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February 1st,2017

CompuVision Merges With Sagewood Systems

Santa Barbara-based CompuVision, a managed IT services provider, and fellow IT services firm Sagewood Systems said late Tuesday that the two have merged. Financial details of the merger were not announced. Sagewood Systems focuses on the he...

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January 24th,2017

Accriva Diagnostics Acquired By Werfen

San Diego-based Accriva Diagnostics, the Sorrento Valley developer of in-vitro blood testing equipment, has been acquired by Spanish company Werfen, via its subsidiary, Instrumentation Laboratory (IL). Financial details of the acquisition w...

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November 21st,2016

Mast Therapeutics Looks For Buyer

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Mast Therapeutics announced this morning that it is evaluating "strategic opportunities", and is considering a reverse merger, licensing of its assets, as well as continued clinical development o...

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November 17th,2016

OC Tech Alliances Set To Become Part Of OCTANe

The OC Tech Alliance, one of the groups supporting the technology industry in Orange County, says it will become part of another local industry group, OCTANe, effective December 31st. The two--who had announced their intent to merge in Sept...

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November 2nd,2016

Signal Genetics Acquired By Miragen Therapeutics In Reverse Merger

Carlsbad-based Signal Genetics, which had been developing genetic testing technology for multiple myeloma, has been acquired in a reverse merger by miRagen Therapeutics, a developer of microRNA (miRNA)-targeting therapies for treating cance...

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September 30th,2016

Report: Qualcomm Eyes NXP Semiconductor

San Diego-based Qualcomm is in talks to acquire fellow semiconductor developer NXP Semiconductor, in a deal worth more than $30 billion, according to a report on Thursday. No details on the merger were announced by Qualcomm, however, the WS...

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September 13th,2016

Applied Merchant Systems and BlueSquare Resolutions Merge

Calabasas-based payment processing operator Applied Merchant Systems announced late Monday that it has merged with BlueSquare Resolutions, and raised a round of debt funding. The funding came via a senior credit facility from Goldman Sachs ...

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June 28th,2016

Medsphere Systems Merges With ChartLogic

Carlsbad-based Medsphere Systems, the developer of open source electronic medical and health records software, is merging with another software provider, ChartLogic, the two said today. Financial details of the merger were not announced by ...

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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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January 19th,2016

Untappd Merges With Next Glass

Los Angeles-based Untappd, the developer of a social networking app for craft beer drinkers, and Next Glass, a developer of machine learning software for recommending alcohol, said last week that they have merged. Financial details of the m...

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March 12th,2015

Kura Oncology Finds $60M For Cancer Treatments

La Jolla-based Kura Oncology, a biopharmaceuticals startup focusing on treatments for solid tumors and blood cancers, has raised $60M in a private placement. The company said the funding came from EcoR1 Capital, along with Fidelity Manageme...

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October 31st,2014

Seedling: Creating A Brand Which Is Not Online, Or Offline, But Everywhere

Earlier this week, P.S. XO (formerly Moonfrye), the e-commerce company founded by Soleil Moon Frye and Kara Nortman, announced a merger with toy and crafting brand Seedling (www.seedling.com), which was founded by Phoebe Hayman. The two r...

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August 5th,2014

FlikMedia Goes Public Via Reverse Merger

Santa Monica-based mobile dating app developer Flikdate has gone public, via a reverse merger into a shell company called CrossBox, according to the firms today. According to FlikMedia, the company has acquired Flikdate through a merger tra...

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July 22nd,2014

PK4 Media Buys Prosperio

El Segundo-based PK4 Media, which develops adveriting technology, said this morning that it has acquired Santa Monica-based Prosperio, a developer of a programmatic direct platform for the display and video ad market. Financial terms of the...

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July 10th,2014

MabVax Raises $3M, Completes Merger With Telik

San Diego-based MabVax Therpauetics, a privately held firm which is developing vaccine and antibody therapies for treating cancer, said it has raised $3M in a financing round, and also completed a merger with oncology drug developer Telik. ...

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March 3rd,2014

Report: Airpush Said To Be Near Acquisition Deal Worth $170M

Los Angeles-based mobile advertising network Airpush, which is led by Asher Delug, is in the midst of being acquired by Israeli company Perion, according to a report Monday evening. According to the report, from TechCrunch, the deal is wort...

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February 21st,2014

ACTIVE Network Splits, Sells Off Business Group

San Diego-based ACTIVE Network has split off its business products group, ACTIVE Network Business Solutions, and merged it with a Texas company, Lanyon. Financial terms of the merger and acquisitions deal were not announced. According to AC...

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February 6th,2014

Double Helix Games Acquired By Amazon.com

Irvine-based videogame developer Double Helix Games has been acquired by Amazon.com, the two companies disclosed yesterday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Irvine-based Double Helix Games is in the midst of developing Killer ...

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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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November 1st,2013

Ignyta Hits Public Markets In Reverse Merger

Venture-backed biotechnology startup Ignyta, which is backed by Colt Ventures and City Hill Ventures, has gone public in a reverse merger. According to the company, it completed a reverse merger with Infinity Oil & Gas Company, which trades...

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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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August 21st,2013

JustFab, ShoeDazzle In Big Fashion Merger

Los Angeles-based fashion sites JustFab and ShoeDazzle said Wednesday that the two are in a definitive agreement to merge, bringing together two of LA's most watched fashion and subscription e-commerce sites. Financial details of the merger...

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July 24th,2013

Power-One Gets Approval From Stockholders On Acquisition

Camarillo-based power conversion and solar inverter manufacturer Power-One has received stockholder approval on the company's $1 billion acquisition by ABB, the company said late Tuesday. Power-One said that 98.0 percent of the shares voted...

