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Marketing Firm’s Talk Program Channels Brands

INTERNET: FameBit hopes ‘FilterFreeTV’s’ influencers speak to young consumers.

These days, digital networks such as Maker Studios, Fullscreen Inc. and AwesomenessTV aren’t the only tech companies producing online videos.

TrueCar Share Price Hits the Skids

Shares of Santa Monica’s TrueCar Inc. lost a third of their value in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported that it would miss financial targets for the second quarter and full year.

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Firm Took Marketing Path To Stand on Immigration

INTERNET: MiTú viewed Donald Trump uproar as means to engage audience.

Digital media firm MiTú used the uproar over Donald Trump’s immigration comments to channel viewers to its content.

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Flipagram Stitches Together $70 Million Funding Round

Popular photo and video-editing app Flipagram has raised a massive $70 million Series B financing round from some of the biggest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.

Accelerator Vets Speed Way to Another Startup

SOFTWARE: Duo launched Replicated after selling off chat service Look.io.

Tech accelerators in Silicon Beach such as Amplify.LA have done their best to fortify and bolster the local technology industry over the last few years by providing new companies with seed money, office space, mentorship, and networking with VCs and other entrepreneurs.

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Playing Rough

INTERNET: Content firms contend pirated videos on Facebook’s platform could cost them millions of views, dollars.

Facebook’s video platform doesn’t play well with content owners who say they are losing money and viewers.

Clip-Sharing App Whips Up $40 Million

One Santa Monica app maker is trying to make it a whole lot easier for TV, music and sports fans to legally share their favorite clips and highlights with friends online.

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Startups Opening Door to Crowd

INVESTMENT: Firms now can get funds from nonaccredited investors.

Mobile-game developer XReal is making a play for nonaccredited investors now that crowdfunding is for real.

Healthy Boosts From Chinese Connections

For Bob Parker, life has taken some dramatic turns recently.

Kin Community Bets on Branded Content

Kin Community, an online women’s lifestyle network headquartered in Santa Monica, has launched a new branded content division called Kin Studios, which boosts the company’s ability to craft online video campaigns for advertisers.

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