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Social video app Triller's parent company TrillerNet announced two acquisitions Wednesday, along with a new CEO.

The startup acquired Palo Alto-based Amplify.ai, which offers brands an AI chatbot tool to interact with consumers. It was previously integrated into Triller and will now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of TrillerNet, which says it will use the tool to "offer brands and advertisers a unique, fully comprehensive branded content experience, starting with influencer-created short-form content from [Triller] which is pushed through the wider internet while using Amplify's AI tools to properly match the content to consumer," according to a statement.

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The new chief executive of MeWe, the social network that billed itself the anti-Facebook, wants to lure in Hollywood talent — and is eyeing advertisers.

The move, steered by veteran tech and Hollywood executive Jeffrey Edell, is a departure for the Los Angeles company, which promises users it'll protect their privacy and prohibit manipulative algorithms with an ad-free network.

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A swarm of flying street-vendor carts festooned with multicolored umbrellas was seen hovering above MacArthur Park this week, alongside a cadre of magical objects that included a gigantic rolling orange, a rocket-propelled elote stand and a humongous white bucket overflowing with flower petals.

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