Motorola Invests in Another Media Company
Motorola Mobility today announced that its venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed sum in a company called Catch Media. Catch Media has developed a system that offers legal access to copyrighted content across a wide range of devices and platforms, including smartphones, tablets, and set-top boxes. Motorola has made a number of investments and acquisitions in media delivery and content companies lately. This lastest investment will help Motorola offer its device customers better and/or easier access to the media they want, where and when they want it.
Skype for Android Adds Media Bar
Skype today pushed out a small update to its Android app that puts a media bar in the message composition tool. This way, explains Skype, users can more easily insert media such as photos or video into their conversations.
Verizon and Hearst to Acquire Complex for Mobile Content
Verizon Communications and Hearst have agreed to acquire Complex, a media organization founded by Mark Ecko that creates content for young adult audiences. Under the terms of the agreement, Verizon and Hearst will each own 50% of Complex through a joint venture.
Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks
Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment.
Verizon Buys Into AwesomenessTV to Bolster Mobile Video
Verizon has agreed to acquire a 24.5% equity stake in AwesomenessTV and will use the platform to add unique content to its go90 mobile video service. DreamWorks and Hearst will maintain 51% and 24.5% shares, respectively, in AwesomenessTV.