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June 24th,2013

BOOM! Studios Acquires Comics Publisher

Los Angeles-based BOOM! Studios, a venture-backed comic book and graphic novel publisher, has acquired a fellow comics firm, Archaia Entertainment, the firms said today. Boom! is venture backed by DFJ Frontier partners, and offers up a dive...

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June 24th,2013

Western Digital Buys sTec

Irvine-based Western Digital and Santa Ana-based sTec, the developer of solid state data storage devices, announced this morning that the two companies are in a merger agreement. According to the two, sTEC is being acquired by HGST, which i...

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June 20th,2013

Fullscreen, FishBowl Tie On America's Funniest Home Videos

Two local, next generation media companies--Youtube network Fullscreen, and production studio FishBowl Worldwide Media--said today that they've linked up in a deal to bring the America's Funniest Home Videos (AFV) brand to YouTube. The two ...

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May 28th,2013

Cymer/ASML Acquisition Gets Korean Approval

The acquisition of San Diego-based semiconductor lithography equipment developer Cymer by ASML has cleared another regulatory hurdle, the firms said over the weekend. The two said that the Korean Fair Trade Commission has approved the merge...

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May 15th,2013

MediaShift Snags Clear Channel Media Vet As CFO

Newport Beach-based digital advertising firm MediaShift has snagged the former CFO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, as its CFO, according to the company. MediaShift, which provides digital advertising for private Wi-Fi networking ...

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May 3rd,2013

Cymer Merger Effort Gets Another Approval

The acquisition of San Diego's Cymer by Dutch company ASML has cleared another regulatory hurdle, the two said Thursday, as the Japan Fair Trade Commission cleared the company's acquisition deal. The two have been grinding through a long li...

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April 8th,2013

Cymer, ASML Get US DOJ Acquisition Approval

San Diego-based Cymer, the developer of semiconductor lithography light sources, and Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV said late Friday that the two firms have received U.S. Department of Justice approval for their merger. ASML said it woul...

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April 2nd,2013

CapLinked Adds Folder Downloads

Los Angeles-based CapLinked, the developer of online software used to manage financial deals, said Monday that it has added a new feature which lets its members download entire folders from the site. The company--which is targeting the Virt...

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March 21st,2013

AdExcite Merges With Q1Media

El Segundo-based video advertising network AdExcite has merged with online display ad firm Q1 Media, the two companies said Wednesday. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed. The firm said the new company will operate as Q1Media...

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February 11th,2013

MediaShift Buys Travora

Glendale-based MediaShift, a newly formed online advertising company, said today that it has acquired travel advertising network Travora Media. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company said it will be enhancing Travora's ...

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February 6th,2013

Cymer Gets Stockholder Approval On Merger

San Diego-based Cymer, the supplier of light sources for semiconductor lithography systems, reported today that its stockholders have voted to approve the firm's merger with ASML. The deal had been announced in October, and is worth $2.5 bi...

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January 22nd,2013

WD Buys Arkeia Software

Irvine-based disk drive manufacturer Western Digital said this morning that it has acquired backup software provider Arkeia, which was based in Carlsbad. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to WD, the acquisition was ma...

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December 20th,2012

NextWave, AT&T Get FCC Approval On Acquisition

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless said last night that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of control of its various spectrum licenses to AT&T, the last remaining regulatory approval required under the merg...

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September 6th,2012

Contour Energy Merges With ActaCell

Azusa-based advanced battery developer Contour Energy Systems has merged with Austin-based ActaCell Energy Systems, the two said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the merger would help accelerate the co...

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December 1st,2011

Social Discovery App Ntro Launches, Backed by $1.7M in Angel Funding

Los Angeles-based startup nProgress, headed by former Pandemic Studios President Josh Resnick, is announcing this morning that it has launched ntro, a new smart phone app for iPhone and Android aimed at social discovery. The startup said th...

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October 17th,2011

Anadys Acquired By Roche

San Diego-based Anadys Pharmaceuticals, the developer of treatments for hepatitis C, said this morning that it has agreed to be acquired by Roche. The firm said it signed a definitive merger agreement where Roche will pay $3.70 per share fo...

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October 3rd,2011

StyleSpot, Backed by Idealab, Merges With Kaboodle

Los Angeles-based StyleSpot, an online fashion and social shopping site founded by Rafi Gordon and Alex Amin, has been acquired by Kaboodle, the online social shopping site owned by Hearst Corp. Kaboodle announced the acquisition late Frida...

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September 12th,2011

Broadcom Acquires NetLogic

Iirvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it is in a deal to acquire NetLogic Microsystems, a developer of semiconductors for the networking market, in a deal worth approximately $3.7 billion. Broadcom said it has entered into a de...

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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 9th,2011

Websense Wins Credit Union Customer

San Diego-based Websense, the developer of web security tools, reports today that it has been selected by Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union, to safeguard data for the credit union's 38 branches. Financial details of the win were not discl...

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July 29th,2011

Specific Media Taps Investment Banker As Corp Dev Head

Irvine-based Specific Media has recruited an investment banker to head up its business development efforts, fresh off its acquisition of onetime social networking king MySpace. According to Specific Media, it has hired Scott Schopen, former...

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July 14th,2011

Steamboat Re-Ups On Mobile Measurement Firm Ground Truth

Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital arm of Walt Disney, has re-upped its investment in a provider of mobile and Internet usage analytics and measurement tools. According to Seattle, Washington-based Ground Truth, it has ra...

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April 26th,2011

Report: Mailroom Fund Demise Due To William Morris

News of the demise of Los Angeles venture capital fund The Mailroom Fund, the joint venture capital effort of Accel Partners, Venrock, the William Morris Agency and AT&T, is finally trickling out. According to a report today by Fortune, the...

