Electronic-music artists bring festivals back using Minecraft

Places still exist where music fans can gather together to groove. Those places are just digital and accessible on PC, console, and smartphone. Event company Rave Family is turning to Minecraft to put together an electronic music festival in a world reeling from COVID-19. The event, which Rave Family is calling Electric Blockaloo, will feature over 300 artists from June 25 through June 28.

Razer Blade Pro 17 features 300Hz screen and 8-core Intel processor

Razer is unveiling its Razer Blade Pro 17, a new 17-inch laptop with a 300Hz screen and an 8-core Intel Core i7 processor.

CBD Gummies U.K. — 5 Best CBD Gummy Products in 2020

Presented by TechEye MediaOne of the many CBD products taking the U.K. by storm is CBD gummies. It is discreet, delicious, long-lasting and easy to dose. Up to 6 million Brits have tried CBD, and the market is seemingly flooded with gummies and other products containing cannabidiol.

Google highlights hotels that cater to COVID-19 responders

Google is introducing a new feature that shows which hotels have special rates and policies for frontline workers dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. The feature is another example of how technology companies are adapting their products to capitalize on new demands during the pandemic.

Evervault raises $16 million for ‘privacy cages’ that simplify data protection

Evervault has raised $16 million in venture capital to develop technology the Dublin-based company claims will recalibrate the traditional tradeoffs between privacy and regulation. Index Ventures led the round, which includes previous investors Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Frontline Ventures. In addition, the fundraising attracted money from a string of notable angel investors, such as Eventbrite cofounder Kevin Hartz and former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos.

RapidAPI raises $25 million to grow its API marketplace

RapidAPI, an online marketplace where developers can discover application programming interfaces (APIs), has added a further $25 million to its series B round of funding, doubling the figure it announced last June. Existing investors, including Microsoft’s M12 and Andreessen Horowitz, participated in the round.

Clara Analytics nabs $25 million for AI that expedites workers’ compensation claims

Clara Analytics, a predictive analytics company for workers’ compensation claims, today announced that it has raised $25 million. The company says the proceeds will help extend its product suite, attract talent, and expand its global reach.

Facebook leverages AI to improve kids’ safety in Messenger

In an attempt to beat back a rise in scams and other unwanted interactions during the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook today unveiled an AI-powered Messenger feature that surfaces tips to help younger users spot malicious actors. The guidelines — which outline steps for blocking or ignoring people on Messenger if that becomes necessary — are intended to educate users under the age of 18 about interacting with adults they don’t know.

How Instacart remade its systems to handle a 500% jump in order volume

Shelter-in-place orders and business closures motivated by the coronavirus pandemic have prompted a rise in demand for goods delivery. A report published by CivicScience suggests that 22% of U.S. adults surveyed are having food delivered, up from 19% in early April. A separate RBC Capital Markets study found that 41% of 1,500 respondents expected to buy groceries online within the coming months. And eMarketer estimates that online U.S. food and beverage sales will grow 23.4% to over $32 billion by 2021, making it the fastest-growing category in ecommerce.

CITCON and Tulip Team Up to Launch Global Mobile Payment Solution

Integrated payment technology and omnichannel clienteling enable retailers to provide personalized and seamless shopping experiences