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7/26/2021

NotCo, a startup that makes plant-based meat and dairy alternatives, has raised $235 million in a new funding round that values the company at $1.5 billion. The company has raised more than $350 million thus far from a large group of investors that includes Danny Meyer's EHI, Bezos Expeditions and musician Questlove.

7/23/2021

A Reddit poster has leaked preliminary pricing details for products expected to debut at the Samsung Unpacked event on Aug. 11. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 are among the products that will reportedly be unveiled.

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7/22/2021

Repurposing a home theater for remote work can boost engagement during virtual meetings, events and presentations. "Using a digital platform with video and watching this on a large screen makes you feel like you're there," notes Brightcove's Namita Dhallan.

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TechRepublic
7/22/2021

A library situated between rival gangs' territory in South Africa is built from shipping containers joined with plywood and sheet metal. Despite a leaky roof, "it offers a safe space to escape the harsh realities of daily life and to explore different worlds in the pages of thousands of donated second-hand books," and its membership has grown from 30 to more than 700, with "more than 2,000 books, ranging from Afrikaans romantic novels to popular crime thrillers, modern classics and reference guides to local flora and fauna."

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National Public Radio
7/21/2021

Amazon has rolled out the Fire TV Experience update to legacy devices, including its Fire TV Stick, Fire TVs and sound bars. The update revamps the user interface and allows up to six user profiles with custom settings and apps.

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7/20/2021

The global chip shortage is sending smartphone prices higher and contributing to a slowdown in shipments, with the majority of manufacturers other than Apple experiencing issues. Research firm Strategy Analytics reports that wholesale prices rose globally by an average of 5% between April and June.

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7/20/2021

Native Voice, which makes software development kits to help device manufacturers incorporate third-party voice assistant support, has raised $14 million in its seed round. John Goscha, Native Voice's CEO, notes, "audio device manufacturers wanted to have all the voice services on their device, but they had a hard time doing deals with each brand one at a time and integrating one at a time, adding, "We needed a software layer -- infrastructure if you will -- connecting these two groups."

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VentureBeat
7/19/2021

Gaming companies such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Monolith are addressing diversity in gaming by designing artificial intelligence that is more inclusive and representative. Electronic Arts' Uma Jayaram notes that video games offer "a place where people spend time and form rich experiences that loop back into the collective sense of self and community," adding that gaming can "bring in diversity in two ways: in the teams designing and architecting these worlds, and in the worlds being created and the denizens that inhabit them."

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The Guardian (London)
7/19/2021

TikTok is becoming a leading product recommendation engine for Generation Z and driving brand sellouts because "the everyday person's voice is not drowned out by celebrities and big brands with deep pockets," writes Emily Johnson. Individuals who frequent popular influencers also are driven to curated Amazon pages highlighting everything viewable in a video from fashion to decor that make it easy to "watch, spend and hashtag #tiktokmademebuyit."

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7/19/2021

Sisters Jennifer and Michele Kaminski launched their Miami-based ghost kitchen concept 2 Korean Girls last year, developing the menu with help from their restaurateur mom. In this podcast they talk about growing a digital restaurant concept and share plans for future growth.

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Restaurant Business