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Friday, November 21, 2014

Surf Air Expands To San Diego

Friday, November 21, 2014

Los Angeles-based all-you-can-fly subscription airline Surf Air made a major expansion this week, saying that it has begun flying out of the San Diego Area--or more specifically, the om McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad--earlier this week. The new flights give non stop access from Carlsbad to San Caros (SQL) in the Bay Area, and Santa Barbara (SBA). Surf Air said it will also start flying from Carlsbad to Hawthorne (HHR) on January 12th. The new Carlsbad location is actually convenient to both San Diego and Orange County.

 
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CurbStand Takes Valet Parking To The Trails

Friday, November 21, 2014

In a "that's so LA" moment, Los Angeles-based on-demand, valet parking app provider CurbStand is taking its valet parking service to the popular Runyon Canyon hiking trail in Hollywood, saying it will let users valet park their autos at the popular hiking/running trail this weekend. Curbstand said it will offer the parking for $5 on both Saturday (November 22nd) and Sunday (November 23rd) between 9am and 4pm, and also set up employees on the trail to strategically make sure hikers' cars are in the parking lot waiting for them when they're done with their hike. CurbStand also said it will be providing a free PowerBar and water to users. Runyon Canyon--which tends to be packed with hikers, walkers, dogs, joggers, and other exercise minded LA residents on weekends--is also notorious for not having much parking.

 
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Title365 Acquired By Solutionstar

Friday, November 21, 2014

Newport Beach-based Title365, a developer of technology and services for the title insurance and escrow business, has been acquired by Texas-based Solutionstar. Solutionstar said it will pay $36M in cash for Title365, which it says is expected to have $63M in revenues in 2014. Title365 was advised by JMP Securities in the deal. Solutionstar is a provider of technology and software to the real estate industry.

 
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Cal State L.A. Plans Bioscience Incubator

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cal State LA is planning to launch a bioscience incubator on its campus, after receiving a $3.5M grant from Los Angeles County. According to Cal State LA, the new bioscience incubator--BioSpace L.A.--will allow start-up businesses to work with students and faculty on cutting-edge bioscience research. The school said the new incubator will have up to 20,000 square feet of lab space for bioscience research projects with start-up businesses.

 
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How A Pivot Turned Vantage Media Into A $100M Plus Business

Friday, November 21, 2014

How do you take what has been a healthy business--but which has stalled out in growth--and put it back onto the growth curve? Patrick Quigley, the CEO of Los Angeles-based Vantage Media (www.vantagemedia.com), tells the story of how he pivoted the company from what had been an online advertising agency, into an online advertising technology provider--and in the process, helped move the company past the $100M in revenues mark, which is a big milestone for companies in the growth area. We sat down and spoke with Patrick about the business and its pivot.

Tell us about what your business is nowadays?

Patrick Quigley: People often have the wrong perception of Vantage Media. The company started here in 2002, and we were basically an agency. As you might or might not remember, I joined in 2010 with a vision to turn the company into a true technology company, and pivoted the company to ad technology. At the time, when we were an agency, it was quite a crowded market. We started looking to see if we could use technology disrupt the agency business, for companies serving the performance marketing area, the cost-per-sale area. Starting in 2010, we started focusing on that. However, if you talk to a lot of people about who Vantage Media is, a lot of them think we're still an agency, specifically focused on for-profit education marketing. However, that's who we were in 2002, and stopped being in 2010. Who we are today, is an ad technology company....

 
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Pluto.TV Raises $13M

Friday, November 21, 2014

Los Angeles-based Pluto TV, an online video streaming and channel guide, said Thursday that it has raised $13M in a Series A funding round. The funding came from U.S. Venture Partners, United Talent Agency, Sky plc, Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Luminari Capital, along with Ross Levinsohn, Ken Parks (Spotify), and Stephane Kurgan (King Digital). Pluto TV offers up access to a curated set of online video channels. Rick Lewis of USVP joins the company's board as part of the funding.

