How Apple’s Passbook can bring mobile ticketing mainstream

More than half of all U.S. adults own a smartphone. But using them as a replacement for paper tickets still hasn’t found a home in the mainstream. Some big brands are counting on Apple’s newly rolled out Passbook feature to push mobile ticketing forward.

Now you can turn airline miles into e-books

A new deal between independent e-bookstore Diesel eBooks and rewards points company Koinz Media lets people redeem their bank and hotel rewards points and airline miles for e-books. But Kindle e-reader owners won’t benefit.

Another record for “The Hunger Games”: Mobile ticket sales

Over this past weekend, “The Hunger Games” set the highest opening weekend for a non-sequel, raking in an estimated $155 million at the box office. Fandango, one of the first movie ticket sales sites, says “The Hunger Games” pushed its mobile platform to new heights.

Brands invade Facebook Timeline with new wave of apps

Brands like Nike, Vevo and Fandango now have a new way to integrate into Facebook Timeline. At an event hosted by Facebook in Austin at the South by Southwest festival on Monday, big and small brands mingled and demoed the new wave of Timeline apps.

A Siri for other phones? Nuance brings Dragon Go to Android

There are a lot of bad Siri imitators in the Android Market, but Monday night a pretty close approximation to Apple’s now-iconic personal assistant will be available. Nuance Communications is launching an Android version of Dragon Go, it’s voice-powered semantic search app.

Vid-Biz: Akamai, Fandango, Roku

Akamai Offers AdaptiveEdge Streaming for Microsoft Silverlight; quality of video adjusts based on user’s connection and can go up to HD 720p streaming. Canadian TV and Italian broadcaster RAI already using the service. (emailed release)
Dish Adding Fandango; service will allow users to purchase movie tickets through their satellite TV. (Broadcasting & Cable)
Roku to Add 10 Channels By Year’s End; set-top box also adding search to Amazon VOD. (US News) We know YouTube is probably on the list of new channels, and Dave Zatz says is another. (Zatz Not Funny!)
1Cast Signs Dow Jones, Bloomberg; news video aggregator adds those two companies to its roster, also recently launched mobile apps for Android and the iPhone. (MediaWeek)
Break Media Launches Car Legends Web Series with Castrol; monthly show will examine urban legends about cars — like the banana in the tailpipe. (TVWeek)
Fliqz Signs 50 New Customers; AAA and Green Energy TV among clients now paying for premium video services. (emailed release)
IMDb Eyes Streaming for All its Films Listed; it won’t be easy to achieve that dream given the number of content owners, but site’s founder says thousands of new pieces of video content are being added each week. (CNET)