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Maura McGowan

Amazon Reportedly Developing 3-D Smartphone

Company hopes to be Apple competitor, broaden reach for content distribution

Amazon's long-rumored smartphone will have a glasses-free 3-D display, The Wall Street Journal reported. Citing anonymous sources, the Journal said that Amazon is at work on two phones, including one high-end…

Microsoft Would Reportedly Pay $1 Billion for Nook's Digital Assets

Company plans to discontinue its Android tablets

Microsoft is willing to pay $1 billion for Nook Media's digital assets, Tech Crunch reported, citing internal company documents. Since the story broke early today, Barnes & Noble shares jumped 18…

AOL Earnings Solid as Company Tries to Reinvent Itself

Advertising sees growth, but investors question reliance on dial-up

AOL posted solid first-quarter earnings today as it continues its turnaround. The media company's brand business is on somewhat shaky footing as AOL continues to profit mostly from a declining dial-up platform. Overall…

Facebook Rolling Out Video Ads to News Feeds

Social network gives brands four demographics to target with 15-second spots

Facebook will roll out video ads onto users' news feeds as soon as July, The Financial Times reported. The number-one social media company—which just joined the Fortune 500—is launching video…

This Is Not a Joke: The Onion Hacked by Syrians

Parody site responds with parody

Hackers seized The Onion's Twitter feed on Monday, posting anti-Israel and pro-Syrian government messages to the parody news site's nearly 5 million followers. Though the incident recalled The Onion's 2009 parody…

Report: Google Will Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Week

Continues to up the ante in original content arms race

Google will introduce paid subscriptions for certain YouTube channels this week, CNET reported. A rumored à la carte service would include up to 50 different YouTube channels, with single-channel subscriptions…

Digitas Brings Native Ads to HuffPo

Leverages BrandLIVE platform in deal with Web publisher

Digitas, in its NewFront presentation on Thursday, said it will bring real-time native advertising to The Huffington Post. The Publicis Groupe shop unveiled BrandLIVE, a platform that turns ad copy into…

Facebook Gives Developers and Brands Ability to Target Consumers

A new application for Custom Audiences

Facebook now provides a way for developers and brands to target consumers, resulting in more relevant ads on the website and native apps. Developers speaking at Mobile DevCon 2013 in…

New Instagram Feature Allows Users to Tag Brands

Will ads be next for the photo-sharing platform?

Instagram added a new Facebook-like tagging feature on Thursday that could give brands higher visibility on the youth-oriented photo-based platform. Called "Photos of You," the feature allows any Instagram user…

DreamWorks to Buy Youth-Oriented YouTube Network

AwesomenessTV is the site's answer to Nickelodeon

DreamWorks Animation will pay $33 million for a tween- and teen-oriented YouTube network, The Wall Street Journal reported. The studio is expected to close a deal this month for AwesomenessTV, YouTube's…

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