 
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DTS Powers New App From Deepak Chopra

Friday, November 21, 2014

Calabasas-based audio and sound processing technology developer DTS said this morning that it has helped roll out a new iOS app from Deepak Chopra and ABOVE Technologies. The company said the new app specifically uses its DTS Headphone:X technology. According to DTS and Dr. Chopra, the new app features Chopra narrating poems inspired by 13th century Persian mystic Rumi, to help create an environment for meditation and healing. Chopra said the app is designed to help users calm down, reduce stress, normalize your blood pressure and sleep better, and is specifically enabled by the DTS Headphone:X immersive sound experience.

 
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Kwikset Upgrades Kevo Smart Door Lock

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lake Forest-based lock maker Kwikset has upgraded the company's smartphone-enabled Kevo door lock, saying this week that it has improved the user experience with the device, started offering up the product internationally, and also launched a new private beta on Android. Among the enhancements are the ability to create "Guest Keys" to allow others access to a home for 24 hours at a time, key scheduling which have day and time constraints, new calibration features to adjust the distance from a lock that a person needs to be before opening the door, and a beta program for Android Lollipop users. Kwikset also said it has started offering up Kevo in Australia, and will launch the product in Southeast Asia and New Zealand next year.

 
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Slacker Radio Links Into Toyota, Lexus

Friday, November 21, 2014

San Diego-based Slacker Radio, which operates a streaming radio service, has scored a big win with Toyota and Lexus. Slacker said Thursday that it will offer up a new Slacker Radio app on select Lexus models, and soon on select Toyota model years from 2011 to 2015. The app will be featured on Toyota's Entune in-dash multimedia systems and the Lexus Enform App Suite. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Slacker said the apps will give Toyota and Lexus owners the ability to create personalized, custom radio stations featuring news, comedy, and music.

 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

eHarmony Completes IT Infrastructure Refresh

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Santa Monica-based eHarmony--which has been in the midst of a major refresh of its externally facing design, apps, and business to cater to the new, mobile user base--said this week that it has also completed a major, IT infrastructure refresh on the back of its services. According to eHarmony, it completed the first phase of a refresh and a new architecture, which it says will help it handle more subscribers, more traffic from mobile users, and more engagement and communications between its matches. The company said it reduced its physical servers by at least 40 percent, implementation of private cloud infrastructure, blade servers, virtualization, and implementation of a Hadoop 2.0 architecture. eHarmony has a lot of competition out there nowadays, including crosstown competitors like Tinder, Three Day Rule, BeLinked, Whim, Flikdate, Let's Date and out of towners like Hinge and TrulySocia.

 
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Milk Takes Grocery Coupons Mobile

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wish you could use your mobile phone to get some savings on your grocery shopping? Milk, a new app developed by Los Angeles-based Honey, is looking to help in that quest, by helping users more easily tap into grocery coupons using their mobile phone. According to Honey, it launched its free Milk grocery coupon app in the App Store Thursday, with the intent to take the hassle out of using grocery coupons. Honey said that Milk supports coupons from Safeway, Kroger, Ralph's, Vons and 15 other major grocery chains, and that it is in the midst of adding support for Walgreen's, dollar General, Publix, and Food Lion within a month. Honey says that it hopes to remove the friction from the current grocery coupon market for grocery stores and consumers.

 
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Flywheel Picks Up $12M, And A New CEO

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mobile on-demand taxi app developer Flywheel, which has been attempting to leverage the existing taxi and transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles to go head-to-head against Uber, said Thursday that it has raised $12.0M in a Series C funding, and installed a new CEO and executive team. The new funding came from TCW, Rockport Capital, and Shasta Ventures. With the new funding, Flywheel also installed a new CEO and executive team--including both a new CTO and CFO--led by former Amazon VP Rakesh Mathur. Los Angeles has been one of the first three markets for Flywheel, which also serves San Francisco and Seattle.

 
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FastPay Finds $15M

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Los Angeles-based FastPay, which offers up financial products specifically aimed at advertising driven businesses, said this morning that it has raised $15M in a funding round. The company, which is led by Jed Simon, said the funding came from Oak HC/FT. FastPay offers up invoice financing and other related finance products, which helps web publishers, online game develops, mobile app develops and others better manage their cash flow. The company's financial products are useful to many media businesses who typically see long delays between ad impressions and actual payments from advertisers. FastPay said it was advised by Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities LLC (FT Partners) in the financing.

