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  • Thursday, September 3, 2015

    May The Force Be With You: Star Wars' BB-8 Droid, Goes On Sale For Real

    In what is the first time you've been able to buy a real, working Star Wars droid, the BB-8 Droid from Star Wars is going on sale on Friday at 12:01 am, thanks to the efforts of a company out of the Disney Accelerator. According to Sphero, the company behind the Stars Wars BB-8 drone in Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens, it will begin selling its version of the BB-8 droid starting tomorrow....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Super League Gaming Plans Minecraft Event In Los Angeles

    Santa Monica-based Super League Gaming, the newly funded startup which aims to bring videogames into movie theaters, says it is launching its first Super League National Championship, starting with a premier in Los Angeles on September 16th. The startup--which says it saw over 10,000 players and Minecraft fans over the summer in its pre-launch tour--says it will run a six week league, which will tour 30 cities....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015

    OticPharma To Open US Headquarters In Irvine

    OticPharma, a pharmaceuticals company which is developing therapies for treating ear, nose, and throat (ENT) disorders, said today that it has set up a new U.S. headquarters in Irvine. The company, which has major operations in Israel, says the headquarters will be based in the Irvine Company's Newport Gateway office complex. OticPharma said it will be growing its U.S. executive team as part of the move. OticPharma is led by Gregory J. Flesher.Continue →

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015

    MACRO Gets Funding For Muticultural Content

    Los Angeles-based MACRO, which says it is developing content for the African American, Latino, and multicultural market, says it has raised a initial round of funding. Size of the investment round was not announced. The funding was led by Emerson Collective, and also included MNM Creative, MediaLink, and angels Raymond J. McGuire (Citibank), Justin Yoshimura, and Michael Kane (Caltius Capital). MACRO is led by Charles D. King, who was formerly a partner at William Morris Endeavor (WME)....Continue →

  • Thursday, September 3, 2015

    Ceres Expands Seed Evaluations In Puerto Rico

    Thousand Oaks-based agricultural biotechnology developer Ceres said today that it is expanding its commercial evaluation of its seeds in Puerto Rico. According to the company, growers and dairies in Puerto Rico are currently in commercial-scale evaluation of its seed products, as part of an effort to diversify the island's supply of feed and forage. Those growers are testing Ceres' forage sorghum seed crop....Continue →

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Invoca Trumpets Enterprise Growth

    Santa Barbara-based Invoca, the developer of call tracking software for the lead generation market, said this week that it has seen what it says is record growth in enterprise customers. The company did not disclose any finances, but said it has seen its enterprise customers grow by 375 percent since 2013. Invoca, which is led by Mark Woodward, said new customers include
    New York Times Store, Avalara, SunRun,, 3 Day Blinds, Mitsubishi Electric, Cvent, and K12....Continue →

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Zirx Aims At LA's Parking Problem, After Funding From BMW

    Are you one of the companies in Los Angeles that just doesn't have enough parking for your employees? One of the on-demand, parking services that serves Los Angeles---Zirx, said this morning that it is specifically looking to solve those issues for companies, with the launch of a new service. The Bay Area startup--which has been in Los Angeles since last November--said its new ZIRX Enterprise service is offered up to companies, to help its employees with parking....Continue →

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Hulu Launches Ad-Free Streaming Service For $11.99 A Month

    Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu said this morning that it has launched a new, ad-free service, which will cost $4 a month more than the company's existing, premium subscription. The $11.99 per month service is the first time Hulu has offered up viewing of the company's streaming content without advertising. Hulu's normal service costs $7.99 a month. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said the move is an effort to provide "the best possible experience" to its customers....Continue →

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    DTS Buys iBiquity Digital For $172M

    Calabasas-based audio processing technology developer DTS has acquireed iBiquity Digital Corporation, in a deal worth $172M, the company said this morning. iBiquity Digital develops an audio and data broadcasting technology called HD Radio. DTS said the deal will be funded via cash on hand and debt. iBiquity's technology is used to convert AM/FM broadcasting from analog to digital format, and it heavily used by automotive OEMs; DTS said that every one of the 36 major auto brands in the U.S....Continue →

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Mobcrush Takes $11M For Mobile Game Streaming

    Santa Monica-based live game streaming startup Mobcrush has raised $11M in a Series A round, the company said Tuesday. The startup--led by Royce Disini--said the funding round was le dby Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and also included Raine Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase, Rincon Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures and Advancit Capital. Mobcrush raised $4.9M in its seed funding round back in May....Continue →

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    Saucey Raises $4.5M For On-Demand Alcohol Delivery App

    Los Angeles-based Saucey, a provider of an on-demand, alcohol delivery app said it has raised $4.5M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Blumberg Capital, Structure Capital, Altpoint Ventures, T5 Capital, HashtagOne, as well as individual angels. The company was founded by Chris Vaughn, Daniel Leeb and Andrew Zeck, who were all previously at TextPlus. Saucey delivers beer, wine, and spirits in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and, as of yesterday, Chicago....Continue →

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    TeleSign Launches New Verification API Product

    Los Angeles-based TeleSign, the provider of two-factor, mobile authentication services and software, said today that it has launched a new product, called TeleSign Smart Verify. The new product provides an API to help with end-user verification and two-factor authentication for both online and mobile apps. The company said the new API is aimed at helping ot prevent fraud and stop account compromise, in a single API....Continue →

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