Orbitera Acquired By Google For More Than $100M

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West Hollywood-based Orbitera , which develops cloud-based software for managing leads, trial subscriptions, and billing, has been acquired by Google , Google said on Monday. Google said it will continue to make Orbitera available to other software vendors, in addition to using the company's technology to improve the support of software vendors on Google Cloud Platform. orbitera google merger acquisition software trial cloud lead

Google Launches Music Service

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Throwing its hat into the streaming music market, Internet giant Google announced a new service, Google Music , today in Los Angeles. At a special event in Los Angeles, Google said its new service is an outgrowth of its Google Music Beta cloud music storage service, and will offer up a full, end to end service to allow users to discovery, share, and purchase music. google music streaming service content hollywood audio stream

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Google Follows MP3tunes With Music Locker Service

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Mountain View-based Google has followed the lead of San Diego-based MP3tunes , and debuted its own "music locker" service today at its Google I/O developer conference. Google's new "Music Beta by Google" is only available to a limited number of customers, however, will allow users to store up to 20,000 songs "in the cloud", streaming those tunes to Android phones or PCs. google mp3tunes music locker service streaming content hollywood

Microsoft Spins Up New Entertainment Studio In Hollywood

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Microsoft is the latest big name, technology company which sees its future being defined in Hollywood, and is reportedly hiring a former CBS television executive to head up original video content development efforts here.

Jaunt Finds $65M To Open VR Studio In Los Angeles

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SE, Axel Springer SE, The Madison Square Garden Company plus Google Ventures, Highland Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Sky and SV Angel. jauntvr jaunt virtual reality content hollywood film cinema cinematic videos venture capitalJaunt , a developer of cinematic, virtual reality hardware and software, said this morning that it has opened up a new, virtual reality studio in Los Angeles, after receiving $65M in a Series C funding.

MovieClips Gets $7M, Partners With YouTube

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Venice, California-based MOVIECLIPS , the online provider of licensed movie clips headed by Richard Raddon and Zach James, is announcing today that it has scored $7M in a Series B funding round, and also partnered with Google to feature its clips on YouTube.

J.J. Abrams To Produce Documentary On Google Lunar XPRIZE

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Abrams, the producer of Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens, to document the efforts behind the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Google said last week that Moon Shot, the new documentary of the teams behind the XPRIZE, will be created by director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Google is awarding $30 million to teams who develop technology to design and build a lunar rover, land it on the surface of the moon, and drive it 500 meters across the landscape.

Disney, YouTube Link In Original Video Effort

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Glendale-based Disney Interactive Media and online video sharing site YouTube , which is part of Google, announced today that they are spending up to $15M on developing original videos series. hollywood content google video original youtube disneyThe content will be produced by Disney and distributed via YouTube and Disney.com.

Sony Releases The Interview Online On YouTube, Xbox, Google Play

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Sony Pictures has released The Interview online, available for streaming, on YouTube , Google Play , Google Play, Xbox Video , and on its own website, seetheinterview.com , in a surprise Christmas gift to North Korea.

YouTube's New Investments Aimed At Hollywood Creators

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Google''s YouTube has created a huge upswing in content and media startups-and fortunes--in Los Angeles, with the rise of multi-channel networks. youtube hollywood channel content creator video funding investment A new effort by YouTube to fund individual content creators-- announcd last week --might further fuel that fire.

Why Seriously Thinks Mobile Games Are Key To Hollywood's Future

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In the mobile age, what is the key to connecting and engaging with users, and where does Hollywood''s creative content fit into the mix? What''s the connection between Seriously and Hollywood?

YouTube Injects $200M Into More Content

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In what can only be good news for the ecosystem of content providers and startup firms here in Southern California, Google's YouTube said Sunday that it is expanding into Europe, and adding more than 50 original channels to the 100 it introduced last year. youtube content channels development hollywood startups

Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports

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This last season, we did over 600 high school football games all over the country, and signed a partnership with Google/YouTube and others. Can you talk about how the YouTube/Google relationship works, as much as you can? John Mudge: We started working with Google/YouTube last year.

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

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First reported by Deadline Hollywood , Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to play Holmes. 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. In Boston, there were more twists for a closely watched Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug and a setback for a high-profile drug for multiple sclerosis.

Google Executive Chairman Buys House In LA, Says Report

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In the latest Silicon Valley mogul to buy a house in Los Angeles, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has reportedly purchased a $22 million house in Los Angeles in the Holmby Hills. google real estate house mansion silicon valley mogul

Twentieth Century Fox Launches HD Streaming Program

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said that its DIGITAL HD initiative will allow consumers to download or stream Fox movies, via Amazon, CinemaNow, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation, VUDU, Xbox Live and YouTube. twentieth century digital streaming content video hollywoodTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is aiming to boost digital streaming and downloading of its content, through a new program the firm announced this morning.

MGM In Deal With YouTube

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A new content distribution deal between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and YouTube , announced over the weekend, will bring over 600 new titles for rent to YouTube and Google Play, the two firm said Sunday. YouTube and MGM said that the deal will bring such titles as "Terminator", "Robocop", and "Rocky" to both YouTube and Google's recently renamed Android app and content marketplace. youtube title rent content hollywood rental video

What Does Google's New YouTube Strategy Mean For SoCal Startups?