 
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Burner Rolls Out MMS Support, New App

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Los Angeles-based Burner, which develops an anonymous phone number app, has rolled out new MMS capabilities and a new, iOS application this morning, saying that users can now send and receive picture messages with anyone in the US and Canada. Bruner--which allows users to create real "burner" phone numbers on the fly and link them to their cell phone--said it completely redesigned its app for iOS. The company said its app is popular with users of online marketplaces, allowing users to create temporary phone numbers to protect their privacy. Burner also rolled out a Chrome extension which lets users create Burner numbers on the fly while online. Burner is backed by Founder Collective, Venrock, Miramar Digital Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, 500 Startups, David Cohen, and led by Greg Cohn and Will Carter.

 
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eBay Launches Local Shopping App In San Diego

Thursday, November 20, 2014

eBay has launched a new, local buying and selling app called Close 5 this week in San Diego, aimed at helping users buy and sell products to other local users. eBay said the app offers up user profiles and is a safer option to traditional, anonymous classifieds. The free app runs on iPhone and Android. Close 5 is initially targeting people looking to clear clutter from their home, and is also running a launch promotion that will award a closet or garage makeover for users who submit a photo of the messiest closet or garage. The new app comes thanks to eBay's recent acquisition of Rumgr, which was developing social selling apps very similar to Close 5.

 
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BioNano Genomics Gets $53M

Thursday, November 20, 2014

San Diego-based BioNano Genomics said this morning that it has raised $53M in a Series C funding round, for the company's genome mapping technology. The funding was co-led by Legend Capital and Novartis Venture Fund, and also included Federated Kaufmann Fund and Monashee Investment Management, along with Domain Associates, Battelle Ventures and Gund Investment Corporation. Darren Cai of Legend Capital and Campbell Murray of Novartis join the company's board as partof the funding.

 
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YapStone Plans Big LA Expansion, Hiring

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Silicon Valley-based payment technology provider Yapstone has big hiring plans in Los Angeles, with plans to double the size of the company's office from 35 to 70 people in the next year. According to the company, it is hiring across marketing, sales, engineering, and product. The company--which currently has offices at ROC in Santa Monica--says it is in the mist to moving to a new office in Santa Monica in order to accomodate that growth in Q1 of 2015. Yapstone develops an electronics payment platform powering marketplaces for apartment rentals, vacation rentals, and more, saying that the company powers vacation rental payments for such sites as HomeAway. YapStone was founded in Santa Monica in 1999. The company is venture backed by Accel Partners.

 
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Calnetix Buys Vycon

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cerritos-based Calnetix Technologies said this morning that it has acquired VYCON, the developer off flywheel-based energy storage systems. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Calnetix--which develops and manufactures high-speed permanent magnet motor generators, power electronics and magnetic bearings--said Vycon will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. VYCON's flywheel technology has been used for storing energy in subway systems, for wind power generation, and other areas. VYCON was venture backed by BankInvest, Cooper Capital Partners, RWE Venture Capital Funds GmbH, Sumitomo, and Tridus International.

 
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FreeConferenceCall.com Names VP

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Long Beach-based free conference calling provider FreeConferenceCall.com has named a new VP, saying recently that it has named Robert Wise as the company's new Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Wise had most recently been at Intercall and West IP Communications, having served there for 16 years. FreeConferenceCall.com said Wise will head up bnew business and corporate development strategies.

 
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NewCo Festivals - Launches November 19th!

Join me in welcoming NewCo Festivals to the neighborhood! On November 19th
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rubicon Selected By Apple For iAd

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project said Wednesday that it has been selected by Apple, to help power Apple's iAd mobile advertising product. Rubicon said the deal gives it access to over 250,000 mobile developers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. It has been a busy week for Rubicon Project, which announced on Monday that it had acquired two companies--iSocket and Shiny Ads, in stock deals worth around a total of $30M. Rubicon Project's Josh Wexler said at the company's NewCo Los Angeles event today that acquisitions like iSocket and Shiny Ads are part of an ongoing strategy of keeping the company innovative and ahead of the industry.

