People have spent over $1M buying virtual cats on the Ethereum blockchain

 Launched a few days ago, CryptoKitties is essentially like an digital version of Pokemon cards but based on the Ethereum blockchain. And like most viral sensations that catch on in the tech world, it’s blowing up fast. Built by Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio AxiomZen, the game is the latest fad in the world of cryptocurrency and probably soon tech in general. People… Read More

One bitcoin is now worth $10,000

 It happened. One bitcoin is now worth $10,000. The milestone was hit on international exchanges earlier in the day (where prices are normally a few percent higher) and was just crossed on U.S exchanges like Coinbase and Gemini a few minutes ago. This comes two days after bitcoin hit $9k, and eight days after it crossed $8k. This $10,000 marks a bull rally essentially never before seen in… Read More

The Gates Foundation is matching $2M in donations on Facebook for #GivingTuesday

 Today is #GivingTuesday, an global day of giving that always falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year Facebook is again partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to match up to $2M in donations to fundraisers held on Facebook by nonprofits. Additionally, Facebook is waiving its typical 5% fee on donations to U.S-based nonprofits all day long. It’s a big step… Read More

Lord & Taylor will start selling on Walmart.com

 Walmart and Hudson’s Bay-owned department store Lord & Taylor just announced an interesting partnership — Lord & Taylor will start selling its catalog of high-end fashion merchandise on Walmart.com this Spring. Of course this deal doesn’t mean you’ll see designer pants on the same page as $19.97 Wranglers. Instead, Lord & Taylor will have its own… Read More

ESPN’s new streaming service will launch in the spring and be called “ESPN Plus”

 Today on Disney’s Q3 earnings call CEO Bob Iger gave a preview of ESPN’s upcoming direct to consumer streaming service. The announcement comes after another disappointing quarter for ESPN, with decreased ad revenue and higher programing costs compared to the prior year. The service will be called ESPN Plus, and live inside a new app that will be launched by the sports… Read More

Vetted buys VetPronto in yet more on-demand consolidation

 Consolidation continues to dog the world of on-demand startups — literally and figuratively. In the latest development, Vetted, a startup focused on veterinary services is acquiring VetPronto, an almost identical peer. A few months ago we covered the launch of Vetted, an on-demand veterinary startup that raised $3.3M from investors like Amplify LA, Sterling.VC and Foundation Capital. At… Read More

Feather raises $3.5M to rent furniture to millennials

 The furniture rental industry is stuck in the last. Current options involve old-school companies like CORT where most of the inventory will make your apartment look like a dorm room, or a place like Rent-A-Center where you’ll almost certainly pay many times what the item is actually worth. Enter Feather, a company trying to breathe some life into the aging industry by letting… Read More

Here’s the list of NBA games that will be streamed in VR this season

 Last year the NBA launched a program where they streamed one regular-season game in virtual reality each week, all season long. Today they announced that they’re doing it again, starting with a free preview on October 21st when the Houston Rockets host the Dallas Mavericks. Just like last year, games were selected to give all 30 teams the opportunity to play in VR at least once. There are… Read More