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Pluto.TV Inks Deals For Content From Hulu, Jukin, Others

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Los Angeles-based streaming media site Pluto TV has inked a deal to stream free content from Hulu, Jukin Media, and a number of others , to bolster the content lineup for the service. operates an online and mobile service which provides curated access to video streaming content, and is venture backed by U.S. access to Jukin's popular FailArmy channel, among other content. pluto streaming television hulu jukin content hollywood movies guide channel

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GumGum Jumps Into Publishing With New Site

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GumGum said it will publish original and curated content, a newsletter, awards and more focused on artificial intelligence and computer vision. gumgum visionary content publishing artificial intelligence computer vision softwareSanta Monica-based GumGum , the developer of computer vision and artificial intelligence software focused on the advertising industry, has jumped into the online publishing business, saying it has started a new online publication call The Visionary.

AudioMicro Launches New Stock Content Sites

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Sherman Oaks-based AudioMicro.com , the stock audio site run by Ryan Born, debuted four new content sites Thursday at the Launch Conference. Born showed off ChooseTattoos , ImageCollect , InfographicStock , and Cartoonsy at the conference. ChooseTattoos sells stock tattoo designs; ImageCollect celebrity images; InfographicStock includes infographics; and Cartoonsy various cartoon images. READ MORE>>. audiomicro choosetattoos stock images imagecollect cartoon cartoonsy

Google Lets Users Block Sites

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Search engine giant Google , in what might be a preview of a way for users to help filter out low quality web results, said Thursday that it has begun allowing user to block results from sites they do not want to see. Google--which said it is not yet using the data in search results, but will be looking at the data from the program--said the blocked sites will be linked to a user's Google account. Those recent changes have been aimed at sites like Santa Monica-based Mahalo.com.

Docstoc Ramps Video Content Effort

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, has quietly been ramping a video content effort at the site. In a new section on Docstoc's web site, the firm has been sharing dozens of video segments featureing business tips and advice from entrepreneurs from Southern California's technology community. Disclaimer: socalTECH has also contributed content to the new section.)

Los Angeles Becomes YouTube's Content Hub With New Playa Vista Studio

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The Los Angeles area is fast becoming the content hub for online video site YouTube , a position that takes advantage of both the LA region's long history in the entertainment business, and the rise of a slew of startups producing content specifically aimed at the YouTube audience. angeles youtube playa vista studio content hollywood video

Livestrong.com Launches Redesign Of Site

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Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.com , the health and fitness site run by Demand Media, is launching a redesign of the site today, splitting content into verticals focused on men and women. In an interview, Dan Brien, General Manager of the site, told socalTECH that the changes came after the firm began analyzing how men and women were using the site, extensively profiling how the two groups were using the content and tools on the site.

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Aggregage Launches Two New Sites

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Los Angeles-based Aggregage , the content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has launched two new sites, the firm said this week. Aggregage said that it has launched Leadership Digital , a new site focused on leadership and management, and Working Smarter Daily. Aggregage aggregates the posts of multiple blog owners into a single, topic-specific site, which is then sponsored by companies.

YouTube's New Content Partners A Who's Who Of SoCal Startups

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Not suprisingly, the announcement by YouTube late Friday of a new initiative to provide original content programming channels on the site was a who's who of Southern California content and media startups. Among the list of dozens of partners were DECA , EQAL , Katalyst , Machinima , Demand Media , Maker Studios , My Damn Channel , and Vuguru --just to name a few local content producers involved. youtube content video streaming machinima demand media equal deca vuguru

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design

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Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. The new site also lets users create their own radio stations, share animated GIFs, and more.

Anti-AgingGames.com Launches Brain Fitness Site

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The site--whose games were designed by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell--offers up online games which have been vetted by scientists to help reduce the risk of early memory loss. bushnell nolan atari content game videogame metal lifescience health cognitive neuroscience games aging antiLos Angeles-based Anti-AgingGames.com , a new startup offering up brain fitness games, has launched today, aiming at healthy people looking to help their memory, concentration, and focus.

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Recursor.TV Debuts Science Fiction Video Site

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said on Tuesday that it has launched a brand new site, which is focused on indie, science fiction video. The site--founded by E.J. Kavounas, Edouard de Lachomette and Steve Tao--said it will feature curate short films and series from independent filmmakers, and its own original content. The site allows users to search for content based on types of science fiction (alien encounters? Los Angeles-based Recursor.TV

4 Essential Webpage Elements for Getting Site Visitors to Convert

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Much effort and study has been expended to determine how a web site can better convert its visitors to paying customers. Sites like ww1.novarad.net place their free demo button above the fold and make it as visible as possible. Site Speed .

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Break Media Analyzes Men With New Site

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Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media is delving into that question this morning with the launch of a new site, called Acumen , focused on pulling insights and analysis on the behavior and trends driven by men. Break said the new site is designed as a new tool for brand marketers, to help them gain "actionable intelligence" about the male demographic. Break Media also said it will be running an ongoing, R&D panel of several thousand men for its new site.

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NewFronts | Monetizing Digital Content [Live]

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We’ll discuss how content studios are monetizing this content via advertising, sponsorship, show integration and more. Adam runs u look haute fashion and beauty channel and editorial site. Content partners include Discovery, CBS, Time Inc.,

Sweety High Launches Site for Tween Girls

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Sweety High , a new startup based in Manhattan Beach, is hoping to reach tween girls with its new social gaming and entertainment site, saying this week that it has launched out of private beta. The site says it is hoping to create a social game platform to allow girls between 8 and 16 to "express themselves fearlessly". Sweety High's service revolves around a combination of social games and original content.

