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Niko Partners: Esports generated $519 million in Asia in 2019, growth continues in pandemic


Esports generated $519 million in revenue in 2019 in Asia, making it the No. 1 region in the world for such revenue, according to a report by market researcher Niko Partners. The growth continues in 2020 despite the pandemic, though Niko does not have a specific forecast for this year.

Overall, Niko found that Asia generated nearly half of all global esports revenue in 2019, hosting big events like Riot Games’ League of Legends Championships. Niko said that there are 510 million esports fans (defined as those who watch at least once a month) in Asia, with 595 million esports players. Mobile esports games in Asia generated $13.3 billion in 2019, 68% of global mobile esports games revenue. Read More

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Apple’s partners and Samsung apply for India’s $6.6 billion local smartphone production program – TechCrunch


South Korean giant Samsung, Apple’s contract manufacturing partners Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, and Indian smartphone vendors Micromax and Lava among others have applied for India’s $6.6 billion incentive program aimed at boosting the local smartphone manufacturing, New Delhi said on Saturday.

The scheme, called Production-Linked Incentive Scheme, will offer a range of incentives to companies including a 6% financial incentive on additional sales of goods produced locally over five years, with 2019-2020 set as the base year, India’s IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a press conference. Read More

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Humana partners with Heal and invests $100 million in the company’s doctor-on-demand service – TechCrunch


“The doctor’s office is dead.”

That’s the way Nick Desai, the co-founder and chief executive of the Los Angeles-based startup Heal describes the future of traditional healthcare delivery.

While Desai’s bluster may be wishful thinking, the doctor’s office is certainly changing, and that’s thanks in part to companies like Heal, which offer in-home and telemedical consultations — and health insurance providers like Humana that are backing them.

The two companies have announced a new partnership that will see Humana pushing Heal’s in-home and virtual care delivery services to the patients it covers and committing $100 million to spur the Los Angeles-based startup’s growth. Read More

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Microfulfillment startup Fabric partners with FreshDirect to launch on-demand delivery in Washington, D.C.


Fabric, an automated fulfillment startup whose robots pack, lift, and wheel products around rooms with ceilings as low as 11 feet, today announced a partnership with FreshDirect. The online food grocer says the collaboration will enable it to enlarge its Washington, D.C. Metro Area service footprint by adding two-hour on-demand delivery for a “wide selection” of products.

Microfulfillment centers — located inside existing stores or structures that hold a market’s worth of goods — are increasingly being hailed as the answer to speedy shipping in space-starved city centers. Calgary, Alberta-based Attabotics’ solution condenses aisles of warehouse shelves into single vertical storage structures that roving shuttles traverse horizontally. As for Fabric, AI orchestrates robots within its site walls to break orders into tasks and delegate them autonomously, bringing items awaiting shipment in totes to teams of employees who pack individual orders. Other robots move packaged orders from temperature-controlled zones for fresh, ambient, chilled, and frozen products to dispatch areas, where they’re loaded onto a scooter or van. Read More

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Box partners with Google Cloud to power secure remote work

Google Cloud and Box have announced a strategic partnership in order to help customers transform the way they work online.

Under the strategic partnership, Box will leverage the cloud computing service’s advanced capabilities to enhance the scale, performance and intelligence of its cloud content management platform globally. At the same time, both companies will also create a seamless experience for the enterprises that use G Suite with Box to power secure, remote work in the cloud.

In a press release, co-founder and CEO of Box, Aaron Levie explained how the strategic partnership will help its customers collaborate on a global scale while working from home, saying: Read More

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Kiwibot delivery robots head to San Jose with new partners Shopify and Ordermark – TechCrunch


Kiwibot, the delivery robot startup that got its start shuttling burritos and snacks to students on the University of California-Berkeley campus, is expanding to San Jose with a new business model and partners Shopify and Ordermark.

About 25 Kiwibots will begin today delivering food and goods to customers in downtown San Jose and Buena Vista, a predominantly Latino neighborhood located southwest of the city center. Kiwibot will charge $3.99 per delivery, a fee that restaurants and other businesses can choose to absorb or pass onto consumers. Read More

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Google bans ads for apps people use to stalk partners

Google’s newest ad ban is a classic “better late than never” situation.

In its latest advertising policy update, Google announced that “stalkerware” apps will not be able to advertise through Google anymore starting Aug. 11. In case you aren’t aware, that’s a particularly odious class of software that is largely associated with abusive partners who want to stalk the movements and activities of their significant others.

A non-exhaustive list of ads Google will not allow includes text, call, and GPS tracking apps, as well as anything generally advertised with the purpose of stalking someone without their consent. Interestingly, that doesn’t just include software, but hardware like cameras and audio recorders that are explicitly marketed as spying devices. Violators will have their accounts suspended with at least a seven-day warning ahead of time. Read More

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Uber partners with Cornershop to expand grocery deliveries across the Americas


Uber is doubling down on its growing “deliver anything” ethos with the news that it’s vastly expanding its burgeoning grocery delivery business. The company announced that it’s integrating its platform with Cornershop, an on-demand grocery delivery platform that operates in Latin America, Canada, and — soon — the U.S.

Last October, Uber announced plans to acquire a majority stake in Cornershop, and although the deal was supposed to clear all regulatory hurdles in early 2020 this has in fact yet to happen, which is perhaps why Uber called this integration a “partnership” during an online briefing with journalists yesterday. However, Uber did say that it expects the deal to close “in the coming days” outside of Mexico. The duo are continuing to work with the competition authority in Mexico, where Cornershop is headquartered. Read More

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Walmart partners with Tribeca to turn 160 store parking lots into drive-in theaters – TechCrunch


Just ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, Walmart announced a partnership with Tribeca Enterprises (most notably the purveyors of the film festival of the same name) that’s set to convert 160 store locations into makeshift drive-in movie theaters.

The move is an extension of the existing Tribeca-led Drive-In program that has already announced events for a handful of cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Arlington, TX, Miami and Seattle, with help from IMAX and AT&T. The Hollywood Reporter has a bit more detail about the new initiative. Details are still pretty thin, but the involvement of such a ubiquitous retailer could help extend the program to communities outside of the aforementioned urban centers. Read More

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TuSimple kicks off plan for a nationwide self-driving truck network with partners UPS, Xpress and McLane – TechCrunch


Self-driving trucks startup TuSimple laid out a plan Wednesday to create a mapped network of shipping routes and terminals designed for autonomous trucking operations that will extend across the United States by 2024. UPS, which owns a minority stake in TuSimple, carrier U.S. Xpress, Penske Truck Leasing and Berkshire Hathaway’s grocery and food service supply chain company McLane Inc. are the inaugural partners in this so-called autonomous freight network (AFN).

TuSimple’s AFN involves four pieces: its self-driving trucks, digital mapped routes, freight terminals and a system that will let customers monitor autonomous trucking operations and track their shipments in real-time. For now, TuSimple will operate the trucks and carry goods for its customers, which now number 22.  TuSimple wants to eventually be able to sell its autonomous trucks so customers can choose to operate their own fleets. Read More