Fri.Jan 19, 2018

Will Packer Media Buys xoNecole

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Los Angeles-based production and content firm Will Packer Media said on Thursday that it has acquired women's lifestyle site xoNecole , a lifestyle site aimed at "urban millenial women". Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Will Packer Media said it will accelerate growth of xoNecole, adding video, social and mobile offerings, plus a newsletter and event series.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 19: Snap Lays Off Two Dozen Employees

L.A. Business Journal

Snap lays off two dozen employees; Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg leaving in March; and California legislators move forward bill to create California Aerospace Commission

Disney Links With Twitch On Content Distribution

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Disney Digital Network , part of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), is in a content deal with videogame streaming service Twitch , where Disney will provide content from four Disney content creators to Twitch. According to Twitch, four of the largest Disney-managed digital content creators Jacksepticeye, LuzuGames, Markiplier, and Strawburry17--will create exclusive, video-on-demand and live broadcast content on Twitch. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Bio Roundup: Spark’s Road Ahead, Juno Rumors, Merck’s Big Day & More

Xconomy

The most overblown health story of the week was President Trump’s health exam. America learned Trump is in perfect health and has “ great genes.” ” He takes Propecia. He doesn’t have heart problems, had a perfect cognitive test score, and is one pound shy of obese. This scintillating information led to a new social media phenomenon, the “ girther ” movement, and a number of articles questioning the findings of longtime White House physician Ronny Jackson.

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Tougher “Immigration” Policies On Foreign Tech Crossing U.S. Border

Xconomy

It’s not only people from other countries that are struggling harder to get into the United States these days, it seems. Technology from foreign nations may also be subject to stricter “immigration” rules. The national origins of tech devices and services wasn’t a front-burner question—at least for the general public—until the issue came up at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in May on Russia’s suspected hacking of the 2016 presidential election. Leaders of six U.S.