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Facebook Acquires LiveRail For $400M To $500M To Serve Video Ads Everywhere, Improve Its Own

Facebook has just bought video ad tech startup LiveRail, which connects marketers to publishers on web and mobile to target 7 billion video ads to visitors per month. A source tells us Facebook paid between $400 million and $500 million for LiveRail, but Facebook refused to comment on the terms. …

Music Streaming Eats Downloads With On-Demand Up 42% Over 2013, Digital Sales Down 12%

Nielsen’s U.S. music report on the first half of 2014 shows digital music consumption rapidly shifting from downloads to streaming. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013, racking up 70 billion play in the first half of 2014. Meanwhile, digital track sales fell 13% to 593.6 …

Mobile Accelerator Tandem Announces Four New Startups As It Prepares To Double In Size

Tandem, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator for mobile startups, is unveiling its latest group of companies.<p>The firm says this is its “largest startup class ever” — though that’s not quite as dramatic a change as you might think. In the past, Tandem has accepted three startups in each class. This …

Apple hires TAG Heuer marketing exec ahead of rumored 'Swiss-made' iWatch launch

Apple has hired the sales director for Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer. The man was apparently hired to help launch Apple's long-rumored iWatch, thought …

StepUp Lets You Easily Chop YouTube Videos Into Bite-Size Chunks

Online video is limbering up. The volume of video content already being watched online is massive. Here’s just one stat to boggle the mind: ComScore reported close to 50 billion online videos watched by Americans alone in just the month of January this year. But really you ain’t seen nothing yet.<p>As …

Apple hires Patrick Pruniaux, VP of Tag Heuer Sales and Retail, for iWatch marketing

Earlier today, the CEO of Tag Heuer revealed to CNBC that Apple has hired one of the watch-makers sales directors. However, the company did not announce the name of this “director” or the person’s exact position. A source directly familiar with the Apple hire confirmed that the Cupertino-based …

YouTube: Slow Buffering Is Totally Your ISP's Fault

YouTube wants you to know that if you're experiencing playback issues, blurring video or excessive buffering, it's probably your Internet service …

Larry Page's Plan To Deal With All The Jobs That Are Getting Wiped Out By Technology

Google CEO Larry Page was asked how society should deal with unemployment that may arise from technological advances.<p>His answer is surprisingly French. He says companies should consider hiring two part-time workers to do one full-time job. This way more people are employed, which is better for …

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