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Alphabet’s latest moonshot is a field-roving, plant-inspecting robo-buggy

Alphabet (you know… Google) has taken the wraps off the latest “moonshot” from its X labs: A robotic buggy that cruises over crops, inspecting each plant individually and, perhaps, generating the kind of “big data” that agriculture needs to keep up with the demands of a hungry world. Mineral is the name of the project,…

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eSports

NAG Studios raises $1M in pre-seed round

Swedish games development studio NAG Studios has received $1 million (£765,565) in investment through a pre-seed round. The round was led by London Venture Partners, an early-stage fund that has invested in Supercell, Unity, and Playfish. Credit: NAG Studios RELATED: Talon Esports raises $2M in seed round With the capital, NAG Studios plans to add games developers to…

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Blocksport adds Heinrich Zetlmayer as Board Director

Mobile application solutions provider Blocksport has announced that Heinrich Zetlmayer will join its board of directors. Zetlmayer previously served as the Vice President at IBM and is currently an executive member of the board at ESL. Credit: Blocksport RELATED: Blocksport co-founder discusses mission to deliver heightened fan engagement Zetlmayer has been brought in to “support Blocksport’s…

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Blockchain

Cryptowisser notes 75 crypto exchanges fell in 2020 as ‘unique edge’ now required

Ever wanted a repository for crypto exchanges that are no longer with us? Crypto services reviewer Cryptowisser has its Exchange Graveyard – and a stark warning about how 2020 has affected exchanges globally. According to the company, 75 crypto exchanges have passed on this year, whether they voluntarily shut down, were hacked, or were otherwise…

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Valve funds rebooted Movistar Liga Pro Gaming season

Games publisher Valve has committed funding to reboot the Movistar Liga Pro Gaming circuit, a professional South American Dota 2 competition previously cancelled due to COVID-19.  Produced by entertainment company Live Media Esports Entertainment, the competition features a total prize pool of $45,000 (~£34,512). Image credit: Movistar Liga Pro Gaming RELATED: Live Media and MissClick TV partner to…

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China’s digital yuan tests leap forward in Shenzhen

Shenzhen, known for its maker community and manufacturing resources, is taking the lead in trialing China’s digital yuan. Last week, the city issued 10 million yuan worth of digital currency to 50,000 randomly selected residents. The government doled out the money through mobile “red envelopes,” a tool designed to digitize the custom of gifting money…

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Thailand’s logistics startup Flash Express raises $200 million

Flash Express, a two-year-old logistics startup that works with e-commerce firms in Thailand, said on Monday it has raised $200 million in a new financing round as it looks to double down on a rapidly growing market spurred by demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding, a Series D, was led by PTT Oil…

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The Otto Wilde Grill brings the drama of delicious restaurant steak home

Like many folks this year, I have been cooking a lot. Though I’ve always loved food and have had a deep and abiding interest for the art of cooking, I’ve definitely pushed myself to learn how to do a lot of things from scratch in the kitchen this year. From cooking a decent CTM to…

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AC Ventures announces the first close of its $80 million fund for Indonesian startups

As one of the world’s most populated countries, with a fast-growing internet economy, Indonesia offers plenty of opportunity for startups. AC Ventures wants to tap into that with its $80 million ACV Capital III L.P. fund. The firm announced the first close of the fund today, with $56 million already committed. The capital will be…