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When IOE-NFLGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers takes the field this weekend, he probably won’t be thinking about the Internet of Everything — but the IOE will certainly be focused on him.

The NFL and Zebra Technologies have teamed up to equip 17 stadiums with “real-time location systems,” a new technology that provides location-based data to fans and coaches, including specific information on players’ acceleration and the distances they cover.

It’s a statistician’s dream, powered by advanced hardware.

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Ten chris robertsmillion dollars for a watch? Not bad. $13.3 million for a cooler? Impressive. Still, the crowdfunding records set by Pebble and the Coolest Cooler pale when compared to the amount video-game developer Chris Roberts has raised for his next title.

Since kicking off the campaign for “Star Citizen” nearly two years ago, Roberts, the designer of the classic “Wing Commander” series, has raised more than $52 million, and he’s not done yet.

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The IOE-rainforestkey to preventing climate change might just be found in those old cell phones in your junk drawer.

Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco startup, has developed a communications device to protect rainforests (and other areas) using old smartphones and the Internet of Everything. It’s a tool that definitively answers the old adage of “If a tree falls and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

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Activision-Blizzard Giuliani-activisionhas tapped America’s favorite mayor to help defend its “Call of Duty” franchise from former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega.

Bracewell Giuliani will represent the company in its defense against claims by the former ruler that the videogame publisher unlawfully used his image for monetary gain. And leading the charge is former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who will serve as co-council on the defense team. His first step: Filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Monday morning in the Superior Court of the State of California.

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It’s IOE-Disneymidnight — and exactly 60 days before I load our family into the car and drive to Walt Disney World. And I’m already worrying about wait times.

My seven-year old, you see, is not the most patient child on the planet, but her stubbornness (and love for all things Frozen) is hard to top. That could cause problems on the trip as the reported wait times to meet Anna and Elsa at the park hit four hours at peak times. Thankfully, the Internet of Everything is about to save me a lot of grief.

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As hollywoodtechnology and entertainment become more closely aligned, more big names in the film and television industries are launching Silicon Valley-like accelerators—short-term programs that include mentorship and education for start-ups—to get early looks at up-and-coming businesses.

Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros., along with Disney, have launched accelerators in the past few years, and more are on the way, giving entrepreneurs who focus on the entertainment space a potential head start as their businesses begin to gain traction.

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“Minecraft” minecraftis the videogame world’s equivalent of lightning in a bottle—an indie gaming sensation that grew organically, eventually becoming one of the industry’s biggest franchises. It was a game that opened the doors for several other independent developers, who, in turn, brought a new burst of creativity to the industry.

So Monday’s news that corporate behemoth Microsoft was buying Mojang, the developer of “Minecraft,” for $2.5 billion might seem an odd fit to some, but it could be a key strategic move for Microsoft.

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