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Message App Hopes 2.0 Changes Speak to Base

INTERNET: Snapchat adds offerings for core users in move to boost ad revenue.Snapchat looks to reframe apps’ offerings to improve its image with advertisers and investors.

By Garrett Reim April 3, 2016 8:14 a.m.   Share

What Does the Comcast Deal Mean for DreamWorks’ AwesomenessTV?

Comcast’s potential $3.8 billion acquisition of Glendale’s DreamWorks Animation could also have a big impact on the world of online media.

SpaceX Planning Mars Mission by 2018

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. announced on Twitter that it is planning to send a spaceship to Mars by 2018.

Amazon Studios Is Working on Virtual Reality Content

Amazon.com Inc. is said to be meeting with companies that produce virtual reality content.

Snapchat Files Legal Brief Supporting 'Ballot Selfies'

Snapchat is wading into the legal battle over whether “ballot selfies” – photos of ballots cast on election days – are a constitutionally protected form of free speech.

Lionsgate Signs Distribution Deal with Video Game Platform

Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. has signed a deal to distribute its movie library on video game platform Steam.

L.A. Tech Calendar: April 25 to May 8

Roundup of L.A. tech events in the next two weeks.

Patch of Land Names New CEO

Real estate crowdfunding site Patch of Land has hired Paul Deitch as chief executive.

Faraday to Lend Factory to China’s LeEco

Faraday Future will lend its Las Vegas electric car factory to Chinese carmaker LeEco.

Brothers Aim to Launch New Families of Products

INVESTMENT: Reums to tap funds from vodka deal to back consumer goods.

Reum brothers look to tap their tech industry experience to charge up consumer goods startups.

Silicon Beach Deal Flow: April 22

A weekly roundup of must-read L.A. tech investments and acquisitions.

Silicon Beach Launch List: April 22

A weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.

Huffington Post Buys Virtual Reality Startup Ryot

AOL Inc.’s Huffington Post has acquired Ryot Corp., a virtual reality news and documentary producer, for an undisclosed amount.

Snapchat Suffers Blackface Uproar

An effort by Snapchat to honor Bob Marley on Wednesday, referred to by some as National Weed Day, backfired when the company was swamped by accusations of racial insensitivity.

Dentist Marketplace Brighter Raises $21 Million

Online dentist marketplace Brighter has raised a $21 million round.

Prodege Buys MyPoints for $13 Million

Shopping rewards company Prodege has acquired rewards site MyPoints from United Online Inc. for $13 million in cash.