TEGNA to Grow OTT Ad Network Through Investment in Tubi TV

TEGNA Inc. today announced a strategic investment in Tubi TV, the industry’s leading free streaming and TV movie network.

The investment extends TEGNA’s position in the over-the-top (OTT) space and builds on its leadership in offering marketers access to local advertising in long-form OTT content.

Premion, the company’s first-of-its-kind local ad network for OTT content, will expand its existing relationship with Tubi TV to better serve advertising clients.

Tubi TV has the largest premium library of entertainment content with more than 7,500 movies and TV series available per month, as well as a proprietary content personalization engine and onboarding process to create a customized viewing experience. Tubi TV will distribute TEGNA’s local content across its platform, offering viewers localized news and other digital content from TEGNA stations.

Tubi TV has also seen success with their leading advertising technology platform, which combines data targeting with a robust analytics platform. In addition to adding Tubi TV to a roster of premium OTT providers, Premion will also be able to better serve local and national advertisers through user-targeted, differentiated ads.

“Tubi TV strongly aligns with TEGNA’s focus on OTT content and innovative advertising solutions,” said Dave Lougee, president and CEO, TEGNA. “Through this transaction, we continue to fuel Premion’s growth trajectory and will enhance their ability to deliver unique and high-performing ads in a way no one else can.”

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Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena: How to grow your monster squad fast

It’s not glamorous work wrangling monsters in Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena, at least to start. The game features legendary creatures like Dracula and Medusa, but they aren’t on your roster when you begin playing, and you could find yourself decidedly underwhelmed by your early game choices.

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Why crowdfunding will grow in 2018

Odds are you’ve been asked to contribute to a new product or cause via Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, or another crowdfunding site at some point or another in the last few years. Although popular crowdfunding sites like those only launched as early as 2008, the fact is, you’ve been participating in crowdfunding for a long time. You just didn’t know it. Crowdfunding is defined as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet,” says Wikipedia. By that definition, every time you bought wrapping paper…

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Scientists Grow First-Ever Working Human Muscle From Stem Cells

Working Muscle

In a world first, biomedical engineers from Duke University have created the first functioning human skeletal muscle from pluripotent stem cells, which are capable of producing any form of body cell or tissue. Published January 9 in Nature Communications, this work builds upon work by researchers at Duke in 2015, in which they were able to grow working human muscle tissue from cells extracted in muscle biopsies.

This most recent progress, where muscle is grown from non-muscle, could open the door to much more advanced applications like cell therapies, drug discovery, and the ability to grow larger amounts of muscle, as well as expanding our own understanding of human biology.


“Starting with pluripotent stem cells that are not muscle cells, but can become all existing cells in our body, allows us to grow an unlimited number of myogenic progenitor cells,” said Nenad Bursac, professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, in a press release. “These progenitor cells resemble adult muscle stem cells called ‘satellite cells’ that can theoretically grow an entire muscle starting from a single cell.”

In their study, the research team was able to create muscle fibers that reacted to stimuli, such as an electric shock or chemicals similar to neuronal signals, just like natural muscle tissue. When the stem cell-grown tissue was implanted into adult mice, the team found that it survived and functioned for at least three weeks, all while integrating into the animals’ native tissue.

Stem Cell Origins

To create this functioning muscle tissue, researchers began with human pluripotent stem cells taken from adult non-muscle tissues like skin or blood. These cells were then “reprogrammed” so that they were much simpler and undefined. These stem cells were then overwhelmed with the molecule Pax7, which signaled them to start becoming muscle as they grew.

“It’s taken years of trial and error, making educated guesses and taking baby steps to finally produce functioning human muscle from pluripotent stem cells,” said Lingjun Rao, a postdoctoral researcher in Bursac’s laboratory and first author of the study, in the press release. “What made the difference are our unique cell culture conditions and 3-D matrix, which allowed cells to grow and develop much faster and longer than the 2-D culture approaches that are more typically used.”

