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  • Friday, October 31, 2014

    Fandango Dangles Chance At A Real Flight To Space

    Looking for your chance to make it into space? Los Angeles-based movie ticketing and information site Fandango said today that it is giving away the chance at a flight to space for film fans, as part of a promotion for the new film "INTERSTELLAR". According to Fandango, people who purchase a movie ticket to the movie using its service will be entered into a contest to win a trip to space on XCOR's Lynx Mark II spacecraft. The prize is worth $100,000....Continue →

  • Friday, October 31, 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 (, which was founded by Phoebe Hayman. The two renamed themselves Seedling, and announced a new funding round from Upfront Venturess....Continue →

  • Friday, October 31, 2014

    Soteria Intelligence Takes On Social Media Threat Identification

    Los Angeles-based Soteria Intelligence said yesterday that it has launched a new, social media threat assessment service, to help find threats voice on social networks in real time. According to Soteria Intelligence, its service is aimed at identifying things like terrorist activity, celebrity death threats, threats of school shootings, and more by filtering through social media posting. The new company is led by Aaron Schoenberger....Continue →

  • Friday, October 31, 2014

    HashAtIt Launches Hashtag Search Engine

    Need to figure out who is using what hashtag where? Los Angeles-based HashAtIt said Thursday that it has launched a brand new search engine, which aggregates and allows users to find hashtags across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. The search engine works both on the web as well as through mobile apps, initially on iOS. The search engine revolves around hashtag "boards" which can be embedded into other sites or social networking pages.Continue →

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014

    MakerBot Rolls Out Hello Kitty In 3D In LA

    Fans of Hello Kitty have been flocking to downtown Los Angeles over the last few weeks for the big Hello Kitty-themed display at JANM, the Japanese American National Museum, and associated Hello Kitty convention-Hello Kitty Con--being held next door at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art) today through Sunday....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014

    uBeam Gets $10M For Wireless Charging

    Los Angeles-based uBeam, a developer of wireless charging technology which uses ultrasound to transmit energy, has raised $10M in a Series A funding round, the company said Thursday. The funding was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Founders Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund, Ludlow Ventures, as well as angels Marissa Mayer, Tony Hsieh, Troy Carter, Shawn Fanning, and Mark Cuban. Upfront's investment was led by Mark Suster, who also joins the company's board....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Topera, Started in San Diego, Acquired By Abbott For $250M Plus

    Topera, a developer of medical devices used to treat atrial fibrillation, has been acquired by Abott in a $250M. Topera, until recently, was based in San Diego, but apparently moved to San Mateo in the last year or so. Abbott said it will pay $250M upfront, plus unspecified earnout for Topera this morning. Topera was venture backed by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), which led a $25M Series C financing for the company back in April of 2013, when the company was still based in San Diego....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014

    TigerText Poaches Oracle VP As Sales Chief

    Santa Monica-based secure texting and messaging provider TigerText has bolstered its enterprise sales expertise, saying this morning that it has hired Justin Nelson, most recently a VP at Oracle, as its new Chief Sales Officer....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 Connecting The Adventurous Traveler With Cheap, Unique Rooms

    Are you tired of booking that "luxury room" on your favorite vacation rental site, and finding it's really a dump? The founders of ( got tired of helping to list lots of "luxury properties" on vacation rental sites--which were anything but luxury--and decided to create their own marketplace which calls a spade a spade. The company has created a marketplace which focuses on "anti-luxury" vacation rentals--many of which can be called rather "unique"....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Global Eagle Entertainment Links With Satellite Operator SES

    Los Angeles-based Global Eagle Entertainment, the developer of in-flight wireless and entertainment systems for airlines, said today that it has linked up with satellite operator SES, to bring Ku-band satellite bandwith to the company's systems. Financial details of the link were not announced by the companies. The two said they will offer up globall, KU-band satellite connectivity using SES's worlwide satellite network....Continue →

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Kurion Names VP

    Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste management technology developer Kurion said today that it has promoted its current Country Director for Japan, Yohei Iwasaki, to the role of Vice President. According to Kurion, Iwasaki has been overseeing projects for Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), as part of Kurion's extensive role in the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Sientra Up In IPO Trading

    Santa Barbara-based Sientra, a developer of aethetic medicine implants, rose in its IPO on Wednesday, trading as high as $17.90 during morning trading. The company priced last night at $15 per share, selling 5 million shares of its common stock on the NASDAQ as SIEN. The company had priced at the midpoint of its initial estimated IPO range of $14.00 to $16.00 last night. Sientra was venture backed by OrbiMed, Clarus Ventures, Abingworth MAanagement, Goldman Sachs, and TIAA-CREF, among others....Continue →

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