 
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CARD.com Names Technology VP

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Santa Monica-based CARD.com, which offers up branded prepaid cards linked to such brands as The Walking Dead, Star Trek, Sesame Street, and others, has named David Wolfe as the company's new Senior Vice President of Technology. CARD.com said that Wolfe has previously served as Chief Product and Technology Officer at Mylife.com, and also has served at Brightwire, BuyWithMe.com, Radio One, Reunion.com, aand Napster, where he was CTO. CARD.com said that Wolfe will focus on new payments features and functionality, and in particular mobile and contactless payments at the company. CARD.com is led by Ben Katz.

 
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Teledyne Completes Bolt Technology Acquisition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said Tuesday afternoon that it has complted its acquisition of Bolt Technology Corporation. The deal was worth approximately $171M, or $22.00 per share in cash. Bolt is a supplier of marine seismic energy sources and replacement parts for offshore energy exploration, and also makes underwater cables and connectors, along with developing underwater remotely operated vehicles (Mini ROVs).

 
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Honk Launches On Demand Roadside Help Service, Raises $1.8M

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Have a flat tire, locked yourself out of your car, or need a tow--but not a member of a roadside assistance service? Santa Monica-based Honk has launched a service for you, specifically to let you summon roadside help using your smartphone--without a membership. Honk, which launched this morning, said that it has launched nationwide to help connect drivers with more than 20,000 tow and roadside assistance drivers nationwide. Honk said it offers up roadside services for prices as low as $49, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week--and also claims to be 50 percent faster than services like AAA. Honk also revealed that it has raised $1.8M in seed funding for its service, from such angels as Aaron Batalion (LivingSocial), Ben Huh (The Cheezburger Network), Naval Ravikant (AngelList), Paige Craig, Jillian Manus, Mike Walsh, and Structure Capital, along with Double M Capital, Venture51, Expansion, and Karlin Ventures. Honk is led by serial entrepreneur Corey Brundage.

 
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ventureLab Takes On Startup Incubation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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 provide seed funding, along with product, marketing, and operational support to its companies. The company did not say how much funding it intends to provide to startups. ventureLab is currently targeting companies in the area of advertising technology, social/gaming media, content and community. The studio also said it will be expanding in the future to include digital health and app-driven commerce. Prasad is part of new media company the Collaborative, and is known for catapulting Kogi BBQ into the limelight via his Twitter social media campaign.

 
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Carbonics Raises $5.5M For RF Materials

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Marina Del Rey-based Carbonics, a developer of carbon nanomaterials aimed at improving the power consumption and performance of wireless semiconductors, has raised $5.5M in a funding round. The funding came from TAQNIA international. Carbonics says its technology is based on research conducted at UCLA and USC. Carbonics says it is working on incorporating its carbon nanomaterials into semiconductor radio frequency (RF) components.
The company is led by Kos Galatsis.

 
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Tagg Rolls Out New Pet Wearable

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

San Diego-based Tagg, a developer of wearables for pets, said Tuesday that it has launched a new device, which provides ambient temperature sensing for pets, in addition to providing reports on a pet's activity levels and location. Tagg's wearables for pets use GPS and cell phone networks to provide real time tracking of a pet. Tagg is led by Scott Neuberger.

 
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The SoCal tech scene continues to expand at an unprecedented rate. This
year, LA-based start-ups focused on branded content, apps, and big data,
and together raised more capital than any other city in the world after
Silicon Valley.

The demand for human capital continues to grow with more educational, job
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blossom Aims To Conquer Drought With Smart Irrigation Gadget

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Can a crowdsourced smart irrigation controller help us get a handle on California's record breaking drought? Irvine-based Blossom hopes so, and has just raised $31,000 in its Kickstarter campaign to help bring its product to market. Blossom was founded by Manrique Brenes , along with Matt McRae and Kaido Kert. McRae is Vizio's current CTO and Head of Marketing; Kert was previously a software developer at Skype. Blossom's smart water controller is entirely controlled by a smartphone app for either iOS or Android.

