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  • 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]

  • Nexstar to Acquire Tribune Media for $4.1 Billion

Nexstar Media Group agreed to acquire Tribune Media Co. for $4.1 billion in a deal set to create the largest operator of local television stations in the U.S. Based in Irving, Texas, currently operates more than 100 TV stations in 58 markets, covering about 18 percent of U.S. TV households. [December]

  • Microsoft wins $480M military contract to outfit soldiers with HoloLens AR tech

Microsoft is readying its HoloLens augmented reality tech for combat. The company just won a $480 million military contract with the U.S. government to bring AR headset tech into the weapons repertoire of American soldiers. [November]

  • WPP Will Merge J. Walter Thompson With Wunderman to Form Wunderman Thompson

WPP leadership has decided to merge J. Walter Thompson, the world’s oldest ad agency, with digital network Wunderman; the resulting organization will be known as Wunderman Thompson and be headquartered in JWT’s offices on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue. [November]

  • Disney And WarnerMedia Will Emerge As Winners In Streaming Space, Media Analyst Says

Veteran media and tech executive Michael J. Wolf predicts that established media brands — including The Walt Disney Co. and WarnerMedia - will be among the handful of winners in the emerging direct-to-consumer world. [November]