Spongebob over the top

Nickelodeon may be next to join the unbundling frenzy: Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman revealed during an earnings call Thursday that his company is looking to launch a paid streaming service with Nickelodeon programming that will be heavily mobile-focused, according to Reuters. Dauman didn’t share any additional details, but said that Viacom will have more to announce next month.

quicker access to new info

chrome beta pull to refreshI’ve long been a fan of the “pull to refresh” gesture used on mobile apps and now you can find it Chrome for Android. You’ll need the latest beta version of Chrome — which you can install from the Google Play Store separately from the standard edition — and once you have it, you can quickly refresh a mobile web page. Just pull the browser down from the top of the page and you’ll see the web site reloaded with fresh information. If you’re further down the page, you can still manually refresh of course; tap the menu button in the address bar to see the old refresh button.

Mashable announced late Wednesday night that it has closed a new round of financing worth $17 million, led by Time Warner Investments — the venture-capital arm of the New York-based media conglomerate — and Business Insider is close to announcing its own new round of funding, said to be worth $25 million and led by German media giant Axel Springer, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. These investments come not long after a series of large financing deals for both BuzzFeed, which raised a total of $50 million led by Andreessen Horowitz, and Vice Media — which raised $500 million by selling a $250-million stake in the company to A&E Networks (a joint venture between Disney and Hearst) and a similar-sized stake to the venture-capital fund Technology Crossover Ventures.

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