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Visit Peter Barrett, co-founder of Playground Global, today at 11:00 am PT TechCrunch for questions and answers

Playground Global has keep an eye on the future. A quick look at the investment firm’s portfolio shows a broad list of assets that include robotics, autonomous driving, neural network, quantum computing, 3D metallic printing, and gene therapy. Playground GlobalCEO Barrett will join us on Extra Crunch Live to chat about these categories and more at 2 p.m. EDT / …

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YC Alaun Paragon receives $ 2.5 million for TechCrunch low-code app integration platform

Low code is a hot category these days. It helps companies create workflows or simple applications without programming knowledge and frees up valuable technical resources for more important projects. Paragon, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2020 cohort, today announced a $ 2.5 million launch round for its low-code application integration platform. Investors are Y combinator, Village Global, Global …

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Roblox jumps to over 150 million monthly users and will pay out $ 250 million to developers in 2020 – TechCrunch

Gaming platform Roblox, The company, which has seen an increase in usage due to the coronavirus pandemic, now has over 150 million active users per month, up from 115 million announced in February before the U.S. shelter-in-place orders came into effect occurred. The company also said that its developer community is on track to make over $ 250 million in …

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CES cancels Las Vegas event, only goes online – TechCrunch

CES 2020 was just under the wire before COVID-19 reached a real international pandemic level. And to date, the show’s governing body, the CTA, has been planning to keep their records uninterrupted. However, today CEO Gary Shapiro announced on video that the event in Las Vegas was canceled. Instead, the CES 2021 will follow the example of the rest of …

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NASA unveils the astronauts who will fly on SpaceX’s second operational Dragon Dragon spacecraft mission – TechCrunch

NASA and SpaceX We plan to complete the final SpaceX astronaut spacecraft demonstration mission later this week, but are already looking forward to Crew-2 – Crew Dragon’s second operational flight, currently scheduled for next spring. The agency revealed the four people who will fly aboard this launch, including two NASA astronauts, one from the Japanese Aerospace Research Agency (JAXA) and …

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Teespring’s comeback story – TechCrunch

From layoffs in 2017 to doubling sales in 2020 Startup stories are often too reduced – an entrepreneur dreams up an idea, grabs a few co-founders, collects a little money and presto: success and wealth. It is almost never true. Even breakout successes like Slack, which feel straightforward, have complicated stories. The most valuable startups include hidden crises and disappointing …

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Lucid Motors’ all-electric air will have 32 sensors, including Lidar to support hands-free freeway driving – TechCrunch

Lucid Motors charges its first electric vehicle with hardware – Dozens of sensors, a driver monitoring system and an Ethernet-based architecture – for an advanced driver assistance system that is supposed to reach and even surpass its competitors. According to Lucid, who launched their advanced driver assistance system DreamDrive as a brand, there will be a total of 32 sensors. …

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Advertima Receives $ 17.5 Million for Computer Vision-Based Behavioral Analytics for In-Store Retail – TechCrunch

The Swiss computer vision startup Advertima has launched a Series A worth 15 million euros (~ 17.5 million US dollars) to build a machine learning platform for retail stores that enables the shopping experience with real-time analysis of the Buyer behavior can be improved. The round is led by the existing shareholder Fortimo Group, a Swiss real estate company. Powered …

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