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  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    FastPay Funds Altitude Digital In $30M Financing

    Los Angeles-based FastPay, the provider of financing products for ad and media driven companies which is led by Jed Simon, has backed mobile and video advertising products firm Altitude Digital with $30M in financing, Altitude said Thursday. Terms of the financing were not announced. Altitude Digital, which is based in Denver, Colorado, offers up a video ad and mobile, supply side advertising platform....Continue →

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Upfront Ventures Leads $20M Investment In Heads-Up Display Developer Navdy

    Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures is the lead investor in a developer of a new, heads-up display which connects to your smartphone, projecting messages, information, and more directly on your windshield. According to San Francisco-based Navdy, it raised $20M in its Series A round, bringing it to a total of $33M in funding. Upfront was the lead, with Formation8, Qualcomm Ventures, Promus Ventures, Eniac Ventures and also participating....Continue →

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Fliptu Gets $1.2M For Social Aggregation Tools

    Los Angeles-based Fliptu, the developer of social aggregation tools for music and entertainment brands, has raised $1.2M in a seed funding round, the company said Friday. The startup--led by Jeremy Gocke--said the funding came from Scout Ventures, Rick Dalzell (former Amazon CIO), Rich Heise (early Groupon investor), Hivers & Strivers, Kelly Perdew, and other angels. The company said it will use the funds to bolster its product team and expand into new verticals....Continue →

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Sony Documents, Emails Go Online At WikiLeaks

    A huge collection of internal documents and emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment--stolen from the company in a massive hacking last year tied to the movie "The Interview"--has been posted online by WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks said it had posted a searchable database of 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails from Sony, claiming it did so to show "the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation....Continue →

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Bitium Rolls Out In Google Apps Marketplace

    Santa Monica-based Bitium, the developer of identity and access management software led by Scott Kriz, has rolled out its products in the Google Apps Marketplace, the company said Thursday. Bitium said its products are tightly integrated and work with Google Apps for Work, helping to secure business applications. Bitium is venture backed by Polaris Ventures, Amplify, Resolute VC, Double M Partners, Social Leverage, Karlin Ventures, Lazerow Ventures and Rob Glaser....Continue →

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Lytx Wins Commercial Trucking Insurance Customer

    San Diego-based Lytx, which develops video-based, driver safety systems, reported a win with trucking insurance company Canal Insurance Company. Lytx said Canal will offer up its Lytx DriveCam Program to its fleet customers as a value added service. Lytx said its Lytx DriveCam Program helps prevent collisions, reduce injuries and save lives by offering up video, predictive analytics, real-time driver feedback and coaching for fleets.Continue →

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Precision Health Economics Acquired By Precision For Medicine

    Los Angeles-based Precision Health Economics, a provider of health economics consultancy and analytics, has been acquired by Maryland-based Precision for Medicine. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. PHE was founded by Drs. Dana Goldman, Darius Lakdawalla, and Tomas Philipson, professors at the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.Continue →

  • Friday, April 17, 2015

    Southern California Sees $1.9 Billion In Q1 Deals, Biggest Since Dot Com Boom

    Southern California saw a staggering $1.9 billion in investments in Q1 of 2015, according to the latest numbers from the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association
    MoneyTree report, which was released this evening, The quarter was the biggest, investment quarter for Southern California since the dot com era. The last quarter to ever reach the same investment heights was more than fourteen years ago, in fourth quarter of 2000, when $1....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Stocktwits Raises Funding Round

    San Diego-based stock messaging service Stocktwits has just raised a new funding, which the company said came from its existing investors, plus strategic Asian financial technology investors, and strategic investors in the fund and ETF business in North America. Stocktwits did not say how large the investment was, however, a recent regulatory filing indicates it recently closed $1.2M on a $2.0M funding round. In a blog post, Stocktwits said it will use the funding to help it grow even faster....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015

    FreedomPop Rolls Out New Upgrade Option

    Los Angeles-based FreedomPop, which offers up free wireless broadband and voice calling plans--up to a limit--rolled out a new software update over the last week, which it says will let FreedomPop phones switch between VoIP and traditional cellular voice networks. According to FreedomPop, the new software will be an upgrade option, its "Premium Voice" option, via Google Play. FreedomPop did not announce the cost of the new features.Continue →

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Rubicon Project Launches Beta Of Two Products

    Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project has launched two new products into beta, saying this week that it has launched DSP Builder and HFC2, both developed in the company's "innovation lab". DSP Builder is a development platform for creating real-time bidding applications. HFC is a "high frequency cloud" computing product, a cloud computing product specifically developed for applications similar to Rubicon Project's own online advertising exchange....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Tinder Hooks Up With Instagram

    Los Angeles-based Tinder, the developer of the immensely popular swipe-left or swipe-right dating app, has just released an update which connects the app directly with Instagram. Tinder said that the integration allows users to scroll through the Instagram profiles of their potential matches, directly within the app....Continue →

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