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April 15th,2011

ZPower Raises $64M

Camarillo-based ZPower, a developer of battery technology, appears to have raised $64M, according to a regulatory filing released by the firm Friday. In a filing, the firm said it issued $64M in equity as part of a merger, acquisition or ex...

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April 12th,2011

AML Communications Agrees To Microsemi Bid

Camarillo-based AML Communications, the manufacturer of microelectronic and microwave assemblies, said this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Microsemi Corporation. AML said Microsemi has agreed to pa...

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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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February 23rd,2011

Conexant Goes To Golden Gate Capital

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems said Wednesday afternoon that it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, and has terminated its earlier merger agreement with Standard Microsystems. The move came after SMSC...

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February 7th,2011

Beckman Coulter Acquired By Danaher For $6.8 Billion

Orange County-based Beckman Coulter, a maker of biomedical testing equipment, said today that it is in a merger agreement with Danaher, where Danaher will buy the firm for $6.8 billion. The deal is worth $83.50 per share in cash, which the ...

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January 24th,2011

Genoptix Acquired By Novartis For $470M

San Diego-based Genoptix, a publicly held provider of laboratory services to the hematology and oncology market, said this morning that it is in a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Novartis. According to Genoptix, the deal is wo...

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December 15th,2010

Cypress Bioscience Acquired For $255M

San Diego-based Cypress Bioscience, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on developing treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, has been acquired. According to Cypress, it is in a definitive merger agreement with Ramius V&O Acqu...

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November 9th,2010

SharesPost Names New CEO

Santa Monica-based SharesPost, the online marketplace for private company shares, is announcing today that it has appointed David Weir as CEO. Weir was most recently at Spring Creek Advisory Group, LLC, a firm providing merger and acquisiti...

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November 4th,2010

International Technidyne Acquired By Warburg Pincus, Merges With Nexus Dx

San Diego-based International Technidyne Corporation (ITC), a provider of blood testing devices, has been acquired by private equity firm Warburg Pincus, and also merged with venture backed San Diego firm Nexus Dx. According to ITC, a subsi...

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October 13th,2010

Platinum Equity Buys Ulticom

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity is acquiring a New Jersey provider of telecommunications products, Ulticom Inc., in a $90M deal, Ulticom said late Tuesday evening. According to Ulticom, it is in a definitive merger agr...

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September 28th,2010

Report: Rubicon Project Nearing Deal With New Corp. For FAN

According to a report today from Paidcontent.org, Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising firm founded by Frank Addante, is in talks with News Corp. to fold the firm in with the Fox Audience Network (FAN). The report cite...

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September 27th,2010

Valeant Shareholders Approve Biovail Buyout, Despite Objections

Shareholders of Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Canadian firm Biovail have approved Valeant's acquisition by Biovail, despite objections from Biovail founder Eugene Melnyk and a a number of California state lawmakers. The deal...

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September 22nd,2010

Valeant Plans Cash Payout, Following Biovail Merger

Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the specialty pharmaceuticals firm that is in the midst of a merger with Biovail, said today that it is planning a one time, special cash dividend of $16.77 per share, in conjunction with the merge...

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September 20th,2010

Internet Brands Brisco: Deal Will Allow More Focus On Long Term Growth

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands, which operates a suite of online, advertising driven websites across a wide range of verticals, said Monday that it would go private in a $640M, private equity deal, bucking the trend of Southern Californi...

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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 8th,2010

Valeant Sees Deeper Job Cuts

Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals is planning deeper cuts, after the firm's merger with Biovail, according to an email released by the firm via a regulatory filing Tuesday. According to Valeant, it now expects to cut 25 percent of i...

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August 5th,2010

Report: Big M&A Deals Up in Q2

A new report from Ernst & Young released Thursday found that big merger and acquisition deals were up in Q2. According to the report, there were seven transactions valued at more than $1B, compared with only two deals over $1B in Q1. also ...

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June 30th,2010

Image Metrics Buys Avatar Technology Firm

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics, a publicly held developer of facial animation technology for the entertainment industry, said today that it has acquired Character-FX, a firm which develops avatar creation technology. Financial terms of th...

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June 21st,2010

Valeant Merges With Biovail

Aliso Viejo-based pharmaceuticals firm Valeant said today that it has agree to merge with Biovail, a Toronto-based pharmaceuticals developer. According to the firms, the deal calls for Valeant stockholders to receive $16.77 in cash per shar...

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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 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 3rd,2010

OVGuide Merges With IBeatYou

Beverly Hills-based OVGuide.com, the online video search site backed by Geocities' David Bohnett, has merged with IBeatYou, according to a regulatory filing Monday. The deal was worth $2.975M, with $1.487M in earnout. No details on the tran...

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April 5th,2010

Accelrys, Symyx In Merger

San Diego-based Accelerys and Santa Clara-based Symyx announced this morning that the two are in a all-stock merger to create a new, scientific information software firm. The firms said that Symyx shareholders will receive 0.7802 shares of ...

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March 31st,2010

MegaPath Merges With Covad Communications

Costa Mesa-based MegaPath, a provider of IP, voice, and security services, has merged with broadband provider Covad Communications, the firm announced today. Financial details of the merger were not given, however, the companies said that ...

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March 25th,2010

Scripped Merges With Zhura

Scripped, the developer of online screenwriting software headed by Sunil Rajaraman, has merged with Zhura.com, another online provider of screenwriting software, the firms announced to their users today. Financial terms of the deal were not...

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March 11th,2010

Image Metrics Raises $8.0M, In Reverse Merger

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics, a developer of facial animation software and services, has raised $8.0M in funding and gone public through a reverse merger. According to Image Metrics, it has entered into an exchange offer with Internatio...

