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April 20th,2017

Peepla Launches Live Streaming Service

Los Angeles-based Peepla announced a new, mobile live streaming app, available on iOS or Android, similar to Facebook Live, Instagram Live or Snapchat. According to the company, it is looking to avoid being direct competition with Periscope...

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April 13th,2017

j2 Global Buys Five More Companies

Los Angeles-based j2 Global, which provides both a suite of Internet services and runs an extensive digital media and content publishing business, has made five more acquisitions, the company said today. The company said it completed five a...

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April 12th,2017

AEG Launches New Division, AEG Studios

Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment company AEG said Tuesday that it has launched a new, in-house branded content division, AEG Studios, which will provide creation, production and development of original content for the company and ...

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April 5th,2017

How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement

Diamond Bar-based Liferay (www.liferay.com) is a company that not too many people have heard of, but which is used to run the websites for such well known organizations like Toyota, T-Mobile, Coach, Fujitsu, Allianz, and Sesame Street. And,...

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April 5th,2017

TEN: The Enthusiast Network Expands Motor Trend VOD Service To Europe

Los Angeles-based TEN: The Enthusiast Network, the online publisher which runs such brands as MOTOR TREND, SURFER, HOT ROD, and GRINDTV, says it has expanded its video-on-emand service, Motor Trend OnDemand, to the UK and Europe. The expans...

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April 4th,2017

GumGum Jumps Into Publishing With New Site

Santa Monica-based GumGum, the developer of computer vision and artificial intelligence software focused on the advertising industry, has jumped into the online publishing business, saying it has started a new online publication call The Vi...

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March 28th,2017

Hulu Links With Telemundo, Sony For Spanish Language Content

Santa Monica-based streaming television provider Hulu said this morning that it has reached new multi-year agreements with both Telemundo and Sony Pictures Television, to add Spanish language programming to the service. Financial details of...

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March 28th,2017

Clearlake Capital Completes NetDocuments Acquisition

Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital said it has completed its acquisition of secure cloud-based document management software developer NetDocuments. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. NetDocume...

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March 23rd,2017

TVPage Adds Investor To $3M Funding Round

San Diego-based TVPage, a startup developing cloud-based technology for monetizing video content, said on Thursday that it has added Greg Silverman as an investor in a recent $3M funding round. Silverman is the former president of Warner Br...

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March 23rd,2017

Jam City, Family Guy Roll Out New Mobile Game

Los Angeles-based mobile game developer JamCity, and the animated series, Family Guy, said this morning the two have teamed together to launch a new mobile game called Family Guy: Another Freakin' Mobile Game. The game was created in collab...

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March 23rd,2017

SPACES Expands Advisory Board

Playa Vista-based virtual reality content developer SPACES announced on Wednesday that it has added Ian Richter, the former EVP of franchise and emerging platform development at Legendary Entertainment, and Joe Garlington, formerly of Walt ...

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March 22nd,2017

Pocketwatch Picks Up $6M For Kids Media Brand

Culver City-based Pocketwatch, a startup media brand focused on creating and acquiring content for kids, has raised $6M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Third Wave Digital, and also included Les Moonves (CBS ), Jon Landau...

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March 22nd,2017

Edlio Acquires Sangha, Raises $40M

Los Angeles-based educational content management software developer Edlio said late Tuesday that it has acquired Sangha, the developer of a personalized, mobile parent interaction app. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced, ...

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March 21st,2017

Naritiv's Snapchat Analytics Software Acquired By Hootsuite (Update)

The Snapchat analytics software developed by Los Angeles-based Naritiv, a startup producing online content for brands, has been acquired by social media management firm Hootsuite. The announcement was made on Tuesday. Financial terms of the...

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March 15th,2017

Digital Domain Names North American CEO

Playa Vista-based visual effects and virtual reality content developer Digital Domain has named Amit Chopra as CEO for North America. Chopra was already Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the company. Digital Domain said the ...

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March 13th,2017

WebPurify Launches Image Moderation Service

Los Angeles-based WebPurify, which provides online content moderation services, said it has launched a new, automated image moderation service to help screen user generated content for nudity. According to WebPurify, its automated intellige...

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March 8th,2017

FabFitFun Debuts On Demand Video Service

West Hollywood-based FabFitFun, the women's lifestyle brand which is backed by New Enterprise Associates, Upfront Ventures,Rachel Zoe Ventures, 500 Startups, Simon Ventures, Draft Ventures, and a long list of angels, said today that it has ...

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March 2nd,2017

Cinedigm And The WHAM Network To Launch eSports, Gaming Network

Los Angeles-based Cinedigm and The WHAM Network said on Wednesday that the two are launching a brand new, streaming network specifically focused on eSports and gaming. According to the two companies, the 24/7 streaming channel will provide ...

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March 1st,2017

A Chat With Jamie Montgomery On How LA's Tech Ecosystem Has Grown

Next week is the Montgomery Summit (www.montgomerysummit.com), one of the longest running technology conferences held in Los Angeles. The conference is run by Jamie Montgomery, one of the local industry's pioneers in venture capital and i...

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February 27th,2017

Cordial Connects With $6M From Upfront

San Diego-based Cordial, a developer of marketing software which automatically tracks the actions of consumers which triggers personalized messaging to those consumers, has raised $6M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from Upfro...

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February 24th,2017

Shareability Names MomentFeed's Reed As Exec

Marina Del Rey-based Shareability, a startup which focuses on creating viral content, said this week that Rob Reed, the founder and former CEO of MomentFeed, has joined the company as Partner and Chief Revenue Officer. The company said Reed...

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February 22nd,2017

Jam City, TinyCo Team On Futurama Game

Los Angeles-based JamCity, and mobile games developer TinyCo said this morning that they are launching a new, mobile game based on the popular Futurama TV series. The new game features new content from Futura's creator and Executive Produce...

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February 22nd,2017

Techstars Music Goes Live In LA

Techstars Music, a new startup accelerator program run by startup accelerator operator Techstars, has launched in Los Angeles, Techstars said this morning, with eleven startups. According to Techstars Music, the first eleven companies in it...

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February 21st,2017

Media Temple Swizzles WordPress Hosting Plans

Los Angeles-based cloud hosting provider Media Temple has swizzled the arrangement of its managed WordPress offerings, saying today that it haas boosted solid state storage, added new content delivery network (CDN) delivery, and added other...

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February 21st,2017

Jukin Media In Content Partnership With Japanese MCN On New Site

Culver City-based Jukin Media, which licenses and distributes viral, user-generated content for the TV, web, and other platforms, has inked a new content deal with Japanese MCN UUUM, the two announced this morning. According to Jukin, it is...

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February 16th,2017

Report: Amazon Launching New Game Studio In San Diego

Amazon.com is launching a new game studio in San Diego, according to reports, in an effort being led by former Sony Online Entertainment chief John Smedley. The new studio apparently is looking to hire on many of the game developers who wer...

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February 15th,2017

Hello Kitty Comes To Microsoft HoloLens, Thanks To SPACES

If you can't get enough of Hello Kitty, the iconic cartoon character owned by Sanrio, you can now add your own set of Hello Kitty holograms into Microsoft HoloLens--thanks to Playa Vista-based SPACES. SPACES said on Tuesday that it is bring...

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February 8th,2017

Six Flags Brings VR Coaster To Magic Mountain

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Samsung Electronics America said they are bringing its "virtual reality" roller coasters to Six Flags Magic Mountain. according to the two, they are launching a new ride, The New Revolution Galactic A...

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February 7th,2017

VIZIO: We're Now Setting The Standard For Privacy Practices

Irvine-based VIZIO said Monday that it is now working forward to set the "standard for best industry privacy practices", after an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, where it paid $2....

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February 6th,2017

Social Reality Names New Board Member

Los Angeles-based Internet advertising technology developer Social Reality announced late Friday that it has named Derek J. Ferguson to its board of directors. Ferguson has previously served at Victory Park Capital Advisors LLC, Maxim Partn...

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January 31st,2017

Ownzones Launches Media Management Platform

Los Angeles-based OWNZONES Media Network, a provider of technology for the motion pictures, television, and digital content market, said on Monday that it has launched a new product for delivering content over "over the top" (OTT) market. T...

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January 31st,2017

Triton Digital Wins Connoisseur Media

Los Angeles-based Triton Digital, the developer of advertising technology for the audio streaming market, reported that it has been selected by Connoisseur Media. Financial impact of the customer win was not announced. Triton Digital said C...

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January 27th,2017

Evite Moves Headquarters To Downtown LA

Los Angeles-based online invitations service Evite says it has moved its headquarters to downtown Los Angeles, doubling the size of its corporate office. The company, which previously had its headquarters in West Hollywood, said the move go...

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January 27th,2017

STARZ Rolls Out Amazon Fire TV App

Beverly Hills-based entertainment company STARZ, which is part of Lionsgate, said on Thursday afternoon that it has launched a new app on Amazon Fire TV. STARZ said its STARZ App gives users access to all of its original series, plus movies...

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January 25th,2017

VRMedia Takes Aim At Virtual Reality Software, Hardware

Los Angeles- and Austin-based VRMedia Technology said on yesterday that it has launched, as a joint venture between MC Capital Advisors/Media Content Capital, and virtual reality and computer graphics filmmaker Greg Passmore, and his compan...

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January 23rd,2017

Social Native Adds Ragovin, Elbaz To Exec Team

Los Angeles-based Social Native, which operates a marketplace for connecting brands with content creators, said this morning that it has added Buddy Media co-founder Jeff Ragovin as Chief Growth Officer, and Scopely and Applied Semantics' c...

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January 18th,2017

Mitu, Major League Baseball In Latino Content Deal

Los Angeles-based mitu, the venture-backed, Latino-focused online content network, and Major League Baseball, said on Tuesday that the two are in a new content campaign targeted at delivering MLB content to multicultural youth. According to...

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January 17th,2017

Bringhub Finds Funding From Asian Investor

Los Angeles-based Bringhub, a developer of software for matching editorial content to contextually-relevant e-commerce products, has received a strategic investment from Asian investor Integrated Asset Management (Asia) Limited. Bringhub sa...

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January 17th,2017

Triton Digital Wins NRG Media

Los Angeles-based audio advertising technology developer Triton Digital announced this morning that it has been selected by radio station owner NRG Media. According to Triton Digital, NRG Media has selected the content management system (CM...

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January 12th,2017

Techstars LA Names Managing Director

Techstars, the startup accelerator operator which has been ramping up its efforts in Los Angeles, said on Wednesday that it has name Anna Barber as the new Managing Director of its Techstars LA program. In a post, "Why LA is the Future of S...

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January 12th,2017

ConsumerTrack Expands In El Segundo, Ramps Hiring

Los Angeles-based ConsumerTrack, the operator of GoBankingRates.com and other personal finance content and lead generation sites, said today that it is expanding its headquarters in El Segundo. According to ConsumerTrack, it has moved into ...

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January 10th,2017

Lionsgate Backs eSports Team, The Immortals

In a further boost to the growing e-sports industry, movie studio Lionsgate announced this morning that it has made an investment in the e-sports franchise Immortals. Size of the investment was not announced. Immortals is the team which is ...

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January 4th,2017

Frequency Announces Deal With TiVo

Los Angeles-based Frequency, the developer of a cloud-based video distribution and curation service, said this morning that it has inked an agreement with TiVo Corporation, to bring the company's video service and programming to TiVo's pay ...

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December 30th,2016

Reflections on 2016: Grant Hosford, codeSpark

This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. Today's contribution is from Grant Hosford, the CEO and co-founder of codeSpark (www.codespark.com), the company behind the...

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December 30th,2016

Reflections on 2016: Stephen Stokols, FreedomPop

This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. Today's contribution is from Stephen Stokols, founder and CEO of FreedomPop (www.freedompop.com), which offers up free, mob...

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December 28th,2016

Hulu, Disney Ink Video-On-Demand Deal

Santa Monica-based television- and video-streaming service Hulu and Walt Disney Studios said earlier this week that the two are in a subscription, video-on-demand deal which make over 50 popular titles available for streaming on Hulu. The t...

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December 23rd,2016

Reflections on 2016: Kevin Winston, Digital LA

This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem. This morning, we have Kevin Winston of Digital LA (www.digitalla.net), the organization which is LA's largest digital netwo...

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December 19th,2016

Stop, Breathe, and Think: Using Your Smartphone To Tackle Your Emotional Health

As we head towards the end of the year, a lot of people are starting to think about New Year's resolutions, and how to improve their life. One area is to improve your emotional wellness and health. Los Angeles-based Stop, Breathe, and Thi...

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December 16th,2016

GumGum Analyzes Sports Teams Sponsorships, Advertising

Santa Monica-based GumGum has launched a new effort to apply its technology to analyze sports sponsorships and advertising. GumGum, which is best known for its in-image advertising, said it has launched GumGum Sports, a new division of its ...

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December 15th,2016

ZEFR Hires Two For Executive Team

Venice, California-based ZEFR, which develops software to identify, filter, and organize content for brands and content owners on YouTube and other online video sites, said today that it has hired two new executives to its senior team. The ...

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December 13th,2016

Tongal Ramps Up Hiring

Santa Monica-based Tongal, the crowdsourced, marketing and advertising content firm led by Rob Salvatore, has been ramping up hiring, saying today that it has added a significant number of people this month--including three executives to it...

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December 8th,2016

LA Investors Back Waggle For More Pet Videos

Waggle, a new media company which publishes pet and animal content on its own website, Facebook, and other channels, said Wednesday thatit has raised $2.3M in a seed funding--which included a number of Los Angeles investors, including Lower...

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December 7th,2016

How Beatshare Is Tackling Music And Messaging

There are lots of music and messaging apps out there, but is there room for an app which makes music the message? Orange County startup Beatshare--backed by the Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Harvard Business School Angels, and Archan...

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November 29th,2016

Younity Launches New Home Media Server Software

San Diego-based Younity, the developer of file sharing software led by Erik Caso, said today that it has launched a new, desktop-to-desktop home media server product. The company said its updated software lets user access all of their file ...

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November 18th,2016

Warner Bros. Acquires Machinima

Warner Bros. said Thursday that it has agreed to buy Los Angeles-based content network Machinima. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, however, reports said the deal valued Machinima at less than $100M. Warner Bros. was already o...

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November 15th,2016

Hulu Buys The Video Genome Project

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu has acquired the assets of The Video Genome Project (aka Structured Data Intelligence), a developer of software and data being used to personalize content recommendations for video. Finan...

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November 14th,2016

Stop, Breathe & Think Rolls Out Links to Kik, Slack

Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Stop, Breathe, & Think, which helps users use meditation to improve their mental wellness, reduce stress, and promote positivity, said on Monday that it has connected its app to Kik and Slack, and will...

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November 9th,2016

Demand Media Emerges As Leaf Group

Santa Monica-based Demand Media--in what looks to be a tumultuous day to for the stock market--said this morning that it will begin trading its common stock today on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol, LFGR. The company...

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November 9th,2016

IGN Entertainment Names Chief Programming Officer

IGN Entertainment, which produces online video game and entertainment content, said Tuesday that it has named Wade Beckett as its Chief Programming Officer and SVP of Video, based here in Los Angeles. Beckett was previously Chief Programmin...

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November 7th,2016

Interview with Nikhil Jain, ObEN

What if you could—with your smartphone—easily create a virtual you—an avatar that looks and sounds like you, and which would live in virtual or augmented reality? That's the idea behind the technology being developed by Pasadena-based ObE...

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November 2nd,2016

j2 Quarterly Revenues Rise To $210.1M In Q3

Los Angeles-based j2 Global announced its quarterly results on Tuesday, saying that its Q3 quarterly revenues have grown to $210.1M. The revenues are significantly higher than the $178.7M the company earned in Q3 of 2015. The company--which...

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November 2nd,2016

Woven Digital Names New CEO

Los Angeles-based digital media and content provider Woven Digital announced on Tuesday that it has named Benjamin Blank as its new CEO. Blank was previously Chief Creative Officer at the company. Previous CEO Colin Digiaro becomes Executiv...

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November 1st,2016

Deluxe Buys Sfera For Cloud Software

Los Angeles-based Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, the provider of services to the entertainment and content industry, has acquired cloud-based localization provider Sfera. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Deluxe...

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November 1st,2016

Kingston Bumps Capacity of microSDHC Cards

Fountain Valley-based flash memory maker Kingston Digital has bumped the capacity of its line of Class 10 microSDHC/microSDXC cards, saying today that it now is offering up a new 256GB capacity card in the memory format. Kingston says it no...

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October 31st,2016

Demand Media To Change Name To Leaf Group

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said on Friday that it will be changing its name, and will become Leaf Group Ltd.. The company--which runs eHow, LIVESTRONG.com, Society6, and Saatchi Art--said it will officially change its name on Wednesday...

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October 31st,2016

Relativity Media Sells Stake To Singaporean Social Networking Company YuuZoo

Beverly Hills-based movie studio Relativity Media--which is behind such titles as Limitless, Masterminds, and Immortals--scored a big investment from Singaporean Internet company YuuZoo, the two companies said this morning. The two said tha...

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October 28th,2016

Amplify LA's Paul Bricault On Startup Accelerator Lessons, Five Years Later

Venice-based Amplify LA (www.amplify.la) is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a startup accelerator here in the Los Angeles area – one of the few in the area to have survived in more or less original form after the launch of a number of ...

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October 21st,2016

Wpromote Brings Digital Marketing To Nonprofits, Charities

Los Angeles-based Wpromote, the provider of online marketing services led by Michael Mothner, said it is offering up a set of free workshops, courses, and discussions to nonprofits and charities. According to Wpromote, it will offer up a se...

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October 19th,2016

Recursor.TV Debuts Science Fiction Video Site

Los Angeles-based Recursor.TV said on Tuesday that it has launched a brand new site, which is focused on indie, science fiction video. The site--founded by E.J. Kavounas, Edouard de Lachomette and Steve Tao--said it will feature curate sho...

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October 17th,2016

Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs

Los Angeles-based Science Inc. (www.science-inc.com), the startup “studio” led by former MySpace CEO and technology veteran Mike Jones, just saw its third acquisition out of its portfolio this year—the acquisition of FameBit by Google/You...

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October 14th,2016

Disney Accelerator Companies Show Off At Program's Third Demo Day

The Disney Accelerator, the startup accelerator run by The Walt Disney Program, concluded its third run of its program on Thursday, concluding with the presentation of its class of nine companies at its Demo Day in Burbank yesterday. The th...

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October 12th,2016

Edlio Raises $40M For School Website Software, Looks Towards Acquisitions

Los Angeles-based Edlio, a developer of a cloud-based, software product used by schools and school districts to build and manage school websites, has raised $40M in a funding round. The funding came from L Squared Capital Partners. Accordin...

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October 4th,2016

Episerver Acquires Optivo

Episerver, which develops software used for managing digital content and marketing and which has a corporate office in Irvine, said it has acquired Optivo, a provider of omnichannel campaign management and customer intelligence software. Fi...

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September 28th,2016

How ContractSafe Wants To Help You Get Your Legal Docs In Order, With Ken Button

For a lot of companies—and their management and legal teams-- managing the reams of paperwork involved with legal contracts is a big, disorganized mess. To address that disaster, Ken Button and Randy Bishop—two veterans of the startup in...

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September 27th,2016

Jukin Media Targets Brands, Creative Agencies With New Unit

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media said today that it has launched a new division, which will specifically aim at helping brands with their advertising and content marketing campaigns. Jukin said the new division--called "Ethos"-will use its tec...

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September 22nd,2016

Graphiq, mediaQuant Partner For Media Visualization

Santa Barbara-based data visualization software developer Graphiq, and media measurement provider mediaQuant said on Wednesday that the two are in a new partnership, which will make mediaQuant's data available via Graphiq's visual tools. Th...

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September 13th,2016

DEFY Media Snags $70M

Los Angeles-based DEFY Media, a developer of YouTube channels and digital content, said on Tuesday that it has raised $70M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Wellington Management Company LLP, and also included ABS Capital, Lions...

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September 13th,2016

Tastemade, Jaunt Tap Ryan Seacrest, Conan O'Brien For Tour Through LA

Santa Monica-based virtual reality content developre Jaunt, and Santa Monica-based online food and travel lifestyle content provider Tastemade said today that the two have tied together for a new, virtual-reality trip through Los Angeles, f...

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September 8th,2016

NextVR To Broadcast US Open Highlights In Virtual Reality

Laguna Beach-based NextVR says it has signed a deal to provide virtual reality broadcast highlights from the US Open, offering up virtual reality content for tennis fans, from the 2016 US Open Tennis Championship Semifinals and Finals. Fina...

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September 2nd,2016

ScoreStream Inks High School Sports Content Deal With Buffalo Wild Wings

Del Mar-based ScoreStream, which provides crowdsourced high school sports scores, photos, videos, and more, has inked a content syndication deal with restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants. According to ScoreStream--led by tech sta...

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August 25th,2016

Twistory Entertainment Being Sold In Asset Sale

Santa Monica-based Twistory Entertainment Studios, which had been a mobile game development and graphic novel design company, is being sold in an asset sale, according to auction company CMA Auctions. CMA said that Twistory's assets--includ...

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August 24th,2016

Digital Domain In VR Production Deal With World Surf League

Los Angeles-based studio Digital Domain says it is teaming up with the World Surf League (WSL), to bring immersive, 360 degree, virtual reality content to consumers, the company announced Wednesday morning. According to Digital Domain, it w...

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August 23rd,2016

Veritone Finds $50M For AI Software

Newport Beach-based Veritone, which is developing artificial intelligence software used for sentiment analysis for media firms, political campaigns, corporations, and the government, said it has closed on a $50M funding agreement. The fundi...

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August 22nd,2016

LA Dodgers Accelerator Names New Class

The LA Dodgers Sports Accelerator, the startup accelerator program run by the Dodgers organization in conjunction with R/GA, has announced the five participants in its second class of startups today. According to the accelerator, it has add...

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August 19th,2016

Jaunt Studios, Sundance Institute Link On VR Program

Jaunt Studios, the content production arm of virtual reality hardware and software developer Jaunt VR, says it has linked up with the Sundance Institute, and will run a six month "VR Residency Program", which will help artists make their ow...

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August 17th,2016

Intel To Open New Studio In Hollywood Aimed At VR

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday that the semiconductor maker will create a new, studio in Hollywood, will will focus on creating 360-degree virtual reality sports and entertainment content, using its technology. According to Krzani...

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August 17th,2016

ScaleLab Grows Video Content Network

Los Angeles-based ScaleLab, a multi-channel network which helps Youtube creators with growing their audiences, says it has topped more than 2 billion monthly views, and now has 90,000 online video influencers in its network. According to th...

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August 16th,2016

Gawker Goes To Univision

Los Angeles-based broadcaster and media company Univision has reportedly won the deal for bankrupt online publisher Gawker, and will pay $135M for the company, according to reports on Tuesday afternoon. Gawker had gone up for bankruptcy auc...

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August 11th,2016

Interview with Adam Arrigo, The Wave VR

Earlier this week, The Wave VR announced a round of funding, to develop a virtual reality environment specifically for live music. We spoke with Adam Arrigo, CEO of the startup, to learn more about what the whole idea behind The Wave's VR...

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August 9th,2016

Tongal Names Strategy Head

Santa Monica-based Tongal, which operates an online, content crowdsourcing site focused on video, has named a Vaughan Emsley as its new Head of Strategy and Client Development. Emsley was most recently at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was ove...

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August 8th,2016

Hulu Ends Free Streaming Service

Not--it's not a mistake, that "Start Your Free Trial" button on the home page of Los Angeles-based television streaming service Hulu marks the end of Hulu's free streaming, as the company moves 100 percent into the world of subscription vid...

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August 8th,2016

Interview With Mike Mothner, Wpromote On Growth, Acquisitions

Last week El Segundo-based Wpromote acquired fellow marketing agency Standing Dog, in a deal which brings the company to 260 employees, and continues to grow the company. We caught up with founder and CEO Mike Mothner--who we first intervie...

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August 5th,2016

Disney Launches DisneyMix, Social Messaging For The Younger Set

Want to let your kids message back and forth with their friends--but a wee bit leery of the anything-goes world of Snapchat? Burbank-based Disney launched a new, mobile messaging service this week called Disney Mix, aimed at kids and famili...

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July 25th,2016

MaxCDN Acquired By StackPath

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator MaxCDN has been acquired by security-as-a-service startup StackPath, StackPath revealed today as part of a big launch. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. MaxCDN, led b...

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July 22nd,2016

Legend VR Teams With Stan Lee On VR Episodes

Hollywood-based virtual reality technology and content developer Legend VR--the new unit of Legend 3D dedicated to creating virtual reality content--has announced its first major virtual reality project, a new series of virtual reality epis...

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July 21st,2016

Jukin Media Launches Marketplace For Viral Videos

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media has launched a new, online marketplace to let marketers, advertisers, TV producers, digital publishers, and others license viral content, the company said on Wednesday. Jukin--which helps obtain clearance and r...

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July 20th,2016

LA Startup To Broadcast Live Surgery In VR

Los Angeles-based GIBLIB, a startup multi-channel-network (MCN) focused on surgery content, said it will be broadcasting a live, public stream of a hernia surgery in virtual reality next week. According to GIBLIB, it will broadcast a 360 de...

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July 11th,2016

Disney Accelerator Names 2016 Class

The Walt Disney Company has named its next class of startup participating in the Disney Accelerator, the startup accelerator and mentoring company held on the company's Burbank campus. The Walt Disney Company said that this year's class inc...

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July 11th,2016

Kin Community Raises $13.5M More

Santa Monica-based Kin Community, the online content producer focused on food, home, and DIY content and led by Michael Wayne, has raised $13.5M in a funding round, the company quietly revealed earlier this month. The funding came from stra...

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July 6th,2016

Stocktwits Gets $2M More, Names New CEO

Stocktwits, the stock-focused micro messaging service co-founded by San Diego angel investor Howard Lindzon, said on Wednesday that it has raised $2M in a new funding round, and named a new CEO. The funding came from Social Leverage. The co...

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July 6th,2016

Netflix, The CW In New Content Licensing Deal

Netflix, the television and movie-streaming service which has significant operations in Los Angeles, and The CW Network said last night that they are in a new, multi-year content licensing relationship. The two said that the new agreement b...

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July 5th,2016

Jukin Media Raises $2.5M More

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media has just raised $2.5M more, according to a regulatory filing from the company, in the form of debt funding. No details on the new funding for the company have yet been announced. Jukin Media finds and licenses ...

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July 1st,2016

Motor Trend OnDemand Debuts On Xbox

Motor Trend OnDemand, the video-on-demand service run by Los Angeles-based TEN: The Enthusiast Network, has made its debut on Xbox One and Xbox 360, according to TEN. The service was already available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, Androi...

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June 30th,2016

Woven Digital Takes $18M More In Funding

Los Angeles-based Woven Digital, which develops original video content aimed at the pop culture and millennial male market, has raised $18.5M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by WPP Ventures, along with Institutional Venture Partn...

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June 29th,2016

Frequency Names President

Los Angeles-based video distribution platform developer Frequency announced this morning that it has named Ian Aaron as its new President, to oversee global distribution, content licensing and business development for the company. Aaron has...

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June 27th,2016

Upfront Ventures To Canada With Latest Video Funding In Vemba

Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures has made a new investment in the video distribution and content discovery area, with an investment in Canadian firm Vemba. Vemba, which is based in Toronto but has offices in Los Angeles, ...

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June 23rd,2016

Paladin Software, Tipalti Link On Video Content Payments

Two, Los Angeles area companies, Paladin Software, and Tipalti, said this week that they have linked up in a strategic partnership, to enable payments to video content creators across different countries. Paladin--which offers up software t...

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June 22nd,2016

Business.com Acquired By Purch

Carlsbad-based Business.com, the online business directory and information site which was most recently in the hands of JMI Equity, has been sold to New York-based content publisher Purch, the two said Wednesday afternoon. Financial terms o...

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June 20th,2016

MGID Debuts New Anti Ad-Blocking Product

Santa Monica-based MGID, a provider of native advertising software and a native advertising network, said last week that it has launched a new, anti-ad blocking product. The company said its new technology allows publishers to trigger warni...

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June 17th,2016

Vrse Finds $12.6M, Renames Itself Within

Los Angeles-based Vrse, the virtual reality content company headed by Chris Milk, said on Thursday that it has raised $12.56M more in a Series A funding. The funding came from 21st Century Fox, Andreessen Horowitz, Raine Ventures, WME, Live...

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June 17th,2016

Activision Blizzard To Debut Animated Television Series On Netflix

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard says that it is branching out its content to the world of streaming television with its first, original title out of its new television and film studio, Activision Blizzard Studios. According to Activi...

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June 14th,2016

Hulu VR Adds Oculus Rift Support

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has added support for the Oculus Rift, the company said today, and also rolled out a new virtual reality space based on the Syfy title 12 Monkeys. Hulu said it now has more than 30 pieces of...

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June 14th,2016

How Event Farm Is Making Events A Part Of Your Sales Funnel

In the corporate world, events are more than just an event—they are opportunity to connect with your customers and turn potential customers into buyers. How do you make those events happen? We spoke with co-founder Ryan Costello about San...

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June 13th,2016

The Virtual Reality Company Finds $23M

Los Angeles-based The Virtual Reality Company, the startup which is developing a virtual reality version of The Martian, has raised $23M in a funding round, according to the company. The funding came from Hengxin Mobile Business Co, Ltd, a...

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June 13th,2016

TP-LINK Debuts New Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

San Dimas-based wireless router maker TP-LINK has rolled out a new, tri-band Wi-Fi router, called the Archer C5400, the company said this morning. According to TP-LINK, the new router is aimed at the online gaming market, allowing avid game...

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June 10th,2016

Digital Domain Holdings Buys Digital Funk Machine For New VR Game Studio

Playa Vista-based Digital Domain Holdings, which is the parent company of visual effects company Digital Domain, said on Thursday that it has acquired videogame developer Digital Funk Machine, and created a new division called Digital Domai...

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June 8th,2016

The Young Turks Gains Viewers From Election Interest

This political season is helping Los Angeles-based TYT Network win over a huge number of visitors and viewers of its content, with last night's primary coverage continuing a growth trend for the political content provider. According to TYT,...

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June 8th,2016

SPACES Wins $30M Virtual Reality Deal In China, Raises $3M

Los Angeles-based SPACES, a developer of virtual reality content, said this morning that it has created a new, $30M joint venture with Chinese theme park operator Songcheng Performance Development Co. Ltd., and also raised a separate, $3M e...

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June 6th,2016

Netflix To Launch New, Original Content From India

Online movie and television streaming provider Netflix, which has significant operations in Los Angeles, is launching its first, ever original series from the country of India. Netflix said today that it is filming a new, Netflix original s...

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June 2nd,2016

Mitu, Creator Up Team On Boot Camp, Accelerator For Creators

Los Angeles-based content network Mitu, and online film school CreatorUp is launching a new boot camp and startup accelerator specifically for creators. According to the two, the mitu Digital Bootcamp will run from June 17th to July 22nd, ...

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June 1st,2016

Machinima, TuneSat Team On Audio Monitoring Effort

Burbank-based content network Machinima and music monitoring service TuneSat have teamed up to provide audio monitoring of Machinima's content network, the two said Tuesday. According to the two, Machinima will use TuneSat's monitoring tech...

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May 27th,2016

Slacker Radio Launches Original Shows

San Diego-based Internet radio service Slacker is taking a chapter from the playbook of online video providers, and has started creating its own, original content on its service. According to Slacker, it has launched its own, 12 original sh...

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May 25th,2016

GumGum Expands In-Image Ad Deal With Publisher

Santa Monica-based image advertising technology developer GumGum is in a deal, which will bring its in-image ads to publications In Touch Weekly, Life&Style, J-14, Closer Weekly, Woman’s World, Twist, and M Magazine, according to the compan...

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May 24th,2016

Motor Trend Updates Video On Demand Service

Los Angeles-based online content publisher TEN: The Enthusiast Network said this morning that it has launched an updated Motor Trend OnDemand, its automotive, video-on-demand service. According to TEN, the new site features a new and refres...

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May 23rd,2016

Startup Accelerator, Backed by LA Investors, Targets VR, AR

The Green Screen Institute, a startup accelerator which is looking to create innovation in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) areas, says that it is getting close to closing applications for its first, startup accelerator p...

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May 19th,2016

March Capital Partners Backs Dojo Madness

Los Angeles-based March Capital Partners is the lead investor in Berlin-based Dojo Madness, a developer of e-sports content and coaching tools, as part of a $4.5M funding round, Dojo Madness revealed today. The funding round also included I...

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May 19th,2016

Rubicon Project Launches Mobile Video Ad Platform Out Of Beta

Los Angeles-based online advertising marketplace and technology provider Rubicon Project is launching its mobile, video advertising platform out of beta, the company said today. According to Rubicon, its Mobile Video Platform (MVP) is now r...

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May 10th,2016

Amazon Targets Hollywood Creators With Video Direct

In a move which will impact the content creation industry in Los Angeles and beyond, Amazon.com said Tuesday that it has launched a new program to let content creators post their own content to Amazon Prime. Amazon said the new service, Ama...

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May 10th,2016

How Napkin Finance Is Demystifying Personal Finance, One Napkin At A Time

For many people—particularly young people—the intricacies of personal finance and Wall Street can be very intimidating. How do you help young people figure out and understand finance, in a simple, easy to understand format? Los Angeles-ba...

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May 9th,2016

Demand Media Content Revenues Continue To Plunge

May 9th,2016

The Young Turks Returns To TV With New Show On Fusion

Los Angeles-based online content network The Young Turks said today that it is returning to linear television for the first time since 2013, with a new show on Fusion. The new show features hosts Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola, who will tr...

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May 6th,2016

360fly Raises $40M For 360 Degree Camera

Aliso Viejo-based 360fly, which develops a single lens, 360-degree video camera, has raised $40M in a Series C funding, the company said Thursday. The funding was led by L Catterton, Hydra Ventures, and Qualcomm Ventures in the funding. Hyd...

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May 3rd,2016

Gumgum Names VP Social Strategy

Santa Monica-based marketing and advertising technology developer GumGum has named a new VP today, saying it has named Sirious Wadia as its Vice President of Social Strategy. Wadia--a veteran from the enterprise software market--has previou...

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May 3rd,2016

Hulu Plans Online Cable TV Service, Says Report

Los Angeles-based television streaming service Hulu is planning a new, live, cable-style broadcasting service, according to a report published by the WSJ. The report says the new service would stream feeds of major broadcast and cable stati...

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April 27th,2016

Stem Secures $4.5M

Los Aneles-based Stem, a developer of musicians and content creators to track their content revenues, has raised $4.5M in a funding round, the company disclosed on Tuesday. The funding was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Mark Cub...

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April 27th,2016

Amazon Studios Eyes VR Content

Amazon Studios, the content production arm of Amazon.com which is based here in Los Angeles, is reportedly working on creating virtual reality content, with a number of local and other VR companies. According to TheWrap, it has been working...

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April 21st,2016

GoGuardian Takes On Chromebook Management For Schools

El Segundo-based GoGuardian, a developer of digital learning software, said today that it has launched a new product to help schools manage their deployment of Chromebooks. GoGuardian said its new product, GoGuardian Fleet, is aimed at help...

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April 20th,2016

OTOY Gets Funding From HBO, Discovery

Los Angeles-based OTOY, a provider of cloud-based graphics rendering technology, has received funding from Home Box Office and Discovery Communications, the company said on Tuesday. Size of the equity investment round was not announced by t...

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April 19th,2016

Giftagram Raises $3.2M For Mobile Gifting

Los Angeles- and Toronto-based Giftagram, which develops mobile gifting apps, said today that it has raised $3.2M in a venture funding round, from a long list of angel investors. The company--which is led by Jason Reid--develops iOS and And...

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April 19th,2016

LA Kings Launch Social Networking App

The LA Kings have launched a new, social networking app -- powered by LA-based startup Vixlet--which is aimed at connecting fans of the hockey team with each other, the team said Monday. According to the LA Kings and AEG, the new app--LA Ki...

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April 18th,2016

DTS Links Into Microsoft Azure Cloud

Calabasas-based audio processing technology developer DTS is linking into Microsoft's cloud computing service, Microsoft Azure, according to the company. According to DTS, its content encoding technology will be available via the cloud thro...

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April 13th,2016

Demand Media Unloads Cracked For $39M

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has sold Cracked, its online humor site, to the E.W. Scripps Company, in a deal worth $39M in cash, the companies said late Tuesday. According to Demand Media, the move will give it a "more focused portfolio ...

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April 11th,2016

Virgin America Adds Free Access to Lynda.com, Sets ViaSet WiFi Pricing

Virgin America said this morning that it will be offering up free access to Lynda.com, the professional learning and content site run out of Goleta--and now owned by LinkedIn--as part of a wide rollout of high speed, Wi-Fi access from Carls...

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April 7th,2016

CrownPeak Gets $50M In Merger With UK Company

Los Angeles-based web content management software developer CrownPeak has raised $50M in a funding round, and merged with UK-based ActiveStandards, according to the two companies. The investment round came from K1. According to the companie...

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April 5th,2016

Bombd Sets Up Shop In Venice, Aims At Social Networking

Bombd, a startup which develops a social networking and messaging app revolving around sharing instant photos with others, has set up shop in Venice Beach. The startup--originally started in Australia--said its team and founders have moved ...

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April 4th,2016

NationBuilder Launches A/B Testing Tool

Los Angeles-based NationBuilder, which develops software to help organize communities, run political campaigns and nonprofits, and more, has rolled out a new A/B testing tool. According to NationBuilder its new Tribe app allows for A/B test...

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April 1st,2016

United Online Sells StayFriends

Woodland Hills-based United Online has sold its StayFriends social networking site, to German company Stroer Content Group GmbH, the company said Thursday afternoon. United Online said it will receive 16.0 million euros ($18.3M US) for Stay...

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March 30th,2016

Fullscreen Set To Launch $4.99 A Month Video Streaming Service In April

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen is getting set to launch its own video streaming service, starting next month, and will charge $4.99 a month for streaming access to both original and licensed content. Fullscreen, which detailed its plans today...

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March 29th,2016

Memorang Gets $500K For Flash Card Study Tool

Los Angeles-based Memorang, the developer of a flash-card based, study tool to help people study for such things as the MCAT, GRE, NBME, and a host of other tests, has raised $500,000 in a funding round, the company is announcing this morni...

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March 25th,2016

Hulu Debuts Virtual Reality App For Samsung Gear

Los Angeles-based streaming television and movie site Hulu said Thursday that it has rolled out a new virtual reality application for Samsung Gear, which gives user access both to its 2D streaming library as well as new, 360 degree video co...

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March 17th,2016

Fullscreen Acquires StageBloc

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen has acquired engagement marketing software and technology developer StageBloc, and will rename it Fullscreen Direct, the company said Thursday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. StageBloc wa...

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March 17th,2016

Four SoCal Startups That Thrived Despite--or Because Of--Economic Downturns

There has been a lot of worry recently in the high tech industry and from venture investors about "headwinds" in the technology market, particularly with valuations of "unicorn" companies dropping, investors shying away from investing in...

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March 16th,2016

Verizon Digital Media Acquires Volicon

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider Verizon Digital Media Services--which is better known to locals as the former operations of EdgeCast--said it has agreed to acquire Volicon, a provider of video capture, archival, complian...

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March 10th,2016

Moviepilot Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Moviepilot announced today that it has named a Christof Wittig to its board of directors. Wittig--who is part of Moviepilot backer Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investors--has previously served as founder and CEO of such comp...

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March 10th,2016

Immersv Launches Virtual Reality Ad Platform

Los Angeles-based Immersv is launching a brand new, ad platform aimed at virtual reality content, the company is announcing today. The startup--backed by Foundation Capital, Technicolor Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, CAA...

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March 8th,2016

ZEFR Raises $5M More

Venice, California-based ZEFR, the content monetization technology developer, has raised $5M more in what appears to be a convertible debt funding. According to a regulatory filing by the company, the debt funding came from 10 investors. Th...

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March 2nd,2016

Render Media: Creating A Digital Publisher In The Social Age

It's a brand new world out there for publishers of all kinds – whether you are a cable channel, or even a traditional online publisher. What's the right strategy for reaching your audience? Los Angeles-based Render Media (www.rndr.com), whi...

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March 1st,2016

NantMobile Launches Media Sharing App With AT&T

Los Angeles-based NantMobile, one of the companies founded by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, has launched a new app with AT&T, the companies said today. NantMobile's new miik access by iD app allows users to share and access digi...

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February 29th,2016

Machinima Pays NYAG $50,000 Over Undisclosed Endorsements

Los Angeles-based Machinima has paid a penalty of $50,000, in a settlement with the New York Attorney General, over the use of paid, undisclosed endorsements on its gaming content network. According to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schn...

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February 26th,2016

55Haitao Gets $15M For Chinese Shopping

Pasadena-based 55Haitao.com, a Chinese shopping site which acts as a forum and shopping guide for Chinese consumers, has raised $15M in a Series A financing, the company said today. The funding was led by JJ Capital, a Chinese venture capit...

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February 26th,2016

Legend 3D Launches Virtual Reality Division

Hollywood visual and special effects company Legend 3D is jumping feet first into the world of virtual reality, saying on Thursday that it is expanding its efforts in the area with a dedicated virtual reality divivision, Legend VR. Legend 3...

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February 25th,2016

SOCi Scores $2.25M For Social Media Marketing Tools

San Diego-based SOCi, a developer of social media management and marketing software, has raised $2.25M in funding, the company said Wednesday. The funding came from angels Taner Halicioglu (Facebook), Doug Hecht (Digitaria), and venture com...

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February 25th,2016

Report: Amazon Paid $15M For Latest Woody Allen Film

Amazon.com has paid $15M for the untitled film from Woody Allen, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which said that the amount is more than three times what Woody Allen got for his last film. Amazon announced the deal to acquire Allen's f...

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February 23rd,2016

Warner Bros. Acquires DramaFever

Burbank-based Warner Bros. said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired DramaFever, an online, video-on-demand company focused on Korean dramas, Kpop, and other related content. Financial details of the deal were not announced. Time Warner s...

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February 19th,2016

Amazon Studios Acquires Woody Allen's Latest Film

Amazon Studios, the content production arm of Amazon.com which is based in the Los Angeles area, said Thursday that it has acquired the latest film from director Woody Allen. The as-yet-unnamed romantic comedy is expected to debut this summ...

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February 19th,2016

Content, Commerce, and Cosmetics: A Look At IPSY's Subscription Business

Los Angeles—as the center of the entertainment industry—has begun to adopt a new role as the center of online video in recent years—and has also with the e-commerce industry and expertise here from the technology industry. One of the comp...

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February 10th,2016

Frequency Inks Video News Deal With Newsy

Los Angeles-based video streaming app and video distribution service Frequency, which is led by Blair Harrison, said today that it has inked a video news deal with millenial-focused video news service Newsy. Financial details of the content...

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February 9th,2016

Toast Labs Gets Seed Funding, Launches Food App

El Segundo-based Toast Labs, a new startup led by The Honest Co. veteran Ashley King, said today that it has raised a seed round of funding, and launched its first app, Dysh. The startup said it recently closed a seed funding round from BAM...

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February 5th,2016

Wevr Finds $25M For Virtual Reality Studio, Network

Venice, California-based Wevr has raised $25M in a funding round, for the company's virtual reality studio efforts, the company announced Friday. The funding came from strategic investors, including TC, Samsung Ventures, Evolution Media Par...

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February 1st,2016

Triton Digital Wins NPR

Los Angeles-based audio advertising technology provider Triton Digital reports this morning that it has signed on NPR as a customer. According to Triton Digital, NPR will use its Tap Podcast solution for distribution and monetization of its...

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January 29th,2016

Naritiv Raises $3M For Snapchat Content

Los Angeles-based Naritiv, a new startup developing a network of content creators for Snapchat, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The startup--founded by Dan Altmann and Eric Posen--says it is enabling the creati...

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January 27th,2016

Tongal Names Chief Marketing Officer

Los Angeles-based creative video crowdsourcing site Tongal has named a new, Chief Marketing Officer, saying it has named Amanda Malko to the new position. Malko was previously CMO of digital marketing agency 360i. She has also served at The...

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January 26th,2016

Peekaboo VR Plans Virtual World For Children

Los Angeles-based Peekaboo VR says it is launching a brand new, immersive virtual world it says is targeted at children. According to the startup, the company has launched a 360 degree space, which features content both in 3D and traditiona...

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January 20th,2016

Tongal Links With The United Talent Agency

Los Angeles-based Tongal, the online crowdsourcing site which helps brands and studios create content by tapping into a pool of creators, said Tuesday that it will be represented by the United Talent Agency (UTA). The two said that the UTA ...

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January 12th,2016

mimik Names Kai Buehler As CMO

Vancouver- and Los Angeles-based mimik ttechnology the developer of a content discovery and sharing platform, aimed at use on home gateways, set-top boxes, and cloud servers, has named Kai Buehler as its new Chief Marketing Officer. mimik s...

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January 6th,2016

Triton Digital Rolls Out Podcast Product

Los Angeles-based audio advertising provider Triton Digital has rolled out a new product specifically aimed at podcasting proviers, the company said Tuesday. According to Triton, its new Tap Podcast product is a version of its advertising p...

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December 30th,2015

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

All this week, we're featuring reflections on the past year from movers and shakers in the community. Today, we have the thoughts of Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital (www.tvccapital.com), a software focused growth equity fund which just raised ...

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December 17th,2015

Tastemade Raises $40M

Santa Monica-based food content and programming startup Tastemade has raised $40M in a Series D funding, the company announced this morning, to further expand its content channels. Tastemade said the funding was led by Goldman Sachs' Mercha...

