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  • Video Distribution Startup VHX Is Now Building Apps For Phones, Tablets And Internet-Connected TVs

    Video Distribution Startup VHX Is Now Building Apps For Phones, Tablets And Internet-Connected TVs

    VHX, a startup that helps customers sell videos online, is taking a big leap into mobile, with new capabilities for publishers to launch their own custom apps. While the startup is officially announcing those capabilities today, as part of its presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, it actually released its first apps back in November. By creating Apple TV apps for Black&SexyTV and… Read More

  • Twitter’s ‘Conversational’ Ad Unit Encourages Users To Participate With Customizable Hashtags

    Twitter’s ‘Conversational’ Ad Unit Encourages Users To Participate With Customizable Hashtags

    Twitter is announcing a new “conversational” ad unit today, where users are prompted to personalize and share a marketer’s message. These ads are similar to Twitter’s existing Promoted Tweets, but with a key difference — the tweet is more like a poll question, where users can weigh in by choosing from multiple hashtags. After they hit one of the call-to-action… Read More

  • JW Player Raises $20M To Expand Its Video Platform

    JW Player Raises $20M To Expand Its Video Platform

    There’s been “a very big shift” in the thinking of many online publishers, according to JW Player President Chris Mahl. Yes, many of them are looking at Facebook and YouTube as platforms where they can build awareness, but he argued that they’re “really concentrating on driving traffic on their own sites.” “That’s where you as the publisher… Read More

  • Audi Leads $28M Investment In Rental Startup Silvercar

    Audi Leads $28M Investment In Rental Startup Silvercar

    Silvercar, a startup rethinking the auto rental experience in airports, already seems pretty tied to Audi — after all, every vehicle that Silvercar rents out is a silver Audi. Now the companies are deepening that relationship with a $28 million Series C investment. Audi led the round, with the company’s North American president Scott Keogh joining Silvercar’s board of directors. Read More

  • Livestream’s $399 Movi Brings Multi-Camera Polish Into A Pocket-Sized Package

    Livestream’s $399 Movi Brings Multi-Camera Polish Into A Pocket-Sized Package

    If you’re a regular person looking to shoot some video, it’s hard to complain about the many, many options available. Heck, the iPhone camera is good enough at this point that it’s been used to shoot a critically acclaimed feature film. But unless you’re a video professional, there’s still one big limitation — you’re probably recording with a… Read More

  • With Debt Round, Web Publisher LittleThings Plans For More Positivity-Fueled Growth

    With Debt Round, Web Publisher LittleThings Plans For More Positivity-Fueled Growth

    There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of LittleThings, but apparently it’s seeing rapid growth, thanks to a focus on positive and inspirational stories. In fact, according to data from NewsWhip, LittleThings was responsible for the single most popular Facebook post of 2015. The story is basically just a write up of a two-year-old video of Ann and Nancy Wilson… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Deal To Revive Politwoops

    Twitter Announces Deal To Revive Politwoops

    Political gaffes on Twitter will once again be preserved on the website Politwoops, according to an announcement from Twitter. The company blocked API access for Politwoops earlier this year, a move that apparently crippled the service’s ability to archive politicians’ deleted tweets. A number of open government and human rights groups (and not just the ones operating the… Read More

  • Thinga Launches Its Kid-Friendly Search Engine

    Thinga Launches Its Kid-Friendly Search Engine

    Yahoo Kids died a quiet death two years ago, but to BJ Heiney (who worked on the product from 1996 to 2000) the shutdown was a “travesty,” depriving kids and parents of a valuable place to find fun, safe content. He’s aiming to fill that hole with a new search engine called Thinga. Read More

  • Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Is Working With Its Users To Design New Products

    Group Commerce Startup Massdrop Is Working With Its Users To Design New Products

    Massdrop’s investors have argued that the group commerce site is more a community than a straightforward marketplace. Here’s one way that Massdrop is doing things differently — a new initiative called Massdrop Collabs. The startup has built specialist communities for folks such as audiophiles and mechanical keyboard fans, and it offers group-buying opportunities to those… Read More

  • Video Ad Startup Innovid Raises $27.5M

    Video Ad Startup Innovid Raises $27.5M

    Less than a year after its last round, Innovid is announcing that it has raised $27.5 million in new funding. The New York City-headquartered company works with more than 220 advertisers, including Best Buy, Procter & Gamble and Walmart, to create, target and measure their video campaigns. Co-founder and CEO Zvika Netter has said that what really sets Innovid apart is “a… Read More

