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Mother’s Helper

Five years ago, Mother Co. founder and Chief Executive Abbie Schiller, 42, and her family decided to move in with her parents at her childhood home in Pacific Palisades to keep her then-fledgling children’s entertainment startup above water.

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Digital Content Turning on TV

Internet: Streaming sites test ad-supported programming.

Former NBC show “Community” will test if digital programs can channel TV-like audiences and ad dollars online.

YouTube Tweaks Video’s Big Picture

INTERNET: Small creators left to sort out copyright claims solo.

YouTube policy shift has taken the fight out of some video creators who must now battle copyright claims on their own.

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Parents Give Birth to Businesses

TECHNOLOGY: Mobile devices open doors to educational products.

TECHNOLOGY: Increase in mobile devices has raised some parents’ interest in producing educational products for kids.

Giving Birth to Nerd Herd

UCode centers offer programming classes for kids 6 and older.

UCode helps little kids get with the programming with its coding courses.

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Filling Up

INTERNET: Chewse sees opening in online food-ordering sector for service focused on businesses.

Chewse looks to take a bite out of the online food-ordering sector by catering to businesses.

Goal Was to Have Fun So They Kept Playing

Swagbucks Chief Executive Chuck Davis, an avid soccer fan, enjoyed this summer’s World Cup in person by heading down to Brazil to catch some games.

Range of Apps Look to Ride Uber’s Reputation

BRANDING: Cargomatic among firms tapping service’s image with young people.

Tech companies these days are likening themselves to popular ridesharing app Uber in the hopes of generating buzz about their services.

Retailers Plan More in Stores

INTERNET: Shops dial into smartphones to offer deals.

InMarket’s app lets retailers send in-store deals to shoppers’ phones to combat “showrooming.”

FameBit Raises $1.4 Million

FameBit, a 6-month-old Santa Monica startup that connects YouTube video creators with advertisers, has raised a $1.4 million seed round led by Science Inc., 500Startups, DeNA and Machinima founder Allen DeBevoise.

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