Technology Roundup – Microsoft Teams, NFL deepen gameday partnership, Redfin climbs as much as 15%

Published on: September 10, 2020
Author: Amy Liu

Microsoft Teams, NFL deepen gameday partnership

The Microsoft (MSFT -1.0%) Teams and National Football League partnership struck earlier this year is expanding to feature new gameday experiences, including a feed of virtual fans called Fan Mosaic.

The home team for each game will select fans for the Mosaic. Those fans will see a stream of the live game on one side and the fellow VIP fans on the other side.

Key games will also include the Bud Light Showtime cam and LED screens in each end zone, which allow a player to celebrate with fans after scoring a touchdown.

On the operation side, the NFL will use Teams to minimize the number of representatives onsite to minimize coronavirus risks.

The NFL and Microsoft’s Surface devices formed an exclusive deal in 2013, and that integration will continue.

Redfin climbs as much as 15% after Motley Fool re-recommendation

Redfin (RDFN +10.4%) surged as much as 15%, its biggest intraday gain in more than five months, after Motley Fool reportedly pitched the stock in its “Rule Breakers” section.

The website re-recommends Redfin as it expects more people to move to the suburbs as a result of the pandemic, Bloomberg reports.

Amazon expands Go Grocery concept

Amazon (AMZN +0.3%) opened another Amazon Go Grocery store in the Seattle area, according to Puget Sound Business Journal.

The 13K-square-foot store is located in Redmond at the location of a former Sears auto center.

Amazon opened its first Amazon Go Grocery store in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle in February. Another store is planned for the Washington, D.C. area.

With the Go Grocery store concept, customers can shop without stopping at a checkout stand by scanning an app on their phone as they enter. The touchless transactions are considered an attractive option during the pandemic.

Baidu launches Robotaxi service in Beijing

Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) launched the Apollo Go Robotaxi service in Beijing, becoming the first company to allow people in China’s capital to use robotaxis.

The launch marks a new stage of autonomous driving development for both Baidu and Beijing.

The service encompasses the largest total area and longest road network of about 700 kilometers and covers residential and business areas in Yizhuang, Haidian, and Shunyi districts.

Nokia to support Telefónica’s Spanish 5G deployment; shares +1.5%

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is up 1.5% premarket alongside news that it will support Telefónica’s 5G deployment in Spain.

That maintains a longstanding partnership with Telefónica (NYSE:TEF), as the only vendor to supply 5G radio technology to all of its European 5G operations.

Nokia is supplying its AirScale Radio Access portfolio toward Telefónica’s work to deploy 5G to 75% of Spain’s population by year-end. It’s also offering rollout and support services.