- A + A NEW YORK (June 28): The National Basketball Association (NBA) is investing in Zigazoo Inc as the kids' social network gets more deeply involved with sports and media properties. The funding round values the company around US$100 million, according to a person familiar with the matter. Venture capital firm Liberty City Ventures led the US$17 million investment, which was joined by Causeway Media Partners, Dapper Labs Inc, German media company OneFootball GmbH, Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands Corp, and social-media personalities Charli and Dixie D'Amelio. Existing investors include late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and tennis star Serena Williams' venture fund. Zigazoo is a TikTok-like video-sharing app for children that orchestrates challenges and activities for kids in short clips, while responses can be shared with friends in the social network. Chief executive officer Zak Ringelstein declined to share revenue figures but said most of its sales come from in-app … [Read more...] about NBA invests in celebrity-backed kids’ social network Zigazoo
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Humans love telling things what to do. Anything we can establish, predict, and control — from computers to factories — we can program to get reliable, useful results. Biotechnology has matured to the point where scientists increasingly regard living cells as programmable, but not everyone agrees with using that term. By tinkering with and editing their genes to create all kinds of useful new products, molecules, chemicals and materials at scale, leaders in this field of synthetic biology promise to fundamentally reinvent the way we make things, driven by new and emerging techniques for editing DNA and the seemingly limitless productive potential of biology. Companies like Zymergen, Amyris AMRS , and Gingko Bioworks are some of those advancing this concept, which has become a basic tenet among many in biotech. "The core idea behind synthetic biology is that biology is fundamentally programmable, because it runs on digital … [Read more...] about Biotech Says It Can Program Life To Make New Stuff. Is That True?
Former President Trump is appealing the dismissal of the lawsuit he filed after Twitter permanently banned him in the wake of the January 6 attack. The suit, which argued that Twitter’s action violated his free speech rights, was dismissed last month by U.S. District Judge James Donato. Today, Trump filed a notice of appeal in San Francisco, meaning that Trump v. Twitter will go before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and his and Twitter’s lawyers will face off once again. advertisement Trump’s lawsuit argues that Democrats “coerced” Twitter into deplatforming him as political retribution. Judge Donato rejected the claim that Jack Dorsey, then Twitter’s CEO, “willful[ly] participat[ed] in joint activity with federal actors to censor” Trump. This kept Trump cut off from his account’s almost 89 million followers. Ultimately, he also lost his Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and Twitch accounts for violating their policies against encouraging or … [Read more...] about Trump’s war on Twitter ban continues with appeal of lawsuit dismissal
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Sam Yoshida is VP and GM of the Business Information Communications Group for Canon USA and Vice Chairman of Canon Solutions America (CSA). May was Small Business Month, a time to recognize the resiliency and contributions of America’s entrepreneurs. While most businesses have faced immense change during the pandemic, a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau indicated that roughly half of all small businesses reported a significant decline in business over the past two years, especially as a result of dispersed employment. In many ways, ongoing change has forced small businesses to become more agile and connected to their employees and partners as they help them thrive through difficult times. Thankfully, new technology can make this task easier. Here are a few tech considerations for your small business checklist. Get in the cloud. Cloud adoption accelerated during the pandemic as businesses shifted … [Read more...] about Three Tech Considerations To Refresh Your Small Business
ROME, June 28 (Xinhua) -- The Italy-China Foundation and the Italy-China Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday combined into a single entity, Italy China Council Foundation (ICCF), consolidating the main Italian entities promoting private sector economic ties between the two countries. According to Mario Boselli, former head of Italy-China Foundation who will serve as the president of ICCF, the merger will help usher in a new and resilient period of trade between Italy and China. "Trade between Italy and China has been vibrant for many years and I am confident it will only grow stronger over time," Boselli told Xinhua in an interview, predicting that the Italian export sectors most likely to see a post-pandemic recovery were food and wine, high-end fashion products and design. Before Tuesday's merger, both the Italy-China Foundation, which was founded in 2003, and the Italy-China Chamber of Commerce -- founded in 1970, worked to promote private sector commercial ties between the two … [Read more...] about Italy China Council Foundation unveiled after two organizations merge