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December 15th,2015

Legend VR, Littlstar Team On Virtual Reality Tools

Los Angeles-based 3D special effects studio and virtual reality content developer Legend VR--which is part of Legend3D--and content distribution provider Littlestar are in a deal to work together on building production and post-production t...

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December 14th,2015

codeSpark:Teaching Kids Software Coding Without Words

Why teach your kids how to code, and what's the benefit of learning computer programming concepts--even before you've learned to read? It turns out, there are lots of benefits to learning the logical thinking behind software coding, accor...

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December 9th,2015

Interlude Scores $18.2M From MGM

Interule, a media startup which says it is developing video that responds to a person's emotions and interests, has raised $18.2M in a new funding round. The funding came from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), along with Sequoia Capital, I...

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December 9th,2015

GoPro Links With UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television

Action camera maker GoPro said Tuesday that it has tied with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), to launch a program to provide students with GoPro cameras and accessories to create content, and where it will also pr...

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November 30th,2015

Techstars Starts Push For LA Healthcare Accelerator Applications

Startup accelerator operator Techstars is making a big push to enroll startups in its new, Los Angeles-based startup accelerator, the Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, saying it is launching a nationwide tour to talk to prospective startups...

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November 18th,2015

Match Group Prices IPO At $12.00, Disavows Sean Rad Interview

Match Group, the parent company of Los Angeles-based dating app Tinder, has priced its IPO at $12.00 per share, selling 33,333,333 shares in its IPO, and will debut tomorrow on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as MTCH, despite a snafu when a...

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November 18th,2015

WellCaster Sets Up Shop In LA, Hires Jay Goss As President

WellCaster, a developer of enterprise wellness apps, has set up its operations in Los Angeles, and hired LA technology veteran Jay Goss as President of the company. The company--which originally started in New York--develops mobile apps spe...

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November 16th,2015

ZoneTV Raises $4.1M

Santa Monica-based ZoneTV, a provider of services to the pay television industry, said this morning that it has raised $4.1M in a seed funding round. The round was led by BEST Funds. ZoneTV said it provides personal, dynamic TV experiences ...

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November 16th,2015

Report: Hulu Seeks To Sell Stake To Time Warner

Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu is looking to sell a stake in the company to Time Warner, according to a report, which would value Hulu at $5 billion. According to the WSJ, Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast are looki...

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November 13th,2015

Interview with Marc Mitchell, CEO of Lootsie

If you're a mobile app developer, who do you keep your users engaged and returning to use your app every day? One technique has been creating real life, loyalty and rewards to users for their activity. Culver City-based Lootsie (www.loots...

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November 12th,2015

NextVR Gets $30.5M For Virtual Reality Broadcasting

Laguna Beach-based NextVR announced this morning that it has raised $30.5M in a Series A funding, to help extend its virtual reality broadcasting technology. The funding was led by Formation 8, and also included Time Warner Investments, Com...

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November 9th,2015

How Imperson Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Bring Miss Piggy To Life

In what was one of the neatest pieces of technology shown at last month's Disney Accelerator in Burbank, an artificial intelligence startup, Imperson (www.imperson.com), showed how it is working on an effort to bring Miss Piggy to life on s...

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November 6th,2015

Demand Media Sees Steep Drop In Content Revenues, Cuts Staff

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is continuing to see a steep drop in revenues from its content and media efforts, reporting Thursday afternoon that it had $15.9M in revenues from its Content & Media segments, compared with $33.6M in the sam...

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November 5th,2015

Nimble, Owler Link Up On Company Profiles

Santa Monica-based customer relationship management software provider Nimble>, and company information provider Owler said this morning that the two are in a strategic partnership, where Nimble will use content from Owler's company profiles...

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November 2nd,2015

Snapchat Privacy Change Causes Fear, Confusion

Venice-based disappearing messaging service Snapchat stepped into a brief controversy over the weekend, over changes to its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The company, which posted new terms of servie changing language on how it is li...

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October 30th,2015

Tongal Connects With Facebook

Los Angeles-based Tongal, which provides crowdsourced content for brands, agencies, studios, and others by tapping into a network of independent filmmakers, said Thursday that it has been selected as a Facebook Marketing Partner, specifical...

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October 27th,2015

Edmunds.com Launches Apple TV App

Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, the provider of automotive buying information and tools, said it has launched a new Apple TV app today. According to Edmunds, the new Edmunds TV app will bring automotive content from the company to car shopp...

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October 20th,2015

Decisive: Decoding The Emotions Behind Social Sharing

What is is that makes you want to share one piece of content with your friends, but not another? Is one color better than another for sharing photos? Exactly what is the magic behind if a piece of content goes viral or not? We recently ra...

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October 16th,2015

GoPro, USC Film School In Major Content Partnership

Action camera maker GoPro said late Thursday that it has partnered with the University of Southern California, and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, to bolster its content efforts--and maybe help the company recruit talented students to wor...

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October 13th,2015

Snapchat Retreats From Original Content

Venice-based Snapchat has shut down its original content efforts, and laid off around 15 people who were working on the Snap Channel, according to Deadline. Snapchat had launched its original content efforts in January, to develop its own o...

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October 12th,2015

Kixer's Co-Founders On Mobile Ads and Early Exits

It's not all that often that you hear of a local startup being acquired after only raising less than $1M in funding, because the company was growing so fast, rather than because an idea didn't pan out. That's the story behind Los Angeles-ba...

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October 9th,2015

FilmTrack Finds $10M In Debt Funding

Studio City-based FilmTrack, which develops rights and content management software for the entertainment industry, has raised $10M in a debt funding round, the company said this week. The funding comes fom Wellington Financial and Silicon V...

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October 9th,2015

Interview with Michael Abrams, the Disney Accelerator

Earlier this week, the Disney Accelerator held the demo day for its second class. The Disney Accelerator takes ten, startup companies, and pairs them with mentors from The Walt Disney Company and elsewhere, to provide technical assistance, ...

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October 8th,2015

Disney Accelerator Demo Day: Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, More

The Disney Accelerator held its Demo Day for its second class on Thursday, showing off ten companies to a theater packed full of venture and angel investors. The event, held at Disney's Burbank Studios, included companies demonstrating 3D...

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October 8th,2015

Real Appeal Links Hollywood Celebrity, Tracking Gadgets For Weight Loss

Los Angeles-based Real Appeal, which is backed by health company UnitedHealth Group, said Wednesday that it has launched a new personalized, interactive online weight loss program which taps into both celebrities and connected fitness devic...

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October 8th,2015

Pluto TV Adds New Content Partners

Los Angeles-based Pluto TV, which is developing an online Internet TV platform aimed at curating live TV entertainment for Internet users, said Wednesday afternoon that it has signed up a roster of over 20 new content partners fro the servi...

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October 7th,2015

Kixer Acquired By Lakana

Los Angeles-based Kixer, an advertising technology developer focused on mobile advertising, has been acquired by LAKANA, a developer of content management software based in Minnesota. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. K...

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October 7th,2015

Newegg, Intel Launch New Website, Intel Unlocked

Los Angeles-based Newegg and Intel said late Tuesday that the two have launched a new, e-commerce site focused on promoting Intel products and technology, called Intel Unlocked. The new site features content around Intel-powered products, p...

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October 6th,2015

Hulu Snags More Rights From Viacom In Expanded Deal

Los Angeles-based Hulu has announced an expanded deal with Viacom, adding the exclusive, streaming video-on-demand rights to Inside Amy Shumer, Broad City, Faking It, Drunk History, Finding Carter, as well as a lineup of kids programs from ...

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October 6th,2015

AwesomenessTV, Endemol In International Partnership

Los Angeles-based AwesomenessTV, the Youtube MCN which is now owned by Dreamworks Animation and Hearst Corporation, said Monday that it has linked up with content creator, producer, and distributor Endemol Shine Group. Financial details of ...

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October 2nd,2015

The Language Express Gets SBIR Grant

Encinitas-based The Language Express, which develops web-based, educational software, said Thursday that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation. The SBIR Phase I award will go ...

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October 2nd,2015

Vrse Finds Funding For Virtual Reality Content

Los Angeles-based Vrse, a new virtual reality content company, said Thursday that it has raised a round of funding, and appointed Drew Larner as Chief Operating Officer. Vrse said it received the seed funding round earlier in the year, from...

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September 30th,2015

CraveOnline Relaunches Website

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media said today that it is relaunching its flagship site, CraveOnline.com, with a complete design overhaul and a "significant shift" in editorial direction. Evolve Media said its relaunched site is aimed at 25-34 y...

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September 29th,2015

Joey Flores On Earbits' Life, Death, and Resurrection

What is it like to start up a company, and run it to the brink of shutdown—only to have it acquired and restarted immediately? That's the fascinating story behind Los Angeles-based Earbits (www.earbits.com), which offers up a mobile music s...

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September 29th,2015

GumGum, Trade Desk Partner On Ad Integration

Los Angeles-based GumGum and Ventura-based Trade Desk announced this morning that the two companies have partnered, to integrated GumGum's in-image advertising technology into The Trade Desk's platform. The Trade Desk offers up a Demand Sid...

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September 28th,2015

ZEFR Launches New Product

Venice, California-based ZEFR, which develops technology for helping movie studios, music labels, and others identify, claim, and manage content on YouTube, said today that it has launched a new product. ZEFR said its new BrandID Suite is a...

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September 25th,2015

Ampsy Taps Into IBM's Watson For Social Analytics

Los Angeles-based Ampsy, the social content sharing and aggregation software developer led by Jeremy Gocke, has linked into IBM's Watson technology, saying it is using the machine learning technology as part of a new analytics offering. Amp...

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September 25th,2015

Hulu Dips Toes Into Virtual Reality

Santa Monica-based streaming television site Hulu is dipping its toes into the world of virtual reality content, saying Thursday that it is launching its own, Hulu VR application. The new virtual reality app, which will launch sometime this...

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September 24th,2015

Graphiq Teams With Associated Press On Data Visualization, Interactive Tools

Santa Barbara-based Graphiq, the startup led by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, said Thursday that it has inked an agreement with the Associated Press, to increase the amount and variety of interactive content that the AP provide...

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September 22nd,2015

Jukin Media Buys People Are Awesome

Los Angeles-based user generated content rights acquirer Jukin Media announced today that it has acquired the online video brand, People Are Awesome, which features online videos of people doing everything from wingsuit flying to cliff divi...

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September 22nd,2015

Amazon Content Effort Pays Off With Five Emmys

Amazon.com, which has been investing in developing content out of its Los Angeles-based Amazon Studios arm, has scored five Emmy awards for its original content series, Transparent. Amazon--which opened up its Amazon Studios business out of...

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September 16th,2015

VUBIQUITY Buys Warner Bros. Unit

Los Angeles-based VUBIQUITY, a content monetization service provider for the entertainment and media industry, said Wednesday that it is buying the Digital End-To-End Technology (DETE) unit of Warner Bros. Technical Operations. DETE is a pr...

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September 16th,2015

Fullscreen To Launch Subscription Video-On-Demand Service

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen announced plans to launch its own, subscription video-on-demand service on Wednesday, with plans to show both its own original and third party content. Details on the release date and pricing have not been annou...

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September 16th,2015

Moviepilot Raises $16M In Series B Funding

Moviepilot, the movie and entertainment website led by Tobi Bauckhage, has raised $16M to help the company expand into gaming content and social video. According to Moviepilot, the funding was led by French publisher Webedia, and also inclu...

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September 11th,2015

Iteris Signs Deal with Valent USA

Santa Ana-based transportation and agriculture information provider Iteris reported this week that it is in a deal with Valent U.S.A., to provide field-level weather, soil content, and crop protection via an API. According to Iteris, Valent...

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September 4th,2015

Interview with Youtuber Adorian Deck, On Making A Living On YouTube

It's a fascinating new world out there in entertainment and media, where YouTube stars are now as popular--or maybe, more popular--than traditional celebrities. In fact, there are many Youtubers who are making a living just being themselves...

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September 3rd,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 E...

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September 2nd,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 ...

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September 1st,2015

Whisper Names Sales VP

Venice, California-based anonymous messaging app developer Whisper said Tuesday that it has named Shelby Huston Haro as the company's Vice President of Sales. Haro is from the entertainment industry, and has served at Maverik Digital, GetGl...

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September 1st,2015

ZEFR Names Product Head

Venice, California-based ZEFR, the content monetization and protection provider, said this morning that it has named Tom Furukawa as its new Head of Product. Furukawa has previously worked for Yahoo!, The Enthusiast Network, Kelly Blue Book...

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August 31st,2015

VUBIQUITY Acquires Juice Worldwide

Los Angeles-based VUBIQUITY, a provider of content monetization technology and services, said this morning that it has acquired Juice Worldwide. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Juice was based in Toronto, and provides media ...

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August 31st,2015

Hulu To Carry Epix After Netflix Falling Out

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu scored a major win this weekend, and has inked a deal with television network Epix, after Netflix said it would not renew and existing deal with Epix for its content. Epix--known for its Holl...

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August 31st,2015

Disney Launches Infinity 3.0 Edition

Burbank-based Disney Interactive said this weekend that it has launched Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, the latest update to its software which ties collectible figurines with video game software. Disney said that the latest video game include...

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August 28th,2015

Netflix Expands In Hollywood

Internet video streaming and rental service Netflix is in a major expansion in Hollywood, and has signed a lease of 200,052 square feet on the Sunset Corridor, the company said Thursday. According to Netflix and Hudson Pacific Properties, N...

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August 27th,2015

GumGum Launches New Social Media Analysis Tool

Santa Monica-based GumGum, the developer of digital advertising and marketing tools which tie advertising into online photographs and visual content, has rolled out a new social media analysis tool. The new tool, Mantii, uses image recognit...

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August 24th,2015

FameBit Passes 15,000 YouTubers

Santa Monica-based FameBit, the online marketplace which helps brands connect with YouTubers, said today that it has surpassed 15,000 creators on the site, and now has more than 650 million subscribers across YouTube, Snapchat, Vine, and In...

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August 21st,2015

Ranker Creates New Video Division, Adds To Team

Los Angeles-based crowdsourced ranking site Ranker announced Friday that it has opened up a new video division, Ranker Video, as well as added a few key hires at the company. According to Ranker, it has named Inger Lund Carter--formerly Yah...

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August 18th,2015

GumGum Names Sales VP

Santa Monica-based GumGum, which operates an online digital advertising platform aimed at visual content, said Tuesday that it has named John Weisgerber as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Weisgerber was most recently at Hearst Corp....

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August 6th,2015

Pluto TV Names Spotify's Parks As Chairman

Los Angeles-based Pluto TV, the Internet television service startup backed by USVP, Sky, United Talent Agency, Terry Semel, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Chicago Ventures, Luminari Capital, said Wednesday that it has named Ken Parks as Execut...

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July 31st,2015

Jukin Media Snags $2M From Samsung

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media, the viral, user-generated video clearing house, has raised $2M in a funding round from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, according to the company. Jukin said it will use the funding to give it "financial...

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July 29th,2015

Tongal Ties With Nokia On Virtual Reality Film Project

Los Angeles-based crowdsourced content startup Tongal has linked up with Nokia, to promote the creation of a virtual reality film project through its program, the companies said today. According to the two, the new virtual reality project, ...

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July 28th,2015

YP Rolls Out New Mobile Product For Business Owners

Los Angeles-based YP, the online business listings provider, said today that it has launched a new dashboard product specifically for business owners. The new product, ypPresence Starter, helps business owners share content with consumers, ...

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July 24th,2015

OpposingViews.com Grows Readership As It Shifts To Viral News Content

Los Angeles-based online trending news site Opposing Views said Thursday that it is now seeing an average of more than 23 million unique visitors per month, up from around 14.4 million unique monthly visitors last year, and 2.8 million in 2...

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July 21st,2015

FameBit Launches Original Content Effort

Los Angeles-based FameBit, which helps brands connect with YouTube influencers, has launched a new effort to create original content and shows. According to FameBit, its first series, FilterFreeTV, is a digital talk show covering the questi...

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July 21st,2015

Jukin Media Now On Track To $20M

Los Angeles-based viral web clips company Jukin Media says that it is now expecting this year's revenues to be closer to $20M, rather than the earlier $10M reported here Monday. According to a representative at Jukin Media, the numbers quot...

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July 21st,2015

Maker Studios Shutting Blip

Los Angeles-based Maker Studios is shutting down Blip, the online website which had developed, produced, and distributed web series from up-and-coming creators. Maker Studios told users of Blip in an email that it will be shutting down Blip...

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July 17th,2015

Hulu Planning Ad-Free Premium Subscription

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu is planning to add another, premium tier to its services, which would allow users to completely skip out on advertising. According to the WSJ, Hulu is exploring adding thew new premium servic...

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July 16th,2015

Fandango's Movieclips Ties With YouTube Space For New Content

Los Angeles-based Fandango said Thursday that its YouTube channel, Fandango Movieclips, is in a deal with YouTube Space LA, to create new, movie-themed original video content at the production space. Fandango said it has been selected for t...

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July 16th,2015

Readz Launches Mobile Marketing Tools, Backed by $7.15M

Woodland Hills-based Readz, a new startup that is aiming to help marketers quickly create microsites, landing pages, white papers, and other content, said today that it has raised more than $7.15M in funding, and launched its products. The ...

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July 14th,2015

VIZIO Licenses Technology From Dolby, Rovi

Irvine-based consumer electronics maker VIZIO has renewed two patent and technology licensing deals it has with Dolby and Rovi Corporation. The two, separate agreements and announcements, cover use of technology in VIZIO's line of product...

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July 9th,2015

Zealot Networks Buys ViralNova

Los Angeles-based Zealot Networks, the startup led by Danny Zappin which connects creators and influencers with brands, has acquired viral content site ViralNova. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed, but the price was reportedly a...

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July 8th,2015

YouTube Star PewDiePie Earned $7M In 2014

In what helps prove the increasing importance of content on YouTube, popular Youtuber PewDiePie revealed this week that he earned more than $7M in 2014, thanks to payouts from YouTube. Hard numbers and information on YouTube payouts are har...

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July 6th,2015

Page Howe: Why Everyone In LA Ought To Have a .LA Domain

We recently ran into Page Howe, the Chief Engagement Officer for the .LA (www.la) domain name extension, who sat down with us and told us about why he's out making the rounds with community groups and events, promoting the use of .LA as a...

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July 2nd,2015

Moviepilot Links With Entertainment Weekly On Comic-Con Videos

Los Angeles-based entertainment fan site Moviepilot and Entertainment Weekly said this week that they will be presenting videos from the San Diego Comic-Con, as part of a new content partnership. Financial details of the partnership were no...

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July 2nd,2015

Pluto.TV Inks Deals For Content From Hulu, Jukin, Others

Los Angeles-based streaming media site Pluto TV has inked a deal to stream free content from Hulu, Jukin Media, and a number of others, to bolster the content lineup for the service. Financial details of the various deals were not announced...

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July 2nd,2015

VUBIQUITY Partners With Rotten Tomatoes

Los Angeles-based VUBIQUITY, a provider of content monetization technology and services for the entertainment and media industry, has teamed up with movie and TV service Rotten Tomatoes, the two said yesterday. According to the two, they ar...

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June 30th,2015

Nativo Raises $20M For Native Advertising

Los Angeles-based Nativo the native advertising technology developer led by Justin Choi, said Tuesday morning that it has raised $20M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Advance Vixeid Partners (AVP), and also included RezVe...

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June 17th,2015

Triton Digital Signs Emmis Radio

Los Angeles-based Triton Digital, a provider of services to help radio stations and others stream digital audio and insert ads into their audio content, reported a win Tuesday with Emmis Radio. Financial impact of the win were not disclose...

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June 16th,2015

Evolve Media Buys Martini Media

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media, the online lifestyle publisher, is expanding out its empire again, saying late last night that it has acquired Martini Media, which focuses on content for reaching and engaging the affluent online. Financial ...

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June 5th,2015

Sky Dayton Backed Diffbot Gets More Funding

Diffbot, the developer of artificial intelligence, visual recognition, and natural language processing software for interpreting web pages which is backed by Sky Dayton, has scored $500,000 more in funding, the company said this week. The f...

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June 5th,2015

Spread Effect Acquired By Adduco Media

San Diego-based content marketing provider Spread Effect has been acquired by fellow performance marketing and outreach company Adduco Media, the two said this week. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced by the two compani...

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May 27th,2015

Neudesic Buys Web4

Irvine-based Neudesic, which develops software and services for the enterprise market, said today that it has acquired Anaheim-based Web4, a provider of enterprise content management (ECM), human resources, and collaboration software. Finan...

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May 22nd,2015

DIRECTV Launches Streaming TV App For Kids

El Segundo-based satellite television service DIRECTV has launched a new, iOS application which lets kids view its content for free on their iOS device--as long as families are already subscribers to the service. According to DIRECTV, its n...

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May 18th,2015

Cinedigm Plans New Board Structure

Los Angeles-based digital content distribution provider Cinedigm says this morning that it is in an effort to expand and reconfigure its board of directors, and is looking to add from two to four new directors and a new Chairman. The compan...

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May 14th,2015

FameBit Buys Refame

Santa Monica-based Famebit, the Youtube influencer marketplace led by David Kierzzkowski, has acquired short form, video marketing company Refame, the two announced this morning. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Famebit said...

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May 14th,2015

How Silversheet Wants To Tame Doctor Credentialing

What's the relationship between Internet video phenomenon lonelygirl15, and streamlining the mound of paperwork required for physicians to gain credentials at your local hospital? Nothing, except Miles Beckett, a serial entrepreneur who is ...

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May 13th,2015

Silversheet Gets $2.9M To Streamline Doctor Credentialing

Los Angeles-based Silversheet, led by serial entrepreneur Miles Beckett, said Wednesday that it has raised $2.9M in a funding round, to go towards its service for credentialing doctors at local hospitals. The startup said the funding came f...

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May 12th,2015

Vadio Finds $7.5M, Taps Sony's Landau As Chairman

Vadio, the music video streaming technology developer led by Bryce Clemmer, said today that it has raised $7.5M in a Series A funding round, and tapped former Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment executive Yair Landau as its Chairman and COO...

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May 6th,2015

Fullscreen Buys McBeard

Los Angeles-based MCN Fullscreen has acquired social media studio McBeard, the two coampanies said earlier this week. McBeard, which is also based in Los Angeles, provides custom content production and distribution to such clients as Coca-C...

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May 1st,2015

Two Bit Circus Targets San Francisco With STEAM Carnival in November

Los Angeles-based Two Bit Circus, the startup led by Brent Bushnell helping to inspire kids around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), said this week that it is planning to bring its STEAM Carnival to San Francisco. Two...

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April 29th,2015

Newegg Ramps Out Outreach To Video Gamers

City of Industry-based technology retailer Newegg said Wednesday that it has made a major update to its GameCrate website, which provides content and information to video game enthusiasts. The site offers up news and reviews of games, hardw...

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April 24th,2015

How ScoreStream Is Crowdsourcing Its Way Into High School Sports Media

In the world of sports, getting high school sports scores have always been an issue for local media, such as newspapers and television stations. In the age of the smartphone and social sharing, San Diego-based ScoreStream (www.scorestream.c...

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April 21st,2015

Campus Steps Gets $3M

Santa Monica-based Campus Steps, a new startup aimed at college counseling, said this morning that it has raised $3M in a funding round. The funding included $2M in a strategic investment and $1M in a venture commitment, according to the co...

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April 17th,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 Ve...

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April 9th,2015

ZEFR Links Into SoundCloud

Venice-based ZEFR, the provider of rights management services for YouTube, said today that it has linked up with SoundCloud, to help ZEFR's music partners better understand sharing of content on SoundCloud. Financial details of the deal wer...

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April 8th,2015

FilmTrack Backs Content ID Effort

Los Angeles-based content and rights management software developer FilmTrack said late Tuesday that it is backing a new metadata standard for the media and entertainment industry. FilmTrack said it has linked with EIDR, an organization deve...

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April 7th,2015

TEN Buys TORQUE.TV

Los Angeles-based automotive video publisher TEN: The Enthusiast Network, said Monday that it has acquired TORQUE.TV, and launched a new channel called Motor Trend OnDemand. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of the deal...

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April 6th,2015

AllSay: Using Mobile Apps To Engage Users With Decisions, with Geoff Campbell

How do you combine the world of online and mobile apps with the world of community and political decisions and discourse? Geoff Campbell, the founder of Los Angeles-based AllSay (www.allsay.com), talked to us about how he's trying to comb...

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March 27th,2015

How urRadio Wants To Make You The Radio Station

Is the world ready for everyone to be their own, radio DJ--and are there enough people out there who want to broadcast themselves to the world, live, with a music stream? Los Angeles-based startup urRadio (www.urradio.com) thinks so. We spo...

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March 26th,2015

WhipClip, Founded By Richard Rosenblatt, Debuts App

Santa Monica-based WhipClip, the content discovery startup which was co-founded by former Demand Media founder Richard Rosenblatt, debuted its mobile app today, looking to help users create, share, and find music and television video clips....

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March 25th,2015

How b Spot Wants To Combine Casual Games With Legal Gambling

Traditionally, online gambling has been quite a legal minefield, particularly since the giant U.S. crackdown on illegal online gambling and online poker back in 2011. However, a new startup, b Spot (www.bspot.com)--founded by YouBet veteran...

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March 24th,2015

Vessel, Led By Former Hulu Head Jason Kilar, Launches To Public

Vessel, the streaming media subscription service led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, has launched to the public, saying that consumers can subscribe to the service for $2.99 a month. However, Vessel is offering up a year of service for free...

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March 20th,2015

Tastemade: Our Content Better Than Ads

Santa Monica-based food show producer Tastemade, the venture-backed Youtube show developer, said that it has conducted a brand research study, which finds that brands that integrate into content do far better with viewers than those who use...

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March 19th,2015

Guidance Software Names Product VP

Pasadena-based digital forensics software maker Guidance Software announced this morning that it has named Linda Souza as Vice President, Product Marketing and Operations. Souza comes from Central Desktop, where she was Vice President, Mark...

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March 16th,2015

FameBit: Connecting Brands With YouTubers

It's a new world out there for content creators on YouTube, who are now able to create their own--often substantial--following. But, how do you pay for that content and creativity? Los Angeles-based FameBit (www.famebit.com) has developed a...

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March 12th,2015

RadPad: New Metro Line Will Boost Rents

March 6th,2015

Demand Media Names New CFO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Thursday that it has named a new CFO, appointing Rachel Glaser to the position. Glaser was most recently the CFO of Move, Inc. The announcement came as part of Demand Media's quarterly results announceme...

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March 5th,2015

Total Beauty Acquired By Evolve Media

Los Angeles-based Total Beauty Media Group, the beauty products focused site founded by Emrah Kovacoglu, has been acquired by Evolve Media, and will become part of Evolve's TotallyHer division. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

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March 5th,2015

Petcha.com, Trupanion In Partnership

Irvine-based Petcha.com, an online site for helping people find a new pet--owned by I-5 Publishing--and pet insurance provider Trupanion said today that they are in a new alliance. The two said that Trupanion will offer up medical insurance...

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March 3rd,2015

Hulu Inks Deal For Disney Junior Content

Santa Monica-based online streaming television provider Hulu, along with Disney-ABC Television Group, said this morning they have inked a deal to bring Disney Junior's content to Hulu. The two said they are starting with and exclusive on tw...

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February 25th,2015

AdRev Hits $14.8M In Royalty Payouts

Los Angeles-based AdRev, the startup led by Ryan Born which provides digital rights management for music publishers on YouTube, says that it has just hit $14.8M in royalty payouts through its service. The company says it saw around 4.6 bill...

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February 18th,2015

Jukin Media Feeds Viral Videos To Publishers

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media, which licenses and distributes viral, user-generated and other video content, said today that it has launched a brand new product to make it easier for publishers to tap into that viral content. Jukin said it ...

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February 17th,2015

Hulu Rolls Out Watchlist Feature

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has rolled out a new feature to help its users track their favorite shows and content on the service. According to Hulu, its new Watchlist feature lets users track all of the content they are...

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February 12th,2015

Amazon Studios Bringing Back Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Amazon Studios, the original content development arm of Amazon.com--which is based in the LA area--said today that it is bringing back Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, the 1970's children's television series, in a deal with Sid and Marty Kroff...

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February 9th,2015

Maker Studios Powers Sling TV Launch

Los Angeles-based Maker Studios is helping to power the launch of a new, live television service from Sling TV, the new online-only video service which is owned by DISH Network. According to Sling, content from Maker is a major component of...

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February 2nd,2015

Ebyline Acquired By IZEA

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, which had operated an online marketplace for freelance writers, has been acquired by IZEA. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. IZEA is an online social content and sponsorship services. Ebylin...

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January 29th,2015

Why Seriously Thinks Mobile Games Are Key To Hollywood's Future

In the mobile age, what is the key to connecting and engaging with users, and where does Hollywood's creative content fit into the mix? According to LA mobile game maker Seriously (www.seriously.com), mobile games are the best way to engage...

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January 29th,2015

Takehollywood Links With Mobli

Los Angeles-based Takehollywood, a new startup offering up online short form videos around different topics about acting, said Wednesday that it has linked with Venice-based Mobli, the developer of a social sharing app. The two said the mov...

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January 27th,2015

Snapchat Targets News Discovery With New Feature

Venice, California-based Snapchat--already an indispensable communications tool for the always-on, mobile generation--is looking to become an even more important part of its user's lives, with a new feature it calls Discover. Snapchat lau...

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January 27th,2015

Oculus Courts Hollywood With New Film Unit

Irvine-based Oculus, the virtual reality headgear and technology maker which is now part of Facebook, announced Monday at the Sundance Film Festival that it has created a new unit to help Hollywood make virtual reality movies. The new unit-...

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January 22nd,2015

Evolve Media Buys Pet Publisher Dogtime Media

Los Angeles-based online content publisher Evolve Media said this morning that it has acquired online pet publisher Dogtime Media, the publisher of Dogtime.com and Cattime.com. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Evolve Media sai...

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January 19th,2015

Amazon.com To Produce Movies For Theatrical Release

Amazon Studios, the unit of Amazon.com based in Los Angeles which is developing original content for Amazon Prime Instant Video, said this morning that it is expanding into producing movies for theatrical release. According to Amazon, it wi...

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January 15th,2015

Maker Studios, Vimeo Team On VOD Content

Maker Studios will be producing content for distribution exclusively on Vimeo, the two said this morning, as part of a new, on-demand deal between Walt Disney a IAC. Maker Studios is owned by Disney, and Vimeo is owned by IAC. Financial ter...

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January 14th,2015

lynda.com Raises $186M For Growth Efforts

Carpinteria-based lynda.com, which is led by Eric Robison, has raised a huge, $186M funding round, led by TPG. According to lynda.com, the round also included investments by existing investors Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity, and Meritech. ...

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January 13th,2015

Woody Allen To Create Online Video Series For Amazon

Famed director Woody Allen has signed a deal with the streaming television arm of Amazon.com, Amazon Studios, to create a new television series for Amazon's Prime Instant Video, Amazon said today. Details on the deal to bring the first TV s...

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January 8th,2015

Seismic Snags $20M For Content Management Software

San Diego-based sales software developer Seismic has raised $20M in a Series B funding round, to go towards its sales content management software, the company said this morning. The funding was led by JMI Equity, and also included Sigma Wes...

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December 26th,2014

Five High Tech Gifts We Wish We Had Gotten This Holiday

Did you get all of the high tech gifts you wanted under your Christmas tree, Hanukkah, or your other favorite holiday? Here are five of the gifts--all from Southern California high tech companies--we wish we could have gotten wrapped in a...

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December 24th,2014

Sony Releases The Interview Online On YouTube, Xbox, Google Play

Sony Pictures has released The Interview online, available for streaming, on YouTube, Google Play, Google Play, Xbox Video, and on its own website, seetheinterview.com, in a surprise Christmas gift to North Korea. Google--explaining its rel...

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December 17th,2014

Hulu Expands Content With Deal With Disney-ABC Television

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu is bolstering its premium content lineup, with a new deal with Disney-ABC Television. Hulu said yesterday that it is in a new licensing agreement which brings video-on-demand rights to Re...

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December 11th,2014

Woven Digital Finds $18M

Los Angeles-based Woven Digital has raised $18M in a Series A funding, the company said this morning, led by Institutional Venture Partners. Advancit Capital, The San Francisco 49ers, United Talent Agency, Advancit Capital, The San Francisc...

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December 10th,2014

Hulu Adds Discovery's MythBusters, Deadliest Catch

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu is continuing to extend out its catalog off titles, saying this week that it has inked a deal with Discovery, to feature subscription, video-on-demand access to such titles as Deadliest Catch...

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December 10th,2014

NextVR Powers New Coldplay Virtual Reality Concert

Laguna Beach-based NextVR, which is developing virtual reality capture technology aimed at bringing rock concerts, sporting events, fashion shows, and other events to users via immersive, virtual reality, said it has released its first, con...

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December 8th,2014

CollegeHumor Seeks Buyer, Says Report

Los Angeles-based online humor site CollegeHumor is reportedly on the block, with majority owner IAC looking to sell its stack in the company for $100M, According to Fortune. The report cited "sources familiar with the situation" in the mov...

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December 3rd,2014

Tillster Ties Into Mobile Marketing Software

Los Angeles-based Tillster, which develops digital ordering and engagement platforms used by quick service and fast casual restaurants, said yesterday that it is integrating its tools with mobile marketing company Kahuna. Financial details ...

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December 1st,2014

Scripted.com, Backed By LA Investors, Finds $9M More

Scripted.com, which operates an online marketplace for professionally written content--which was originally backed by LA investors--has raised $9M more in a funding. The company--led by UCLA Anderson grad Sunil Rajaraman--had originally rai...

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November 19th,2014

ventureLab Takes On Startup Incubation

Los Angeles-based ventureLab Growth Partners said Tuesday afternoon that it has launched a new "startup studio" to invest in and build early stage startups. The new startup studio is led by Mike Prasad. According to ventureLab, it will prov...

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November 18th,2014

Enrou: Combining Causes and Commerce To Help Improve The World

How can you make your shopping during the holidays more than just a gift--but something that might actually improve lives around the world? Los Angeles-based Enrou (www.enrou.co) thinks it has a way--by connecting people with products that ...

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November 18th,2014

Edgecast Blocked By Chinese Censors

In a move which affects thousands of websites, EdgeCast, the Los Angeles content delivery network operator which is now a part of Verizon, has been blocked by the "great firewall of China" -- the Chinese government's Internet censorship eff...

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November 17th,2014

Soci Gets $1.5M For Social Media Marketing

San Diego-based Soci, a developer of a social content discovery engine and social media marketing software product, has raised $1.5M in a Series A funding. The company said the round was led by angel Peter Fischer (Shepherd Ventures) and Si...

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November 13th,2014

Report: Funny Or Die Seeking Buyer

Los Angeles-based comedy website Funny or Die--started by Will Ferrell--is looking for a buyer, according to reports this week from Bloomberg. Funny or Die has hired financial advisor Moelis & Co. to help sell the company, according to the...

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November 12th,2014

Adaptive Medias Powers Pet Industry Portal

Irvine-based Adaptive Medias, which offers programmatic advertising, content syndication, and monetization products for the mobile, video, and online display markets, has teamed up in a joint venture aimed at the pet industry. Adaptive Medi...

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November 11th,2014

NBCUniversal, Comcast Plan Technology Hackathon In Universal City

NBCUniversal and Comcast is planning a technology hackathon this weekend in Universal City, in hopes of tapping local technology innovators to apply their technology know-how to the media business. According to the two, their Comcast NBCUni...

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November 11th,2014

Demand Media Loses CFO As Revenues Decline

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Monday afternoon that it has lost its CFO, Mel Tang, who the company said will depart at the end of the year. Reason for the departure was not given. The announcement was made as Demand Media reported it...

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November 10th,2014

Fullscreen Buys Rooster Teeth

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen said this morning that it has acquired Rooster Teeth, an online comedy and gaming community and brand, the companies said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Rooster Teeth provides conte...

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November 10th,2014

RealD Gets European Patent

Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology developer RealD is reporting this morning that it has been issued a patent in Europe, for the company's XL Cinema System. The company said European Patent No. 2067066, “Polarization conversio...

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October 22nd,2014

Lynda.com Expands To IT Training

Carpinteria-based Lynda.com is expanding its online training and learning site to cover IT training, the company said Tuesday, as it adds such new topic areas as hardware infrastructure, network administration, business intelligence, conten...

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October 21st,2014

Enplug: Bringing Social Media To A Display Near You

For the most part, the ubiquitous digital displays you now see in restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and bars are all still one way, noninteractive devices. How about if you could make those displays interactive and social? Culver...

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October 15th,2014

Disney Accelerator Shows Off First Class Of Startups

The Disney Accelerator, the startup accelerator sponsored by Walt Disney and being run by TechStars, had its demo day Tuesday, showing off the nine companies to emerge out of the accelerator. Among the announcements at the demo day were the...

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October 9th,2014

Raw Science Takes On Science, Tech Video

Los Angeles-based Raw Science, a new startup in the content area, said that it has launched a new online network aimed at content in the areas of science and technology. The startup said it is offering up on-demand videos, pay-per-view film...

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October 9th,2014

Myspace Ties With Vevo, Enhances Mobile Support

Irvine-based Myspace, now an online site focused on music and musicians, said Wednesday that it has linked up with Vevo in a new music distribution partnership, and also enhanced its mobile support. According to Myspace and Vevo, the deal b...

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September 29th,2014

Aggregage Wins 3D Printing Group

Los Angeles-based Aggregage, which develops aggregation and curation software to help B2B publishers curate and develop their own publications, said today that it has launched a new site for the 3D Printing Association. Financial details of...

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September 23rd,2014

YouTube's New Investments Aimed At Hollywood Creators

Google's YouTube has created a huge upswing in content and media startups-and fortunes--in Los Angeles, with the rise of multi-channel networks. A new effort by YouTube to fund individual content creators--announced last week--might further...

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September 23rd,2014

theAmplify Takes On Instagram Video Ads

A new, Culver City-based startup, theAmplify, said this morning that it has launched a new, Instgram video ad service, aimed at helping brands create video content to distribute through Instagram. theAmplify said its service and tool combin...

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September 22nd,2014

Kin Lands $12M For Women's Lifestyle Channels

Santa Monica-based KIN, which operates a female-focused lifestyle YouTube network, has raised $12M in a funding round, the company said last week. The funding came from Corus Entertainment, Emil Capital, Mayfield Fund, General Catalyst Part...

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September 19th,2014

Driving User Engagement With FEM's Video Recommendations

Can software algorithms help drive more user engagement and video views for publishers? According to Los Angeles-based FEM (fem-inc.com), video recommendations can make a significant difference in how long a user spends on a website or app....

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September 19th,2014

Heard Takes On Social Sharing, Networking

Santa Monica-based Heard, a startup developing social sharing and networking software for iOS, Android, and the desktop said this week that it has launched a brand new "social exchange" software product aimed at letting people share and exc...

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September 18th,2014

Covario Acquired By Dentsu Aegis Network

San Diego-based Covario, the search and content marketing agency, is being acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network, the companies said late Wednesday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to the two, Covario has over 140 profes...

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September 15th,2014

Qualcomm Acquires Euvision

San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired European company Euvision, a developer of image recognition software, according to Euvision today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Euvision was based in The Netherlands. The deal was anno...

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September 12th,2014

Favrit Takes On Bookmarking Your Favorite Places

Need an app to help you keep track of your favorite places? Santa Monica-based Favrit said this week that it has launched its new app, which helps people save, organize, and share their favorite places. The startup is led by Anke Audenaert,...

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September 9th,2014

MomentFeed Adds Google+, Bing Support

Los Angeles-based MomentFeed, the developer of tools to help businesses manage their location data in online local search services, says it has added Google+ and Bing management to its tools. According to the company, it now lets brands pub...

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September 9th,2014

Demand Media Names New Content Marketing Executive

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is building out its executive team today, saying that it has named Scott Lehr as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Content Solutions. Lehr was previously at NewsCred, a developer of content...

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September 4th,2014

Radical.FM: Taking On Pandora, Ad Free

There are an awful lot of Internet music services out there nowadays--how does a startup try to compete with all that noise, and do it ad-free? Los Angeles-based Radical.FM (www.radical.fm) thinks it has a new formula for Internet streamin...

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August 29th,2014

Quick Pitch Friday: Mauhan Zonozzy of Bubbl

Do you wish you could take short snippets of your favorite movies and TV shows and share them with your friends? A number of startups have tried to make sharing of premium clips more available to users, but none have yet managed to convince...

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August 27th,2014

How ConsumerTrack Has Created A Growing, Profitable--and Mostly Unknown Business

In the Los Angeles startup world, there are lots of high profile, buzzy companies which have lots of attention and funding--but which haven't earned a dime of revenue. However, this town is also full of very profitable, growing, and reven...

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August 20th,2014

Snapchat Eyes News, Advertising

Venice-based Snapchat has plans to add news articles, advertisements, TV, and movie clips to the service, according to reports this week, in a new service called Snapchat Discovery. The new service, which is expected to debut in November, w...

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August 19th,2014

3BLACKDOT Snags Machinima Vet For Game Development Effort

Los Angeles-based 3BLACKDOT--founded by Machina Vets Angelo Pullen, Luke Stepleton, Adam Montoya, and Tom Cassell--said Tuesday that it has snagged another Machinima vet, Marwan Abderrazzaq, to head up game development at the company. Abder...

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August 19th,2014

Why Sidevision Is Tying Content, E-Commerce Together, with Justin Wu

How do you make online video more interactive--and profitable? Los Angeles-based Sidevision (www.sidevision.com) has developed a set of tools--aimed at content creators, multi-channel networks (MCNs), and others--to help connect online vi...

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August 15th,2014

How Kixer Is Connecting Mobile Web Users To Apps

Many online business today have a big problem: users are increasingly coming to their websites as mobile users, not desktop users, which means lower ad revenues and conversions. How do you make those mobile users just as profitable as des...

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August 12th,2014

Why Warner Bros. Is Tapping Into The World Of Technology Startups

If you're a large, Hollywood studio, how do you tap into the energy and ideas of the startup community? Warner Bros. has figured out one way -- which is to run a startup accelerator, Warner Media Camp (www.mediacamp.com)--which pulls a cl...

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August 8th,2014

Demand Media Sees Steep Drop In Content Revenues

Santa Monica-based Demand Media reported a steep drop in revenues for the last quarter, saying that it had $89.8M in revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2014, down from the $101.1M in revenues for the similar quarter in 2013. Accor...

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August 7th,2014

socalTECH Jobs: Job Highlights for August 7th, 2014

Has it been a really, really, really long week at your current company? Does Friday seem like it's still a week away? Maybe it's time for a change! Check out our online Job Board for something new and exciting! Some recent jobs: VP...

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August 7th,2014

How TaskUs Is Powering LA's Technology Startup Boom

Los Angeles has been in the midst of a technology boom over the last few years, with many of high profile startups growing in the area. However, one of the biggest beneficiaries of that boom--TaskUs (www.taskus.com) has been far lower profi...

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August 7th,2014

ALL DEF DIGITAL Finds $5M For Content

Culver City-based ALL DEF DIGITAL, a startup which says it will be delivering comedy, music, news, poetry and innovative artistry to consumers, has raised $5M in a funding round, the company said late Wednesday. The SEries A funding was led...

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August 5th,2014

Warner Media Camp Graduates Second Class

What do you get when you combine a technology investment demo day with a Hollywood-style story pitch session? It might look a little like Demo Day for Warner Media Camp, the startup incubator program being run out of Los Angeles by Turner/W...

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August 4th,2014

Perfect Market Acquired By Taboola

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab-backed developer of programmatic advertising technology, has been acquired by New York-based Taboola. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Perfect Market--which was headed by Julie Schoen...

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July 31st,2014

Hulu Updates Android App, Offers Up Free Content

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said this morning that it has updated its Android app, and will offer up a selection of free content on the app. The move--the first to offer free content on its mobile apps--gives access...

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July 29th,2014

TakePart.com Names Editor-in-Chief

Los Angeles-based socially conscious lifestyle magazine and website TakePart--which is owned by Participant Media--said it has named Eric Noe as its Editor-In-Chief. The socially responsible website said that Noe was most recently at ABC Ne...

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July 28th,2014

Slacker Rolls Out Amazon Fire Phone App

San Diego-based streaming music and radio company Slacker was one of the companies rolling out a new, Amazon Fire Phone app last week, as Amazon.com launched its own smartphone on AT&T. Slacker said last week that it has released a new vers...

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July 24th,2014

Fullscreen In Talks To Sell Itself To Otter Media, Says Report

Los Angeles-based multichannel content network Fullscreen is in the midst of selling itself to Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, according to reports. The deal is reportedly worth between $200M and $300M. Th...

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July 24th,2014

Pipeliner CRM's Nikolaus Kimla On Moving to LA, Sales Entrepreneurship

Southern California has a growing number of companies in the customer relationship management area, including a fairly new company in the area, Pipeliner CRM (www.pipelinersales.com). The company--which originally started in Austria--set ...

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July 21st,2014

Broadcom Gets Win In India

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom reported a win today for its cable chipsets, saying that its DOCSIS 3.0 chipset is behind a new broadband deployment in India. Broadcom said its chips are being used by Hathway Cable and Telecom, wh...

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July 17th,2014

Moviepilot Hits Hiring Accelerator As Focus Shifts To LA

Los Angeles-based Moviepilot, the online film review and publishing site which recently sold off its German operations, has hit the hiring accelerator here in Los Angeles as it has shifted its plans to here in the U.S. According to Aaron Ke...

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July 16th,2014

Why Mucker Capital Is Putting More Money To Work In LA Startups

For the last few years, startup accelerator MuckerLab has been helping very early stage companies define and grow their businesses, using the accelerator model and small investments to get companies to the next stage. Recently, the team beh...