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January 27th,2010

Passenger Expands Board

Los Angeles-based Passenger, which operates online communities for major brands, said today that it has named Jaynie Miller Studenmund to the firm's board of directors. Studenmund is an advisor focused on startups, rapid growth, turnaround,...

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January 12th,2010

Xavient Acquires Vision360

Simi Valley-based Xavient Information Systems, a provider of IT outsourcing services, and Virginia-based Vision360, a provider of custom software development, testing, and other services for the telecommunications industry, said today that ...

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December 2nd,2009

M86 Security, Finjan Deal Included $19.25M In Stock

A regulatory filing today by Orange-based web security tool developer M86 Security indicates that the firm has raised or issued $19.245M in stock, in connection with a merger or acquisition--most likely the firm's acquisition of San Jose-ba...

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December 2nd,2009

Networks In Motion Acquired For $170M

Aliso Viejo-based Networks In Motion, a developer of location-based, wireless navigation software, has been acquired for $170M. According to TeleCommunications Systems, a developer of wireless text messaging and E9-1-1 technology, it is in ...

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November 9th,2009

Advanced Bionics Acquired By Sonova

Valencia-based Advanced Bionics, a manufacturer of cochlear implants, said Monday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Sonova Holdings AG. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to Advance...

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October 15th,2009

M86 Security Updates Appliances

Orange-based M86 Security--until recently known as Marshal8e6--said Thursday that it has updated its appliance products. According to M86, its Professional Edition appliances include easier wizard-based installation, new look and feel, and ...

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October 9th,2009

MSC.Software Gets Approval On Acquisition

The long, drawn out bidding war for Santa Ana-based MSC.Software appears to be at a close today, as MSC reported that a majority of its shares have been voted to adopt the firm's latest merger offer from Maximus Holdings Inc. and Maximus In...

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September 2nd,2009

Marshal8e6 Renames Itself M86 Security

Marshal8e6, the Orange-based developer of web and email security products, announced today that it has renamed the firm and brand to M86 Security. The firm said the name change comes to "reflect the company's vision," and follows the recent...

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August 24th,2009

Ligand Buys Drug Development Firm

San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals reported Monday that it has acquired Connecticut-based Neurogen, a developer of small-molecule drugs to improve the lives of patients suffering from psychiatric and neurological disorders. Ligand said ...

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July 21st,2009

Service-now.com Reports Yearly Revenues

Privately held, San Diego firm Service-now.com, a developer of IT service automation software-as-a-service, has released its yearly financial results, in an unusual move. The firm said today that it closed its fiscal year on June 30, 2009, ...

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July 14th,2009

Sorrento Therapeutics Goes Public In Reverse Merger

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics, a privately held firm which says it is developing proprietary platform technology for the generation of fully human monoclonal antibodies, announced Tuesday that it has merged with publicly traded Quik...

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July 8th,2009

MSC.Software Gets $360M Acquisition Offer

Santa Ana-based MSC.Software, a developer of simulation and design software, has received a $360M acquisition offer from a group of private equity investors. According to Symphony Technology Group (STG) and Elliot Management Corp., the two ...

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May 4th,2009

MyLife Snags CTO From Expedia

Los Angeles-based MyLife, the online people search firm backed by Oak Investment Partners, announced today that it has named Paul Onnen as its Chief Technology Officer. Onnen joins the firm from Expedia, where he was EVP of Technology, wher...

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April 8th,2009

Streetfire Merges With CarDomain

Marina Del Rey-based Streetfire, which operates an online user-generated site focused on car and motorcycle enthusiasts, said Wednesday that it has merged with fellow social networking site CarDomain. Financial terms of the merger were not ...

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April 1st,2009

VC IPO Drought Continues

The drought in the IPOs of U.S., venture backed companies continued in Q1, according to numbers released by Dow Jones VentureSource. According to the firm, total merger and acquisition activity only totaled $3.2 billion in the first quarter...

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March 19th,2009

GrindTV, Sportnet Merge

Los Angeles-based GrindTV, a online sports-focused video site, and Los Angeles-based sports site Sportnet announced Thursday that the two will merge into a new company under the name Sportnet. Financial terms of the merger were not disclose...

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March 19th,2009

Hirsch Gets Approval On Merger

Santa Ana-based security systems manufacturer Hirsch Electronics Corp. announced this morning that its shareholders have approved a proposed merger with SCM Microsystems. According to Hirsch, its shareholders adopted an agreement and plan o...

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February 24th,2009

Reunion.com Relaunches As MyLife

Los Angeles-based MyLife, the latest effort of former GreatDomains.com and Reunion.com CEO Jeffrey Tinsley, said today that it has launched its new people search service. The firm--which is the result of the merger of Reunion.com and Wink i...

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January 21st,2009

Nanogen Looks For New Suitor

San Diego-based Nanogen, a developer of molecular diagnostics products, said today that it has received permission to investigate alternatives to a previously announced merger with the Elitech Group. Nanogen had originally announced its mer...

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January 14th,2009

Anthem Ventures North, Funds Avatar Firm

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Anthem Ventures is the lead investor in an avatar-focused, social networking site called Meez. Meez, which is based in San Francisco, said today that it has raised a financing round from Anthem. Anthe...

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January 2nd,2009

Venture-Backed Liquidity Reaches 5 Year Low

U.S., venture-backed companies are seeing their lowest liquidity in five years, according to a report released today by Dow Jones VentureSource. Dow Jones found that there was only $24.1 billion in IPOs and M&A in 2008, making 2008 the wors...