  • The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company is aiming to eliminate the headaches of home maintenance and improvement, and it’s raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The company has been relatively quiet, at least in terms of talking to the media, since I wrote about it a year ago. CEO Doug Ludlow told me today that this was intentional — he wanted to work out the kinks in the model before making a… Read More

  • Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club For Alleged Patent Infringement

    Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club For Alleged Patent Infringement

    Gillette announced today that it has filed suit against Dollar Shave Club, seeking both damages and an injunction to stop the startup from selling razors that use allegedly infringing technology. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Gillette patent in question concerns a method for coating razorblades. “We have long invested heavily in innovation, and our talented scientists… Read More

  • Former Ad Tech CEO Rob Leathern Is Building A Subscription Service For Avoiding Ads

    Former Ad Tech CEO Rob Leathern Is Building A Subscription Service For Avoiding Ads

    Rob Leathern is hoping to help publishers embrace ad blocking, and he’s doing it under a familiar name — Optimal.com, which was previously the social ad company where Leathern was founder and CEO. Brand Networks acquired Optimal (okay, so not exactly the same name, but really, really close) in 2013. Leathern left six months later, though he stayed on the Brand Networks board… Read More

  • Social Ad Startup Funnely Raises Seed Funding From Verizon Ventures

    Social Ad Startup Funnely Raises Seed Funding From Verizon Ventures

    Funnely, a startup that helps e-commerce companies automate and improve their ad campaigns on Facebook and Instagram, has raised $988,000 in a seed round led by Verizon Ventures. The product uses businesses’ customer data to create and target ads. The goal is to effectively reach consumers throughout the sales funnel, whether it’s first getting their attention through lead… Read More

  • Online Publisher Purch Acquires ShopSavvy

    Online Publisher Purch Acquires ShopSavvy

    Purch just announced that it has acquired ShopSavvy, the mobile shopping startup backed by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Purch was formerly known as TechMediaNetwork and operates sites including Tom’s Guide and AnandTech. The company recently raised a $135 million funding round, and has been actively buying up companies — this is its fourth acquisition in the past… Read More

  • Ad Startup Nanigans Enlists MoPub Founder Jim Payne For Its Board

    Ad Startup Nanigans Enlists MoPub Founder Jim Payne For Its Board

    Nanigans is best-known as a Facebook advertising company, but CEO Ric Calvillo said that by adding MoPub founder Jim Payne to its board of directors, it can grow the “non-Facebook” side of its business. “Although Facebook’s done so well and we want to continue to be the best advertising automation platform on Facebook, we think there’s an opportunity to be a… Read More

  • Vroom Raises $95M And Acquires Texas Direct Auto In Its Quest To Bring Car-Buying Online

    Vroom Raises $95M And Acquires Texas Direct Auto In Its Quest To Bring Car-Buying Online

    People seem to be comfortable buying an ever-growing number of things online, but are they ready to purchase their cars that way? Vroom says they are, and it’s making a couple of big deals to move forward with that vision. The New York City-headquartered startup is announcing that it has raised $95 million in Series C funding, and it has also acquired competitor Texas Direct… Read More

  • SoundHound Launches Houndify Platform To Add A Voice Interface To Other Apps And Devices

    SoundHound Launches Houndify Platform To Add A Voice Interface To Other Apps And Devices

    SoundHound’s Houndify, which promises to “add voice enabled conversational interface to anything,” is officially available to developers today. SoundHound is best-known as a music recognition app, but over the summer, it announced broader ambitions with the private beta launch of its Hound app and Houndify platform. The Hound app is similar in some ways to… Read More

  • Listia Isn’t Just For Swapping Free Stuff Anymore

    Listia Isn’t Just For Swapping Free Stuff Anymore

    Listia started out as a way for people to swap free stuff, but now its users can actually make money. The new feature takes advantage of Listia’s existing system, where users give away their stuff in exchange for credits. Those credits, in turn, can be redeemed for other products on the marketplace, or for goods available through the Listia Rewards Program. Want to just take cash instead? Read More

  • The New $7M Xprize Focuses On Mapping The World’s Oceans

    The New $7M Xprize Focuses On Mapping The World’s Oceans

    The latest Xprize offers a total of $7 million for teams that advance ocean mapping technology. This is part of Xprize’s broader ocean initiative, but Jyotika Virmani, senior director of ocean discovery, noted that the previous prizes focused on ocean cleanup and health. Read More

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