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July 16th,2014

Evolve Media Launches New Native Video Advertising Product

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media reported late last night that it has launched a new, native video advertising product called INgage. Evolve Media said that the new, video solution delivers "large format" video within content, startup up when...

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July 14th,2014

Hulu Snags Exclusive Deal For South Park

Los Angeles-based Hulu said over the weekend that it has inked a deal to become the exclusive home for "South Park", the irreverent animated TV show. Hulu said that it will provide every episode of the series on the service, and will also b...

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July 11th,2014

Slickdeals: How An LA Team Is Polishing Up A Diamond In The Rough

Los Angeles-based deal site Slickdeals (www.slickdeals.com), an online deal site, has nine million, highly loyal users and a daily updated list of great, user-generated, deal listings. Now, a new, Los Angeles team--led by Josh Meyers--is t...

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July 7th,2014

Disney Accelerator Names First Class

The Disney Accelerator, the startup accelerator backed by Disney and being run by TechStars in Los Angeles, announced its inagural class today, naming eleven companies--including three Los Angeles companies--to participate in the three mont...

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July 2nd,2014

Qualcomm Buys Wilocity

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Wednesday afternoon that it has acquired Wilocity, a developer of 60 Ghz wireless chipsets. According to Qualcomm, it will use the buy to bolster its technology and use of 60 Ghz wireless for the mobile, comput...

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July 1st,2014

How Vadio Is Putting The Video Into Music, With Bryce Clemmer

In today's online world, there are audio streaming sites (Spotify et al), and there are video streaming sites (Youtube, Vevo, etc.); however, those two worlds are mostly separate. However, one local startup--Vadio (www.vadio.com)--is hoping...

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June 27th,2014

CAA Backs Distractify

The CAA has put its funding behind a new, online content discovery site called Distractify, as part of a Series A funding round announced this week. Distractify--which is based in New York--said it raised $7M in a Series A funding, which wa...

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June 26th,2014

Tastemade Gets $25M For Foodie Videos

Santa Monica-based Tastemade, a publisher of food focused, video content led by Larry Fitzgibbon, said this morning that it has raised $25M in a Series C funding round. The funding was led by Scripps Networks Interactive, and also included ...

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June 24th,2014

Science Backs FameBit For YouTube Influence Marketplace

Los Angeles-based startup studio and incubator Science Inc. is backing YouTube influence marketplace FameBit, as part of a seed funding round. Famebit--which is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada--said it raised a total of $1.5M in funding f...

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June 23rd,2014

Ebyline Offers Up Free Trial

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, which operates an online marketplace for freelance writers, said today that it has begun offering up a seven day, free trial to prospective customers. The startup--which counts a large number of corporations looki...

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June 19th,2014

MiTu Gets $10M For Latino Content

Culver City-based MiTu, a developer of digital content for the Latino market, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The new funding was led by Upfront Ventures. The company's other investors included The Chernin Gr...

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June 18th,2014

Vadio Partners With Vevo

Vadio, the Amplify.LA startup which provides technology for online video players for media companies, said Wednesday that it has partnered with Vevo, to bring Vevo's large catalog of music videos, concerts, and other programming to Vadio's ...

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June 18th,2014

Jukin Media Adds To Executive Team

Los Angeles-based viral video entertainment network Jukin Media is continuing to build out its executive team, saying today that it has named Jerry Boonstra as its new Chief Technology Officer, and Theresa Tran as its new Head of Product. T...

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June 17th,2014

Revee Raises $1M For Analytics Tools

Los Angeles-based Revee, a developer of content analytics software used to help publishers understand their page yield on advertising, has raised $1M in a seed funding round. Source of that seed funding was not announced. Revee was founded ...

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June 12th,2014

Visual Unity Gets $7.2M

Visual Unity, a developer of "over-the-top" (OTT) and multiscreen technology, said Thursday that it has raised $7.2M in a funding round. The company--which is based partially in Los Angeles--said the funding came from 3TS Capital Partners. ...

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June 11th,2014

Oculus VR Snags Naughty Dog Co-Founder As Exec

Irvine-based virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR is continuing to build out its team, and has snagged one of the co-founders of game maker Naughty Dog--Jason Rubin--as head of worldwide studios. Oculus VR said that Rubin will head up fi...

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June 9th,2014

How Jukin Media Is Turning Viral Video Into A Real Business

Viral videos are great -- attracting millions and millions of views, and spreading far and wide--but how do you monetize those viral videos? And, even more, how do you manage to jump on the viral video train, and keep those viral hits comin...

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June 6th,2014

Hulu Bolsters Original Content Efforts With New Hire

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu is bolstering its original content efforts this Friday morning, saying it has named Beatrice Springborn as the company's Head of Originals. Springborn joins the company from Storyline Ent...

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June 4th,2014

How Nix Hydra's Egg Baby Cracked The Code For Female Gamers

How do you get young, female consumers interested in playing your computer games? In what has mostly been a male dominated industry, there have been few games which really cater to the young, female demographic. However, Egg Baby--the tit...

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June 2nd,2014

Disney's Maker Studios Cuts Jobs

Maker Studios, the online YouTube content network which was recently acquired by Walt Disney, is cutting approximately 10 percent of its staff. The cuts were first reported by Variety. Maker Studios employs around 380 people. Disney said it...

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May 30th,2014

reqallable's Software Lets Google Glass Users Read, Handle Email Automatically

reQall, the developer of smart applications for Google Glass--founded by former Apple executive Rao Machiraju--has released reqallable, its application for Google Glass which automatically handles email and text messages for users. The star...

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May 21st,2014

How Epoxy Is Helping Content Creators Make Their Video More Social

Are you a content creator for the web? It turns out, nowadays, creating the content is only a small part of your job description The most successful YouTubers, studios, brands and agencies today are intensely focused on using social media t...

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May 20th,2014

Epoxy Looks To Help Online Video Creators With Social Tools

Venice, California-basd Epoxy--which was built by former executive from Team Downey--has launched a brand new set of tools aimed at helping online video creators use social media, and also disclosed a funding round. The startup, which is fu...

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May 19th,2014

OVGuide.com Connects With Google Glass

Los Angeles-based online video guide service OVGuide.com, which is backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has launched a new application for Google Glass. According to OVGuide.com, its new app for Google Glass allows users to watch s...

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May 19th,2014

DIRECTV Acquired By AT&T

El Segundo-based satellite TV operator DIRECTV and AT&T said Sunday afternoon that AT&T has agreed to acquire DIRECTV, in a deal worth approximately $67.1 billion. According to the two, DIRECTV will continue to be based in El Segundo after ...

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May 12th,2014

Amazon Adds Free Music For Filmmakers

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles-based arm of Amazon.com which is generating original content for Amazon's online video service, Amazon Prime Instant Video, has rolled out a new service to filmmakers--free music tracks for filmmakers registe...

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May 6th,2014

HashAtIt.com Takes On Hashtag Search

A new, Los Angeles startup, HashAtIt.com has launched this morning, offering up a search engine specifically for searching for hashtag content. According to HashAtIt.com, which calls itself "The Social Search Engine", it is offering up an o...

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May 2nd,2014

Exploring A Brave New World Of Domain Names, With Rightside

It's a brave new world in the domain name marketplace, with a lot of changes due to the sudden proliferation of new, top level domains (gTLDs). To get some insight into how those names are changing--we caught up with Steve Banfield, SVP a...

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May 1st,2014

TouchCommerce Takes On Contact Centers

Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce has launched a new product aimed at contact centers, called TouchConnect. The company--led by Bernard Louvat--said the new product helps reduce call volume and increase customer satisfaction, by leading cust...

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April 30th,2014

Fullscreen Signs Up Comedian, Actress Grace Helbig

Los Angeles-based video content network Fullscreen said today that it has signed up video blogger, comedian, and actress Grace Helbig, saying that it will provide channel representation and brand integration for Helbig. Financial details of...

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April 30th,2014

MovieLaLa Gets Funding From Salesforce.com Founder

Social networking site MovieLaLa--which focuses on upcoming movies--said Tuesday that it has raised an angel investment from Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff. The startup's angels include a number of folks from the Silicon Beach content ...

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April 30th,2014

Hulu: Six Million Hulu Plus Users, New In-Stream Purchasing

Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said today that its Hulu Plus subscription service has just passed six million subscribers, which it credited to both exclusive access to broadcast and cable shows, as well as its own ori...

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April 24th,2014

Fandango Buys Movieclips From ZEFR

Los Angeles-based Fandango has acquired the assets of MOVIECLIPS from Venice, California-based ZEFR, the two said this morning, along with the team supporting the MOVIECLIPS service. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According ...

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April 16th,2014

My Damn Channel Becomes Omnivision Entertainment

Web video content provider My Damn Channel--led by Rob Barnett and Warren Chao--has relaunched the company, and changed its name to Omnivision Entertainment, the company recently announced. The company--which has operations in both New York...

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April 15th,2014

USC, USA Today Partners On New Online Sports Site

In an unusual method of launching a new, online publication, the USC Marshall School of Business and USA TODAY said this morning that the two have linked up to create a new, online publication covering the business of sports, called Fields ...

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April 8th,2014

Frequency Debuts New Video Management Service

Los Angeles-based Frequency, the video publishing software provider headed by Blair Harrison, has launched a new product, saying at NAB that it has launched Frequency Sync, which helps users publish their videos across the company's range o...

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April 8th,2014

Karmacoin Takes On Virtual Currency Tipping Via Twitter

Los Angeles-based Karmacoin has rolled out a new, virtual currency, and a service to let users "tip" and reward other users using Twitter. According to the company, its new service lets anyone send other people its digital currency on Twitt...

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April 7th,2014

MaxCDN Ties With Web Firewall Provider

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator MaxCDN said this morning that it has integrated its platform with a website firewall provider, Sucuri. Financial details of the link were not announced. Sucuri develops the CloudProxy Webs...

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April 3rd,2014

Cloud Takes Acquired By Technicolor

Los Angeles-based Cloud Takes, an online project collaboration site focused on feature films, post production, and other content work, has been acquired by Technicolor. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Cloud Takes founder Dary...

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April 3rd,2014

TVC Capital Boosts Levels Beyond

San Diego-based growth equity investor TVC Capital has boosted portfolio company Levels Byond, and invested an additional $2.5M more in Series A funding in the company. Levels Beyond, which develops a content management software platform ca...

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April 3rd,2014

StyleHaul Names Content Head

Los Angeles-based StyleHaul, which operates a YouTube network focused on fashion and beauty, said this week that it has named Mia Goldwyn as the company's Chief Content Officer. Goldwyn was most recently Vice President of Business Developme...

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April 2nd,2014

Smarter Digital Marketing With Smartify's Carla Bourque

How can marketers make better decisions and get better results from their online marketing? Pasadena-based Smartify (www.getsmartify.com)'s CEO, Carla Bourque, recently talked to us about the company's online marketing platform, and how it ...

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April 1st,2014

Hulu Names New Content Head

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has named a new Head of Content, the company said Monday, to lead the firm's content and programming strategy. Hulu said it has added Craig Erwich as Senior Vice President, Head of Content, a...

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April 1st,2014

ReachLocal Launches New SEO Offering

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, which provides local online marketing for small and medium sized businesses, announced this morning that it has launched a brand new, search engine optimization product, ReachSEO. ReachLocal said the new sof...

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March 31st,2014

Pluto.TV Takes On Media Aggregation

Los Angeles-based Pluto.TV, a new company led by startup veteran Nick Grouf, said Monday that it has launched a brand new, video platform which will curate streams of video content around music, sports, news, entertainment, and many other a...

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March 28th,2014

Fullscreen Buys Video Game Content Site ScrewAttack

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen, the video content network operator, said Friday that it has acquired video game media site ScrewAttack. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Fullscreen, the acquisition will signi...

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March 27th,2014

HitFix Launches Video Channel

Los Angeles-based entertainment news provider HitFix has launched a new video channel, which will feature both content, news, and advertising, the company said this morning. HitFix said its new HitFix Video channel delivers both original co...

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March 24th,2014

Maker Studios Acquired By Disney For $500M

Culver City-based YouTube network Maker Studios has been acquired by Burbank-based Walt Disney Company, in a deal worth $500M, plus up to $450M in performance earn out. According to The Walt Disney Company, the deal will provide it with "ad...

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March 20th,2014

Chideo Creates Advisory Board

Los Angeles-based Chideo, the new startup which combines charity, videos, interactive voting, and more to help celebrities raise money for their charities, has recruited an advisory board with a long list of notable names. According to the ...

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March 18th,2014

DTS Signs Deal With Chinese Smartphone Maker

Calabasas-based DTS, which develops surround sound and other audio technology, reported a win Monday with Chinese smartphone brand Vivo. According to DTS, Vivo will begin delivering streaming content in DTS-HD, via digital content service p...

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March 12th,2014

Funny Or Die's Latest Star: President Obama

Los Angeles-based online humor site Funny Or Die has a new hit on its hands: a suprise episode of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis with President Barack Obama, where the two trade jabs and Obama plugs the Healthcare.gov site. The ep...

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March 12th,2014

TAPP Scores Funding From Eric Schmidt For Subscription Video

Los Angeles-based TAPP, a new startup co-founded by Jeff Gaspin, the former Chairman of NBC Universal Television, and Jon Klein, former president of CNN/U.S., said this morning that it has scored funding from a number of high profile invest...

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March 11th,2014

Demand Media Links With Electus Digital For Comedy Ad Sales

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said today that it has linked with Electus Digital, to offload premium ad sales for its Cracked.com website. According to the two, Electus Digital will now offer exclusive premium ad sales representation for ...

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March 11th,2014

How ZEFR Is Helping Hollywood And Brands Understand YouTube

Want to understand the world of YouTube? There's no better way than post thousands of pieces of content online and see what happens -- and realize that the tools weren't there to truly figure out what was happening. Venice-based Zefr (www.z...

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March 10th,2014

Blayze Acquired By Vobile

Los Angeles-based YouTube video analytics software developer Blazye has been acquired by video and audio content identification technology provider Vobile, the two announced last week. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blayze ...

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March 7th,2014

Machinima Lays Off 42

Los Angeles-based online content developer Machinima said Thursday that it has laid off 42 people at the company, all from its sales force, as the company continues to struggle with low ad rates and the large chunk of revenues that are clai...

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March 7th,2014

Fullscreen Appoints Head of Content

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen, the YouTube network founded by George Strompolos, said this week that it has named Ashley Kaplan as Head of Content at the company. Kaplan was most recently Vice President of Digital Content and Strategy for th...

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March 6th,2014

San Gabriel Valley: Bitcoin Creator Not The Only Inventor In Town

If it seems strange to find the inventor of Bitcoin living in the San Gabriel Valley, it's actually not all that surprising given the area is home to one of the most prominent research universities in the United States, The California Ins...

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March 6th,2014

OUYA, Mad Catz Bring Game Environment To New Android Controller

Santa Monica-based OUYA, the Android-based game console and technology developer, and San Diego-based Mad Catz Interactive said today that the two are in a deal to bring OUYA's games to Mad Catz's M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android. Mad Cat...

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March 6th,2014

MaxCDN Ties With Cedexis

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator MaxCDN announced this morning that it has linked its content delivery network service with Cedexis Fusion, a real-time, load balancing software product. According to MaxCDN, the move will ...

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March 5th,2014

Nerdist Industries Names Execs

Burbank-based Nerdist Industries, the online site focused on popular culture and "nerd" content, said today that it has named tow executives. The company said it has appointed Adam Rymer as President and Jack Herrguth as Head of Development...

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March 5th,2014

ZipaClip Goes Straight For Sexting Market

Skip any talk about self-destructing messages for "privacy": an Irvine-based company, Aclipsa Mobile Video Solutions, said this morning that it has launched a new Android app specifically for "consenting adults". According to Aclipsa, it ha...

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March 4th,2014

Walt Disney, DISH In Streaming Media Deal

Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company and satellite operator DISH Network said this morning that they are in a multi-year deal, which will allow DISH to stream Disney, ABC, and ESPN to televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming co...

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March 4th,2014

Demand Media Expands Content Offerings

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said today that it is expanding its offerings in the content area, with an expansion of its Content Solution offerings. According to Demand Media, the expansion includes new content formats and enhanced "publ...

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March 3rd,2014

Mandalay Digital Lands Ad Partnerships

Los Angeles-based Mandalay Digital Group said this morning that it has signed on a new set of partnerships in the advertising area, adding Ad Networks Appia, AppLift, Mobile Fuse and Taptica all as ad partners for the company. Financial im...

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February 26th,2014

ZEFR Lands $30M More

Venice-based ZEFR, which helps brands to better identify their fans on YouTube, said today that it has raised $30M in a new funding round. The funding was led by Institutional Venture Partners, and also included U.S. Venture Partners, Shast...

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February 26th,2014

Demand Media In Ad Partnership With Healthline

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it has linked up with Healthline, a provider of health information and technology, in a digital advertising partnership. According to the two, Healthline will create digital advertising...

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February 19th,2014

Nativo Signs Up Major Newspaper Groups

Los Angeles-based native advertising technology provider Nativo, which is led by Justin Choi and is venture backed by Greycroft Partners, e.ventures and Signia Venture Partners, has signed up five major newspaper groups as customers, the co...

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February 14th,2014

Jukin Media Names Essner President, COO

Los Angeles-based Jukin Media, a company which says it discovers, acquires, and distributes viral videos, has tapped technology veteran Lee Essner as the company's new President and Chief Operating Officer. Essner was previously the founder...

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February 14th,2014

DogVacay Looks To Staff Up

Los Angeles-based online dog sitting marketplace DogVacay appears to be in growth mode, based on a recent notice the company sent out to its blog. According to DogVacay--which already has more than 50 employees--it is hiring customer servic...

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February 11th,2014

Cheers, Brady Bunch Land On Hulu

In yet another expansion of content on Hulu Plus, the subscription television streaming service from Los Angeles-based Hulu, the company said Monday that it has licensed over 5,300 episodes of programming from CBS, including Cheers, Taxi, T...

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February 7th,2014

Laudville Launches Out Of Beta

Los Angeles-based Laudville, the online, social sharing service led by Phoebe B. Scott, said this week that it has launched out of beta, letting users share and discover movies, TV shows, music, and books. According to the startup, it has l...

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February 3rd,2014

Slacker Names New CEO

San Diego-based streaming radio service Slacker said late Friday that it has named a new CEO, and has appointed Duncan Orrell-Jones to head up the company. Orrell-Jones replaces previous CEO Jim Cady, who Slacker said will remain on the com...

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January 30th,2014

NewsCrafted Raises $1.1M

Los Angeles-based NewsCrafted, a company which provides elementary and middle schools with professionally designed, high quality newsletters -- including content, has raised $1.1M in an angel financing round, the second angel round for the ...

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January 30th,2014

Fullscreen's Pricetag For Viddy: $7.8M?

Los Angeles-based YouTube content network Fullscreen, which is led by George Strompolos, disclosed Thursday that it has issued $7.8M in equity--related to a merger and acquisition, most likely the acquisition of Supernova (better known as V...

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January 30th,2014

Glip Ties Into Google Drive, Dropbox

Los Angeles-based Glip, the startup developing cloud-based tools to help teams manage projects, plans, documents, and other more, said today that it has integrated its service with Google Drive and Dropbox. The tie allows Glip customers to ...

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January 29th,2014

Demand Media Shifts Ad Strategy

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the publisher of online content, said late Tuesday that it is changing its advertising strategy to exclusively focus on premium programmatic ads. The company said the move will result in the elimination of i...

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January 28th,2014

Los Angeles TV Stations In Bandwidth Pilot

Two Los Angeles television stations -- KLCS (Channel 58) and KJLA (Channel 57.1 Digital) -- are in a bid to share the bandwidth they are currently occupying , as part of an industry experiment on opening up new spectrum for commercial, mobi...

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January 28th,2014

Enterprise Software Is Back: SoCal Sees Surge In Software Deals

Think Southern California's tech industry is all about fashion, Hollywood, and content? If you look at the last few weeks of deals here, you might be surprised: it's almost been entirely enterprise software. Yesterday, TigerText, a develo...

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January 16th,2014

Maker Studios Taps AOL Vet As New International President

Los Angeles- based Maker Studios said Thursday that it has hired Rene Rechtman, a former AOL executive, as its new President of international operations. As part of the appointment, Maker also said that Rechtman has made an investment in th...

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January 15th,2014

Battlefy Finds $1.3M

Battlefy, a startup developing an online platform for managing e-sports tournaments, leagues, and content--which is a graduate of the Amplify LA accelerator--said this week that it has raised $1.3M in seed funding from Deep Fork Capital, Wi...

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January 9th,2014

How Chippmunk Hopes To Use UX To Rise Above The Coupon Crowd

The online coupon search industry is very crowded, with dozens of sites, players large and small, and is a very confusing landscape for consumers. Is there an opportunity to rise above the crowd, and become a leading player in the industr...

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January 8th,2014

Hulu Plans Full Slate Of New Original Series

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has a full slate of new original series planned for this year, saying today it has plans to launch a number of new series and has renewed a number of series to bolster its original content. A...

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January 3rd,2014

How Laudville Is Bringing Your Entertainment Life Together

In the world of many online television, movie, and video sites, scores of music streaming services, and other entertainment content, it's often a difficult task to find what you really want to watch, listen to, or read. How do you aggregate...

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December 30th,2013

Manalto Gets $1M For Social Media Content Management

Santa Monica-based Manalto has raised $1M in a seed funding round, for the company's social media content management software. According to Manalto, the funding came from Europlay Capital Adivsors, Raven Capital, as well as high net worth i...

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December 20th,2013

EdgeCast Wins Marketron

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks has scored a win with Marketron, a provider of website and other services to hundreds of radio stations. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. According to Edg...

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December 19th,2013

Hulu Hits $1 Billion In Revenues

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu said Wednesday that it will reach $1 billion in revenue this year, up from the $695M in revenues it had in 2012, and also now has 5 million subscribers on its Hulu Plus premium service, six y...

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December 18th,2013

NetDNA Becomes MaxCDN Enterprise

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider MaxCDN said today that it has launched a new, enterprise CDN brand called MaxCDN Enterprise, to replace the company's former corporate name of NetDNA. The company said it is ending its Net...

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December 18th,2013

Canvas Aims At Social Networks

Los Angeles-based Canvas, a stealth mode social networking startup, said this week that it is aiming at Facebook with a new service to let users share content, including audio, video, private messages, and more. The company--which has been ...

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December 12th,2013

Fandango Launches New Season Of Original Video Series

Los Angeles-based online movie information and ticketing site Fandango said Thursday that it is continuing its efforts at creating original content for the service, with the second season launch of its series "Fandango Frontrunners". The se...

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December 11th,2013

Plug.dj Finds $1.25M For Music, Video Sharing Service

Los Angeles-based Plug.dj, an online music and video sharing service, has raised $1.25M in a funding round, to bolster the company's product. The funding came from Javelin Venture Partners. The firm, which is led by Alex Reinlieb, said it w...

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December 10th,2013

StoryBots Launches Christmas Videos, Apps

Los Angeles-based StoryBots, the unit of JibJab which develops children's content and apps, has launched a new set of videos and apps specifically for the holiday season. According to JibJab, the new personalized video app includes The Chri...

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December 9th,2013

EdgeCast Acquired By Verizon

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast has been acquired by Verizon, to help bolster Verizon's Digital Media Services, Verizon said this morning. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but the deal is reported...

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December 5th,2013

Tubestart: Tapping The Power Of The Crowd To Support Online Video

Despite the huge surge of content specifically being developed for the web--and for sites like YouTube--making that content profitable and sustainable continues to be an issue for content creators. To try to figure out a better model to s...

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December 4th,2013

Docstoc Acquired By Intuit

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, which is led by Jason Nazar, has been acquired by Intuit, the companies said this morning. Financial details of the buy were not announced, however, the buy apparently was worth around $50M, according to various ...

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December 4th,2013

Imagine Communications Acquired By Harris Broadcast

San Diego-based Imagine Communications, a venture-backed developer of video transcoding and other related, IPTV and digital video streaming hardware, has been acquired by Harris Broadcast, Harris said today. Financial terms of the acquisiti...

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December 3rd,2013

WD Ties With Baidu

Irvine-based storage developer WD said this morning that it has tied with Baidu, and will tie Baidu's public cloud storage service, Baidu Yun, into its hard drive offerings. Financial details of the link were not announced. According to the...

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December 3rd,2013

Evolve Media Snags Break Media Content Vet

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media said late Monday that it has named Mitch Rotter as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Rotter joins the company from Break Media, where he was Execuktive Vice President of Programming, in charge of Break Media...

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November 21st,2013

Sesame Street, Bob The Builder Hit Hulu Kids

In more Hulu news today, the online television streaming site said it has added a long list of well known titles to its Hulu Kids section, including Sesame Street, Thomas and Friends, Strawberry Shortcake, Bob The Builder, The Electric Comp...

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November 21st,2013

Tubestart Tapped By Fullscreen For Crowdfunding

Santa Monica-based Tubestart, the online crowdfunding provider for YouTube content, said today that it is in a partnership with YouTube network Fullscreen, to become the exclusive crowdfunding provider for the company. Financial details of ...

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November 19th,2013

Announcing The Socaltech 50: Southern California's Up-and-Comers

We're proud to announce the Socaltech 50, our list of the 50, up-and-coming people in Southern California's technology ecosystem. Getting to this list was not easy: we received over 700 nominations for people to be considered on the list,...

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November 14th,2013

Goodbye, paidContent

paidContent, the online news site started in Los Angeles by Rafat Ali, is officially disappearing, according to current owner and publisher GigaOm. In a post to readers, paidContent said it will be closing down the paidContent website, and ...

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November 14th,2013

KidZui Launches Mobile Browser For iOS

Zui, the kids' content site which is now owned by Saban Brands, said today that it has launched a new, mobile browser which provides kid-safe Internet browsing to iOS. According to Saban Brands, KidZui is a downloadable browser which provid...

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November 8th,2013

Kelley Blue Book In Chinese Joint Venture

Irvine-based Kelley Blue Book has inked a partnership to expand its Internet content into China, the company said this week. Kelley Blue Book said it entered into a joint venture with Bitauto Holdings Limited and the China Automobile Dealer...

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November 6th,2013

EdgeCast, SoftLayer Extend Partnership

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast said Wednesday that it has extended its multi-year partnership with hosting provider SoftLayer, and will continue to offer a CDN which is built on EdgeCast's network. Financial d...

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October 30th,2013

BloomNation's Goal To Empower Your Local Florist, And Improve Flower Delivery

If you've ever ordered flowers from one of the big floral services, you know it's an impersonal, cookie-cutter, and heavily commoditized area. Those services work on volume, and the designs you can send--and which you receive--are from a...

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October 25th,2013

socalTECH: Deadline For Nominations For The Socaltech 100 Approaching

We're trying to identify the top 100 up-and-coming individuals in Southern California's technology industry! We're looking to identify the individuals here in the technology industry, across all sectors, who are most likely to create the ne...

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October 25th,2013

The Struggle For Maker Studios

One of Southern California's hottest Hollywood-meets-Internet companies is Maker Studios, the provider of content to YouTube. The company just raised $26M more in venture fund last month. However, all is not well at Maker: the Hollywood Rep...

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October 25th,2013

EdgeCast Networks Wins Atlantic Media

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks said Thursday that it is providing its services to publisher Atlantic Media. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. EdgeCast said The Atlantic is specifically u...

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October 23rd,2013

Hulu Offers Up Free Mobile Clips

Los Angeles-based Hulu said Wednesday that it will begin offering up free clips from the site to mobile users--the first time that Hulu has offered up content to mobile devices outside of Hulu Plus. According to Hulu, it will offer up a "cu...

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October 23rd,2013

How Savings.com's New Mobile App Is Digging Up Grocery Coupon Deals

Last week, Savings.com, the online coupon site based in Los Angeles, made a big move into the world of grocery store coupons, from its existing business providing coupon codes and deals for the online world. To hear about how the company ...

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October 22nd,2013

Hulu Launches Chromecast For iPhone

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu said Monday that it has launched Hulu Plus for Chromecast on the iPhone, giving the ability for users to control video on their Chromecast connected TVs. Hulu had already been offering up Android ...

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October 16th,2013

Nativo Snags Yahoo VP As New Executive

Los Angeles-based native advertising provider Nativo said Tuesday that it has named Jay Freedman, a former VP at Yahoo, as its new Chief Revenue Officer. According to Nativo, Freedman was most recently in charge of Yahoo's Technology and Te...

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October 14th,2013

Fliptu Targets Music Industry With Social Service

Los Angeles-based Fliptu, the social media software developer headed by Jeremy Gocke, is targeting the music industry with its social service, and is launching a new platform that lets the music industry share the pictures, video clips, and...

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October 10th,2013

How Chinese Startup Tradesparq Is Looking To Grow In SoCal

In what is a fairly unusual move, last week, Tradesparq (www.tradesparq.com), a Chinese startup in the area of B2B trade information, said it was planning on setting up its operations here in Southern California, as part of an expansion a...

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October 10th,2013

M-GO Dishes Up New Original Series

Culver City-based online video and movie streaming provider M-GO has expanded into original content for its site, saying late Wednesday evening that it is launching a new, original series on the site called Dinner & A Download. The new, cel...

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October 8th,2013

Dollar Shave Club Gets $12.0M More

Santa Monica-based Dollar Shave Club, the company that hit the scene with a viral launch video for its subscription razor e-commerce business, has $12.0M more in the bank, the company disclosed Tuesday. The firm's Series B funding round ca...

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October 8th,2013

Break Media, Alloy Digital To Merge

Los Angeles-based online content publisher Break Media and Alloy Digital said Tuesday that the two are merging to form a new, Internet video company called Defy Media. Financial terms of the merger were not announced. Variety said that the ...

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October 8th,2013

Docstoc Swizzles Site, Sharpens Focus On Premium Content

In a move to make things easier to find on the site, Santa Monica-based Docstoc launched a major redesign Tuesday, swizzling the navigation of the site to better highlight the company's move to provide premium business documents and informa...

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October 3rd,2013

EdgeCast Debuts New DNS Service

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks said today that it has launched what it says is the "world's fastest" domain name system (DNS) service. EdgeCast said the new product, EdgeCast Route, offers enterprise-...

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October 2nd,2013

VIRURL Becomes Revenue.com

Santa Monica-based VIRURL said this morning that it has renamed itself Revenue.com, after acquiring the domain name. The company--which provides native advertising technology--said the new name "fully conveys" its company's mission. Reve...

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October 2nd,2013

Beachfront Powers Family Feud App For Fremantle

Burbank-based video technology provider Beachfront Media announced this morning that it is powering a new, mobile Family Feud mobile app for FremantleMedia. The new mobile app, which runs on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android, lets fans ...

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October 1st,2013

Fandango Inks Movie Info Deal With Samsung

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing service Fandango said Tuesday that the company has inked a deal with Samsung, where its information will be features on new Samsung GALAXY devices. Fandango said it will provide movie show times, ticketing,...

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September 30th,2013

EdgeCast Signs Deal in Singapore

Santa MOnica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks announced this morning that it has signed a partnership deal in Singapore, with Singapore cloud hosting provider Vodien. According to EdgeCast, Vodien will offer up Edge...

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September 27th,2013

DTS Encoding Format Used On RUSH Soundtrack

The new, encoding format from Calabasas-based DTS, DTS Headphone:X--which helps deliver a better, 3D sound experience while wearing headphones--is being included on a new motion picture soundtrack for the film RUSH. According to DTS, the so...

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September 26th,2013

EdgeCast Snags Former eHarmony Exec As New CFO, Expands In Europe

Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks said this morning that it has added a new CFO, plus has added a new office in London. According to EdgeCast, it has named John Powers as its new CFO, and has appointed f...

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September 25th,2013

Fandango Debuts Horror Movie Destination

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing and information site Fandango announced Wednesday that it has launched a brand new site, focused on horror films. The new Fandango House of Screams includes original videos from film producer and rocker Sla...

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September 25th,2013

Evolve Media Launches New Social Video Product

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media has launched a new, social video product via its SpringBoard Video Division, aimed at distributing social video content to publishers. According to Evolve Media, its new SpringBoard Social Dashboard product di...

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September 19th,2013

Peeking Into Your Neighbor's Remodel, With Porch's Founders

Earlier this week, a new startup, Porch (www.porch.com), launched its service to let people get a look at their neighbor's home improvement projects -- complete with before and after photos, costs, and details on contractors and more. Co-...

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September 18th,2013

Hulu Adds 170 Episodes Of Doctor Who, Huge Collection Of Other BBC Titles

Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu has just injected a huge amount of content into the service, including Doctor Who, Top Gear, Falty Towers, and much more. According to Hulu, it will begin carrying a very long list of BBC ti...

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September 17th,2013

socalTECH Jobs: Hot Technology Startups Are Now Hiring!

Looking for a job at some of the hottest Southern California high tech startups? Here are some of the positions recently posted to socalTECH's community job board, which might just be your perfect next move. Senior Frontend Enginee...

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September 13th,2013

AEG Digital Media Taps Amazon For Cloud Video

Los Angeles-based AEG Digital Media, a provider of online broadcast services, said late last night that it has rolled out a new product which uses Amazon Web Services to provide cloud-based, video transport and ingest. AEG Digital Media sai...

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September 6th,2013

EdgeCast Expands In Taiwan

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks is expanding its services to Taiwan, with a deal with Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd.. According to EdgeCast, it has entered into a partnership with Chunghwa Telecom's Data Co...

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September 5th,2013

M-GO's Take On The Digital Entertainment Streaming Market, with John Batter

Does the world need another, online streaming media service for movies and television? Culver City-based M-GO (www.mgo.com) thinks so, with its own twist on providing content to consumers. We caught up with M-GO's CEO, John Batter, to hear ...

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August 29th,2013

MomentFeed: Starbucks Leads In Instagram Photos

Where are consumers most likely to take, and share Instagram photos? According to Los Angeles-based MomentFeed, the lead location where consumers are taking photos at retailers is Starbucks, which the company found had the most number of ph...

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August 28th,2013

Nativo Adds Long List Of Premium Publishers

Los Angeles-based native advertising technology developer Nativo, which is headed by Justin Choi, has landed a new set of premium publishers as customers, the company said today. Nativo said it has been selected by The Street, USA Today Spo...

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August 27th,2013

FilmTrack Gets $20M For Rights Management Software

Studio City-based FilmTrack, which develops software-as-a-service for managing rights and content management for the film, video, and television industry, has raised $20M in a funding round. The round came from Insight Venture Partners. Acc...

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August 26th,2013

ZEFR Links With Fuisz Media

Venice, California-based ZEFR, which helps brands and content owners monetize use of their assets on YouTube, said Monday that it has linked with Fuisz Media, to include direct purchase links on video or people in any video. According to th...

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August 23rd,2013

Friday Infographic: LA Accelerators and Incubators

Confused about the myriad of incubators and accelerators in the Los Angeles area? A new infographic, released this week, has summarized some of the local startup incubators and accelerators in Los Angeles, plus detailed some of the terms ...

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August 22nd,2013

Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Debuts On Hulu

Are you (or your kids) a fan of Fraggle Rock, the series from Jim Henson? Los Angeles-based Hulu has added a big new library of family friendly entertainment to its Hulu Kids section today, with a deal with Jim Henson Family to show Fraggle...

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August 20th,2013

TubeStart Launches Crowdfunding Site For YouTube Projects

Have a great idea for a online video project, but just need a little funding for equipment, actors, or editing? A new, Santa Monica-based startup TubeStart, said today that it has launched its crowdfunding platform specifically for YouTube ...

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August 19th,2013

Everbridge Adds Severe Weather Alerts

Wildfire? Tornado? Hurricane? Glendale-based Everbridge, which provides cloud-based emergency alert systems, said this morning that it is adding severe weather alerts to its service, in a deal with weather content provider Weather Decision ...

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August 15th,2013

ContentID.com Looks To Help Musicians Monetize YouTube

In a bid to help independent musicians and labels monetize unauthorized use of their material on YouTube, a new service, ContentID.com, launched this morning. The service--provided by Los Angeles-based AdRev--said it will provide YouTube mo...

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August 14th,2013

Google Users Shouldn't Expect Privacy In Gmail, Says Group

A local consumer watchdog group has uncovered a court filing from Internet giant Google, which says that the firm doesn't believe users should expect privacy when they use Gmail. According to Consumer Watchdog, a local Santa Monica consumer...

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August 9th,2013

M-Go Rolls Out On Vizio, Takes On Netflix

Culver City-based digital entertainment service provider M-GO--a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor--announced Thursday that its digital entertainment service has rolled out on Vizio smart TVs and Internet appliances, all...

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August 2nd,2013

Amazon Studios Greenlights Five Kids' Pilots

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles content production arm of Amazon.com, has given the green light on five new children's series pilots, the company said this week. According to Amazon Studios, it has given the green light to Gortimer Gibbon's...

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August 2nd,2013

How Yapert Puts All Your Interests In One Mobile App, With Phil Kelly

How do you keep up with everything that's happening with your favorite interests, brands, and personalities on your mobile phone? Right now, that's a jumble of different social services, websites, and more--which is the problem that Yapert ...

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August 2nd,2013

United Online Aims At October For FTD Split; Expands NetZero Broadband

Woodland Hills-based United Online announced Thursday that it now expects its spinoff of flower delivery service FTD by October 1st. The comany also said it has expanded its mobile broadband wholesale agreements with Verizon and Sprint, whi...

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July 23rd,2013

Want To Meet Someone New? How Tinder Is Catching Fire, With Justin Mateen

What's one of the hottest, fastest growing mobile apps out there out of a Southern California startup? No, not Snapchat--it's Tinder--a mobile app and service which lets users rate people nearby them, and if the feeling is mutual, connect t...

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July 18th,2013

EdgeCast Gets $54M For Content Delivery Efforts

Santa Monica-based content delivery network EdgeCast has just filled up its warchest, announcing Thursday that it has raised $54M in a big funding round. The new funding was led by Performance Equity Management, and also included existing i...

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July 17th,2013

HitFix Heads To The Big Screen With Theater News Deal

Los Angeles-based online entertainment site HitFix, which is headed by Jen Sargent, is in a new deal today which will bring the company's entertainment news to theaters. HitFix and NCM Media Networks, which provides integrated media to cons...

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July 17th,2013

Business.com Taps Experts For Content Expansion

Business.com is back, and it's looking for experts to bolster its content. According to Business.com today, it is seeing market experts to provide it with daily, weekly, and monthly content to bolster the site. The company said it is lookin...

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July 16th,2013

Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

As much as the idea of "Silicon Beach" wants to represent the whole of the local technology industry in Los Angeles, there are -- as one would expect in such a large metropolitan area -- many different neighborhoods and communities spread...

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July 16th,2013

Cornerstone OnDemand Enhances Free Nonprofit Training Effort

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of cloud-based talent management tools, is extending out its nonprofit efforts today through its foundation, the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation. According to the foundation, it has enh...

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July 16th,2013

DTS Selected By Paramount Pictures

DTS, the developer of audio enhancement technology and surround sound technology, said today that its DTS-HD codec has been selected by Paramount Pictures. The Calabasas-based company said that its codec is being used as the surround sound ...

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July 10th,2013

Payvia, Mobile-XL Partner On Mobile Payments

Los Angeles-based Payvia, which is developing mobile payment technology, and Mobile-XL, which develops software for providing access to digital services to people in Africa and India, are in a partnership, the companies said this morning. A...

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July 9th,2013

StoryBots Expands Lineup With New Learning Videos For iOS

StoryBots, the new digital children's brand created by JibJab's Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, is expanding out its lineup of mobile apps today, saying that it has released a new app called Learning Videos. The new iOS app lets kids learn abou...

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July 3rd,2013

Activision Releases New Content For Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Santa Monica-based videogame maker Activision said Tuesday that it has released a brand new, downloadable content pack for its popular title, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The company said the new content pack, Call of Duty: Black Ops II Veng...

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June 27th,2013

Amazon Studios Seeks Short Video Submissions

Amazon Studios, the content production arm of Amazon.com, which has a heavy presence in Los Angeles, has launched a new effort to accept submissions of "shorts"--the short videos that filmmakers have traditionally pitched to gain deals with...

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June 27th,2013

Demand Media Launches Subscription Fitness Program, Stronger

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has made an interesting move this morning, launching a brand new, subscription fitness and nutrition program. Demand Media said it new Stronger program is part of a "key initiative" to expand its paid content...

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June 24th,2013

Demand Media Buys E-Commerce Marketplace Society6 For $94M

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has acquired Society6, an online e-commerce marketplace centered around artists, the company announced Monday afternoon, as part of an effort to expand its content and media platform. According to Demand Medi...

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June 18th,2013

Google's AdSense, Developed In LA, Earned More than $7 Billion Last Year

One of Southern California's most successful--and unheralded--inventions for the Internet world earned online publishers more than $7 billion alone last year, Google said this morning. Google announced today that Google Adsense--which it ac...

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June 14th,2013

Cute Puppy Alert: DogVacay Uses Cute Dog Photos To Find Customers

It's almost always difficult to get people to share information about your startup to the world. However, DogVacay, the Santa Monica-based startup which offers up an online service to help connect dog owners with people to watch their pet...

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June 14th,2013

ZEFR Targets Brands With New Service, BrandID

Venice-based ZEFR has rolled out a new product today, BrandID, which it says will help brands identify their fans on YouTube, provide visibility into how those fans are responding and engaging, and provide data on a brand's competitors. The...

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June 13th,2013

Tapping The Creativity Of The Crowd With Tongal

You've seen the company's work in the Superbowl, on television, and on the web, all for big brands--but you might not know it came out of the crowdsourcing efforts of Tongal (www.tongal.com). The Los Angeles company--which is backed by $1...

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June 13th,2013

ESET Takes On Microsoft SharePoint Protection

San Diego-based security software developer ESET is extending its line of security products today to Microsoft SharePoint. ESET said it has launched a new product called ESET Security for Microsoft SharePoint Server, which specifically prov...

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June 7th,2013

Amazon Studios Lures In Writers, Filmmakers With Storyboarding Tool

Amazon Studios, Amazon.com's Los Angeles-based content production and development studios, is hoping to lure in more content creators to its efforts, through the release of a new storyboarding tool--Amazon Storyteller. Amazon said Friday th...

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June 6th,2013

Hulu Debuts Updated iPad App

Hulu said Thursday that it has updated its iPad application, with better discoverability and user experience for users of the popular tablet. According to Hulu, it has added such features as providing summaries of shows for unfamiliar shows...

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June 6th,2013

iCrumz Launches Social Bookmarking Tool

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, iCrumz, said today that it has launched a new, free social bookmarking tool aimed at helping users find their way back to websites and share content with others. The startup, headed by serial entrepreneur M...

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June 5th,2013

Glossi Debuts New Features For Digital Magazine Publishers

Glossi, which develops tools to help publishers create digital magazines for the web, said today that it has launched a brand new set of features aimed at rich media content publishers. The startup--headed by Matt Edelman--said it has added...

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June 4th,2013

eHarmony: We're Number One For Online Marriages

Looking to not just find a date, but a spouse? It looks like Santa Monica-based eHarmony might be the place to go. eHarmony said that it ranks number one in terms of the number of marriage created by an online dating site, based on a scient...

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June 3rd,2013

PublishThis Ties Into WordPress

PublishThis, the developer of content management and publishing tools for online publishers and businesses, has tied into WordPress.com with a new WordPress Plugin, the company announced this morning. PublishThis, which is based in Los Ange...

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May 30th,2013

How WhoSay Is Connecting Celebrities Directly With Fans

In a world where media empires are built off the back of the appeal of celebrities, those celebrities themselves often don't benefit from that fan interest in their lives. However, WhoSay (www.whosay.com) is hoping to change that equation, ...

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May 29th,2013

Amazon Gives Nod To Five Series

Amazon Studios. the SoCal effort by Internet giant Amazon.com to develop and produce its own, original content, said this morning that it has given the green light to five series. Amazon said that comedies Alpha House and Betas, plus kids p...

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May 28th,2013

Hulu Entertaining At Least Five Bidders, Says Report

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is entertaining offers from at least five different bidders, according to a report over the weekend, including one that values Hulu at between $600M to $800M. According to a report from AllThingsD...

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May 22nd,2013

EdgeCast Courts ECommerce Companies With Dedicated CDN Service

In a move to attract e-commerce companies to its content delivery network, Santa Monica-based EdgeCast announced today that it has launched a new, PCI-compliant product specifically aimed at online retailers. EdgeCast said its new, Commerce...

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May 21st,2013

WePlay Acquired By TeamSnap

Los Angeles-based online sports site WePlay has been acquired by online amateur sports team management provider TeamSnap, TeamSnap announced this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. WePlay, which had raised $15M ...

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May 21st,2013

How YP Is Growing A Giant Tech Team In Glendale

One of the largest concentrations of technical talent in Los Angeles is in Glendale, at YP -- staffed with a surprising number of Los Angeles startup vets. How did what was a staid publisher of phone books become a hotbed of online talent? ...

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May 21st,2013

MaxCDN Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider NetDNA announced this morning that its MaxCDN content delivery network has started to accept Bitcoin as payment. Bitcoin is an electronic currency which it not governed by any nation or ce...

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May 17th,2013

VIRURL Debuts Native Advertising Product

Santa Monica-based startup VIRURL said Thursday that it has launched its technology, which automatically publishes sponsored content into blogs. According to the firm, its product allows bloggers to insert sponsored posts that match a blogg...

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May 14th,2013

NetDNA Powers Wordpress Optimization Service

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider NetDNA is powering a web performance optimization service for WordPress blog owners this morning. NetDNA said that W3 Total Cache, which develops a plug-in for the popular WordPress web pu...

