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  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    FBI: Sony Hack Traced To North Korea

    The FBI officially confirmed that it has concluded that the devastating hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment was due to North Korea, according to an official statement by the agency. The official acknowledgement of the U.S.'s conclusions had been widely expected today....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Kwikset Connects Kevo Smart Lock With Android Lollipop

    Lake Forest-based door lock maker Kwikset---which has recently launched into the smartphone-connected door lock market with its Kevo smart lock--said Thursday that it has connected its door lock with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Kwikset said that users can now download a beta, Kevo app through Google Play, which allows users to control the lock via their smartphone....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    XCOR Claims Progress On Space Vehicle

    Mojave-based suborbital spacecraft developer XCOR Aerospace claims it is making progress in bringing the company's spacecraft to market, saying it is moving towards its first flight. XCOR said it is making "rapid progress" towards final assembly of it spacecraft, and has attached what it says is a key part of its aircraft--the carry-through spar--to the rear-end of the Lynx fuselage. XCOR is focused on developing a two-seated, suborbital vehicle which will take humans to 330,000 feet....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Semtech Gets Wireless Module Win

    Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor developer Semtech said this morning that it has partnered with wireless product company Link Labs, on a radio transceiver modules. According to the company, Link Labs has launched a low power, bidirectional radio modules for the 915 MHz ISM band and 868 MHz frequency band, which uses Semtech's LoRa long distance radio transceiver technology. Financial impact of the deal were not disclosed, nor were shipping volumes....Continue →

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    Yardi Names VP

    Santa Barbara-based real estate and housing management software developer Yardi has appointed a new Vice President, focused on the affordable housing industry, the company said this week. Yardi said that it has named Boone Atkins as the company's new Vice President of Affordable Housing and PHA Sales. Atkins has previously served at Ernst & Young and RealFoundations, as well as CompassRock Real Estate and Milestone Management.Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Sony Hack: Theater Chain Pulls Team America

    A Texas theater chain's plan to run Team America: World Police instead of The Interview, has been quashed by Paramount Pictures, according to the chain. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema had said that it would run the 2004 puppet comedy film created by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, instead of the Interview, after hackers crippled Sony and threatened a 9-11 style attack on theater goers if the film went to market. Alamo cited "circumstances beyond our control" for the cancellation....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Report: U.S. Points To North Korea In Sony Hack

    U.S. officials have positively identified North Korea as being central to the hack on Sony Pictures, which resulted in the unprecedented cancellation of the debut of the film "The Interview" yesterday. According to a report from the New York Times, American officials have determined that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures, but are debating whether or not the White House should publicly accuse North Korea of cyberterrorism....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Factual Spins New Geofencing, Targeting Tools

    Los Angeles-based Factual said Wednesday that it has rolled out two new tools, one aimed at geofencing of data, and another for audience targeting. The company said its Geopulse Proximity Designer and Geopulse Audience Builder are specifically aimed at marketers, and use its Global Places data to help target ad campaigns....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    DogVacay Adds Video Clips To Mobile App

    Santa Monica-based DogVacay, the online marketplace which helps dog owners find someone to watch their pet when they are away, has added a brand new feature to its iPhone app. According to DogVacay, it has added the ability to send and receive 15-second videos of pets via its free app, which hosts using the service use to give owners updates on their pets....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Teradata Acquires RainStor

    Teradata, which develops big data analytics and marketing software, said Wednesday that it has acquired Hadoop startup RainStor. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. RainStor develops online, big data archiving software specifically for Hadoop. Teradata announced the acquisitin out of its San Diego offices. The company said the buy is its fourth, big-data related acquisition this year. The company also acquired Revelytix, Hadapt, and Think Big Analytics....Continue →

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Edgewave Raises $2M For Cyber Security Efforts

    San Diego-based cyber security software developer EdgeWave has raised $2M more in a Series A funding, the company said Wednesday. The funding included $1.2M from TVC Capital, $500,000 from Northgate, and $300,000 from Bill Baumel and RWI Ventures. The company said the new funding brings its total raised in 2014 to $8M. EdgeWave is led by former U.S. Navy Captain Mike Walls, and says it prvides military-grade, cyber seurity software....Continue →

  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Snapchat Hit By Collateral Damage From Sony Hack

    Venice-based instant messaging app developer Snapchat is the latest victim of the hacking of Sony Pictures by a hacking group, which is believed to be backed by North Korea. Snapchat's Evan Spiegel posted a note on Twitter entitled Keeping Secrets, bemoaning the exposure of the company's business plan due to hacked emails which have been covered by many publications....Continue →

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