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It looks like Google's YouTube intends to pull at least 60 percent of its programming deals for online content providers, a move that may have a huge impact on Southern California's emerging video content startups. google youtube content hollywood video streaming

Machinima Raises $35M

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The round was led by Google, along with prior investors Redpoint Ventures and MK Capital. machinima venture capital youtube hollywood videogame games video googleLos Angeles-based Machinima , the online video entertainment firm focused on computer gamers, said Monday that it has raised $35M in a financing round.

Amazon Betas Gets Greenlight

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The comedy pilot, which is set in the "land of Silicon Valley start-ups", is actually being filmed at ROC Santa Monica, the real-life, startup coworking space which recently opened in Google's old Santa Monica offices. amazon betas greenlight content hollywood technology startup high techIt looks like Ed Begley, Jr.,

Apple Bids For Hulu, Says Report

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So far, Hulu apparently has been shopped to Yahoo, AT&T, Microsoft, and Google. hulu apple merger acquisition video content streaming hollywood televisionIn the latest rumor swirling around Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu , a number of reports last night say that Apple Computer is now bidding for the firm. The report came from Bloomberg, which cited "two people with knowledge of the auction".

ZestCash Gets $19M For Lending Startup

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Hollywood-based ZestCash , a startup offering up short-term, consumer loans online, has scored $19M in funding today, including $11M in a Series A equity round plus $8M in venture debt. The firm's founder and CEO is Douglas Merrill , the former CIO and VP of Engineering of Google.

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Move Over Kim Kardashian | Sophia, The Robot Is The New It Girl

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CEO, David Hanson, American robotics designer and researcher created Sophia in the likes of Hollywood legend, Audrey Hepburn and his lovely wife. Hanson Robotics uses a combination of Alphabet’s Google chrome voice recognition technology and other tools for speech processing.

The Backplane Snags Investors

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The round include Sequoia Capital, Greylock Discovery Fund, Battery Ventures, Formation 8, Advance/Newhouse Investment Partnership an affiliate of Conde Nast, along with Google Ventures, Founders Fund Angel, Menlo Ventures, SV Angel, i/o Ventures and other angels. thebackplane backplane celebrity content lady gaga investors venture capital hollywood community software

Interview with David Aronchick, Hark

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About one quarter of all of the searches on Google are for entertainment related content, and studios are not playing into that at all. david aronchick hark interview entrepreneur content media hollywood studio publishing audio sound licensing movie television music

YouTube Adds Movie Rentals

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Google's online video sharing site YouTube , said today that it has inked a deal to add around 3,000 movie titles for rent through the site, as it looks to broaden its offerings from the amateur, web-based videos its is known for towards more traditional, professional content. studio hollywood content rental movie machinima youtube

Amazon's New AutoRip Converts CDs To MP3, Echoes AnywhereCD

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Robertson has had a knack of coming up with innovations in music, getting sued out of existence by the major music labels, only to have those innovations later adopted by the big players; he was also behind San Diego's MP3Tunes , an online music locker service which essentially operated like Amazon's Cloud Lockers and Google's music lockers, but was also put out of business due to legal battles with EMI. amazon autorip anywherecd mp3tunes music storage ecommerce content hollywood

Interview with Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie

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We also handle if Apple or Google come out with new software, instead of having to call a developer asking them what it will cost to support those changes, we've already handled all of that.

Learning The Ropes Of Internet Video With Michael Tringe and CreatorUp

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We also have live lab sessions, which we run through Google+ Hangouts, which mirror the school education experience. YouTube has a player which works in Google hangouts, so they can instantly screen your work or your pitch, and you can get instant feedback that way.

23 Million Views – Startup Content Goes Mainstream

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John Ferriter – Real Life Jerry Maguire, Top Hollywood Agent. “I With no industry connections or family ties, talent agent John Ferriter applied basic entrepreneurial principles to reach the pinnacle of Hollywood's elite. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Five Startups Revolutionizing Music, In Southern California

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Southern California is the center of the entertainment industry, which not only includes the world of Hollywood, movies and film, and television, but is also the home of the music industry. content entertainment hollywood play technology guitar musician music angeles startup feature

SilVR Thread, Lionsgate Roll Out New VR Title

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The VR experience runs on Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, and is available on the Oculus store, Android Marketplace and Apple iTunes. samsunggear cardboard google oculus hollywood nerve reality virtual lionsgate threat silvrLos Angeles-based virtual reality developer SilVR Thread , and Lionsgate said today that they have rolled out a new, virtual reality title, in tandem with Lionsgate's new suspense thriller NERVE.

YouTube Launches Subscription TV Service, YouTube TV

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youtube streaming video hollywood content television cable youtubetv googleYouTube announced a new live TV streaming effort called YouTube TV this morning, at a big event at YouTube Space LA in Playa Vista, which was streamed to YouTube's offices in San Francisco and New York.