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SpaceX Sticks Ocean Landing Of First Stage Of Falcon 9, Again

Hawthorne-based SpaceX once again stuck a landing on its drone ship on Friday afternoon, as part of a mission to launch a satellite into space for Thaicom. SpaceX--which had been qualifying before the mission that another landing on its barge would be "very challenging"--landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 at 5:49PM. The Falcon 9's second stage, along with the Thaicom 8 satellite, was still on its way to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) at the time of the landing....Continue →


SpaceX Successfully Launches Thaicom 8 Into Space

Hawthorne-based SpaceX has successfully launched another spacecraft into space, with a mission to launch a satellite payload for Thaicom into orbit on Friday. The company's Falcon 9 launched at 5:39pm ET from Cape Canaveral. SpaceX was expecting to attempt another landing of Falcon 9's first stage on its landing barge....Continue →


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 shows, featuring over 250 interactive episodes, which it says will get top billing on its application. Slacker says it is looking to create an "unrivaled archive of content" through the original content effort....Continue →


SpaceX Tries Again On Thaicom 8 Launch Today

Hawthorne-based space rocket developer SpaceX is planning another attempt of a launch today, after the company scrubbed its initial attempt at launching its THAICOM 8 mission on Thursday. According to SpaceX, its next launch window is at 5:40PM ET today, with the weather currently at 90%. Elon Musk said on Twitter that Thursday's launch was scrubbed due to a "tiny glitch" in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator, saying it was "probably not a flight risk" but worth investigating....Continue →


BridgeWave Gets Win In Iraq

San Diego-based BridgeWave, a developer of wireless backhaul systems, reports that it has deployed its systems in Iraq, for the Iraq Ministry of Transportation. The company said the agency has installed a mix of its 60GHz and 24GHz microwave wireless links in Iraq, to help connect its headquarters and 12 remote branches. Financial impact of the win was not announced. The Ministry is responsible for the roads, civil aviation, maritime transport, rail, and other efforts in Iraq....Continue →


Western Digital Bumps Guidance

Irvine-based Western Digital has bumped its guidance for its fourth, fiscal quarter, saying it now expects fourth quarter revenues of between $3.35 billion to $3.45 billion, up from an earlier forecast of $2.6 billion to $2.7 billion. The upped guidance comes due to the company's acquisition of San Disk. Western Digital closed its $19 billion acquisition of SanDisk earlier this month....Continue →


Ixia Adds QualiTest

Calabasas-based networking testing products developer Ixia said earlier this week that it has added software testing and quality assurance company QualiTest as part of its partnership program. Ixia said QualiTest is now part of its Global Solution Provider Program, which helps deliver its network test products to enterprises and service providers around the world. Qualitest is using Ixia's products for emulating media-rich network traffic, among other efforts....Continue →


DreamHost Adds HTTP/2 Support

Los Angeles-based web and cloud hosting service provider DreamHost said this week that it has added full support for HTTP/2, the new web standard used for transporting web pages across the Internet. Dreamhost said that its customers can now enable HTTP/2 for their sites with the click of a single checkbox within their account configuration, at no extra cost....Continue →


Blankspaces Targets New Location In Hollywood

Coworking space operator Blankspaces says it is planning a big expansion in mid-June, and plans to open up a new location in Hollywood. According to the company, the new space will have 14,500 feet, and will be its biggest location so far. Blankspaces currently has two other locations, one in the Mid-Wilshire district, and the other in downtown LA....Continue →


SpaceX Plans Another Satellite Launch Today, For Thaicom

Hawthorne-based SpaceX, fresh off a successful mission to the ISS, is launching yet another payload into space today, with the launch of the THAICOM 8 mission. SpaceX is planning to to launch THAICOM 8, a commercial communications satellite for Thaicom into supersynchronous orbit tonight, at approximately 5:40 pm ET, from Cape Canaveral. The company has a backup launch date of May 27th, at approximately the same time, in case of any delays....Continue →


Snapchat's Latest Funding Round Hits $1.8 Billion

Venice, California-based Snapchat has raised $1.8 billion in its Series F funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this morning, in what might be the largest funding round ever for a Southern California startup. Details on the round have not been announced. The filing said that 157 investors participated in this new round, and other reports say that General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, T....Continue →


Belkin Spins Out Wemo Water To New Joint Venture, Phyn

Playa Vista-based Belkin International, and safe drinking water delivery systems developer Uponor said Wednesday that the two have teamed together to create a new, joint venture, called Phyn. According to the two, the new company will bring advanced water sensing and conservation technology to market. Belkin and Uponor said that Phyn will be a standalone entity, using Belkin's former Wemo Water technology as the basis for future products....Continue →



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