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May 14th,2013

EdgeCast Partners With TeliaSonera

Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks and TeliaSonera said today that they are in a partnership, which will offer up site acceleration and CDN products to TeliaSonera's customer base. According to the compan...

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May 10th,2013

How The Promise Of Social Media Advertising Is Measuring Up For Adly

Four years ago, Los Angeles-based Adly (www.adly.com) launched to much fanfare as one of the first local startups to tie into the brand-new, Twitter micro messaging platform. We caught up with CEO Walter Delph to hear how the promise of ...

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May 10th,2013

HitFix Launches Comedy Channel

Los Angeles-based entertainment news provider HitFix said Thursday that it has launched a new comedy channel on the site. HitFix said its RIOT comedy channel will provide original content, video, and more covering the "lighter side of enter...

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May 9th,2013

Slacker: We're Growing Fast, Profitable On Every User

San Diego-based music streaming service Slacker has a message for the industry: you can run a digital music service, and make money. Slacker, which has been in the midst of a big relaunch since February, announced today that it has added si...

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May 9th,2013

Yekra Raises $3M For Video On Demand Platform

Los Angeles-based Yektra announced this morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. Yekra says it is a digital entertainment distributor connected with an affiliate marketing system. The funding came from Maurice Gallagher, ...

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May 7th,2013

Demand Media Gets Second $100M+ Quarter

Santa Monica-based online digital media publisher Demand Media keeps on getting bigger and bigger. The firm reported its latest quarterly results Tuesday, reporting $100.6M in total revenues, its second $100M plus quarter. The company also ...

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May 7th,2013

SendUs Debuts Crowdsourced Video Platform

Are you a company looking to find and promote user-generated videos around your brand? A new, Los Angeles startup, SendUs, launched its services to help brands manage user-generated video content this morning, saying that its platform helps...

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May 3rd,2013

CraveOnline Sets Up Its Own Production Studio

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, the online unit of Evolve Media which caters to men with its video and other online content, said it has set up its own studio for creating original video. The company said it has opened up a new, 4,000 square...

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May 2nd,2013

MediaPass Gets Win in Alabama

MediaPass, which develops online paywall software for newspapers and other publications, has scored another win today, saying that it has added Consolidated Publishing of Alabama as a customer. MediaPass said that Consolidated is using the ...

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May 2nd,2013

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there's still a shortage of local, venture capital. In particular, funding for companies developing deep technology--software and...

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May 1st,2013

Famous Birthdays Focuses On Finding Celebrity Facts

What are the most searched for things on the Internet? From the annual search statistics from Google and Bing, it's clearly information about celebrities. A Santa Monica startup, Famous Birthdays, looks to have carved out quite a niche in t...

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May 1st,2013

Awesomeness TV Acquired By DreamWorks For As Much As $117M

In what looks to be a stunning quick exit for one of Southern California's new YouTube networks, Awesomeness TV has been acquired by DreamWorks, in a deal worth as much as $117M. DreamWorks said that it will pay $33M in cash, plus pay out...

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April 30th,2013

Machinima Hits Xbox 360

Los Angeles-based YouTube entertainment channel Machinima launched on Xbox LIVE Tuesday, the first third party app to launch worldwide on Microsoft's Xbox 360 marketplace. The launch--which was first detailed by Microsoft and Machinima las...

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April 30th,2013

Women of Silicon Beach: The Infographic

Who says that there aren't powerful women in Silicon Beach's startup ecosystem? A new infographic highlights some of the women who are making waves along Silicon Beach, for their efforts in creating new companies and businesses. The new i...

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April 30th,2013

Hulu: Streaming, Subscriptions Up

Los Angeles-based Hulu released some new numbers on the use of the company's streaming video today, saying that it has set new records for revenue, video streaming, and subscribers to Hulu Plus. The company said that it streamed more than...

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April 29th,2013

NetDNA Wins StumbleUpon.com

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator NetDNA reports this morning that its CDN services have been selected by StumbleUpon. NetDNA said that StumbleUpon, a popular content discovery services, has selected its MaxCDN service to ...

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April 26th,2013

ZEFR Adds Music Labels, NASCAR

Venice, California-based ZEFR, formerly known as MovieClips, is expanding out its partnerships today, saying that it has added Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Ultra Music, and NASCAR as partners for the company. ZEFR--which helps content...

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April 25th,2013

GumGum Names Schraeder COO

GumGum, the in-image advertising technology developer led by Ophir Tanz, has promoted Phil Schraeder, the firm's VP of Finance, to Chief Operating Officer, to head up the firm's internal operations, business development, and finance. Schr...

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April 24th,2013

Amazon Plans Set-Top TV Box, Says Report

Amazon.com has been muscling its way into the business of Hollywood a lot recently--particularly with its local Amazon Studios effort here to produce its own content and series--all to bolster its online video streaming service, Amazon In...

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April 23rd,2013

Nativo Gets $3.5M For Native Advertising Technology

Los Angeles-based Nativo, the online advertising technology firm led by Justin Choi, has raised $3.5M in a Series A funding round, the firm announced Tuesday. The funding was led by Greycroft Partners, and also included e.ventures and Signi...

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April 23rd,2013

TasteMade Aims To Be The Next Food Network, But Online

It's increasing a world where online video distribution channels (YouTube, Hulu) are more important than the old-fashioned broadcast and cable television -- and where online video channels are helping to pave and define a new way of reach...

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April 22nd,2013

MobiGirl Media Targets Mobile Ads For Girls

If you're the developer of a mobile application targeted at young girls, how do you monetize that application? A new, Los Angeles ad network, MobiGirl Media recently launched its niche, mobile ad network, specifically aimed at advertisers a...

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April 22nd,2013

PublishThis Powers Cox Media Site

Los Angeles-based PublishThis, the developer of publishing technology which is headed by Matt Kumin, is powering the content for a new Cox Media site, the firm said today. PublishThis said it is behind the new Rare.us site, which is focused...

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April 22nd,2013

EdgeCast Raises $23.77M

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast quietly raised $23.775M sometime in the last quarter, according to numbers released in the MoneyTree report over the weekend by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Cap...

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April 19th,2013

Ebyline Ties With Crowdsourced Photo, Video Site

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, the online marketplace which connects publishers with freelance writers, has inked a new content partnership with Scoopshot, a provider of crowdsourced photos and videos. According to the two, they will package to...

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April 17th,2013

Novatel Wireless Debuts Software Enhancements For MiFi

Novatel Wireless, the maker of the popular MiFi wireless hotspot devices, said today that it has launched a brand new software enhancement to its technology platform, which adds power management to the platform. The San Diego company said t...

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April 12th,2013

Hasbro, Netflix Team On Kids Programming

Beverly Hills-based Hasbro Studios, the content division of toy maker Hasbro, and streaming media provider Netflix said Thursday that the two are in an expanded, multi-year programming agreement. According to the two, they will add such new...

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April 10th,2013

NetDNA Taps Startup For CDN Monitoring

Los Angeles-based content deliver network operator NetDNA has tapped a Y-Combinator funded startup for a new, real time monitoring service. NetDNA and Leftronic said this week that NetDNA is launching a new, real-time data visualization das...

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April 9th,2013

Machinima Expands To The UK

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Machinima is in an expansion, and is setting up a dedicated business in the United Kingdom, according to local reports. According to MCV, Machinima is looking to target British gamers with the expansion, an...

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April 9th,2013

GraphEffect Becomes SHIFT, Takes On Digital Marketing

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect has a new name today--and a long list of new partners--as it has relaunched itself as SHIFT. According to the firm, it is creating a collaboration platform for marketers and agencies, and will offer up a suite...

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April 9th,2013

Science Snags Jason Rapp

Santa Monica-based technology incubator and studio Science has added technology veteran Jason Rapp to its team. Rapp was previously President and member of the board of Mahalo.com, the app and video content developer headed by Jason Calacan...

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April 8th,2013

OpenX Launches New Service Around Content Optimization, Ad Monetization

Los Angeles-based digital advertising technology developer OpenX has launched a new service today, which it says will combine content optimization and ad monetization for publishers. The firm said its new Revenue Intelligence service--aimed...

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April 5th,2013

Fullscreen Grabs $30M More For YouTube Network

Culver City-based Fullscreen, which operates a multi-channel youTube network, and is led by George Strompolos (formerly of YouTube/Google), has raised $30M in a new round of funding, according to reports today. The funding round reportedly ...

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April 3rd,2013

MediaPass Partners For Subscription Optimization

Los Angeles-based MediaPass, the developer of online, paywall software for publishers, said today that it has linked with analytics provider Mather Economics, to help optimize paywall and subscriptions for its customers. MediaPass said it w...

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April 2nd,2013

YouMail Looks To Purge Inactive Users

YouMail, the enhanced voicemail and voicemail application developer, is looking to purge out a backlog of inactive users, saying Tuesday that it has revised its terms of service to make it easier for the company to delete users who haven't ...

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March 27th,2013

Eventful Launches iPhone App

Eventful, the online community website which connects people with music concerts, local events, and other entertainment, said today that it has released a brand new version of its iPhone app. The San Diego company--headed by Jordan Glazier-...

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March 26th,2013

ZeaKal Raises $3.8M

San Diego-based ZeaKal, a plant sciences startup focused on developing technology to increase the yield and oil content of crops, said this morning that it has raised $3.8M in a Series A funding. The round was led by Finestere Ventures, Two...

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March 25th,2013

Amazon Studios Greenlights Pilot From Sony Pictures Television

Amazon Studios, the original content development arm of e-commerce giant Amazon, said today that it has greenlighted a new pilot series, from Sony Pictures Television. Amazon--which has been getting into the business of content in a big way...

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March 21st,2013

StoryBots Debuts Three New Apps

StoryBots, the developer of entertaining, fun, and educational application and content, has launched a trio of new applications, the firm said Thursday. The Venice, California-based firm--an offsping of JibJab, the company created by Evan a...

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March 19th,2013

Hulu Redesigns Apple TV UI

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu released a new, redesigned user interface to the Hulu Plus service on Apple TV Tuesday, saying that it has redesigned the app "from the ground up." Among the updates to the service, Hulu said it s...

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March 19th,2013

Demand Media Expands Into Online Learning, Buys Creativebug

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning it has expanded into the online learning market, and has acquired Creativebug, an online site which provides educational videos around art and carft instruction. Financial details of the ...

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March 14th,2013

Hulu To Tap Forssell As Acting CEO

Los Angeles-based Hulu reported Thursday afternoon that it will appoint Andy Forssell as acting CEO of the company, when current CEO Jason Kilar leaves at the end of the month. According to Kilar, Forssell helped grow the company from 2 con...

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March 13th,2013

Myspace In Sponsorship Deal With Chevrolet

Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, and a new brand sponsor, the first since its redesign and relaunch over the last few months. MySpace said that Chevrolet is sponsoring its Myspace Secret Shows at the South by Southwest music fest...

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March 13th,2013

EdgeCast Ties With Indonesian Partner

Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) operator EdgeCast Networks is further expanding in Asia, saying Wednesday that it has linked with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (TELIN) on powering a content delivery network in ...

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March 13th,2013

PublishThis Enhances Content Curation Tool

PublishThis, the Los Angeles startup headed by Matt Kumin, has enhanced the firm's online, content marketing and curation management tool. The firm said the latest version of its platform is aimed at brands, retailers, media companies, an...

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March 12th,2013

Why The Growth Of The Internet Is Driving EdgeCast's Revenues

What is it about the content delivery network market which has enabled Santa Monica-based EdgeCast to go from startup to over $100M in revenues in only a few, short years? The company--which is in the business of operating a content deliver...

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March 8th,2013

NetDNA Targets Asian Content Delivery Network Services

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator NetDNA is ramping up its efforts to provide CDN services in Asia, the company said Friday. NetDNA said it will provide accelerated traffic through its Singapore point-of-presence, for a fl...

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March 8th,2013

Fandango Debuts New Movie Buzz Indicator

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing site Fandango is debuting a new tool to predict interest in upcoming weekend movies, which it calls "Fanticipation". According to the company, the new tool measures moviegoer excitement and helps to predi...

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March 5th,2013

Epoxy Tunes Into $2M to Enable YouTube, Video Publishing

One of the hottest sectors in Southern California's high tech world in the last couple of years has been video--namely, Internet video and content creation. With the rise of an increasingly large number of companies, producers, individuals,...

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March 1st,2013

How FilmBreak Is Bringing Data and Analytics To Hollywood, with Darren Marble

Hollywood's an old industry, used to doing business in traditional ways. However, there's a new generation of technology driven startups who are looking to apply software and technology in a way that will change how movies are made, and m...

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February 28th,2013

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Tops 225 Employees

Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) provider EdgeCast said this morning that it doubled its revenues in 2012, and now has more than 225 employees. The privately held firm did not disclose its revenues, however, the firm has pr...

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February 27th,2013

Selectable Media Expands To LA

Selectable Media, a digital advertising firm which lets users unlock digital content in exchange for interacting with brand advertising, said today that it has expanded to Los Angeles, as part of a growth in its footprint. The expansion cam...

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February 26th,2013

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 ...

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February 26th,2013

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 o...

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February 26th,2013

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. ...

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February 25th,2013

Fandango Ties With Telemundo On Hispanic Movie Hub

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing and information site Fandango has tied with Spanish language broadcaster Telemundo, to launch a new online site aimed at Hispanic movie fans, Fandango Cine, the two announced Monday. The companies said the ...

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February 21st,2013

Investment Group of Santa Barbara Backs Mindflash

The Investment Group of Santa Barbara is the primary backer of a developer of online training software for corporations, which announced a funding round Thursday. Mindflash, a Silicon Valley-based developer of online software for learning m...

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February 20th,2013

Discovering Great, Local Attractions With Idealab-backed Crash

Are you tired of the same old tourist guidebooks, and wish you could really find those unique, local attractions in a city? Newly launched Crash is hoping to help solve that problem, by surfacing "photo-worthy" locations around you in its ...

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February 19th,2013

Demand Media Plans To Split Domain, Content Businesses

In a surprise move, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Tuesday afternoon that it plans to explore separating its domain name and content businesses into two, independent, publicly traded companies. According to Demand, its board has has a...

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February 15th,2013

A Glimpse Into the Future of Tech at USC

How do you get technology developed by researchers deep within a university, and make that visible to to the public? GLIMPSE, a digital technology showcase featuring cutting-edge research from across the university, was held at The Universi...

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February 14th,2013

How Roambi Is Making Mobile Work For The Enterprise, with Quinton Alsbury

Mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad have completely revolutionized how consumers interact with the online world in the past few years. However, mobile devices have not only revolutionized the world of the consumer--they've also made i...

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February 13th,2013

Warner Launches Startup Accelerator In Los Angeles

It looks like there's a new startup accelerator in town today: MediaCamp, an entertainment-focused startup acceleration program backed by Turner Broadcasting, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. According to Warner Bros., its Media Ca...

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February 12th,2013

SnapCuts Now Lets Users Upload Videos

Snapcuts, the Pasadena-based startup which develops a mobile video app of the same name which lets users mix and match videos to create personalized video greeting cards, has just released an update to the app, which lets users upload their...

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February 12th,2013

Microsoft Opens Xbox Studio In Los Angeles

Santa Monica has just gotten yet another boost in its bid to become the capital of Silicon Beach, as Microsoft said this week that it is opening up a new, 125-person strong entertainment studio in the city as part of an effort to create int...

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February 12th,2013

WD Debuts Streaming Media Player

Irvine-based WD has debuted a new streaming video player today, called the WD TV Play. Western Digital said that its new product streams popular Internet channels from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, and other services, in addition to st...

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February 11th,2013

CBS, Amazon Tie In Streaming Deal For Under The Dome

CBS and Amazon.com announced a deal this morning, which will bring exclusive access to the upcoming CBS "Under the Dome" series to Amazon Prime Instant Video, Amazon's video-on-demand service. Financial details of the deal were not disclose...

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February 7th,2013

MediaPass Wins New Publisher, RightWisconsin

One of the hottest area for online publishers, has been the move back towards paid subscription paywalls for content. One of the companies which has been helping to drive that trend is Los Angeles-based MediaPass, a supplier of software whi...

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February 6th,2013

Citysearch Debuts Visual Guide Site, New iPhone App

West Hollywood-based Citysearch has launched two new products today, including both a visual city guide, and a new iPhone app. Citysearch said its new Guides by Citysearch service is aimed at helping users easily find new places in major ci...

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February 5th,2013

Beachfront Media Adds HTML5 Support

Beachfront Media, the developer of video publishing tools, said today that its Beachfront Builder software now supports HTML5 applications. The firm said the new support allows companies to support the mobile web, in addition to the company...

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February 5th,2013

The Gores Group Buys Harris Broadcast Communications

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said Monday afternoon that it has acquired Harris Broadcast Communications, a supplier of hardware and software to create, manage, transmit, and distribute video content. The deal had be...

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February 1st,2013

Gravity Debuts Content Personalization API

Santa Monica-based Gravity, the developer of real-time personalization software headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur, is making a big push today with the launch of a new set of free APIs for publishers. The firm's tools allow web publish...

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February 1st,2013

Amazon Greenlights Five Children's Shows

Amazon Studios, the media and production arm of Amazon.com, said Thursday that it has greenlighted five children's shows as part of its Amazon Prime studio efforts. Amazon STudios said that the five shows will be developing pilots, which wi...

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January 30th,2013

Fullscreen Names East Coast Sales VP

Culver City-based YouTube network Fullscreen said Tuesday that it has hired Justin Danko as Vice President of Sales and Brand Strategy, East Coast. Danko was previously VP of Branded Entertainment at Viacom Media Networks, working on MTVN M...

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January 30th,2013

Lynda.com Debuts Microsoft Office 2013 Content

Carpinteria-based Lynda.com announced this morning that it has released a number of online training courses, to coincide with the release of Microsoft's Office 2013 and Office 365. The company, which publishes online, video training courses...

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January 29th,2013

DreamHost Debuts Public Cloud Storage Service Into GA

DreamHost, the Los Angeles-based web hosting and cloud services provider, said Tuesday that it has debuted its DreamObjects public cloud storage service into general availability, aiming the service at application storage, Web site backup, ...

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January 25th,2013

Hulu Revives All My Children, One Life to Live

Fans of the once-cancelled soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" have a good reason to cheer today, as Hulu, the streaming video service based in Los Angeles, said it would bring the two soap operas to the service. Hulu said ...

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January 25th,2013

DTS Ties With RGB Networks

Calabasas-based audio processing technology developer DTS has tied with IP video deliver firm RGB Networks, to supply its audio technology into RGB's products, the two said Thursday. The two said that RGB Networks will implement DTS technol...

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January 24th,2013

Central Desktop Accelerates File Transfers

Central Desktop, the Los Angeles-based provider of cloud-based, collaboration software, said today that it has tapped into technology from Aspera to speed file transfers for digital assets. Central Desktop said the move was aimed at helping...

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January 23rd,2013

How Google's Old Offices Are Becoming A Tech Hub, with ROC's Walter Grieves

In a sign of the growth of the Silicon Beach technology world, last year, Google moved its headquarters out of a space on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, and into a new fancy headquarters space in Venice. However, it appears the spirit of i...

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January 22nd,2013

What Lynda.com Plans With Its $103M Funding, with Eric Robison

Last week, Carpinteria-based Lynda.com announced one of the biggest investments in the region in the last few years--a $103M, growth equity investment in the company, which came from Accel Partners and Spectrum Equity. The firm operates a...

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January 16th,2013

Lynda.com Inks Massive, $103M Funding Round

Lynda.com, the online video education provider which has been one of the region's most successful, bootstrapped companies--is no longer bootstrapped, after inking a massive, $103M growth equity round. Lynda.com said today that it has raised...

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January 15th,2013

Nimble Snags Salesforce Vet

Santa Monica-based Nimble, the developer of social relationship management software, reported yesterday that it has tapped a Salesforce.com veteran to head up its content and product marketing strategy. The firm said that Alyson Stone, who ...

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January 9th,2013

CHNL Ties Into Groupon, LivingSocial

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a startup which is developing a social content browser for smartphones, tablets, and PCs, said today at CES that it has launched a new daily deals feature into its product. The company said it has added daily deal t...

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January 9th,2013

Frequency Signs Deal With Chinese TV Manufacturer

Frequency, the developer of mobile, web, smart TV, and other apps which let users find and view online video content, has inked a deal with a Chinese TV manufacturer, the company announced today at CES. Frequency--which is led by Blair Harr...

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January 9th,2013

Activision Sets New Downloadable Content For Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Santa Monica-based game developer Activision Publishing said today that it has set the launch date for the first, downloadable content pack for its popular Call of Duty: Black Ops II title. The firm said the new content will be released on ...

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January 9th,2013

BuzzFeed Ramps Entertainment Coverage In LA

The intersection of Hollywood and online publishing looks to be helping grow jobs in Los Angeles in the online content area. The latest move in that area comes from online viral content publisher BuzzFeed, which is apparently ramping its op...

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January 8th,2013

Beachfront Media Hits Three Billion Video Views

Burbank-based Beachfront Media, the developer of video distribution tools, applications, and other infrastructure--and operator of video discovery site MeFeedia.com--said this week that it has racked up 3 billion video views across its prop...

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January 7th,2013

Nevolution Links With ASUS

Los Angeles-based Nevolution, which has been developing software to help brands run their own, PC-based app stores, reported a win today with ASUS. According to Nevolution, it will power the ASUS Vibe Fun Center, a digital marketplace which...

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January 7th,2013

Pipewave Acquired By Zefr

Pipewave, an online video marketing strategy firm headed by Paul Boruta, has been acquired by Zefr, the firms announced today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Pipewave, which was founded by Paul Boruta and Jonathan Tushman, p...

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January 4th,2013

How Frequency Wants To Bring You Internet Video, with Blair Harrison

Just before the holidays, we caught up with Blair Harrison, founder of Frequency (www.frequency.com), a personal video service which lets consumers watch video from the Internet on any of their devices. Harrison created one of the Internet'...

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January 4th,2013

Baboo Sets Sights On Digital Marketing

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Baboo is looking to help brands and marketers in the entertainment space reach consumers, and recently launched an alpha of its services. The startup, headed by Drake Sutton-Shearer, is offering up media co...

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December 28th,2012

What Mattered in 2012: Aber Whitcomb, io/LA

For the last week of the year, we're featuring the thoughts and reflections of some of the movers and shakers of Southern California's high tech community. We asked the same four questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, inv...

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December 27th,2012

VIRURL Adds RSS Ads

Los Angeles-based VIRURL, the provider of online advertising technology, said Thursday that it has added a new feature called RSS Ads. The firm said its new feature allows publishers to use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds to automatic...

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December 27th,2012

What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA

For the last week of the year, we're featuring the thoughts and reflections of some of the movers and shakers of Southern California's high tech community. We asked the same four questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, inv...

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December 21st,2012

Why Being Nimble Is The Key To Success In Games, with SGN's Josh Yguado

What's the key to success in the video game market today? We sat down earlier this month to talk with Josh Yguado, President of SGN (www.sgn.com), to learn more about the importance of being nimble in the game market, the company's platfo...

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December 21st,2012

Hulu Seeking $200M For More Content, Says Report

Online video streaming site Hulu is asking its owners, Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp., and News Corp., for about $200M to help fund program purchases, according to a report this morning from the Wall Street Journal. According to the report,...

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December 20th,2012

Amazon Studios Sets Plans For Six Series Pilots

Amazon Studios, the Southern California-based effort by e-commerce giant Amazon.com to produce its own, original content for Amazon Instant Video, has just greenlighted six series pilots for production, the company announced this morning. A...

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December 20th,2012

Maker Studios Lands $36M More For YouTube Content

Culver City-based Maker Studios, which develops YouTube channels and content, said today that it has raised $36M in a funding round. The investment was led by Time Warner Investments, and also included Greycroft Partners, Downey Ventures (R...

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December 19th,2012

Infographic: Social Media Spurring E-Commerce Activity

A new study of social media activity and e-commerce, compiled from Los Angeles social tools developer Social Annex, shows that social media is--not surprisingly--playing a far bigger role in online shopping this year. The company analyzed...

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December 18th,2012

CraveOnline Names Executive Editor

Los Angeles-based online male-focused publisher CraveOnline Media, which is a unit of Evolve Media, said today that it has named Jason Kobely as Executive Editor. Kobely previously served as News Director at KNSI Radio in St. Cloud, MN, and...

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December 17th,2012

Fandango Names New Marketing Head

Los Angeles-based Fandango said Monday that it has named a new Vice President of Marketing. Fandango said Adam Rockmore, who was most recently SVP of Marketing for ABC Daytime and SOAPnet, has been appointed to the position, and will lead t...

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December 15th,2012

Machinima Chops 10 Percent

High flying, YouTube network Machinima has laid off 10 percent of its staff, as part of a reorganization, according to reports Friday evening. News of the layoffs first trickled out via Twitter from many of the firm's former employees. Los ...

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December 14th,2012

ThisWeekIn.com To Wind Down Video Podcasting Network

There's a lot of startups being built in Los Angeles around content, and it appears the consensus is that you indeed, can create a big business around video for the web. But, apparently, that doesn't apply to a technology focused, online vi...

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December 13th,2012

Peering Into The Mobile Games Future With Josh Hartwell of Mobile Deluxe

What does the world have in store for the mobile games market, and how do mobile games developers look at the world? We sat down with Josh Hartwell, CEO and Founder of Mobile Deluxe (www.mobiledeluxe.com), the Santa Monica mobile games deve...

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December 12th,2012

MiTu Network Finds Funding For Latino YouTube Network

MiTu, a Los Angeles-based YouTube network focused on Latino content, said today that it has closed a round of funding. The funding was led by The Chernin Group, and also included Allen DeBevoise of Machinima, Juan Cristobal Ferrer of Ferrer...

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December 12th,2012

Capturing Music, Life, and More With Vyclone, with David King Lassman

What's the best way to capture the important things in your life on video, and share them with friends? Los Angeles-based Vyclone (www.vyclone.com) has created a mobile application which lets users capture videos, and automatically edits an...

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December 12th,2012

Evolve Media Launches New Ad Product

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp, which operates such sites as CraveOnline, totallyher Media, GameRevolution, and LiveOutdoors, said today that it has launched a new online advertising product. The company said its INgage product semanti...

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December 11th,2012

Gores Buys Harris Broadcast Communications

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said yesterday that it is acquiring Harris Broadcast Communications, a supplier of hardware and software for managing and distributing video content, in a deal worth $225M. Gores acquire...

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December 10th,2012

Vyclone Powers Documentary Effort

Los Angeles-based Vyclone, the developer of mobile video collaboration software, said it is powering a new effort to create a massive documentary on "the human experience". Vyclone--which creates a mobile app which makes it easy to co-creat...

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December 6th,2012

Mandalay Digital Buys Assets From Skyrockit

Los Angeles-based Mandalay Digital Group, a provider of mobile data services, said today that it has acquired the music label assets of Skyrockit, a venture-backed mobile entertainment studio providing content to AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-M...

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December 4th,2012

Ebyline Launches New Service For Publishers

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, the online marketplace which connects publishers with freelance journalists, has rolled out a new offering today, which it says can help publishers produce their own, custom news feeds. The service, called Ebyline...

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December 4th,2012

ThisNext's Glossi Launches Public Beta

Glossi, an online magazine publishing tool being developed by Santa Monica-based ThisNext, has its debut today, aimed at letting users built and publish their own visual magazines. The new service lets users organize and lay out heavily vis...

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December 4th,2012

Websense Debuts New Cloud-based Security Tool

San Diego-based Websense, the developer of cyber security tools, said today that it has debuted a new, cloud-based cybersecurity product called ACE in the Cloud. The firm said the new tool provides cloud-based security, providing real-time ...

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November 29th,2012

ZEFR Taps Levinsohn For Board

Venice, California-based ZEFR, the online content distribution startup founded by Zach James and Richard Raddon, has some new experience in its corner: Ross Levinsohn, the former interim CEO of Yahoo. Levinsohn apparently has joined ZEFR's ...

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November 29th,2012

Chill Debuts Premium Video Service, Chill Direct

Chill, the online video discovery service founded by Brian Norgard and Daniel Gould, has debuted a brand new service today, aimed at helping artists to distribute their premium videos to fans. Chill said its new service, Chill Direct, allow...

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November 29th,2012

Fourth Wall Studios Whacks Staff, Stops Production

Culver City-based Fourth Wall Studios, a developer of interactive content backed by LA billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, has laid off the majority of its staff, and stopped production, according to a report from the LA Times. The time said t...

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November 26th,2012

ZEFR Hits 1 Billion Monthly Views

Venice-based ZEFR, the online content provider headed by Zach James and Richard Raddon, has reached 1 billion monthly views of its content, the firm revealed Monday, as part of an invite to supporters to celebrate the milestone. The company...

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November 26th,2012

The Story Behind Machinima's Rise To The Top

What's the secret behind Machinima's rise to the top among YouTube's top channels with MachinimaPrime? Young, male, viewers, according to a report from the New York Times. In a profile, the Times talks with Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise, ab...

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November 20th,2012

Eight Tech Gadgets To Add To Your Gifts List

It's that time of year again; food, shopping, holidays, and more shopping. Combining the theme of holiday shopping with Southern California's technology industry, here are eight electronic gifts from local companies to add to your shoppi...

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November 20th,2012

Rubicon Project Powers Glam Media

Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising exchange operator, is powering female content network Glam Media, Glam Media said Tuesday. Glam Media said it is using REVV Connect, Rubicon Project's real time advertising trading ...

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November 19th,2012

NetDNA Connects CDN To Web Apps, Services

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA is making it easier for web application developers to use its CDN services, saying Monday that it has launched a new service to embed web acceleration capabilities into their ...

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November 16th,2012

Laffster's Mock The Vote Hits Android

Mock The Vote, the mobile, political satire application developed by Venice-based Laffster, has just launch on Android, giving political news fans another platform to get the latest, humorous take on politics. Laffster, headed by Daniel Alt...

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November 16th,2012

Friday Tech Video Roundup for November 16th, 2012

Some of the highlights from this week from socalTECH's video section, where we're currently featuring community videos from and about local startups: Peter Pham of Science Inc. with Mario Andretti Peter Pham, of Los Angeles technology stud...

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November 15th,2012

Curating The Web Using PublishThis, with Matt Kumin

If you're a web publisher, or even a brand developing your own outreach to customers through a newsletter or microsite, how do you efficiently gather and curate all of the news and information out there? Right now, it's a manual process--un...

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November 14th,2012

Base79 Gets Funding From The Chernin Group

Los Angeles investment firm The Chernin Group, the media holding and investment group founded by Peter Chernin, has made an investment in European online video company Base79. According to Base79, the strategic equity investment included bo...

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November 14th,2012

X1 Discovery Takes On Social Media Discovery, Analysis

Pasadena-based X1 Discovery, the provider of electronic discovery software which was originally part of X1/Idealab, said today that it has launched a new version of its software aimed at capturing and analyzing social media content. The com...

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November 14th,2012

Deloitte Announces Local Fast 500 Winners

The annual ranking of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte, the 2012 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, was released today, showing a healthy list of Southern California companies in growth mode. Topping the list for Southern California was...

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November 13th,2012

How Sendgrid Makes Sure Those App Emails Go Through, With Jim Franklin

If you're an application developer, sending emails through your application can be a chore. It turns out it's not just a quick line of code to send an email -- it's also a hassle to make sure that those emails get delivered, that your email...

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November 12th,2012

What Does Google's New YouTube Strategy Mean For SoCal Startups?

It looks like Google's YouTube intends to pull at least 60 percent of its programming deals for online content providers, a move that may have a huge impact on Southern California's emerging video content startups. In a report, AllThingsD s...

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November 9th,2012

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles? Despite a huge number of companies, we found there are a number which popped up consistently in an informal (and highly non-scientific poll) of a number of readers, executive re...

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November 8th,2012

VIRURL Launches New Ad Widget

Santa Monica-based VIRURL, which is headed by Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, said today that it has launched a new widget aimed at web publishers. The firm said its new "Slideout" widget helps provide unobtrusive advertising to help publishers mone...

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November 8th,2012

How Go Trexx is Making Travel More Rewarding, with Samantha Lurey

How do you make travel a more rewarding experience--particularly if you're traveling with kids? Go Trexx (www.gotrexx.com), which is based in Mission Viejo, think it's by engaging kids with mobile applications which provide background infor...

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November 7th,2012

DTS Powers New Panasonic Tablet

Calabasas-based DTS reported this morning that its SRS TruMedia HD audio processing technology has been adopted into a new, Android tablet from Panasonic. Financial impact of the win was not announced. The firm said its SRS TruMedia HD tech...

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November 6th,2012

A Look At The Mobile Market With Gumiyo's Shuki Lehavi

What's the best way to get your small or medium sized business online? And, how do you do that without a huge development budget and time? Los Angeles-based Gumiyo (www.gumiyo.com) has been developing mobile websites for SMBs and publishe...

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November 5th,2012

Hulu Inks Deal With CBS

Hulu announced today that it has inked a multi-year license deal with CBS, to add library content from the network to Hulu Plus. According to Hulu, CBS content will start appearing on Hulu Plus in January 2013, and will include more than 2,...

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October 30th,2012

EdgeCast Expands Internationally

Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks said today that it has expanded its global network, opening up new point of presence (PoP) locations in Vienna, Austria, Stockholm, Sweden, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The fi...

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October 30th,2012

Amazon Studios Options Another Comedy Series

Amazon Studios, the content production arm of Amazon.com, said Monday that it has optioned another comedy series. Amazon said that it has optioned "Those Who Can't", a comedy show written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Benjami...

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October 29th,2012

Decoding The Science Behind The Laughs, With Daniel Altman of Laffster

One of the major growth areas along Silicon Beach has been in the whole area of creating content for digital platforms. But, how do you figure out what actual content will resonate with online consumers? And in particular, if you're develop...

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October 29th,2012

OpenX Buys JumpTime

Los Angeles-based OpenX announced this morning that it has acquired JumpTime, a developer of technology to help publishers calculate the value of their content assets. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. OpenX said that JumpTime'...

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October 25th,2012

How Tradesy Makes Selling Women's Clothing Simple, with Tracy DiNunzio

If you're a woman with unwanted--but fashionable--clothing in your closet, which you wish you could sell, what's the easiest way to sell it? It might just be Tradesy (www.tradesy.com), a brand new service which lets women sell their unwante...

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October 22nd,2012

Demand Media Launches Channel With Arizona Republic

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced today that it is powering a new Travel Channel for newspaper the Arizona Republic. According to Demand, it is launching the new brand on AZCentral.com, the online site for the Arizona Republic. Fina...

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October 18th,2012

Avalon Ventures Backs Selectable Media

San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures has backed a developer of video advertising products, Selectable Media, to the tune of $2M. Selectable Media, which is based in New York, lets users opt into branded video advertising in exch...

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October 18th,2012

HARDATA Sets Up Shop In Thousand Oaks

HARDATA, a developer of workflow management software for the broadcast and entertainment industry, has set up shop in Thousand Oaks, and hired a new President and CEO. The Argentina-based software developer said it has named Philip B. Cox a...

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October 17th,2012

Amazon Studios Options Two Comedies

The option deals are coming fast and furious at Amazon Studios, the effort being run here in Los Angeles to develop content for Amazon Prime and other platforms. Amazon Studios said this week that it has optioned two new comedy series, incl...

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October 16th,2012

SoCal's Cloud Dreams Surface At OpenStack Summit

A conference being held this week by the OpenStack cloud software group has surfaced what looks to be a surge in cloud-based companies in Southern California, including a number of startups. OpenStack is a new group which is focusing on est...

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October 11th,2012

Digiboo Adds Android Support, TV Content

Los Angeles-based Digiboo, a developer of retail kiosks where users can purchase movies and other content for digital download, said today that it has added support for Android devices, and also included a new set of television series. Digi...

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October 10th,2012

Google's PageSpeed Exits Beta

Google announced Wednesday that it has released its mod_pagespeed project--which automatically optimizes and speeds up web pages accesses for website owners using Apache--out of beta. The move allows customers of such companies as Los Angel...

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October 9th,2012

Hulu Adds Nickelodeon Titles To Hulu Plus

A new deal by Los Angeles-based Hulu this morning will add content from Nickelodeon to Hulu's premium service, Hulu Plus. The Nickelodeon deal brings titles such as "iCarly," "Big Time Rush," "VICTORiOUS," "How to Rock," "Supah Ninjas," "S...

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October 8th,2012

YouTube Injects $200M Into More Content

In what can only be good news for the ecosystem of content providers and startup firms here in Southern California, Google's YouTube said Sunday that it is expanding into Europe, and adding more than 50 original channels to the 100 it intro...

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October 4th,2012

ZEFR Picks Up Staff From BetterWorks, Expands In London

ZEFR, the online content provider formerly known as MOVIECLIPS, and which recently expanded into sports content, has picked up a contingent of engineers from BetterWorks, and opened up an office in London, the firm said Thursday afternoon. ...

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October 4th,2012

Learning The Ropes Of Internet Video With Michael Tringe and CreatorUp

You've got a great idea for a web video series, but how do you learn about how to make that happen, to get distribution, and monetize that video? Los Angeles-based CreatorUp (www.creatorup.com) wants to help aspiring online video producers ...

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October 4th,2012

Amazon Options Horror Novel

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles production arm of Amazon.com, has further expanding its content efforts, saying this week that it has optioned a gothic horror novel called Seed. The horror novel, authored by Ania Ahlborn, is the first to be...

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October 3rd,2012

Hulu Plans Presidential Debate Coverage

Online video streaming site Hulu said this afternoon that it will be covering live coverage of tonight's presidential debate, from ABC, Fox and The Wall Street Journal, including both pre- and post-debate content. In addition, Hulu said it ...

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October 3rd,2012

ACTV8.me Wins WSOP

Beverly Hills-based ACTV8.me, a developer of mobile, interactive applications for the television and entertainment market, announced today that it has linked with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, to produce an application for the World Se...

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October 2nd,2012

Gravity Gets $10.6M More For Real Time Personalization

Santa Monica startup, Gravity--headed by former MySpace COO Amit Kapur--announced this morning that it has raised $10.6M in a Series B financing round for its personalization technology. The funding was led by GRP Partners, and also include...

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October 2nd,2012

Fandango Launches Original Video Effort

In a move into creating its own video content, Los Angeles-based Fandango, the movie ticketing and movie information site, said this morning that it plans its first ever, original video development slate. The company said its original video...

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October 1st,2012

EQAL Acquisition By Everyday Health Included $12.5M In Stock

A recent regulatory filing by Everyday Health, the digital media publisher, shows that its acquisition of Los Angeles-based EQAL included both cash and stock, with the stock portion worth $12.5M. The filing did not reveal the full price for...

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October 1st,2012

JAKKS Pacific, NantWorks In Toy Joint Venture

Los Angeles-based NantWorks, the technology incubation and investment firm run by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, and Malibu-based toy firm JAKKS Pacific announced this morning that the two are in a join venture to create anew company, Dre...

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September 26th,2012

BUZZMEDIA Ties For Brand, Influence Research

Los Angeles-based content publisher BUZZMEDIA said this morning that it has tied with a research firm, to help mine its network of properties to help brands understand influencers and consumers. According to BUZZMEDIA, the partnership with ...

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September 26th,2012

How Wedge Buster is Building A Sports Gaming Empire, With Scott Philp

How do you convince guys to start playing social games? For Wedge Buster (www.wedgebuster.com), you do it by pulling together a huge collection of sports-related social and mobile games. Wedge Buster just raised a $2.2M round from the NFL's...

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September 26th,2012

Movie Hackathon Combines Film, Technology, Prizes

In the latest "hackathon" to hit Southern California, the Film Independent Forum has just announced a new Movie Hackathon, hosted by Zach James' ZEFR, which will look to spur programmers to create new, engagement experiences and tools for f...

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September 25th,2012

EQAL Acquired By Everyday Health

Los Angeles-based EQAL, the digital media and content developer founded by Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, has been acquired by Everyday Health, Everyday Health said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Everyday He...

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September 24th,2012

Hulu Plus Adds Content From WWE

Fans of the WWE have a new way to get content from the entertainment company--known for its professional wrestling personalities and contests--via Hulu Plus, the premium service of Los Angeles-based video site Hulu. The WWE said that it is ...

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September 20th,2012

Mobile Roadie Takes On Conferences

Los Angeles-based mobile apps developer Mobile Roadie is powering a couple of apps for conferences, saying this week that its software is being used for an app for the Internet Marketing Association Conference & Awards this week, as well as...

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September 19th,2012

StoryBots And The Future of Learning,With Gregg Spiridellis, JibJab

What would Sesame Street look like, if it was created in the world of smartphones, tablets, and YouTube? It might look a little bit like StoryBots (www.storybots.com), the new kids educational and entertainment service just launched by JibJ...

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September 18th,2012

Microsoft Details LA Production Studio Efforts

Technology giant Microsoft has detailed its new Los Angeles production studio, officially announcing that it has created a new production studio headed by former CBS Network Television Entertainment president Nancy Tellem. Microsoft said th...

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September 18th,2012

Microsoft Spins Up New Entertainment Studio In Hollywood

Microsoft is the latest big name, technology company which sees its future being defined in Hollywood, and is reportedly hiring a former CBS television executive to head up original video content development efforts here. According to a rep...

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September 18th,2012

Hulu Pushes Television Window With Saturday Night Live In Japan

In what looks like even more pressure on Hollywood's system of "windowing" content, Los Angeles-based Hulu is pushing the window with a deal to show NBC's Saturday Night Live in Japan only hours after its U.S. broadcast. The deal--announced...

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September 18th,2012

Twentieth Century Fox Launches HD Streaming Program

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is aiming to boost digital streaming and downloading of its content, through a new program the firm announced this morning. The entertainment firm, which is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film...

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September 17th,2012

Ze Frank Games Acquired By Buzzfeed

Ze Frank Games, the Los Angeles startup led by web video's Ze Frank, has been acquired by BuzzFeed, a social news publisher, the firm said Friday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to BuzzFeed, Ze Frank has joined the...

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September 14th,2012

Friday Video: Storybots' Letter N

What do get when you combine the creative sensibilities of JibJab with children's educational content? You get this: the Letter N ABC Song, from StoryBots, the new project of JibJab's Evan and Gregg Spiradellis. (More video from Southern ...

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September 13th,2012

JibJab's StoryBots Takes On Kids' Entertainment

What do you get when you take the creative minds behind JibJab.com, the Venice-based online humor content developers--known for its hilarious videos of everything from politics to everyday life--and apply that to kids entertainment? You g...

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September 12th,2012

Amazon Studios Releases Digital Comic

An effort in Los Angeles by Amazon.com to find screenplays has resulted in a new digital comic series, the firm said today, Blackburn Burrow. Amazon said the new venture from Amazon Studios will produce four issues of the comic, inspired by...

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September 12th,2012

Interview with Alec Meikle, MYMUSAIC

Tired of that same-old, boring photo slideshow? How do you create a better, more exciting presentation of your photos? MYMUSAIC (www.mymusaic.com), a Los Angeles startup, thinks it has figured that out, and recently launched a service which...

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September 11th,2012

Boingo Offers Free, Nationwide Wi-Fi With Google Play

In what looks to be one of the biggest free Wi-Fi deals so far from Boingo Wireless, the operator of a network of Wi-Fi hotspots said this morning that it will be offering up free, Wi-Fi at more than 4,000 of its hotspots thanks to a deal w...

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September 11th,2012

Hulu Upgrades Plus On PlayStation 3

Los Angeles-based Hulu upgraded the firm's Hulu plus app on the PlayStation 3 Monday, adding new features such as highlighting shows that users watch; larger and more vivid artwork; better ways to find content; and more. Hulu, which offers ...

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September 10th,2012

Martha Stewart Now On Hulu

Hulu, the Los Angeles online video site, said this morning that Martha Stewart is the latest personality to add her content to the site. Details on the deal between Hulu and Martha Stewart Living were not disclosed, however, Hulu said it wo...

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September 7th,2012

Sony Online Entertainment Launches User-Generated Content Program

San DIego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced yesterday that it has launched a new program which allows users to create their own, in-game items for its popular EverQuest franchise. Sony said it has launched Player Studio, a new progr...

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September 6th,2012

24/7 Media Expands Video Formats

Online advertising provider Real Media Group, which is part of 24/7 Media, said today that it has launched three new video formats. The video group--which is run out of Los Angeles, and is made up of the former team of Panache--said it has ...

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September 5th,2012

Sorenson Media Trumpets NFL Wins

San Diego-based video encoding and decoding software firm Sorenson Media bragged today that it is now powering the video encoding for half of the NFL's 32 teams. The firm said that the teams are all using Sorenson Squeeze, its video encodin...

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August 30th,2012

Mefeedia.com Adds New Partners

Online social video discovery site Mefeedia said Thursday that it has added two new partners providing content to the site, MovieClips, and AnyClip. Mefeedia did not announce any details of the partnership, but did say the deal will provide...

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August 30th,2012

Fliptu Bolsters Artists, Celebrities

Los Angeles-based Fliptu, the social media promotion startup headed by Jeremy Gocke, says it has started to line up a significant number of artists, bands, celebrities, and lifestyle brands for its service today. The service--which is still...

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August 30th,2012

How An Acquisition Is Helping Wittlebee Break Into The Clothing Industry

Earlier this week, Los Angeles-based Wittlebee (www.wittlebee.com) announced the acquisition of its own, clothing company--Cottonseed Clothing Company--as it continues to build out its subscription, children's clothing service. Wittleebee i...

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August 28th,2012

LoveIt Enhances Social Sharing Site

LoveIt, the venture backed photo curation and sharing site backed and run by a number of PriceGrabber veterans, said this morning that it has released a batch of new features for its service. The Pasadena company said that it has added such...

