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CNN is rolling out CNN Travel, a vertical site that will provide travel recommendations for families planning getaways. It will include illustrated city guides of world capitals ranging from Dubai to New York, with suggestions on where to eat in certain locations. On the way: podcasts, a live events business and more video.
Global media companies are taking a flyer on drone racing. Two-year-old New York startup Drone Racing League says it closed a Series B investment round of more than $20 million led by U.K. satellite provider Sky, along with Liberty Media and Lux capital. The league’s 2017 television broadcast season starts June 20 on ESPN and will be broadcast in more than 75 countries with broadcast partners that include Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1, Disney XD and OSN.
Video technology provider Kaltura and cloud platform Akamai Technologies are extending their partnership with a new joint solution adding predictive content delivery. It combines Akamai’s predictive content delivery and Kaltura’s TV platform.

Listen up, podcast creators. Apple is finally going to tell you what podcast listeners like and what they ignore, Recode reports. A new version of Apple’s podcast app will give podcast creators the ability to see when podcast listeners play individual episodes and what part of individual episodes they listen to, which parts they skip and when they bail out of an episode. Up to now, Apple has provided almost no data at all about podcast listening behavior.
The Washington Post is experimenting with audio articles on smartphones using Amazon Polly, a tech that can read words. Ford’s Lincoln brand is a launch sponsor and will present a brief audio ad before each article play. The Post’s trial will run on its mobile site for the next 30 days, during which users will be able to listen to audio versions of four articles daily across business, lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
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Snapchat has unveiled the Snap Publisher tool for building vertical video creative, its self-serve Ad Manager and a Snapchat Certified Partners program to connect advertisers with trained, third-party ad tech tool providers. Together, the three initiatives will make it easier for advertisers to handle their own campaigns start to finish. This news comes as data from Sensor Tower shows that the rate at which people downloaded the Snapchat app dropped by 22% over the first two months of the second quarter. Downloads of Snapchat from the Apple App Store fell by 40% in April and May year-over-year.
Facebook is launching two new tools to help marketers optimize their ads to target the people most likely to buy their products. The first, Value Optimization, uses prior purchase data to estimate how much money a person might spend in an advertiser’s store over a seven-day period. The tool then adjusts the advertiser’s campaign to send ads to the people most likely to spend big. The second new product is an add-on to Lookalike Audiences. “Value-Based Lookalikes” finds the Facebook users among those with similar traits who are also most likely to make a purchase after seeing an ad.
Berlin-based mobile data exchange Adsquare has launched new audience segments consisting of Nielsen’s Digital Ad Ratings Optimized Segments.Adsquare says the segments are validated against first-party data with guaranteed accuracy for gender and age as established by Nielsen and outperform industry benchmarks by more than 308%.  
Appodeal has launched its own ad exchange called AppodealX. It enables allows Appodeal to work directly with demand-side platforms and provide app developers with premium ads offered by over 100 demand sources. AppodealX offers impressions for sale within an app, takes bids from the DSP side and chooses the winner. 
Many consumers aren’t comfortable with their data being collected by smart TVs, according to a survey conducted by Videa, Cox Media’s automated ad platform.The survey found that 48% of consumers said they were somewhat, mostly or completely uncomfortable with advertisers collecting smart-TV data. Only 39% said they are somewhat, mostly or completely comfortable with their data being collected by advertisers.
According to the Pew Research Center, 85% of U.S. adults have gotten news from a mobile device, up from 72% last year and 54% in 2013. The growth has been driven by older demos accessing more mobile news, Pew noted. Two-thirds of those 65 and older said they get news on a mobile device (67%), up 24 percentage points in just one year.
JP Richards has been elevated to EVP, Worldwide Marketing and Chief Data Scientist at Warner Bros. He joined the company in 2015 as EVP of Worldwide Digital Marketing.
Jason Goldberger is the new CEO of online jeweler Blue Nile. He most recently was Chief Digital Officer at Target.
Jim Daily, president of U.S. and Canada at video advertising marketplace Teads, has been promoted to Global President. Teads also elevated Todd Tran from Global SVP of Programmatic and Mobile to Chief Strategy Officer.
This Baywatch star was just designated by The Hollywood Reporter as the #3 most popular actor/actress on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus. (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)

Our Last Trivia Question: This Brazilian actress who stars in Queen of the South on Netflix also had a leading role in the movie Back and Forth. Answer: Alice Braga. Kudos to Andy Pittman-TAMU/TX, Louis Lewow-Lewow Media Group/GA, Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/CA, Lino Garcia-Amistad Entertainment/FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, Travis A. Del Valle-VICELAND/NY.
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JOB OPENING: SR DIRECTOR /NBCU/NYC: Lead strategic development & mgmt. of division wide initiatives & tent pole events. Full info/apply HERE (6/20)

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