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Metaverse app BUD raises another $37M, plans to launch NFTs

BUD, a nascent app taking a shot at creating a metaverse for Gen Z to play and interact with each other, has raised another round of funding in three months. The Singapore-based startup told TechCrunch that it has closed $36.8 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital India, not long after it...

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‘Move-to-earn’ Solana app StepN is latest crypto gaming craze

Since its launch in December, StepN, an app that lets users walk and run to earn tokens, has quickly become a household name in the play-to-earn blockchain gaming, or GameFi, world. Two to three million users worldwide are now active on the app every month, StepN’s co-founder Jerry Huang recently told TechCrunch. That number is...

Doctor Strange 2 Surpasses 800 Million at the Box Office
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Doctor Strange 2 Surpasses 800 Million at the Box Office

Image: Marvel Studios As the weekend winds down, news has come out from The Wrap that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi, has earned over 800 million dollars officially passing The Batman’s theatrical runs, the last big superhero flick to hit the theaters. Doctor Strange 2 is still a decent...

Tesla Driver Briefly Trapped in Burning Car, Kicks Out Window
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Tesla Driver Briefly Trapped in Burning Car, Kicks Out Window

“The doors wouldn’t open.” Trapped Tesla owner Jamil Jutha had only owned his Model Y for eight months before it caught on fire Friday and briefly trapped him inside, according to a CTV News report published yesterday. Jutha was driving in Vancouver that morning when the car completely turned off and lost all power to...

Joe Biden is Worried About Monkeypox
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Joe Biden is Worried About Monkeypox

Image by Getty / Futurism The President of the United States says he’ll be concerned about monkeypox if it starts to spread more widely than it already has. Following this week’s report that the disease was confirmed in the US and countries in Europe President Joe Biden addressed a press pool today while traveling to...

Kid Steals Phone, Orders 31 Cheeseburgers, Leaves Huge Tip
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Kid Steals Phone, Orders 31 Cheeseburgers, Leaves Huge Tip

We’re lovin’ it. Order Up One kid just scored the childhood cheeseburger dream of a lifetime, and it only cost his mom $92. The Texas two-year-old ordered 31 McDonald’s cheeseburgers from DoorDash earlier this week using mom Kelsey Golden’s phone. CNN reported yesterday that the delivery was an “accident” but the youngster has made no...

Which Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines Deserve More Love?
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Which Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines Deserve More Love?

As the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America awards deserving writers with Nebulas this weekend, I was reminded of the incredible variety and vibrancy of short fiction magazines. We are in, right now, an unprecedented age of access when it comes to short stories. You can visit the sites of industry stalwarts like Asimov’s,...

It Turns Out That “Door” on Mars Is Hilariously Tiny
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It Turns Out That “Door” on Mars Is Hilariously Tiny

It’s more like a dog door. Drink Me Unless you have Alice’s Wonderland potion that shrinks humans to a tiny size, it’s unlikely any of us will be coming or going through that tiny “door” NASA spotted on Mars earlier this month. The space agency gave more details about the rock feature on the Red...

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Stripe and Plaid suit up for battle

Recent product news from Stripe and Plaid indicate the two private companies are gunning for one another as the market for B2B financial technology matures, expands and individual players increasingly overlap. It might sound silly that Stripe, best known for its payments technology, and Plaid, best known for its API that connects consumer bank accounts...

The Interchange: Venture’s mixed signals
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The Interchange: Venture’s mixed signals

Welcome back to The Interchange, the weekly TechCrunch series that looks at the latest — and what’s ahead — in the global fintech industry. It’s an incredible time to be a financial technology journalist. Besides the fact that over 20% of all venture dollars last year went into fintech startups, I am particularly excited about...