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December 11th,2008

Hirsch Electronics In Merger

Santa Ana-based Hirsch Electronics Corp., a developer of access card readers and systems, is merging with German firm SCM Microsystems, Inc., the firms said today. According to the companies, the two will merge into a single firm, SCM Micro...

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November 20th,2008

Staccato Merges With Artimi, Gets $20M

San Diego-based Staccato Communications, a developer of ultra-wideband wireless semiconductors, announced today that it has merged with fellow UWB developer Artimi, Inc., and raised $20M in new funding. According to Staccato, the funding ca...

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November 12th,2008

8e6 Merges With UK Firm

Orange, California-based 8e6 Technologies, a supplier of web filtering appliances for the SMB and education market, said Wednesday that it has merged with UK-based Marshal. According to the firms, they are merging to form a new company call...

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November 12th,2008

Interview with Matthew Graczyk, Zubican

Matthew Graczyk is founder of angel-backed Zubican (www.zubican.com)--saw a problem, which was the difficulty of finding suppliers for products for businesses--and decided to solve the problem, with a site specifically targeted at helping B...

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November 3rd,2008

Reunion.com Merges With Social Search Engine Wink

Los Angeles-based Reunion.com has merged with people search engine Wink, the two said this morning, to create a new online people search site. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed. According to the firms, they will create what t...

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October 3rd,2008

Out of Home Advertising Firms Merge

Santa Monica-based Fuelcast, which operates an advertising network at gas stations, said Thursday that it has merged with Bhootan, which provides out-of-home media at retail stores, to create a new company called Outcast. According to the f...

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October 1st,2008

TAG, SCCS Merge

San Diego-based TAG, a provider of outsourced accounting and IT services, said Tuesday that it is in a merger agreement with Southern California Computer Services (SCCS), a business application and IT consulting company. According to TAG, i...

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September 30th,2008

PeopleSupport Gets Clearance On Merger

Los Angeles-based PeopleSupport, a provider of business process outsourcing services, has gained clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust act for the firm's merger with Mumbai, India-based Essar Group and its Aegis BPO unit. Accordin...

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September 25th,2008

Ligand Acquires Pharmacopeia

San Diego-based pharmaceuticals firm Ligand Pharmaceuticals said Thursday morning that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Pharmacopeia. The deal is worth $70M. According to the firm, the deal is a stock-for-stock e...

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September 19th,2008

Jazz Technologies Merger Completes

Newport Beach-based Jazz Technologies and Tower Semiconductor said Friday that the two companies have completed their merger. According to the firms, Jazz Semiconductor has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Tower Semiconductor, named Jazz...

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August 26th,2008

United Online Completes FTD Buy

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Tuesday that the firm has completed its acquisition of FTD Group, Inc. The deal was worth approximately $441M, in a mix of cash and stock. United Online originally announced the acquisition of FTD in ...

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August 13th,2008

Jazz Technologies Merger On Track, Says Firm

Newport Beach-based Jazz Technologies and Israeli firm Tower Semiconductor Ltd. said today that the two firms' merger is expected to close in September. The firms said in May that they would merge in a deal worth $169M, with Tower Semicondu...

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July 15th,2008

Favrille Cuts Most Employees, Looks To Sell Assets

San Diego-based Favrille, a firm that was developing targeted immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and other diseases of the immune system, quietly announced last week that it has laid off 132 of its 144 employees, including six of i...

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June 26th,2008

SYS Technologies Gets Approval On Merger

San Diego-based SYS Technologies, a provider of communications products for the Department of Defense and other government agencies, said Thursday that its shareholders have approved a merger with Kratos Defense and Security Solutions. SYS ...

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June 12th,2008

Invitrogen Merges With Applied Biosystems In $6.7B Deal

Carlsbad-based Invitrogen Corporation and Foster City-based Applera Corporation announced this morning that the Invitrogen will merge with Applera's Applied Biosystems Group in a $6.7 billion cash and stock transaction. According to the com...

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June 10th,2008

HireRight In $195M Merger

Irvine-based HireRight, and Virginia-based US Investigations Services, LLC, a provider of pre-employment, security investigations, and other services for the federal government, said Monday afternoon that the two have signed a definitive ag...

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May 20th,2008

Jazz Technologies Acquired By Tower Semiconductor

Newport Beach-based Jazz Technologies has been acquired by an Israeli semiconductor foundry, Tower Semiconductor, the firms said late Monday. Tower Semiconductor and Jazz Technologies said that Tower will acquire all of the outstanding shar...

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April 29th,2008

Gemstar-TV Guide Gets Stockholder Approval For Merger

Los Angeles-based Gemstar-TV Guide International said Tuesday afternoon that the firm's stockholders have approved the company's merger with Macrovision. According to the firm, the merger is expected to complete on May 2nd. Gemstar and Macr...

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March 11th,2008

Interview with Guy Tennant, Entriq

Carlsbad-based Entriq (www.entriq.com) acquired DayPort, a supplier of video publishing and workflow management yesterday, and we had a chance to chat with the firm's COO, Guy Tennant, more about the company and its acquisition. Guy spoke w...

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March 10th,2008

Iomega Reports EMC Bid For Firm

San Diego-based Iomega Corporation reported today that it has received an unsolicited acquisition proposal from data storage giant EMC. According to Iomega, EMC offered to acquire the outstanding common stock of the firm for $3.25 per share...

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February 22nd,2008

Conexant Loses Director

Newport Beach-based COnexant Systems said today that John W. Marren, a member of its board of directors, has resigned. Marren has been on Conexant's board of directors since February 2004, when he joined the board in conjunction with Conexa...

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February 13th,2008

Mandalay Media Completes Twistbox Entertainment Merger

Los Angeles-based Mandalay Media said Wednesday afternoon that it has completed its merger with Sherman Oaks-based Twistbox Entertainment. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed. Mandalay Media said that the current senior managem...

