Miko Robotics acquires majority stake in AI chess startup, Square Off

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Square Off charmed us at CES 2019, when the startup showed off its robotic chess board at our Hardware Battlefield event. Watching the pieces move on their own, courtesy of underlying AI, grabbed the attention of a jaded crowd of showgoers. This morning, it takes the next step in the startup lifecycle, as Bay Area-based […]

Miko Robotics acquires majority stake in AI chess startup, Square Off by Brian Heater originally published on TechCrunch

As 3D printing merger closes, MakerBot CEO steps up and Ultimaker CEO steps down

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Following this week’s closing of the Ultimaker/MakerBot merger, the combined company is announcing a new name. The entity will be known as [drumroll please] UltiMaker. As far as merged names go, it’s not a particularly exciting one. The new company name is UltiMaker, with a camelcased “M” to acknowledge MakerBot’s place in all of this. […]

As 3D printing merger closes, MakerBot CEO steps up and Ultimaker CEO steps down by Brian Heater originally published on TechCrunch

eBay is acquiring trading card marketplace TCGplayer for up to $295M

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eBay is acquiring TCGplayer, an online marketplace for collectible trading card games, in a deal valued up to $295 million, the company announced on Monday. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023. eBay says the acquisition furthers its commitment to trading card enthusiasts…

Twitter asks shareholders to approve the $44 billion Elon Musk takeover

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Twitter’s board wants the $44 billion Elon Musk takeover completed, which is why it’s asking its shareholders to approve the deal, according to a new regulatory filing. The board states in the document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday that it “unanimously recommends that you vote (for) the adoption of the…

Why more funding equates more peace of mind for TRIPP and its users

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LA-born startup TRIPP doesn’t want the metaverse to be a mere “shopping mall for virtual consumers,” its founder Nanea Reeves told TechCrunch. Instead, Reeves’ company is envisioning a metaverse experience that can “deepen connection to self, facilitate mental well-being and enable personal and collective transformation.” TRIPP’s vision for a mindful metaverse is already a (virtual)…

Snap snaps up database developer KeyDB to make its infrastructure more snappy

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As Snapchat’s app continues to grow, the company is turning to the open source community to help further improve its technology infrastructure. This morning, Snap announced it’s acquiring the Toronto-based KeyDB, the developer of an open-source, high-performance database, for an undisclosed sum. The startup’s six-person team, including its co-founders John Sully and Ben Schermel, will…