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The Premier League is coming to UK Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime will show live Premier League matches from 2019 in the UK. The technology giant has bought a football package that will give it exclusive TV -- or in this case, streaming -- rights for 20 games per season, from 2019/20 to 2021/22. These...

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Rapchat raises $1.6 million to help you make and share your def jams

The first thing to understand about media-sharing app Rapchat is that co-founder Seth Miller is not a rapper and his other co-founder, Pat Gibson, is. Together they created Rapchat , a service for making and sharing raps, and the conjunction of rapper and nerd seems to be really taking off. Since we last looked at the app in 2016 (you can see Tito’s review below), a lot has changed. The team has raised $1.6 million in funding from investors out of Oakland and the Midwest. Their app, which is sort of a musical.ly for rap, is a top 50 music app on iOS and Android and hit 100 million listens since launch. In short, their little social network/sharing platform is a “millionaire in the making, boss of its team, bringin home the bacon.” The pair’s rap bona fides are genuine. Gibson has opened or performed with Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Machine Gun Kelly, and he’s sold beats to MTV. “My music has garnered over 20M+ plays across YouTube, SoundCloud and more,” he wrote me, boasting in the semi-churlish manner of a rapper with a “beef.” Miller, on the other hand, likes to freestyle. “I grew up loving to freestyle with friends at OU and I noticed lots of other millennials did this too (even if most suck lol) … at any party at 3am – there would always be a group of people in the corner freestyling,” he said. “At the same time Snapchat was blowing up on campus and just thought you should be able to do the same exact thing for rap.” Gibson, on the other hand, saw it as a serious tool to help him with his music.

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Startup Battlefield Europe deadline extended one week

Procrastinateurs se réjouissent! If you haven’t applied yet to compete in TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech in Paris on May 24-25, then rejoice indeed, because we have great news for you. We’re extending the application deadline by one full week to March 22, at 9 a.m. PST. Startup Battlefield is the premier startup pitch competition and the best way to launch your early-stage startup to the world. Don’t miss out, apply today . TechCrunch editors will select roughly 15 – 30 early-stage startups to compete and will provide the founder of each chosen company with expert pitch coaching. You and your team will be ready and at its best when you step on the Startup Battlefield stage to deliver your six-minute pitch to a panel of judges — and ready to answer any questions they may throw at you. The judges narrow the field to just five competitors who go on to a second round of pitching to a fresh panel of judges. And from that five comes one top startup that takes home major bragging rights along with €25,000 in no-equity cash and an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco, where they will compete in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2018 , TechCrunch’s flagship event (as long as they still meet eligibility requirements). Even if you don’t take the top prize, you still reap phenomenal benefits by competing in Startup Battlefield . They’re almost too numerous to mention but heck, we’ll do it anyway. Let’s start with that invaluable pitch coaching, and remember: when you’re pitching, you’re placing your company in front of the very investors you seek. It’s prime exposure time. Of course, there’s media attention and lots of it. Startup Battlefield takes place in front of a large, live audience, and we also stream the entire event — start to finish — around the world on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (and available later, on-demand)

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DirecTV will show soccer in 4K this weekend

NBC Sports and AT&T are teaming up to offer the first live American broadcast of a Premier League match in ultra high-definition. In fact, two games will be pumped out in 4K this weekend, assuming you're a DirecTV subscriber with the right hardwa...

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