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January 7th,2008

CelLynx Gets $2M, In Reverse Merger

Irvine-based CelLynx, a developer of cell phone signal amplifiers, said Friday that it has signed agreements to raised $2M in equity financing from undisclosed, accredited investors. Names of those investors were not disclosed. The firm sai...

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December 19th,2007

Intuit to Acquire Electronic Clearing House, Again

Mountain View-based Intuit and Camarillo-based Electronic Clearing House announced Wednesday afternoon that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Intuit to acquire Electronic Clearing House. The deal is worth approximatel...

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November 8th,2007

Warner Buys "Lego Star Wars" Creator

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group said this morning that it is in an agreement to acquire TT Games, the developer of the popular computer games "LEGO Star Wars." Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. TT Games Pub...

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November 1st,2007

Oplink Buys Optical Communications Products

Fremont-based Oplink Communications said Wednesday afternoon that it has completed the acquisition of the remaining 42 percent of outstanding common stock of Optilcal Communication Products, a Woodland Hills-based make of optical components...

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October 26th,2007

Solarflare Quietly Adds $14.8M In Funding

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet over copper semiconductors, has quietly added another $14.8M to the company's coffers. The funding was disclosed in both a September 5th regulatory filing, as well ...

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October 15th,2007

US SEARCH Acquired By Venture Capital Firm

Los Angeles-based US SEARCH, the consumer unit of Florida-based First Advantage, has been acquired by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. First Advantage said...

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October 9th,2007

Gateway Offers To Buy Packard Bell

Irvine-based computer maker Gateway said Monday afternoon that it has delivered a binding offer to acquire Packard Bell B.V., as part of the merger of Acer and Gateway. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gateway said the deal i...

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September 11th,2007

Comarco Looks For Buyer

Lake Forest-based Comarco, a provider of wireless test products and power adapters for notebook computers, mobile phones, and other electronic products, said this morning that it has engaged investment bank Pagemill Partners as a financial ...

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September 4th,2007

Leap Wireless Gets Merger Proposal From MetroPCS

Texas-based MetroPCS Communications, a provider of wireless communications services, said this morning that it has proposed a strategic, stock-for-stock, tax-free merger with San Diego's Leap Wireless. MetroPCS said it is looking to pay app...

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August 2nd,2007

Tryarc Acquired By The Revere Group

Los Angeles-based IT consulting firm Tryarc, LLC has been acquired by The Revere Group, the firms said this morning. According to The Revere Group, a Chicago-based business and technology consulting firm, it has acquired Tryarc to better se...

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July 16th,2007

DJO Acquired By ReAble Therapeutics

San Diego-based DJO Incorporated, a maker of orthopedic rehabilitation and pain management products, and Austin, Texas-based ReAble Therapeutics, said today that ReAble will acquire DJO in a $1.6B merger. An affiliate of ReAble will acquire...

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July 3rd,2007

Entropic Completes RF Magic Acquisition

San Diego-based Entropic Communications announced Monday that it has completed its acquisition of San Diego-based RF Magic. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition was originally announced in April. Entropic said tha...

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July 2nd,2007

Venture-backed IPOs Gain, Acquisitions Slip In Q2

Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) announced today that venture backed IPOs saw an increase in Q2, while merger and acquisitions activity declined in the quarter. THe firms released an "Exit Poll" report o...

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May 18th,2007

Inverness Medical Buys Biosite

Inverness Medical Innovations said Thursday afternoon that it has agreed to buy San Diego's Biosite Incorporate, in a deal worth $92.50 per share, approximately $1.57B. Biosite is commercialization proteomics products for medical diagnosis....

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April 23rd,2007

Pipeline Software Merges With Intech Professionals

Santa Ana-based Pipline Software, a provider of SAP integration software and services, said Monday that it has completed a merger of assets and operations with Intech Professionals, a Sarasota, Fla.-based firm. The merged company will opear...

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April 2nd,2007

Venture Backed IPOs Raise $1.2B in Q1

Dow Jones is reporting today that U.S. venture-backed companies raised $1.2B in thirteen initial public offerings in the first quarter. The amount raised was double the amount raised a year ago. According to the Quarterly Liquidity Report f...

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March 27th,2007

Electronic Clearing House, Intuit Terminate Merger

Camarillo-based Electronic Clearing House and Intuit Inc announced this morning that they have mutually agreed to terminate the merger of the two companies. The merger, which was announced December 14th, would have been worth $142M in cash....

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March 26th,2007

Biosite Acquired By Beckman Coulter

San Diego-based Biosite, a biomedical company commercialization products in the area of proteomics, has been acquired by Fullerton-based Beckman Coulter, in a deal worth $1.55B in cash. Beckman Coulter and Biosite said today they are in a d...

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February 20th,2007

Acquicor Technology Completes Merger With Jazz Semi

Newport Beach-based Acquicor Technology, the merger and acquisition firm headed by former Apple execs Gil Amelio, Ellen M. Hancock and Steve Wozniak, said today that it has completed its merger with Jazz Semiconductor. The new firm wil lbe ...

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January 25th,2007

The Family Post Acquired By Firm In Reverse Merger

OTC listed firm Homassist said today that it has signed an agreement to acquire The Family Post, a company that provides a Web 2.0 online photo sharing website for families. Homassist will be renamed to DigitalPost Interactive in the revers...

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January 19th,2007

Intuit, Digital Insight Announce Hart-Scott-Rodino Expiration

Mountain View-based Intuit and Calabasas-based Digital Insight announced Thursday that the firms have passed the 30-day waiting period required under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, over the proposed acquisition of...

