Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

 While you’ve already got Yelp and other apps to help you figure out where to eat, Truffle is designed specifically for sharing recommendations with friends and other people you know. A new update should make that sharing even easier. The big addition is an iMessage app, which means (you guessed it) that Truffle is now integrated with iMessage. Read More

Amazon drops David O. Russell show as Weinstein fallout continues

 Amazon said earlier this week that it was reviewing its options around the shows it was producing with The Weinstein Company. Now it looks like the company has made a decision and is moving to sever ties with TWC. One show, an untitled project from director David O. Russell, has been canceled entirely. Russell, along with stars Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore, released a statement saying… Read More

Toonstar lets you bring cartoon characters to life thanks to facial recognition

Toonstar John Attanasio, CEO of Toonstar, said his goal is to create “a new Cartoon Network.” Attanasio and his co-founder Luisa Huang were both executives at Warner Brothers, so they both worked under the same corporate umbrella as the Cartoon Network. Attanasio said the key to Toonstar’s approach is to create animated content that’s “mobile, snackable… Read More

FastPay acquires media payments company AnchorOps

FastPay AnchorOps FastPay has acquired AnchorOps in a deal that brings together two businesses focused on media financing. FastPay’s model revolves around lending money to digital media companies, helping them deal with cashflow issues as they wait to get paid by advertisers. AnchorOps, meanwhile, has built invoicing and payments software for those media companies. In the acquisition announcement, CEO… Read More

Home improvement startup Houzz partners with Indian media company Times Bridge

 Houzz is expanding its presence in India by partnering with Times Bridge, the investment arm of The Times Group. As a result of the deal, Houzz said its content will be integrated into The Times Group’s online properties, including the Times of India. A Houzz spokesperson said this will be “the authentic Houzz experience” with the full functionality of the platform, which… Read More

Spiro raises $3M to build CRM tools for businesses that don’t like CRM

Spiro Laptop and iPhone Spiro aims to sell CRM software to businesses that have been avoiding traditional CRM products. CEO Adam Honig told me that he and his co-founders originally set out to build artificial intelligence products that could assist with CRM. But then they started hearing from companies that weren’t using any CRM at all. So the team ended up broadening its approach. Read More

Digital magazine platform Issuu adds support for subscriptions and single-issue sales

Issuu Issuu is giving publishers another way to make money from the digital magazines published on its platform. Previously, they could monetize their magazines through advertising or by using the content to drive purchases elsewhere. Now, Issuu is enabling digital sales, which means publishers can charge their readers for subscriptions and single issues. CEO Joe Hyrkin said that many Issuu… Read More

BuzzFeed says its morning news show ‘AM to DM’ is reaching 1M daily viewers

AM to DM Twitter’s making a big push into live video, with deals for pro sports, talk shows, network TV premieres and more. But what does a real newscast look like if you rethink it for Twitter? BuzzFeed’s AM to DM offers a possible answer — and it’s a fun one. I should say up front that I’m super-biased here, even by the debased standards of media writing about media. One… Read More

Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to raise $2B for a new video startup

Jeffrey Katzenberg As tech giants like Apple and Facebook prepare to spend billions of dollars on movies and TV, longtime Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking to write some big checks for original content, too. Katzenberg began his career at Paramount Pictures (where he worked on Star Trek: The Motion Picture), but is best known for running Disney’s motion picture division during the period… Read More