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NextView Ventures closes its fourth fund with $89 million

NextView Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital fund, has raised an $89.6 million fund, according to SEC filings. The firm’s fourth fund, its largest to date, is oversubscribed, with early documents indicating a $70 million goal. The NextView Ventures team did not immediately respond to request for comment. NextView Ventures was launched in 2010 by Rob…Continue readingNextView Ventures closes its fourth fund with $89 million

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Google pulls the plug on Expeditions VR app, migrates tours to Arts & Culture

Google today announced that it is ending support for Expeditions. The VR app will also be pulled from its own Play Store and Apple’s App Store in June of next year. In a blogpost somewhat confusingly titled, “Expanding Google Arts and Culture with Expeditions,” the company notes the 360-degree tours captured for the project will…Continue readingGoogle pulls the plug on Expeditions VR app, migrates tours to Arts & Culture

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Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora

Eighteen months ago, Uber’s self-driving car unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment from Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Now, it’s up for sale and a competing autonomous vehicle technology startup is in talks with Uber to buy it, according to three sources familiar with the…Continue readingUber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora

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eSports

ESL secures global partnership with DDB Worldwide

Following on from DDB Worldwide’s launch of its dedicated gaming agency DDB FTW, global esports firm ESL has partnered with the company to elevate its associated brands. The partnership aims to expand and strengthen ESL and DreamHack’s commercial portfolio by offering ‘creative territory’ to DDB’s existing global clients. Moreover, ESL will be cooperating with DDB FTW…Continue readingESL secures global partnership with DDB Worldwide

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EXCEL ESPORTS reveals rebranding, Hector Rodriguez reacquires OpTic | ESI Digest #18

Each week, ESI Digest breaks down the weekly happenings in the esports industry, making sense of things so you don’t have to. As well as being housed on YouTube, ESI Digest is available on all major podcast platforms and is also available in written form below. This week on the ESI Digest, we cover EXCEL’s…Continue readingEXCEL ESPORTS reveals rebranding, Hector Rodriguez reacquires OpTic | ESI Digest #18

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The breath of the future

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Datarella and Fetch.ai Munich smart city parking trial to utilise blockchain and AI technologies

Datarella, a provider of distributed ledger and blockchain technology, and artificial intelligence (AI) startup Fetch.ai are working on a smart city trial for parking in Munich. The project, called M-ZONE, will be launched at the Connex business estate. Assuming a 10% reduction in car usage in Munich alone, the companies forecast the project could reduce…Continue readingDatarella and Fetch.ai Munich smart city parking trial to utilise blockchain and AI technologies

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Stevenage FC partners with Rival to launch FIFA platform for fans

Football club Stevenage FC, who compete in England’s EFL League Two, has partnered with competition platform Rival to launch the Stevenage FC Esports Arena. The collaboration aims to bring together fans of the club to play and compete with one another, continue building a fan community online, and offer prizes for participants. Image credit: Stevenage FC RELATED: Udinese eSports scores partnership…Continue readingStevenage FC partners with Rival to launch FIFA platform for fans

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This fintech-focused VC firm just closed a $75 million debut fund; backers “came out of the woodwork”

It’s no secret that a massive digital transformation is happening within financial services companies and amid the growing number of non-financial outfits that are also adding financial products to their offerings. Still, Sheel Mohnot, who was formerly a general partner at the fintech fund of 500 Startups, and Jake Gibson, co-founder of personal finance startup…Continue readingThis fintech-focused VC firm just closed a $75 million debut fund; backers “came out of the woodwork”

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The U.S. government sends mixed messages about TikTok’s future

The fate of TikTok in the United States got even more confusing this week. The U.S. Justice and Commerce Departments sent conflicting messages today about TikTok’s future, which is now up in the air with the upcoming administration transition. The Department of Commerce said Thursday it would abide by an injunction issued October 30 by…Continue readingThe U.S. government sends mixed messages about TikTok’s future