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The Santa Monica-based food and travel network Tastemade has acquired ChefsFeed, a content platform for professional cooks to share recipes and restaurant reviews, often in collaboration with brands. Terms of the cash and stock deal were undisclosed.

The purchase gives Tastemade access to ChefsFeed's 40 million viewers and network of 6,000-plus chefs to fill its content pipeline.

"They will move the needle for us in terms of access to talent and expertise that we can feature in original programming and content," said Tastemade chief executive Larry Fitzgibbon.

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Clay Weishaar and his sneaker-freaker colleagues designed Dropr, an AR app to recreate the experience of camping out overnight to score a pair of limited-edition kicks. Working with developers and engineers from Snap, they then gamified the experience and added a social component to help make it go viral.

Dropr debuted today alongside eight other companies' new products, all of them developed in conjunction with Snap as part of the company's inaugural Yellow Collabs program.

Snap has previously run three Yellow Accelerator programs, geared toward early-stage companies. In October, it launched Yellow Community, a year-round virtual and in-person (eventually) events circuit for L.A. entrepreneurs. Collabs augments these efforts to connect Snap with external minds and ideas.

The new program focuses on more established companies and helps Snap keep its finger on the pulse of innovation outside the company's walls. It also helps Snap distinguish itself from other social media companies – not only by creating new features for users, but by spreading recognition of Snap's development tools among external developers and designers who can use them for their own projects and companies.

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