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Silicon Beach Lines Up Big Group For SXSW Event
A big group of local, Silicon Beach startups and established tech companies have signed up to showcase the Los Angeles high technology world, according to a list released today by Silicon Beach Sunday. The group said its event, being held on March 10th in Austin, will celebrate the diversity of technology companies in Silicon Beach and Los Angeles, and feature a sample of companies from the region showing off their products.
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TrueCar Dealer Sales Pass 700,000 Vehicles
In a sign of how large of an effect Santa Monica-based TrueCar has had on the automotive industry, the company said Tuesday afternoon that its dealer partners have just surpassed 700,000 new and used vehicles sold using its sites. TrueCar--which offers up automotive pricing information and automotive configuration and quoting software--said the sales came from more than 5,500 dealer partners. TrueCar's website allows consumers to get pricing on specific configuration options for new cars, using (More info...)

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Be Great Partners Launches New Incubator/Accelerator
It seems like there are almost nearly as many startup incubators and accelerators launching in the Los Angeles area as startups. The newest? Be Great Partners said Monday that it has launched a new technology incubator and accelerator, in the Variety Building at 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Be Great Partners said its flagship company it has been incubating is Scambook, an online service which helps people complain about businesses and help get those issues resolved. The incubator said it was founded by L (More info...)

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Tapiture Shows Growth Numbers, Engagement Metrics
Tapiture, the visual, social discovery site aimed at males (which has been billed "Pinterest for men"), says it is showing early traction and engagement monetum, and released some growth and engagement numbers today. The firm, which is led by John Ellis, said that it has just passed one million "taps" of content on its site. The site says it had 8.6 million visits and 78 million page views, from 4.1M unique visitors in Q4 of 2012. The site features photos, images, and videos of everything from s (More info...)

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ReachLocal Launches Trio Of Products, Targets Home Services
Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said today that it has launched three, brand new services today, including a new website focused on the booking of home services. The new products are part of a push by the company to expand the services it offers to small and medium sized businesses, beyond its roots in helping those firms advertise their businesses online.

According to ReachLocal, it has launched three new products, ReachSite, ReachConvert, and ReachCommerce. ReachSite helps provide search en (More info...)

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OpenX Adds Japanese Investor
Los Angeles-based OpenX Software has a new investor, the firm said today, Japanese company cyber communications, inc. According to OpenX, cyber communications, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dentsu Inc., joined in providing additional financing in the company's Series E round. OpenX said it has now raised more than $75M in funding.

OpenX announced the initial close of its Series E funding in January. The roudn was led by Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, and also included Accel (More info...)

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CraveOnline Sharpens Focus With Relaunch
Los Angeles-based Evolve Media announced today tha/ it has relaunched CraveOnline, its flagship, male-oriented website. According to Crave, it has split the site into five categories, Entertainment, Gaming, Sports, Music, and Life & Style. The firm said the redesign would help keep its visitors engaged. CraveOnline also said it has added targeted content on the site which is contextually relevant to visitors, and also help marketers reach users. The changes look to also have been structured to h (More info...)

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Viddy Chops Staff
Venice-based mobile video app developer Viddy has cut one third of its staff, the firm said Monday. The cuts of 12 employees come shortly after the company's board parted ways with its co-founder and CEO, Brett O'Brien. According to Viddy, in a statement, the move came to "streamline costs" and now gives it the "right team" to execute on moving forward. Viddy has been undergoing some turmoil, as the firm has seen an increasing amount of competition from others looking to be the Instagram of vide (More info...)

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Esri Expands Map Data
Redlands-based GIS software maker Esri announced a deal Monday to expand the amount of aerial imagery available for the firm's ArcGIS software, via a deal with satellite imagery firm DigitalGlobe. Esri said the deal adds more than 10 million square kilometers of high resolution, aerial viewing to its free ArcGIS World IMagery map service. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Esri's software is very widely used for geographical information systems (GIS), and in overlaying data and in (More info...)

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Ixia Targets LTE Testing
Calabasas-based network testing equipment developer Ixia said today that it is targeting the LTE testing market, with its Ixia IxLoad product. According to Ixia, it is looking to help mobile carriers maintain and safeguard their network infrastructure, by allowing those providers to prototype those real-world networks in the lab. Ixia develops a wide range of network testing software and hardware products. The firm has been offering up LTE testing tools for awhile, since it acquired LTE testing (More info...)

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Where is Tech Going? SoCalERA Event February 27th
WHERE IS TECH GOING? Electronics Representatives Association Southern California Chapter. Where is the technology industry going in Southern California? What does it mean for us? Which industries and companies are growing, which are shrinking, what is the investment climate, and what does it all mean? Benjamin Kuo of socalTECH.com will share his own observations on how the overall market will influence companies here, what that might mean for those in the electronics industry, and how to find and track what's happening in the technology world.

February 27, Hotel Angeleno in Westwood
4:00 Program, 6:00 Social time, 6:30 Dinner

See http://www.erascal.org or email Dennis McGillis at mcgillis@erascal.org

Silicon Beach Sunday Funday - Austin - March 10th
Join us for Silicon Beach Sunday Funday in Austin!

Silicon Beach Sunday Funday is happening Sunday, March 10th in downtown

This one-day event will celebrate the diversity in technology companies to be found in Silicon Beach and broader Los Angeles by offering attendees a sampling of emerging and established companies from the region.

Twenty companies from the region will be on hand to show off their wares. Market segments include video, gaming, data, ad tech, e-commerce, mobile, and more.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Frank, 4th & Colorado

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