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  • AppNexus Moves Back Into Video Ads With A New Product And A New Exec

    AppNexus Moves Back Into Video Ads With A New Product And A New Exec

    AppNexus has become one of the big names in ad tech, but CEO Brian O’Kelley (pictured above) recalled that back in 2012, the company had to pull back in a major category — namely, video. While AppNexus built its business around display ads, O’Kelley said the company also offered “basic video capabilities” at the time. Unfortunately, due to its growth, in his… Read More

  • Founder Jack Ma Lays Out Alibaba’s US Strategy

    Founder Jack Ma Lays Out Alibaba’s US Strategy

    Founder and executive chairman Jack Ma said there’s a big opportunity for Alibaba in the United States: “Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” Ma spoke today at The Economic Club of New York, and he made similar points in a new op-ed for The Wall Street Journal (paywall). He said that as Alibaba has grown, and especially after it had the largest… Read More

  • Bloglovin’ Acquires Finale And Hires Its CEO To Prep For E-Commerce Push

    Bloglovin’ Acquires Finale And Hires Its CEO To Prep For E-Commerce Push

    Bloglovin’ has brought on Giordano Bruno Contestabile as its new CEO. With a background in video games (he was executive producer of PopCap Games’ Bejeweled franchise), Contestabile isn’t the most obvious choice for a fashion- and lifestyle-focused blog aggregator. However, he said he was looking to get out of the gaming business, and he was already working on a social… Read More

  • iOS 9 Is Coming This Fall

    iOS 9 Is Coming This Fall

    Apple capped off its announcement of new features in iOS 9 with information about timing — the public beta will become available in July, followed by a full launch this fall. Read More

  • Yep, Apple Maps Will Include Transit Directions In iOS 9

    Yep, Apple Maps Will Include Transit Directions In iOS 9

    With the update to iOS 9, iPhone users will find transit directions in Apple Maps. So yes, city-dwellers, we can finally stop complaining about this. “Yes, it’s transit,” Apple’s Craig Federighi declared on-stage today at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. 9to5Mac had previously reported that Apple would be reintroducing transit… Read More

  • IAB Survey Says Yes, (Some) People Watch Longer Videos On Their Smartphones

    IAB Survey Says Yes, (Some) People Watch Longer Videos On Their Smartphones

    There’s a new survey commissioned by the Interactive Advertising Bureau that examines mobile video consumption across the globe. Not surprisingly, many respondents said that they’re watching more video on mobile devices than they were a year ago, including 50 percent of those surveyed in the United States, and 42 percent in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Read More

  • Xprize Launches $7M Competition For Mobile Apps That Improve Adult Literacy

    Xprize Launches $7M Competition For Mobile Apps That Improve Adult Literacy

    Xprize may be best known for its efforts in space travel, but it’s also working to solve social problems here on Earth. The foundation announced a $15 million competition last fall, focused on bringing literacy to children around the world. Now it’s working with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation on its second… Read More

  • Tech Blog Preps Crowdfunding Campaign To “Bring ReadWrite Back”

    Tech Blog Preps Crowdfunding Campaign To “Bring ReadWrite Back”

    Fans of tech blog ReadWrite got a grim message last week. A new page is asking them to “Bring ReadWrite Back,” and it declares, “To be completely frank, we’re struggling — and not just financially.” This is actually the latest iteration of ReadWrite’s crowdfunding campaign. Or, to be more precise, it’s the run-up to a campaign that’s… Read More

  • InboxVudu And The Uber That Got Away

    InboxVudu And The Uber That Got Away

    We hear a lot of startup origin stories here at TechCrunch, and sometimes they can blur together. But this one’s a little different. It’s about Ramesh Haridas, an entrepreneur and angel investor. He’s backed some successful startups, including Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn. What Haridas told me about, however, was the one that got away — namely, Uber. Read More

  • Fresco News Aims To Build A Crowdsourced Network For Breaking News

    Fresco News Aims To Build A Crowdsourced Network For Breaking News

    If you’ve ever wanted to contribute photos or videos to your local newscast, you might get your chance soon, thanks to a new startup called Fresco News. There have been lots of other experiments in crowdsourced journalism, but CEO John Meyer (pictured above) said Fresco has some key differences. Read More

