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Yabber Launches iPad Kids Magazine

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Yabber , a new Los Angeles startup, said Thursday that it has launched a new, iPad-based kids magazine. According to Yabber, the founders of the firm were "inspired by the growing tech and startup communities of Santa Monica and Los Angeles" to start the company, looking to innovate in the children's magazine area. The magazine is available now in the Apple iTunes store, and is free. yabber ipad kids children magazine content publishing

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ThisNext.com Partners With Lucky Magazine

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Santa Monica-based ThisNext , the social shopping and content site run by Matt Edelman, has scored a partnership with Lucky Magazine. thisnext lucky magazine cobranded social shopping advertising retailAccording to ThisNext, the two have created a co-branded shopping site, which was launched Friday. The new e-commerce site is aimed at helping women decide what to buy by tapping ThisNext's social shopping features and guides.

Funny or Die Launches iPad Magazine

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Los Angeles-based Funny or Die , the online humor site, is trying its hand in the digital tablet publishing space, saying Thursday that it has launched a new, digital magazine for the iPad. The firm said its new magazine, The Occasional will cost $9.99

I Buy Dead Magazines (the art of the intro …)

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I buy dead magazines.” I buy dead magazines. We think that the magazine industry is going through incredible change but that the Internet website experience doesn’t yet fulfill our magazine needs. People read magazines for a reason and it’s a combination of focused content and beautiful images. It’s hard to imagine that somebody pitching a content business business in LA really could have captured my attention – there are so many of them.

Yapert Raises $1.2M For Mobile Magazine

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in a seed funding round, for its interactive mobile magazine. Yapert''s moblie magazine focuses on musicians, celebrities, athletes, fitness stars, and others, with a particular focus on stars and brands. music entertainment brand celebrity publishing content capital venture magazine mobile yapert San Diego-based Yapert said this morning that it has raised $1.2M

Variety Acquired By Penske Media

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variety penske media reed content publishing magazineThe bible of entertainment industry news, Variety , has been acquired by Internet entrepreneur Jay Penske, via his firm, Penske Media , the companies said today. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Penske Media owns such online publications as Deadline, HollywoodLife, BGR, and TVLine MovieLine, a number of which are major competitors to Variety.

Zite | Your Personalized Magazine

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One thing Internet technologies have brought us over time is the increasing ability to create customizable or personalized content for ourselves. We could now not only see content we were aware of but we could discover new content via our friends and their friends.

Glossi Debuts New Features For Digital Magazine Publishers

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Glossi , which develops tools to help publishers create digital magazines for the web, said today that it has launched a brand new set of features aimed at rich media content publishers. The startup--headed by Matt Edelman--said it has added such features as contest creation; ways to highlight collections of its digital magazines in Facebook, a blog, or web site; new e-commerce ability from within its magazines; an iPad app; and Google Image search support, among other tools.

Snapchat Theme Drives New Playboy Issue

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In a bid for a new generation of readers, Playboy , the men's magazine best known for its long history of nude photo pictorials of women, has launched a new "non-nude" era of the publication, with a Snapchat-like front cover.

KidZui Links With Parenting Magazines

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San Diego-based KidZui, a provider of a kid-friendly web browser, has inked a deal with Parents.com, the online site for the American Baby, Parents, and Family Circle magazines. KidZui said that editorial content from Parents.com wil be integrated into its parent site, and Parents.com will recommend KidZui's web browser for children.

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Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

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Magazine. Magazine is a celebrity news magazine and website. Buzz Media--which was formerly known as BuzzNet--is a venture backed operator of a network of pop culture, celebrity, and music-focused web content properties and blogs. According to the two, they are in a joint venture focused on digital content, marketing, and advertising.

New Partnership with Inc Magazine

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Magazine. has organized them in a forum specially designed for their followers and made access to Docstoc’s premium quality content even more easily available on the web. It’s an exciting day at Docstoc as we are pleased to announce a new partnership with Inc.

ThisNext's Glossi Launches Public Beta

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Glossi , an online magazine publishing tool being developed by Santa Monica-based ThisNext , has its debut today, aimed at letting users built and publish their own visual magazines. The new service lets users organize and lay out heavily visual, online magazines.

Lean Startup Legend Steve Blank Discloses His Most Daring Guerrilla Marketing Tactics

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He met with the editors of the three Mac magazines that his customers read and showed them metrics that confirmed that SuperMac's boards were the fastest on the market. "I At no charge, you can ingest the same content used by Steve's university students.

OpenX Launches New Service Around Content Optimization, Ad Monetization

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Los Angeles-based digital advertising technology developer OpenX has launched a new service today, which it says will combine content optimization and ad monetization for publishers. The firm said its new Revenue Intelligence service--aimed at online publishers such as newspaper chains and national magazines--helps publishers understand the link between their content, audience, and advertisements. online publishing monetization advertising optimization content openx

GotCast Wins Playboy

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According to the firm, it is helping to promote a casting call for Playboy's Miss Social, an effort which includes a photo shoot with the magazine. gotcast playboy online content hollywood casting model

Hunker Launches New Home Design Site

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hunker home design content magazine website demandmedia leafgroup demand leafA new, online home design site, called Hunker , launched today, focused on home design, home tours, product recommendations, personal essays, and helpful information for homeowners and apartment-dwellers. The new site comes from Santa Monica-based Leaf Group --which, until recently, was known as Demand Media--and offers up its own site, plus also reach into Facebook and Instagram.

