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March 11, 2013
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  Entertainment News 
  • Fandango to launch "Weekend Ticket" movie-news show online
    Fandango, an online seller of movie tickets, is launching a Web-based movie-news and celebrity-interview show hosted by Dave Karger, who also hosts its online-video series "The Frontrunners." The first episode of "Weekend Ticket" will include interviews with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Paul Rudd, and will be used to debut Fandango's "Fanticipation" metric that ranks the buzz surrounding upcoming films with data from mobile traffic and social media. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: TV buyers are interested in online connectivity, 3D
    Nearly a third of U.S. consumers who are planning a TV purchase within a year intend to buy an Internet-ready model, according to a survey conducted by a division of IHS. The Smart TV Consumer Survey, which was completed last year but forecasts current buying trends, polled 658 U.S. television owners and found there is also growing interest in 3D televisions. Advanced Television (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marvel plans original online-video programming
    Marvel Entertainment says it will broaden its push into online video with a slate of original shows developed around its platform of film and animated programs. The programs, which will run on and will include reality shows, news and documentaries, will be spearheaded by "Earth's Mightiest Show," a weekly show hosted by Blair Butler. (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • YouTube may get a competitor from its own past
    YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley says he plans to release a rival video-sharing website aimed at promoting collaboration. Hurley says he doesn't expect the site to displace YouTube and that he wants it to be a platform that "gives flexibility for people to work together and create content." Adweek (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • SoundCloud bets on new ways to generate revenue
    SoundCloud, a platform for sharing digital music online, is exploring monetization options, including a "Pro Partners" tier for brand marketing that features moving images and is likely to pave the way for advertising. The company is also halving the number of paid premium tiers for most users, which is designed to engage a wider audience. GigaOm (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Integrated Marketing 
  • How the mobile-ad market is shifting
    There's a gap between which vertical sectors lead in mobile searches and which attract the most mobile-ad spending, writes Mark Walsh. Only the travel vertical, which includes search for gas stations, hotels and transportation, made the top three in both categories, according to xAd. Tactically, display ads based on mobile search grew the fastest, while more than half of campaigns employed geofencing and the use of geotargeting declined from 64% to 13% during the study's period. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  eBooks, Tablets and More 
  • Tablets are tops for travelers, report says
    Tablets are the devices of choice for staying connected and entertained while flying, followed by notebooks and smartphones, according to a survey by Gogo, which found that Apple iOS devices accounted for more than 80% of mobiles used on planes. "We've certainly seen air travelers rapidly adopt the tablet as the device of choice when it comes to air travel. Their smaller size and better battery life make them perfect for use in flight," Gogo's Ash ElDifrawi says. eWeek (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC chief: Agency remains committed to finding spectrum
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the government remains dedicated to unlocking more wireless spectrum and pointed to substantial progress made in the area during his tenure at the FCC. Genachowski pushed licensed and unlicensed use of the frequencies and called for more research into products that would make more effective use of spectrum. Network World (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Only 3 weeks left to enter the 2013 Innovation Entrepreneur Awards
    CEA's Innovation Entrepreneur Awards Program recognizes entrepreneurs leading businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to the U.S. economy. Any small business or small-business owner/executive in the CE industry that demonstrates innovation, dedication to the industry and their local community, and the tenacity to persevere through business and economic challenges are welcome to apply. The deadline to submit nominations is March 29. Watch videos of the 2012 award winners and submit your nomination today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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