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Singapore’s GBCI Ventures led a $10 million investment in Cailu, a Chinese news platform that seeks to use Blockchain and token payments to promote accurate news and ferret out fake stories. GBCI, which bills itself as a...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Having a good story — getting messaging right, in the jargon of marketing — has always been a key element in building and maintaining a brand....
Tesla is rolling out entertainment features for its vehicles -- while Wall Street questions the automaker’s profitability and critics continue to voice concerns surrounding its lofty self-driving goals.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted over...
Social networks encroaching on news organizations’ turf took another turn this week when Facebook announced its latest effort -- hiring a squad of editors to select stories.  Whether this helps the largest social network...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. American Media Inc. (AMI), owner of the scandal-ridden National Enquirer, Globe, and the National Examiner, has put the controversial tabloids up for sale. A handful of...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Marriott International – which revealed last year, just after it acquired the Starwood hotel chain, that some 500 million guests accounts created...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. In a twist of that old saying, “You can’t fight City Hall,” ad tech pioneer Sizmek announced that its efforts to compete with Google’s DoubleClick platform...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Fluctuating NFL broadcast ratings have spurred an increase in the number of independent football leagues around the United States. Brian Woods is...
The European Union’s competition chief has a warning for Big Tech: the heat is staying on. Margrethe Vestager said in an interview that “We are definitely not done yet” when it comes to looking...
One of the world’s most popular esports organizations, FaZe Clan, signed its first female member: Fortnite player Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler, who is 13 and a student at the Indiana School for the Deaf.   Wheeler,...
Impact investment funds and ESG strategists often struggle to distinguish between good intentions and good marketing. It’s not a new idea: tobacco firms once pushed menthol cigarettes as a healthy alternative, and to this day some people...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Intel Capital led a $150 million Series B funding round for SambaNova Systems, adding its name to the list of big-league backers of the startup building...
The virtual world your kid constructed in Fortnite may have an unseen threat built in -- sexual predators reaching out through the chat box. Just before the holiday season, when billions of dollars will...
The first nationally distributed childrens’ TV show led by an indigenous character has arrived on public television, thanks in part to healthy funding and demand for a wider range of ethnicities and types. PBS...
Private equity now owns a stake in Taylor Swift, and while she’s not happy about it, she’s taken to the bully pulpit to repeat her concerns over eroding artists’ rights in the rapidly-changing music industry.
Finimize, a newsletter offering financial advice for millennials, has launched a new app on Thursday, making a shift from a financial content distributor and venturing deeper into the crowded financial literacy space.
It took two decades, but the women of the WNBA are finally taking to the NBA 2K basketball court as a part of NBA 2K20, a video game that Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. will release Sept. 6.
Key Takeaways: ● Podcast advertising is growing. Revenues are projected to reach $659 million by 2020, compared with $169 million in 2016. ● Measurement difficulties have slowed industry growth — but analytics are improving. ● The audio advertising market will transform from...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Media company Entertainment One (eOne), acquired Audio Network, a British music licensing service and publisher of film, TV, advertising, and digital content, for a about $215...
Augmented and virtual reality applications are surging across many industries, but don’t hold your breath waiting for great AR eyeglasses, according to Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc.Hardware constraints are forcing trade-offs related to power,...
YouTube is in the hot seat again for child safety shortcomings. Last week, The Washington Post revealed that YouTube was in the late stages of a Federal Trade Commission investigation launched following complaints from...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Despite the growing importance of the startup culture in keeping the US economy competitive, academia lags behind, preferring the tranquil process of...
Efforts to combat fake news rarely reach the people most exposed to the falsehoods, resulting in a “preaching to the choir” effect that has limited impact.That’s the conclusion of a new study from big data firm Alto...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s Epsilon marketing unit has one confirmed and one reported bidder, and the Plano, Texas-based firm could choose one as early as this...
Wondery, the podcasting company that spawned the hit TV show “Dirty John,” announced a $10 million private equity cash infusion in a move that highlights rapid growth in the nascent corner of media as well as challenges...
When Billionaire Ev Williams founded Medium.com in 2012, he thought it would help him fulfill his self-appointed mission to “fix” the Internet that, as a founder of Twitter, he helped break.  That goal appears as...
Apple, Google, and Pandora were sued last week for allegedly infringing on patents owned by  Post Media Systems in their online music services, in what may be the latest example of so-called patent trolls seeking to make...
Dealmaking in the podcasting field is continuing, as companies eyeing rising advertising revenues race for content. Entercom Communications Corp., the second-largest radio broadcaster by revenue, announced Aug. 7 its acquisition of two leading podcast...
China’s two top podcast-sharing Apps -- Himalaya FM and Lizhi FM -- were yanked from some Android markets amid Hong Kong protests, a move that may cool interest from companies who had been eager to invest in...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Identity verification provider Onfido raised $50 million in late-stage funding from several high-profile venture capital firms, underscoring the strong demand for cybersecurity products and services, including...
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