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  • Disney’s ESPN Poised To Reap Rewards Of Online Betting

Porter Bibb, Managing Partner for MediaTech Capital Partners, on ESPN's media earnings and the battle for subscribers. Hosted by Lisa Abramowicz and Paul Sweeney. [February]

  • Meet the 9 startups that Techstars believes can disrupt the music industry

Via Fast Company, meet the Techstars Music Accelerator 2019 cohort: The Music Fund, SuperRes, Inklocker, Replica, Marble AR, Mila, Rhinobird, EmbodyMe, and Signal Distribution. [February]

  • Spotify Is Reportedly Looking to Acquire Some of Your Favorite Podcasts in Deal With Gimlet Media

Spotify may be in discussions to acquire Gimlet Media and its roster of beloved podcasts, including titles like Reply All and Crimetown. It would be a huge deal as far as podcasts go, with another example being iHeartMedia’s acquisition of Stuff Media last year in a notably smaller $55 million deal. [February]

  • 2019 will be pivotal for news industry, says News Media Alliance head

The News Media Alliance advocates for its members on issues such as the recently reversed Trump administration tariffs on Canadian newsprint, copyright protection and the power dominant social media platforms have over the news industry. [January]

  • Google Invests $1.2M To Develop Publishing Platform With WordPress, Others

Google announced Monday an investment of $1.2 million to create a news publishing platform with Automattic/WordPress. The platform, called Newspack, aims to provide “a fast, secure, low-cost publishing system” for small newsrooms. [January]

  • Ad-Tech Startup Innovid Raises $30 Million

Innovid Inc. has raised $30 million from the Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing group as the advertising-technology company continues to invest in its connected-television capabilities and looks to boost its presence globally. Firm will use the money to garner greater share of connected-TV business [January]

  • Former Blizzard Developers Working on new Marvel Game

Second Dinner, a small studio formed by former Blizzard developers, has announced it’s working on a new Marvel game. The announcement came along with news that the studio has raised a $30 million minority investment from NetEase, allowing the team to expand beyond its initial five founders and open an office in Irvine, CA. [January]