This successful development could have staggering medical applications in terms of research, furthering understanding through models of rare diseases, and treatment options for muscle damage.

However, there’s still work to be done; though the stem cell-derived muscle tissue contained more of the “satellite-like cells” needed to repair damage, it’s not as strong as native muscle or muscle grown from biopsies. In the future, the researchers hope they might be able to use the stem cell-derived tissue for regenerative therapies or in combination with genetic therapy, which could fix malfunctions in a patient’s stem cells and then grow new patches of completely healthy muscle.

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Sprint’s Marcelo Claure will join Uber’s board, which is set to grow to 17 directors

Once on the CEO list, he’ll take one of two SoftBank seats — the other going to the Vision Fund’s Rajeev Misra

Sprint Marcelo Claure, who was once on the short list to be CEO of Uber, will be joining its board in the next few weeks, several sources confirmed.

The globe-trotting telecom CEO, whose name has been previously floated for the seat, will take one of two director slots that Japanese investment giant SoftBank is getting, as part of a successful tender offer by SoftBank that is set to be completed at the end of this month.

The other will go to Rajeev Misra, who is head of SoftBank’s Vision Fund that led the multi-billion deal to buy a big stake in the car-hailing company.

Sprint is owned by SoftBank and Claure and Misra are also on that board. And Claure was also one of the candidates that some on the Uber board had put high up on its CEO list.

The pair will join the 11 current Uber directors, who include current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and ousted CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick, as well as large investors and several independent ones.

And while a baker’s dozen might be a lot for what is still a non-public company, one of the results of the board’s longtime infighting is that it is still on the hunt for three more independent directors as well as an independent chairman.

Yes, 17 people — or nearly two baseball teams. If that sounds potentially unwieldy and possible chaotic for Uber’s governance, you’d be right! (And while perhaps not so good for Uber, it’s an extra leaky gift that keeps on giving for all the media covering the company because well, 17 directors to wear down, um, ask for comment!)

Uber is looking at a range of board candidates, said sources, with the focus on the chairman slot and Khosrowshahi will be a key part of that selection process. That’s why his former boss, IAC and Expedia chairman Barry Diller, is one name that has been most rumored for the job and still is, despite telling Recode last year that he did not want it.

“No,” Diller said when asked at a tech conference in October if he would consider taking the chairmanship at Uber. “I have enough work — to say the least.”

It’s no surprise that the suffer-no-fools Diller would not be interested in taking on such a big and doubtlessly complex role — which, to my mind, might be akin to cat wrangling. (And while Diller can most certainly skin a cat, well, who wants to do that?)

While the mega-board is definitely down the dysfunctional highway that Uber has long been riding on, many there hope it is perhaps the last bump for the long-troubled company that never met a wall it did not crash into. Uber still has several major issues to contend with, including several major government investigations, regulatory messes and lawsuits.

Oh yeah, Lyft recently got $ 1 billion from CapitalG, Google parent company Alphabet’s growth equity fund. Google Ventures is an investor in Uber too.

To help clean up the mess — I just imagine he must open a drawer daily and find yet another dead body — Khosrowshahi has made several key substantive hires, such as former PepsiCo exec Tony West for its general counsel and former Orbitz CEO Barney Hanford as its COO. He has also been aiming to hire a CFO — Uber’s been without one for a while — and many other top jobs. Many internally hope he adds several more woman to the senior management team.

No comments all around from Uber, SoftBank — and all the cats.

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Apple’s iPhone Poised to Grow as Samsung Slumps in 2018

In 2017, it’s estimated that smartphone manufacturers (as a whole) produced a whopping 1.46 billion devices, which resembles a generous 6.5 percent growth in the phone market relative to 2016, according to the latest analysis put forth by market research firm TrendForce.

The findings, which were originally conveyed in a 9to5Mac report, conclude that overall smartphone market growth “will be slower in 2018” as component and production costs continue to soar.

