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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Viacom to acquire Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service, for $340M in cash; Pluto TV to operate as an independent subsidiary when the deal closes   —  Viacom announced Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Pluto TV — one of the fastest-growing free, ad-supported TV streaming services in the U.S. — for $340 million in cash.
Jan 22, 2019, 6:35 PMIn context
Dan Primack / Axios:
Source: Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700M for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly traded tech firms needing strategic restructuring   —  Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700 million for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly-traded tech companies …
Jan 22, 2019, 3:05 PMIn context
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Vox Media is acquiring The Coral Project, an open-source publishing platform housed within the Mozilla Foundation   —  Vox Media is acquiring The Coral Project, an open-source publishing platform that is housed within the Mozilla Foundation.  Deal terms have not been disclosed.
Jan 22, 2019, 1:30 PMIn context
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The New York Times says it plans to build custom Alexa skills for advertisers for six figures through its 175-person branded content studio   —  The New York Times plans to build custom Alexa skills for advertisers through its branded content studio for roughly six figures.
Jan 15, 2019, 2:15 PMIn context
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Source: e-scooter startup Bird is raising $300M, led by Fidelity, as an extension of its prior round at its current $2B pre-money valuation   —  E-scooter startup Bird is raising $300 million in new funding led by Fidelity, Axios has learned.  Bird would maintain its existing $2 billion pre-money valuation …
Jan 9, 2019, 4:10 PMIn context
Axios:
Amazon is quietly piloting a program for brands like Folgers to pay to send free samples to Amazon users, who are likely to enjoy them based on order history   —  Amazon is quietly piloting a program to let brands like Maybelline and Folgers pay to send free samples to consumers …
Jan 8, 2019, 12:05 PMIn context
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Google has acquired Superpod, a mobile Q&A app startup; source says Google paid less than $60M to acquihire the founders and purchase some assets   —  Google has quietly acquired Superpod, a startup that had built a question-and-answer mobile app, Axios has learned.
Jan 4, 2019, 3:55 PMIn context
Dan Primack / Axios:
After closing on around half of its $250M Fund VIII, August Capital abruptly ended the fundraising and will return the limited partner commitments   —  Silicon Valley venture firm August Capital held its annual holiday dinner on Dec. 6.  The mood was festive, not only because of the season …
Jan 2, 2019, 11:10 AMIn context
Ina Fried / Axios:
AT&T to launch 5G mobile service on December 21 across 12 US cities via a $499 mobile hotspot device and $70/month data plan   —  The 5G era has arrived.  AT&T is launching 5G mobile service in a dozen U.S. cities beginning this Friday, becoming the first carrier to do so.
Dec 18, 2018, 9:20 AMIn context
Ina Fried / Axios:
NAACP returns a donation from Facebook and calls for a boycott of it after Senate report detailed how Facebook was used to manipulate black voters   —  The NAACP has returned a donation from Facebook and called for a daylong boycott of the social network Tuesday following revelations …
Dec 17, 2018, 2:45 PMIn context

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