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January 2nd,2007

Report: $3.72B Raised In 2006 IPOs

Dow Jones VentureOne is reporting this morning that there was $3.72 billion in 56 IPOs for 2006, the most IPO activity and largest total raised since 2004. 18 companies had initial public offerings in the fourth quarter, according to the fi...

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December 21st,2006

WebSidestory Shuffles Management Team

San Diego-based WebSideStory has shuffled its executive staff, saying that it is consolidating the leadership and operation of its WebSideStory and Visual Sciences divisions. The new executive staff is headed by CEO Jim MacIntyre, who was f...

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November 20th,2006

Akamai Buys Nine Systems For $160M

Akamai is buying San Diego-based Nine Systems, a provider of rich media production and publishing tools, in a deal worth approximately $160M. The companies said today that Akamai will pay 3.1M shares of Akamai common stock and $7M in cash f...

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November 13th,2006

Illumina Acquires Solexa

San Diego-based Illumina, a provider of scientific instruments for genetic analysis, and Hayward-based Solexa, a developer of genetic anaylsis systems, said today that the firms have agreed to a merger where Illumina will acquire Solexa. Th...

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October 9th,2006

Interview with John Tanner, ClearSync

John Tanner is President and Founder of Monrovia-based Tanner Research, a company best known for its electronic design automation tools. John is well respected in the technology community here, and successfully bootstrapped Tanner Research ...

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October 3rd,2006

FileNet Shareholders Approve IBM Merger

Costa Mesa-based FileNet said today that its shareholders have approved the company's plan to be acquired by IBM. The firm said that it currently expects the transaction to close this month. IBM announced its $1.6B acquisition of FileNet in...

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September 27th,2006

Conexant Pockets $100M In Jazz Semi Merger

Newport Beach-based Conexant is reporting that it will receive approximately $100M in cash from its 42 percent ownership of Jazz Semiconductor, due to the company's merger with Acquicor. Acquicor and Jazz Semicondutor said yesterday that th...

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September 6th,2006

Interview with Brad Weinert, COO of Novatel Wireless

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless (www.novatelwireless.com) is a manufacturer of wireless data modems, used to connect laptops and other mobile devices into high speed cellular data networks from telecommunications carriers. The firm recentl...

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July 27th,2006

Systems Integration Firms Neudesic and AVIVA Merge

Irvine-based Neudesic, a provider of information technology integration for the Microsoft market, has merged with AVIVA Consulting Group, a provider of consulting for the compliance and document management market. The two companies said tha...

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June 16th,2006

Interview with Dave Newmark, Bid4Spots

My interview today is with Dave Newmark, CEO of Bid4Spots (www.bid4spots.com), an Encino-based firm that is using online auctions to allow radio stations to sell unsold advertising space. The space has had a lot of attention recently, since...

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May 19th,2006

CaseStack, AtomicBox Merge

Santa Monica-based CaseStack and AtomicBox Logistics are merging, the two companies said today. CaseStack and AtomicBox said that the merger will provide complementary geographies for the firm's logistics services, with AtomixBox's Midwest ...

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May 15th,2006

Mergere Rolls Out Open Source Maven Support

Marina Del Rey-based Mergere, which is commercializing the popular Apache Maven and Apache Continuum open source software projects, has rolled out its distribution of those projects. Mergere said today that its Mergere Maestro platform prov...

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May 10th,2006

Netifice, MegaPath Complete Merger

Costa Mesa-based Netifice Communications and Pleasanton-based MegaPath Networks have completed a merger, saying today that the two provider of Virtual Private Networks will operate under the name MegaPath and be headquartered in Costa Mesa....

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May 8th,2006

Report: ValueClick, aQuantive Call Off Merger

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Westlake Village-based ValueClick was close to merging with Seattle-based aQuantive, a company in the Internet advertising sector, but called off the deal at the last minute. Both aQuantive an...

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March 20th,2006

Interview with Kamran Pourzanjani, PriceGrabber.com

Kamran Pourzanjani is the CEO and Founder of PriceGrabber.com, a Los Angeles-based company that operates one of the leading online comparison shopping sites for consumer products. Kamran sold the company last year to Experian for $485M, a...

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February 22nd,2006

i2 Buys RiverOne

i2 Technologies has purchased the assets of RiverOne, the Irvine-based supply chain management software firm. Terms were not disclosed. i2 said that it is buying RiverOne as a part of its growth strategy for expanding its customer base. i2 ...

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February 21st,2006

Netifice Raises $35M, Buys Competitor MegaPath

Costa Mesa-based Netifice Communications, a provider of Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions, has raised $35M in a venture round and acquired competitor MegaPath Networks. The acquisition, which will be structured as a merger, involved a...

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February 10th,2006

Provide Commerce, Liberty Media Merger Approved

Stockholders in Englewood, Colorado-based Liberty Media and San Diego-based Provide Commerce approved the two companies' merger yesterday. The firms said that the majority of stockholders of Provide Commerce approved the $477M deal, which w...

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February 1st,2006

PFSweb, eCOST Complete Merger

Torrance-based eCOST.com, an online retailer of discount electronics and other products, has completed its merger with PFSweb. The two companies said that both set of shareholders approved the merger at a special meeting last week, in a one...

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January 30th,2006

Interview with Richard Rosenblatt, Intermix and MySpace

My interview this morning is with Richard Rosenblatt, former chairman of MySpace, and former CEO of parent company Intermix. Intermix was recently awarded Best Merger and Acquisition by the Los Angeles Venture Association, where I ran into ...

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January 10th,2006

Xytis Raises $24.5M

Irvine-based Xytis, a new firm formed from the merger of Xytis Ltd. and Remergent, announced yesterday that it has raised $24.5M in Series B funding. Xytis is developing small molecule and allosteric modulator-based biopharmaceuticals for t...

