Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

TechCrunch LA

and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals and blue collar workers, fashion labels, educational tools in augmented reality, kids entertainment, and an interactive entertainment production company.

Stage 32 Targets Film, TV, Theater With Social Network

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Does the entertainment industry need its own social networking site? Los Angeles-based Stage 32 thinks so--and so far, has 325,000 members for its online social networking site, which it says ties together film, television, and theater creatives. stage32 social networking hollywood content film theater television artist

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Earbuds lets audiences stream the playlists of athletes, entertainers and each other

TechCrunch LA

Earbuds , a new startup from Austin founded by former Detroit Lions lineman Jason Fox, wants to bring the power of social media to your eardrums. On social media, players would take screenshots of their playlists and post them to platforms like Twitter or Instagram, Fox said.

Social Networking and Business Value

SoCal CTO

Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. Individuals use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo as career-advancing tools, even more useful in a down economy. Can social networking be a money-maker for companies?

Africa’s Largest and Fastest Growing Social Network | Interview with LAGbook’s Chidi Nwaogu

Tech Zulu Event

Today they say its Africa’s largest and fastest growing social networking utility with over 4,000 daily new sign-ups. They also add that LAGbook ranks #2 in the city of Yaba-Lagos, where the social network was incepted, and #37 in the city of Hirtshal, Denmark.

Los Angeles-based Talespin nabs $15 million for its extended reality-based workforce training tools

TechCrunch LA

Traditional venture capitalists may have made it rain on expensive Hollywood studios that were promising virtual reality would be the future of entertainment and social networking (given coronavirus fears, it may yet be), but Talespin and others like it are focused on much more mundane goals.

Fifty years of the internet

TechCrunch LA

After we typed the first two letters from our computer room at UCLA, namely, “Lo” for “Login,” the network crashed. Here one can list pervasive search engines, access to extensive information repositories, consumer aids, entertainment, education, connectivity among humans, etc.

TechZulu Live to Premiere "TZLaw" at 5:15 p.m. PT Thursday, October 7, with IP Attorney Denise Grayson of "The Social Network"

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PT as they kick off the new weekly tech law show "TechZulu Law" with a discussion with IP attorney Denise Grayson, who portrays the attorney of Eduardo Saverin in the film about the early days of Facebook, "The Social Network.".

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MySpace Chops 47 Percent

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In a statement attributed to CEO Mike Jones and published on PaidContent, the firm said the moves were a result of its relaunch as an entertainment destination for Gen Y, and give the site a "clear path for sustained growth and profitability." MySpace has been undergoing major structural changes over the past few years, as the firm's core social networking business shifted to competitor Facebook. myspace layoff jobs employment social networking content entertainment

Doppels Sets Up Shop In Los Angeles

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doppels social networking entertainment startup london internationalDoppels , a startup which develops a mobile app to connect people with the same birthday with each other, said it has set up shop in Los Angeles. The startup--founded in London--said it decided to locate in Los Angeles, after touring New York, Austin, and Silicon Valley, looking for the right place to launch the startup.

Facebook's Impact on Entertainment PR and Marketing

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, September 19, 2011 -- Facebook's Impact on Entertainment PR and Marketing. Learn first-hand from an all-star panel how the entertainment industry is using Facebook and other top social networking platforms. Social Media Week LA. PRSA LA. Well cover best practices, case studies and strategies for success (as well as those to avoid). The panel will include representatives from Facebook, major studios, talent agencies and PR/digital marketing firms.

Myspace Racks Up Registrations

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The online entertainment site--now owned by Specific Media--has been looking to revamp Myspace into a new, social service which combines music, links to Facebook, and music recommendation engine. myspace music player registration social networking entertainment contentBeverly Hills-based > Myspace is claiming growth in its users, saying that it has added over 1 million new signups to the service, after it launched a new Myspace Music Player.

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

Xconomy

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.

