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Storm8 Gets Into the Publishing Business, Too

Social mobile games studio Storm8 announced today that it will start marketing, distributing and advising on third-party games via a new arm, Storm8 Publishing. Its first title, War of Dragons for iOS, is a Puzzle & Dragons-esque match-three game originally released as Tower of Saviors. Storm8 is best known for monetization-focused, free-to-play games like iMobster and the “Story” series released under its TeamLava brand.

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An Old Media Veteran Goes Digital at Glam Media

Glam Media, one of the largest digital media companies, has hired magazine publishing veteran Dan Lagani as its first president and chief revenue officer, the company is expected to announce Tuesday.

Twitter to Wait Until After IPO to Name Woman — Likely With International Cred — to Board

The number of women with international experience is long, but if I were to bet whom Twitter is considering for its top picks, I would name only two: Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.
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Chinese Mobile Games Publisher Chukong Technologies Raises $50 Million Series D

Chukong Technologies, the parent company of mobile games publishing brands Coco and CocoaChina, has raised $50 million in new funding, the company announced today in a press release. That brings its total funding to date to $83 million. This round was led by P.E. fund New Horizon Capital with participation from some of Chukong’s existing investors. The $50 million will support Chukong’s international game publishing and localization efforts, as well as its free Cocos2D-x game engine, which is used by seven of the 10 top-grossing game devs in China.

Booming Vox Media, the People Behind The Verge and SB Nation, Raises Another Huge Round

Investors aren’t supposed to go near content. But Jim Bankoff has now raised nearly $75 million for digital publishing.
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Next Issue Media, the Hulu for iPad Magazines, Expands to Canada, Adds New Investor

Next Issue Media, the publishing industry’s attempt to create a Hulu-style joint venture for digital magazines, is expanding to Canada and taking on a new investor. The JV, whose members include Time Inc., Hearst and Conde Nast, will add Rogers Communications’ Roger Media unit as an equity partner; Rogers will add two executives to Next Issue’s board of directors.

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Publishing Hears Echoes of Netflix Business Model

Offering unlimited television shows and music for a flat monthly fee has worked for Netflix Inc. and Spotify AB. Will it work in the book industry?

Unity Plans to Publish, Cross-Promote Mobile Games

Some new verticals for the developer-friendly game engine.
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Facebook Jumps Into the Games Publishing Biz

Game, set, match.
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Not Just for Mobile Anymore: Flipboard Magazines Come to the Web

A desktop experience for the social magazine.
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Apple Loses E-Book Antitrust Trial

Time Inc. Keeps Shrinking

Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost $60 Million

Time Inc. Cuts Come Tomorrow