Pendo closes $25M Series C from Meritech to scale its customer understanding platform

July 14, 2017

Just seven several months after announcing a $20 million Series B, Pendo, a platform to help businesses better understand their patrons, has closed a new $25 million Series C led by Meritech Capital Partners. The North Carolina-based startup has been growing at a speedy time ballooning to 106 hires across offices in San Francisco, New York and Raleigh. Meritechs Rob Ward will be joining the Pendo board of directors to…

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Ken Burns returns to take on Vietnam ‘a war we have consciously ignored’

July 3, 2017

Burnss new 10-part, 18-hour epic film covers the conflict from all sides, and hopes to shape more courageous conversations about what took place James Rogers and Renan Reyes, veterans of the Vietnam war, each made a trip to Washington on Wednesday to see the masterpiece on the civil war as well as series on jazz, baseball, the Roosevelts and the second world war. Ten years and millions of dollars in…

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Kevin Spacey uses ‘House of Cards’ to force you to embrace the silly and serious sides of VR

June 3, 2017

Discovering virtual reality in Season 5 of 'House of Cards.'Image: netflix  What’s crazier than the insane political machinations of House of Cards being outdone by the very real politics of 2017? How about the show taking Season 5 viewers into yet another layer deeper into the surreal by introducing virtual reality into the very plot of the show. Here’s your Spoiler Alert warning. If you haven’t already binge-watched the latest…

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Nickelodeon revamps Noggin, its Netflix for Kids, with dozens of interactive, play-along videos

June 2, 2017

Nickelodeons Noggin is today taking a step to differentiate Noggin from being just another Netflix for kids type of subscription video service. Alongside its existing lineup of TV shows and sing-alongs, Nick is introducing a series of what it calls play along videos. These new videos, which are also curriculum-based, are designed to be interactive in nature asking kids to tap, touch, swipe or speak to move through their various…

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Free streaming service Tubi TV grabs $20 million in new funding

May 10, 2017

San Francisco-based Jump Capital, and includes participation from Tubi TVs Series A investor The titles on Tubi TV arent necessarily the hottest, or most in-demand new releases, but include a number of big-name hits from years past. For example, the apps featured selection right now includesthe 2000 film Gladiator, 1991s The Silence of the Lambs, 2011s Young Adult, 2010s True Grit and 2008s Revolutionary Road, among others. But for Tubi…

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Hands-on with Hulus new Live TV service

May 4, 2017

Hulu officially announced the launch of its live TV streaming service this morning at its Upfront presentation in New York, after earlier promising its under $40 offering would arrive sometime this spring. The service which is actually $39.99 per month has a robust channel lineup, cloud DVR and combines Hulus existing on-demand library, including its Originals, with streaming TV and on-demand content from its broadcast partners.However, a key part to…

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YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

April 26, 2017

However, unlike the kids categories on streaming services like Netflix or Amazon, the content in YouTube Kids is filtered by algorithms. And like any technology implemented without human oversight, that means it will sometimes get things wrong. In those cases, parents are asked to flag the offensive video to alert the company and get it removed. In addition, parents who choose to turn on the apps search feature may also…

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