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Amazon announces Luna game-streaming platform

At its Devices and Services event, Amazon launched its own cloud gaming competitor to Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud. It’s called Luna. The company is launching the product in early access a

With Goat Capital, Justin Kan and Robin Chan want to keep founding alongside the right teams

Justin Kan and Robin Chan have each been angel investing for more than a decade. They’re starting a new fund together now, though, to stay involved as cofounders of more startups. Goat Capital is a

Meet the final round judges who will decide the winner of this year’s Disrupt Battlefield Competition

It’s never easy, deciding which of the 20 companies that make it into the Disrupt Battlefield Competition will be anointed its winner. There’s just so much at stake each year, and at Disru

Daily Crunch: India bans PUBG and other Chinese apps

India continues to crack down on Chinese apps, Microsoft launches a deepfake detector and Google offers a personalized news podcast. This is your Daily Crunch for September 2, 2020. The big story: Ind

Twitch launches Watch Parties to all creators worldwide

Twitch is doubling down on making its site more than just a place for livestreaming gaming video. Last fall, the Amazon-owned company began testing a new feature called “Watch Parties,” wh

Amazon brings Twitch’s live streams to its Amazon Music app

Amazon is leveraging its investment in live-streaming site Twitch to expand its Amazon Music service. The company announced this morning Twitch’s live streams will now be available in the Amazon

VCs, celebrities and athletes are writing a new LA story to bring women’s soccer to the city

When Upfront Ventures partner Kara Nortman first met Natalie Portman a few years ago to talk about ways their nonprofit organizations All Raise and Time’s Up could collaborate, she never realize

Amazon Influencer Program opens to live streamers for broadcasting to Amazon Live

Amazon is giving live streamers a new way to earn commissions on purchases of products showcased in their streams. The company is today adding live streaming to its existing Amazon Influencer Program,

Trump’s account is back on Twitch following ‘hateful conduct’ suspension

It’s been two weeks since Reddit and Twitch made key moves to ban political content over service violations. As Twitch noted at the time, its suspension of the official Trump account was just tempor

Coronavirus impact sends app downloads, usage and consumer spending to record highs in Q2

As the world continued to cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the second quarter of 2020 became the largest yet for mobile app downloads, usage and consumer spending. According to new da

Twitch breaks records again in Q2, topping 5B total hours watched

Twitch had already broken viewership records in the first quarter of 2020 amid coronavirus lockdowns, surpassing 3 billion total hours watched in a single quarter for the first time. In the second qua

Contrary Capital wants to invest in the next big tech mafia

Contrary Capital, which has raised money from Tesla, Reddit, SoFi and Twitch, knows a thing or two about how to work with tech’s brightest mafias. Now it wants to invest in them, before anyone else.

Trump suspended from Twitch, as Reddit bans the ‘The_Donald’ and additional subreddits

Two big new pieces of news today from the ongoing battle between social media and politics. Both Twitch and Reddit have made moves against political content, citing violations of terms of service. Twi

What went wrong with Quibi?

Two months after Quibi’s high-profile launch as a short-form mobile-native TV app led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, it is evident the startup is greatly underperforming relative to the hund

In-game app-development platform Overwolf acquires CurseForge assets from Twitch to get into mods

Overwolf, the in-game app-development toolkit and marketplace, has acquired Twitch’s CurseForge assets to provide a marketplace for modifications to complement its app development business. Sinc

Twitch launches its own free broadcasting software for Mac users

Back in November of last year, Twitch rolled out a beta build of Twitch Studio — a free, straightforward broadcasting app meant to be the first step for anyone curious about streaming on the ser

Learn how to ‘nail it before you scale it’ with Floodgate’s Ann Miura-Ko at TC Early Stage SF

The countdown has begun for the virtual curtain to open on our inaugural, two-day, virtual TC Early Stage SF on July 21 and 22, and with speakers like Ann Miura-Ko talking about building a minimum via

Wave opens the door for musicians looking for a ‘metaverse’ beyond Fortnite

About two years before a recording of Marshmello took to a pixelated stage in Fortnite to make untold millions of dollars in virtual merchandise sales and usher in a new era of digital entertainment,

Sony reschedules PS5 event for June 11th

After an indefinite postponement last week, Sony’s PlayStation 5 event is officially back on. The event has been rescheduled for a live stream on June 11 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time according to a t

This Week in Apps: Protests impact app stores, FTC fines app developer, kids’ app trends

This week we're taking a look at how the civil unrest and George Floyd protests played out across the app stores. The events led some apps to surge, and even break records.
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