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Every Overwatch League game will be streamed on Twitch for the next two years

Every Overwatch League game will be streamed on Twitch for the next two years The first match of the inaugural season of Overwatch is set for 4:00 pm PST to catch the kids on the West Coast as they get out of school, kids on the East Coast as they finish dinner, and kids in Asia as they get up in the morning. The two-year deal, which will include every. single. game. of the league’s first two seasons includes every geography but China (no word about who the streaming partner…

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Intel launches motion capture studio in LA to bring cinematic VR to Hollywood studios

Intel launches motion capture studio in LA to bring cinematic VR to Hollywood studios About 270 miles southwest from Las Vegas, where Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich is at CES unveiling his company’s latest developments, the lights are off in a massive studio space where many of those wonders are waiting to be used by the biggest names in Hollywood entertainment. Located in soundstage 25 of the MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach, Intel’s Immersive Entertainment Labs is taking its first, tentatives steps in a potentially billion-dollar bet on the future of entertainment,…

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Spin unveils its stationless electric bike

Spin unveils its stationless electric bike Spin is adding an electric bike to its fleet of station-less bicycles for bike sharing. The Spin bike can travel up to 50 miles with a full charge and has batteries that the company says can be easily swapped by Spin’s operations teams. The e-bikes are pedal-assist bikes, which can spin up to 15 miles-per-hour with the engine assisting pedal-power. Based on a proprietary design from Spin the bikes were manufactured through a partnership with an undisclosed bicycle manufacturer, which chief executive officer Derrick Ko…

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New Sequoia China investment values Australian design company Canva at $1 billion

New Sequoia China investment values Australian design company Canva at billion Canva, the Australian provider of graphic design software as a service, has become the world’s latest unicorn with a new investment led by Sequoia China. A $40 million dollar round gives the company its eye-popping new valuation, following a year of tremendous growth in 2017 where Canva reached profitability and notched 294,000 paying customers for its design software-as-a-service offering. Previous investors Blackbird Ventures and Felicis Ventures also participated in the funding. “Our goal is to help people design anything…

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Robomart is the latest startup to try and unseat the local convenience store

Robomart is the latest startup to try and unseat the local convenience store The startup assault on the humble neighborhood store continues to intensify. First came Bodega, the terribly named, and mostly misguidedstartup with its mission to bring the non-perishable necessities available at the corner store to the masses and “disrupt” the corner store. Now there’s Robomart, which wants to bring the groceries, baked goods and prepared foods of the supermarket aisle to your doorstep with a white-labeled service for wholesalers and big box retailers. The culmination of a ten-year…

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A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride

A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride Jake BrightContributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor: Lamborghini’s EV initiatives seem to lack a spark FarmCrowdy raises $1M round to bring Nigerian farmers online and to market African tech in 2017 was about the normalization of market events mostly absent even a decade ago. There were acquisitions, multiple investment rounds, lots of expansion, big strategic partnerships, and some surprise…

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G.E. Appliances is launching its own version of Quirky for businesses called Giddy

G.E. Appliances is launching its own version of Quirky for businesses called Giddy G.E. Appliances (now a subsidiary of the Chinese appliance manufacturer Haier) is spinning out a crowd-sourced product development business as a service for corporate customers under the name Giddy. It’s the idea that won’t die — even though several of the companies that originally supported it have foundered over the years. Companies like Quirky and Local Motors tried to tap the maker community to create product development shops that would leverage amateur engineering and design talent and…

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Facebook Watch is adding clips from the CBS late night lineup

Facebook Watch is adding clips from the CBS late night lineup Short form content from CBS’ late night shows “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden” will now appear on Facebook Watch, according tomultiplereports. It’s the latest effort by Facebook to make Watch a thing. Clips of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, now the most popular late night talk show, will begin appearing on Facebook Watch this evening. Fans of the late night “Carpool Karaoke”-driven antics of James Corden will have to wait…

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Mapbox adds makes another acquisition to bolster its navigation toolkits

Mapbox adds makes another acquisition to bolster its navigation toolkits Mapbox, the Softbank-backed developer of mapping applications that competes with Google Maps TomTom and Here, has acquired the intellectual property and developers behind MapZen’s Valhalla project in a bid to strengthen its navigation toolkits. The acquisition, made as Mapzen was winding down, brings the Valhalla development team in-house for a bargain price that Mapbox chief executive Eric Gunderson declined to disclose. “It’s one of those classic things where having a long-term relationship you become close to people and when shit…

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Investors are pouring money into Frank, a TurboTax for student loan applications

Investors are pouring money into Frank, a TurboTax for student loan applications Venture capitalists have been trying to make money from the higher education market for years. It’s a rich target for the clutch of investor that pride themselves (in their better moments) on investing in companies that can improve society, and that work to fix broken systems, and a new startup Frank is the latest attempt to make a lasting change in the industry. At this point no one would argue that higher education in America isn’t broken. The debt…

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