News-reading app Flipboard expands local coverage, including coronavirus updates, to 12 more US metros

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Earlier this year, personalized news aggregation app Flipboard expanded into local news. The feature brought local news, sports, real estate, weather, transportation news and more to 23 cities across the U.S. Today, Flipboard is bringing local news to 12 more U.S. To offer local news in its app, Flipboard works with area partners, big and small, like The Plain Dealer’s Cleveland.com , the Detroit Free Press and the St.

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Logically Expands AI News Checking To US

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Logically , a developer of artificial intelligence software and a team of experts focused on news and fact checking, says it is expanding its news checking service to the U.S., election news. logically startup artificial intelligence fact checking news softwareand is looking to open up an office in the U.S. The company did not say where its office will be located, but made its announcement from Los Angeles.

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ObEN Powers Cryptocurrency News Via Avatar

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Pasadena-based ObEN , a developer of artificial intelligence-driven, animated avatars--which looks like and sound like real people--said its technology is being used to power the detailed, human avatar behind PAI News , an app which will deliver news on blockchain and cryptocurrency. ObEN said its 3D avatar, "Satoshi", will provide news on technology, finance, law, and education. ObEN said the cryptocurrency news avatar app is available both on iOS and Android.

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Raise money on good news

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The first rule for raising money is to do it on good news – right when sales are increasing at an increasing rate. Unfortunately, the longer you wait without significant upward news, the harder it is to get attention. If you have been in business for a while and don’t have significant good news to tell, I would make a list of possible strategic investors, people or companies that would benefit from your product or service.

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Report: News/Talk Streaming Audio Grows Due To COVID-19

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , which provides technology to help the digital audio and podcasting industry with streaming and advertising, says that news and talk format streaming is growing as a result of the ongoing disruption due to COVID-19. According to Triton Digital, it saw a 14 percent increase in the share of streaming attributable to News/Talk formatted radio station, on both AM/FM streaming and station formats.

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Final Round Takes On Esports News

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Los Angeles-based Final Round said on Wednesday that it is looking to provide news coverage for Esports fans, with its brand new platform, which it has just launched into beta. Final Round said it will provide coverage of such games as Fortnite, League of Legends, Call of Duty and others, giving fans the "latest news, twitch streams, and tournament results" through its website. finalround final round esports content news publishing fortnight league legents call duty vieogame

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Snapchat Eyes News, Advertising

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Venice-based Snapchat has plans to add news articles, advertisements, TV, and movie clips to the service, according to reports this week, in a new service called Snapchat Discovery. snapchat news advertising photo messaging disappearing social The new service, which is expected to debut in November, would be the first attempt by Snapchat to convert the popularity of its disappearing photo messaging service into actual revenues. READ MORE>>.

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Insights: Raise Money On Good News

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For today's Insights and Opinions section, where we feature contributions from our readers and the community, we have a bit of advice from angel investor Dave Berkus , who says, Raise Money On Good News. The first rule for raising money is to do it on good news � right when sales are increasing at an increasing rate. Unfortunately, the longer you wait without significant upward news, the harder it is to get attention. contribution advice berkus dave news opinions insights

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Tealium Wins News International

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San Diego-based Tealium , the developer of enterprise tag management software, announced today that it has been selected by News International , the UK publishing division of News Corporation for its online media network. tealium enterprise management software news corp media digital marketing

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Tumbleweed Aims At Millenials With News App

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Los Angeles-based Tumbleweed , a new startup founded by Shaun Neff and Cisco Adler, said Thursday that it has launched a brand new news app, specifically aimed at Milllennials. The new app, which is available on iTunes , condenses breaking news into a bite sized image with text and stickers, which can be shared and edited by users. The company said it is looking to "crack the Millenial news code" to get the younger generation interested and talking about news.

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TYT Network Raises $20M For Online News

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Los Angeles-based TYT Network , the online news empire run by Cenk Uygur, said this morning that it has raised $20M in a round of funding, to expand the company's management, creative talent, subscription offerings, marketing, and content and community. network cenk uygur content millenial streaming video show entertainment news politics venture capital hollywood

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Bird, BoingBoing Battle Over News Article

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The two--plus the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are now in a full blown battle over freedom of speech and rights to publish that news article. Santa Monica-based Bird , and LA online publication BoingBoing , as well as BoingBoing journalist Cory Doctorow, are in the midst of a legal spat, after Bird threatened BoingBoing with legal action for describing how people are scavenging abandoned Bird scooters and turning them into their own, personal scooters using a $30 kit from China.

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AllSay Looks To Combine News, Opinion, Action

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Los Angeles-based AllSay , a new startup which is developing personalized news and opinion sharing apps, said today that it has launched a beta of its new app and service, which both helps provided personalized news items to users--as well as let them vote and express their opinions on local issues. allsay mobile opinion news personalized polling

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Snapchat Targets News Discovery With Discover Feature

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Snapchat, in its launch video, highlighted content from sources such as National Geographic, ABC, Yahoo News, People, the Daily Mail, CNN, the Food Network, and others. The new tool might help Snapchat become a serious player in directing young, mobile users to professional news sources. Studies have found that users are now strongly turning to social media instead of traditional news sources for their information.

