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Daily Crunch: Raba Partnership leads $2.1M seed round for African fintech startup Thepeer

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Blockchain gaming unfazed by crypto volatility as gamers ‘seek out entertainment’

While the crypto industry was in freefall over the past few months, web3 games remained fairly stable.

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Activision Blizzard shareholders reject board seat for employees

As Activision Blizzard faces numerous sexual harassment lawsuits and investigations, employee activists have rallied to get a seat on the company...

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A group of Activision Blizzard workers vote to unionize

After months of organizing, the quality assurance testers at Raven Software, a division of gaming giant Activision Blizzard, have voted to unionize....

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Daily Crunch: In latest earnings release, Twitter admits to miscounting users for the second time

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Activision Blizzard stockholders vote in favor of $68.7B sale to Microsoft

The all-cash transaction values the company at $95 per share, but investors have worried that the FTC could pull the plug on the deal due to...

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NLRB rules Activision Blizzard’s first union at Raven Software can vote for recognition

When the Game Workers Alliance filed for an election, Activision Blizzard tried to block the election by claiming that any union must include all 230...

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An Apple Store in Atlanta is the first to file for a union election

Apple retail workers in Atlanta became the first US Apple store workers to reach a crucial step in the formal unionization process: filing for a...

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Sheryl Sandberg under fire for trying to kill a story about her ex, the CEO of Activision Blizzard

Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg intervened on then-boyfriend Bobby Kotick's behalf to stop the Daily Mail from publishing an unflattering story.

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Activision Blizzard flip flops on vaccination policies as employees walk out

At least 117 employees staged a walkout demanding that the company make work from home an open, equitable option for employees.

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Netflix, PayPal, Adobe and others join tech companies suspending business in Russia

Numerous tech companies are joining the growing list of tech brands that are suspending their operations in Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine. The...

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Tripledot snaps up $116M at a $1.4B valuation as casual mobile games become serious business

Casual mobile games have reached a fever pitch of interest with consumers, and so too with investors, who are rushing to back the biggest and most...

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Microsoft says it will open up the Xbox store in light of the Activision Blizzard deal

Microsoft is working to warm lawmakers up to its plans to bring a collection of the world’s most popular video games under its wing. The...

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Daily Crunch: Citrix to be acquired by Vista and Evergreen/Elliott in $16.5B all-cash deal

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Blizzard is working on a brand new survival game that could define its next era

It might still be in the headlines every day for organizational chaos, union busting and being part of the biggest gaming acquisition ever, but...

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Activision Blizzard won’t voluntarily recognize the historic Raven Software QA union

Last week, quality assurance testers at Activision Blizzard division Raven Software formed the first union at a major U.S. gaming company, comprising...

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Daily Crunch: IBM sells off Watson Health unit to private equity firm Francisco Partners

I normally try to bring some pep to my little intros in this missive. But today I am going to avoid astruturning my own mood to simply say, hey,...

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Raven Software testers at Activision Blizzard form the first union at a major US gaming company

Today, Raven Software’s quality assurance (QA) department — which mostly works on “Call of Duty” as part of Activision...

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Why Microsoft’s $2T+ market cap makes its $68B Activision buy a cheap bet

Wth a market cap just over $2 trillion, Microsoft has vast resources to invest in the most logical parts of its business.

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Daily Crunch: ​​In an all-cash deal, Microsoft will buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7B

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Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Gaming giant Activision Blizzard, under the gun from investors over sexual harassment controversies and ongoing executive turmoil, has pulled the...

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Gift Guide: Extremely Online books

If you can't read a good book without stopping every few pages to tweet about it, you might be what we call Extremely Online. You unabashedly...

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Big Cartel staff are voluntarily recognized as the latest tech workers union

Yesterday, e-commerce company Big Cartel’s co-founders Matt Wigham and Eric Turner voluntarily recognized the Big Cartel Workers Union. After...

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Is China building the metaverse?

A heated debate is going on about the race between the United States and China to dominate in AI. But perhaps the more strategic question is whether...

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Arctic Wolf acquires ‘Hollywood-style’ cybersecurity training startup Habitu8

Arctic Wolf, a managed cybersecurity company that offers a “security operations-as-a-concierge” service, has acquired Habitu8, a security...

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Activision Blizzard confirms SEC investigation, loses chief legal officer

The consequences are mounting for gaming giant Activision Blizzard after the company became the subject of a landmark state investigation into...

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Maestro nets $15 million for its interactive commerce, community and engagement tools for livestreams

Making money on livestreams has never been easier thanks to a suite of tools from the Los Angeles-based startup Maestro, which just nabbed $15...

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Activision Blizzard workers will stage a walkout after ‘abhorrent’ response to harassment suit

One of the world’s biggest video game companies is reeling after a state discrimination and sexual harassment suit kicked off a firestorm of...

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