21 Jan 2022

Google Finally Pushes Into Blockchain and Crypto — Is the Metaverse Next?

It was only six months ago that Google began accepting ads for cryptocurrency wallets, loosening a 2-year-old crypto ban that had only allowed a few well-regulated exchanges onto its ad platform. Now, it’s building a new blockchain division and teaming up with crypto firms including the Coinbase exchange and payment processor

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21 Jan 2022

Facebook’s parent company Meta is looking to launch NFT marketplace: Report

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, is reportedly drawing up plans to allow users to create and display NFTs on their profiles along with a prototype feature for minting tokens in the pipeline. The Financial Times reported the news on Thursday, citing “several people familiar with the matter.” The report comes after Meta

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21 Jan 2022

Playstation Inventor Thinks the Metaverse Sucks

The concept of the metaverse has gained an army of supporters over the past year, ranging from Big Tech companies to fashion brands and even dating apps. However, one major tech heavyweight isn’t as convinced: PlayStation inventor Ken Kutaragi. In an interview with Bloomberg, the 71-year old gaming legend described the

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19 Jan 2022

Microsoft’s metaverse plans are getting clearer with its $68.7 billion Activision acquisition

Microsoft’s planned $68.7 billion acquisition of gaming company Activision Blizzard isn’t just a weapon in the tech giant’s battle for video game domination. It’s also about the metaverse — a buzzy topic at the moment, with brands from Disney to Walmart working to carve out their own niche in the digital

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18 Jan 2022

Metaverse startup Animoca Brands hits valuation of over $5 billion with new funding

Animoca Brands, an Australia-based metaverse startup focused on NFTs and gaming, has raised $358.88 million in new funding round and is now valued at over $5 billion. Liberty City Ventures led the round, with several other investors participating, including Soros Fund Management, Sequoia China, 10T Holdings, Mirae Asset, Pacific Century Group,

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18 Jan 2022

Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

Microsoft is acquiring Activision, the troubled publisher of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Diablo. The deal will value Activision at $68.7 billion, far in excess of the $26 billion Microsoft paid to acquire LinkedIn in 2016. It’s Microsoft’s biggest push into gaming, and the company says it will

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17 Jan 2022

Walmart is getting serious about the metaverse

Walmart appears to be venturing into the metaverse with plans to create its own cryptocurrency and collection of nonfungible tokens or NFTs. The big-box retailer filed several new trademarks late last month that indicates its intent to make and sell virtual goods, including electronics, home decorations, toys, sporting goods, and

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14 Jan 2022

4 Innovations That Give a Sneak Peek Into the Metaverse

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has been on a tear filing patents to realize its vision for the metaverse. The company has been awarded hundreds of patents in the past four months aimed at increasing the realism of its planned interactive virtual world, according to a review by Insider.

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14 Jan 2022

The metaverse will be buzzing in 2022

Following increased interest in big tech companies like Microsoft, Meta (formerly Facebook), and Nvidia, expect the metaverse to grab more headlines in 2022. Leaders across diverse industries — including blockchain, gaming, arts, retail, fashion, healthcare, and more — are digging deep to understand the immersive world of the metaverse and

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13 Jan 2022

Meetings In The Metaverse: Is This The Future Of Events And Conferences?

Nearly two years since Covid-19 redefined how we gather, companies are beginning to discuss the metaverse as a potential primary destination for social and professional convenings. For event professionals, this begs the question: What is the metaverse, and what does it mean for the future of meetings, seminars, expos, conventions and

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