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Zenith VR MMO Team Raises $10 Million; New Oculus Hardware Leaks

The Information | Sept. 27, 2021, 3 p.m.

Ramen VR, a small game studio based in the Bay Area, has raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Makers Fund, with participation from Dune Ventures and Anthos Capital. The funding round comes as the small (12 full-timers) studio prepares to launch Zenith: The Last City, a VR title that follows in the footsteps of massively multiplayer online games (or MMOs) like World of Warcraft and Destiny. Zenith will come to Oculus Quest, PlayStation VR and PC VR.MMOs haven’t caught on in VR yet, and the overlap between the genre and the concept of the metaverse is not lost on Ramen. Greater ambitions aside, Zenith is also notable for the way Ramen has built up a loyal community ahead of the game’s launch, even recruiting some of the project’s followers as new developers.

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ADDING MULTIMEDIA Phiar Technologies Secures $12 Million Series A and Names Google Head of Android Automotive Platforms as CEO

Business Wire | Sept. 27, 2021, 1:09 p.m.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phiar Technologies, a market leader in AI-powered Augmented Reality navigation for driving, today announced the close of a new $12 million Series A funding round and the hiring of new CEO Gene Karshenboym, formerly Google's Global Head of Android Automotive Platforms. The new Series A fund was led by State Farm Ventures that includes new investors Cambridge Mobile Telematics and Telenav, and previous investors Norwest Venture Partners, The Venture Reality

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Roblox settles NMPA lawsuit, paving path to music in the metaverse

VentureBeat | Sept. 27, 2021, 2:53 p.m.

A $200 million lawsuit from the NMPA vanishes with a new agreement that gives publishers the chance to make individual deals with Roblox.

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Jeff Bezos doubles time with Blue Origin to focus more on his space company

CNBC | Sept. 27, 2021, 2:43 p.m.

Jeff Bezos has called Blue Origin his life's most important work — and the hours he is devoting to the space company are growing.

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Ericsson evolves focus with fresh branding, company vision

Fierce Wireless | Sept. 27, 2021, 1:18 p.m.

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Phiar Technologies Secures $12 Million Series A and Names Google Head of Android Automotive Platforms as CEO

Business Wire | Sept. 27, 2021, 11:01 a.m.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phiar Technologies, a market leader in AI-powered Augmented Reality navigation for driving, today announced the close of a new $12 million Series A funding round and the hiring of new CEO Gene Karshenboym, formerly Google's Global Head of Android Automotive Platforms. The new Series A fund was led by State Farm Ventures that includes new investors Cambridge Mobile Telematics and Telenav, and previous investors Norwest Venture Partners, The Venture Reality

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ONF launches Ananki to focus on private 5G for enterprise

Fierce Wireless | Sept. 27, 2021, 1:06 p.m.

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How IT managers plan to deal with rapidly growing API complexity

VentureBeat | Sept. 27, 2021, 2:40 p.m.

Enterprises that build APIs within a few days are likely to launch more digital projects annually, while others may take weeks or months.

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Facebook Is Delaying 'Instagram Kids' Amid Criticism

New York Times | Sept. 27, 2021, 1:25 p.m.

The social media giant said it still wanted to build a child-focused Instagram product but would postpone the plans in the face of criticism.

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The pandemic problems that boosters won’t solve

Technology Review | Sept. 27, 2021, 7:02 a.m.

The US booster program is about to get underway, after the CDC backed additional shots for a large swathe of the American public. The agency now recommends that people aged 65 years and older, adults in long-term care and those over 50 with underlying medical conditions should get a third Pfizer/BioNTech shot. (Those whose first…

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Indonesia Connected Trucks Telematics Market Report 2021: Partnerships Across Verticals Will Nurture Innovative Solutions, Increase Telematics Adoption, and Boost Business Growth - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Business Wire | Sept. 27, 2021, 9:37 a.m.

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Indonesian Connected Trucks Telematics Market Growth Opportunities, 2021" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This research service performs a comprehensive analysis of the Indonesian connected trucks telematics market and analyzes the current market and compares it with the anticipated future market scenario, taking into consideration industry KPIs and the micro and macroeconomic growth trends in play. The study also discusses customer perc

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Finally, a search engine that optimizes B2B search results

TechHQ | Sept. 27, 2021, 12:50 p.m.

Zimmi's B2B search engine is expected to allow businesses to have the opportunity to improve their search results, especially in solving their supply chain issues. The post Finally, a search engine that optimizes B2B search results appeared first on TechHQ.

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Increase EV range 5 to 12% by reducing losses using AI transistor control to increase switching speeds

Charged EVs | Sept. 27, 2021, 12:27 p.m.

Pre-Switch is pioneering AI to control power transistors in order to increase inverter switching speeds to new highs. This will reduce motor losses enabling greater EV range. So far, the company has demonstrated an Inverter efficiency of over 99.3% peak efficiency at 100kHz using low only 3 cost SiC 35mΩ MOSFETs. Join this session at... Read more »

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SEC asks companies to detail climate change's impact on operations

Supply Chain Dive | Sept. 27, 2021, 11 a.m.

Businesses across a range of industries are being pressed for more information as the agency prepares a proposed rule on climate disclosure.  

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The Secret War Over Pentagon Aid in Fighting Wildfires

New York Times | Sept. 27, 2021, 12:34 p.m.

The military’s satellites excel at spotting new blazes, but for decades they have been mostly off limits to civilian firefighters.

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Worldwide Commercial Insurance Industry to 2028 - Adoption of Advanced Technology in Commercial Insurance Presents Opportunities - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Business Wire | Sept. 27, 2021, 7:04 a.m.

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Commercial Insurance Market By Type, Distribution Channel Enterprise Size and Industry Vertical: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2028" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. A commercial insurance plan offers various types of insurance policies such as liability insurance, fire insurance, burglary insurance, plant & machinery insurance, business insurance, and others. Moreover, these insurance policies are specially

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Can the EU-US tech pact hold up against France hostility?

TechHQ | Sept. 27, 2021, 10:50 a.m.

The EU and US will this week embark on a tricky effort to deepen ties on tech regulation, but with France resisting the project in the wake of a row with Washington over a submarine deal. High-level talks will begin in the US city of Pittsburgh on Wednesday despite efforts by Paris to delay the... Read more »The post Can the EU-US tech pact hold up against France hostility? appeared first on TechHQ.

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Fall Guys gets a timely Super Monkey Ball costume

VentureBeat | Sept. 27, 2021, 2:04 p.m.

Sega and Mediatonic have teamed up to bring a special costume to Fall Guys, this time celebrating the 20th anniversary of Monkey Ball.

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Amazon Connect cloud contact center gets voice ID authentication

VentureBeat | Sept. 27, 2021, 1:56 p.m.

AWS has added a some notable new features to its Amazon Connect contact center platform, including voice ID to authenticate callers.

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U-Haul Offers Its Team Life-Changing Financial Wellness Benefit

Business Wire | Sept. 27, 2021, 8 a.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U-Haul Offers Its Team Life-Changing Financial Wellness Benefit. Ramsey Solutions’ SmartDollar Program.

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BMW 330e named Best Company Car 2022 by Parkers

Fleet News | Sept. 27, 2021, 10:21 a.m.

The BMW 330e has been named Best Company Car in the Parkers New Car Awards 2022, in partnership with Fleet News.

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