Ready for His Close-Up: Ross Levinsohn to Join Zefr Board

The former Yahoo exec joins the Venice, Calif.-based video start-up, which is about to celebrate one billion monthly views.

Exclusive: Is Andrew Mason on the Bubble as CEO of Groupon?

Is a boardroom showdown looming for the troubled daily deals company and its affable co-founder?

Demand Media Finally Breaks Away for Good From Lance Armstrong

The race is not always to the swift.

Exclusive: BermanBraun Buys Most of Shelby Bonnie’s Whiskey Media

Can’t we all just get along? Yes! Hollywood grabs a piece of Silicon Valley content tech.

Talent Management Start-Up PeopleMatter Raises $14M, Led by Morgenthaler

The Charleston, N.C.-based software company, which focuses on hourly workers, said the new investment will be used to for product innovation and customer acquisition strategies.
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Former Myspace Music Head Holt Lands as COO at Maker (Plus Cool Video!)

As video on the Web evolves, Courtney Holt moves to the new-generation production company — which makes and distributes more professional original content to the Internet, mostly via YouTube.

Hey Kids, Let’s Put on a $4M VC-Funded Show! A Visit to the YouTube Moguls of Maker Studios (Video)

Maker Studios, a new-generation production company, has just gotten another $2.5 million in venture funding to help it make videos, mostly for YouTube. That brings total funding from Greycroft Partners and GRP Partners to $4 million for a studio created to bring more professional original content to the Internet.

Exclusive: Flipboard Confirms $50 Million Funding at $200 Million Valuation

Late last month, BoomTown posted about a huge venture funding effort by the high-profile and even more highly designed social media reading app for the Apple iPad, Flipboard. Today, its co-founder and CEO Mike McCue confirmed a $50 million round at an eye-popping $200 million valuation, in a wide-ranging interview at the start-up’s Palo Alto, Calif., HQ.

More Fake Videos As "Viral" Web Advertising–Where Is the Old Spice Guy When You Need Him?

Ugh, yet another attempt to pass off “authentic” online videos as real ones, in order to hawk something. This time, it’s a video of a geeky man using a little transmitter, a red balloon and an iPhone to change screens in New York’s Times Square. Except not.

100 Percent Fresh Exclusive!: Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes in Acquisition Talks With Yahoo and Others

Flixster–the popular social movie site whose brands include the Rotten Tomatoes premium reviews site, as well as BuddyTV–is in early acquisition talks with several suitors, including Yahoo, said sources close to the situation. The price being discussed for the San Francisco-based start-up is between $60 million and $90 million, said several sources, in talks that are “substantive.”

Presto Chango: KaChing Becomes Wealthfront

LinkedIn Buys ChoiceVendor