Some of the people who made an early bet on Google’s ambitious attempt to revolutionize video games are losing patience (GOOGL, GOOG)

In November 2019, Google finally launched a major gaming platform that was in development for years: Google Stadia. Rather than buying games on a disc, or downloading them from a digital store, Stadia streams games over the internet. The service launched with access limited to customers willing to pay $129 for the “Founder’s Edition.” The platform’s launch was rocky at best, with features missing and a paltry game library. Reviewers told potential buyers to wait and see. Since launch, Google hasn’t said much about Stadia — and early adopters are getting impatient with the lack of updates. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Two months ago, Google made its… Read More

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Trump’s trade deal with China looks designed to implode

Trump’s trade deal with China is so weak it looks like it’s designed to implode. The language in the deal leaves a lot of room for argument, it’s not hard to leave and, the enforcement mechanism turns every dispute into a game of political football. Plus, no one in Washington owns this deal except for the White House and a few Republicans. So when the political winds change, this deal might blow away with them. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Trump’s Phase 1 trade deal with China looks designed to implode. It’s been two years… Read More

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The most powerful countries on earth in 2020, ranked

US News and World Report ranked countries to determine which ones are the most powerful. The US stays in first place this year, but other countries have changed positions amid rising global instability and political changes. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US, Russia, and China remain the planet’s most powerful countries even as other countries have seen their positions fall, according to this year’s global power rankings. The rankings, published by US News and World Report, look at how the influence of a nation, as well as its political, economic, and military power. The rankings are part of its annual “Best Countries” study, which evaluates 80 countries… Read More

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Alphabet’s soaring stock just pushed it above a $1 trillion market cap. Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies.

Alphabet is the latest company to reach a $1 trillion valuation in public trading after closing at a record high Thursday. The record level adds a third tech company to the list of firms with four-comma valuations. The list of highest-valued firms remains tech-heavy, though oil behemoth Saudi Aramco maintains the world’s highest market cap at $1.84 trillion. Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies in the world, ranked in ascending order. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Alphabet is the latest firm to join the small group of companies with market caps higher than $1 trillion, further cementing the tech sector as the highest valued in public… Read More

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Alphabet’s soaring stock just pushed it above a $1 trillion market cap. Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies.

Alphabet is the latest company to reach a $1 trillion valuation in public trading after closing at a record high Thursday. The record level adds a third tech company to the list of firms with four-comma valuations. The list of highest-valued firms remains tech-heavy, though oil behemoth Saudi Aramco maintains the world’s highest market cap at $1.84 trillion. Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies in the world, ranked in ascending order. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Alphabet is the latest firm to join the small group of companies with market caps higher than $1 trillion, further cementing the tech sector as the highest valued in public… Read More

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I cuddled with strangers at a San Francisco cuddle party alongside other members of the city’s intimacy-starved workforce. No, it wasn’t that weird.

Cuddle parties are intimate gatherings where strangers meet, practice consent, and enjoy human touch. There are some hosted in San Francisco, a city with a long track record of bucking social norms and celebrating innovation — in technology, sex, intimacy, or otherwise. The events are non-sexual, and while they may not be experiences for everyone, their message of proactive consent and communication can help build healthy relationships, trust, and confidence. I decided to go to a cuddle party out of keen curiosity. I found that intimacy takes many forms, but I prefer the kind that exists when established emotional connections, romantic or otherwise, are in place. Visit Business Insider’s homepage… Read More

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I cuddled with strangers at a San Francisco cuddle party alongside other members of the city’s intimacy-starved workforce. No, it wasn’t that weird.

Cuddle parties are intimate gatherings where strangers meet, practice consent, and enjoy human touch. There are some hosted in San Francisco, a city with a long track record of bucking social norms and celebrating innovation — in technology, sex, intimacy, or otherwise. The events are non-sexual, and while they may not be experiences for everyone, their message of proactive consent and communication can help build healthy relationships, trust, and confidence. I decided to go to a cuddle party out of keen curiosity. I found that intimacy takes many forms, but I prefer the kind that exists when established emotional connections, romantic or otherwise, are in place. Visit Business Insider’s homepage… Read More

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Buzzy mattress maker Casper is pitching itself as a tech company, just like WeWork did. Here why business experts are dubious. (AAPL, FIT)

Online mattress company Casper tried to pitch itself as a tech company in its recently filed initial public offering paperwork. Private investors have given it a tech-like premium, valuing it at $1.1 billion. Public investors may well have a different take on the company, especially since it acknowledged in its IPO document that a “significant” portion of its business still comes from selling mattresses. While it believes that technology products will spur its future growth, thus far, it only offers one tech gadget — a smart lamp. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Casper’s initial public offering paperwork had a familiar ring to it. Yet again a company that,… Read More

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Buzzy mattress maker Casper is pitching itself as a tech company, just like WeWork did. Here why business experts are dubious. (AAPL, FIT)

Online mattress company Casper tried to pitch itself as a tech company in its recently filed initial public offering paperwork. Private investors have given it a tech-like premium, valuing it at $1.1 billion. Public investors may well have a different take on the company, especially since it acknowledged in its IPO document that a “significant” portion of its business still comes from selling mattresses. While it believes that technology products will spur its future growth, thus far, it only offers one tech gadget — a smart lamp. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Casper’s initial public offering paperwork had a familiar ring to it. Yet again a company that,… Read More

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The Brand Investment in Esports Report

Esports viewership is on the rise. Thanks in part to streaming services such as Twitch, the number of esports fans globally is anticipated to surge 59% over the next four to five years. This rapid expansion, coupled with the tendency for esports spectators to be younger and more receptive to sponsorship, is driving brand investment into competitive gaming. In The Brand Investment in eSports Report, Business Insider Intelligence details the explosive growth of the eSports audience, and breaks down the different channels brands can take to reach eSports fans. This exclusive report can be yours for FREE today. Join the conversation about this story » …read more Source:: Business Insider… Read More

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