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As the dust continues to settle from Microsoft’s massive $69 billion deal to acquire video game publisher Activision Blizzard, speculation is rife about what the agreement will mean for Bobby Kotick, the controversial chief executive who has led Activision for 30-plus years.

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iTrustCapital—a Long Beach-based trading platform that allows investors to buy cryptocurrencies, gold and silver through their retirement accounts—is Southern California’s newest tech unicorn after raising $125 million in a Series A funding round.

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Investing app Acorns has pulled the plug on its plan to go public through a $2.2 billion SPAC deal with blank-check company Pioneer Merger Corp.

Noah Kerner, CEO of Irvine-based Acorns, blamed “market conditions” for the canned merger, and said the company would instead pivot to a “private capital raise at a higher pre-money valuation,” per a Reuters report.

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