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December 9th,2005

EA To Buy JAMDAT For $680M

Electronic Arts and Los Angeles-based JAMDAT Mobile said yesterday afternoon that the two companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement where EA will acquire JAMDAT. EA said that it will pay $27 per share in cash, for a total pu...

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December 6th,2005

Digital River Acquires Commerce5

Digital River has acquired Aliso Viejo-based Commerce5, a provider of e-commerce software and services for the manufacturing and consumer electronics market. Digital River will pay approximately $45M in cash, including the payment of $12.6M...

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December 5th,2005

Gemstar-TV Guide Sells SkyMall

Los Angeles-based Gemstar-TV Guide International said today that it has sold its SkyMall business to a group of private equity investors for $52M. Gemstar said that it sold SkyMall to Spire Capital Partners and affiliates in a merger trans...

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November 11th,2005

Planetwide Games Targets Reverse Merger

Irvine-based Planetwide Games said Thursday that it has agreed to merge with SP Holdings Corp, a shell company listed on the over the counter bulletin board. The developer of online video games and software said it will enter into a merger ...

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November 11th,2005

ARC Investment Partners Taps Dynafund Principal

Beverly Hills-based ARC Investment Partners has added Richard Gammill of Dynafund Ventures for its new alternative merger firm. The company said that Gammill will head up its Transaction Execution arm. Gammill was a principal at Dynafund Ve...

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October 21st,2005

EMC Buys Captiva For $275M

In a continuing merger and acquisition frenzy, EMC announced yesterday that it is acquiring San Diego-based Captiva Software for $275M in cash. EMC will pay $22.25 per share in cash to acquire Captiva. The deal is subject to stockholder and...

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October 14th,2005

Kotura Moves Packaging To Asia

Monterey Park-based Kotura, a developer of silicon photonic components, said this week that it has moved its packaging assembly to Asia. The company is tapping Broadex, a contract manufacturer, for its services. Kotura said that the move wo...

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September 20th,2005

HP Buys Peregrine Systems for $425M

Hewlett Packard is acquiring San Diego-based Peregrine Systems for $425M, in a deal which will add Peregrine's IT management software to its suite of enterprise management tools. The deal, which is structured as a cash merger for $26.08 per...

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August 26th,2005

SeeBeyond Stockholders Approve Sun Microsystems Merger

July 25th,2005

RiverOne Raises $6M

Irvine-based supply chain management software firm RiverOne said this morning that it has raised $6M in a new round of venture funding. Funding came from Rustic Canyon Partners and Baker Capital, both existing investors in the company. Rive...

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July 13th,2005

DoubleClick Stockholders Approve Acquisition

New York-based Internet advertising firm DoubleClick reported this morning that its shareholders have approved the merger agreement that allows private equity firms Heller & Friedman LLC and San Diego-based JMI Equity to acquire the com...

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March 28th,2005

Tandberg Acquires Inostor

Tape storage giant Tandberg said last week that it has acquired Poway-based Inostor, a marketer of tape automation, drives and media products and NAS products. InoStor was created from the merger of U.S.-based Tandberg Data and Land-5, a de...

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March 10th,2005

PerfectData, Sona Mobile Complete Merger

March 7th,2005

Kotura Licenses Bookham Patents

Monterey Park-based Kotura said this morning that it has licensed a portfolio of patents in the silicon photonics space from Bookham, a manufacturer of optical components, modules, and subsystems. The patentes cover design and manufacture o...

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February 17th,2005

Major League Baseball Acquires Tickets.com

The Major League Baseball's Internet arm has acquired Costa Mesa-based Tickets.com in a deal worth $66M. MLB Advanced Media will pay $1.10 per share of stock of Tickets.com. The deal calls for MLB to provide advanced ticketing options to it...

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July 1st,2004

Kotura Raises $11M

Monterey Park-based Kotura reports that it has raised an $11M venture round from ComVentures and ARCH Venture Partners. Kotura is developing semiconductors for the optical communications industry, and was formed from the merger of Arroyo Op...

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March 29th,2004

PivX Completes Reverse Acquisition

Newport Beach-based PivX Solutions (www.pivx.com) has entered into a reverse acquisition of Drilling Inc., a non-operating public company. PivX provides security software and consulting services, and the reverse merger places PivX on the ov...

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March 26th,2004

Interview: Colin Wallace, Publex Ventures

Colin Wallace is Managing Director of Publex Ventures LLC, a new public/private equities merger fund which is attempting to put a new twist on reaching liquidity. I spoke with Colin about Publex and what they are trying to do. BK: What's...

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March 22nd,2004

Publex Launches Public/Private Equity Merger Fund

Santa Monica-based Publex Ventures LLC has launched a new, $40M fund focused on public/private equities mergers. The fund will work to merge early stage private companies with underperforming public companies. ...

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March 4th,2004

Gateway Axes Jobs

Poway-based Gateway is planning to cut the number of jobs at the company by over 2000 positions, according to the company's CFO. The company is planning to reduce the company's headcount once the merger with Irvine-based eMachines is comple...

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January 22nd,2003

Interview with Romeo Elias, CTO of Interneer

In these lean times, it's pretty difficult to find startups of any kind. However, if you look hard enough, some companies are still hard at work building their businesses. To get a perspective on how at least one of those companies is do...

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March 14th,2001

Interview with Louise Wannier, Founder of Enfish

Pasadena-based Enfish (www.enfish.com) is launching its Enfish Onespace Version 3, desktop workspace today, and I thought it would be interesting to talk a bit with Louise Wannier, Chairman and CEO of Enfish about the product and the c...

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