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August 27th,2012

BUZZMEDIA Buys Four Punk Rock Blogs

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the growing online music publisher, reported this morning that it has acquired four punk rock sites, which it will use to create a new punk music group called AbsoluteVoices. BUZZMEDIA said it acquired Under The...

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August 27th,2012

Decoding the Secret of iPhone Game Popularity, With William Volk, Playscreen

It's an intensely competitive market in developing games for the iPhone and other mobile platforms, with thousands and thousands of titles competing for attention from users. How do you figure out how to get past all of that noise, and crea...

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August 23rd,2012

SheKnows Taps Alanis Morissette For Video Blog

Los Angeles-based women's content site SheKnows, which is owned by Evolve Media Corp., said today that it has inked a deal with singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, to include a video blog (vlog) from Morissette while on tour. SheKnows said...

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August 22nd,2012

My Damn Channel Raises $1.0M

Los Angeles-based My Damn Channel, the online comedy site headed by Rob Barnett and Warren Chao, has raised $1.0M as part of an ongoing, $3.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. Details on the new funding have no...

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August 22nd,2012

AudioMicro Inks Deal For Windows Live Movie Maker Link

In a move which expands its distribution, Los Angeles-based AudioMicro, the provider of stock audio clips and music, said it has inked a partnership with Microsoft to include a link to its service via Windows Live Movie Maker. AudioMicro sa...

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August 22nd,2012

Local Corporation Debuts New Digital Marketing Service

Irvine-based Local Corporation has debuted a new digital marketing software suite aimed at local businesses this morning. The firm said its new Launch by Local product is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, and helps customers with ...

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August 17th,2012

Amazon Studios Options Children's Series

Amazon Studios, the Los Angeles production arm of Amazon.com, said Thursday that it has optioned two new children's series. The firm--which has been ramping efforts in Hollywood to produce content specifically for Amazon's streaming video s...

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August 15th,2012

Movieclips Becomes ZEFR, Raises $18.5M

Venice-based Movieclips, the online movie clips site and content site founded by Zach James and Richard Raddon, said today that it has raised $18.9M in a Series C funding round, and has rebranded itself as ZEFR. The new funding round was le...

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August 15th,2012

SheKnows Launches Parenting Website, AllParenting

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the online women's publishing site owned by Atomic Online/Evolve Media Corp., said today that it has launched a new site, AllParenting.com. The new site is focused on parents, and specifically mothers, with conte...

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August 14th,2012

Poptent In Deal With Edelman

Los Angeles-based Poptent, the startup which is using crowdsourcing to help companies create advertising for their brands, has inked a deal with public relations company Edelman, the two said today. The companies said that Edelman will use ...

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August 14th,2012

EdgeCast Powers Fruit Ninja Frenzy

Players of the mobile game "Fruit Ninja Frenzy"--the latest title from game developer Halfbrick--should be seeing faster load times with the game, thanks to a deal with Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast. EdgeCast ...

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August 8th,2012

Pivotshare Raises $1M For Content Monetization

Irvine-based Pivotshare, a new startup offering up a service to help content creators publish and monetize their video or audio via subscription or pay-per-view, said today that it has raised $1M in a Series A funding. The funding came from...

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August 8th,2012

Demand Media Names Blend As President, COO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said yesterday that it has promoted Michael Blend to President and COO of the firm. Blend had most recently been leading Demand's content and media services. Demand Media said that Blend will continue to repo...

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August 7th,2012

AwesomenessTV Gets $3.5M For YouTube Content

A new, Los Angeles based startup focused on developing original media for YouTube, AwesomenessTV, announced Tuesday afternoon that it has raised $3.5M in a Series A investment round. The round was led by MK Capital, and also included Greycr...

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August 7th,2012

Demand Media Revenues, Pageviews Grow

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, reported its second quarter 2012 financial results on Tuesday afternoon, saying that both its revenues and pageviews grew from year to year. Dema...

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August 6th,2012

Catching Up With Joanne Bradford, Demand Media

Santa Monica-based Demand Media (www.demandmedia.com) has seen its share of ups and downs as one of the highest visibility technology and media companies to come out of Southern California's technology ecosystem in recent years. The compa...

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August 3rd,2012

Interview with John Mudge, iBN Sports

One of the big questions in the content world has been: what's the right formula to make content creation profitable on the Internet? And, how do programs like YouTube's recent push to help fund original content channels on the site helping...

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August 1st,2012

United Online Plans Split With FTD

It looks like the odd marriage between United Online's communications, online content and media businesses with FTD, the company's flower delivery service, is about to end, after the company said Wednesday afternoon that its board has appro...

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August 1st,2012

Brian Norgard On Chill's New Front Page

How do you crack the code and make online video easier to find and use? Last week, Los Angeles-based Chill (www.chill.com) made a stab at that, debuting a new front page meant to guide user to the most interesting videos on the web, through...

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August 1st,2012

Latest Amazon Studios Project: Orange Curtain

Amazon Studios, the original content effort run by Amazon.com out of Los Angeles, said today that the latest project added to its development slate is "Orange Curtain", focused on gun runners who live in Orange County, set against the backd...

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August 1st,2012

Magic Ruby Takes On The Second Screen

Burbank-based Magic Ruby, a new service aimed at the social television segment, said today that it has launched to help provide revenue for advertisers, content creators, distributors, and app developers. The firm said it will offer up its ...

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July 31st,2012

NetDNA Snags UberTags

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA reported today that it has been selected by online tag management company Ubertags. NetDNA said the customer deployment and co-marketing agreement will allow UberTags to distr...

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July 31st,2012

Hulu Plus Heads To Apple TV

Los Angeles-based Hulu said this morning that its Hulu Plus service just debuted on the Apple TV. Hulu said that users of the Apple TV can now start watching Hulu Plus shows via the device. The service requires users to be a current member,...

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July 30th,2012

Docstoc Bolstering Premium Business Courses

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, the online small business resources site led by Jason Nazar, is looking to bolster its video content with more content around small business subjects. In an email to supporters, Nazar said Monday that the company...

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July 30th,2012

Interview with John Payne, Zumbox

John Payne is a experienced entrepreneur, who has run two, public Internet companies -- Stamps.com and Day Software -- in addition to helping to run a number of startups. He's now head of Los Angeles-based Zumbox (www.zumbox.com). We caught...

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July 27th,2012

Wonderville Takes On Educational Content For Kids

A new, Los Angeles startup, Wonderville has launched to take on curating educational content on the web, providing links and videos to different content on a wide range of educational content for K-8 education. The company said this morning...

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July 26th,2012

Demand Media Ties Into Olympics With Content

Los Angeles-based online content publisher Demand Media is getting into an Olympics mood, saying Thursday afternoon that it has launched an Olympics-related series, Taking London, a special series which will be featured on the LIVESTRONG Wo...

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July 25th,2012

Slacker Boosts Programming With Public Radio

San Diego-based Slacker, the online radio streaming service, is in a major expansion of its content today, as public radio broadcaster American Public Media said it launched a number of new, interactive stations on Slacker. The broadcaster-...

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July 25th,2012

Interview with Edward Park, Insteegram

Users of the Instagram mobile application--which runs on iPhone and Android--are familiar with how that app has become one of the key ways people socialize and share their life with others, all via the service's photo sharing and comments...

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July 25th,2012

OpenX Opens Fifth Data Center

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology firm OpenX has opened up its fifth data center, the company announced this morning, to help support its online advertising marketplace. OpenX said the new data center will be located in Chicag...

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July 24th,2012

WhoSay Finds $12M For Celebrity Media Management

WhoSay, which operates an online, media management platform used by agents, celebrities, and studios to manage celebrities, has raised $12M in a funding round, the company said today. The firm--which has offices in Los Angeles, but is based...

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July 24th,2012

iBN Sports Partners With YouTube For High School Sports

Lake Forest-based iBN Sports, which films and broadcasts high school football and other games online, said this morning that it has inked a deal to broadcast over 1,500 games over the next season on YouTube. The company--one of the premium ...

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July 23rd,2012

StartEngine Launches New Class of 14 Startups

Los Angeles startup accelerator StartEngine has launched its third class, a new batch of fourteen startups which have set up shop in the incubator's Westwood Village space under the watchful eyes of Activision co-founder Howard Marks and in...

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July 20th,2012

Q2 Venture Funding Drifts Downward In Southern California

The latest MoneyTree Survey, from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association, and Thomson Reuters, tabulated $837.3M in funding during Q2 of 2012, down from Q1, and slightly below investments in Q2 of 2011. According...

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July 18th,2012

Interview with Allison Dollar, SnapCuts

In a mobile world, what's a unique way to reach out to your friends and others? One way is to create your own, custom video clip which you can share via email, text message, or through a social networking site like Facebook. Los Angeles-bas...

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July 17th,2012

NetDNA Turns To NGINX

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA said late Monday evening that it has turned to the NGINX web server package for its web server software. NetDNA said it has standardized its NetDNA and MaxCDN services on NGIN...

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July 16th,2012

Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu

With the proliferation of social media, how do you--as a brand--manage all of those various websites, content, and media? Los Angeles-based Fliptu (www.fliptu.com), headed by Jeremy Gocke, thinks it has this figured out, by providing a cent...

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July 11th,2012

Interview with Vinny Jindal, Stockr

What does social networking have to do with the stock market? According to Vinny Jindal, the CEO of Los Angeles-based startup Stockr (www.stockr.com), everything. Vinny talked with us about his startup, which allows users to discuss and c...

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July 11th,2012

WD Integrates With Dropbox

Irvine-based disk drive maker WD is tying its products into the popular Dropbox online storage service today, with the release of its latest WD 2go mobile app. According to WD, the newest version of its app allows customers to access and sh...

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July 11th,2012

Break Media Launches iPad App

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher focused on video for men, said this morning that it has launched a new Break.com iPad app. Break.com said it has revamped its application, and has specifically designed an app for ...

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July 9th,2012

Hulu Heads To TV

In an interesting reversal of the flow of content from TV to Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video site apparently has inked its first ever, deal to broadcast its original programming on TV, according to Variety today. Hulu has reportedl...

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July 2nd,2012

Maker Studios Partners With Snoop Dog

Culver City-based Maker Studios, the startup which is one of the biggest producers of content for YouTube, said Friday that it has inked a content development deal with hip-hop star Snoop Dogg. Maker said that the two will develop a slate o...

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June 28th,2012

Maker Studio Tops One Billion Monthly Views

What kind of audience can you possibly get with posting content to YouTube? Apparently, a very, very large one. Los Angeles-based Maker Studios, which produces content for publishing on YouTube, reports today that is has just reached more t...

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June 28th,2012

IOGEAR Tackles 2D-to-3D Conversion

Foothill Ranch-based IOGEAR is looking to encourage adoption of 3D televisions this week, saying that it has launched a new, 2D-to-3D device called 3D Complete+. According to IOGEAR, its new product is a 4-port, HDMI switcher which upscales...

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June 27th,2012

Mogreet Ties moShare Into ShareThis

Venice-based Mogreet, the developer of mobile messaging and marketing related products and services, said today that its moShare web-to-mobile sharing services has partnered with ShareThis. The firm said the deal will enable users across 1....

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June 26th,2012

StockTwits In Major Redesign

San Diego-based StockTwits, the online stock discussion and micro messaging site run by Howard Lindzon, said Tuesday that it has launched a new site, adding a number of major features to the service. According to the firm, it now optimizes ...

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June 26th,2012

Big Frame Lands $3M

Hollywood-based Big Frame, a new startup focused on providing content programming and marketing of YouTube talent, has raised $3M in a funding round, the firm said Tuesday. The round came from Anthem Venture Partners, Daher Capital, DFJ Fro...

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June 26th,2012

EdgeCast Integrates Google PageSpeed Into Services

Customers of Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast are set to automatically have their content delivered faster today, after EdgeCast announced it had integrated Google PageSpeed, Google's page optimization algorithms...

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June 25th,2012

FastPay Gets $25M

Los Angeles-based FastPay, which provides receivables financing for digital media businesses, said this morning that it has raised $25M in funding. The funding included a senior credit facility from Wells Fargo Capital Finance and a subord...

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June 25th,2012

Interview with Mark Sylvester, Likeabilitee

How do you sort through all that social media activity you are driving, and figure out who really cares about what you're posting? Santa Barbara-based Likeabilitee (www.likeabilitee.com) has come up with a new, highly visual service which m...

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June 25th,2012

Amazon Studios Sets First Four Content Projects

Amazon Studios, the content development effort being run out of Amazon.com's Los Angeles arm, the People's Production Company, has set the first four projects being developed by the company. According to Amazon, it has selected one children...

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June 21st,2012

Adconion Seeks IPO, Says Report

It appears that it's exit season in Southern California, as Internet advertising firm Adconion appears to be on the brink of an IPO filing. A report this morning says that Adconion's paperwork is ready, and that the firm is poised to file i...

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June 18th,2012

Citrix Links Podio Into Cloud Storage

The Santa Barbara, online division of Citrix has tied in its work collaboration sofwtare Citrix Podio, into cloud storage service YouSendit, bringing the firm's service to a chunk of the cloud storage services market. According to Citrix, P...

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June 13th,2012

MGM Licenses Content To Amazon

MGM Studios is licensing its library of classic movie and television shows to Amazon.com, as part of Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, Amazon said today. Financial details of the deal, and exact titles covered by the license, were not a...

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June 13th,2012

Break Media Analyzes Men With New Site

What makes men tick? Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media is delving into that question this morning with the launch of a new site, called Acumen, focused on pulling insights and analysis on the behavior and trends driven by men. ...

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June 12th,2012

NetDNA Wins TheNextWeb.com

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider NetDNA reports this morning that it has scored a customer win with news website The Next Web. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. NetDNA said that TheNextWeb has selected its ...

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June 11th,2012

Row 44 Raises $45M

Westlake Village-based Row 44, the provider of inflight Wi-Fi and entertainment services headed by John LaValle, announced today that it has raised $45M more in financing. The round came from Advanced Inflight Alliance AG (AIA) and prior in...

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June 11th,2012

Autobytel to Provide Auto Content For Scripps

Irvine-based automotive information provider Autobytel said this morning that it has signed a deal with publisher The E.W. Scripps Company, to provide its automotive content on the web sites of Scripps' television stations across thirteen m...

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June 8th,2012

Likeabilitee Helps Identify Users' Most Popular Facebook Posts

Did you ever wish you had a more visual, easy to use way to identify which of your social media posts on Facebook are getting the most interest from your friends and others? A new service, Likeabilitee, is looking to do just that, by plotti...

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June 6th,2012

MySocialCloud: Avoid Hacks, Use Our Random Password Generator

Are you one of the folks who spent this afternoon changing your LinkedIn password, after a password leak at the popular business social networking site? If so, Los Angeles-based MySocialCloud has a feature for you: an automatic, random pass...

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June 6th,2012

Cracked.com Launches New Advertising Format

Cracked.com, the online humor site which is owned by Santa Monica-based Demand Media, said this morning that it has launched a new advertising product which it says connects advertisers with content "the moment it goes viral." Cracked.com s...

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June 5th,2012

Interview with Allison Beal and Brian Garrett, StyleSaint

How do you take the fashion tastes and preferences of consumers, and harness that to create your own, collaborative fashion brand? Allison Beal and Brian Garrett are trying to figure that out with their new, Los Angeles startup, StyleSaint ...

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June 5th,2012

Kofax Ties With Alfresco

Irvine-based Kofax, the developer of business process management software and related products, reported today that it has tied with open source, enterprise content management (ECM) software provider Alfresco. The two said the link allows u...

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June 4th,2012

Hulu In Promotion With Roku

Los Angeles-based Hulu is looking to get more of its users connected with its content directly from television sets, saying Friday that it is in a special promotion with Roku to offer up a bundled Hulu Plus, its premium streaming service, w...

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June 1st,2012

Gobbler Links With Cloud Storage Firm Box

Los Angeles-based Gobbler, the online, cloud-based backup and collaboration startup headed by Chris Kantrowitz, said this week that it has tied together its platform with online storage provider Box. The company said that they will link Box...

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June 1st,2012

Hulu In Video Deal With New York Times

Los Angeles-based video streaming and entertainment site Hulu has just inked a deal with the New York Times, to feature videos produced for the paper, according to a report today. The report, from the Nieman Journalism Lab, says that videos...

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May 31st,2012

Sky Dayton Backs Diffbot

Earthlink founder and Southern California entrepreneur Sky Dayton is leading an angel investment in a new startup out of Stanford, which is developing a service which allows developers to track changes and extract information out of web pag...

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May 25th,2012

Interview with Scott Ferreira, MySocialCloud

If you were a student in college, working on a startup idea, what would spur you to drop your education plans, and go full time on your startup? For Scott Ferreira, the founder of MySocialCloud.com (www.mysocialcloud.com), it was an investm...

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May 25th,2012

SheKnows Powers Site For Patti Stanger

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the online women's publishing community and site which is part of Evolve Media Corp.'s AtomicOnline unit, reports today that it is powering a new web site for Patti Stanger, best known for hosting Bravo's The Mil...

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May 23rd,2012

DocStoc Goes App Happy With 30 Apps

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, the business document sharing and online small business site run by Jason Nazar, has gone app happy, saying today that it has launched 30, free iPhone and iPad apps aimed at the small business and entrepreneur ma...

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May 22nd,2012

Mixin Brings Pop Up Video Comments To The Internet

Are you a fan of VH1's "Pop Up Videos"--the music video series which is known for popping up fun facts and information in the midst of a video? Well, a Santa Monica-based service, Mixin, is looking to bring that same pop-up bubble concept t...

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May 21st,2012

Machinima Raises $35M

Los Angeles-based Machinima, the online video entertainment firm focused on computer gamers, said Monday that it has raised $35M in a financing round. The round was led by Google, along with prior investors Redpoint Ventures and MK Capital....

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May 17th,2012

Oversee.net Names Travel GM

Los Angeles-based online marketing and domain firm Oversee.net has named a new General Manager of its Travel Vertical today, tapping Raj Beri for the position. Beri will oversee the firm's LowFares.com, FareSpotter.net, AboutAirportParking....

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May 16th,2012

EdgeCast Powers Imgur Growth

Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) operator EdgeCast Networks said this week that it has been powering the big growth behind Imgur, the online image hosting and discovery service. Imgur just reported it is now getting over on...

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May 16th,2012

Funny or Die Gets Investment From Turner Broadcasting

Los Angeles-based humor site Funny or Die has received an investment from Turner Broadcasting, as part of a strategic deal between the companies for Turner to manage ad site sales for the company. Financial terms of the investment were not ...

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May 10th,2012

Interview with Gary Beer, StarCast Auditions

How do you help aspiring actors and actresses break into the film industry? Gary Beer is a longtime film industry insider, having been Managing Director of the Sundance Film Festival from its beginnings until 1999 , and founder documentar...

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May 9th,2012

MomentFeed Integrates Instagram

Santa Monica-based MomentFeed, the developer of location analytics software for companies, said today that it has integrated with the popular photo sharing and social networking app Instagram. MomentFeed said that, in addition to tapping in...

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May 9th,2012

Demand Media Raises 2012 Guidance On Registrar Growth

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing business run by Richard Rosenblatt, announced its first quarter 2012 results yesterday, and also raised its fiscal 2012 financial guidance. The firm said it had total revenues of $86.2M...

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May 8th,2012

Virurl Raises $1.2M

Los Angeles-based Virurl, a new startup headed by former Titan Gaming foundder Francisco Diaz-Mitoma and co-founded by Tim Symington of LAST.VC, has raised $1.2M in a funding round, and launched its service. According to Virurl, it will pay...

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May 7th,2012

Machinima On Verge Of Investment From Google, Says Report

Los Angeles-based content developer Machinima is on the verge of an investment deal with Google, according to a report published Monday by AllthingsD. Size and details of the funding have yet to be announced, but according to the report is ...

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May 7th,2012

Interview with Sean Broihier, Fine Art America

If you're a photographer or artist, what's the easiest way to display, print, frame, and sell your photos or artwork to customers? You could handle all the details of printing, framing things, collecting payments, dealing with shipping,...

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May 2nd,2012

EdgeCast Launches Open Traffic Exchange Service

Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) provider Edgecast Networks said Wednesday that it has launched its OpenCDN federation platform, which allows independent content delivery network (CDN) providers to exchange production traff...

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May 2nd,2012

Amazon Ramps Studio Efforts, Looks For Comedy, Children's Series

Amazon Studios, the content creation effort which is part of Amazon.com and has major Southern California components, and which is headed by Joe Lewis, formerly of 20th Century Fox and Comedy Central, and Tara Sorenson, of National Geograph...

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May 2nd,2012

Demand Media Launches Pet Channel On YouTube

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is expanding out its original content efforts on YouTube, saying Wednesday that it has launched a new, eHow Pets Channel on YouTube. Demand Media said it will feature everything from animal-related news, dog ...

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May 1st,2012

Mobile Roadie Hits The iPad

Beverly Hills-based Mobile Roadie, the developer of tools which make it easy for artists and brands to create their own mobile apps, said today that it has launched a new native iPad app platform, along with a self-service mobile website pr...

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April 30th,2012

Mahalo Retools As Educational Content Apps Provider

Remember Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the startup headed by Jason Calacanis and backed by such investors as Sequoia Capital? The firm has been fairly quiet recently, but apparently in the last few months has retooled itself as an "educational...

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April 30th,2012

NetDNA Launches CDN Service For E-commerce Sites

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA is targeting e-commerce site owners this morning with a new product, the company said. The firm said its new CloudCache.com content delivery network service is aimed at e-comm...

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April 26th,2012

MuckerLab Unveils Accelerator Teams At Demo Day

Los Angeles-based startup accelerator MuckerLab is booting up its first Demo Day later this afternoon, debuting nine new startups out of its incubator focused on Internet software, services, and media. The accelerator--which is headed by Er...

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April 24th,2012

Zui.com Launches New Social Networking Features

Zui.com, the kid's website focused on providing screened content and information to kids, is expanding its services today, saying that it has launched "Facetube", which combines the best social sharing aspects of Facebook with the channels ...

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April 24th,2012

Interview with Lane Soelberg, Weplay

If you're a family with kids in sports, how do you share all those videos, photos, and other memories about your kids games? Where do you organize and share all the information about your team's games? Los Angeles-based Weplay (www.weplay...

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April 24th,2012

NetDNA Launches SSL Product

Los Angeles content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA said today that it has partnered with GlobalSign, a provider of online security products, to launch a new secure sockets layer (SSL) certification product. According to the two, the...

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April 20th,2012

Report: Chumby Has Shut Down

San Diego-based Chumby, which had developed Internet-connected, alarm-clock like devices and similar technology, has shut down, according to a report Friday. Chumby--which had been backed by JK&B Capital, Avalon Ventures, Masthead Venture P...

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April 19th,2012

Hulu Tops 50,000 TV Episodes, Plans New Original Series

Los Angeles-based streaming video site Hulu has been in New York this week pitching its service to advertisers at its Hulu Upfronts event, revealing today four new original series, plus some statistics on the service. Hulu said it has added...

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April 18th,2012

Slacker Integrates With Bing Bar

San Diego-based streaming radio and music service Slacker has linked its service with MIcrosoft's Bing Bar, the company said Tuesday. According to Slacker, the new BIng Bar provides Slacker Radio access, allowing music fans to access bands ...

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April 16th,2012

MGM In Deal With YouTube

A new content distribution deal between Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and YouTube, announced over the weekend, will bring over 600 new titles for rent to YouTube and Google Play, the two firm said Sunday. YouTube and MGM said that the deal will bring...

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April 16th,2012

WD Ships Speedy 1TB Drive

Irvine-based Western Digital said this morning that it is shipping a new, 1TB hard drive, the VelociRaptor 1 TB, aimed at high performance PCs and workstations. The firm said the new 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive is aimed at applications such ...

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April 13th,2012

EndPlay Raises $21.5M For Content Management Systems

Los Angeles-based EndPlay, a developer of software-as-a-service offerings for content management, said today that it has raised $21.5M in total funding for the firm. The company said it recently closed a round of funding from VantagePoint C...

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April 12th,2012

Interview with Neel Grover, Buy.com

It's been almost two years since Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com was acquired by Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten. How has that affected the company--both in culture, as well as a business? We caught up with Neel Grover, CEO and President of the ...

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April 11th,2012

WePlay Launches Mobile App

Santa Monica-based Weplay, a startup backed by Peyton Manning, Major League Baseball, Derek Jeter and Lebron James, said today that it has launched a mobile app to help youth sports players keep informed on allergy conditions. The service--...

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April 10th,2012

Verve Wireless Snags Former comScore Technology Chief

San Diego-based Verve Wireless, which develops mobile publishing and advertising tools, reported today that it has hired Chris Nicotra, the former Chief Technology Officer of comScore, as its new Executive Vice President of Product and Tech...

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April 10th,2012

Autobytel Claims Video Milestone

Irvine-based Autobytel, the provider of automotive information and buying services, claimes that it is seeing success with its recently launched YouTube channel. The firm said the channel, which offers editorial content such as new car revi...

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April 6th,2012

USC Entertainment Technology Center Names CEO

The University of Southern California's Entertainment Technology Center, which is part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, said this week that it has named a new CEO. The center--which promotes and runs projects between the entertainment a...

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April 5th,2012

Interview with Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie

If you're a music artist or band, and you want to create your own fan app for the iPhone, Android, or iPad, you're looking at hiring an app development firm, spending six months, and $100,000--right? Actually, no---thanks to Santa Monica-ba...

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March 29th,2012

SpaceX, Aiming At Carrying NASA Crews, Names Safety Panel

Not content to simply carry cargo to the International Space Station, Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies said Thursday afternoon that it has assembled an outside, independent safety advisory panel which will help it achieve its ...

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March 29th,2012

Interview with Matt and Amanda MacNaughton, PromoJam

What's the best way to get the word out about your brand on social media? For a number of high profile brands, it's by using the software and services of Los Angeles-based PromoJam (www.promojam.com), which just announced a round of funding...

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March 28th,2012

MediaPass Gets $1.75M More

Los Angeles-based MediaPass, the developer of subscription and content monetization software aimed at online publishers, has raised $1.75M more in a Series B funding. The funding came from angels, including Jeff Stibel of Dun & Bradstreet C...

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March 27th,2012

Row 44 Gets Investment, Inks Deal With MLB Advanced Media

Westlake Village-based Row 44, the provider of in-flight broadband equipment, announced today that it has linked with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) in an in-flight live streaming television and on-demand video entertainment effort. The two sai...

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March 22nd,2012

Interview with Michael Dubin, Dollar Shave Club

Earlier this month, Los Angeles startup Dollar Shave Club (www.dollarshaveclub.com) made a huge splash with its launch of a subscription, monthly delivery service for razor blades. The company also made quite an impression with its viral vi...

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March 20th,2012

Aggregage Inks Vertical Site Deal With Sales Group

Los Angeles-based Aggregage, the online content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has announced a deal with professional society The Sales Association, to run a targeted vertical site called SalesProCentral aimed at...

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March 19th,2012

SpaceX Targets Astronaut Delivery

Not content to just deliver satellites to space, and to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, Hawthorn-based SpaceX said Friday that it is continuing to work on preparing its Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts. The firm said ...

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March 15th,2012

Docstoc's Jason Nazar Talks License123

Last week, Santa Monica-based Docstoc (www.docstoc.com), the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, launched a new website, called License123 (www.license123.com). The new site is a separate brand, offering up help to busines...

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March 14th,2012

Slacker Offers Free NCAA Streaming Radio

The deal between streaming music service Slacker and ESPN, which the two brokered in September last year, is about to go into overdrive this week, as Slacker said it will provide free, streaming radio access to all 67 games of the NCAA Divi...

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March 12th,2012

Hulu Signs Global Distribution Deal

Los Angeles-based Hulu has inked a deal to distribute its original content to the international market, the firm said Monday, in a deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises. Hulu said the deal calls for FremantleMedia to handle distribution righ...

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March 9th,2012

Funny or Die Launches iPad Magazine

Los Angeles-based Funny or Die, the online humor site, is trying its hand in the digital tablet publishing space, saying Thursday that it has launched a new, digital magazine for the iPad. The firm said its new magazine, The Occasional will...

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March 7th,2012

Break Media Launches New Game Front

Continuing its push into original content, Los Angeles-based Break Media said today that it has launched a comprehensive redesign of Game Front, its online video game site, to add new, original editorial content, videos, and commentary to t...

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March 5th,2012

Interview with Aaron Hirschhorn, DogVacay.com

Do you have a pet dog, and do you travel a lot? If so, you're probably familiar with the travails of having to find a kennel to place your dog into, are constantly worrying about how your dog is doing in that kennel, and probably are feel...

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March 2nd,2012

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 DeB...

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March 2nd,2012

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 star...

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March 1st,2012

CHNL Boosts Board

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a new, pre-launch startup which is focusing on social content and content curation, said this week that it has named Rod Perth to its board of directors. Perth is a television executive, who has worked on projects f...

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March 1st,2012

Breitbart.com's Andrew Breitbart Dies

Conservative commentator, and Internet publishing startup founder Andrew Breitbart has died, according to Breitbart.com, his publishing company, after dying unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning. Brietbart, wh...

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March 1st,2012

Interview with Andy Steuer, Punchcard

Last week, Pasadena-based Punchcard (www.punchcard.com) launched its mobile apps, which help local retailers provide rewards to loyal customers. The firm is backed by Idealab, and is headed by Internet veteran Andy Steuer. We caught up wit...

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February 28th,2012

WD, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros. Link On Digital Movies

Irvine-based hard drive maker Western Digital, and Los Angeles-based studios Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, along with flash storage maker SanDisk, said today they have created a new orga...

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February 28th,2012

Demand Media Launches New Social Ad Units

Looking to enhance the advertising units on its network of sites, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said today that it has launched a new set of "social feed ads" to its advertisers. Demand Media said its new Social Feed ad management tools a...

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February 28th,2012

GraphEffect Revs Facebook Ad Management Platform

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the developer of social marketing software which helps advertiser manage their advertising on Facebook, said this morning that it has launched a significant update to its platform. The firm--which is headed b...

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February 24th,2012

Los Angeles Becomes YouTube's Content Hub With New Playa Vista Studio

The Los Angeles area is fast becoming the content hub for online video site YouTube, a position that takes advantage of both the LA region's long history in the entertainment business, and the rise of a slew of startups producing content sp...

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February 16th,2012

Hulu Plus Hits The Wii

Fans of shows on Los Angeles-based Hulu can get their content on yet another device--the Nintendo Wii--as of this morning, Nintendo and Hulu said today. According to the two, Wii owners can now subscribe to Hulu Plus, Hulu's premium service...

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February 16th,2012

University of California Launches YouTube Channel

The University of California's television channel, University of California Television (UCTV), said Wednesday that it is launching a new, YouTube channel in partnership with the online video site. According to UCTV, its new YouTube channel ...

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February 16th,2012

Myspace Sets Entertainment Head

Beverly Hills-based Myspace, the online social entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has named Roger Mincheff as President of Myspace Entertainment. Mincheff was previously at Fox Filmed Entertainment, se...

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February 15th,2012

FileTrek Raises $10M

Los Angeles-based FileTrek, a developer of cloud-based, enterprise, file sharing and tracking software, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontari...

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February 15th,2012

Zuuka Launches New Smurf's Title

Santa Barbara-based Zukka, the publisher of the iStoryTime interactive children's books for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, said this morning that it has launched a another title based on the SMURFs. The firm said it has released a digita...

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February 14th,2012

Docstoc Hits 80,000 Paying Subscribers, 20M Members

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, the online small business documents sharing and download site headed by Jason Nazar, said Tuesday that it has now hit more than 80,000 paying subscribers to the service, and over 20 million members. In an update...

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February 13th,2012

Amazon Ramping Content Efforts In LA

Technology's big names appear to be rushing to tap into the wealth of talent and creativity in Los Angeles, with the latest firm being online e-commerce giant Amazon.com. According to reports today, Amazon is looking to ramp its efforts in ...

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February 10th,2012

Mike Jones On Science Inc.'s First Firms

In November, Michael Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, announced his plans for Science Inc. (www.science-inc.com), a new “technology studio” aimed at building new businesses in Los Angeles. This week, the firm launched two companies--EventU...

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February 8th,2012

Startup Looks To Take On United Online's Classmates.com

A new startup emerged Tuesday with its target on United Online's Classmates.com service, hoping to connect people with their high school classmates. Silicon Valley-based SchoolFeed said it raised $1.75M to create a new service which helps p...

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February 8th,2012

OVGuide Buys Live Matrix

Los Angeles-based OVGuide, the online video guide site backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has acquired Live Matrix, a provider of an online guide to live events on the web. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. A...

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February 7th,2012

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine

Southern California has had its share of new startup accelerators launch in the last few months, however, few people here have actually experienced an accelerator firsthand. One of the few who has is Alex Benzer,the co-founder of Silverlake...

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February 6th,2012

OK Go Super Bowl Video Illustrates Collision Between Content, Technology

What do you get when you mix the desert around Mojave, two months in a Van Nuys warehouse, an MIT engineer, and a band which has risen to prominence as a YouTube phenomenon? Not a tech startup, but one of the more intriguing ads debuted dur...

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February 3rd,2012

Machinima, Lionsgate Renew Deal

Machinima, the online video entertainment firm focused on gamers, and studio Lionsgate, said today the two have renewed a deal around Machinima's zombie comedy series "Bite Me." The firms, both of which are located in Los Angeles, said the ...

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February 2nd,2012

StyleHaul Raises $4.4M

Los Angeles-based StyleHaul, an online video network focused on fashion and beauty, said today that it has raised $4.4M in a Series A funding round. The round was led by RezVen Partners, and also included Juvo Capital, Siemer Ventures, Tami...

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January 31st,2012

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Headcount

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, the content delivery network (CDN) provider headed by Alex Kazerani, said today that it doubled its annual revenues and headcount in 2011, over its 2010 numbers. The privately held firm--which did not d...

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January 31st,2012

Cocodot Shifts Into Jewelry, Gifts

Hollywood-based Cocodot, the online invitations startup headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has made a subtle shift into the e-commerce sector in recent days, adding jewelry, chocolates, gifts, and more to the site. The startup--which...

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January 30th,2012

Demand Media Sees Executive Exodus

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publisher headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has seen the exodus of three of the firm's EVPs and founders. The move was first uncovered by Paidcontent.org. Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez, and Ste...

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January 25th,2012

KidZui Becomes Zui.com

San Diego-based KidZui, the developer of kids-friendly Internet browsers and online portal for kids, said today that it has officially renaming the company's name to Zui.com. The shift comes as the company has focused on creating a search e...

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January 24th,2012

BUZZMEDIA Hires Music VP

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the pop culture and music blog publisher which runs such sites as Celebuzz, Sterogum, Buzznet, and Idolator, announced today that it has hired Bill Jensen as Vice President/General Manager of Music. The company ...

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January 23rd,2012

LA Studio Takes On Cute YouTube Pet Videos

Looking to corner the market on cute YouTube pet videos, a Los Angeles studio said this morning that it has launched a new YouTube channel called Petsami, entirely dedicated to pet videos. The studio, FishBowl Worldwide Media, said it was f...

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January 23rd,2012

Mogreet Launches Social Sharing Service

Venice-based Mogreet, the mobile marketing and services firm headed by James Citron, has launched a new, mobile service today called moShare. According to the company, the service makes it easier for users to share video, pictures, songs, a...

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January 18th,2012

Break Media Launches New Ad Unit

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher which runs Break.com as well as a number of other sites, said it has launched a new advertising unit it is calling "Social Video Accelerator". The firm said that the unit provides ...

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January 18th,2012

Interview with Greg Borrud, Seismic Games

How do you take what you've learned, having been part of the growth and creation of the traditional, videogame industry, and apply that to the new world of social games? That's what Los Angeles-based Seismic Games (www.seismicgames.com) i...

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January 17th,2012

SG Biofuels Raises $17M

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, a developer of hybrid seeds of Jatropha for the biofuels and specialty chemicals business, said that it has raised $17M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Thomas, McNerney & Partners, and also include...

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January 12th,2012

Hulu: $420M In Revenues, 1.5 Million Paying Subscribers

Los Angeles-based Hulu CEO Jason Kilar said Thursday afternoon that the company brought in approximately $420M in revenues in 2011, up 60 percent from 2010, and now has more than 1.5 million paying subscribers to Hulu Plus. According to Kil...

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January 10th,2012

VIZIO Announces New Google TV Device

Irvine-based VIZIO and Google said today that they have tied together to launch a new product which incorporates Google TV and provides streaming Internet video to any HDTV. The new Vizio Stream Player, among a number of product launches by...

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January 9th,2012

EdgeCast Extends With Telecom Carriers

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast, the content delivery network (CDN) provider, said this morning that it has launched a "Licensed CDN" program, after it successfully built out a production content delivery network for a major carrier, and signed...

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January 5th,2012

Interview with Sam Altman, PartyEarth

Last month, just before the holidays, Los Angeles-based PartyEarth (www.partyearth.com) raised $4.0M in capital for its online service for connecting people with nightlife venues. We caught up with Sam Altman, the firm's CEO, to hear more a...

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January 3rd,2012

Insights and Opinions: Punk Rock Circa 2012

For this morning's Insights and Opinions section, where we feature useful and interesting articles from the community, investment banker Megan Lisa Jones talks about why today's world of content is like the Punk Rock revolution. Or...

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December 28th,2011

Online Holiday Sales Up 15 Percent, Hit $35.3 Billion

Online holiday sales this year were up 15 percent, hitting $35.3 billion, according to the latest tracking by Internet metrics firm comScore. comScore said that the e-commerce spending for the first 56 days of the holiday season was helped ...

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December 21st,2011

Zui.com Launches Toolbar

San Diego-based Zui.com, the online search engine aimed at kids, said today that it has launched a new, browser toolbar called ZUIBAR. The toolbar, which was developed by Conduit, allows Internet users to access Zui.com's games, videos, and...

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December 21st,2011

Sony Pictures Ties With Amazon's LOVEFiLM

Culver City-based Sony Pictures has inked a multi-year, content streaming deal with LOVEFiLM, the European online movie streaming service owned by Amazon.com. According to the two companies, the deal provides exclusive streaming access to n...

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December 19th,2011

Xfire Connects Into YouTube Channels

Santa Monica-based Xfire, the online social networking and chat service aimed at gamers, said this morning that it is making it easier for users to capture and share videos of their game play, and post it on a YouTube channel. Xfire already...

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December 19th,2011

Interview with Cliff Boro, KidZui

Last week, San Diego-based Kidzui --the kid's website and kid-friendly browser developer, announced another round of funding, and also launched Zui Studios, a new effort to create original content for the portal. We thought it would be inte...

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December 16th,2011

Hulu Uniques Rise To 34.5M Viewers

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming service, appears to be steadily growing its online audience, based on the latest numbers from comScore. comScore released its latest Video Metrix report Thursday, showing that Hulu had 34.5...

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December 15th,2011

Yowie Adds Group Chat Service

Santa Monica-based Yowie, the online live chat service which has been providing live online chats with celebrities, is announcing this morning that it has expanded its platform to host group video chats for consumers. The site said it will ...

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December 15th,2011

Live Nation Buys Analytics Firm BigChampagne

Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that it has acquired a provider of media metrics and analytics, BigChampagne Media Measurement. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. BigChampagne provides media metrics abou...

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December 14th,2011

KidZui Lands $2.4M More, Launches Original Video Efforts

San Diego-based KidZui, the developer of a service which provides kid-safe content via a search engine and browser, announced this morning that it has raised $2.4M in new funding, and will start creating its own, original video content. The...

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December 12th,2011

Machinima, THQ Team To Promote Nexuiz

Machinima, the Los Angeles animated videogame content developer and publisher, and Agoura Hills-based game developer THQ said today that they have teamed on a new, downloadable shooter game called Nexuiz. The firms said they will publish an...

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December 6th,2011

Deca's KinCommunity Debuts On YouTube

YouTube's foray into professionally produced, video channels has launched today, with the debut of a channel from Los Angeles-based Deca, called KinCommunity. Deca launched KinCommunity, and online, women's lifestyle "channel" featuring foo...

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December 2nd,2011

Aptera Shuts Down

Carlsbad-based Aptera, the developer of a three wheeled, electric vehicle, has shut down. According to multiple sources, the firm is dissolving the company, after failing to find federal matching funds for its efforts. Aptera had been atte...

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December 1st,2011

Tecca Improves, Relaunches Mobile App

Venice-based Tecca, the online consumer technology information site focused on women, said Thursday that it has relaunched and redesigned the site's iOS application. The firm said the new app includes local deals, personalized content recom...

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November 30th,2011

Sweety High Launches Site for Tween Girls

Sweety High, a new startup based in Manhattan Beach, is hoping to reach tween girls with its new social gaming and entertainment site, saying this week that it has launched out of private beta. The site says it is hoping to create a social ...

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November 30th,2011

iStoryTime Launches Arthur Christmas Title

Santa Barbara-based iStoryTime, the mobile children's book line, said this morning that it has launched a new Arthur Christmas Movie Storybook for the iPhone and iPad. The new title--tied into the Aardman/Sony Pictures Animation movie--is t...

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November 29th,2011

Slacker Launches New Stations With ABC

San Diego-based personalized Internet radio service Slacker has teamed with ABC, to expand out its content, the firm said today. According to the company, it has launched new "Lifestyle" stations, covering things such as healthy living, rel...

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November 28th,2011

Interview with Neville Spiteri, TheBlu

Neville Spiteri is co-founder of Venice-based WEMO Media (www.wemomedia.com), a new, digital studio whose flagship product is TheBlu (www.theblu.com) an online, interactive experience focused on the world's oceans. WEMO Media is an intere...

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November 28th,2011

Outcast Supports Distracted Driving Campaign

Santa Monica-based Outcast Media, the operator of out-of-home advertising and content networks, reported today that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation, on a distracted driving campaign. Outcast said it will include ...

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November 22nd,2011

Break Snags VP From Universal Music

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher run by Keith Richman, said this morning that it has hired Mitch Rotter as its Senior VP and General Manager of Editorial Properties. Rotter joins the company from Universal Music G...

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November 21st,2011

Interview with Mike Jones, Science Inc.

The Los Angeles area has seen a surge in the last month in companies and organizations looking to bolster entrepreneurial activity and startups in Southern California. Joining that surge last week in startup activity was Science, Inc. (ww...

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November 17th,2011

Interview with Sara Bordo, NowLive

Despite the proximity to Hollywood and the entertainment world, in the world of Southern California startups, actually combining the two world is quite difficult. NowLive is trying to do just that, leveraging both technology and the enterta...

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November 17th,2011

Warner In Deal With Amazon's LOVEFiLM

Burbank-based Warner Bros. said today that it has signed a major, multi-year film distribution agreement with LOVEFiLM, the online DVD and game rental service owned by Amazon.com. According to the two, the deal will provide access to Warner...

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November 16th,2011

Chill Links Into Hulu

Los Angeles-based Chill, the social chat startup headed by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, said today that it has launched a major integration of its site with Hulu. Chill allows users to view, chat, and comment on live video streams via socia...

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November 14th,2011

StockTwits In Canadian Distribution Deal

San Diego-based StockTwits, the stock-focused micro messaging and discussion startup headed by Howard Lindzon, announced today that it has inked a distribution partnership with Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. StockTwits said that the...

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November 14th,2011

Southern California Entrepreneurs Eye London's Tech City

A group of Southern California businesses are attending the Entrepreneurs Festival taking place in Tech City UK, looking to potentially set up shop and foster business partnerships in London. Today marks the start the festival, an effort...

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November 9th,2011

E-Commerce Spendings Grows 13 Percent In Q3, Says Report

The latest numbers out of comScore, which measures e-commerce spending and Internet traffic, find that U.S. retail e-commerce spending rose 13 percent, year-over-year, to $36.3 billion in Q3 of 2011. comScore said the growth is the eighth, ...

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November 7th,2011

Demand Media Increases Revenues, Posts Loss

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, announced its third quarter 2011 financial results on Monday, saying that it had a loss from operations of $3.3M, with a rise in revenues to $81.5M. R...

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November 7th,2011

Disney, YouTube Link In Original Video Effort

Glendale-based Disney Interactive Media and online video sharing site YouTube, which is part of Google, announced today that they are spending up to $15M on developing original videos series for the web. The content will be produced by Disn...

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November 3rd,2011

RPost Updates Microsoft Outlook Software

Los Angeles-based RPost, the developer of a service to electronically encrypt, capture, and electronically sign documents, said this morning that it has upgraded its software for Microsoft Outlook. The firm said its RPost for Outlook 2000-2...

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November 2nd,2011

Local Companies Support Movember

A number of local, high tech companies are putting their efforts behind Movember, a charity which helps raise funding and awareness for men's health, and particularly prostate cancer. Los Angeles-based Break Media said it has produced a num...

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October 31st,2011

Interview with Mike Macadaan, Urbandig

Have you ever visited a city, and had a tough time figuring out where the real locals hung out, where the genuine experience--as opposed to the tourist experience--could be found? That's the problem Urbandig (www.urbandig.com) is looking to...

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October 31st,2011

YouTube's New Content Partners A Who's Who Of SoCal Startups

Not suprisingly, the announcement by YouTube late Friday of a new initiative to provide original content programming channels on the site was a who's who of Southern California content and media startups. Among the list of dozens of partner...

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October 31st,2011

Demand Media Powers New YouTube Original Channels

Santa MOnica-based Demand Media is one of the new partners for YouTube, in the big original content programming push by Google's video site, the firm said today. YouTube, in a bid to bolster the content on the site, is launching a new origi...

