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Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground Expansion Now Available for PC

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New robotic parts, deployed science, surface features, and more
provide exciting ways to explore space

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Private
Division
and Squad
today announced that Kerbal
Space Program: Breaking Ground
Expansion

is now available for PC. Kerbal Space Program: Breaking
Ground Expansion
, the second expansion for the critically
acclaimed space sim, is an engaging, feature-rich content pack. This
expansion increases the objective possibilities once celestial bodies
have been reached by adding more interesting scientific endeavors and
expanding the toolset.

With Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground Expansion
players will have all new robotic parts that include hinges, rotors,
pistons, and more in a variety of different sizes. These parts encourage
the invention of deeply creative vehicles with further advanced
functionality than ever before.

Deployed science is another major addition of this expansion, which
enhances the experiments and data-collection objectives that have gone
hand-in-hand with space exploration. Players will be able to utilize a
storage container in their craft that can hold various pieces of science
equipment. Upon reaching their destination, players can deploy equipment
to monitor and collect data through assorted methods and relay it back
to Kerbin, the Kerbals’ home planet. One scientific instrument, the
active seismometer, even tasks players to deliberately crash
contraptions into a celestial body to gather seismic data!

Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground Expansion also
changes the experience players have when exploring celestial bodies. New
surface features are scattered across planets throughout the solar
system and can be scanned utilizing a new robotic arm attached to
rovers. These surface features include cryovolcanoes, meteors, craters,
and many more mysterious objects for players to investigate.
Additionally, the expansion includes a new futuristic
space suit for the Kerbals so they can travel space in style.

“We are always listening closely to the ever-expanding Kerbal
Space Program
Community, and Breaking Ground addresses
a long-requested aspect of the game that we have been working hard to
fulfill: compelling reasons to explore and research planets,” said
Nestor Gomez, Lead Producer at Squad. “Players now have even more
reasons to explore the celestial bodies of the solar system.”

“The creativity of the KSP community is something that never ceases to
amaze us,” said Michael Cook, Executive Producer at Private Division. “Kerbal
Space Program: Breaking Ground Expansion
is packed with content
that we believe will add countless hours of fresh gameplay, as well as
generate some incredible new craft designs from players. We can’t wait
to see what they come up with.”

About Kerbal Space Program

In Kerbal Space Program, players take charge of the space
program for the alien race known as the Kerbals, and have access to an
array of parts to assemble a fully functional spacecraft that flies (or
doesn’t) based on realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics. Launch your
Kerbal crew into orbit and beyond (while keeping them alive) to explore
moons and planets in the Kerbol solar system, constructing bases and
space stations to expand the reach of your expedition.

Kerbal Space Program features three gameplay modes. In
Science Mode, players can perform space experiments to unlock new
technology and advance the knowledge of Kerbalkind. In Career Mode, you
can oversee every aspect of the space program, including construction,
strategy, funding, upgrades, and more. In Sandbox, players can build any
spacecraft that they can think of, with all parts and technology in the
game.

Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground Expansion is now
available on PC for $14.99 (MSRP). Kerbal Space Program is
rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information on Kerbal
Space Program
, subscribe on YouTube,
follow us on Twitter,
become a fan on Facebook,
and visit www.KerbalSpaceProgram.com.

Private Division is a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software,
Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO).

About Squad

Based in Mexico City, Squad are the developers of the critically
acclaimed space simulation game, Kerbal Space Program. Comprised
of an international team of talented, passionate and ambitious
individuals that love videogames, space, and science, they have
reinvented themselves into full-time video game development.

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a
leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment
for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes
products principally through its wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and
2K, as well as its Private Division label and Social Point, a leading
developer of mobile games. Our products are designed for console systems
and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are
delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms
and cloud streaming services. The Company’s common stock is publicly
traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product
information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.

About Private Division

Private Division is a developer-focused publisher that empowers
independent studios to develop the games that they are passionate about
creating, while providing the support that they need to make their
titles critically and commercially successful on a global scale. The
label publishes Kerbal Space Program and will publish upcoming
titles with renowned creative talent at studios including The Outer
Worlds
from Obsidian Entertainment, Ancestors: The Humankind
Odyssey
from Panache Digital Games, an unannounced title from V1
Interactive, and more. Private Division is headquartered in New York
City with offices in Seattle, Las Vegas, and Munich. For more
information, please visit www.privatedivision.com.

