Apple Unveils New Devices and Yuga Labs Buys CryptoPunks in This Week’s Business and Crypto Roundup

While HYPETALKS returns this Monday at 8 p.m. ET with Azuki to discuss community building in web3.

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Many brands are starting to see a recovery despite the challenges initially brought on by the pandemic. Some businesses, especially ones that focused efforts on expanding e-commerce ventures, have even seen profits rise even higher than before.

HYPEBEAST has rounded up the top business and crypto stories of the week so you can stay in the know about trends across industries.

Business

1. Apple unveiled new tech at its Peek Performance event

The company unveiled several new updates to its existing iPad AiriPhone SE and iPhone 13, in addition to introducing two new devices– the Mac Studio and Studio Display — alongside an all-new, powerful M1 Ultra chip. Read the full recap here.

 

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2. Microsoft acquired voice technology company Nuance for $19.7 billion USD

The new acquisition will expand Microsoft’s capabilities in “AI, digital and cloud advancements,” according to a blog post from Nuance CEO Mark Benjamin and Microsoft’s cloud and AI VP Scott Guthrie. The deal was first announced last year.

3. Instagram launched an educational portal for content creators

Creator Lab aims to aid emerging creators in growing their platforms via advice from popular players on the social media platform. While the platform has begun with a series of creator-led videos, Instagram’s ultimate goal with the initiative is to foster an educational and support-based community for its users.

4. Independent film studio A24 is now valued at $2.5 billion USD

The company confirmed a $225 million USD equity investment, boosting its valuation. Stripes was reportedly named the lead investor for the round while its founder, Ken Fox, will be part of A24’s board.

5. Tinder is now letting users run background checks on dates

The new feature is being offered via a partnership between Match Group, Tinder’s parent company, and Garbo, a nonprofit focusing its efforts on “gender-based violence awareness and prevention.” Match Group announced last year that it would partner with the non-profit.

 

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Crypto

1. Bored Ape Yacht Club’s parent company Yuga Labs buys CryptoPunks and Meebits

Both Cryptopunks and Meebits were developed by Larva Labs studio and are among the top NFTs on OpenSea. Yuga Labs wrote in a press release that it now owns “the brands, copyright in the art, and other IP rights for both collections, along with 423 CryptoPunks and 1711 Meebits.”

2. Doodles introduced IRL merchandise and a colorful collectible

The community-driven NFT project released physical merchandise at SXSW in the form of t-shirts, stickers, pins and a colorful vinyl collectible figurine. The 7.15-inch tall, $350 USD vinyl mascot features Doodles‘ signature pastel hues and is produced by AllRightsReserved creative director SK Lam.

3. Diesel is launching a D:VERSE NFT collection

D:VERSE is a new platform that includes unique NFT versions of runway collection garments, in addition to physical pieces, sneakers and accessories. D:VERSE NFT holders will also have access to a private Discord channel and D:VERSE-KEY, which grants exclusive rights to discounted NFT pre-sales, raffles, metaverse wearables and more.

4. World of Women partners with The Sandbox to launch the WoW Foundation

As part of the partnership, The Sandbox will give the WoW Foundation a $25 million USD grant over five years to use toward its long-term mission of enhancing the open metaverse and encouraging more female participation. The foundation will focus on four main components: creating World of Women 3D interoperable Avatars, creating the WoW Museum, establishing WoW University and developing the WoW Academy project incubator.

5. HYPETALKS will cover community building in web3 with Azuki

On Monday, March 14, HYPETALKS will tap Zagabond and Hoshiboy, co-founders of the NFT collective Azuki, to discuss building an engaged and dedicated community in Web3. The panel will tackle questions of establishing a unique online brand and fostering a devoted virtual community in Web3.

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