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October 31st,2011

Disney-ABC, Netflix Extend Streaming Deal

Burbank-based Disney-ABC Television Group and DVD rental and video streaming business Netflix said this morning that the two have extended an existing, licensing agreement. The two said that the deal will allow Netflix to continue to stream...

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October 31st,2011

NetDNA Chops Pricing, Takes On Amazon CloudFront

Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA said today that it has chopped its pricing and is restructuring its business model, aiming at taking on competing services as Amazon CloudFront. The CDN provider said it is ch...

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October 27th,2011

Websense Takes Aim At Time Wasting Viral Videos

San Diego-based Websense is taking aim at all of those time-wasting, viral videos your employees have been forwarding around, with its security software. The company said Thursday that it has released technology which help employers cut dow...

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October 26th,2011

Mahalo Cuts 25 Percent

Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the online content and information site run by Jason Calacanis, has laid off 25 percent of its employees, according to a report today. AllThingsD, which confirmed the cuts with President Jason Rapp, said the move ...

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October 26th,2011

Vuguru, Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment Tie On Digital Content Deal

Beverly Hills-based Vuguru, the online digital content production studio run by Michael Eisner, and POW! Entertainment, the entertainment and multimedia firm headed by comic book legend Stan Lee, said today that two have inked a deal to pro...

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October 21st,2011

Hulu Plus Heads To Nintendo 3DS

Los Angeles-based Hulu is continuing to expand the distribution of its premium, Hulu Plus service today, as Nintendo announced that it will be bringing the service to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii. According to Nintendo, it will be adding Hulu P...

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October 21st,2011

Evolve Media Buys BabyandBump.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp., the online media company that owns AtomicsOnline, Gorilla Nation, and SheKnows, continues to expand its empire, saying this morning that it has acquired pregnancy community BabyandBump.com. Evolve Media...

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October 18th,2011

X1 Discovery Ships Social Media Discovery Software

Pasadena-based X1 Discovery, the Idealab-backed electronic discovery firm split out from X1, said today that it has shipped its first product, X1 Social Discovery. The firm said its new product is specifically designed to address social med...

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October 14th,2011

Interview with Sam Rogoway, Near Networks

Do you remember those cheesy, late night local television commercials you used to watch (before you got Tivo?) Wondering how, as a small business, you can reach customers in the YouTube age? Well, Los Angeles based Near Networks (www.nearne...

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October 12th,2011

Chill Adds Private Chat, Social Game Features

Los Angeles-based Chill, the social video startup which allows users to chat while watching video content, announced today that it has added a number of features to the service. According to the company, it has launched new, private chat fe...

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October 12th,2011

X1 Updates iPhone, iPad Apps

Pasadena-based X1, the desktop and enterprise search tools provider backed by Idealab, said Tuesday that it has launched new iPhone and iPad apps. X1's new apps allow users of its software to search for information and files directly from t...

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October 11th,2011

Caltech Engineers Use Legos, Google Smartphone For Smart Petri Dish

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology reported last week that they have created a "smart petri dish" which uses Google smart phones and Lego blocks, to automatically monitor cell growth in petri dishes. In a paper presented ...

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October 11th,2011

Mobile Roadie Launches Preview App

Los Angeles-based Mobile Roadie, the developer of mobile applications for celebrities and brands, has released a new app which helps its customer preview their applications before actual release. According to Mo bile Roadie, its new Mobile ...

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October 5th,2011

X1 Discovery Takes On Social Media Discovery

Sharpening its focus on the electronic discovery market, Pasadena-based X1, the enterprise search tools provider backed by Idealab, has split out a new company called X1 Discovery, headed by John Patzakis, the former President of eDiscovery...

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October 5th,2011

Hulu Inks Deal With Univision

Los Angeles-based Hulu is reporting today that it has inked a deal with Univision, to carry "hundreds of hours" of Spanish language novelas and other content to the video streaming site. Financial details of the deal between Hulu and Univis...

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October 4th,2011

eHow Launches New Women's Channel

Santa Monica-based eHow, the question and answer site of Demand Media, is announcing today that it has launched a new women-focused channel called Shift. eHow said the new channel is aimed at helping "inspire women who want to make changes ...

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September 29th,2011

Viddy Powers Snoop Dogg iPhone App

Venice-based Viddy, the mobile application developer founded by JJ Aguhob and Brett O'Brien, is powering a new social video app from Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg said this morning that he has launched a new, mobile video app called Snoop Pack on...

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September 29th,2011

Interview with Bong Koh, LifeCrowd

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based LifeCrowd (www.lifecrowd.com) unveiled its service to help connect people with real life activities. The firm is initially focusing on the Los Angeles market, and connecting people with fun, interesting...

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September 27th,2011

Catching Up With Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic

Recently, Santa Monica-based Geodelic (www.geodelic.com), the venture backed developer of location-based, mobile apps, has sharpened its focus to provide real-time offers, and has partnered with mobile operators like Verizon and Korean Te...

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September 27th,2011

Livestrong.com Launches Redesign Of Site

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.com, the health and fitness site run by Demand Media, is launching a redesign of the site today, splitting content into verticals focused on men and women. In an interview, Dan Brien, General Manager of the sit...

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September 27th,2011

HitFix Hits Android

Los Angeles-based HitFix, the entertainment news publisher headed by Jen Sargent, said today that it has launched its first Android app, called Find Your Fix. According to HitFix, the new app ap=llows users to access its event calendar, acc...

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September 26th,2011

Insights and Opinions: What Startups Need to Know About Patent Reform

In our Insights and Opinions section of the site, we feature editorials, informational articles, and other content that is relevant to the high tech community in Southern California. Congress recently passed some major changes to federal p...

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September 26th,2011

Edmunds.com Updates Android App

Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, a provider of online car pricing information and other automotive content, said Friday that it has updated its Android application. The company said the app now includes used car pricing information, and allo...

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September 23rd,2011

Hulu Connects With Facebook

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu was one of the many firms announcing new Facebook application yesterday at Facebook's F8 conference. According to Hulu, its new Hulu on Facebook app integrates Hulu with Faceboook, to make watchin...

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September 22nd,2011

Interview with Alex Capecelatro, Hyphos

In his quest to better connect with new friends, Alex Capecelatro had a problem: none of the existing social networking sites were really designed to connect people with who you didn't know, and might share your hobbies and interests. To ma...

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September 21st,2011

Chill Launches Livestreaming Lounge

Los Angeles-based Chill, the social video streaming service created by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, said Wednesday afternoon that it has launched a new feature around its "Chill Lounge". The firm said that anyone can now create a "Chill lou...

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September 19th,2011

HipGeo Launches iPhone App

Los Angeles-based Hipgeo, the develope rof a location-aware, smartphone applications service focused on recording and sharing your day with others, said this morning that it has launched its iPhone app. The firm said that the HipGeo app for...

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September 16th,2011

MeFeedia Updates Android App

Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide site run by Frank Sinton, said Thursday that it has updated its Android app. According to the firm, it has improved thumbnails and layout on the software, expanded the number of devices it supp...

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September 15th,2011

UberMedia Powers App For The Economist Group

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the developer of Twitter client applications, said Thursday that it has partnered with the publisher of The Economist to power a new desktop application and curated channel Idea People Media, The Economist Group's ...

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September 15th,2011

Interview with Josh Brooks, Postcard On The Run

In the day and age of digital photos, too often the photos we take end up filed away untouched on your computer, or buried on your iPhone. Unlike the past, when photos were treasured and shown off to friends and family, it seems like photos...

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September 14th,2011

Rustic Canyon Backs Social Shopping Site

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon is the lead investor in a round of funding from a social shopping site out of Y Combinator. According to Mertado, a social shopping service which links users with home and kitchen product...

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September 14th,2011

EdgeCast, PeerApp Join For Caching Effort

Santa Monica-based Edgecast, the content delivery network (CDN) operator, said today along with partner PeerApp that they have linked on a new content caching solution for network operators. The two said they are linking EdgeCast's CDN soft...

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September 14th,2011

Mefeedia Adds Vevo

Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide suite, said today that it has added video site Vevo as its newest content provider. MeFeedia did not disclose any business terms between the companies, but said that Vevo's music videos and new...

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September 14th,2011

HitFix Partners With Entertainment Blog

Los Angeles-based HitFix, the entertainment news site headed by Jennifer Sargent and backed by angel groups the Tech Coast Angels and Golden Seeds, said today that it is in a strategic partnership with film and awards blog In Contention. Ex...

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September 13th,2011

Calacanis: Yahoo Should Buy Mahalo For $150M

How much is Santa Monica-based Mahalo worth? According to Jason Calacanis, in a blog post, $75M to $150M. In a list of 10 acquisitions he suggested Yahoo make "on day one", Calacanis--not one to shy from self promotion--said that Yahoo coul...

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September 9th,2011

Interview with Yan Hui, AirHop

One of the largest areas of Southern California's technology base is in the wireless and communications market. To get an idea of what one startup in the industry is doing, we spoke to San Diego-based AirHop (www.airhopcomm-web.com), a dev...

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September 8th,2011

Edmunds.com Rolls Used Car Search Tool

Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com looks to be busy updating its service this week, with yet another feature. The firm said today that it has added a new, used car inventory search tool, which will help car buyers shop for and compared used veh...

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September 7th,2011

Cie Games Signs Deal With Car and Driver

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the developer of the branded, social automotive game Car Town for Facebook, said today that it has partnered with Car and Driver, the automotive magazine published by Hearst Magazines. According to Cie Games, the...

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September 6th,2011

Edmunds.com Bolsters Content With Technology Guide

Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, the online car information site, said this morning that it has bolstered the content on its site, by launching a new online guide to shopping for in-car technology. The firm said the new "Car Technology 101" ...

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September 1st,2011

My Compliance Info Acquired By Continuity Control

Coronado-based My Compliance Info, a provider of Internet-based compliance analysis, content, consulting, and other services for the financial industry, has been acquired by New Haven, Conn.-based Continuity Control. Financial details of th...

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September 1st,2011

Hulu Launches In Japan

Los Angeles-based Hulu said late Wednesday that it has officially launched its subscription services in Japan, the first international launch for the company. Hulu said that its Japanese service has secured licensing deals with CBS, NBCUniv...

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August 30th,2011

AnyMeeting Makes Webinars Pay

Huntington Beach-based AnyMeeting, the free, online web conferencing and webinar service run by Costin Tuculescu, has launched a new feature which allows anyone to sell tickets to their webinars. The service said that it has integrated PayP...

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August 30th,2011

EdgeCast Joins Google, Others On DNS Effort

Santa Monica-based content deliver network provider EdgeCast Networks said today that it has joined with OpenDNS and Google, as well as a number of other CDNs, to speed up the handling of domain name system (DNS) request on the Internet. Ac...

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August 30th,2011

Qualcomm Links With Wireless Education Effort In India

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has linked with the Sesame Workshop India, to provide mobile phones to boost the education of children of migrants in India. The project provides mobile phones to children of migrant workers, all...

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August 24th,2011

VIZIO Ties Tablet To Hulu Plus

Irvine-based VIZIO, the maker of LCD HDTVs and other electronics products, said today that it has linked its new VIZIO 8" Tablet with the Hulu Plus subscription service. VIZIO said its tablet can now stream TV and film content from Hulu's p...

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August 22nd,2011

Demand Media Spends $707K On Spanish Language Firm

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has issued $707,254 in stock as part of the acquisition of a company, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Monday. According to the filing, the firm issued $707,254 in equity, in conjunction with a ...

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August 22nd,2011

Machinima, Demand Media, Maker Studios Among Top YouTube Channels

A new analysis of the most popular, YouTube channels, shows that the Los Angeles area continues to lead the world in content production, even as the medium shifts to the web. According to a new report from comScore, measuring the popularity...

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August 18th,2011

Interview with Graham Farrar, iStoryTime

Earlier this month, Santa Barbara-based zuuka Group, the publisher behind the iStoryTime (www.istorytimeapp.com) line of children's books on the iPhone, announced a first round of funding. We thought it would be interesting to hear from co-...

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August 17th,2011

Hulu Debuts A Day In The Life

Los Angeles-based Hulu has debuted its first, long form, original content effort, A Day In The Life from Morgan Spurlock today, posting an episode on Richard Branson. Hulu had announced the effort at the beginning of the month. Spurlock is ...

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August 16th,2011

ImageCollect.com Grows Celebrity Photo Library

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro, which operates a network of online content licensing marketplaces for audio, photos, and more, is announcing today that it has grown its library of pictures on site ImageCollect to 1.5 million photos. ImageColl...

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August 10th,2011

Interview with Chris Lyman and Corey Brundage, SendLove.to

The last time we spent much time chatting with Chris Lyman and Corey Brundage, they were at Los Angeles telephony software firm Fonality, busy getting their employees set up in a full blown, mixed-martial arts (MMA) "fight club". Since the...

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August 9th,2011

Demand Media Buys Two Firms, Renews Google Ad Deal

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired two companies, plus renewed a deal with Google. According to Demand Media, it acquired IndieClick, a Los An...

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August 9th,2011

iStoryTime Gets $2M

Santa Barbara-based zuuka Group, the firm behind the iStoryTime line of mobile children's books, said today that it has raised $2M in a Series A investment round. According to the company, the investment came from Corporate Finance Partners...

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August 8th,2011

Docstoc Ramps Video Content Effort

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, the online business documents site headed by Jason Nazar, has quietly been ramping a video content effort at the site. In a new section on Docstoc's web site, the firm has been sharing dozens of video segments fe...

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August 8th,2011

FastSoft Wins CDN

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the developer of Internet acceleration devices based on technology out of the California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), said today that it has been selected by Los Angeles content delivery network (CDN) NetDNA. F...

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August 4th,2011

Hulu, WD Connect Hulu Plus

Los Angeles-based Hulu and Irvine-based Western Digital said this week that the two have connected Hulu's premium service, Hulu Plus, to WD's WD TV Live Plus and WD TV Live Hub media players. According to the two, the move will make it poss...

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August 3rd,2011

Hulu Rolls Out Documentary Series

Los Angeles-based Hulu is rolling out its first, long-form, original content series, the firm said today, with a new documentary series, "A Day in the Life" from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Hulu said the series will include episodes feature ...

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August 1st,2011

Chumby Powers Best Buy Connected TV

San Diego-based Chumby, the developer of Internet-connected hardware, software widgets, and other related technology, is powering a new television from Best Buy. According to Best Buy, it has launched a new, Insignia brand Connected TV, whi...

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July 25th,2011

EdgeCast Reports Customer, Traffic Growth

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast, the content delivery network provider, is reporting this morning that it now has more than 3,000 customers using its services. The company said it is now carrying 4 percent of global Internet traffic, serving ar...

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July 22nd,2011

Social Gaming Firm MXP4 Opens Office In Los Angeles

MXP4, a developer of social, music games, announced Friday that it has opened up an office in Los Angeles. The venture-backed game developer is backed by Orkos Capital, Sofinnova Partners and Ventech. The firm--whose flagship game is Bopler...

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July 21st,2011

Report: Demand Media Targets Critical Blog

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, is targeting a blog which has been posting internal documents and criticism of the company. According to a report from Forbes, the firm has sen...

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July 21st,2011

PixelFish Nabs $4M For Online Video Ads

Torrance-based PixelFish, which provides online video marketing products to local businesses, announced Thursday that it has raised $4M in a funding round. The round was led by Bullpen Capital, and also included Floodgate, Mack Capital, Tom...

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July 20th,2011

Interview with Jennifer Sargent, HitFix

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based HitFix (www.hitfix.com) an online news site focused on entertainment, announced it had raised $2M in a funding round. The firm's CEO and co-founder, Jennifer Sargent, has an interesting background, mos...

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July 18th,2011

Fandango Launches Apps On Samsung TV, Blu-Ray Players

Los Angeles-based Fandango, the online movie guide and ticket site, said today that it has launched a new app which runs on Samsung Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray players. Fandango said its Fandango Movies app allows users to watch HD movie tr...

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July 13th,2011

StockTwits Inks Deal with Bing

San Diego-based StockTwits, the finance discussion and microblogging site headed by Howard Lindzon, has inked a deal with Microsoft's search engine, Bing, the power parts of the search engine's Bing Finance site. According to Microsoft, it ...

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July 12th,2011

NetDNA Downloads New Funding

Los Angeles-based NetDNA, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) serviecs, said Tuesday that it has scored a new funding round. Amount of the funding was not announced. The CDN provider said the funding came from Chelsea Management, I...

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July 12th,2011

GoTV Networks Acquired By Phunware

Sherman Oaks-based GoTV Networks, the provider of mobile applications and content, has been acquired by a Texas mobile software developer, Phunware. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Phunware, the acquisiti...

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July 11th,2011

ThisNext.com Partners With Lucky Magazine

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the social shopping and content site run by Matt Edelman, has scored a partnership with Lucky Magazine. According to ThisNext, the two have created a co-branded shopping site, which was launched Friday. The new ...

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July 6th,2011

Hulu Approaching 1M Hulu Plus Subscribers

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming site headed by Jason Kilar, released some detailed subscriber numbers Wednesday, as the firm continued to be . According to the firm, it is approaching 1 million paying subscribers to its H...

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July 5th,2011

Hulu Plus Hits LG HDTVs

Los Angeles-based Hulu said this morning that it has started rolling out its Hulu Plus subscription service on LG LCD TVs. Hulu said the support is for selected LG LCD TVs, with additional LG devices available in coming weeks. Hulu provides...

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June 30th,2011

Interview with Howard Marks, Gamzee

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based Gamzee (www.gamzee.com), a new game company founded by Howard Marks, the co-founder of Activision and Acclaim Games, announced a seed round of funding. We caught up with Howard to hear about what Gamz...

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June 29th,2011

Justin Timberlake Backs Myspace Acquisition

Irvine-based Specific Media, the Internet advertising network run by Tim Vanderhook, has released further details on the company's acquisition of Myspace, saying that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake and major role in the acqu...

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June 29th,2011

ShareSquare Wins NBC Universal

Los Angeles-based ShareSquare, the QR code software firm headed by Matthias Galica, said this week that it has scored a win with NBC/Universal, and will be powering a campaign for the DVD releases of The Adjustment Bureau and Blue Crush 2. ...

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June 29th,2011

Demand Media Partners With REI

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, has inked a partnership with outdoor retailer REI. The companies announced the deal today. According to the two, they are in a three-year partnership, ...

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June 27th,2011

Getty Gets Google Goggles

Those visitors you see wandering around the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles with their smartphones? They might not checking Facebook or surfing the web--they might be just be getting a smart phone tour of the art. Google said Monday aft...

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June 24th,2011

Classmates.com Hit By Trademark Suit

Classmates International, the unit of Woodland Hills-based United Online which has recently been transitioning from a service to find old classmates and associates into one focused on nostalgic memories under the name MemoryLane, has been h...

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June 23rd,2011

Interview with Ryan Scott, CauseCast

One trend in the Southern California high tech startup market has been an increasing number of startups--and executives--who have been looking to combine their interests in business with their enthusiasm for giving back through nonprofits...

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June 23rd,2011

Online Learning Company Ties With UCLA Extension, CAA

A new, venture backed online education company, Encore Career Institute, headed by Steve Poizner, said today that it has linked with the UCLA Extension to offer up professional certificates and career counseling online. The firm said it has...

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June 16th,2011

Tecca Bolsters Board, Executives

Venice, California-based Tecca, the online and mobile, consumer information and review service backed by Best Buy, said today that it has bolstered its board and added a slew of executives to the company. The firm said it has added Rich Bat...

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June 15th,2011

Interview with Eric Frankel, StarGreetz

Last week, Los Angeles-based StarGreetz (www.stargreetz.com) debuted its celebrity-powered, personalized message service to the public, allowing both brands and artists to send highly personalized messages to their fans. We caught up with C...

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June 13th,2011

Hulu Debuts Three UK Shows

Los Angeles-based Hulu said this morning that it has launched three, exclusive shows, all popular UK TV series, which have never been seen in the U.S. Hulu said it will premiere Misfits, The Booth and the End, and Whites on Hulu.com and Hul...

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June 10th,2011

Break Media Ties With Zachary Levi on "Nerd HQ"

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video content publisher, said today that it has partnered with actor Zachari Levi, on a set of original videos and events. According to Break, it will product three, original videos starring Levi, a...

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June 10th,2011

Howard Lindzon Backs Embedly

Howard Lindzon, the CEO of San Diego-based StockTwits, has made another angel investment, this time in Embed.ly, a developer of tools that make it easier for web sites to embed content from other web sites. Embed.ly said it raised $450,000 ...

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June 10th,2011

Evolve Media Buys Crowd Ignite

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media, the parent firm of Gorlla Nation and AtomicOnline, said today that it has acquired Crowd Ignite, a developer of a "content exchange" engine which provides content to online publishers. Financial details of th...

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June 9th,2011

Report: Activision's Kotick Eyes MySpace

A report today from AllthingsD says that an investor group, which includes Santa Monica-based Activision's Bobby Kotick, is in the last legs of negotiating a deal to acquire MySpace, the beleaguered, once-high flying social network. MySpace...

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June 8th,2011

Interview with Jimmy Hendricks, Deal Current

In the rush toward the daily deals space, it seems like there is at least one, new, daily deals site created every day. It's an incredibly crowded industry, which not only includes giants like Groupon and LivingSocial, but countless smaller...

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June 6th,2011

eHow Launches Food Channel With Rachael Ray

Santa Monica-based eHow, the online information and answers site run by Demand Media, announced this morning that it has officially launched its eHow Food Channel with celebrity Rachael Ray. eHow said its visitors will have access to a new ...

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June 2nd,2011

Border Stylo's Glass Hits Safari

Los Angeles-bsaed Border Stylo, the developer of web content sharing software headed by Oscar Guido, said today that it has launched its Glass application on the Safari browser. Glass is the firm's browser add-on which allows users to share...

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June 1st,2011

Interview with Clark Benson, Ranker

One of the biggest forces that has emerged in the Internet in recent years has been crowdsourcing, the way the web has empowered users to drive the creation of content and information online. For today's interview, we spoke with Clark Bens...

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June 1st,2011

Qualcomm Expands Flash Support, Pushes Games

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has expanded its support of Adobe Flash across Qualcomm-enabled smartphones, allowing for video playback of Flash-based content on mid-tier and high end Snapdragon smartphones and tablets. Separat...

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May 31st,2011

Amos Content Group Gets Angel Funding

Santa Monica-based Amos Content Group, a provider of editorial and video content services, said today that it has scored a round of angel funding. The firm, which provides online video creation for such firms as SodaHead, Fox, SPIKE, and ot...

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May 27th,2011

JibJab Powers MLB Baseball Campaign

Los Angeles-based JibJab Media, the online, humorous content producer and personalized electronic greeting cards, has inked a deal with MLB Advanced Media, the companies said Thursday. The two said they have partnered on a "Starring You" ca...

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May 25th,2011

Mobile Roadie Partners With Rockstar Digital

Los Angeles-based Mobile Roadie, the developer of mobile applications, said this week that it has partnered with digital agency Rockstar Digital. Rockstar Digital helps artists create and manage their digital content, engage with fans, and ...

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May 25th,2011

ShareSquare Links With ShopSavvy

Los Angeles-based ShareSquare, the QR code firm headed by Matthias Galica, has inked a partnership with popular mobile barcode scanning firm ShopSavvy, the two said this morning. According to the two companies, ShopSavvy will recommend Shar...

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May 25th,2011

Break Media Taps Doyle, Subar as CFO, CTO

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video and content publisher headed by Keith Richman, said today that it has tapped Andrew Doyle as its Chief Financial Officer, and David Subar as Chief Technology Officer. Subar was most recently C...

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May 24th,2011

Ebyline Signs Scripps TV, Adds Audio/Video

Los Angeles-based Ebyline, a startup which helps publishers find and manage freelancers, said today that it has added Scripps Television Station group as a customer, and the addition of audio/video capabilities to the service. The firm said...

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May 24th,2011

Marriage.com Launches Bridal Community

Los Angeles-based Marriage.com said today that it has launched its online bridal and marriage community. The firm, which was co-founded by Katrina Razavi, Justin Fredericks, and Vinod Sodha, says it is creating a "conversation and content" ...

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May 24th,2011

Interview with Vic Caretti, Loudvine

Southern California--and particularly, Los Angeles--has always been a center of the music business, which makes it unsurprising that there are many, music-focused startups which end up starting here. One of them is online music events site ...

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May 24th,2011

EQAL Raising $3.5M

Santa Monica-based EQAL, the producer of online content known for LonelyGirl15 and KateModern, is in the midst of raising $3.5M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Monday. The filing indicates the firm has so fa...

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May 23rd,2011

Hulu Plus Bundles With TiVo Premiere

The Hulu Plus, premium subscription offering of Hulu, is now available on the popular Tivo digital video recorder, Tivo said today. According to Tivo, beginning today, Hulu Plus will be available via subscription to Tivo subscribers using t...

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May 19th,2011

eHow Launches Beauty Video Series

Santa Monica-based eHow, the online advice site owned by Demand Media, said this morning that it has further boosted its content efforts by launching a new video series. The site said its new "Beauty Lab" video series is being hosted by bea...

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May 13th,2011

Demand Media Inks Major Deal With L'Oreal

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is in a major partnership with L'Oreal USA, the two said this morning. According to the two companies, the two will develop custom content and media to help connect L'Oreal brands with women seeking personali...

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May 11th,2011

Border Stylo Launches Retrollect Mobile App

Los Angeles-based startup Border Stylo said this morning it has launched a new, free mobile app called Retrollect. According to the firm, the new app allows to create a "visual mash-up" of their lives through virtual, retro-style "View-Mast...

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May 10th,2011

RealGravity Ties With Metacafe

Los Angeles-based RealGravity, which provides online video distribution and syndication, said today that it has partnered with online video sharing site Metacafe. RealGravity said that Metacafe is using its platform to syndicate its short-f...

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May 9th,2011

YouTube Adds Movie Rentals

Google's online video sharing site YouTube, said today that it has inked a deal to add around 3,000 movie titles for rent through the site, as it looks to broaden its offerings from the amateur, web-based videos its is known for towards mor...

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May 9th,2011

Stocktwits Inks Content Deal With CNNMoney

San Diego-based Stocktwits, the stock-focused, online social media site headed by Howard Lindzon, has inked a new content deal with CNNMoney, the firm said today. Financial detail fo the deal were not disclosed. According to StockTwits, the...

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May 5th,2011

Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publisher which runs such sites as eHow.com, typeF.com, and LIVESTRONG.COM, said Thursday afternoon that it is launching a new effort focused on long-form web content. The firm said it is looking ...

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May 5th,2011

FindTheBest Snags Google, DoubleClick Vet As President

Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest.com, the online comparison site headed by DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, has turned to a Google and DoubleClick vet to serve as President. The firm said that Rabin Yaghoubi, who previously launched and l...

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May 5th,2011

CityGrid Media Buys BuzzLabs

West Hollywood-based CityGrid Media, the unit of IAC formerly known as CitySearch, said today that it has acquired BuzzLabs, a social media monitoring and sentiment analysis software developer. Financial terms of the deal were not announced...

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May 4th,2011

Nirvanix Ties Into Symantec Enterprise Vault

San Diego-based cloud storage provider Nirvanix said today that it has tied its cloud storage services into Symantec Enterprise Vault, the enterprise archiving software. Nirvanix said the support will come in Enterprise Vault 10, schedule t...

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May 3rd,2011

UberMedia Launches New Channels

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the Twitter client application firm headed by Bill Gross, has launched a "wave" of channels around a number of groups, the firm said today. According to UberMedia, it has created new channels for The Hollywood Repo...

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May 3rd,2011

ShowUhow Launches On Android

San Diego-based ShowUHow, the startup headed by Kim Folsom developing video-based product guides for e-commerce sites and manufacturers, has rolled out an Android version of its platform. The firm said the Android mo bile application gives ...

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May 3rd,2011

TrueCar Buys Honk.com

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the automotive pricing site run by Scott Painter, said today that it has acquired Honk.com, an automotive social media website. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to TrueCar, News Corporatio...

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May 3rd,2011

CraveOnline Launches Comedy Channel

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, an online site focused on male lifestyles, said today that it has launched a new comedy channel. the site said that the comedy channel will provide funny lists, reviews, and interviews, as well as comedy relat...

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April 25th,2011

Machinima Raises $3.4M

Los Angeles-based Machinima, which operates a video entertainment network for video gamers and develops associated animated content tools, has raised $3.4M as part of an ongoing, $5.0M fundraising round, according to a regulatory filing fro...

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April 18th,2011

Demand Media Defends Fiscal Outlook

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said Sunday that it is reaffirming its financial outlook for fiscal year 2011. The firm said its estimates, provided February 22nd, still stand, despi...

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April 15th,2011

Demand Media Hands Out Big Bonuses

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire of Richard Rosenblatt, has handed out some big bonuses to executives, three months after the firm's successful IPO. According to a regulatory filing from the firm, uncove...

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April 15th,2011

UberMedia, 50 Cent Launch UberSocial Theme

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the Twitter client applications firm backed by Idealab, said this week that it has rolled out a new, branded "theme" for the firm's UberSocial for BlackBerry application, crafted by music artist 50 Cent. According ...

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April 14th,2011

Interview with Howard Lindzon, StockTwits

Howard Lindzon is CEO and Co-founder of StockTwits (www.stocktwits.com), the financial micro-messaging service. He was also the founder of Wallstrip, which he sold to CBS back in 2007, is an investor in a significant number of web and socia...

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April 13th,2011

EdgeCast Application Delivery Network Enters GA

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, the operator of a content delivery network (CDN), said today that it has entered into general availability of its new Application Delivery Network service. The new service is focused on serving up web a...

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April 12th,2011

Insights and Opinions: Every Day I Try and Get Rejected

For our Insights and Opinions section today, Ryan Born, entrepreneur and CEO of AudioMicro, talks about why he tries every day to get rejected: Being an entrepreneur isn't easy. You get rejected a lot. Whether it's trying to chase do...

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April 12th,2011

Looking At LA's Technology Future with Derek Norton

Derek Norton is head of Los Angeles-based Watertower Group (www.watertowergroup.com), a firm which helps companies raise funding, one of the rare companies which has a track record and good reputation helping companies with fundraising, and...

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April 7th,2011

Technicolor Launches Cloud Storage Service

Technicolor, which serves the motion picture, television, and media industry, said this morning that it has launched a new cloud-based media storage service. The firm, which has U.S. operations in Hollywood, said it has partnered with data ...

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April 6th,2011

MySetLife Adds Content From Hollywood Reporter, FilmContact.com

Los Angeles-based MySetLife, developer of an iPhone application that allows filmmakers to network with other industry contacts, and also manage things like invoices, timecards, and more, said Tuesday that it has partnered with the Hollywood...

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April 6th,2011

UberMedia Launches Branded Channels

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the Twitter client software firm out of Idealab, said this morning that it has launched a new set of branded channels from a set of content providers. UberMedia said its family of Twitter client applications now fe...

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April 5th,2011

Break Media Launches Screenwriting Contest With Scripped

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online content publisher headed by Keith Richman, said today that it has partnered with Scripped.com, an online community for screenwriters, on a new screenwriting contest. Break said the contest will give...

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March 30th,2011

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

Last week, El Segundo-based Accordent Technologies, a developer of webcasting and presentation services and software, was acquired by Polycom, in a $50M deal. The firm's investor was San Diego-based TVC Capital, which invested only $4M in t...

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March 28th,2011

FastSoft Names New Marketing VP

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the developer of content acceleration software and appliances, said today that it has named Jerry Hall as Vice President of Marketing at the firm. Hall was most recently a consultant at Forge Strategic Marketing, an...

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March 25th,2011

ThisNext Adds MySpace's Jones To Board

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the women's social shopping site run by Matt Edelman, said today that it has added Mike Jones, the CEO of MySpace, to its board of directors. Jones also sits on the boards of Docstoc, GumGum, MoVoxx, and others...

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March 24th,2011

CitizenGlobal Lands Wiki Inventor As CTO

Venice-based CitizenGlobal, a startup working on crowd-sourced video content, has landed the inventor of the web wiki as Chief Technology Officer. Ward Cunningham, who is known for his creation of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, which...

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March 24th,2011

Demand Media Applies Content Strategy To eNom

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the Internet content publishing company run by Richard Rosenblatt, is applying its crowdsourced content model to eNom, the domain name registrar it owns. According to eNom, it has put up a new content portal...

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March 23rd,2011

Demand Media, Getty Images In Licensing Deal

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt and which runs such sites as LIVESTRONG.com and eHow, said today along with image licensing firm Getty Images, that the two are in a joint licensing deal....

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March 23rd,2011

Slacker Adds ESPN Sports

San Diego-based personalized radio and music service Slacker said today that it has added content from ESPN Sports to its service. According to Slacker, it will allow its users to create a personalized station with ESPN SportCenter headline...

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March 22nd,2011

MasterImage 3D Gets $15M From Samsung

Hollywood-based MasterImage 3D, a developer of 3D technology tools, announced today that it has raised $15M in a strategic investment from Samsung Ventures. MasterImage said it is developing technology for auto-stereoscopic 3D displays and ...

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March 22nd,2011

Interview with Kevin Covert, Covert & Co.

Yesterday, Kevin Covert, formerly one of the co-founders of Montgomery & Co., announced he had formally launched Los Angeles-based Covert & Co. (www.covertandco.com). Montgomery & Co. has had a fairly significant connection to the market ...

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March 22nd,2011

Peer Media Technologies Merges With Bay TSP

Los Angeles-based Peer Media Technologies, the anti-piracy firm which was formerly ArtistDirect, and content tracking and protectiom firm Bay TSP.com said Monday that they have signed an agreement to merge. Peer Media Technologies is headed...

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March 22nd,2011

EdgeCast, Media Temple Team On CDN Service

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast, the content delivery network firm headed by James Segil, and fellow Los Angeles web hosting provider Media Temple, run by Demien Sellfors, are announcing today they are launching a new content delivery network of...

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March 21st,2011

Interview with Gordon Gould, SmartyPants Vitamins

What do children's vitamins and social media have to do with one another? In the case of SmartyPants Vitamins (www.wearesmartypants.com), it's at the core of the company. Gordon Gould, the co-founder of SmartPants, talks about the company ...

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March 18th,2011

Hulu To Donate $250K In Revenue, Ads To Japan Relief

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online streaming video site for television, movie, and other content, said last night that it is donating $50,000 its revenues plus donating $200,000 in ad inventory toward relief for victims of the Japanese eart...

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March 17th,2011

Break Adds Greg Siegel As SVP

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online publisher of video content, announced this morning that it has added Greg Siegel as its Senior Vice President, Entertainment Development. Siegel was most recently founder and CEO of VidMe, and also ...

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March 10th,2011

Google Lets Users Block Sites

Search engine giant Google, in what might be a preview of a way for users to help filter out low quality web results, said Thursday that it has begun allowing user to block results from sites they do not want to see. Google--which said it i...

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March 8th,2011

Anthony Batt Heads To Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst

Anthony Batt, the founder and Chief Creative Officer of BUZZmedia, has joined Katalyst, the digital media studio founded by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. Katalyst said that Batt will lead the Katalyst team as President, and will help c...

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March 7th,2011

Interview with Edo Cohen, Seevolution

Recently, we ran into Edo Cohen, CEO of Los Angeles-based Seevolution (www.seevolution.com), a firm developing web site heat map tracking software. We talked with Edo about what his firm is up to. What is Seevolution all about? Edo Co...

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March 3rd,2011

Interview with David Aronchick, Hark

Last week, we talked with Fouad ElNaggar of Redpoint Ventures about some of the interesting companies in Southern California. One of those he mentioned was Hark (www.hark.com), an online site which allows users to find and share sound bites...

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March 3rd,2011

CraveOnline Partners With The Ring

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline, the male lifestyle content site owned by Evolve Media, said today that it has partnered with SEP, Inc, owner of boxing publication The Ring Magazine. CraveOnline said it will create a new boxing site for the p...

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March 2nd,2011

Aggregage Launches Two New Sites

Los Angeles-based Aggregage, the content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has launched two new sites, the firm said this week. Aggregage said that it has launched Leadership Digital, a new site focused on leadershi...

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March 2nd,2011

Mahalo Chops Headcount, Says Report

Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the online human-curated news and search site headed by Jason Calacanis, has cut 10 percent of its staff, according to reports. According to a report by CenterNetworks, the changes were a reaction to the search al...

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March 1st,2011

J.R. Johnson On Critical Mass and Communities

Today, Lunch.com (www.lunch.com), the startup headed by J.R. Johnson, announced a move to allow other sites to host and show content via a new Lunch Network effort. We caught up with J.R. Johnson, founder and CEO of Lunch to better understa...

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March 1st,2011

Lunch.com Launches New Community Feature

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the online review site headed by J.R. Johnson, has launched a new, community feature which allows third party website and blogs to host and provide communities on their own sites. The firm said the new, Lunch Ne...

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March 1st,2011

Paperlinks Launches QR Codes For Business

Los Angeles-based Paperlinks, the developer of iPhone applications focused on QR codes and headed by Hamilton Chan, is announcing today that it has launched a new product to help businesses connect with customers. The firm said its platform...

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March 1st,2011

Demand Media, Rachel Ray Partner

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, along with food and cooking celebrity Rachel Ray, said this morning that they are in a multi-year, exclusive partnership to develop co-branded content ...

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February 28th,2011

Hulu Ties Into TED

Los angeles-based video site Hulu said this morning that it has inked a deal with the TED conference--which, not coincidentally, kicks off today in Long Beach--and will be featuring the 50 most popular TEDTalks from the last few years. Hulu...

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February 28th,2011

Interview with Bill Kelley, AutoStream

In the world of online conversations, one of the oldest is that of community forums. As part of those forums, users are now regularly posting links, videos, and other information to others. To try to take advantage of those links, Los Angel...

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February 25th,2011

DAR.fm Looks To Timeshift Radio

Michael Robertson, the founder of MP3.com, has debuted his newest startup: DAR.fm, an online service which allows people to record and play back radio programs anytime they like. Billing it a "Tivo for radio", Robrtson said that the service...

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February 24th,2011

AudioMicro Launches New Stock Content Sites

Sherman Oaks-based AudioMicro.com, the stock audio site run by Ryan Born, debuted four new content sites Thursday at the Launch Conference. Born showed off ChooseTattoos, ImageCollect, InfographicStock, and Cartoonsy at the conference. Choo...

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February 24th,2011

Catch Media Lands Investment From Motorola

Beverly Hills-based Catch Media, a provider of software used for digital rights management, has scored a strategic funding from Motorola Mobility Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Motorola, the firms said Thursday. Size of the fundi...

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February 23rd,2011

Specific Media Ties Into High Gear Media, AutoMedia

Irvine-based Specific Media, the online ad network operator, said Wednesday that it has inked deals with two automotive publishers. According to Specific Media, it has signed High Gear Media, which runs such sites as TheCarConnection.com, M...

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February 23rd,2011

United Online Turns Down MemoryLane.com

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Wednesday afternoon that has launched a new business, MemoryLane.com, focused on nostalgic content, folding its Classmates Online business into the new website. United Online said that Classmates Onli...

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February 23rd,2011

Break Media Plans New Video Series

Los Angeles-based Break Media is continuing to roll out new, original video content for the site, saying today that it plans to roll out five new web series on Break.com. Break Media said is launching For the Win, Awesome America, Thinking ...

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February 22nd,2011

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures

Redpoint Ventures is one of the venture capital firms which has straddled both Northern California and Southern California, with offices in both locations. To hear about the firm's interest in Los Angeles, and Southern California investment...

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February 17th,2011

KidZui Launches Advertising Platform

San Diego-based KidZui said this week that it has launched a new advertising platform focused on family-friendly brands. The firm said its new platform, KidClicks, allows brands to reach kids through the KidZui browser. As part of the launc...

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February 11th,2011

Jason Nazar On Startups, Execution, and Hiring

Jason Nazar is CEO of Santa Monica-based Docstoc (www.docstoc.com), the online document sharing site, and a fixture at Los Angeles technology events. Nazar--who moderated a panel on the venture capital industry in Los Angeles at Twiistup 8 ...

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February 10th,2011

Interview with Hamilton Chan, PaperLinks

Hamilton Chan is founder of Los Angeles-based PaperLinks (www.paperlinks.com), a new startup which is developing mobile applications which take advantage of QR codes--the 3D barcodes which are cropping up everywhere--to help users marketers...

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February 10th,2011

LAVA Honors Richard Riordan, Local Technology Firms

The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) held its annual awards event last night, honoring former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, as well as local, venture backed companies in a banquet last night at the Luxe hotel in Los Angeles. LAVA...

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February 9th,2011

Inherited Health In Deal With HealthCentral

Los Angeles-based Inherited Health, the online genetic information site run by Lee Essner, has inked a deal with HealthCentral, the firms are announcing today. According to the firm, the deal calls for HealthCentral to gain access to Inheri...

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February 8th,2011

CrownPeak Rolls Out Major CMS Software Upgrade

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, the developer of software-as-a-service, web content management tools headed by Jim Howard, said today that it has rolled out a major upgrade to its platform. The firm said it spent nine months on a re-architectu...

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February 2nd,2011

The Colbert Report, Daily Show Return To Hulu

Los Angeles-based online video site Hulu.com said Wednesday evening that it has reached a content partnership with Viacom, which will return "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" to Hulu. Financial terms of the deal wer...

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February 1st,2011

AudioMicro Scores Funding From Stock Photo Site Fotolia

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro, the provider of royalty free music and sound effects run by Ryan Born, has scored a round of financing from micro stock photo site Fotolia. The $750,000 funding round also included prior investor DFJ Frontier. ...

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February 1st,2011

Interview with Robert Flynn, Aggregage

In the quest to own the world of Internet content, there has been a huge amount of focus given to the world of consumer Internet content. However, one area has mostly been ignored, which is vertically focus, business-to-business information...

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January 31st,2011

Demand Media Nets $77.2M From IPO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it received approximately $77.2M in net proceeds from the firm's IPO last week. The firm, which debuted on the NYSE as DMD, said it will use the new funding for investments in content, ...

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January 27th,2011

Former YouBet Execs Sproule, Champion Form Digital Strategy Firm

Chuck Champion, the former CEO of ProElite, and Gary Sproule, the former CFO of Mobile Messenger, said today that they have formed a new consulting and digital marketing strategy firm called Paladin Capital Partners. The two said the new co...

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January 27th,2011

Interview with Nick Higgins, Joost

Last week, Adconion (www.adconion.com) announced that it had spun out Joost (www.joost.com), its online video service, into a separate company, which is going to be based out of Santa Monica. We thought it would be interesting to talk to th...

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January 26th,2011

Goldstar Links With TED

Los Angeles-based Goldstar, the online service which offers up discounted tickets to entertainment events and tickets, is announcing today that it has linked up with TED, the nonprofit conference operator focused on spreading innovative ide...

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January 26th,2011

Demand Media Surges In IPO Debut

Santa Monica-based Demand Media surged in its IPO debut Wednesday morning on the NYSE, rising as high as $25.00 in morning trading. The firm was hovering around $23.00 just before 9am, after opening up at $17.00 in its IPO debut earlier in ...

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January 24th,2011

UberMedia Buys Mixx

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the newly renamed Twitter advertising and application provider, announced today that it has acquired Mixx. Mixx operates an online site which allows users to find social content. Financial terms of the acquisition ...

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January 21st,2011

SRS Labs Names Exec

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, a developer of surround sound, audio, and voice technology, said this week that it has named John Kellogg as the firm's Executive Director of Corporate Strategy. Kellogg was most recently General Manager of Content...

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January 20th,2011

Adconion Spins Out Joost

Adconion Media Group, the Internet advertising firm which has been ramping up its operations in Santa Monica, said today that it is spinning out its video product, Joost Video Network, into a new, standalone business, also based in Santa Mo...

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January 20th,2011

Demand Media Expected To Hit Market Next Week

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, is expected to hit the public markets late next week, according to a report today from AllThingsD. Citing "numerous" sources, the report says that Dem...

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January 19th,2011

mygameIQ Ties With Women in Games International

mygameIQ, the digital distribution and content management platform for gaming firms developed by Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions, said today that it is in a promotion with Women In Games International. According to Pragmatic Solu...

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January 19th,2011

Sorenson Media Names Sales VP

San Diego-based Sorenson MEdia, which develops video encoding and decoding software and online video services, announced this morning that it has added John Greene as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Greene has previously served at DivX/S...

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January 18th,2011

Julie Schoenfeld On Perfect Market's New Funding

This morning, Pasadena-based Perfect Market (www.perfectmarket.com) announced a new, $9M round of funding for the firm's technology, which is used to help publishers monetize their content. We caught up with Julie Schoenfeld, the firm's CEO...

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January 18th,2011

Perfect Market Raises $9 Million More

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, which provides tools for publishers to better create value from their content, is announcing today that it has raised $9M in a new funding round. The round was led by Comcast Interactive Capital, and also incl...

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January 14th,2011

Move, AOL Expand Real Estate Relationship

Move, Inc., the Campbell-based operator of Realtor.com and Move.com, said Thursday along with AOL that Move has been given the exclusive rights to power AOL's Real Estate homes for sale search. Move, which has major operations in Thousand O...

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January 12th,2011

Demand Media Sets IPO Pricing Range

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said today in an S-1 filing that it expects its IPO to be between $14.00 and $16.00 per share. The firm plans to offer 7,500,000 shares of its stock i...

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January 12th,2011

Interview with Loren Bendele, Savings.com

It's been a very busy for coupon and deal sites over the past few months, with a giant, $950M round of funding for Groupon, and the acquisition of at least three locally headquartered coupon and deal sites--LogicBuy.com, NextCoupons.com, an...