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Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: Fake News Is Social Media's Fault

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CEO Evan Spiegel blames social media --implying, indirectly, Facebook--for the phenomenon of "fake news", saying that personalized newsfeeds have revolutionized the way people share and consume content but at a "huge cost to facts, our minds and the entire media industry." snap snapchat social media facebook fake newsIn an editorial, posted this morning, Snap, Inc.

Frequency Inks Video News Deal With Newsy

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Los Angeles-based video streaming app and video distribution service Frequency , which is led by Blair Harrison, said today that it has inked a video news deal with millenial-focused video news service Newsy. frequency newsy video news distribution streamingFinancial details of the content licensing deal were not disclosed. Frequency aggregates and distributes video content to mobile and other devices.

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Snapchat Avoids Fake News With Secret Weapon: Humans

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As more and more revelations of abuse of advertising systems at Google and Facebook by Kremlin-linked advertisers continue to surface--Venice, California-based Snapchat has managed to keep itself free of "fake news" using a secret weapon: humans. According to a report from Bloomberg, published Thursday , Snapchat has employed a team of human editors to surface legitimate, professionally edited content, specifically curating the news it is presenting to its users.

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Los Angeles Hacker News

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Sunday, January 13, 2013 -- Los Angeles Hacker News Meetup - January. Los Angeles Hacker News Meetup is back, with a great line up of speakers and an opportunity to share what you've been hacking on. See [link] (more

Calacanis Launches News Aggregation Service Inside.com

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Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the startup led by tech celebrity Jason Calacanis, apparently is shifting its focus to a new effort called Inside.com , focused on mobile news. According to Calacanis, Inside.com will offer up curation of news via a mobile app, aimed at highlighting the top news stories for users and summarizing the key facts of those stories. inside.com mahalo service aggregation news calacanis jason

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How Snapchat Is Taking a Crack at Stopping Fake News

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As of an August Pew Research study , 43 percent of Americans report “often getting news online,” just seven percentage points lower than the number who get their news from TV sources. In other words, the internet is a huge and growing source of news — and it’s a lot harder to regulate the internet than television. Will the new Snapchat actually cut down in the divisive problem of fake news? Social Media algorithm Facebook Fake News news feed snapcha

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Attn: Gets $18.5M For News Site

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West Hollywood-based Attn: , a company which publishes an online news site focused on social topics like economic mobility, civil rights, education, criminal justice, and the environment, has raised $18.5M attn venture capital news publishing content liberal social mobilein a funding round, the company disclosed on Friday.

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OpposingViews.com Grows Readership As It Shifts To Viral News Content

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Los Angeles-based online trending news site Opposing Views said Thursday that it is now seeing an average of more than 23 million unique visitors per month, up from around 14.4 The website features trending, viral news stories and photos and video news. Opposing Views originally got its start as a site featuring stories with balanced stories from opposing political and other groups, but has since transitioned into trending content and social-media driven news bites.

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StockTwits Adds Social News Rankings

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San Diego-based StockTwits , the stock-oriented, social messaging site run by Howard Lindzon, said this morning that it has launched a new, social news ranking feature on the service. The firm said it now allows users to see finance news headlines, ranked by social popularity, based on the number of views of those posts, as well as comments, shares, retweets, and likes. The new feature is available on news stories listed by ticker symbol.

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MediaPass Powers Weekly World News Paywall

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Now, MediaPass signed up another big customer for its software this week, Weekly World News. MediaPass is powering a paywall solution for Weekly World News, providing the software which makes it easier for existing online publishers put a pay model into place. Financial details of the latest deal with Weekly World News were not announced. mediapass weekly world news publication content publisher paywall journalism subscription

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Splash News Acquired By Corbis

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Los Angeles-based Splash News , the provider of celebrity photos and images, has been acquired by Corbis , the visual rights firm owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Splash News is known for its celebrity, candid photos -- a staple of gossip magazines and publications, and television shows like TMZ and E! News Network. splash news corbis merger acquisition bill gates microsoft

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iSideWith Uses Your Political Beliefs To Filter News

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If you're a political news junkie, what's the best way to get to the news that will most interest you? Los Angeles-based iSideWith , the online site which lets users input their various political beliefs to figure out what parties and candidates they most agree with, has just debuted a new service to help users filter through all of the political news out there--driven by the user's own political beliefs.

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Snapchat Targets News Discovery With New Feature

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Snapchat, in its launch video, highlighted content from sources such as National Geographic, ABC, Yahoo News, People, the Daily Mail, CNN, the Food Network, and others. The new tool might help Snapchat become a serious player in directing young, mobile users to professional news sources. Studies have found that users are now strongly turning to social media instead of traditional news sources for their information.