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“estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,”
“projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” or words of similar meaning and
include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for
the Company’s future business and financial performance. Such
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and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual
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statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties including: our
dependence on key management and product development personnel, our
dependence on our Grand Theft Auto products and our ability to
develop other hit titles, the timely release and significant market
acceptance of our games, the ability to maintain acceptable pricing
levels on our games, and risks associated with international operations.
Other important factors and information are contained in the Company’s
most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the risks summarized
in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” the Company’s most recent
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the Company’s other periodic filings
with the SEC, which can be accessed at www.take2games.com.
All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary
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Contacts

Brian Roundy (Press)
Senior Manager
Communications
Private
Division

(646) 536-2936
press@privatedivision.com

Alan Lewis (Corporate Press)
Vice President
Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs
Take-Two Interactive
Software, Inc.

(646) 536-2983
Alan.Lewis@take2games.com

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Strainprint™ Technologies Welcomes Organic Medical Cannabis Producer to Growing List of Subscribers

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Strainprint™ Technologies Ltd, the leader in cannabis data and analytics is pleased to expand their nation-wide coverage with the addition of Stewart Farms.

Stewart Farms is a late-stage applicant headquartered in Alberta that is building a 100,000 sq. ft. vertical aquaponics farm in Saint StephensNew Brunswick. They will be utilizing automation, vertical farming, and land-based aquaculture to produce medical grade organic cannabis for both recreational and medical markets in Canada. All of their products will be free of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic nutrients. At full capacity, they will reach more than 10,000 kgs per year of organically farmed cannabis and more than 200,000 kgs of organic tilapia.

Stewart Farms’ long term vision is to deliver tools and products to support  future customers and patients during their health and wellness journeys. “Through our partnership with Strainprint we gain direct access to their incomparable data and analytics tools. This will aid us in educating a wider audience on the medical benefits and best practices of cannabis-based medicine,” said Tanner Stewart, Co-founder & CEO of Stewart Farms. “We know our customers are looking to consume more than dried cannabis. We know Canadians of all legal ages are trying to sort through their personal engagement with cannabis as a medicine. What we want to know, on an ongoing basis, is what is and is not working for people. Strainprint’s patient-led data services will give us the insight needed to create custom products and further understand the benefits of our existing products. Finally, our goal is to partner with companies and teams that truly have people’s best interest at heart. Caring about a patient’s success is what makes up the core of the Strainprint team. We couldn’t be happier to move forward with them at our side.”

Stewart Farms will access the Strainprint Analytics web platform, the most sophisticated cannabis analytics platform available to improve product development. Strainprint Analytics is built on top of the largest and most granular scientific data set of its kind in the world, with more than 1.3 million anonymized, patient reported medical cannabis outcomes and more than 65 million data points on strain efficacy.

“We’re thrilled to provide our real-time, crowd sourced data to an environmentally conscious company that uses innovative, cutting edge farming technology to produce top-tier medical cannabis,” said Strainprint CEO, Andrew Muroff. “Our organizations are equally committed to improving lives using cannabis therapy, and our shared core motivation is to provide guidance and support to help cannabis patients achieve their health goals.”

 

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Field Trip Ventures Inc. Retains KCSA Strategic Communications as Public Relations Counsel

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Greenery Map, the world’s first and only cannabis search engine to allow users to search for cannabis products based on their desired mood, medicinal use, and method of consumption, is now offering users – both businesses and consumers – the opportunity to register and connect to the app in an entirely mobile way. Previously, businesses were required to access GreeneryMap.com from a desktop in order to manage accounts and connect to the inventory API system, but that road block has been removed, allowing for an entirely mobile experience through the Greenery Map app.

App users turn to Greenery Map to help them decide on the strain of Cannabis and product that is right for them depending on their desired mood or medicinal effect. Following the matching, consumers are given a detailed history and description of the strain so that they can make educated purchases, cutting down on time that budtenders need to spend with patrons and speeding up the purchase process. Consumers can then see all of the ways to purchase said product, including the nearby dispensaries that have it in stock, online options, and even delivery options through the app. Greenery Map fully integrates with a dispensary’s inventory API system to update in real-time and give consumers real-time information on dispensary stock for the item they are looking for. The Greenery Map system also provides cannabis businesses in both the B2B and B2C sectors a private database to share and sell information and products. For Cannabis businesses, Greenery Map also offers the opportunity to open bank and merchant accounts through their partnership with PayHouse Consulting Group.

 

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WeBank, IBM and Other Organizations Jointly Held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning in conjunction with IJCAI 2019

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Once a concept, AI is now ushering in a key stage of application. What’s the solution to the data silos among businesses? Given the enhanced regulation on data at home and abroad, what’s the solution to data privacy and security concerns? What’s the status quo of Federated Machine Learning and how to establish an ecosystem for FML in the future?

WeBank, IBM and other organizations jointly held the 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning for User Privacy and Data Confidentiality (FML’19) in conjunction with the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-19) on Aug. 12, 2019, to further discussion on these issues.