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PickDeck – Content Based on YOUR Interests

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Rarely do we come upon a website or web applcaitions that truly sifts through all the junk and curates the most influential and authoritative source to give to useful and value content…not spam. They’ll discover content for me…AND make sure it’s not spam.

Internet Brands Buys Two Women's Sites From eHarmony

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Los Angeles-based Internet Brands said Monday that it has acquired two web sites aimed at women, Weddingbee.com , and JustMommies.com from Pasadena-based eHarmony. Internet Brands and eHarmony said that eHarmony had been operating the two sites for "several years" before the sale. internet brands eharmony merger acquisition content women advertising mommy blog

Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites

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The lessons learned by Divshot confirm that obtaining, and more importantly maintaining, visibility on the front page of a major social news site results from the congruence of three factors: audience, timing and engagement. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Demand Media, Tyra Banks Announce Fashion Site TypeF

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Los Angeles-based online publisher Demand Media and celebrity Tyra Banks said Tuesday that they have officially named the new fashion and beauty site the two are working on together, as TypeF. typef demand media tyra banks fashion model celebrity content publishing

Xfire Partners With Southeast Asian Gaming Site

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xfire southeast asia publisher gaming videogame content partnership seagaming massively multiplayerLos Angeles-based Xfire is continuing its expansion into Southeast Asia with a new partnership, the firm said today, with Southeast Asian games publisher SEA Gaming. According to the two, SEA Gaming will integrate Xfire's online gaming utility into its massively multiplayer online games offerings. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

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TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Site For YouTube Projects

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A new, Santa Monica-based startup TubeStart , said today that it has launched its crowdfunding platform specifically for YouTube video content creators. The startup--founded and headed by Josef Holm--said it not only allows traditional, crowdfunding campaigns with specific dollar goals--but also lets supporters sign up for "subscriptions" of between $5 and $150 monthly to support YouTube content efforts. tubestart crowdfunding youtube video content hollywood production funding

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Rustic Canyon Backs Social Shopping Site

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon is the lead investor in a round of funding from a social shopping site out of Y Combinator. A key part of Mertado's service is video content, whre it has syndicated content from Food Network, Fine Living, and Better TV to promote home an dkitchen products in its catalog. According to Mertado , a social shopping service which links users with home and kitchen products via Facebook said Wednesday that it has raised $2.3M

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NetDNA Launches CDN Service For E-commerce Sites

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Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA is targeting e-commerce site owners this morning with a new product, the company said. The firm said its new CloudCache.com content delivery network service is aimed at e-commerce site owners, and offers up to 200 gigabytes of bandwidth for prices starting at $12.00

AudioMicro Scores Funding From Stock Photo Site Fotolia

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Los Angeles-based AudioMicro , the provider of royalty free music and sound effects run by Ryan Born, has scored a round of financing from micro stock photo site Fotolia. AudioMicro operates an online web site which allows users to license royalty free music and sound effects for their video products, YouTube videos, and other uses.

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Hulu Plus Adds Content From WWE

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Fans of the WWE have a new way to get content from the entertainment company--known for its professional wrestling personalities and contests--via Hulu Plus , the premium service of Los Angeles-based video site Hulu. The WWE said that it is in an exclusive, multi-year agreement to bring its content to Hulu Plus, offering unlimited instant streaming access, additional content and programming on-the-go, to all of the WWE's TV programming.

Filmzu: Find, Connect and Create New Content | Co-Founders Interview Nick Ghirardelli and Rupert Ralston

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There are new filmmakers who are trying to get into the entertainment business, but the market has been over saturated with content. To do this, they have created Filmzu , an online matchmaker to find and connect with others to create new content. They prefer niche driven content.

Gaikai Powers Game Site

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Los Angeles-based Gaikai , the cloud-based game streaming service backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital, said Thursday that it is powering a game site, "The Escapist". Gaikai said that "The Escapist" will use its platform to stream demos of games like Electronic Arts Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 to game players, with other major video game publishers making their titles available through the site.

Stocktwits Inks Content Deal With CNNMoney

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San Diego-based Stocktwits , the stock-focused, online social media site headed by Howard Lindzon, has inked a new content deal with CNNMoney , the firm said today. According to StockTwits, the content partnership with CNNMoney will feature editorial content from its blog network, linking directly to individual blogs its its StockTwits Blog Network, and also includes an advertising revenue share program.

Autobytel to Provide Auto Content For Scripps

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Scripps Company , to provide its automotive content on the web sites of Scripps' television stations across thirteen major markets. The deal also calls for Autobytel to work with those local television stations to also develop content for the various local markets served by each site. Irvine-based automotive information provider Autobytel said this morning that it has signed a deal with publisher The E.W.

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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The site--which counts both the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball Advanced Media as partners--offers an online site focused on interacting with friends, playing games, and chatting with other sports fans. Minard Hamilton, the firm's CEO and co-founder, told us that that the most popular part of the site has been the firm's areas for NBA games. However, he said that the site also has eyes on Major League Baseball's opening day.

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SheKnows Powers Site For Patti Stanger

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Los Angeles-based SheKnows , the online women's publishing community and site which is part of Evolve Media Corp.'s s AtomicOnline unit, reports today that it is powering a new web site for Patti Stanger, best known for hosting Bravo's The Millionaire Matchmaker. SheKnows said that they are helping to launch Stanger's official site, PattiKnows , which will feature daily content from Stanger, video diaries, and other features.