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Eaze’s struggles reflect falling VC interest in cannabis startups
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Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Eaze, a well-known cannabis-focused startup, is struggling to stay in business amidst a cash crunch, leadership turmoil, banking issues and a business model pivot. It’s a compelling, critical read. The news, however, […]

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Apple, DoJ Grapple Over Cracking Terrorist's iPhones
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Apple and the DoJ are at it again. This time it’s over cracking a brace of iPhones owned by the Saudi Air Force cadet who killed three sailors in a shooting spree last month at the naval air station in Pensacola, Florida. At a news conference to announce the findings of an investigation into the […]

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Guess Which Studio Received the Most Oscar Nominations?
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When video-on-demand service first appeared in the 1990s, who would have thought that the future of entertainment would undergo a tectonic shift from the public to private and that the smallest of screens would bring the biggest of revenues, not to speak of accolades from the fans and the connoisseurs. Netflix, which began operations as […]

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On eve of PS5, Sony confirms it will skip E3 for second year in a row
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Enlarge / E3 won’t happen with an official Sony presence this year. (credit: Aurich Lawson / PlayStation) On Monday, Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed that it will, for the second year in a row, not attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The news came in a statement sent to Ars Technica by a SIE representative: After thorough […]

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Have we hit peak smartphone?
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Last Halloween, we broke down some “good news” from a Canalys report: the smartphone industry saw one-percent year-over-year growth — not exactly the sort of thing that sparks strong consumer confidence. In short, 2019 sucked for smartphones, as did the year before. After what was nearly an ascendant decade, sales petered off globally with few […]

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Stephen Colbert is producing an animated news spoof for CBS All Access
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CBS thinks it has a clever way to draw more people to All Access besides more Star Trek: have one of its best-known personalities produce a show with a unique format. The talk show host is executive producing Tooning Out the News, an animated series…

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The Witcher’s Netflix success: How three timelines somehow became cohesive
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Enlarge / Netflix’s version of The Witcher exercises wiggle room with three types of source material. For the series’ spread of main characters, that’s good news. (credit: Netflix) The Witcher is Netflix’s surprise hit of the year, a series that seemed from the outset an unlikely-to-succeed adaptation greenlit in the foolish hope of finding the […]

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This Week in Apps: Apple’s record holiday, Pokémon Go’s staying power, a spying tool gets the boot
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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever with a record 203 billion downloads in 2019 and $119 billion in consumer spending, according to preliminary year-end data […]

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Terry Cavanagh Releases Source Code For VVVVVV On GitHub
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The source code for acclaimed 2D puzzle platformer VVVVVV has been released by creator Terry Cavanagh to celebrate the title’s 10th anniversary. Gamasutra reports: Breaking to news in a blog post, Cavanagh explained the code fro both the desktop and mobile versions of the game can now be grabbed over on Github, and confessed that […]

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