Photo: Courtesy of Spatial

Spatial, a company that creates team workspaces in virtual and augmented reality, has landed $14 million in new funding, bringing its total raised to $22 million.

Why it matters: Spatial has some impressive technology, but will likely need to play a long game, as VR adoption has proven slower than once hoped.

  • The company is working with a handful of early customers, including Mattel, Purina and BNP Paribas.
  • Investors include iNovia, Lerer Hippeau, Expa, Whitestar Capital, Kakao Ventures, Baidu Ventures and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger. 

My thought bubble: The most interesting thing about Spatial is the way it works across phones and different VR headsets, including Oculus, Microsoft Hololens and Qualcomm's new XR2 reference design. I had the chance to try it out last year at Snapdragon Summit, and the cross-platform capabilities are impressive.

Go deeper: The complicated future of augmented and virtual reality

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Pac-12 will play football this fall, reversing course

A view of Levi's Stadium during the 2019 Pac-12 Championship football game. Photo: Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Pac-12, which includes universities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Washington state, will play football starting Nov. 6, reversing its earlier decision to postpone the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The conference's about-face follows a similar move by the Big Ten last week and comes as President Trump has publicly pressured sports to resume despite the ongoing pandemic. The Pac-12 will play a seven-game conference football season, according to ESPN.

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Global coronavirus vaccine initiative launches without U.S. or China

Data: Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A global initiative to ensure equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines now includes most of the world — but not the U.S., China or Russia.

Why it matters: Assuming one or more vaccines ultimately gain approval, there will be a period of months or even years in which supply lags far behind global demand. The COVAX initiative is an attempt to ensure doses go where they're most needed, rather than simply to countries that can produce or buy them at scale.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m. EST: 32,062,182 — Total deaths: 979,701 — Total recoveries: 22,057,268Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:15 p.m EST: 6,967,103 — Total deaths: 202,558 — Total recoveries: 2,670,256 — Total tests: 97,459,742Map.
  3. Health: Cases are surging again in 22 states — New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine.
  4. Business: America is closing out its strongest quarter of economic growth.
  5. Technology: 2020 tech solutions may be sapping our resolve to beat the pandemic.
  6. Sports: Here's what college basketball will look like this season.
  7. Science: During COVID-19 shutdown, a common sparrow changed its song.

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