Innovative mobile ads grab attention in Barcelona

Mobile advertising and marketing companies have turned out in droves this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Their large presence is telling of just how much mobile content is ad-supported. eMarketer predicts that ad-supported content will account for almost a third of mobile revenues by 2015 to over $1 billion. It’s a hot topic in the telecoms world right now, buoyed by Facebook’s intention to feature mobile ads in the very near future.

Meet Moonbot, the tiny startup that won an Academy Award

At last Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, a startup studio that makes animations, apps, and ebooks won the Best Animated Short Oscar for its film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”  The 14-minute movie was the first from Shreveport, La.-based Moonbot Studios, a multimedia company that is making a splash far from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Pixar.

Ticket engine SeatGeek launches developer platform, offers 50/50 revenue split (exclusive)

As the world’s biggest ticket search engine, New York based SeatGeek has built the mother lode of data about live events, everything from sports to concerts. Today it’s announcing the launch of a SeatGeek developer platform that will allow anyone to tap into that information and, more importantly, collect affiliate fees for any ticket sales that happen through their website or app.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare doomed to live in original’s shadow (review)

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is change-up for hardcore fans of Remedy Entertainment‘s story-driven psychological thriller Alan Wake. It is available as an Xbox Live Arcade downloadable title for $15 on the Xbox 360. The experience is a real stand-alone game, but it is not as deep or sophisticated as a $60 console game. It has its own self-contained story and a fun new arcade mode that makes the game play much more enjoyable.