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Danny Zappin’s Zealot Networks Buys AudioMicro, AdRev — Last year Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin was forced out of the company he co-founded. He's still not happy about it, even though he ended up clearing some $25 million when Maker sold to Disney this spring. But now Zappin is trying to build a new business.

Stephen Colbert Explains Truthiness in Colbert Report’s First Show — After nine-plus years, "The Colbert Report" goes off the air after tonight's show. This is a big loss for websites that have relied on the show for free content. It's also a bummer for people who like way-harder-than-it-looks skewering of modern media.

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Pulls Back the Curtain on Vessel, His YouTube Rival — Six years ago Jason Kilar made a big splash in Web video, when he launched Hulu. Now he wants to do it again. Kilar is gearing up to launch Vessel, a Web video service that uses YouTube stars as its primary draw.

Smiletime Tries Reinventing Web Video, Using Some Familiar Ideas — Everyone knows future of TV is video delivered over the Web. But should the TV of the future look like the TV we're watching today? No way, says Alex Kruglov. Or at least, not all of it.

Comcast Will Let Roku Owners Stream HBO, Showtime — Many people who own Roku Web video boxes can use the devices to watch shows from HBO and Showtime. But not Comcast subscribers: A dispute between Roku and America's biggest pay TV provider have kept the networks' streaming services off of Roku boxes. That should change soon.

Warner Music’s CEO Has a Message for Spotify — Like other music labels, Warner Music Group thinks the boom in streaming music services is a good thing. But like other music labels, Warner is really interested in the music services listeners pay for - and is growing less interested in the free ones.

Ex Apple Exec Richard Kerris Goes to App Ad Startup Get It Mobile — Richard Kerris, a marketing executive whose resume includes stops at Apple, HP and Nokia, is joining Get It Mobile, a startup focused on the fast-growing app ad business. Kerris will become the company's chief marketing officer.

Twitter Users More Likely to Watch, Pay For TV - Survey — The TV Industrial Complex is having a ratings problem, an advertising problem and a subscriber problem. But if everyone used Twitter, those problems would go away! Or, at least, get less bad.

Starcom Buys Native Ad Agency Relevant24 — Advertisers say they crave "native ads" that social media users will share on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram because they're timely and cool. But making that stuff is harder than it looks. So ad company Starcom MediaVest has bought a small agency that specializes in that stuff.

Gawker Media Shuffles Org Chart, Names Tommy Craggs Top Editor — Back to blogging "I have some important news." Usually, that's how I start a conversation with someone who is being promoted, or fired. This time, that conversation is about me: my solo leadership of this company, and the collective management that is going to replace it.
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Dec 21, 2014

RT @DPRK_News: U.S. Deputy President Biden derided as ignorant hornswoggler.

Dec 21, 2014

Sony rep re: Interview - "The Post story isn’t accurate, and Sony is still exploring options for distribution."…

Dec 21, 2014

Sony says NY Post report about The Interview going to Crackle is wrong. (Could be right eventually)…

Dec 21, 2014

RT @jbarro: This "Don't criticize my job performance or I'll stop doing my job" line from police and their allies is not impressive.

Dec 21, 2014

@JasonHirschhorn @cnni @CNN correct. Difference in coverage, mindset more dramatic than presentation.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @sarahkendzior: People seen blamed for murder of NYC cops: 1) Ferguson protesters 2) Obama 3) De Blasio 4) Sharpton. Personally I'm going with THE MURDERER.

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