HitFix Partners With Entertainment Blog

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Los Angeles-based HitFix , the entertainment news site headed by Jennifer Sargent and backed by angel groups the Tech Coast Angels and Golden Seeds, said today that it is in a strategic partnership with film and awards blog In Contention. hitfix entertainment blog content incontention film

Mail.com Buys Entertainment Blog

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Los Angeles-based Mail.com Media Corporation , which operates the email service Mail.com, said today that it has acquired an entertainment focused blog, DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com. Tags: mail.com mail media merger acquisition deadlinehollywooddaily blog content email Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com was founded by Nikki Finke, a former Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and New York Magazine writer and reporter.

BUZZMEDIA Buys Four Punk Rock Blogs

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Punknews.org was founded in 1998, providing online music news and a fan community; PropertyOfZack is a Tumblr blog focused on punk; Under The Gun Review focuses on entertainment, music, film, and comedy; and Alert The Press! buzzmedia merger acquisition punk blog content blogger music entertainment hollywood

BUZZMEDIA Buys Electronic Music Blog XLR8R

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the venture backed entertainment and digital media publishing firm behind such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, and Buzznet, has acquired electronic music blog site XLR8R , the firm said today. xlr8r buzzmedia music content entertainment blog blogger digital media hollywood

The New Twitter | TV, Music and Blogs

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a tweet that the pair would create the first in-Tweet branded syced video to entertainment series. Today some sort of in-stream deal was announced with BBC America that promised in-Tweet branded video synced to an entertainment series. Twitter and Blogs.

Three Southern California Firms Building Blog Empires

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News today that AOL has acquired technology news blog TechCrunch highlights the growing place of blog publishers in the online world. Here are three, Southern California blog networks which have quietly growing their network of properties: BUZZMEDIA. BUZZMEDIA has a network of music and entertainment news related blogs, including Buzznet, Celebuzz, Absolute Punk, GoFugYourself, JustJared, Stereogum, TheSuperficial, WWTDD, SocialiteLife, and Idolator.

Worlize | Virtual World Tied To Facebook, Twitter and Now Your Blog

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Their latest addition to Worlize is the ability to for a “Chat Now” badge to be placed on your blog. When the badge is clicked on your blog, it will transport your visitors to the entrance room of your world. These past few months we have seen the rebirth of virtual worlds.

Beyond Entertainment | Social Media as a Tool for Marketers

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With over 25% of the total time Americans spend online dedicated to social networks and blogs, it’s no wonder that 71%, just about three quarters of all Internet users, are more likely to purchase a product from a brand they are following on a social media site like Twitter and Instagram.

Beyond the Demo: 2018 Could Be Year for Longer, Profitable VR Content

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René Pinnell says he and his wife Selena Pinnell were “blown away” by the virtual reality projects their friends were creating in 2014, so they looked for an entrepreneurial niche that would allow them to support such artists.

Google Cloud will launch its Los Angeles region in July

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During an event in Los Angeles today, Google specifically positioned this region as ideal for the media and entertainment industry in the area. Built In Cloud entertainment Google google cloud Los Angeles media

Cord Cutting: How to Get High-Speed Internet Without Cable, 2017 Edition

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Hey folks. If you’re thinking about breaking away from the cable monopolies and getting your data, music, and video in other ways, congratulations, I’m with you. I cut the cord back in 2009, and now millions of people are doing the same every year.

Ford’s Autonomic Pairs With Alibaba Cloud On Mobility Hub for China

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Together, the two companies plan to offer a standardized platform where all participants in the transportation ecosystem—including Ford’s rival automakers—can build services, from their own ride-hailing apps to entertainment channels for passengers marking time in self-driving.

Lyft Raises $2.2B in IPO, Pegging Valuation at Over $24B

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Investors eager to bet on the mobility industry’s future handed ride-hailing company Lyft $2.2 billion in new capital Thursday as the company completed an IPO that set its market capitalization at $24.3 billion, The New York Times reported. Lyft sold 30.8 million shares at $72 apiece, according to Renaissance Capital —the top of a new range that Lyft originally set at $62 to $68. The company was valued at $15.1 billion at the time of its last fundraising in mid-2018.

50 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To—and 5 New Ways to Find Them

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If you’re not much of a podcast listener and you have a sense that you’re missing out on a lot of great content, you’re absolutely right. But now is a good time to fix that, thanks to a new profusion of listening options. And to get you started, I have a few shows to suggest. Fifty of them, in fact. I’ve always been a big fan of podcasts—and I mean always, back to the days of the very first podcasts around 2004.

Autonomic CEO Gavin Sherry on Mobility, China, and Data Privacy

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With Cowboys’ Backing, Blue Star Set to Boost Sports Startups

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The new Blue Star Accelerator, aimed at nurturing young tech companies in sports and entertainment, is expected to open up shop after the start of the new year. Dallas —Partners with a deep well of subject matter expertise and capital are on the top of any entrepreneur’s wish list. Now an accelerator tailored to sports technology startups might be giving those founders a connection to the ultimate in sports and marketing royalty: the Dallas Cowboys.

After 33 Exits in 5 Years, WI Seeks “More and Bigger” Startup Deals

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When Propeller Health’s founders initially tried to raise funding for their new healthcare technology venture, many of the investors they spoke with were hesitant to take the risk. It was the early part of this decade, and Propeller was navigating the FDA’s regulatory process for medical devices. The company believed it had a chance to become one of the first to earn market clearance from the agency for a software product, says Propeller co-founder and CEO David Van Sickle.

