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CryptoKitties developer launches NBA TopShot, a new blockchain-based collectible collab with the NBA

When Dapper Labs launched CryptoKitties back in November 2017, the company’s take on Tamagotchi was seen as the first popular use of blockchain-based applications. It was the first popular use case outside of Bitcoin as a speculative investment. Like all fads, CryptoKitties didn’t last, but the app proved that Dapper Labs could build a compelling collectible — and that brought the company the attention of the National Basketball Association. Now Dapper Labs is finally launching a beta version of...
Tags: TC, Sacramento Kings, Tech, Bayern Munich, Nba, LeBron, Players Association, Football Stars, Dapper Labs, National Basketball Association Now Dapper Labs, Caty Tedman


Can Virtual Reality Help Sports Fans Experience Game Day In A Post COVID-19 World?

(CBS Local/CBSLA)- “If I really do want to establish a feeling that I’m there, then there needs to be some capacity for me to make a decision to move myself forwards, backwards, around and in doing that, for there to be a response. The responsiveness and that resonance has to be established and maintained in order for it to feel like a live event.”- Jessica Brillhart, Director of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies MxR (mixed reality) Lab. What will sports, and sports fandom, look like in ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Sports, America, Netflix, Manchester United, Netherlands, Fifa, Nba, Juventus, Elvis Presley, Holland, Cbs, Espn, Minnesota Vikings


Ask Slashdot: Did Fear and Groupthink Drive Unnecessary Global Lockdowns?

An anonymous reader writes: There's an interesting analysis, which looks at several data points, to conclude that media may have flamed fears that drove the world to enforce lockdowns. From the story: "To put things in perspective, the virus is now known to have an infection fatality rate for most people under 65 that is no more dangerous than driving 13 to 101 miles per day. Even by conservative estimates, the odds of COVID-19 death are roughly in line with existing baseline odds of dying in an...
Tags: Sweden, New York City, Tech, United States, Italy, Nba, World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, COVID, Silicon Vally


How the pandemic is impacting the advertising business as sports TV viewing evaporates, events are cancelled, and people cut back on spending

The coronavirus pandemic is upending the advertising business, along with other swaths of the economy. Here is a breakdown of how the pandemic is impacting advertising, from layoffs and furloughs to events cancellations to softening sales for startups. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The advertising business has been upended by the coronavirus, along with other sectors of the global economy. Advertisers have hit the breaks in spending as sales plummet, audiences for live s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Digital, Trends, Fox, Atlantic, Nba, Ncaa, Jonah Peretti, Publicis, WPP, Martin Sorrell, McCann, JPMorgan Chase, IPG


Short-Form Sports Docuseries 'Greatness Code' Coming to Apple TV+

Apple today announced the upcoming launch of "Greatness Code," a new short-form sports docuseries that will feature stories from athletes like LeBron James, Tom Brady, Shaun White, Usain Bolt, and more. "Greatness Code" was co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports, and was directed by Gotham Chopra. The first season will feature seven mini episodes, each examining a pivotal moment that defined an athlete's career. Episodes feature the following athletes: Four-time NBA MVP, thr...
Tags: Apple, US, Nba, Kelly Slater, Katie Ledecky, Shaun White, Gotham Chopra, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple, LeBron James Tom Brady Shaun White Usain Bolt, James Six, National Soccer Team Alex Morgan Record


With stadiums closed, TV networks turn to live esports broadcasts

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out the spring seasons for professional sports and associated revenue for TV networks, but esports is filling part of that void. Gaming companies behind titles licensed by each major league are the winners in this unexpected shift; Electronic Arts (EA) is first among them with FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Live and NHL in its EA Sports portfolio and more than 100 esports events planned for 2020. The way EA, networks and sports leagues are responding to production chall...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Facebook, Space, Media, Entertainment, NFL, Tech, Manchester City, Nba, Mlb, Espn, Sergio Aguero, NHL, Nascar, Twitch


Video Games Set a Record for Quarterly Sales

Americans stuck at home have flocked in droves to video gaming, sending sales to a quarterly record. From a report: U.S. consumer spending on video games jumped to $10.9 billion in the first quarter, up 9% from a year earlier, research firm NPD Group said in a report released Friday. Game content reaped the lion's share of the spending, $9.6 billion, up 11% year-over-year, NPD said. Top titles included Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, DOOM Eternal, Dragon Ball Z: Kaka...
Tags: Tech, Nba, Nintendo, NPD Group, NPD, Minecraft MLB


