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 A consolidation in the advance movie ticketing space is happening today, with Fandango’s announcement that it’s acquiring rival MovieTickets.com for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which is expected to close before year-end, will help Fandango expand its international footprint, particularly in Latin America, as well as bring new cinemas to its ticketing platform. Headquartered in… Read More

Fandango is acquiring rival online ticketer MovieTickets.com


Toonstar John Attanasio, CEO of Toonstar, said his goal is to create “a new Cartoon Network.” Attanasio and his co-founder Luisa Huang were both executives at Warner Brothers, so they both worked under the same corporate umbrella as the Cartoon Network. Attanasio said the key to Toonstar’s approach is to create animated content that’s “mobile, snackable… Read More

Toonstar lets you bring cartoon characters to life thanks to ...



 In the music streaming era, access to data is king. Artists want to know how their music is being discovered, who’s listening, where, how many have streamed their release, and what else their fans are into, among other things. Today, Spotify is releasing an app for artists that aims to answer these questions, while also giving artists a way to update their profile and connect with… Read More

Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, ...




Flipboard smart magazines Flipboard is changing the way it works with online publishers, thanks to two connected announcements. First, publishers no longer need to work directly with Flipboard in order to get their stories into the app. Instead, there’s a new self-serve signup option, allowing Flipboard to automatically pull in stories from publishers’ RSS feeds. To be clear, CEO Mike McCue said… Read More

Flipboard opens up to more publishers by embracing the mobile ...


 AMP — Google’s collaborative project to speed up the loading time for mobile web pages — is getting an interesting acceleration of its own today. Relay Media, a company founded by an ex-Googler that had developed technology to help covert web pages to the AMP format, has been acquired by Google. The company announced the news on its home page, to its customers (one of whom… Read More

Google acquires Relay Media to convert ordinary web pages to ...



 AMP — Google’s collaborative project to speed up the loading time for mobile web pages — is getting an interesting acceleration of its own today. Relay Media, a company founded by an ex-Googler that had developed technology to help covert web pages to the AMP format, has been acquired by Google. The company announced the news on its home page, to its customers (one of whom… Read More

Google acquires Relay Media to convert ordinary web pages to ...


 In case you’ve been living in the upside-down for the last few weeks, the second season of “Stranger Things” is imminent. And you know what that means… media tie-ins! Today we’ve already had AR “stickers” at Google’s event, but iOS gets a much more compelling item: a full-on SNES-style demake of the show. Read More

‘Stranger Things’ hype reaches SNES levels with retro-style demake for ...



 Google has new AR stickers coming to its Pixel devices, with rollout set to begin later this year. They use Google’s ARCore, which is designed as an easy way for Android developers to bring augmented reality experiences to device users. The AR stickers are built right into the camera app on the Pixel (when they make their way out via software update) and they can be selected like any… Read More

Trying out Google’s ‘Stranger Things’ AR stickers on the new ...


Jeffrey Katzenberg As tech giants like Apple and Facebook prepare to spend billions of dollars on movies and TV, longtime Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to write some big checks for original content, too. Katzenberg began his career at Paramount Pictures (where he worked on Star Trek: The Motion Picture), but is best known for running Disney’s motion picture division during the period… Read More

Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to raise $2B for a new ...