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Pokémon Go maker Niantic valued at $4 billion ahead of Harry Potter game

POkemon Go interface on an iphone
Pokemon Go maker Niantic raised $245 million in Series C funding. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Niantic, the mobile AR game-maker behind Pokémon Go, raised $245 million in Series C funding at a post-money valuation of nearly $4 billion.

Why it matters: Because this comes ahead of Niantic's anticipated release of a Harry Potter-themed game, further blurring the value line between tech and legacy brand content.

Barr confirmation hearing highlights Big Tech antitrust fears

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

U.S. Attorney General nominee Bill Barr was asked repeatedly about antitrust issues as they may relate to big technology companies, during his confirmation hearings this week.

Why it matters: Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasn't asked any similar questions during his confirmation hearings just two years ago. In fact, he was only asked two total questions related to antitrust, and there were zero mentions of Amazon, Facebook or Google.

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