Apple Buys Virtual Reality Company NextVR

Apple has purchased virtual reality company NextVR, Apple confirmed to CNBC. From the report: The purchase is further evidence of Apple's plans to enter virtual reality and related augmented reality technologies as a new product category, although the company has not announced firm plans or a new hardware product, aside from AR software for iPhones. An Apple spokesperson provided the the company's boilerplate statement when it makes an acquisition: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from t...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Nba, Cnbc, Newport Beach California, NextVR Apple


Meet the 20 most powerful WarnerMedia execs and their top deputies. Here are the leaders who will help HBO Max battle Netflix and define AT&T's TV future. (T)

WarnerMedia began a new chapter on Friday as CEO Jason Kilar stepped into the top job at the media company. Kilar's appointment draws to a close a nearly two-year executive shakeup that started when AT&T exec John Stankey began integrating the entertainment company into the broader telecom in June 2018. With Stankey going on to become AT&T's CEO, Kilar and his senior leadership team will be shaping WarnerMedia's future from here on out, including the critical launch of HBO Max this month.  Bus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Nbc, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Dwayne Johnson, Disney, US, NFL, Los Angeles, Trends


We identified the 48 most powerful execs at AT&T's WarnerMedia, which is launching its new flagship service HBO Max after solidifying its leadership structure (T)

WarnerMedia began a new chapter on Friday as CEO Jason Kilar stepped into the top job at the media company. Kilar's appointment draws to a close a nearly two-year executive shakeup that started when AT&T exec John Stankey began integrating the entertainment company into the broader telecom in June 2018. With Stankey going on to become AT&T's CEO, Kilar and his senior leadership team will be shaping WarnerMedia's future from here on out, including the critical launch of HBO Max this month.  Bus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Nbc, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Dwayne Johnson, Disney, US, NFL, Los Angeles, Trends


GM delays GMC Hummer EV debut

GM said Wednesday that it will postpone its upcoming reveal of a GMC-branded electric Hummer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hummer EV debut, which was scheduled to occur May 20, is the latest automotive event to be delayed in recent months due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Geneva Motor Show and Cadillac’s Lyriq reveals were also canceled or postponed. GM said it will reschedule the reveal and that development work on the GMC Hummer EV is “on track and undeterred.” Ea...
Tags: TC, Cars, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Gm, Nba, Super Bowl, Michigan, National Basketball Association, Lebron James, Detroit, Cadillac, Gmc, Hummer


Y Combinator graduate H1 closes on $12.9 million for its professional healthcare database

Just months after graduating from Y Combinator, href="https://h1insights.com/"> H1 Insights, the LinkedIn for the healthcare industry has raised $12.9 million in a new round of funding. “It’s a better way to connect the ecosystem,” says co-founder Ariel Katz. The company already has over 8 million profiles for healthcare professionals in its database and is generating multiple millions of dollars in revenue, according to Katz. The company said it’s seen 350% growth over the last year and alread...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, NFL, Linkedin, Tech, Nba, Menlo Ventures, Joe Montana, Cloudera, Baron Davis, Katz, Jeff Hammerbacher, Liquid 2 Ventures, Greg Yap, Ariel Katz, Menlo Ventures Other


'Animal Crossing' and the latest 'Call of Duty' dominated March as game sales spiked while millions sheltered at home (SNE, MSFT, NTDOY, EA, ATVI)

Video game consoles and games were in especially high demand in March, as the coronavirus pandemic forced millions of Americans to stay indoors. Sales of "video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards" topped $1.6 billion for the month, according to The NPD Group's monthly report — the biggest March for the game business in over a decade. Nintendo was the big winner, with its Switch console and "Animal Crossing" game topping the charts.  The Switch outsold the PlayStation 4 and Xb...
Tags: Google, Trends, Fifa, Nba, Nintendo, Mlb, Mario Kart, Persona, NPD Group, Madden NFL, Borderlands, Nioh, Nintendo Wii Nintendo, EA ATVI, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch Google


Lakers’ Dion Waiters opens up about depression, edibles incident

Dion Waiters signed with the Lakers on March 6, hoping to revive his stalled career – only to have the NBA season to stall out March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, the 28-year-old guard took a step forward Monday evening, opening up about past struggles with an entry on “The Players’ Tribune.” His was the first installment in a series called “24,” in which athletes “honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant by sharing 24 truths that have shaped their life.” Waiters, a Philadelphia na...
Tags: Google, Instagram, California, Sports, Memphis Grizzlies, Sport, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Nba, Miami, Philadelphia, Dior, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kobe Bryant, Miami Heat, Players Tribune


CS Soapbox: Should Other Films Follow Trolls World Tour to VOD?