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Your job doesn't fulfill you anymore, so you decide to pursue something more meaningful. You start to put your feelers out for new roles and even snag a couple of interviews. But, after a few weeks, your workload doubles, and you begin to lose focus. At this point, you're so exhausted from work and personal commitments that looking for a job starts to take a backseat. It’s a common predicament. Nobody enjoys looking for a job—especially when you already have one. While you may not be thrilled with your current role, searching for a new position is challenging. For one thing, there’s the time commitment. If you’re buried in projects and consistently worn out, how are you supposed to find time to look for a job? And then there’s the stealth factor. You don’t necessarily want your employer to find out you’re searching for opportunities outside the company. Finally, you may not even be sure what you're looking for, making the job … [Read more...] about How To Look For A Job While Working Full-Time
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Automation is the key to unlock large, sustainable advantage in firms across sectors.. Big data can be a big nothing without a strategic automation approach. On one hand, we’re in a heady time of information richness, with unprecedented volumes of data on everything from equipment performance to consumer social-media behavior ( more than half of all global citizens are on social media ). But without thoughtful automation – the use of machines and algorithms to handle, process, and analyze available data – your business will lose out on large potential opportunity. Done well, automation transforms “dead” big data into a living, breathing resource you can use to drive value. So it’s no surprise many businesses aim to automate anything that can be automated , as one top Google exec said recently. To help you think about automation in your business context, I present the three main ways this technology-driven … [Read more...] about Automation Is Critical For Your Business – But Use With Care (Part One)
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Candid patients receive custom aligners and orthodontist-designed digitally mediated treatment ... [+] plans. Candid What started as two twentysomethings’ desire to bring straight teeth to everyone is turning into a better way to do braces, especially with a mouthful of new cash. Candid is an orthodontics company that gives customers the power to buy a clear orthodontist-created alignment plan online—at 65% less than traditional braces . In 2012, recent Stanford grad and Lyft special operations employee Nick Greenfield had dental insurance for the first time in his life, providing him the opportunity to finally get his teeth straightened. When he realized this molar movement would cost some thousands of dollars, he decided to build a low-cost alternative. Inspired by the success of Warby Parker, Casper and other direct-to-consumer disruptors, he had the idea to do just that for braces. Looking … [Read more...] about Something To Smile About: Candid Raises $63 Million To Be The Warby Parker Of Braces
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Crypto may be down, but Jack Lu and Zhouxun Yin are continuing to build. The cofounders of Magic Eden, the top Solana SOL -based NFT marketplace by market share, announced today the close of a $130 million Series B venture round. The added capital brings the company’s valuation up to $1.6 billion and is one of the first major investments to be announced since the recent crypto plunge that saw bitcoin fall below $20,000 and ether drop under $1,000. Magic Eden now becomes the third NFT marketplace to achieve unicorn status alongside $13 billion OpenSea and $7 billion LooksRare. The funding was co-led by Electric Capital and Greylock and it comes three months after the company announced its $27 million Series A in March 2022. “Magic Eden’s ability to keep pace and drive innovation in a rapidly evolving NFT market is extremely impressive,” said Avichal Garg, cofounder and managing partner at Electric Capital. “They … [Read more...] about Billion Dollar NFT Marketplace Magic Eden Raises $130 Million Despite Signs Of Crypto Winter
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Jesse Redniss is CEO & Co-Founder of Qonsent , the first data privacy enablement and engagement platform built for consumers and brands. The race to comply with data privacy laws is top of mind for advertisers and marketers these days with things like clean rooms becoming a hot topic seemingly overnight. This is fallout from “the demise of third-party cookies and identifiers” and the data void they’re leaving behind. This means the third-party data they already have needs to be scrubbed clean to not only ensure that consumer data is private ( and protected ) but that it’s also the right data they should be tracking and leveraging for related campaigns. In other words, there’s no reason why a brand needs to have your Social Security number or other personal identifiable information ( PII ) on file, especially if you didn’t give direct, first-party consent for them to do so. And herein lies the … [Read more...] about Are Clean Rooms The Answer To Data Privacy And A Killer Customer Experience?