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Rubicon Project's Big Winners: Clearstone, News Corp., Mayfield

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per share in trading Monday), the biggest winner from the IPO last week was venture capital fund Clearstone Venture Partners , whose stake in Rubicon Project was worth around $121M today; other winners were News Corporation ($91.5M); Mayfield Fund ($79.29M); as well as Rubicon Project CEO and Founder Frank Addante, whose stake in Rubicon Project is now worth a healthy, $58.98M. rubicon project merger acquisition clearstone news mayfield winners frank addante

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Flud Launches Social News Apps For Companies

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Flud , a San Diego startup developing mobile apps to let teams privately share news with their co-workers and others in the company, recently revealed that it is trying to take on that task with its social news platform developed with the backing of a couple of venture capital firms. Flud firm said its tool is aimed at bringing private news and intelligence sharing to businesses, letting co-workers share news articles and other information within an organization.

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LA Hacker News Meetup

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Saturday, January 22, 2011 -- LA Hacker News Meetup. Watch insightful presentations and mingle with like minded hackers and entrepreneurs at our monthly meetups. link] (more

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Zumbox Signs Mother Earth News

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Westlake Village-based Zumbox , a startup developing a service to help companies sent electronic notices based on physical, postal addresses, reported today that it has signed on Mother Earth News as a customer. Zumbox said that Ogden Publications, parent of Mother Earth News, is giving its subscribers the ability to get renweal notices and to renew their subscriptions through Zumbox. Tags: zumbox postal mail marketing mother earth news

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Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites

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I reached out to Michael after their surprising day at the top of Hacker News during early September. The innocuous post, which was simply titled " Divshot " generated over 110 comments and was awarded nearly 200 points by Hacker News' notoriously jaded readers. According to Michael, the Hacker News exposure was completely unplanned. We’re a tool for hackers, designers, and entrepreneurs - effectively everyone who reads Hacker News.

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Startups In The Sky: The Future of News

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 -- The Future of News. Can Fake News be stopped? Startups In The Sky. Journalism, Media, and the Future Where does reporting go next? How does tech help create the next golden age? See [link] (more

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SodaHead.com Morphs Towards Social News

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Los Angeles-based SodaHead.com , the social question-and-answer and polling startup headed by former MySpace VP of Operations Jason Feffer, is morphing its focus towards the social news area, saying last night that the company is looking to become a "social newspaper." According to SodaHead.com, the site is looking to create a forum to discuss breaking news and "hot topics" which are important to users on the site. Tags: web2 startup news social sodahead

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Uberpaper, Headed by Dmitry Shapiro, Takes On News Reading

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Dmitry Shapiro , the former founder and CEO of Veoh, and later head of MySpace Music and Facebook alternative Altly, said Thursday that he has launched Uberpaper , a new, online news reading service to help people read and navigate news. Shapiro announced the new site on his Google Plus stream, saying that the new service is looking to make news easier to navigate, and add social features and voting to help the "most relevant news to bubble to the top."

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HitFix Heads To The Big Screen With Theater News Deal

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Los Angeles-based online entertainment site HitFix , which is headed by Jen Sargent, is in a new deal today which will bring the company''s entertainment news to theaters. movie theaters, said they are in a strategic relationship to bring entertainment news to theater screens. The two said that the "HitFix Big Story" will feature entertainment and pop culture news content each week. ncmmedia film hollywood theater publishing content news entertainment hitfix

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TrueCar Wins U.S. News and World Report

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News & World Report to provide used car pricing and valuation to the publisher. News is now incorporating its ClearBook used car valuation tool on various places on its website. TrueCar , the auto pricing and automotive buying technology provider based in Santa Monica, said today that it has been selected by the U.S. TrueCar said that U.S. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

AppBuzz.com Takes On Startup News

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The team behind Los Angeles-based DemoPit.com , an online site reviewing new startups, has launched a new, Digg-inspired site focused on user-submitted startup news. According to John Diep of DemoPit.com, the site has just launched AppBuzz.com , a site which allows any startup to submit their own startup news, ideas, and tips. Tags: appbuzz startup news demopit digg

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Slacker Radio Links With ABC News

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San Diego-based Slacker , the online personalized radio service backed by Mission Ventures, Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, said Thursday that it is adding ABC News to its Slacker personal radio service. The firm said that the firm's listeners will have access to a dedicated news station including ABC News content. Tags: slacker news content hollywood electronics personalized radio music

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Agent Ace Powers Service For U.S. News & World Report

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News & World Report. marketplace matching agent realestate content publishing publisher report world news Santa Monica-based real estate agent recommendation service Agent Ace , which is led by Mazen Fawaz, has scored a win with the U.S. The two companies said that Agent Ace is powering a new, consumer web portal, Best Agents , to help connect readers with real estate agents. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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Report: San Diego News Network Seeks Buyer

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A report last night from the San Diego Union Tribune says that San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local news effort run by entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, is looking for a buyer. Tags: diego news network media content merger acquisition According to the San Diego Union Tribune, SDNN has let go of some of its staff, but is still updating the site. SDNN is run by former executives of the San Diego Union Tribune.

Fox Mobile Group Sold By News Corp.

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The firms said that Allen & Company advised News Corp. mobile group news corp jesta merger acquisitionBeverly Hills- and Berlin, Germany-based Fox Mobile Group , which offers mobile content distribution and mobile entertainment products, has been sold to Jesta Group , Jesta said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jesta said Fox Mobile Group will become part of Jesta Mobile Holdings.

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