Will Maroon 5 Drop An Album In 2019? Here's What We Know

Anything’s possible, though, and the guys have been giving hints that something interesting is coming your way soon. Take this tweet for example, in which the band teases a new “storytelling” project with Yarn, a chat fiction app that lets you read interactive fiction on your phone. Will Maroon 5’s chat fiction stories take the place of new music in 2019? Possibly. At the very least, fans will be getting some type of new content this year, even if it’s not new music!

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Marilyn Nguyen
The 15 Best Apps for 2019

Yarn is for the mobile user who wants something different than a cool video game to play or a great book to read. The app features a large library of stories told in text message format, as if you were snooping through somebody else's phone and reading their conversations.


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Marilyn Nguyen
Texting Your Favorite Movie Character Is The Latest Franchise-Building Move
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Franchise building is all about multimedia. The ideal franchise can effortlessly shift formats from movies to TV to books to video games. Earlier this week, the chat fiction app Yarn announced a collaboration with Marvel Entertainment to produce dozens of stories featuring superheroes familiar to movie-goers. Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will all be appearing as the senders and recipients of text messages, creating an interactive narrative that makes users feel as though they're talking directly to their heroes.

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Marilyn Nguyen
CNBC unveils its annual list of 100 promising start-ups to watch

The Upstart 100 is CNBC's exclusive list of promising young start-ups, featuring a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow's household names. Selected from more than 500 nominees, each one was scored on eight equally weighted quantitative metrics.

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Fei XIao
Mammoth Media’s Apps Take A Page Out Of TV’s Playbook
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Mammoth Media, a media and entertainment network aimed at teens and millennials, wants to do for apps what Viacom did for TV.

“Viacom has Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central – program options and content based on demographics,” said Peter Szabo, Mammoth’s CRO and head of partnerships. “We’re taking the same approach with different monetization, and instead of channels, we have our apps.”

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Fei XIao
Cloud9 partners with Mammoth Media

Mammoth Media and Cloud9 have come together to broadcast the organization's North American League of Legends Academy team matches during the Summer Split. Cloud9 will broadcast a pre-game show before each match with highlights and interviews. Fans will also have the chance to win cash prizes by playing esports-themed trivia on Mammoth Media’s app, Arena.

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Fei XIao
App Makers Reach Out to the Teenager on Mobile

Over the past decade, advertisers have spent untold millions trying to turn Talia Kocar and her peers in the millennial generation into loyal customers. But on a recent afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif., in a kind of consumer torch-passing, Ms. Kocar, 25, watched a focus group of teenagers drink free Snapple and suck Doritos powder off their thumbs while answering questions about their smartphones.

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