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January 11th,2011

Advertise.com Expands Into Email

Sherman Oaks-based Advertise.com, the search marketing provider headed by Daniel Yomtobian, said Tuesday that it has expanded into email marketing. The firm said it has launched a new Email Content Network offering, which will connect adver...

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January 7th,2011

EdgeCast Trumpets Customer Gains

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks said Friday that it now has more than 2000 customers, or more than double the number of customers from the previous year, as of the close of 2010. The firm said those cu...

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January 7th,2011

Hulu Plus Headed To Android, VIZIO HDTVs

Los Angeles-based Hulu said last night that its Hulu Plus service is headed to Android mobile phones, and also to Vizio's HDTV platform. According to Hulu CEO Jason Kilar at CES last yesterday, Hulu is looking to bring Hulu Plus to Android ...

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January 5th,2011

Insights and Opinions: A Cynic Predicts IT and Media in 2011

For today's Insights and Opinions section, where we share the thoughts and insights of local technology thought leaders, we have an article from Tony Greenberg, CEO of Ramprate on A Cynic's Prediction of IT and Media in 2011. 1. Ev...

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January 5th,2011

Interview with Derrick Oien, Chumby

In the world of Internet devices, there are PCs, mobile phones, iPhone and Android smart phones, tablets like the Apple iPad… and then, there is the Chumby. The device is an alarm-clock like, Internet connected electronic product developed...

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December 30th,2010

What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

All this week, we are sharing the opinions of some of the top influencers in Southern California's high tech community. We asked the same five questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, investors, and others, to hear what they'...

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December 23rd,2010

Report: Demand Media Sorting Out Accounting Before IPO

A report today says that the latest updates to Demand Media's S-1 are a result of government scrutiny over how the firm is accounting for content developed for its sites. According to AllThingsD, Demand has been discussing how it accounts f...

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December 22nd,2010

Fox Mobile Group Sold By News Corp.

Beverly Hills- and Berlin, Germany-based Fox Mobile Group, which offers mobile content distribution and mobile entertainment products, has been sold to Jesta Group, Jesta said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jesta...

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December 21st,2010

Demand Media Ups Article Count To 3 Million

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has updated its S-1 filing, saying it now has around 3 million articles in the firm's library of content. Demand Media has applied to list on the NYSE...

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December 21st,2010

Report: Hulu Drops IPO Effort

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online television streaming site, is dropping its plans to pursue an IPO, according to a report today from from the WSJ. Hulu had been among the Southern California companies looking to file an IPO. The WSJ cited...

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December 16th,2010

Chumby Launches On Android

San Diego-based Chumby Industries, the maker of Internet-enabled, application-capable devices, said this week that it has launched a new version of its product for Android. According to the firm, its app--available on the Android Market for...

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December 16th,2010

ReachLocal Launches ReachCast

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, the provider of online marketing services for small and medium sized businesses, said today that it has launched a new product called ReachCast. According to the firm, the new product provides Web presence m...

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December 10th,2010

Thanks to socalTECH's Sponsors and Advertisers!

Thanks to all of our sponsors and advertisers, who make our coverage of Southern California's technology industry possible. Looking to reach Southern California's high tech executives and professionals? socalTECH.com offers up...

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December 9th,2010

EdgeCast Targets Web Applications With New Service

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, the content deliver network (CDN) provider, said today that it is targeting the performance of web applications with a new delivery service. The firm said its has announced a beta of a new, Application ...

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December 8th,2010

DivX TV Launches On LG

San Diego-based DivX, which is now owned by Sonic Solutions, said today that it has launched DivX TV, a new entertainment service, on Blue-ray Disc players and home theater systems from LG. DivX TV offers a library of video content, includi...

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December 3rd,2010

Encompass Digital Media Buys Ascent Media's Content Distribution Business

Los Angeles-based Encompass Digital Media said today that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire the global content distribution business of Ascent Media Corporation. The deal is worth approximately $120M, split between $113M in cash pl...

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December 2nd,2010

FileFront Relaunches As GameFront

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online media firm run by Keith Richman, said today that it has relaunched FileFront as GameFront. Break acquired FileFront in February. According to Break, the newly launched GameFront sight has been re-de...

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November 30th,2010

Oversee.net Launches Credit Card Site

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net said this morning that it has launched a new site, CreditCards.org, which is focused on smarter credit card decisions. According to Oversee, the new site will provide information on credit cards and simplify th...

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November 29th,2010

Comcast Takes Aim At Online Videos

Cable provider Comcast appears to be taking aim at online video sites, and has demanded that Internet Service Provider Level 3 pay the company fees in order to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast customers. The move...

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November 19th,2010

EdgeCast Adds Streaming For Apple iPhone

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, which operates a content delivery network (CDN), said Thursday that it has added support for full HTTP streaming for Apple iOS 4 devices, such as the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The firm said it...

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November 18th,2010

In-Three Acquired By Digital Domain

Westlake Village-based In-Three, a developer of 3D conversion technology and services for the movie industry, has been acquired by visual effects house Digital Domain, according to reports. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. I...

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November 18th,2010

MySpace Further Connects To Facebook

Further acknowledging that the firm has lost its former status as the center of the social networking universe, MySpace announced Thursday afternoon that it is now allowing its users to port information, likes, and interests from users' F...

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November 18th,2010

USC Launches Media Lab

The University of Southern California is looking to tie together technology and media, saying Thursday that it has launched a new Annenberg Innovation Lab as part of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. According to US...

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November 17th,2010

ThisNext Unveils New Homepage, Adds Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the online social shopping site headed by Matt Edelman, unveiled a new home page Wednesday, and said it has hired an Editor-in-Chief for the site, as part of a slew of changes around the firm's strategy to becom...

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November 17th,2010

WebVisible Enhances Ad Platform

Irvine-based WebVisible, the provider of local online marketing software for small and medium sized businesses, said Wednesday that it has enhanced its technology platform, adding new mobile optimized landing pages, use of Amazon Cloud Fron...

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November 17th,2010

Interview with Zach James and Rich Raddon, MOVIECLIPS.COM

Last week, Los Angeles-based MOVIECLIPS.COM (www.movieclips.com) announced the firm's Series A funding round, worth $3M, from Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, and a number of Silicon Valley angels. We caught up with Zach James and Rich...

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November 17th,2010

Hulu Plus Officially Launches

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the Internet video streaming site, announced today that it has officially launched its premium service, Hulu Plus. Hulu said the service will cost $7.99 a month--$2 less than what the company had originally launched ...

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November 16th,2010

BUZZMEDIA Partners With Photo Sharing Site Plixi

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the online publisher of entertainment focused blogs and web sites, said today that it has linked with photo sharing site Plixi, which until recently was known as TweetPhoto. According to the two, they are in an ex...

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November 15th,2010

Sony Connects Dash To Hulu Plus

Sony said Friday that it has connected Los Angeles-based Hulu's new premium service, Hulu Plus, to its Dash Personal Internet Viewer. According to Sony, the connection means that subscribers to Hulu Plus can access TV episodes, movies, and ...

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November 11th,2010

Business.com To Shut Down

North Carolina-based Dex One, the current owner of Santa Monica-based Business.com, said this week that it is shutting down Business.com, and realigning those operations, merging them into its current business. The shutdown comes three year...

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November 10th,2010

RealGravity Finds $3.2M

Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based RealGravity, a newly launched firm focused on online video distribution and syndication, announced today that it has raised $3.2M in a funding round. The Series A round was led by Kohlberg Ventures, and ...

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November 10th,2010

Interview with Kim Folsom, ShowUHow

In the move to online commerce, one of the latest areas of interest by online retailers has been the use of online video, to showcase products and provide training and instruction. For today's interview, we talked with San Diego-based ShowU...

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November 9th,2010

Quartics Expands License With DDD

Irvine-based Quartics, the semiconductor firm developing video processing chips, said Monday along with DDD Group Plc, that they have extended a license between the companies. The firms said the license allows Quartics to provide its custom...

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November 4th,2010

Hulu Opens Up Hulu Plus Distribution

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online television streaming site, said today that it has opened up access to its Hulu Plus services . The firm--which had previously been restricting the service to a preview subscriber base--said anyone can now ...

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November 3rd,2010

Local.com Relaunches Site, Brand

Irvine-based Local.com, the provider of online local business search sites, said this morning that it is in a big relaunch of the firm's flagship site. According to the firm, it has reorganized its site to divide its site into vertical cate...

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November 2nd,2010

Move Renews MSN Content Deal

Move, Inc., the online real estate site, said today that it has renewed its content distribution agreement with MSN. Move, which has major operations in the Thousand Oaks area but is now headquartered in Campbell, California, said that the ...

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November 1st,2010

Mogreet Lands Fashion Firm Steve Madden

Los Angeles-based mobile marketing firm Mogreet, which is headed by James Citron, announced this morning that it has inked a deal with Steve Madden, where it will provide rich media mobile marketing as part of Steve Madden's marketing effor...

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October 29th,2010

Demand Media Sets IPO Offering Size, Boosts Traffic

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is inching closer to its IPO debut, saying in an updated S-1 this morning that it plans to offer 7.5 million shares of its common stock in its IPO. The firm, which has not yet set a pricing range, has applied...

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October 28th,2010

Interview with Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, Lynda.com

How do you take a business you started as your own personal web site, and turn it into an online powerhouse, completely bootstrapped, from the little town of Ojai, California--not exactly known as a technology town? Not too many people a...

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October 27th,2010

MySpace Debuts New Site, Logo Plans

Beverly Hills-based MySpace, the online social networking site, is set to debut a new new site design and logo, the firm said late last night. According to MySpace, it is refocusing the firm as a "social entertainment destination" focused o...

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October 25th,2010

Laserfiche Sues SAP Over Trademark

Long Beach-based Laserfiche, a developer of enterprise content management products, said Monday afternoon that it has sued SAP America, SAP AG, and SAP Global Marketing over the trademark Run Smarter. The firm said that it has been using Ru...

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October 25th,2010

EdgeCast Gets Into Cloud Storage

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast said Friday that it has entered into the cloud storage market. EdgeCast said that it is offering up cloud-based storage using its content delivery network as a beta service, and would start offering its service a...

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October 21st,2010

Poptent Confirms $3M Funding

San Clemente-based Poptent, an online site for crowdsourced video content for advertisers, has raised $3M in a Series A investment round, it new investor has confirmed. According to Los Angeles-based MK Capital, it made the investment in Po...

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October 20th,2010

Poptent Raises $3.0M

San Clemente-based Poptent, a firm which operates an online site which allows brands to source crowd-generated commercials, web videos, and other video content from users, has raised at least $3.0M in a recent funding, according to a regula...

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October 20th,2010

Brand Affinity Technologies Ties With Pepsi

Irvine-based Brand Affinity Technologies, the celebrity endorsement and marketing firm founded by Ryan and Chad Steelberg, said today along with Pepsi that they have tied together in a new relationship. The firms said that PepsiCo will use ...

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October 19th,2010

Insights: 21 Strategies for Generating Irresistible SEO Benefits

For today's Insights and Opinions article, where we feature insightful articles and opinions from the Southern California technology community, we have a piece from Dustin Luther, chief storyteller and founder of social media consultancy 4r...

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October 18th,2010

Demand Media Snags Jeff Dossett

Jeff Dossett, the former CEO of adventure travel site AdventureLink and former SVP at Yahoo, has reportedly joined Demand Media as SVP of Content Partnership Development. According to a report from the WSJ's AllThingsD, which first reported...

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October 13th,2010

Break Launches Hispanic Site

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video and content firm headed by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is targeting Hispanic males with a new site, TuVez.com. According to Break, the new site will provide content focused on ent...

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October 12th,2010

Demand Media Selects NYSE For IPO

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire of Richard Rosenblatt, has updated its S-1 filing with the SEC, saying that it has applied to list its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol "DMD". The firm...

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October 11th,2010

Lalawag Goes To Silicon Valley's Valley Girl

Los Angeles gossip and technology blog Lalawag, run by Sean and Laurie Percival, has been sold. The blog--which the Percivals had announced on September 16th that they would shut down--has been acquired by Valley Girl Inc., a publication th...

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October 6th,2010

SG Biofuels Details Hybrid Seed Plans

San Diego-based SG Biofuels, a developer of Jatropha-based seeds aimed at the biofuels industry, detailed its plans for the market today, saying that it is developing proprietary technology for large-scale, Jatropha hybrid seed production. ...

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October 6th,2010

Qualcomm Confirms FLO TV Shutdown Plans, Layoffs

San Diego-based Qualcomm confirmed Tuesday evening that it is considering shutting down its FLO TV, mobile television service, after reports that the firm is planning to shut off the service. In a statement, Qualcomm said it has been "exami...

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October 5th,2010

Calacanis Plans Competitor To TechCrunch

Jason Calacanis, the CEO of Mahalo, is planning some direct competition to Michael Arrington's technology blog empire, TechCrunch, according to a report today from the Guardian. According to the report, Calacanis is developing a property ca...

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October 4th,2010

Q3 Venture Investments For SoCal Total Around $1.0 Billion

Southern California venture totals for Q3 totaled around $1.0 billion in investments, according to the Q3 analysis of venture capital deals by socalTECH.com. According to an analysis of socalTECH's proprietary database of venture capital de...

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October 4th,2010

Blizzard Sets World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Release Date

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said that its third expansion for World of Warcraft is expected to debut in stores on December 7th. The firm--which has been running a invite-only beta of the expansion pack for World of Warcraft since Ju...

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October 4th,2010

Interview with Ramit Varma, Revolution Prep

Last week, Santa Monica-based Revolution Prep (www.revolutionprep.com) announced its first, institutional round of funding, worth $15M, from Kennet Partners. The company provides SAT, ACT, and other similar test preparation courses and rela...

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October 1st,2010

Break Media Scores With NFL.com

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online video site run by Keith Richman, has scored a win with NFL.com, the firm said Friday. According to the two, they have launched a new, NFL.com channel on Break, which will feature content that is con...

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October 1st,2010

Interview with Taher Scherzay, FavRav

For today's profile, we decided to talk with Taher Scherzay, Founder of FavRav (www.FavRav.com), a Los Angeles-based firm which has created a Facebook application to help small businesses find customers through social media, and also allow ...

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September 30th,2010

FastSoft Launches Testing Network

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the Caltech spinout which develops web acceleration software, said today that it has launched a testing network for its clients. According to FastSoft, the network includes 30 nodes "around the globe" which can be u...

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September 28th,2010

Michael Jones Gets Exit At Thing Labs

Michael Jones, CEO of MySpace and former founder of Userplane, has another exit under his belt today, as AOL announced it has acquired Thing Labs, a San Francisco maker of web-based, social software. Financial terms of the buy were not disc...

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September 28th,2010

Three Southern California Firms Building Blog Empires

News today that AOL has acquired technology news blog TechCrunch highlights the growing place of blog publishers in the online world. Here are three, Southern California blog networks which have quietly growing their network of properties: ...

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September 27th,2010

Demand Media Targets Food Advertisers

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire of Richard Rosenblatt, announced this morning that it has launched a new, specialized offering for food advertisers. The firm said it has combined part of Demand Media's ...

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September 23rd,2010

Chumby Deploys With Automotive Electronics Firm QNX

San Diego-based Chumby, the developer of a Linux-based, programmable device which connects to Internet information, has linked with QNX Software Systems Co., the automotive electronics arm of Research in Motion. According to QNX, which supp...

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September 22nd,2010

CrownPeak Raises $1.75M in Series C

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, a developer of web content management systems (CMS), has raised $1.75M in a Series C funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Jim Howard, CEO of CrownPeak, told socalTECH that the fundi...

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September 21st,2010

Total Immersion Lands Deal With Book Publisher

Los Angeles-based Total Immersion, the augmented reality software firm headed by Bruno Uzzan, has extended the firm's list of promotional content deals to the book publishing business. The firm--along with publisher Simon & Schuster Childre...

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September 21st,2010

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

Los Angeles-based MySpace has been among the most visible of Southern California's Internet era success stories, although the site--now owned by News Corporation--has had its own share of ups-and-downs, as well as questions about its future...

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September 21st,2010

Hulu Updates PS3 Support

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu...

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September 21st,2010

MMC Sells Off Mail.com

Los Angeles-based MMC, the online publisher headed by Jay Penske, is getting out of the email business. The firm--formerly known as Mail.com Media Corporation--said it is selling off its Mail.com email service to United Internet Group, base...

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September 20th,2010

SodaHead Launching Major Redesign

Encino-based SodaHead, the social news and question and answer site headed by Jason Feffer, told its users today that it is launching a major redesign this week. According to the site, it is improving the look and feel of its site, adding p...

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September 20th,2010

Break Media Ties With Toyota On Web Series

Los Angeles-based Break Media is launching a new web series, in a branded content deal with Toyota, the firm said today. Break said it is launching Standup Stories "My First Ride", a web series featuring six comedians sharing their "first c...

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September 17th,2010

Autobytel Buys Cyber Ventures and Autotropolis

Irvine-based Autobytel, which runs an online information site for automotive information and a corresponding automotive leads business, said this morning that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Cyber Ventures, Inc. and Autot...

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September 15th,2010

United Online Retargets Classmates At Nostalgia

Woodland Hills-based United Online appears to be making a major shift in strategy for its Classmates.com subsidiary. According to United Online this morning, it is looking to transform Classmates from what is now a social networking company...

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September 13th,2010

Interview with Carey Ransom, RealPractice

For today's interview, we thought it would be worth visiting with Carey Ransom, CEO of Irvine-based RealPractice (www.realpractice.com), a firm which develops legal-based software products. We have spoken with the firm in the past, and the ...

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September 10th,2010

Demand Media Updates eHow

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online media site run by Richard Rosenblatt, said Friday that it has updated its eHow web site, the firm's questions and answers site. Demand said that it has created a "crisp, clean" design update, and a...

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September 10th,2010

Cocodot Links With DKNY

Hollywood-based Cocodot, the online invitations site run by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, said this week that it has partnered with DKNY, for a collection of fashion cards and invites. The site, which offers professionally designed online...

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September 7th,2010

Interview with Zac Brandenberg, Meteor Games

A few weeks ago, Beverly Hills-based Meteor Games, the latest startup from the founders of NeoPets, announced that it had hired Zac Brandenberg as its CEO. Brandenberg was most recently head of Hydra, and we thought we'd both get some ins...

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September 1st,2010

Mobile-XL Expands Sports Score Partnership

Los Angeles-based Mobile-XL, the mobile information provider for Africa backed by the Tech Coast Angels, said this week that it has expanded a partnership with XScores, a provider of sports content, to deliver scores to sports fan through i...

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September 1st,2010

Lunch.com Adds Personalized RSS Feeds

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the online social media and networking site run by J.R. Johnson, told its users today that it has unveiled a new, personal RSS feed feature to the site. According to Lunch.com, the new feed can be added to blogs...

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August 31st,2010

SG Biofuels Lands $9.41M

Encinitas-based SG Biofuels, a developer of Jatropha-based biofuels technology, has raised $9.41M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. SG Biofuels is headed by ...

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August 27th,2010

CitizenGlobal Lands $6.0M

Venice-based CitizenGlobal, an online web site which allows producers to crowd-source video content, has raised $6.0M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Friday. No details on the funding have been announced. Th...

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August 26th,2010

RotoHog Rolls Out Fantasy Football Salary Cap Game

Los Angeles-based RotoHog, the developer of online fantasy sports and entertainment games run by Kelly Perdew, has rolled out a new Fantasy Football Salary Cap game, the firm said this week. The firm said the new game allows any independent...

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August 25th,2010

MySpace Cleans Up Profiles, Adds New Themes

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace reports today that it has rolled out a new profile and theme gallery, to help with "cleaning things up a bit" on the site. The firm said the new user profiles deliver clean design, simplified...

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August 25th,2010

Gorilla Nation Signs Canadian Site

Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation, the online advertising representation firm, announced today that it has been chosen by Canadian site SouthAsianLife.com. The firm said it will represent the online advertising inventory for South Asian Life...

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August 24th,2010

Interview with Marc Averitt and Sharon Stevenson, Okapi Ventures

It's been a good summer for Laguna Beach-based venture capital firm Okapi Ventures (www.okapivc.com), which recently saw its first portfolio firm exit last month in Carlsbad-based Helixis, which was acquired by Illumina for $105M. In light ...

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August 20th,2010

Interview with Patrick Kennedy, Sidebar

For this morning's interview, we thought we'd talk with Los Angeles-based Sidebar (www.sidebar.com), a venture backed startup in the mobile space, to learn more about what they are up to. We caught up with CEO Patrick Kennedy. What is Si...

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August 19th,2010

Total Beauty Buys LimeLife

Santa Monica-based Total Beauty Media, the online fashion content site run by Emrah Kovacoglu, said this morning that it has acquired LimeLife.com, a female lifestyle and celebrity news site. Financial terms of the acquisition were not anno...

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August 18th,2010

EON Reality, NEC Target Classrooms

Irvine-based EON Reality, a developer of interactive 3D software, said Wednesday afternoon that it has teamed up with NEC Display Solutions to sell a product to schools for virtual learning and training. EON Reality said NEC Display Solutio...

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August 17th,2010

BUZZMEDIA Gets Competition From MOG

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the venture-backed publisher of music content, information, and community sites, is getting some new competition this week from Berkeley-based MOG. According to MOG, it has launched a new "editorial hub" called th...

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August 17th,2010

Perfect Market Names Bizdev VP

Altadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab firm which is providing tools to help publishers surface and monetize their archive content, said Monday that it has named Guy Vidra as Vice President of Business Development. Vidra was most recent...

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August 13th,2010

Mark Tapling On Language Weaver's Next Chapter

Last month, Los Angeles-based Language Weaver (www.languageweaver.com), the developer of machine translation software, was acquired by SDL, a publicly held, UK-based firm in the language translation business. Having followed the firm since...

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August 12th,2010

GameFly Eyes Blockbuster Games-By-Mail Program

Los Angeles-based video game rental service GameFly is seeing more competition from video rental firm Blockbuster this week, after its competitor announced that it is expanding its online movie rental service to include video games. Blockbu...

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August 11th,2010

MySpace Previews Home Page Design

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that it has started previewing a new user homepage for its users. According to MySpace, it is previewing a two-column format, which allow users to see content and status updates on...

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August 9th,2010

My Damn Channel Raises $4.4M

Los Angeles-based My Damn Channel, an online site which features professionally produced, humorous and other video content, announced a $4.4M funding round today. The new funding was led by Intuitive Venture Partners, and also included prio...

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August 9th,2010

Demand Media Files For IPO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has finally filed for its long awaited IPO. According to the firm's filing, filed late Friday, the firm is looking to raised up to $125M in its IPO. The firm'...

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August 6th,2010

Demand Media Launches New Content Channels

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced Thursday that it has launched a new product, called Content Channels. According to Demand, the new product is aimed at online publishers, and will provide them with original content focused on attra...

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July 28th,2010

Day Software Acquired By Adobe

Day Software, a Swiss developer of enterprise content management software which has operations in Newport Beach, has been acquired by Adobe Systems. Adobe and Day said that Adobe will pay approximately $240M, or CHF255 million, for Day. Day...

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July 27th,2010

VMIX Wins NASA

San Diego-based VMIX, which develops online video management tools and software, announced today that its platform is being used by NASA. VMIX said that NASA is using its online video platform to power multimedia content on the www.nasa.gov...

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July 23rd,2010

Interview with Matt Edelman, ThisNext

This week, Santa Monica-based ThisNext (www.thisnext.com) said it has raised another round of funding for the firm's social shopping site. We thought it would be interesting to speak to the firm--which is now headed by Matt Edelman--to hear...

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July 22nd,2010

SDNN Ceases Publishing

The San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local media venture run by Barbara Bry and Neil Senturia, appears to have ceased its publishing efforts, according to a note posted by the staff Wednesday. According to the note, the site is "exploring...

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July 20th,2010

Pragmatic Solutions Launches Gaming Content Management Product

Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions, which develops data analytics software for the computer gaming market, said Monday that it has launched a new product called mygameIQ. The firm said the product provides digital distribution and c...

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July 19th,2010

Perfect Market Unveils New Content Monetization Tool

Altadena-based Perfect Market, the Idealab startup which develops software which helps traditional publishers monetize their archival and current content, said today that it has unveiled a new tool it is calling The Vault. According to the ...

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July 16th,2010

Interview with Quinn Curtis, BrightCloud

One of the questions we get most from entrepreneurs is how companies reach an exit event, and the thinking that goes into acquisitions. Last week, San Diego-based provider of web content classification and security services developer Bright...

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July 15th,2010

Four Companies Where Hollywood Is Intersecting With Technology

Despite a perpetual belief that the presence of both high tech companies and Hollywood should be spawning out hundreds of entertainment and technology related startups, it actually happens much less than one might think. However, here are f...

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July 13th,2010

Sorenson Media Claims Revenue Growth

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, a developer of video encoding and decoding software, said today that it had 40 percent plus revenue growth in the quarter. The privately held firm--which did not disclose actual financials--claimed that it wa...

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July 9th,2010

Good News For Content Creators: $5M Available From YouTube

The good news for content creators in Hollywood and elsewhere trying to make it on the Internet: YouTube, the video sharing site owned by Google, said today that it has just launched a new program which will invest five million dollars for ...

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July 9th,2010

Interview with Greg Siegel, VidMe

Last month, Glendale-based VidMe (www.vidme.com) announced that it had launched a private, video sharing service with backing from Applied Minds and Will Hearst, one of the partners at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Applied Minds is th...

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July 8th,2010

BandCon Acquired By Highwinds

Costa Mesa-based BandCon, a provider of content delivery network and related Internet infrastructure, has been acquired by Highwinds, an Internet services provider based in Florida. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of ...

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July 7th,2010

Eight Repeat Entrepreneurs To Watch In SoCal

One complaint we sometimes hear from venture capitalists visiting Southern California for the first time, is the difficulty of finding experienced entrepreneurs and executives. socalTECH.com has mined its proprietary database of high tech c...

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July 7th,2010

BrightCloud Acquired By Webroot

San Diego-based BrightCloud, a developer of Web content classification and security services, has been acquired by Internet security software firm Webroot. According to Webroot, it will add BrightCloud's engineering team in San Diego to its...

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July 6th,2010

Verimatrix Adds Chilean Customer

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a developer of digital rights management software, said Monday that it has deployed its products on Chilean broadband provider GTD Manquehue, based in Santiago. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. Ve...

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July 2nd,2010

Qualcomm Targets Augmented Reality With SDK, Research Lab

San Diego-based Qualcomm is hoping this week that the newly developing field of augmented reality--the layering of software and the real world via mobile phones and computers--will help bolster use of its products, and has released both a s...

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July 1st,2010

Disney Buys Tapulous

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Tapulous, a Silicon Valley maker of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Disney said that Tapulous wi...

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July 1st,2010

MySpace Inks Advertising Deal With Orange

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today along with French firm Orange that they are in an advertising and content partnership. According to the companies, Orange Advertising Network will manage both premium and performan...

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June 30th,2010

Starbucks Set To Launch Free Wi-Fi

In what can only be good news for many a high tech professional, coffee chain Starbucks said today that it will turn on free Wi-Fi in its stores July 1st, at all of its U.S. and Canadian company-owned stores. Starbucks said that it will giv...

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June 30th,2010

Interview with Tom Grasty, Stroome

Last week, Los Angeles-based Stroome (www.stroome.com), a new startup originally spawned out of a project at the USC Annenberg School of Communications, won $200,000 in the 2010 Knight News Challenge. The Knight News Challenge is a contest ...

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June 29th,2010

Demand Media Ties With Tyra Banks On Beauty, Fashion Site

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online media firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, announced today that it has inked a partnership with celebrity model Tyra Banks, to create a new site focused on fashion and beauty. According to Demand, Ba...

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June 29th,2010

Hulu Details Subscription Service

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the video streaming site which features television and other content from major content providers, has finally released details on its rumored subscription service, Hulu Plus. Hulu said on its web site that the subsc...

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June 29th,2010

BUZZMEDIA Snags Editors From PopEater, TMZ

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, the venture backed online entertainment content network, has snagged two editors for a new, yet-to-be launched celebrity site, the firm said today. According to BUZZMEDIA, it has hired on Mike Hess, formerly Manag...

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June 28th,2010

Border Stylo Launches Web Content Sharing Software

Los Angeles-based Border Stylo, a new startup headed by Oscar Guido, said today that it has launched a new software add-on called "Glass", focused on sharing of web content. According to the firm, Glass allows users to offer a real-time fee...

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June 23rd,2010

Break Media Expands Into New Ad Verticals

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online media and advertising firm run by Keith Richman, announced this morning that it is in a major expansion in its advertising network, and has added 23 new verticals to its network. The firm said the a...

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June 23rd,2010

Bing Focuses On Entertainment With New Features

Microsoft's search engine, Bing, is enhancing its searches for an area of interest to lots of Southern California firms--entertainment and media content. According to Bing, it has released a new version of its site which focuses on music, g...

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June 23rd,2010

Interview with Brian McKelvey, Worlize

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based startup Worlize (www.worlize.com) announced it had received a seed round of funding, and launched a firm to focus on social gaming and chat. The firm's CEO is Brian McKelvey, who we caught up with recen...

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June 21st,2010

MySpace Highlights World Cup Page

Los Angeles social networking site MySpace said today that it has launched a World Cup profile page, where it is bringing together World Cup related content from the site and elsewhere on the web, and also is powering a profile page for Por...

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June 21st,2010

Sorenson Media Powers Gomez

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, a developer of online video hosting and encoding products, announced today that web performance firm Gomez has selected the firm's online video platform, Sorenson 360. Sorenson said that Gomez, which is a div...

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June 17th,2010

LIVESTRONG.COM, RadioShack In iPhone App Partnership

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.COM, the online health and fitness site run by Demand Media in a partnership with Lance Armstrong, said today that it has partnered with RadioShack Corporation for an iPhone app. According to the two, they have...

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June 16th,2010

Demand Media Taps Joost For Pre-Roll Ads

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire of Richard Rosenblatt, has tapped Joost--now owned by Adconian--for its pre-roll advertising inventory. According to Joost, it is in a global sales and technology partner...

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June 16th,2010

Machinima.com Raises $9M for Entertainment Content

Los Angeles-based Machinima.com, an online entertainment site focused on video gamers, has raised $9M in a investment from Redpoint Ventures, the firm said this week. The firm said the Series B funding round will go towards accelerating fur...

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June 14th,2010

Starbucks To Open Wi-Fi Access

Coffee chain Starbucks, the second home of startup entrepreneurs and frequent makeshift offices of many a startup or technology professional in town, is going to open up free Wi-Fi for its customers. According to Starbucks CEO Howard Schult...

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June 10th,2010

Collecta Gets $4.7M, Moves To LA

Silicon valley-based Collecta, which operates a real time search engine, said today that it has raised $4.7M in new funding--and is moving its headquarters to Los Angeles. The firm is headed by Gerry Campbell, former President of Search & C...

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June 10th,2010

RealD, Sonic Link On 3D Format

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D projection technology for movies, said yesterday along with Sonic Solutions that the two are in a strategic alliance. The firms said that Sonic will integrate RealD's 3D format into its RoxioNow en...

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June 8th,2010

Demand Media Highlights Entertainment Personalities

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online content network headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has launched a new "Talent and Expert Network," which will highlight entertainment personalities through its site. Demand said it w...

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June 8th,2010

WOWIO Acquires DrunkDuck

Los Angeles-based WOWIO, which launched last week with the acquisition of comic strip site WEvolt, said today that it has acquired web comic community DrunkDuck. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to WOWIO, the acquisi...

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June 7th,2010

DONE Ventures Sues NBC Universal Over Failed Domain Name Sale

DONE! Ventures, the Internet marketing firm headed by BetterPPC's Ben Padnos, has sued NBC Universal over a failed agreement to buy domains Women.com and Women.net from NBC Universal via domain name firm Sedo. According to a complaint filed...

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June 3rd,2010

MySpace, Ad.ly Link On In-Stream Advertising

Los Angeles-based MySpace and startup Ad.ly, also based in LA, said today that they have linked in an in-stream advertising deal. According to MySpace, it will use Ad.ly to enable content creators to reach fans in the MySpace stream. Financ...

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June 3rd,2010

WOWIO Gets Funding, Buys WEvolt

Los Angeles-based WOWIO said this morning that it has raised $1.7M in a funding round, and acquired online social networking site WEvolt, focused on comic books and creative content. WOWIO said the funding was led by CEO Brian Altounian. WE...

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June 2nd,2010

Report: San Diego News Network Seeks Buyer

A report last night from the San Diego Union Tribune says that San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local news effort run by entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, is looking for a buyer. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, SDNN h...

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June 2nd,2010

Grind Networks Powers MSN's theBubble

Los Angeles-based Grind Networks, which develops online comedy programming, is powering a new comedy channel on MSN called theBubble. According to MSN, the new site will highlight online comedy alongside MSN's original programming, and was ...

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June 2nd,2010

DivX Acquired By Sonic Solutions

San Diego-based DivX and Sonic Solutions said this morning that Sonic Solutions is acquiring DivX in a deal worth approximately $323M. According to the firms, Sonic would pay $3.75 in cash plus 0.514 shares of its common stock for each shar...

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June 2nd,2010

Edgecast Wins WordPress, Technorati

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast announced this morning that it has won blogging site Wordpress.com and blog search site Technorati. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. EdgeCast said that Automattic,...

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June 1st,2010

BUZZMEDIA Adds Six Music Sites

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, a venture-backed publisher of online entertainment content, said today that it has added six new web properties. The firm said it has added PureVolume, PopMatters, Gorilla vs. Bear, The Hype Machine, Concrete Loop...

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May 27th,2010

Interview with Kieve Huffman, Dather

For this morning's interview, we have an interview with Kieve Huffman, the co-founder of Dather (www.dather.com), a new Los Angeles startup which has created a tool which helps to aggregate social networking web sites and media. Kieve has p...

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May 25th,2010

RealD Licenses 3D Technology To Zoran

Los Angeles-based RealD, a developer of 3D movie technology, and consumer electronics semiconductor firm Zoran said today that Zoran has license RealD's stereoscopic format. Financial terms of the win were not disclosed. The two firms said ...

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May 21st,2010

Cocodot Gets $2.0M

Hollywood-based Cocodot, an online site which provides online invitations and stationery, has raised $2.0M more in funding, according to reports. The funding comes from Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Cocodo...

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May 21st,2010

TweetUp Racks Up Keyword Bids, Connects With Conduit

Pasadena-based TweetUp, the Twitter advertising startup backed by Idealab and headed by Bill Gross, said Thursday afternoon that the firm has now registered 75,000 keywords, and also inked a deal with Conduit. The firm said those keywords r...

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May 20th,2010

ReachLocal Up 15 Percent After IPO

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, which helps small and local businesses place Internet advertising, was up 15.2 percent after its IPO Thursday, closing at $14.98, up $1.98. The firm sold 4,166,667 shares of stock at $13.00 per share, after ...

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May 20th,2010

Google Eyes TV As A Platform

Search engine giant Google is entering the television guide and consumer electronics market today, saying at the Google I/O conference that it is working with Sony, Logitech, and others on embedding technology to search for and view both we...

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May 18th,2010

Demand Media Gets New Competitor, Yahoo, After Associated Content Buy

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the user-generated content venture of Richard Rosenblatt, has new competition this afternoon, from Yahoo, after Yahoo announced it would acquire content publishing firm Associated Content. Financial terms of ...

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May 18th,2010

Interview with Al Eisaian, IconApps

For our interview today, we caught up with Al Eisaian , CEO of Pasadena-based IconApps (www.iconapps.com), which is developing mobile applications for the iPhone/iPod market. Al is a repeat entrepreneur, who last founded Integrien, and was...

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May 17th,2010

Mixed Signals Acquired By Tektronix

El Segundo-based Mixed Signals, a developer of digital content monitoring products for the cable and satellite television, broadcast, and IPTV market, has been acquired by test equipment giant Tektronix. Tektronix announced the acquisition ...

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May 14th,2010

Interview with Matthew Jenusaitis, OCTANe

It's been just about a year since Matthew Jenusaitis took the reins at OCTANE (www.octaneoc.org), the Orange County-based organization which has been looking to spur the high technology industry in the area, so we thought we'd talk Matthew ...

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May 12th,2010

Sidebar Teams With Indiagames

Santa Monica-based Sidebar, a developer of mobile content recommendation software, has tied with Indian mobile and online games firm Indiagames Ltd., the two said today. According to the two, they are in a strategic relationship where India...

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May 11th,2010

Ad.ly Raises $5M

Los Angeles-based Ad.ly, the Twitter advertising firm headed by Sean Rad, is announcing today that it has raised $5M in a new round of financing. The round comes from GRP Partners, Greycroft Ventures, and Matt Coffin, the founder of LowerMy...

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May 11th,2010

Interview with Jody Sherman, CEO of EcoMom

Last week, Los Angeles-based EcoMom (www.ecomom.com) launched its "green" parenting site, with backing from Dave McClure. We caught up with EcoMom CEO Jody Sherman, to learn more about the company. Jody--an experienced entrepreneur who was ...

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May 7th,2010

Interview with Marc Friedmann, SciVee

For this morning's interview, we spoke with Marc Friedmann, the experience executive who is now CEO of Solana Beach-based SciVee (www.scivee.tv). Marc was previously CEO of Syntricity, and was founding CEO at Prisa Networks (acquired by E...

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May 7th,2010

FLO TV Adds UFC Events

San Diego-based FLO TV, the mobile television venture of Qualcomm, said today that it will begin carrying the UFC's Pay-Per-View events. FLO TV said it will carry UFC matches both live and through event replays, through its personal televis...

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May 5th,2010

Interview with Yossi Vardi

It's our pleasure today to feature an interview with Yossi Vardi, one of Israel's best known high tech entrepreneurs. Yossi is much sought out by entrepreneurs both here, in Silicon Valley, and the rest of the world for his insights into ...

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April 30th,2010

FastSoft Targets Dynamic Web Pages, Video

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the Caltech spinout which develops Internet acceleration devices, said today that it has bolstered its algorithms used its product to support dynamic web pages and video. The firm said it is targeting Internet retai...

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April 30th,2010

lynda.com Hires Content VP

Carpinteria-based lynda.com, which operates an online training and education site for computer skills, announced Thurday that it has added Michael Ninness as the firm's Vice President of Content. Ninness re-joins the company from Adobe, whe...

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April 28th,2010

Interview with Dave Waldman, Bccthis

Dave Waldman, CEO and Founder of Los Angeles-based Bccthis (www.Bccthis.com), a startup looking to add additional functionality and private messaging into both corporate emails and Twitter messages. Bccthis just announced a version of their...

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April 27th,2010

Mail.com Buys BGR.com

Los Angeles-based Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC), which operates the Mail.com email service and portal, as well as its own network of content-focused web sites, said today that it has acquired BGR.com, a mobile/gadget review and news site...

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April 26th,2010

SciVee Ties With Thomson Reuters

San Diego-based SciVee, which operates an online Internet video site focused on advancing scientific knowledge, has inked a deal with Thomson Reuters, the firms said Monday. According to the companies, Thomson Reuters will allow users of it...

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April 23rd,2010

MakeItWork Signs Radio Syndication Deal

Santa Barbara-based Make It Work said today that it has signed a national syndication agreement with Envision Radio Networks, which will make the firm's technology radio show available to radio stations nationwide. According to Make It Work...

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April 22nd,2010

Verve Wireless Ties With Audit Firm

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless, a developer of mobile local news publishing software, has tied with the Audit Bureau of Circulations' interactive unit, ABCi, the firm said this week. According to ABCi and Verve, ABCi will provide newspaper ...

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April 19th,2010

RealD In 3D License Deal With Chip Firm

Los Angeles-based RealD, which develops 3D projection technology for the movie business, has inked a licensing deal with systems-on-a-chip firm Sigma Designs, the two firms said Monday. According to the companies, they will jointly deliver ...

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April 16th,2010

Interview with Albert Ko, DealPerk.com

One of the types of startups we see most of nowadays, are private sale, limited time bargain, and local group buying startups. One of those startups is Orange County-based DealPerk.com (www.dealperk.com), which is headed by Albert Ko. Albe...

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April 15th,2010

Report: Demand Selects Goldman Sachs For IPO Effort

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online content publishing firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has reportedly selected Goldman Sachs to run its IPO effort, according to a report this evening from the Financial Times. The report says that Dem...

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April 14th,2010

Interview with Lolita Carrico, Gloss Network

Our interview this morning is with Lolita Carrico, founder of Gloss Network for Women (www.mygloss.com), an online network of sites focused on women. Lolita was founder of ModernMom.com, which she sold to Lisa Rosenblatt, wife of Demand Med...

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April 12th,2010

Yahoo Links With Producer Of The Office For Web Series

Online web portal Yahoo has inked a deal with Reveille, producer of The Office, Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser, and other shows, for a new online series, the firms said today. According to Yahoo, the new original web series, Who Knew? will f...

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April 12th,2010

EdgeCast Networks Raises $10M

Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network (CDN) provider, is announcing today that it has raised $10M in a Series C funding round. EdgeCast said the round was led by Menlo Ventures, and also includes an investment fro...

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April 12th,2010

VMIX Taps Akamai For HD Video

San Diego-based VMIX, a developer of an online video management platform, said today that it has extended a deal with content delivery network provider Akamai, to use Akamai's HD video services. Financial details of the deal were not disclo...

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April 9th,2010

Demand Media Powers USA Today Site

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing and content firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has scored a win with USA Today, the firm said Thursday. According to Demand Media, it has teamed up with USA Today to launch a new section o...

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April 9th,2010

Clearstone Gets Another Win With Ankeena

Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures appears to be on an exit roll this month, with the acquisition Thursday of Ankeena Networks, a supplier of software for content delivery networks. Juniper Networks said Thursday that it would pay somet...

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April 6th,2010

Ixia Adds Adobe Flash Testing

Calabasas-based network testing software and hardware provider Ixia reports today that it has inked a deal with Adobe Systems, to provide a product to provide testing for Adobe Flash. Ixia said Adobe has agreed to provide the firm with Adob...

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April 5th,2010

MySpace Creates Custom iPad Page

Among the many companies launching iPad-focused applications and content over the weekend, Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said that it is now presenting a custom, home page for people visiting the site through the Apple iP...

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April 2nd,2010

Disney Jumps Onto iPad Bandwagon

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company announced late Thursday that the studio will be debuting a number of applications for Apple's iPad, as Apple gets set to deliver the devices to stores this weekend. Walt Disney said that Marvel Comics, ABC...

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March 31st,2010

Local.com Renews SuperMedia

Irvine-based Local.com, an online local search site, reported today that it has renewed and expanded a local advertising distribution agreement with SuperMedia LLC, the parent firm of Superpages.com. According to the firms, SuperMedia's adv...

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March 25th,2010

Citysearch Nabs Gorilla Nation's Louvion

West Hollywood-based Citysearch announced today that it has hired on Christophe Louvion--the former CTO of Gorilla Nation Media--as its Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Core Products. Citysearch, which is owned by IAC, ...

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March 25th,2010

Orange County's OCTANe, OCVG Merge

Two major orange county technology advocacy and business groups, OCTANe and the Orange County Venture Group (OCVG) said today that they have merged their organizations. According to OCTANe and OCVG, all operations and program management wil...

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March 25th,2010

EdgeCast Powers ClickStream TV

Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks announced Wednesday that it has tied with ClickStreamTV, to power ClickStreamTV's pay-as-you-go CDN service. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. EdgeCast sai...

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March 24th,2010

Total Immersion Targets Markerless Tracking

Los Angeles-based augmented reality firm Total Immersion, which is headed by Bruno Uzzan, is looking to extend itself into the markerless tracking area, the firm said this week at CTIA. Total Immersion, which powers "augmented reality" soft...

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March 23rd,2010

Verimatrix Wins New Zealand Telecom Firm

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a developer of DRM software used in IPTV and set top boxes, said today that it has added New Zealand telecom TelstraClear Ltd. as a customer. Verimatrix said that TelstraClear will be using its Video Content Auth...

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March 17th,2010

Mobile-XL Links With Oberthur Technologies

Los Angeles-based Mobile-XL, the international mobile information services firm backed by the Tech Coast Angels, said this week that it has linked a deal with Oberthur Technologies to include its XLBrowser Content Platform on Oberthur's lin...

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March 16th,2010

Jacked Acquired By Roundbox

Santa Monica-based Jacked, a developer of second-screen, companion applications for TV broadcasts, has been acquired by Roundbox, a New Jersey-based developer of mobile broadcast software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Brya...

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March 16th,2010

Telogis Expands Deal With NAVTEQ

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, a provider of route planning and optimization tools, said Tuesday that it has expanded its agreement with digital map data provider NAVTEQ. The firms said that NAVTEQ's content, including real-time traffic informa...

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March 16th,2010

DivX Ships Updated Video Software

San Diego-based DivX announced today that it has released a new, updated version of its video player software for the Windows platform. According to DivX, its DivX Plus Software, which is available for free, has been "completely redesigned,...

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March 16th,2010

WD Ships One Terabyte Mac Drive

Lake Forest-based WD said today that it has released a new, one terabyte, portable hard drive for the Mac. WD said its new My Passport SE for Mac, USB drive supports either one terabyte or 750 gigabytes in capacity. The new portable drives ...

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March 12th,2010

FLO TV Adds CNN Mobile

San Diego-based FLO TV, the mobile television arm of Qualcomm, said today that it has inked a deal with Turner Broadcasting to add CNN Mobile to the service. FLO TV said that it will add content from CNN/US, CNN International, HLN, and CNN....

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March 10th,2010

Interview with Robin Richards, Internships.com

One of the more successful serial entrepreneurs here in Southern California has been Robin D. Richards, who most recently sold The NTI Group to Blackboard, and previously also was CEO of Vivendi Universal Net USA, the founding president and...

