WHOOP, the company behind the Tesla of health tracking and sports performance wearables, has raised a whopping $25 million in a new round of funding. The round was comprised of a slew of prominent investment firms and individual investors including the Durant Company, the National Football League Players Association, former NBA commissioner David Stern, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey, and MIT Media Lab Founder Nicholas Negroponte. Leading the round was a secretive firm with ties to the United Arab Emirates called UAE71 Capital while previous institutional investors Two Sigma Ventures, Accomplice, Mousse Partners, Promus Ventures, and NextView Ventures also participated in the latest round. A slew of additional individuals also came out of the woodwork to back the company including Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung and Mike Novogratz, the chief executive of Galaxy Digital. Perhaps one factor contributing to the excitement of this motley assortment of investors … [Read more...] about WHOOP raises $25 million to tell everyone from athletes to execs about their health
Marvel Studios Kevin Feige kicked off a chorus of complaints last week after declaring that in order to understand everything happening in future Marvel movies, people would have to subscribe to Disney+. Disney executives Ricky Strauss and Agnes Chu, both directly involved in overseeing Disney+ content, further explained Feige and Marvel’s approach to connecting with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision, a series that stars Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision, is the go-to example. Both that series and Loki, the Disney+ Marvel series that focuses on Tom Hiddleston’s popular character, will play into the second Doctor Strange movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. “Specifically with a series like WandaVision, you will get to understand more about the Scarlet Witch in a way that informs her character, which we will see from her in future Marvel movies,” Chu told The Verge. Neither executives specifically addressed just … [Read more...] about How important will Marvel’s Disney+ shows be in understanding the Cinematic Universe?
While Twitter continues to struggle with rampant bullying and abuse, Instagram is instead stepping up its game when it comes to keeping users safe from harm. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing network this week began rolling out a new reporting tool that lets its users anonymously flag friends’ posts about self-harm. This, in turn, will prompt a message from Instagram to the user in question, offering support, including tips as well as access to a help line, all of which can be accessed directly in the app itself. The system itself is fairly simple to use, but addresses a serious need on the social network which continues to have a large teenage and young adult audience. When you see a post where a friend is threatening self-harm or suicide, you may not always feel comfortable broaching the subject with them. Or you may not know what to say. In other cases, you may be following accounts of people you don’t know that well (or at all), and don’t feel … [Read more...] about Instagram tackles self-harm and suicide with new reporting tools, support options
Disney is working to bring the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe collection — 23 titles to date — to its Disney+ streaming service, but Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home are unlikely to be included. Ricky Strauss, Disney’s head of content and marketing for Disney+, told The Verge at a recent media day in New York there aren’t any plans to bring the two movies over to Disney+. Although both Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, were co-produced by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, the rights belong to Sony. That makes it infinitely more difficult for Disney to bring the movies over to its own streaming service. “We love our friends at Sony, but we don’t have any plans to have the live-action Spider-Man movies on Disney+ ” Strauss said. “We will have all the Spider-Man animated shows that we did so they’ll be on there under the Marvel banner. But who knows what can … [Read more...] about Disney doesn’t have plans to bring live-action Spider-Man movies to Disney+
The centerpiece of Disney’s streaming strategy is here. After an initial test in the Netherlands, Disney+ is officially launching in the United States and Canada today, with a lineup of original content that includes the first episode of the very first live action Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian,” along with a deep library of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies and shows — not to mention the first 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.” Disney+ is available on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, various smart TVs — and, as just announced last week, Amazon Fire TV, all for a monthly price of $6.99. This isn’t Disney’s first streaming service. It took a big step in this direction with the launch of ESPN+ last year, and it’s also taken operational control of Hulu following its acquisition of Fox. (The company is even offering Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu all together in a package that it calls the Disney Bundle, at a monthly price of $12.99 — the … [Read more...] about Disney officially launches its streaming ‘crown jewel,’ Disney+