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  • Monday, December 22, 2014

    Minecraft Creator Buys $70M Mansion in Beverly Hills

    In the latest, technology-driven real estate deal in Los Angeles, the creator of Minecraft--Markus "Notch" Persson--has spent $70M for a giant mansion in Beverly Hills. Persson recently sold Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion dollars. LA appears to continue to be the hot location for real estate for technology moguls, with such recent sales of homes to Google's Eric Schmmidt, Larry Ellison, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, among others. Persson new mansion is 23,000 square feet....Continue →

  • Monday, December 22, 2014

    UC San Diego Spinout Gets $15M From Bill Gates

    A startup which is based on research conducted at the University of California, San Diego has scored $15M in a Series A funding. Echodyne Corp., which was co-founded by Tom Driscoll, a former University of California at San Diego researcher. Echodyne said it is developing radar products developed on metamaterials technology invented through a collaboration with Intellectual Ventures, Duke University and the University of California at San Diego....Continue →

  • Monday, December 22, 2014 Launches Marketplace for Tax Experts

    Looking for a tax accountant or CPA? Newport Beach-based has launched a new website which it says is aimed at helping people find tax professionals, and featuring client reviews, ability to make online appointments, and more. The site says it offers up appointment scheduling tools, appointment reminders, secure document sharing, marketing tools, and much more to tax accountants and CPAs, and is looking to emulate ZocDoc and Avvo, similar marketplaces for other profesionals. TaxBuzz....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    FBI: Sony Hack Traced To North Korea

    The FBI officially confirmed that it has concluded that the devastating hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment was due to North Korea, according to an official statement by the agency. The official acknowledgement of the U.S.'s conclusions had been widely expected today....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Kwikset Connects Kevo Smart Lock With Android Lollipop

    Lake Forest-based door lock maker Kwikset---which has recently launched into the smartphone-connected door lock market with its Kevo smart lock--said Thursday that it has connected its door lock with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Kwikset said that users can now download a beta, Kevo app through Google Play, which allows users to control the lock via their smartphone....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    XCOR Claims Progress On Space Vehicle

    Mojave-based suborbital spacecraft developer XCOR Aerospace claims it is making progress in bringing the company's spacecraft to market, saying it is moving towards its first flight. XCOR said it is making "rapid progress" towards final assembly of it spacecraft, and has attached what it says is a key part of its aircraft--the carry-through spar--to the rear-end of the Lynx fuselage. XCOR is focused on developing a two-seated, suborbital vehicle which will take humans to 330,000 feet....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Semtech Gets Wireless Module Win

    Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech said this morning that it has partnered with wireless product company Link Labs, on a radio transceiver modules. According to the company, Link Labs has launched a low power, bidirectional radio modules for the 915 MHz ISM band and 868 MHz frequency band, which uses Semtech's LoRa long distance radio transceiver technology. Financial impact of the deal were not disclosed, nor were shipping volumes....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Yardi Names VP

    Santa Barbara-based real estate and housing management software developer Yardi has appointed a new Vice President, focused on the affordable housing industry, the company said this week. Yardi said that it has named Boone Atkins as the company's new Vice President of Affordable Housing and PHA Sales. Atkins has previously served at Ernst & Young and RealFoundations, as well as CompassRock Real Estate and Milestone Management.Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Sony Hack: Theater Chain Pulls Team America

    A Texas theater chain's plan to run Team America: World Police instead of The Interview, has been quashed by Paramount Pictures, according to the chain. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema had said that it would run the 2004 puppet comedy film created by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, instead of the Interview, after hackers crippled Sony and threatened a 9-11 style attack on theater goers if the film went to market. Alamo cited "circumstances beyond our control" for the cancellation....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Report: U.S. Points To North Korea In Sony Hack

    U.S. officials have positively identified North Korea as being central to the hack on Sony Pictures, which resulted in the unprecedented cancellation of the debut of the film "The Interview" yesterday. According to a report from the New York Times, American officials have determined that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures, but are debating whether or not the White House should publicly accuse North Korea of cyberterrorism....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Factual Spins New Geofencing, Targeting Tools

    Los Angeles-based Factual said Wednesday that it has rolled out two new tools, one aimed at geofencing of data, and another for audience targeting. The company said its Geopulse Proximity Designer and Geopulse Audience Builder are specifically aimed at marketers, and use its Global Places data to help target ad campaigns....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    DogVacay Adds Video Clips To Mobile App

    Santa Monica-based DogVacay, the online marketplace which helps dog owners find someone to watch their pet when they are away, has added a brand new feature to its iPhone app. According to DogVacay, it has added the ability to send and receive 15-second videos of pets via its free app, which hosts using the service use to give owners updates on their pets....Continue →

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