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>>.

ImageCollect.com Grows Celebrity Photo Library

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Los Angeles-based AudioMicro , which operates a network of online content licensing marketplaces for audio, photos, and more, is announcing today that it has grown its library of pictures on site ImageCollect to 1.5 The site apparently has been used by customers US Weekly, Life & Style, Tribune Media Services, NY Times Magazine, and Star Magazine.

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Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort

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Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publisher which runs such sites as eHow.com, typeF.com, and LIVESTRONG.COM, said Thursday afternoon that it is launching a new effort focused on long-form web content. Demand Media said it is looking specifically for feature writers who have 5 to 10 years of experience, writing or reporting for a major daily newspaper or as a regular contributor to a major magazine.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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If you ask me, I think it’s one of the companies that has led and will continue to lead the transformation of media from a lethargic print-based (newspapers, magazines) and linear based (TV) format into the most successful digital media brand of the next decade. BuzzFeed.

Verve Wireless Snags Former comScore Technology Chief

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Verve Wireless develops mobile software used by newspapers, magazines, and other publishers--including the Associated Press--to distribute their content to mobile and smartphone users. San Diego-based Verve Wireless , which develops mobile publishing and advertising tools, reported today that it has hired Chris Nicotra, the former Chief Technology Officer of comScore, as its new Executive Vice President of Product and Technology.

Cie Games Signs Deal With Car and Driver

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Long Beach-based Cie Games , the developer of the branded, social automotive game Car Town for Facebook, said today that it has partnered with Car and Driver , the automotive magazine published by Hearst Magazines.

How WhoSay Is Connecting Celebrities Directly With Fans

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If you think about the amount of media and engagement our clients have driven in print, in digital, and through different magazines, it''s a huge amount. These days, they''re now generating more and more of their own content, often on their phones.

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United Online Turns Down MemoryLane.com

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Woodland Hills-based United Online said Wednesday afternoon that has launched a new business, MemoryLane.com , focused on nostalgic content, folding its Classmates Online business into the new website. and will focus on providing vintage magazines, historic newsreels, classic sports highlights, movie trailers, song samples and cover art, digitized high school yearbooks, and other nostalgic content via the site.

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BUZZMEDIA Buys Spin

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Los Angeles-based digital media and entertainment publisher BUZZMEDIA announced this morning that it has acquired venerable SPIN Media , the publisher of Spin Magazine, the 25 year old brand known for its coverage of music and culture. BUZZMEDIA, which is headed by Tyler Goldman, said the deal includes not just SPIN's print magazine, but also SPIN.com, the SPIN Play app for the iPad, and SPIN's events business.

BUZZMEDIA Snags Sales VP From Break

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Ziegler was previously VP of Sales at Break Media, and also served at Yahoo and TIME Magazine, among other positoins. music content publishing executive sales buzzmediaLos Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA , the online music blog publisher and pop culture publishing firm which owns Celebuzz, Idolator, Stereogum, and other sites, is continuing a hiring roll today, saying it has named Michael Ziegler as Senior Vice President, Sales.

Interview with Robert Flynn, Aggregage

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In the quest to own the world of Internet content, there has been a huge amount of focus given to the world of consumer Internet content. Los Angeles-based Aggregage (www.aggregage.com) is looking to help aggregate the content across multiple blog publishing sites, and curate that information into specific, B2B niche vertical web sites. For that reason, more and more content is going online. Our model is we don't just scrape their content.

2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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With nearly two decades’ investing experience working in content creation and new technology, he has grown Machinima into a video creation and curation powerhouse with over four billion YouTube video views, 30,000 programmers and distribution with companies like Warner Bros.,

Tastemade Expands Channels

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Santa Monica-base online entertainment company TasteMade said yetserday that it is in a big expansion of its content, and is launching two new channels in the home and travel area. The company--which develops content online specifically for millennials--said it has produced more than 150 hours of original programming in the new home and travel areas. Tastemade is best known for its content in the food area. tastemade channel expansion home travel content hollywood millennia

Web Second, Mobile First

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It’s the new magazine. Have the ability to enable “content creation” and “content curation” in a way that makes all of the mobile consumption by other users a better experience. The larger real estate also makes content discovery different.

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GOOD Gets Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based GOOD , a media firm which operates Reason Pictures, GOOD Magazine, and GOOD Digital, announced this week that it has raised a Series A funding round. magazine founder Bernie Goldhirsch. Tags: good content media magazine movie venture capital angel nicholas negroponte Amount of the funding was not disclosed. Investors included angels and Nicholas Negroponte and Ben Goldhirsch, the firm's CEO and co-founder. Goldhirsh is the son of Inc.