maker of popular games such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, and DOOM.

And Microsoft’s Teams collaboration software will add a much-desired capability next month: the ability to create ad hoc breakout rooms. Plus, they’re adding something we didn’t know we were missing, a

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What Microsoft’s $7.5B purchase of Bethesda parent ZeniMax means for Xbox Series X


Microsoft’s making more investments in its Xbox gaming franchise.

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Microsoft’s Xbox team significantly expanded its list of game development studios on Monday, announcing the purchase of ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash. The entertainment company owns several industry-leading game developers, including Bethesda Softworks, the maker of the post-apocalyptic Fallout games and the fantasy series The Elder Scrolls. It also owns Id Software, known for its Doom, Rage and Wolfenstein shooting game franchises.

The move grows the number of in-house Xbox game development studios to 23, up from 15 earlier, giving it control of some of the game industry’s most popular franchises. Microsoft also plans to run Bethesda as its own division, with leadership and structure intact. 

“As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has

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