CASTAR App Launches to Match Talent with Casting Agents

LATechDigest

If you want a shot at making it big in the entertainment world, you go to Hollywood. Castar President and co-founder of Joel Robinson, is a talented musician and fashion aficionado with a decade of hands-on experience in the entertainment and fashion industries.

Clicker Launches Comments, Partnership With Showtime

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Clicker's "check-in" features are part of its Clicker Social effort, which uses social gaming features, similar to Foursquare and other sites, to reward users with special badges for specific actions and following certain shows on the site.

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Interview with Kieve Huffman, Dather

socalTECH

For this morning's interview, we have an interview with Kieve Huffman , the co-founder of Dather (www.dather.com), a new Los Angeles startup which has created a tool which helps to aggregate social networking web sites and media.

MySpace Debuts New Site, Logo Plans

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Beverly Hills-based MySpace , the online social networking site, is set to debut a new new site design and logo, the firm said late last night. Tags: myspace social networking entertainment hollywood

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Beyond Entertainment | Social Media as a Tool for Marketers

Tech Zulu Event

Since its inception into the mainstream fabric of people’s lives, social media and the concept of social networking has gone through a rather peculiar evolutionary transition. The capability for a social app to monetize is now the new standard – like it or not.

Take Back Your Internet, Leave Klout

Tech Zulu Event

Defining “Good” and “Great” are completely subjective to the audience you’re trying to reach, but for starters, the Internet should be filled with interesting, useful, intelligent, creative, helpful, informative, entertaining, or fun things.

Websense Takes Aim At Time Wasting Viral Videos

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The company said Thursday that it has released technology which help employers cut down on employees watching time-wasting viral videos and entertainment--while still allowing those employees to access other, useful content on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and other social sites. Websense said its Websense TRITON product allow users to access educational videos, but will throttle or block viral videos and other entertainment content, depending on a company's policy and settings.

BeLinked: How Professional Networking Can Improve Your Dating Life

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LinkedIn is one of the largest social networks, with 300 million users, and we fell that it has a higher quality user base. Max Fischer: I''m a former investment banker and investment professional, and I have worked a little bit in the entertainment space as well.

Sony's Free Realms Hits 8M Players

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Sony Online Entertainment , which is based in San Diego, said today that it now has over eight million players on its virtual world Free Realms. Sony's virtual world, which allows users to network with other people, and is also connected to the Free Realms trading card game, is targeted at families. Tags: sony free realms virtual world online content game videogame social networking

Myspace Launches New Music Player

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Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has released a new music player. myspace music player social networking discoveryThe site said its new Myspace Music Player will provide free, unlimited on-demand listening, personalized radio, search, as well as sharing features on both Myspace and Facebook.

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

Tech Zulu Event

Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. Brian has over a decade developing and deploying cutting-edge technology within the entertainment industry.

Interview with Sam Rogoway, Near Networks

socalTECH

Well, Los Angeles based Near Networks (www.nearnetworks.com) is looking to both reach customers online, and avoid the tacky, lousy production of typical small business ads, with a new service. The company is employing a network of documentary filmmakers and high quality, Hollywood production capability here in Los Angeles to produce small business videos in HD for the web and YouTube. What is Near Networks?

Interview with Gregg Champion, OneCubicle

socalTECH

Our interview today is with Santa Monica-based OneCubicle (www.onecubicle.com), a new startup we ran across recently, which is looking to provide a more professional social networking site for younger people. Gregg Champion: OneCubicle.com is a social business network for people on their first, second, and third jobs. You can also use the service to network to your next job. Why did you decide to start yet another social networking site?

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Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

socalTECH

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.

Interview with Phil Ressler, BigStage Entertainment

socalTECH

They want a means of representing themselves that is animated, and changeable, and actively communicates in places like MySpace, Facebook, and other social networks. It doesn't matter if someone is narcissistically motivated, or they just have a social affinity. Pasadena-based BigStage (www.bigstage.com) is one of those rare companies that has taken technology developed from university research, and is now bringing that technology to the commercial market.