Walmart Brings Virtual Reality to Retail With Purchase of Spatialand

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Venice, CA-based Spatialand worked with Walmart on a project last year, an experience that led to the acquisition, according to the blog post. Walmart’s tech incubator in Silicon Valley, Store No 8, has acquired Spatialand , a virtual reality software firm, as its third portfolio company.

SpinMedia Buys Death and Taxes

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Los Angeles-based SpinMedia said today that it has acquired Death and Taxes , an online magazine focused on indie music news, pop culture, politics, and entertainment. deathandtaxes spinmedia content blog magazine merger acquisition music news entertainment Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SpinMedia said that Death and Taxes sees around 1 million unique visitors a month. READ MORE>>.

Initiative to Boost SoCal’s Startup Scene Teams With GV Founder

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Entertainment Web wirelessA Silicon Valley entrepreneur has set out to boost the startup ecosystem in San Diego and the rest of Southern California—and he already has scored a coup by partnering with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, now known as GV.

BUZZMEDIA Buys The Frisky

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the publisher of entertainment related blogs and websites, said Friday that it has acquired The Frisky , an entertainment news, celebrity, and fashion site, from Turner Broadcasting Systems. entertainment blog women celebrity hollywood content acquisition merger thefrisky frisky buzzmedia

Deadline.com Trumpets Readership Numbers

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Los Angeles-based entertainment news blog Deadline.com is trumpeting its readership numbers today, saying that the site had 1,111,000 unique visitors in November, more than industry publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Tags: deadline entertainment news variety hollywood content blog blogging

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Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

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Yekra says it is a digital entertainment distributor connected with an affiliate marketing system. Yekra says its system helps match content to viewers by genre, by digitally distributing entertainment through different web sites, blogs, social networks, and other destinations.

Biotech Roundup: ASCO, BIO, Drug Setbacks, Incubators & More

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—If Jim Greenwood railing like King Lear in the storm isn’t entertaining enough, two notorious biotech characters have once again inspired the imagination of creative types. If you blinked, you probably missed something this week in biotech. The nation’s biggest annual cancer meeting took place in Chicago, while biotech’s trade group held its annual confab in San Francisco.

Happy Holiday’s From The TechZulu Crew!

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Arts & Entertainment Blogging Video christmas TechZuluAs Christmas Eve approaches, we here at TechZulu would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday. Visit TechZulu for full story.

Best Reads for Casual Friday: Big Tech Businesses Gets Political

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Time to curl up in your cubicle, pop open one of these in-depth, entertaining reads, and catch up on some of what you missed during a busy week. You’ve made it to Friday.

What’s your story? Did someone else create it?

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It is an old warning in the entertainment industry. For example, if you have a bicycle courier service that you want to be known as speedy and reliable, define yourself as “the FedEx of urban couriers.” (See “Manage Your Mantra” two weeks earlier in this blog.)

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Fizziology Expands In The UK

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Fizzilogy provides online social media monitoring of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other sites to help the media, entertainment, and sports industry track trends. fizziology buzz social media entertainment content hollywood expansion international

The Thrill is Gone | About.me Sells Out to AOL

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Arts & Entertainment Blogging Business Culture Entrepreneurship Social News Startup about.me About.me, Tony Conrad’s stealth startup went live to the masses four days ago and just like that has been acquired by AOL. Visit TechZulu for full story. AOL aol ventures sphere splash page tony conrad

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Helix Raises $200M to Build Its DNA “App Store” Beyond the Family Tree

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The firm said today it has raised $200 million from high-profile investors to expand its online app store, which currently has 34 products across six categories: entertainment, family, fitness, health, nutrition, and ancestry, which is the most popular. Thanks to advertising blitzes from companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe, Joe and Jane Consumer might know that their genetic blueprint and $100 or so can dig up insights about their genealogy.

BUZZMEDIA Revs Editorial Hires

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BUZZMEDIA operates a large stable of entertainment-related brands, including SPIN, Celebuzz, Stereogum, Videogum, Buzznet, TheSuperficial, and many others. buzzmedia executive content editor blog celebrity entertainmentLos Angeles-based digital media publisher BUZZMEDIA looks to be revving up its hiring on the editorial end of its business, saying Tuesday that it has hired nine staffers across its sites Celebuzz, and SPIN.

Fullscreen Signs Up Comedian, Actress Grace Helbig

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Fullscreen says Helbig has had more than 210 million views of her online videos, and has over a half million Twitter followers, in addition to millions of fans on her Tumblr blog and YouTube channel. blogger video vlogger entertainment fullscreen helbig grace

Southern California Tech Central

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The Technology Council of Southern California and TechEmpower are happy to announce the launch of: Southern California Tech Central This is a community of people in Southern California who have come together to help find and organize the best content from blogs, news sources and other web sites all around technology in So Cal. Tags: Hardware Internet Marketing Media/Entertainment Newsletter Sales Software Startups Venture Capital Video Games

BUZZMEDIA Rises To Top In Traffic Ranking

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Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the vast network of entertainment and music related blogs and websites, said that it is now number one in entertainment news, according to rankings from comScore. BUZZMEDIA has been growing out its network by buying popular blog sites that cover areas such as music and celebrities; the firm said that its investments in that area allowed it to grow past other sites, such as TMZ, People, and OMG.

Xconomy’s Top Innovation Stories of the Half Year

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Bernadette Tansey dives into the world of virtual reality from a consumer and entertainment perspective. Here we are at the midpoint of 2016 already. Time to look back on the past six months—and some of the top stories of the year so far.