Friday, March 2, 2012 Names Domeyer As CEO As Morrow Departs
Los Angeles-based said Friday that it has named Debra Domeyer as its CEO. Domeyer, who was Co-CEO, takes over the position after fellow Co-CEO Scott Morrow leaves the firm. According to, Morrow is leaving to "pursue other interests". Domeyer and Morrow had both been named to the co-CEO positions in January. Domeyer was previously CTO at Internet Brands, and also has served at firms such as Pacific Gas & Electric Energy Services and the Times Mirror Company. is (More info...)

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Cyber Rain Finds New CEO
Los Angeles-based Cyber Rain, the venture backed developer of smart irrigation controllers, has tapped an entrepreneur known for making waterless urinals ubiquitous in the US and around the world, as its new CEO. The firm has named James Krug, former founder and CEO of Falcon Waterfree Technologies, to head up the company's smart irrigation controller business. Krug has also previously served at Paramount Pictures and the Walt Disney Company, among other companies. Cyber-Rain's smart controllers (More info...)

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DreamHost Planning Software Spinout
Los Angeles-based hosting provider DreamHost, the provider of web hosting and managed hosting services, is planning a new, open source software spinout, the firm revealed this week, as it looks to leverage its work on the Ceph open source project for distributed storage. The Ceph open source project is a distributed storage software package which was originally created by Dreamhost co-founder Sage Weil for his doctoral dissertation at UC Santa Cruz. DreamHost said that the un-named new company w (More info...)

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Report: Machinima Seeking $50M In Funding
Los Angeles-based online content producer Machinima, which produces videogame related content for YouTube, is reportedly seeking $50M in funding, at a $200M to $250M valuation, according to reports today. The firm, which is led by Allen DeBevoise, publishes videos online related to video games, video game news, and entertainment. Report of the fundraising was leaked by PandoDaily, in a scathing post criticizing the quality of Machinima's content.

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Interview with Holden Steinberg and Jason Crilly, PageWoo
Have you every clicked on a mobile ad on your iPhone or Android phone, and found that the ad you clicked into wasn't usable on your mobile phone? It's not an uncommon experience, and one which drove Holden Steinberg and Jason Crilly to start PageWoo (, a service which is aimed at helping businesses create mobile-friendly landing pages for their advertisements. The founders, who are part of the Los Angeles StartEngine accelerator, talked to us about what they're doing.

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posted on Friday, March 2, 2012(Full story) Expands Into Mexico
Long Beach-based, a provider of free, conference calling services, reported Thursday that it has rolled out its services in Mexico. The company said the extension of its service in Mexico is the first in Latin America for the firm. As part of the extension into Mexico, the company said that it has added Spanish speaking customer service representatives who will be available seven days a week. The support will come out of Long Beach, where the company says its workforce is (More info...)

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Luxtera Ties With STMicroelectronics
Carlsbad-based Luxtera, the developer of CMOS-based, optical networking chips, said Thursday that it has inked a deal with STMicroelectronics, where the two will apply Luxtera's IP and knowledge to a dedicated process at STMicroelectronics' 300mm facility in Crolles, France, to enable high volume production of silicon photonic components. Financial details of the deal between the companies was not announced. The two firms said that STMicroelectronics has been granted the rights to use Luxtera's (More info...)

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Lieberman Software Debuts Password Security Tool
Los Angeles-based security software developer Lieberman Software expanded its flagship security offering with a new, password auditing tool, the firm said earlier this week. The company said it that its latest product update to its Enterprise Random Password Manager (EPRM) includes the ability to identify built-in administrator passwords on a network, to help IT staff better secure access to their systems. The company said the new tool searches an enterprise network for devices with administrati (More info...)

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Edison Mission Energy Spins Out Wind Energy Firm
Santa Ana-based Edison Mission Energy, which is a subsidiary of utility Edison International, said Thursday that it has tied with TIAA-CREF and Cook Inlet Region Inc, to form a new company to invest in wind energy projects in North America. The firm said the new company, Capistrano Wind Partners, will invest in a portfolio of U.S. wind projects, including projects in Wyoming, Texas, and Nebraska. As part of the deal, Capistrano WInd PArtners will be acquiring those projects from EMG. The compani (More info...)

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SureToMeet's Cliff Allen Passes Away
Cliff Allen, the founder of Los Angeles online event registration site SureToMeet, has passed away, according to friends and family. Allen passed away at the age of 63, due to complications following a lengthy battle with brain cancer. SureToMeet was a startup offering an online event registration service, which was used by a number of local Los Angeles networking and technology groups to register users and help with business networking. Allen had also been a contributor to socalTECH's Insights (More info...)

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