Wave Creates VR Driven, Live Concert Product

socalTECH

According to Wave, it has launched a new, mulkti-channel virtual entertainment platform, specifically allowing artists to perform live for fans in online games, social networks, live-streaming channels, or entertainment networks. Los Angeles-based Wave --which was until recently known as TheWaveVR--has connected its virtual reality technology into the world of live concerts, the company said on Thursday.

Vixlet Names Former GM CEO As Advisor

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Los Angeles-based Vixlet , a startup developing a social networking site linked to sports leagues, teams, and entertainment companies, said this morning that it has named former General Motors Chairman and CEO Daniel "Dan" Akerson as a special advisor to the company. akerson carlyle executive startup sports networking social vixlet

MySpace, Panasonic Unveil Social TV Service

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Social entertainment site Myspace , which is now owned by Irvine-based Specific Media, is making a big push this week at CES, and launched a new, social TV service with Panasonic Monday. The new service ties the social features of MySpace with traditional television viewing.

Can you create a great customer case study?

Berkonomics

We are constantly bombarded by ads in multiple types of media, to the extent that we most often tune them out unless particularly entertaining from the first moment (eight seconds.). Using new tools in a social age. Attention spans are growing shorter by the second.

USC Launches Media Lab

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According to USC, the new lab--backed by IBM, Verizon, the Levi's brand and Mattel--will focus on the areas of geolocation, social networking, digital entertainment, gaming behavior and transmedia. Tags: networking social journalism communications media annenberg

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Taltopia Launches iPhone, Android Apps, Seeks Funding

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Los Angeles-based Taltopia , an angel backed, online social networking site focused on Hollywood, said today that it has launched both Apple iPhone and Google Android applications.

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

TechCrunch LA

Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

CPMs Highest For Newspapers, Sports Sites

socalTECH

Display ad numbers released today from Internet analysis firm comScore shows that CPMs for Internet publishers were highest for newspapers, and lowest for social networking sites. Among the lowest CPMs are social networking sites, which garnered only an $0.56 CPM, and entertainment sites at $4.75. Despite those CPMs, the distribution of impressions were highly slanted toward social networking sites, with 27.7%

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Popbase helps YouTube stars build closer relationships with their fans

TechCrunch LA

Entertainment has changed. Developments like live streaming, social media and more have made the stars of today more relatable and more easily reachable than those of yesteryear.

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Tibesti Exits Beta

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Tibesti , an online social shopping site, said today that the firm has exited its beta and officially launched its site. Tibesti was co-founded by Mike Hale, who was on the founding team of Starz Entertainment.

TechZulu Live from NAB at the NMX New Media Lounge!

Tech Zulu Event

That’s right folks TechZulu is heading to NAB with our old pals NMX to report and entertain live from the New Media Lounge. What better place for New Media content creators to network, learn, geek out on gear the most amazing gear in the world?

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A good case study is worth many paid ads.

Berkonomics

We are constantly bombarded by ads in multiple types of media, to the extent that we most often tune them out unless particularly entertaining from the first moment. We have grown more than a bit weary of most advertising, no matter in what form.

Worlize Names CTO

socalTECH

Los Angeles-based Worlize , the user-generated social gaming firm headed by Brian McKelvey, has added a new Chief Technology Officer, the firm is announcing tomorrow. Worlize is adding Sabri Sansoy, former CTO for Animax Entertainment, to the position. Sansoy also has served as Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Technology at Game Show Network (GSN). Tags: worlize executive social gaming videogame content

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Doppels Is the Birthday Matching App You’re Going to Love

Tech.Co

On your birthday, something special happens on social media: you receive hundreds of likes and well wishes from friends, family, high school classmates and people you haven’t talked to for years on Facebook.

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TechZulu wants YOU at New Media Expo’s Startup Launchpad | Official Partnership Announced

Tech Zulu Event

To start, New Media Expo (NMX) is the first and only industry-wide conference, tradeshow and media event dedicated to blogging, podcasting, social media, social networking, online video, music, Internet TV and radio. Hey folks!

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