President of IJCAI, Chair of FML Steering Committee, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang delivered opening remarks at the workshop. Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google presented keynote addresses. In the panel discussion, top scholars from WeBank, Bar-Ilan University, IBM, Squirrel AI, Google, Huawei, Clustar, Sinovation Ventures and many other renowned enterprises and universities shared and discussed their findings and experience in FML as an emerging AI technology.

This workshop received 40 papers, of which 12 were presented during the workshop, 19 presented via poster. Awards include Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Presentation Award. Selected high quality papers will be invited for publication in a special issue in the IEEE Intelligent Systems journal. All these attracted numerous scholars to engage in discussions and join efforts for building the FML ecosystem.

Experts from IBM and Google Share Groundbreaking Findings with a Focus on the Theory and Application of FML

Privacy and security are becoming a key concern in our digital age. On 25th May last year, the implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the EU, the toughest Act on data privacy protection, stressed that user data collection must be open and transparent. A series of laws and regulations from China and overseas also pose new challenges to the traditional way of handling data and model for cooperation. Seeking ways for AI to adapt to this new reality became top priority, a demand that led to this workshop on FML.

A wealth of solutions and breakthroughs were shared by Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad from IBM and Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google in their speech on FML.

Besides how FML can help tackle challenges in the business world, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad also shared the concept of Fusion AI, which means to train models on widely distributed data sets, but fuse them to produce one equivalent to what centralized training would yield. “Unlike traditional machine learning, in Fusion AI, model parameters are shared and data is not transferred, which makes Fusion AI model better than models that moving data centrally.” Given the widely distributed data, the development of Fusion AI and FML became ever important and imminent.

“FML enables machine learning engineers and data scientists to work productively with decentralized data with privacy by default,” said Dr. Jakub Konečný from Google. He also shared with us how FML works and its use cases at Google. In the case of Gboard, as on-device data is privacy sensitive or large or is more relevant than server-side proxy data, and labels can be inferred naturally via user interaction, the application of Federated RNN compared to prior n-gram model can increase the accuracy of next-word prediction by 24%, and the click rate of prediction strip by 10%.

Major Figure Panelists Discuss the Way Ahead for FML

The moderator of the panel discussion, AI Principal Scientist of WeBank Dr. Lixin Fan joined panelists including Professor Benny Pinkas from Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Shahrokh Daijavad of IBM Academy of Technology, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard Tong, Research Scientist of Google Dr. Jakub Konečný, Dr. Baofeng Zhang from CTO Office of CBG Software in Huawei, Executive VP of Clustar Dr. Junxue Zhang, VP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng and other experts in a host of in-depth exchanges with attendees, to shed light on the way ahead for FML.

Experts shared thoughts in the panel discussion on questions including but not limited to: How to meet the security and compliance requirements? Is there a way to extend the value of data while observing user privacy and data security? Given the classic trade-off between data regulation and development of AI, how to achieve the long-term goal of establishing a stable and win-win business ecosystem?

List of Award-Winners

Best Theory Paper Award, Best Application Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award and Best Presentation Award selected by all attendees were announced at the closing of the workshop.

Best Theory Paper Award: 
Preserving User Privacy for Machine Learning: Local Differential Privacy or Federated Machine Learning? By Huadi Zheng, Haibo Hu & Ziyang Han;

Best Application Paper Award: 
FedHealth: A Federated Transfer Learning Framework for Wearable Healthcare. By Yiqiang ChenJindong WangChaohui YuWen Gao & Xin Qin;

Best Student Paper Award: 
Quantifying the Performance of Federated Transfer Learning. By Qinghe JingWeiyan Wang, Junxue Zhang, Han Tian & Kai Chen;

Best Presentation Award: 
Federated Generative Privacy. By Aleksei Triastcyn and Boi Faltings.

President of IJCAI, Chief AI Officer of WeBank Professor Qiang Yang, Chief Architect of Squirrel AI Dr. Richard TongandVP of AI Institute in Sinovation Ventures Dr. Ji Feng presented the awards.

“The mission of this International Federated Machine Learning Workshop is to facilitate further understanding in the academia, business community as well as legal and regulatory institutions by promoting the establishment of FML ecosystem in the hope that more businesses will join and build a platform for students aspired to work in FML to find research teams that suit them,” said Professor Qiang Yang.

Held Aug. 10-16, 2019 in Macao, China, IJCAI-19 is one of the leading International Academic Conference on AI, attracting over 3000 AI research personnel and experts. The 1st International Workshop on Federated Machine Learning (FML’19) was a highlight for experts joining this event. Visionaries in the academia and industrial sector expressed the willingness to be part of the effort for academic research, application of FML in the future, and the development and boom of AI ecosystem.

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