Mattel & Upfront participate in interactive puzzle startup’s $24 million round, Tinder launches branded podcast on dating, and advertiser interest in Live Stories slackens.

Mattel & Upfront Participate in Interactive Puzzle Startup’s $24M Round

Mattel and Upfront Ventures participated in a $24 million round for interactive puzzle company Osmo, reports TechCrunch. The company makes software that integrates physical puzzle pieces, board games and blocks with mobile games and content on the iPad.

Tinder Launches Branded Podcast on Dating

Tinder launched a branded podcast about dating with Gimlet Media, reports Adweek. The podcasting company worked with Tinder to create a lightly-branded podcast about dating mishaps called DTR (define the relationship).

Advertiser Interest in Live Stories Slackens

Advertiser interest in Live Stories is slipping after viewership for the feature has been flat for a year, reports DigiDay. In light of the drooping viewership, Live Stories are not a priority said Snapchat ad buyers.

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