‘The process is really antiquated’: Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian is backing a billboard company that’s trying to take on Facebook and Google for ad dollars

AdQuick wants to make it easier for brands to buy out-of-home ads, and has secured $2.1 million to develop targeting and measurement tools. Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital led the new funding and Ohanian is also joining the company’s board. Digital-first brands like Lyft, Instacart, and Peloton are increasingly tapping billboard advertising to spread awareness, said AdQuick’s CEO and cofounder Matt O’Connor. Digital advertising budgets are exploding, but that doesn’t mean brands are getting the kind of metrics and stats out of their media buys that they should be. That’s the argument of Matt O’Connor, CEO and cofounder of AdQuick, an advertising startup that on Monday announced $2.1 million in Series… Read More

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Tribune Media plunges after FCC says it has ‘serious concerns’ about Sinclair’s $3.9 billion purchase of the company (TRCO, SBGI)

Sinclair’s $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media may be in jeopardy. Trading of Tribune stock was halted twice as it fell more than 17% Monday following comments from the FCC. “Based on a thorough review of the record, I have serious concerns about the Sinclair/Tribune transaction,” chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. Follow Tribune Media’s stock price in real-time here. Shares of Tribune Media plunged as much as 17% Monday after the Federal Communications Commission said it had serious concerns about its proposed acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting Group. “Based on a thorough review of the record, I have serious concerns about the Sinclair/Tribune transaction,” chairman Ajit Pai said in… Read More

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Skype 8.0 launches on desktop with HD video, and soon encryption & call recording

Skype’s redesign launched last year was met with mixed reviews, but the company is forging ahead by rolling out a number of its new features to other platforms, including the desktop. Microsoft today is launching Skype version 8.0 that will replace version 7.0 (aka Skype classic), the latter which will no longer function after September 1, 2018. The new release introduces a variety of features, including HD video and screen-sharing in calls, support for @mentions in chats, a chat media gallery, file and media sharing up to 300 MB, and more. It will also add several more features this summer, including most notably, supported for encrypted audio calls, texts, and… Read More

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You Can Convert Your Segway MiniPRO Into A Go-Kart With This New Kit

Ninebot, the parent company of Segway, is reportedly rolling out a new kit that transforms your hoverboard into a steerable, four-wheeled go-kart. According to Abacus News, if your Segway isn’t getting much use these days, you can now convert it into a go-kart with the kit that adds brakes, a front bumper, seating, and a steering wheel to a Segway miniPRO. The seat and the steering wheel can both be adjusted to the driver’s height. The Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo featured a post with promotional photos of the new hoverboard-turned-go-kart last week. Segway’s official Weibo page shared the post, as well but did not confirm any details about the product.… Read More

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