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March 8th,2010

Testronic Labs Targets Casual, Social Gaming

Burbank-based Testronic Labs, a provider of provider of quality assurance services for the video game, home entertainment, and other industries, has launched a new division specifically focused on casual and social games. According to an ex...

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March 8th,2010

Citysearch Invests In OrangeSoda, Launches Online Local Advertising Service

West Hollywood-based Citysearch, the online local business guide owned by IAC, announced today that it has launched a new online advertising service for local businesses called CityGrid Complete. According to Citysearch, it made an investme...

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March 4th,2010

Docstoc's Jason Nazar Talks About DocStore

Recently, Santa Monica-based Docstoc (www.docstoc.com) launched a new marketplace on its site, for anyone interested in selling professional documents. We thought we'd get the background on the new effort directly from Jason Nazar, CEO and ...

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March 3rd,2010

Hollywood Scores Win Over RealNetworks RealDVD

A group of Hollywood studios has scored a win over RealNetworks today, as the firm settled a lawsuit which targeted a DVD copying and ripping service called RealDVD, which RealNetworks was attempting to launch into the market. According to ...

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March 3rd,2010

Perfect Market Confirms $6M Fundraising

Altadena-based Perfect Market, which is developing technology to help publishers monetize their long tail content, confirmed today that it has raised $6M in a Series C funding round. The firm said the round was led by Tribune Company, and a...

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March 2nd,2010

Perfect Market Gets $6.0M

Pasadena-based Perfect Market, a provider of software which enables monetization of long tail content of publishers such as newspapers, has raised $6.0M in a funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. No details on ...

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March 2nd,2010

LiveOffice Looks To Archive Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

Torrance-based LiveOffice, a provider of email archiving services, announced today that the firm is releasing a new product specifically aimed at archiving social media sites, including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. The firm said the new...

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March 2nd,2010

Interview with Alec Shankman, Gotcast

Alec Shankman is CEO of Santa Monica-based Gotcast (www.gotcast.com), an online site focused on casting of actors for television shows, movies, and other productions. The firm is venture and angel backed, and was co-founded by Wil Schroter,...

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March 2nd,2010

Sorenson Media Rolls API

San Diego-based Sorenson Media, which develops video encoding software and a related content delivery network, said today that it has released a new application programming interface (API). According to Sorenson Media, the new Sorenson 360 ...

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March 1st,2010

Perfect Market Names Chief Strategy Officer

Altadena-based Perfect Market, which is backed by Idealab, said this morning that it has hired on Robertson Barrett as Chief Strategy Officer at the company. Barrett joins from Tribune Interactive, where he was Executive Vice President head...

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February 26th,2010

ReachLocal Buys SMB:LIVE

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal announced Friday that it has acquired SMB:LIVE, a developer of digital presence and reputation management products for the small and medium sized business market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not d...

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February 25th,2010

Demand Media Creates Editorial Advisory Board

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing effort headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said late last night that it has created a new Editorial Advisory Board. The firm said the new group of advisors would help counsel the firm on cont...

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February 24th,2010

Interview with Scott Morrow, Curatemedia

Last month, Santa Monica-based ThisNext announced that it was acquiring Stylehive, an online site focused on fashion and beauty. As part of that move, the firm created a parent firm called Curatemedia (www.curatemedia.com), to oversee ThisN...

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February 23rd,2010

Docstoc Launches Marketplace, Rev Share Effort

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, the online document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, is launching a new marketplace this morning which will allow users to sell their own content on the firm's site. According to the firm, its new Docstore will a...

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February 22nd,2010

Language Weaver's Mark Tapling On Growth, Exits

Its been awhile since we last caught up with Los Angeles-based Language Weaver (www.languageweaver.com), a venture-backed firm which develops language translation software, so we sat down the other day with Mark Tapling, the President and C...

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February 16th,2010

Citrix Takes On Online Training

Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online has entered into the online, interactive training market with the launch of a new product, the firm announced this morning. Citrix said its new Citrix GoToTraining product is targeted at businesses who want...

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February 11th,2010

Mogreet Inks Deal With American Greetings

Los Angeles-based Mogreet, the mobile marketing and greeting card firm run by James Citron, said today that it has inked a partnership with greeting cards firm American Greetings, via the card firm's online division, AG Interactive. Accordi...

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February 11th,2010

Break Media Buys FileFront

Los Angeles-based Break Media announced this morning that it has acquired FileFront, an online site focused on gaming news and downloads. According to Break Media, it will be investing "significantly" in the editorial on FileFront, and will...

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February 10th,2010

ValueClick Stresses Ad Quality Efforts

Westlake Village-based ValueClick announced today that its ValueClick Media and Commission Junction divisions are focusing on improving network quality, and have renewed an agreement with ad monitoring firm Cyveillance. According to the fir...

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February 10th,2010

Interview with Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic

A few weeks ago, Rahul Sonnad--a serial entrepreneur who is best known for founding and selling thePlatform to Comcast--alternately confused and dazzled attendees at Twiistup, the Los Angeles tech conference, with a fake-stilted-Indian-immi...

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February 9th,2010

Integrien Adds Lee Roberts To Board

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of IT analytics annd management software, announced today that former FileNet CEO Lee Roberts is joining the firm's board of directors. Roberts is currently President and CEO of BlueWater Management Consu...

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February 3rd,2010

Covario Targets Mobile Web Sites

San Diego-based Covario, a developer of search engine marketing and search engine optimization software, said today that it has launched a new product focused on creating mobile web sites. According to the firm, its new product--Mobile COnt...

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February 2nd,2010

Clicker.com Links With UCLA

Los Angeles-based Clicker Media, the online video guide service funded by Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures, said that it has linked with the University of California, Los Angeles, with a branded version of the service specifically fo...

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February 1st,2010

Citysearch Unveils Local Ad Network

West Hollywood-based Citysearch, the online business guide owned by IAC, said late Friday that it has created a new advertising network called CityGrid. According to Citysearch, the new content and advertising network aggregates advertisers...

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January 25th,2010

Break Expands Into Online Games

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online media firm run by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is expanding into social gaming, with the launch of its own game studio. The firm said it is opening up a studio located in Shanghai, China...

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January 25th,2010

Interview with J.R. Johnson, Lunch.com

J.R. Johnson, founder of Lunch.com, is an experienced entrepreneur, who sold his last firm, VirtualTourist.com, to Expedia. Johnson's latest effort is Lunch.com (www.lunch.com), a web site which takes the concepts behind VirtualTourist.com ...

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January 21st,2010

Demand Media Wins Toyota

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, disclosed today that the firm has signed on auto manufacturer Toyota as a customer. Demand Media said it has partnered with Toyota and ad agency Saatchi & Saa...

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January 21st,2010

EA Mobile Targets Amazon's Kindle

Los Angeles-based EA Mobile, the mobile game publishing arm of Electronic Arts, has set its sights on a new platform for its mobile games: Amazon's Kindle. According to Amazon.com, it is launching an effort to allow developers to create the...

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January 20th,2010

Total Immersion Gets DVD, Blu-ray Wins

Los Angeles-based Total Immersion. a developer of augmented reality software which superimposes computer generated images onto live video feeds and PC webcam images, announced today that the firm's technology has been used with a number of ...

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January 15th,2010

Slacker Expands Radio Service To Canada

San Diego-based Slacker, the personalized Internet radio service backed by Mission Ventures, Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, reported Thursday that it has expanded its service into Canada. Slacker ...

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January 14th,2010

EdgeCast Expands In Singapore, Paris

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast, which operates a content delivery network (CDN) focused on rich media content, is announcing today that the firm is opening two new points of presence in Singapore and Paris. According to the firm, the two POPs a...

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January 13th,2010

Tsavo Enhances Daymix

Santa Monica-based Tsavo Media, which is developing software which helps to make web sites more relevant to their visitors, announced today that it has added a new feature to match relevant stories with users on its Daymix information porta...

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January 8th,2010

Slacker Radio Links With ABC News

San Diego-based Slacker, the online personalized radio service backed by Mission Ventures, Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, said Thursday that it is adding ABC News to its Slacker personal radio ser...

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January 7th,2010

RealD Links With Sony, JVC, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic, DIRECTV

Beverly Hills-based 3D technology provider RealD said today that it has signed agreements with Sony, JVC, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic, and DIRECTV, around support of its RealD format on new, 3D televisions. RealD said the agreements include...

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January 6th,2010

Napster Rolls Out API

Los Angeles-based music service Napster, which is now owned by Best Buy, announced today that it has released a new application programming interface, targeted at consumer electronics and web developers. According to Napster, the new API al...

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January 5th,2010

Cybersitter Sues China Over Stolen 'Green Dam' Source Code

Santa Barbara-based internet filtering software provider Cybersitter said today that it has filed a $2.2 billion, software piracy suit against China, two Chinese software firms, and seven computer manufacturers, over misappropriation of tra...

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January 4th,2010

RealD In Win With Samsung

Los Angeles-based 3D technology provider RealD and Samsung Electronics announced today that the firms are integrating RealD's 3D technology into a new line of 3D TVs. According to the two, Samsung will support RealD's format for the deliver...

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December 22nd,2009

Quartics Links With CyberLink

Irvine-based Quartics, the developer of video processor systems-on-a-chip backed by Safi Qureshey, said Tuesday that it has linked with CyberLink, a developer of DVD playing software on a partnership. The two said that they are demonstratin...

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December 17th,2009

Break Media Inks Video On Demand Deal

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a number of male-oriented video and other content sites, announced Thursday that the firm has inked a deal with IPTV firm Clearleap. According to Break, the deal calls for Clearleap to include a...

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December 17th,2009

RightScale Partners With Content Management Firm

Santa Barbara-based RightScale, a developer of cloud computing software, has linked with a London developer of enterprise content management software, Alfresco Software, the two said this week. According to the firms, they are using RightSc...

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December 16th,2009

Interview with Sean Rad, Founder, Ad.ly

One of the perpetual themes of the technology news sites and blogs this year has been fairly nonstop coverage of Twitter, the microblogging site. Aside from constant coverage of whether the service is up, or down, or somewhere in between, t...

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December 10th,2009

Rippol Removes Logins, Rolls Lightweight Site

San Diego-based Rippol, a startup which is looking to use social networking information to help users discover new videos and online shows, has quietly rolled out a new "lightweight" version of its site, and has removed requirements to logi...

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December 9th,2009

Variety.com Puts Up Pay Wall

Los Angeles-based entertainment trade publication Variety has decided to put the firm's content behind a pay wall, telling its readers today that it will start restricting access to its articles to print and digital subscribers, starting Th...

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December 9th,2009

Evolver Links With Emergent's Gamebryo

Aliso Viejo-based Evolver, a developer of a web interface for buildling 3D characters in video games, said this morning that it is in a strategic partnership with Calabasas-based Emergent Game Technologies. According to Evolver, the two wi...

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December 8th,2009

Interview with Aaron Crayford, Rippol

Recently, San Diego-based Rippol (www.rippol.com) launched its web site, a service which uses social networking to help people find and discover interesting videos related to their interests. We caught up with CEO Aaron Crayford to learn ab...

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December 8th,2009

D-Link Powers Boxee Device

Fountain Valley-based D-Link said last night that the firm is behind Boxee's new device for allowing users to access Internet content on their TV. The Boxee Box by D-Link was unveiled last night, and allows consumers to view movies, TV show...

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December 8th,2009

Mochila Raises $1.0M

Carlsbad-based Mochila, which operates an online content marketplace for publishers, has raised $1.0M in an ongoing $2.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the funding have been announced by the comp...

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December 3rd,2009

Insights and Opinions: Ten vision tests for success

Today's Insights and Opinions piece -- where we feature content from experts and thought leaders in the community -- comes to us from angel investor Dave Berkus, who recently posted a list of ten factors to see if the vision for your techno...

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December 1st,2009

Logicube Buys IP Rights From Partner

Chatsworth-based Logicube, a developer of hard drive duplication and electronic forensics products, announced this morning that it has acquired the intellectual property behind its CellDEK technology. The firm had originally co-developed th...

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November 30th,2009

Hulu Adds Advanced Search Page

Los Angeles-based video site Hulu has launched a new advanced search site, the firm announced today. According to the site, the new search page allows users to search for shows using advanced boolean searching, including use of "and", "or"...

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November 24th,2009

Adconion Media Group Buys Joost

Santa Monica-based Adconion Media Group, an online advertising network, announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Joost, the online video site founded by Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom. Financial terms of the b...

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November 24th,2009

Rubicon Bolsters Certified Inventory Effort

Los Angeles-based The Rubicon Project, the online advertising optimization firm backed by Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity, said today that it has enhanced its "Certified Inventory" program with a partnership with AdSafe Media....

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November 23rd,2009

CrownPeak Expands Into Online Marketing Tools

Los Angeles-based software-as-a-service developer CrownPeak has expanded the breadth of its offerings, saying this morning that it has launched a set of content management and marketing tools. CrownPeak said its new offering, the Online Mar...

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November 23rd,2009

Ace Metrix Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which operates a service to help television advertisers measure the effectiveness of their creative content, announced this morning that it has added Greg Drew to its board of directors. Drew is the CEO and Pre...

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November 20th,2009

Rippol Launches Video Discovery Service

San Diego-based Rippol, a new startup looking to help people discovery and find online videos, is launching today at the TechCrunch Real-Time CrunchUp in San Francisco. The new site uses social networking features, including links to Facebo...

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November 20th,2009

Autobytel Extends Deal With Kelley Blue Book

Irvine-based Autobytel and Kelley Blue Book Co. said Thursday afternoon that the two have expanded an existing agreement, where Autobytel will get access to Kelley Blue Book's vehicle pricing information, specifications data, and editorial ...

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November 19th,2009

KidZui Upgrades Browser

San Diego-based KidZui has upgraded the firm's web browser for children, saying yesterday that version 5.0 of the service now includes ways for children to send videos, websites, and photos to their parents, and for parents to send content ...

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November 18th,2009

Break Partners With Sony, Others

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a network of online content properties targeted at the male demographic, said today that it has signed up a slate of new content partners for its sites. The firm said it has added Sony Music, FE...

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November 16th,2009

Mobile Messenger Buys m-Qube

Los Angeles-based Mobile Messenger said Monday afternoon that it has acquired m-Qube, a mobile messaging aggregator, from parent firm Verisign. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Mobile Messenger said that as part of t...

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November 16th,2009

Mahalo Revs Site Design, Home Page

Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the online search site headed by Jason Calacanis, rolled out version 3.0 of the firm's web site. The new version of the site is looking to combine search, content, and Q&A. According to an email from Calacanis to ...

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November 12th,2009

Clicker.com To Launch Public Access

Los Angeles-based Clicker Media, a provider of an online programming guide to Internet television, said today that it is publicly launching its site, Clicker.com today. The startup, which is venture backed by Benchmark Capital and Redpoint ...

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November 12th,2009

Chumby Ships New Internet Clock Radio

San Diego-based Chumby, which develops Internet-connected, highly programmable Internet alarm clocks, said today that it has released a new product called the chumby one. The firm said the chumby one is a Wi-Fi connected, Internet clock rad...

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November 11th,2009

Youbet.com Acquired By Churchill Downs

Burbank-based Youbet.com, an online site focused on horse racing wagering and content, has been acquired by Churchill Downs Incorporated in a deal worth $126.8M. Churchill Downs operates thoroughbred racing events such as the Kentucky Derby...

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November 9th,2009

EdgeCast Links With Cloud Hosting Provider

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast Networks, a provider of content delivery network services, said Monday that it has linked with cloud infrastructure hosting service GoGrid, to deliver a new offering called GoGrid CDN. The firm said the new offeri...

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November 6th,2009

Break.com, Yoostar In Joint Promotion

Los Angeles-based Break Media, which operates a network of male-centric content web sites, said today that it has linked with home entertainment system company Yoostar in a promotion. According to Break,it is teaming up with Yoostar for a s...

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November 4th,2009

Language Weaver Integrates With RightNow

Los Angeles-based Language Weaver, a developer of automated language translation systems, said this morning that it has integrated its product with customer relationship management vendor RightNow. Language Weaver said that its automated tr...

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November 3rd,2009

Break Lands Deal For Webisode Series

Los Angeles-based Break Media, an online site which caters to males, announced today that it has signed a deal with liquor maker Southern Comfort to develop a branded content project, "Social Sportz Net". Break said the series of webisodes ...

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November 2nd,2009

Kingston, Paramount Tie On Movies Via Flash Memory

Fountain Valley-based memory maker Kingston Technology, and Paramount Digital Entertainment said Monday afternoon that the two are in a deal to deliver full-length, motion pictures on Kingston's flash memory products. According to Kingston ...

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November 2nd,2009

OpenX, Microsoft In Advertising Technology Deal

Pasadena-based OpenX is in a major deal with software giant Microsoft, saying today that the two are in a deal to cross-market and promote products to their publishers. OpenX said it it will become a preferred partner to publisher for enter...

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October 29th,2009

AppBuzz.com Takes On Startup News

The team behind Los Angeles-based DemoPit.com, an online site reviewing new startups, has launched a new, Digg-inspired site focused on user-submitted startup news. According to John Diep of DemoPit.com, the site has just launched AppBuzz.c...

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October 27th,2009

Break.com Launches Horror Channel

Los Angeles-based Break.com, an online site focused on entertainment for men, said it has launched a new Horror Channel this morning. The site said the new channel includes both original content and user generated videos focused on Hallowee...

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October 22nd,2009

MySpace Rolls Out Music Videos, Artist Tools

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday evening that it has rolled out a new phase of the firm's music site, adding new music videos to the site, as well as tools targeted at artists. According to MySpace, its MySpace Music Videos feature ...

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October 21st,2009

Demand Media Offering Health Care Benefits To Freelancers

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the new media venture of former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, said today that it has just published its one millionth piece of original content, and is launching an effort to extend health care benefi...

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October 20th,2009

Lionsgate Kicks Off User Generated Content Effort

Santa Monica-based entertainment studio Lionsgate reported this afternoon that it has linked with Massify, an online community for the film industry, to help develop feature film projects for the studio. According to Lionsgate, it will tap'...

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October 20th,2009

Channel M Acquired By PlayNetwork

In what looks like a continuing consolidation for the out-of-home media industry, Los Angeles-based Channel M has been acquired by PlayNetwork. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Channel M is a producer of content for in...

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October 15th,2009

Bestcovery.com Rolls Out Web Widget

Santa Monica-based Bestcovery.com, an online expert review and ranking site headed by former Pricegrabber.com co-founder and CEO, Kamran Pourzanjani, said today that it has rolled out a new widget which will allow web publishers to display ...

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October 15th,2009

EdgeCast: We're In The Black

Los Angeles-based content delivery network firm EdgeCast Networks, announced today that the firm is now profitable. The firm said it became profitable in Q3, and has been EBITDA positive since Q2. The privately held company said it has been...

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October 14th,2009

Interview with Nick Warnock, Atiz

There's been a lot of attention lately given to Google's efforts to digitize books for libraries, as well controversy over the firm's licensing efforts with publishers. It turns out, one of the companies supplying book scanning devices for ...

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October 14th,2009

EON Reality Deploys 3D Interface in Singapore

Irvine-based EON Reality, a developer of interactive 3D software, announced this morning that it is supplying the Science Center in Singapore with its EON TouchLight product, as well as interactive 3D content for the science museum. Financi...

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October 13th,2009

EdgeCast Partners With Turkish Firm

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast Networks, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) services, reports today that it has signed on a Turkish provider of telecommunications services, Dogan Telekom. EdgeCast said that Dogan is offerings its cont...

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October 12th,2009

Ready At Dawn Takes On Game Development

Irvine-based Ready At Dawn Studios reported this morning that it has developed an integrated, console game development platform focused on the Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Pony PSP. The firm said it will provide its own code along with...

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October 9th,2009

Mzima Selected For NetDNA's Content Delivery Network

Los Angeles-based Mzima Networks, a provider of network services, said earlier this week that content deliver network firm NetDNA--also based in Los Angeles--has selected the firm's low-latency, 10 Gigabit backbone. Financial details of the...

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October 8th,2009

Hulu Launches Publishing Tool, Linux Support

Los Angeles-based video streaming firm Hulu told its users today that it has launched two new, experimental projects in its Hulu Labs section. According to Hulu, it has launched a new publishing tool--Hulu Publisher Tool--which helps report...

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October 7th,2009

Suddenly Darling Launches Teen Fashion Site

San Diego-based Suddenly Darling announced today that it has launched a new site focused on online fashion for teen girls and young women. The firm--started by 17-year old Katelyn Rose--features fashion, style, and hair tips, as well as cel...

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October 7th,2009

Interview with Nick Desai, Global Fitness Media

For this morning's interview, we sat down and talked with Nick Desai, CEO of Global Fitness Media, which runs FitOrbit (www.fitorbit.com), an online site looking to help users put together a fitness and connect with fitness trainers. The f...

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October 6th,2009

7digital Launches In North America, With LA Head

British MP3 download site 7digital has launched its site in the U.S., with its North American VP based here in Los Angeles. The site--which allows users to download MP3 content from such studios as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertai...

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September 30th,2009

Break Ramps Branded Content, Growth

Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media said today that the firm has more than tripled its branded content projects this year, and expects that it will grow 18 percent this year, despite the economy. Break, which operates a series of...

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September 23rd,2009

Ripple TV Acquired By TargetCast

El Segundo-based Ripple has been acquired by TargetCast Networks, a San Ramon-based operator of a out-of-home digital advertising network. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to TargetCast Networks, the buy gives it 140...

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September 23rd,2009

Interview with Idris Manley, NativeTung

It's another big week for startup launches, this time in San Diego at DEMOfall. One of the firms launching this week there is Los Angeles-based NativeTung (www.nativetung.com), which is developing tools to help web sites translate and creat...

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September 22nd,2009

TravelTrac Aims At Sharing Travel Experiences

Irvine-based TravelTrac has launched today, one of several Southern California startups showing their companies off at DEMOfall. The service--split across sites TrekTrac, MotoTrac, and SailTrac depending on types of trip--allows users to sh...

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September 18th,2009

CrownPeak Adds URL Shortening To CMS

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, a developer of software-as-a-service for web content management, is jumping into the URL shortening craze, with its own URL shortener. URL shorteners, such as Bit.ly, take very long URLs and translate them into ...

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September 15th,2009

Clicker Raises $8M, Launches Video Search Engine

Los Angeles-based Clicker.com, a startup looking to index and search online television content, launched Tuesday at the TechCrunch50 conference, saying it has raised $8M in venture funding from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures. The f...

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September 10th,2009

Mobile-XL Ties Into Orange Cameroon

Los Angeles-based Mobile-XL, an angel-backed developer of mobile phone applications, said today that it has linked with telecom carrier Orange in the country of Cameroon. According to Mobile-XL, Orange will offer the firm's XLBrowser softwa...

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September 8th,2009

Interview with Lee Essner, AccessDNA

Last month, AccessDNA (www.accessdna.com) announced it had raised an angel round of funding for the firm's shopping engine for genetic tests. We sat down with Lee Essner, the firm's CEO and founder, to chat about the company. Essner was mos...

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August 26th,2009

Outcast In Content Deals with CBS, CNET, HGTV

Santa Monica-based Outcast, an operator of at-the-pump digital displays, said this morning that it has inked new content partnerships with CBS, CNET, and HGTV. Financial details of the content relationships were not disclosed. Outcast runs ...

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August 20th,2009

Interview with Sherry Gunther, Masher Media

Last Week, Calabasas-based Masher Media announced it had received a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels to fund its development of MyMiniPeeps (www.myminipeeps.com), a virtual world for children. We spoke with Sherry Gunther, ...

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August 17th,2009

Web Hackers Targeting Social Networking Sites

Carlsbad-based Breach Security, a developer of Internet security software, has released the results of a security report, saying that nineteen percent of all online attacks in 2009 so far have been based on social networking sites. Accordin...

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August 12th,2009

Memeo Launches File Transfer App

Aliso Viejo-based Memeo, which develops consumer backup and synchronization software, announced Wednesday that it has launched a new product for transferring files between business partners and colleagues. The firm said its new product, Mem...

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August 12th,2009

Rubicon Signs New York Advertising Firm

Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project has signed a New York company, Katz 360 Sales, to give Katz access to its inventory of premium display ads, the firms announced today. Katz 360 Sales said it is using Rubicon Project's Internet advertising...

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August 11th,2009

Whyville Gets Links On New Dell Laptop

Pasadena-based Whyville, the kids educational virtual world, has scored a deal to be included as a featured desktop icon on a new Dell laptop, Dell disclosed Tuesday afternoon. Dell said it is launching a new laptop along with children's ca...

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August 5th,2009

KidZui Launches Video Site

San Diego-based KidZui, which develops kid-friendly browser software, has launched into the online video market today with a new web site, ZuiTube.com. The firm said its new site offers kid-friendly video content through a YouTube-like user...

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August 4th,2009

San Diego News Network Gets $700K

San Diego News Network, an online, local community news site run by Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, as well as former executives of the San Diego Union Tribune, has raised $707,220 in funding, part of a $2.0M funding effort by the company. T...

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July 30th,2009

EQAL Launches Social Publishing Tool

Los Angeles-based EQAL, said this morning at Twiistup that the firm is launching a new, social publishing tool it is calling Umbrella, focused on independent producers, celebrity talent, and online personalities. According to EQAL, its new ...

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July 29th,2009

Internet Brands Buys Three Web Sites

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is continuing to buy up small, vertically focused web sites to add to its various consumer focused content networks, saying Wednesday that it has acquired three websites. The firm said it has acquired Busin...

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July 29th,2009

Interview with Milo Sindell, Knowledge Genie

This morning, Knowledge Genie (www.myknowledgegenie.com) launched a new web site that helps experts and authors publish online information to the web. We sat down and spoke with Milo Sindell, one of the founders of the firm, to learn more a...

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July 29th,2009

Knowledge Genie Launches Publishing Tool

Los Angeles-based startup Knowledge Genie is launching a new, online site today which allows people to publish, share, and sell their knowledge online. The startup, headed by authors and husband-and-wife team Milo and Thuy Sindell, allows b...

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July 28th,2009

AudioMicro Expands Sound Effect Library

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro.com, which operates an online marketplace for royalty-free music and sound effects, said Tuesday morning that it has added another 55,000 sound effects in a licensing deal with The Hollywood Edge. AudioMicro sai...

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July 27th,2009

Interview with William Chow, Mobophiles

Today's interview is with William Chow, founder of Los Angeles-based Mobophiles (www.mobophiles.com), Mobophiles has developed technology which allows any software-as-a-service application or web site, including enterprise applications lik...

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July 23rd,2009

Total Immersion Technology Shows Up In Mattel Toy Line

Technology from Los Angeles-based Total Immersion, a developer of "augmented reality" products--is showing up in a new Mattel toy line, based on Twentieth Century Fox's action adventure film "Avatar." According to Mattel, the action figures...

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July 22nd,2009

Insights and Opinions: The Value Of Free

In our Insights and Opinions piece for today, Marc Averitt of Okapi Venture Capital poses the question: What is the value of free? At the risk of oversimplifying here, a vast majority of consumers expect information/entertainment (a....

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July 22nd,2009

Demand Media Claims Billions Of Video Views

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the Internet publishing and content effort run by Richard Rosenblatt, reported today that the firm has seen more than one billion video streams across its network of sites and branded YouTube channels. The f...

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July 21st,2009

SheKnows Cracks Top 10 Gaining Web Properties

Los Angeles-based SheKnows, the online women's media site owned by AtomicOnline, has shown up in the top 10 list of gaining properties, based comScore's latest ranking of web visitors today. comScore's monthly analysis for June 2009 finds t...

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July 20th,2009

Demand Media Buys Demand.com

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the well funded Internet content startup headed by Richard Rosenblatt, the former chairman of MySpace, has acquired the domain name Demand.com. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Demand Media ac...

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July 16th,2009

Break.com, G4 In Content Deal

Los Angeles-based Break.com, which operates a video and entertainment web site focused on men, reports today that it has inked a partnership with G4's "Web Soup" television series, where "Web Soup" will feature a Break.com segment. Accordin...

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July 15th,2009

Verve Powers Newspaper Site

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless is powering a new web site launch for local news publisher Examiner.com, as Examiner.com said it has launched a new mobile site, m.examiner.com. According to Examiner, the mobile site will highlight content pr...

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July 14th,2009

Riot Games Announces First Online Game

Los Angeles-based Riot Games, a venture-backed developer of online video games, announced Tuesday that it is will be releasing its first title--a free, online, multiplayer game called League of Legends. According to the firm, the new game w...

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July 13th,2009

ManiaTV Founder Buys Assets

Drew Massey, the founder of ManiaTV, has reportedly purchased the assets of defunct Internet web content firm ManiaTV, says the New York Times. Details on the buyback were not disclosed, but the Times says that the acquisition did not inclu...

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July 13th,2009

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

This morning's interview is with Mark Suster, a venture capitalist at GRP Partners (www.grpvc.com). GRP has just recently closed on a new $200M fund, and Mark has been one of the more active venture capitalists in the Los Angeles area in re...

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July 8th,2009

GumGum Raises $2.6M

Santa Monica-based GumGum, which sells photos and other content on a CPM basis to online publishers, has raised $2.6M in a venture round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. No details on the funding have yet been released by th...

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July 8th,2009

Interview with Steve Goldman, Ace Metrix

Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix (www.acemetrix.com) launched its software-as-a-service, TV advertising rating service last month, and we spoke with the firm's CEO and co-founder, Steve Goldman, recently to learn more about the firm. In particu...

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July 6th,2009

Interview with Jonno Wells, Surfline

As part of our interview with local companies and executives, we always like to talk with interesting local companies. One local firm, which every surfer would be familiar with, is Huntington Beach-based Surfline/Wavetrak (www.surfline.com)...

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July 2nd,2009

Livestrong.com To Highlight Tour De France

Santa Monica-based LIVESTRONG.com the online health and fitness joint effort between cyclist Lance Armstrong and Demand Media, said today that Armstrong will be adding exclusive content, including blog posts, videos, and photos, to the site...

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June 29th,2009

Livestrong.com: 1.5M Registered Users, 4.2M Uniques

Los Angeles-based Livestrong.com, the online, fitness site run by Demand Media and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, reported Monday that the firm has more than 4.2 million unique monthly visitors and now has over 1.5 million registered users...

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June 25th,2009

Verve Wireless Signs Newspaper Publishers, Adds iPhone Support

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless, which develops products to help newspapers publishers take their content to mobile phones, is announcing this morning that it has partnered with Media News Group, A.H. Belo Corporation, Hearst Corporation, an...

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June 24th,2009

Big Stage Targets Content Creators

Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment, which develops avatar creation technology for turning photos into animated, 3-D likenesses, said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new effort targeted training content creators on the firm's p...

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June 23rd,2009

Mail.com Buys Entertainment Blog

Los Angeles-based Mail.com Media Corporation, which operates the email service Mail.com, said today that it has acquired an entertainment focused blog, DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. DeadlineHoll...

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June 22nd,2009

DataDirect Sets Sights On Cloud Storage

Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks, a manufacturer of storage systems focused on the high performance market, said Monday that the firm has created a storage system specifically targeted at cloud storage. DataDirect said its new Web Objec...

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June 19th,2009

Verimatrix Gains Another Latin American Win

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a provider of digital content security technology and products for pay TV, said this week that the firm has gained another Latin American customer. The firm said that CANTV, which is looking to offer IPTV service...

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June 18th,2009

Interview with Gregg Champion, OneCubicle

Our interview today is with Santa Monica-based OneCubicle (www.onecubicle.com), a new startup we ran across recently, which is looking to provide a more professional social networking site for younger people. We caught up with the firm's CE...

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June 18th,2009

Outcast, PumpTop TV Launch Combined Joint Venture

Santa Monica-based Outcast, and Irvine-based AdtekMedia, the operator of out-of-home advertising network PumpTop TV, said today that the two firms have created a new, joint venture focused on at-the-pump displays. According to the two, Outc...

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June 16th,2009

Tsavo Loses Macadaan

Santa Monica-based Tsavo, the online media company which owns Manolith, Twirlit, Kidglue, and Nibbledish, has lost its Vice President of Product and Design, Mike Macadaan. Macadaan is well known in the Los Angeles technology community for c...

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June 8th,2009

EdgeCast Inks Patent Licensing Deal, Adds Customers

Los Angeles-based EdgeCast Networks, a provider of content delivery networking services, is announcing today that it has inked an intellectual property licensing agreement with Web.com. According to EdgeCast, the IP deal grants the firm a l...

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June 8th,2009

FatTail Launches Search Traffic Service

Woodland Hills-based FatTail, a developer of software tools for publishers to manage their advertising sales efforts, said over the weekend that the firm has launched a new product, PageGage RAFT, which will allow publishers automatically b...

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June 4th,2009

Verimatrix Deploys In Mexico

San Diego-based Verimatrix reported this week that the firm is deploying its content security technology in Mexico, as part of an install at cable operator Cablemas. According to Verimatrix, its products are being used as part of a enhanced...

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June 1st,2009

Shopflick.com Acquired By Sugar, Inc.

Los Angeles-based Shopflick.com, an online video fashion marketplace, has been acquired by San Francisco publisher Sugar Inc., Sugar said Monday afternoon. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Sugar, Shopflick...

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June 1st,2009

Interview with Eden Jarrin, eDivvy

For this morning's interview, we caught up with Eden Jarrin, the President of Los Angeles-based eDivvy (www.edivvy.com). Eden told us a bit about the firm, how people are using it, as well as her own experience and what she learned from her...

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May 27th,2009

CrownPeak Opens Office In NYC

Los Angeles-based software-as-a-service firm CrownPeak reports today that it has opend up an office in Manhattan. The developers of content management software said that the office will focus on East Coast creative and interactive agency pa...

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May 22nd,2009

FastSoft Updates Product Line

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the Caltech spinout developing Internet acceleration devices, disclosed earlier this week that it has rolled out a new product. The firm said its new E Series EX accelerator now supports 10Gbps throughput, and accel...

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May 21st,2009

Interview with Brian Nilles, Evolver

Last week, Aliso Viejo-based Darwin Dimensions rolled out Evolver (www.evolver.com), an online tool for creating highly detailed avatars. Brian Nilles, the firm's CEO, is no stranger to the 3D animation and computer graphics market, having ...

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May 20th,2009

Panache In Win With PBS

Los Angeles-based Panache, a provider of Internet advertising technology, announced today that PBS is integrating Panache's platform into its video management system. According to Panache, the move will allow PBS producers to place interact...

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May 19th,2009

EdgeCast Signs Latin America Partner

Los Angeles-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks is announcing today that it has signed on a new, Latin American partner. According to EdgeCast, it has signed a deal to interconnect Samba Tech, a provider of rich media ...

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May 15th,2009

Gorilla Nation Signs Three New Customers

Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation, a provider of ad representation services to the online media industry, disclosed Friday that the firm is now delivering video publishing, delivery, syndication, and ad management for eBaumsWorld.com, Bossip...

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May 15th,2009

AtomicOnline Relaunches GameRevolution

Los Angeles-based AtomicOnline, which operates a number of online content sites, said this morning that it has relaunched its online gaming site, GameRevolution. AtomicOnline said it has completed a "major website redesign" and partnered wi...

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May 13th,2009

Boingo Wireless Courts SlingPlayer Users

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, which operates a worldwide network of Wi-Fi hotspots, is looking to attract disgruntled users of Sling's new iPhone application. Sling, which makes "time shifting" hardware devices to record television con...

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May 11th,2009

ModernMom.com Takes On Mommy Sites

Television celebrity Brooke Burke and Internet entrepreneur Lisa Rosenblatt said Monday that they have acquired ModernMom.com, an online site focused on mothers, and relaunched the site--powered in part by content from Demand Media, the onl...

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May 7th,2009

60Frames Shuts Down

Los Angeles-based 60Frames, an online entertainment studio developing professionally produced, online content, has reportedly shut down, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 60Frames had raised $3.5M in funding in 2007, from Tudor Investmen...

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May 6th,2009

Stickam.com Adds White-Label Streaming

Los Angeles-based live video streaming site StickAm.com is looking to help companies provide their own, live streaming, saying today that it has added a new, white-label offering called StreamAPI. According to StickAm, the new offering will...

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May 6th,2009

Mzima Networks Extends To Amsterdam

Los Angeles-based Mzima Networks, an operator of a Internet backbone network, disclosed this morning that it has expanded its network to Amsterdam. According to Mzima, it has expanded its IP network into to colocation facilities in Amsterda...

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May 1st,2009

Citysearch Launches Another Food Site

West Hollywood-based Citysearch has launched another dedicated vertical web site Thursday, saying it has created a new site, SugarBomber.com, which will provide photos and reviews of local providers of sweets and desserts. The site--similar...

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April 30th,2009

View2Gether.com Gains Funding

Los Angeles-based View2Gether.com, which is developing a product which will allow users to watch and share video content in real-time, said this week that it has raised a Series A investment round. Size of the round was not disclosed. Accor...

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April 30th,2009

Day Software Bolsters Board

Newport Beach-based Day Software, a developer of content management software, said this week that it has nominated Barry Bycoff and David Arnott to the firm's board of directors. Bycoff is currently Executive Chairman at Progress Software, ...

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April 30th,2009

Language Weaver in Deal With Software Firm

Los Angeles-based Language Weaver, which develops language translation software, has inked a new deal with a UK-based developer of enterprise software for managing content translation. According to Language Weaver, the deal is with SDL, whi...

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April 29th,2009

VCs: Southern California Startups Not Just Content

Southern California's venture capital industry isn't just content and media, but is gaining a reputation for companies who "actually know how to make money,"--or so says Highland Capital's Richard de Silva. Speaking on a panel on Venture Ca...

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April 29th,2009

CrownPeak Takes On Social Media

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak has set its sights on the social media space, saying this morning that it has launched a new product which publishes content into social networking sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. According to Crow...

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April 28th,2009

Buzz Media Trims Staff At Idolator

Hollywood-based Buzz Media the venture backed content, media, and community site, has made more cuts, this time at the firm's Idolator blog. According to a post by one of its editors earlier this month, the site has cut "pretty much all" of...

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April 27th,2009

MySpace Names Jones, Hirschhorn To Exec Team

News Corporation said a few minutes ago that it has added two new executives at MySpace, and is tapping Tsavo Media's Michael Jones as Chief Operating Officer and Sling Media's Jason Hirschhorn as Chief Product Officer. Both are in Los Ange...

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April 24th,2009

NTN Buzztime Buys Assets of iSports

Carlsbad-based NTN Buzztime, which develops interactive games for restaurants, sports bars and pubs, said Friday that it has acquired the assets of iSports, a provider of sports and entertainment content, sports scores, and news. Financial ...

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April 24th,2009

Thanks to socalTECH's Sponsors!

Thanks to all of the sponsors and advertisers, who allow us to keep you updated on Southern California's high tech news and companies. They include: Sponsors Redpoint Ventures (www.redpoint.com). Backing Southern Calif...

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April 24th,2009

Qualcomm's FLO TV Lands Amanda Congdon On Mobile Series

San Diego-based FLO TV, the subsidiary of Qualcomm which operates the FLO TV mobile TV service, has inked a deal with popular video blogger Amanda Congdon on a mobile effort. According to FLO TV, Congdon will create original, mobile content...

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April 21st,2009

Big Stage Adds New Content From GGL Global Gaming

Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, the startup which uses photos to create animated, 3-D facial avatars of users, has added new content from a game from GGL Global Gaming. Big Stage told its users yesterday that they could now insert t...

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April 21st,2009

Katalyst Media Ties With Ustream, Sets Season Finale

Hollywood-based Katalyst Media, the content production firm of Ashton Kutcher, announced a live streaming deal with Ustream, and release of the firm's KatalystHQ season finale. According to Ustream and Katalyst Media, the two firms will use...

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April 20th,2009

SodaHead Partners With Technorati

Los Angeles-based Sodahead, the online question and answer site backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels, said Monday that it has tied together in a strategic partnership with Technorati. According to the...

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April 20th,2009

Buzz Media Inks Deal with Magazine

Los Angeles-based Buzz Media, the online network of celebrity-focused web sites, announced today that it has inked a deal with OK! Magazine. OK! Magazine is a celebrity news magazine and website. Buzz Media--which was formerly known as Buzz...

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April 10th,2009

Interview with Jim Belanger, Gamer Doc

One of the few bright spots in the economy recently has been the video game industry, and in particular, video game retailers. One of those retailers -- Gamer Doc (www.gamerdoc.com) is based in Newport Beach, and we caught up with Jim Belan...

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April 9th,2009

InteliCloud Raises Series A Funding

Newport Beach-based InteliCloud, a manufacturer of network equipment, is announcing today that it has raised a Series A financing round. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. The firm said the round was led by Media One Direct, a content...

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April 8th,2009

AudioMicro Bolsters Sound Effects Library

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro.com, which operates an online, stock audio web site used by content developers to license audio clips, said Tuesday that it has expanded its offerings. The firm said that it has added a library of sound effects ...

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April 7th,2009

Crownpeak Revs Content Management Software

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak, a developer of content management software, said Tuesday that the firm has rolled out a suite of new features for its CMS tools. The firm--whose tools are available as software-as-a-service--said that it has add...

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April 6th,2009

Panache Signs Canadian Customer

Los Angeles-based Panache, a provider of advertising insertion technology for the online video market, said Monday that the firm is in a partnership with TVO, a media organization based in Ontario focused on public education. Panache said t...

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April 3rd,2009

ARTISTdirect Acquires MediaSentry

Los Angeles-based ARTISTdirect, which operates an online consumer music portal, along with operating MediaDefender, a business which helps prevent media piracy of content from motion picture studios, record labels, and others, said Thursday...

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April 1st,2009

Central Desktop Plugs Into Outlook

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, a developer of software-as-a-service, project management tools, announced today that it has released a new plug-in for Microsoft Outlook. Central Desktop said the new plug-in will allow Outlook users to synch...

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March 30th,2009

EQAL Hits Japan

Los Angeles-based EQAL, the production firm behind Youtube sensation lonelygirl15, said this morning that it has inked a licensing agreement in Japan. According to EQAL, entertainment company Shinto Tsushin will distribute lonelygirl15 and ...

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March 30th,2009

DTS In Strategic Alliance

Agoura Hills-based DTS Digital Cinema disclosed this morning that it is in a strategic alliance to co-brand products along with Qube Cinema. The firm, which develops surround sound audio technology, said that the two firms will develop and ...

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March 27th,2009

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March 27th,2009

Interview with Peter Csathy, Sorenson Media

Today's interview is with Peter Csathy, President and CEO of Sorenson Media (www.sorensonmedia.com), which recently relocated its executive offices to San Diego. Csathy told us about the firm's move of its exec offices from Salt Lake City, ...

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March 26th,2009

Interview with Eric Hovanec and Steve Reich, LeisureLink

Yesterday, Pasadena-based LeisureLink (www.leisurelink.com) announced a $6.2M funding round for the firm's travel booking service. We caught up with Eric Hovanec, the firm's CEO, and Steve Reich, the firm's SVP of Sales, to hear more abou...

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March 24th,2009

MySpace Music Names Execs

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said Tuesday afternoon that it has named three executives for the firm's music community, MySpace Music. According to the firm, it has hired on Jamie Kantrowitz as Senior Vice President o...

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March 23rd,2009

Citysearch Launches Food Site

West Hollywood-based Citysearch said this morning that it has launched a new, online blog site called 3BuckBites, focused on "cheap eats" costing less than $3.99. The firm said that the site will feature content from its own editors, blogge...

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March 17th,2009

Clearstone Ventures Into Apture

Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners is the lead investor in a Northern California firm focused on the blogging and publishing industry, Apture. Apture said this morning that Clearstone was the lead investor in a $4.1M, Series A i...

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March 16th,2009

Autobytel, Edmunds.com Settle Patent Suit

Irvine-based Autobytel and Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com said late Monday that the two have entered into a settlement over a patent lawsuit filed by Edmunds against Autobytel. According to the two firms, the two have entered into a settlem...

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March 16th,2009

Verimatrix Scores Win In India

San Diego-based Verimatrix, a developer of content security technology for the IPTV market, said Monday that the firm has signed on Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), an Indian IPTV operator, as a customer. Financial impact of the deal was no...

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March 16th,2009

Big Stage Hits The iPhone

Los Angeles-based Big Stage Entertainment, a venture-backed startup developing 3D animation technology used to create avatars, said this morning that the firm has created a new application which works on the Apple iPhone. According to Big S...

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March 16th,2009

Zynx Health Upgrades Software

Los Angeles-based Zynx Health, a developer of health care decision support software, said this morning that the firm has upgraded its AuthorSpace software. According to the firm, the new version of the software adds such features as PDF exp...

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March 13th,2009

Make It Work Gets Into Radio

Santa Barbara-based Make It Work, which operates an in-home, computer and electronics help service, said Friday that it has signed a multi-year contract to host a radio show on KNX 1070. According to Make It Work, the show will be hosted by...

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March 13th,2009

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Interested in winning a free ticket to the Internet Merchant Association's conference in Las Vegas? (worth $599)? The Internet Merchant's Association conference is focused on the e-retail marketplace. Find out the three keys to thriving, ...

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March 6th,2009

Interview with Sean McCleese, Student of Fortune

It's interesting to see how the Internet continues to create new marketplaces for what are otherwise inefficient businesses. An area we've been seeing a lot of companies attacking recently is tutoring and homework help. One of the firms lo...

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March 5th,2009

ManiaTV Shuts Down

Los Angeles-based ManiaTV has shut its doors, after failing to find a buyer, according to the firm. The firm was in the business of creating original web content and video shows, and had been looking to find a buyer for the firm in the last...

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March 4th,2009

Steamboat Invests In Celebrity Site

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