40% of Online Ads Are Found to Be Overweight and Slow Sites

Ads need to go on a diet. More than 40% of online ads are larger than industry standards, which slows down websites and annoys users with crawling load times, according to a report from Ad Lightning, which works with publishers to monitor ad speed.

Universal Music Group inks deal to sell music and tickets on retail chatbot service ReplyYes

ReplyYes, a Seattle startup that helps retailers engage with customers via its mobile messaging platform, is jumping into ticket sales under a deal with Universal Music Group. The partnership was announced Thursday alongside a new $6.5 million Series A funding round, which GeekWire reported on in December.