While TrendForce projects overall smartphone sales to slump in the year to come, the firm notes that sales of Apple’s iPhone will “increase significantly” even as industry leaders like Samsung are poised to experience stagnation.

“As the industry leader, Samsung will remain the top for smartphone production in 2018, but will witness a 3% drop in production volume because of great challenges and fierce competition brought by its rivals, including Apple in high-end market and a number of Chinese brands with Android OS,” TrendForce noted.

Meanwhile, the firm predicts Apple only stands to continue its trend of growth in 2018, adding that iPhone production should grow by about 7.5 percent this year — with iPhone X (and its predecessors) dominating the high-end of the market. Corroborating multiple previous reports, TrendForce says Apple will launch a second generation of its powerful yet pint-sized iPhone SE flagship to satisfy mid-range buyers.

As far as what Apple has in store for its iPhone lineup in 2018, TrendForce appears to offer up a largely generalized and somewhat echoed prediction of what to expect, indicating that “New iPhones in 2018 will continue to improve Face ID technology, screen to body ratio, etc.”

“Moreover, the company plans to increase the memory content and embed AMOLED display in two of its models,” TrendForce added, echoing the sentiments of previous reports suggesting that Apple has an iPhone X Plus and more in the works.

Interestingly, however, while it’s been reported that Samsung, LG, and other Android makers are scrambling to acquire the components necessary to build Face ID cameras of their very own, in its analysis, TrendForce suggests that Apple’s iPhone will be “the only brand to have advanced face recognition” in 2018, citing “technical barriers” as the main reason other brands will employ fingerprint recognition.

Fortunately, some of those fingerprint sensors will be of the glass-embedded variety, according to today’s analysis, which would add fuel to reports that the next-generation fingerprint reader will debut on a “top 5 Android brand” in 2018.

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Apple expected to increase stock buyback, grow dividend payments as result of tax reform

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Analysts are predicting that Apple won’t change its acquisitions strategy under tax reform allowing for cash repatriation from overseas, but instead will radically expand its stock buyback program, and give shareholders a dividend increase going forward.
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Latest Android distribution numbers are out – both Oreo and Nougat grow

Android distribution numbers for this month are out. A quick look at the pie chart reveals that Oreo has nearly doubled its share, capturing 0.5% of the market (up from 0.3% last month). Nougat’s share is also up, standing at 23.3%, compared to 20.6% in November. All other major flavors have witnessed a decline – Marshmallow down to 29.7% from 30.9%; Lollipop 26.3%, compared to 27.2%; and KitKat down to 13.4% from 13.8% last month. As for the remaining, the combined shared now stands at 6.8%, down from 7.2% last month. Source

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December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo’s piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat’s share continues to grow

Well, it’s that time of the month again. Like last month, Google’s a bit later than it usually is with these numbers, and it isn’t because we have a new version of Android for the chart. Although 8.1 has been released, this month’s platform distribution numbers don’t include it. Nougat continues to make gains, cumulatively adding an extra 2.7% to its slice of the pie, and Oreo has almost doubled to 0.5%. 

If you just want to look at the numbers, here they are:

Android version stats, December 2017

Android version Previous data (%) Current data (%) Change (pp)
2.3 0.5 0.4 -0.1
4.0 0.5 0.5 0
4.1 2.2 2.0 -0.2
4.2 3.1 3.0 -0.1
4.3 0.9 0.9 0
4.4 13.8 13.4 -0.4
5.0 6.4 6.1 -0.3
5.1 20.8 20.2 -0.6
6.0 30.9 29.7 -1.2
7.0 17.6 19.3 +1.7
7.1 3.0 4.0 +1.0
8.0 0.3 0.5 +0.2

Oreo’s gains might seem small, but it has increased ever so slightly faster than Nougat/7.0 did this long after its launch.

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December 2017 platform distribution numbers: Oreo’s piece of the pie nearly doubles as Nougat’s share continues to grow was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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