 
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Seriously Adds $5M For Mobile Games Effort

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Santa Monica- and Helsinki-based Seriously, a developer of mobile games, has raised $5M in additional funding, according to the company. The funding came from Upfront Ventures, Sunstone Capital, and Daher Capital. Seriously has its business development and marketing arm in Santa Monica, with game development in Helsinki. The company said it has now raised its total funding to $10M. Seriously is led by Andrew Stalbow--the company's flagship game is "Best Fiends", which runs on iOS.

 
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Hush Scores $100K On Kickstarter For Smart Earplugs

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

San Diego-based Hush, a startup out of the EvoNexus incubator, has blown past its initial crowdfunding goals, raising more than $105,000 so far in the first five days of the company's crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Hush is developing "smart earplugs" that block out all sound--but are connected to your smartphone, so that important alarms and notifications can still be heard. The company says its product is fully controlled by a smartphone, and that users can pick and choose what notifications are important enough to let through its earplugs. The company is hoping to reach production in May of 2015. The company is led by Daniel Lee.

 
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Enrou: Combining Causes and Commerce To Help Improve The World

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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 also help support international development and causes, via its own online marketplace. We spoke with Ann Wang, co-founder of Enrou, to learn more about how the company wants to help tie together the world of e-commerce and worthy causes to help improve the world.

What is Enrou?

Ann Wang: Enrou is an online, content driven marketplace for products in developing communities around the world. It's really about empowering consumers and individuals, and anybody who wants to be able to reduce global poverty in their every day life, with something as simple as purchasing a product, gift or other item you love. Right now, we're all online, where you can find beautiful jewelry created in Laos to home goods created in Uganda. We're a lifestyle brand similar to Anthropologie, with a strong focus on international development and global justice.

What's the story behind the company?

Ann Wang: My background is in international development, where I had worked with a lot of organizations around the world. I saw that there was a big passion within the millennial generation, who wanted to create a better world....

 
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Edgecast Blocked By Chinese Censors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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 effort. Edgecast said the yesterday that China has escalated its filtering of a number of popular web properties using its services. Greatfire, an organization that monitors the Great Firewall of China, said China has blocked the entire *edgecastcdn.net domain. Edgecast said it is working with its global ISP partners to address the issue. Edgecast was acquired by Verizon for $390M last year.

 
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Renova Therapeutics Raises $7.52M

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

San Diego-based Renova Therapeutics, a biopharmaceuticals company developing treatments for congestive heart failure and other diseases, has raised $7.52M in a Series C funding round. The company said the funding primarily came from high net worth individuals. As part of the funding, Daniel M. Bradbury has joined the company's board. Bradbury is a member of life sciences consulting and investment firm BioBrit LLC; he also served as President and CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals.

 
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Disney Inks Digital Video Deal With Walmart's Vudu

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Walt Disney Studios said Monday that it has inked a deal to distribute its movies via Walmart's Vudu digital video service, via its Disney Movies Anywhere effort. According to Disney, consumers who purcase Disney, Pixar, and Marvel titles in Walmart stores or on VUDU can now access those titles across connected entertainment devices and smart TVs. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Disney Movies Anywhere is Disney's digital movie service, giving access to around 400 Disney, Pixar, and Marvel titles.

 
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Allylix Acquired By Evolva

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

San Diego-based Alyllix, which produces flavors, fragrances, and other ingredients using yeast fermentation, has been acquired by Swiss company Evolva Holdings SA. Evolva said it will acquire Allylix in return for 46 million shares of the company. As part of the acquisition, Cargill will invest $4M in Evolva shares to support the transaction. Allylix was venture backed by Avrio Ventures, BASF Venture Capital GmbH, Blue Grass Angels, Cultivian Ventures, Life Science Angels, Midpoint Food & Ag Fund, Pasadena Angels, Tate & Lyle Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels.

 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Snapchat Launches Payment Service With Square

Monday, November 17, 2014

Venice-based Snapchat said Monday that it has launched a new feature, which lets users pay their friends using the company's mobile app. According to Snapchat, it partnered with payment firm Square, which lets you type a dollar sign and amount to send to a friend's bank account, using a user's debit card. Snapchat said the feature will be available to users in the United States who have a debit card and are 18 or older.

 
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