BEGIN SLIDESHOW CS Soapbox: Should Other Films Follow Trolls World Tour to VOD? Trolls World Tour landed on VOD to a thunderous welcome. Audiences opened their wallets for the colorful DreamWorks sequel to the tune of a $50 million opening weekend gross, according to estimators who estimate this sorta thing. The successful launch reopens a hotly debated discussion: should studios release movies directly to VOD thereby skipping the theatrical release? Click here to rent Trolls World Tour...
Tags: Apple, Star Wars, Florida, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Movies, Amc, Marvel, Michael Bay, Disney, America, Netflix, Army, Nba, Dreamworks, Sandra Bullock


Security lapse exposed Clearview AI source code

Since it exploded onto the scene in January after a newspaper exposé, Clearview AI quickly became one of the most elusive, secretive and reviled companies in the tech startup scene. The controversial facial recognition startup allows its law enforcement users to take a picture of a person, upload it and match it against its alleged database of 3 billion images, which the company scraped from public social media profiles. But for a time, a misconfigured server exposed the company’s internal files...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Mark Zuckerberg, Real Estate, Privacy, Youtube, Cbs News, Government, New York City, Social Media, Tech, Law Enforcement, Artificial Intelligence, New York Times, New Jersey


Nifty Games raises $12M to shake up mobile sports gaming

Nifty Games is aiming to reshape the mobile gaming strategies of national sports leagues, partnering with associations like the NFL and NBA to publish officially licensed titles that the startup hopes can take better advantage of mobile gaming trends. The Bay Area games publisher announced Wednesday that they had recently closed a $12 million Series A round of fundraising led by March Capital Partners.  Defy Partners, aXiomatic Gaming, Vulcan Capital, Courtside Ventures, Transcend Fund, Century ...
Tags: TC, NFL, Tech, EA, Nba, Bay Area, Nifty, Wanat, MLB MLS NHL, Nifty Games, Jon Middleton, Pete Wanat, OneTeam Ventures


NBA star Kevin Durant’s former Bay Area home lists for $6M

A Bay Area home that Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant recently rented has been listed off market for $5.99 million.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Listings, Lifestyle, Nike, Radio, Lexus, Nba, Agent, Compass, Mercedes-benz, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Bay Area, Kevin Durant, Hennessy


11 gripping games Business Insider editors and writers can't stop playing, all available to download right now on consoles, phones, and computers

The option to download video games instead of buying physical copies has been available for years, but it's never been more relevant today. We shouldn't be going outside to stores unless we absolutely have to during this time. Buying a physical copy of a game doesn't really count as a necessity these days.  Downloading your games is your best bet when stuck in the house. Some avid gamers at Business Insider have chipped in the games they're playing and loving right now. The moment for gamers ...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Nba, Nintendo, Who, Zelda, WNBA, Nintendo Switch, Jen Gushue, Amir Ismael, Even the World Health Organization WHO, Danny Bakst, PC Mac Nintendo, Adam Burakowski, Commerce Monument Valley Android, Mac PC Nintendo


Digital Trends Live: T-Mobile/Sprint merger, NBA2K Tournament, Apple goes Dark

On this Digital Trends Live, we discuss the top tech news including T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger, and more.
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Trends, Sprint, T Mobile, Nba, Spring, T Mobile Sprint, Dt Live, Digital Trends Live


AI-powered news aggregator SmartNews has seen a huge spike in users who are downloading the app to read hyperlocal coronavirus coverage

SmartNews, an artificial-intelligence-powered news-aggregation app, says it's seeing an unprecedented spike in downloads during the coronavirus pandemic, with usage nearly doubling since the beginning of March. The company attributes the recent spike in interest to its close attention to the coronavirus outbreak — the company introduced a "coronavirus channel" that sorts out user-relevant reporting on the pandemic, including the user's location.  "This is just a remarkable moment in history, a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Japan, China, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Palo Alto, Tom Hanks, Nba, Tokyo, Silicon Valley


AI-powered news aggregator SmartNews has seen a huge spike in users who are downloading the app to read 'hyper-local' coronavirus coverage

