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In the news … May 25, 2018

The Stars Group’s Pokerstars Spring Championship of Online Poker Surpasses Guarantee With $91 Million Prize Pool

TORONTO, May 24, 2018 /CNW/ – The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG) (TSE: TSGI) today announced that its popular annual Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) tournament series exceeded its largest ever $65 million guarantee, ultimately paying out approximately $91 million in prizes and making it the second largest ever online poker series behind last year’s SCOOP which paid out approximately $94 million.
This year’s SCOOP ran from May 6 to May 23 spanning 16 days and 183 tournaments, 28 of which individually guaranteed at least $1 million in prizes. The online series, which is in its tenth year, attracted 141,862 players from 141 different countries for a total of 1,071,706 tournament entries; tournament buy-ins ranged from $2.20 to $25,000. Among the industry-leading prize guarantees, the SCOOP-58-H Main Event sported a $5 million guarantee.

Porsche Canada gets new marketing director with digital focus 

Porsche Cars Canada has tapped Colas Henckes to be its new marketing director, effective July 2.
Henckes joins the Canadian unit after serving 10 years as the luxury automaker’s marketing director in France. He will replace Margareta Mahlstedt, who will become the marketing director at Porsche Cars Great Britain.
Porsche Canada CEO Marc Ouayoun said Henckes brings expertise in motorsport, experiential events and social media to the Canadian division.

Interview with Kyle Kemper of Blockchain Canada – C2 Montreal #C2M18

Kyle Kemper is executive director of the nonprofit Blockchain Association of Canada (BAC). Kyle shows leaders and influencers the potential of Blockchain technology in an effort to supercharge the blockchain ecosystem and turn Canada into a global hub of fintech excellence.
Kyle says he’s looking forward to blockchain reducing the influence of centralized monetary policy and the subsequent amplification of the power of individual people. He is excited about blockchain applications in healthcare, supply chain management, voting, digital ID, certifications, gaming and media.

Amazon Echo sent family’s private conversation to another user

An “unlikely” string of events prompted Amazon’s Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Ore., family’s private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday.
The woman told KIRO-TV in Seattle that two weeks ago an employee of her husband contacted them to say he thought their device had been hacked. He told them he had received an audio file of them discussing hardwood floors, she said.

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