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Lots of companies now want your video chats — even Facebook

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, this has become an era of Zoom birthdays, virtual happy hours, FaceTime story times and Google yoga classes. Our friends, coworkers, teachers — and doctors, if we’re lucky — now largely exist as faces in rectangles on our phones and computer screens. With people’s social lives moved […]

The Latest: North Carolina considering allowing NASCAR race

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The governor of North Carolina is still considering a request to allow NASCAR to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus through May 8 and said […]

Faith before basketball for Yeshiva University champions

NEW YORK (AP) — Each of the mighty Maccabees has his role on the men’s basketball team. Gabriel Leifer sinks three-pointers; Daniel Katz is the defense wizard; Simcha Halpert makes the perfect alley-oop passes to Ryan Turell who soars for dunks. Kids pretend to be them in pickup games. The home crowd sings in Hebrew […]

Today’s Dish: Sneaker debate is back!

Sneakers are once again at the center of a debate over who is right. Social media is going crazy over the color of these shoes.

Gaming heavyweights raise $17M for new esports network

NEW YORK (AP) — A new venture backed by many of video gaming’s biggest publishers is unveiling a network that hopes to be to esports what ESPN has been to traditional sports. VENN is set to launch in 2020 and aims to give the fragmented esports scene a home base for content with higher production […]

Ninja out: Gaming megastar leaves Twitch for Mixer

Fortnite superstar Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has left Twitch and is taking his video game live streams to Microsoft’s Mixer platform, a stunning switch that could have wide-ranging consequences for the rapidly growing industry. Blevins announced his move Thursday , ending a hugely profitable partnership with Twitch, a live streaming giant owned by Amazon. “I’m incredibly […]

16-year-old Fortnite world champ wins $3 million

NEW YORK (AP) — All those hours playing video games have paid off for a 16-year-old. Kyle Giersdorf, of Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, won $3 million as the first Fortnite World Cup solo champion. The competition took place Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. That payout is more than Tiger Woods made for winning the […]

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