Smart News, the AI-powered news aggregation app, says it's seeing an unprecedented spike in downloads in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with usage nearly doubling since the beginning of this month.  The company attributes the recent spike in interest to its close attention to the coronavirus outbreak — the company introduced a "coronavirus channel" that sorts out user-relevant reporting on the pandemic based on a variety of factors including the user's location.  "This is just a remarka...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, China, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Palo Alto, Tom Hanks, Nba, Tokyo


Despite pandemic, gaming is well-positioned to withstand recession

Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have led to a global economic downturn, but the gaming industry is booming. With hundreds of millions of people sequestered in their homes, game usage has spiked. And while the economic repercussions will persist after people cease physical distancing, gaming is positioned to fare well during a recession. Video game usage increased 75% during peak hours Video game usage during peak hours increased 75% in the first week many Americans began staying home, a...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Gaming, China, Tech, Monetization, Steam, Zynga, Nba, Scopely, National Basketball Association, Ubisoft, Nielsen, King, Growth, Video Game


How the coronavirus is impacting the advertising business as sports TV viewing evaporates, events are cancelled, and consumers stop spending

The coronavirus pandemic is upending the advertising business, along with other swaths of the economy. Here is a breakdown of how the pandemic is impacting advertising, from events cancellations to buzzy startups whose sales are tanking. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The advertising business has been upended by the coronavirus, along with other sectors of the global economy. Events and in-person pitch meetings have been cancelled, advertisers have hit the breaks in spend...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, Barack Obama, Trends, Fox, Nba, Hilton, Ncaa, Silicon Valley, Publicis, WPP, McCann, JPMorgan Chase, IPG


Amazon, Apple, and others are making shows, books, and sporting everts free to access online for users staying home during the coronavirus pandemic (AMZN, AAPL)

Companies like Amazon and Apple, and organizations including the NBA and NFL, are giving away free content while people are stuck at home. A third of Americans are now under some kind of shelter in place order due to the coronavirus. People who've been told to stay home and shelter in place are supposed to avoid leaving home except for essential purposes or work in a few specific sectors. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While stuck at home, people are finding ways to stay ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, China, US, NFL, Trends, Walmart, Italy, Nba, Carol, Thomas, Arthur, Roger, NBA League, VUDU, Amazon Apple


Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessey Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor How the coronavirus outbreak will stress-test startups Will unreliable research bury your healthcare startup? ...
Tags: Column, South Korea, Florida, Cdc, Stanford, West Virginia, Tech, Iran, Taiwan, Italy, Nba, Nashville, Kinsa, Imperial College London, Wells Fargo, Key Performance Indicators


Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning. Now, Helm.ai, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel. More than a doze...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Quora, Nba, Private Equity, Simulation, Uc-berkeley, Robinhood


NHL Attendance Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

When the Candian Press ran a story with the headline stating that NHL teams were trying to get fans to come to games instead of watching it on television, I couldn’t help but wonder if that were true or not. Why would the NHL in the last year of its national broadcast rights deal with NBC try and drive value away from what should be a record-setting deal for them? The underlying questions are: How has attendance faired in the NHL over the years? What’s the trend? Is there a reason for concer...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Disney, NFL, Sport, United States, Nba, Las Vegas, Hockey, NHL, Seattle, Archives, Calgary, New York Islanders, Islanders, Bruins


COVID-19 and the Rise Of Intermediate-Term Business and Marketing Planning in 2020

Photo by  John Gibbons  on  Unsplash Phrases like "medium-term" and "intermediate-term" have been lost from our business lexicon, it seems. According to Google Trends, searches for these keyphrases have declined 50% or more in the past 15 years. But 2020 is going to be the year intermediate-term planning becomes necessary. Now is an excellent time to consider what that may mean for preparing and managing your business for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Back when I went to school, we...
Tags: Google, Cdc, US, Seo, Gartner, Nba, John Gibbons, Augie Ray, Johns Hopkins Covid, Worldometer


The coronavirus crisis is likely going to last for months. Here are 5 key business stories to watch.

Hello! First off, I hope you're all as healthy as can be, both physically and mentally. It now seems clear that the coronavirus crisis and ensuing shutdown is going to last for several months at least, and so I've been trying to adjust my thinking this week to reflect that getting through this is going to be a marathon, rather than the sprint I was initially preparing myself for.  The team here, like many of you, have been jumping on Google Hangouts and Zoom calls to talk through what's going o...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, NFL, Trends, New York Times, Nba, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Upper East Side, Warby Parker, Trump, Bridgewater



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