  • NowThis Media Sees A Big Appetite For Short News Videos, With 200M Views In May

    NowThis Media Sees A Big Appetite For Short News Videos, With 200M Views In May

    Online video news company NowThis Mediasays it has seen dramatic growth, going from 1 million video views a year ago, to 50 million earlier this year, to 200 million in May. That’s a lot of eyeballs, especially for a startup that’s less than three years old and has a team of 35 people. In fact, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Products Athan Stephanopoulos (who joined through… Read More

  • iHeartRadio Has Grown To 70M Registered Users

    iHeartRadio Has Grown To 70M Registered Users

    Services like Pandora, Spotify and whatever Apple is working on tend to get most of the headlines, but iHeartRadio says it has been building a big audience of its own — specifically 70 million registered users. The streaming music service was created by radio giant Clear Channel, which rebranded as iHeartMedia last year. iHeartRadio allows users to listen to live radio stations, as well… Read More

  • MoPub Report Points To Growth In Video Ads And Super Bowl Spending

    MoPub Report Points To Growth In Video Ads And Super Bowl Spending

    The buzz around native and video advertising isn’t just hype — they’re bringing in more dollars for publishers, according to a new report from Twitter-owned MoPub. MoPub offers ad management tools for mobile publishers, and it releases a quarterly report showing trends across those publishers. The latest report covers the first three months of 2015 and includes data from… Read More

  • Gawker Staff Votes To Unionize

    Gawker Staff Votes To Unionize

    Gawker Media’s editorial staff will be joining the Writers Guild of America, East. The efforts to bring the company into the WGAE (a union best known for representing film and television writers) have drawn broader attention because Gawker is now the first online-only media organization to unionize. Back in April, when the attempt to join a union became public, Gawker’s… Read More

  • LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

    LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

    Lawn care startup LawnStarter is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The company describes itself as “your personal lawn care concierge” — the idea, said co-founder Steven Corcoran, is to express LawnStarter’s “focus on customer experience.” Similar to the way that startups like Handy and Homejoy (soon to be one and the same?)… Read More

  • Millennial-Focused Media Startup Mic Raises $17M, Hires Executive Editor From NPR

    Millennial-Focused Media Startup Mic Raises $17M, Hires Executive Editor From NPR

    It was a big morning for Mic — the company announced that it has raised $17 million in new funding, and that it’s hired Madhulika Sikka, previously executive editor at NPR News, to take on the same title at Mic. As is contractually required for any digital media company raising a big round of funding, Mic is aiming for an audience of millennials. At the same time, the tone’s… Read More

  • Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

    Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

    Instagram continues to expand its ad program, today announcing three broad changes — new ad formats, new ad targeting and new ad-buying tools. For Instagram users, the most obvious change will be the new formats. They’re called “action-oriented” formats, and they’ll appear as buttons below an image. As you can see in the mock-ups above, they’ll give you… Read More

  • SoundHound Challenges Siri With New Hound Voice Search App And Developer Platform

    SoundHound Challenges Siri With New Hound Voice Search App And Developer Platform

    Most of you know about SoundHound, right? It’s a popular music recognition app that never quite captured the public imagination the way Shazam did. Well, according to founder and CEO Keyvan Mohajer said there’s a lot more to it — in fact, he described the SoundHound story as “one of the best-kept secrets in Silicon Valley.” Read More

  • AOL.com Unveils A Mobile- And Video-Centric Redesign

    AOL.com Unveils A Mobile- And Video-Centric Redesign

    AOL.com is getting a new look. Unless you’re a regular visitor, the changes might not seem all that dramatic, but Maureen Sullivan, President of AOL.com and the company’s lifestyle brands, told me that the site has been revamped to optimize for the mobile experience, and to put video front-and-center. Read More

  • FitBit Plans To Raise Up To $358M In Its IPO

    FitBit Plans To Raise Up To $358M In Its IPO

    Fitness tracker FitBit has updated the filing for its initial public offering with new pricing details. The company plans to sell just under 22.4 million shares priced between $14 to $16. At the high end, that would bring the total amount raised in its IPO to $358 million. The filing also states that FitBit stockholders plan to sell 7.5 million shares. Read More