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June 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Tongal, a Southern California start-up that has crowd-sourced video ads for big brands such as Pringles and McDonald's, is expanding into music. The Santa Monica-based firm has made a name for itself linking writers, directors and actors with brands to create video ads in exchange for cash prizes. The sponsoring brand chooses the best entries from the users' submissions. Tongal will now use its platform to field ideas and production for music videos as online streaming becomes a key way that people consume content, the company said Thursday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2011 | By Ernest Hardy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the opening lines of "Take Care," her duet with Drake on his new CD, Rihanna sings in a mesmerizing low voice, "I know you've been hurt by someone else / I can tell by the way you carry yourself. ... If you let me, I'll take care of you / I've loved and I've lost. " Covering, in snippet form, the blues staple "I'll Take Care of You," she gives one of the best vocal performances of her career. That's not damning with faint praise. Her voice here is world-weary and mournful, bruised and compassionate, qualities that nudge "Take Care" into conversation with both the singer's current No. 1 hit, "We Found Love," and with the darker turn her music took with her last two CDs. (Her latest CD, "Talk That Talk," is available this week.)
BUSINESS
December 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Turns out there's a way to save videos sent over Snapchat and Facebook Poke, despite claims that content sent using the apps disappear after a specified amount of time. Users of the apps know that recipients can save pictures by taking a screenshot of them: Both apps alert senders if the recipient does exactly that. What many users don't know is that they can do something similar for video. As reported Thursday by BuzzFeed, users can save videos sent over Snapchat and Poke to an iPhone by using an iPhone file browser, which is software for your computer that lets you navigate through the files on your Apple smartphone.
BUSINESS
July 25, 1999
"Small Video Shops Surviving Behind the Green Door" [July 1] estimates that adult videos generate between 25% and 40% of the Los Feliz Video Hut's business. As a longtime patron of the store, I venture to estimate that the remaining 75% to 60% is generated by the Naldzhyan family's courtesy, efficiency and personal concern for customers. I have only to ask about a particular film and in seconds a younger family member comes rushing to the check-out desk with it. Frequently, they greet me with, "Hey, we got in a film you'll like!"
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A year ago, Twitter released Vine, an oddly green app that let users film six-second videos. Right off the bat, many questioned whether six seconds was enough time to film anything of significance, but a community of creative users immediately flocked to the new mobile app and proved a lot can be done in six seconds. Whether artistic videos or hilarious skits or even footage of real, breaking-news events, Vine proved its worth. The app became so popular that it eventually forced Facebook's Instagram to add video-recording capabilities to its app.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Now Vine is celebrating its 1-year anniversary with a new website called " A Year on Vine . " The site hosts a collection of the top Vines posted in 2013 as well as the first few weeks of 2014.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
You love them. You mock them. But one thing you can't do is stop watching them. Yes, we're talking about Internet cat videos. Which either represent the pinnacle of human creative achievement, or a sign that the apocalypse is nigh. Or both.  Whichever turns out to be the case, we understand now that cats are the ones running the planet, or at least the Internet. And we have no choice but to follow our new masters wherever they may lead us. Even if it smells like a litterbox.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jared Lorenzen is a 320-pound former NFL quarterback who hasn't played in the league in six years. So why is everyone suddenly making such a big deal about him? It has a lot to do with a couple of Vine videos of him playing last weekend in the season opener for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Continental Indoor Football League, posted by John Feitelberg of Barstool Sports. As you can see, Lorenzen is light on his feet, so to speak, and tough to bring down.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Back in 2007, TED added a new program called TED Fellows . The program funds the work of a wide range of young innovators doing cutting-edge work in their field. The current crop has 21 fellows , who have been presenting their work in a series of talks Monday and Tuesday.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Those talks haven't been posted yet. But several fellows showed videos during their talks that demonstrated examples of their projects.  Here are four incredible videos from three fellows: Self-building machines Skylar Tibbits is architect and computer scientist at MIT's  Self-Assembly Lab . He focuses on “smart” technologies that build themselves.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is rolling out an art Hot 100 of sorts - website videos starring 100 of the New York City museum's curators, each of whom discusses a single work from the museum's collection “that changed the way they view the world.” “Starring” may not be quite the word as regards the curators, judging from the first six 2-1/2 to 3-minute videos posted on a web page dubbed “82 nd & Fifth,” after the museum's location....
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
So, Vine or Instagram? In one corner is Vine, the veteran. Owned by Twitter, it allows its more than 13 million users to post short videos online. In the other corner is the rookie, Instagram video, which as of today allows the 130 million users of the Instagram photo-sharing application to also share short videos. Here's how they compare. And join us for a live video chat at 2 p.m. with reporters Salvador Rodriguez and Paresh Dave with your comments and questions.
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