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Friday, March 27, 2015

Superior Water Gets Funding From METRIX

Friday, March 27, 2015

Orange County-based water disinfection equipment and services company Superior Water Technologies has received a funding round from venture capital investor MMETRIX Capital Group, the two said Thursday. Size of the equity funding was not disclosed. Superior Water services the municipal water disinfection and treatment industry, including pipeline chemical injection and mixing systems.

 
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How urRadio Wants To Make You The Radio Station

Friday, March 27, 2015

Is the world ready for everyone to be their own, radio DJ--and are there enough people out there who want to broadcast themselves to the world, live, with a music stream? Los Angeles-based startup urRadio (www.urradio.com) thinks so. We spoke with founder and CEO Tyler Francois to hear about his vision for making anyone an Internet radio DJ, and how the team--made up of former Yahoo! Music engineers--is tackling the streaming music space.

What is urRadio?

Tyler Francois: urRadio is an all new, social media app, which allows you to host your own Internet radio station. It allows you to interact with friends and followers, and live in perfect sync. You can turn on a live mike, talk live over your station, put your voice over the music, mute music, give shoutouts, and play music. UrRadio is changing how people listen to music, by combining music streaming with live broadcasting. We're basically integrating live, social, and music. Users can follow their friends, other people with their same musical tastes, celebrities, and role models, and see live, social commentary. UrRadio also allow you to host your very own internet radio station from the comfort of your own home. It's also the only streaming service broadcasting at 432 Hz.

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Tyler Francois: We have a fairly lean team right now, eight full time developers, three of whom previously worked for other, streaming music services, including Yahoo! Music....

 
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Triton Digital Wins MLBAM

Friday, March 27, 2015

Los Angeles-based digital audio ad technology provider Triton Digital, which provides technology to insert ad into Internet and streaming radio, reported Thursday that it has signed a deal with MLBAM to deliver and monetize streaming audio advertisements for the MLB. Triton Digital said it will be the exclusive audio ad provider for the Gameday Audio desktop product and the MLB.com At Bat mobile application. Financial impact of the win was not announced.

 
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Disney Creates Its Own XPRIZE

Friday, March 27, 2015

Walt Disney Studios and XPRIZE, the group which runs challenges aimed at spurring solutions to big issues facing society, have teamed up to create a new XPRIZE, called the Create Tomorrowland XPRIIZE Challenge. According to the two, the new challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future, reporting on the "one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future." In an interesting switch from the XPRIZE's normal, multi-million dollar prizes focused on creating technology and solutions around problems, this XPRIZE will instead offer up mentorship experiences with leaders in areas of a kids' interest, $3000, and a 3D printer, plus registration for the upcoming FIRST LEGO League season. The new prize also--unlike prior prizes--has a very strong promotional bent, in that it is directly linked to the upcoming release of the Disney movie "Tomorrowland". Deadline for the new prize is May 17th.

 
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textPlus Goes Global With New Texting, Calling App

Friday, March 27, 2015

Marina Del Rey-based text messaging app develotextPlus, which is led by Scott Lahman, is going global, saying Thursday that it has launched a new free test messaging and calling app called Nextplus globally. According to textPlus, the new app allows users to send and receive low- to no-cost calls, texts and multimedia messages from any Wi-Fi-connected device. The company said it is looking to replace the need for traditional, carrier plans with its new app. The new app provides a unique phone number to users, which can be called or messaged by anyone, with or without the app, and the app works on iOS and Android.

 
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

3D Robotics Rolls Out DroneKit, App API For Drones

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Are you looking to easily create app-like software to control your quadcopter? 3D Robotics, the robotic drone developer which has major operations in San Diego, just rolled out a new product called DroneKit, which it says offers up an SDK and web API, which makes it easy to develop apps for your drones. The software--which runs on Android, laptops, embedded computers, and the web--lets develops easily connect their software to various services on all kinds of drones, without having to reinvent the wheel in terms of software infrastructure. The software allows developers to connect to a drone via telemetry, retrieve a drone's position and other sensor information, and even command a drone to take off, fly, and land.

 
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urRadio's New Service Makes You The DJ

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ever wish you could be the DJ of your own radio station? A new, Los Angeles startup, urRadio--created by former Yahoo! Music veterans--launched today, creating a new music streaming service which combines live broadcasting with that music. urRadio, led by Tyler Francois, lets users program their own live, Internet radio stations, where they can talk live with listeners, send instant messages, and much more. For listeners, the service gives them an opportunity to discover new songs, artists, and music by tapping into a social stream, for free. urRadio's new service runs on iOS, Android, and the web.

 
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ChowNow Chomps Down On $10M For Restaurant Ordering Systems

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Los Angeles-based ChowNow, the developer of online ordering and marketing systems for the restaurant market, has raised $10M in a funding round, the company said this morning. ChowNow said the new funding round was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included Steadfast Venture Capital, Daher Capital, and Karlin Ventures. ChowNow was founded by Chris Webb. Along with the new funding, the startup said it has named Nick Kellermeyer as Vp of Sales, and Arpan Jhaveri as VP of Product & Marketing. Kellermeyer was most recently at GrubHub; Jhaveri was at Yodle.

 
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WhipClip, Founded By Richard Rosenblatt, Debuts App

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Santa Monica-based WhipClip, the content discovery startup which was co-founded by former Demand Media founder Richard Rosenblatt, debuted its mobile app today, looking to help users create, share, and find music and television video clips. The startup--which raised a funding round back in December--said it has partnered with television networks ABC, CBS, FOX, Comedy Central, VH1, A&E and Lifetime, Bloomberg, truTV and OWN, along with Universal Music Group and Sony Music for its service. WhipClip is venture backed by Raine Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, William Morris Endeavor, Ziffren Brittenham, Greycroft, along with angels Ari Emanuel, Peter Guber, Steve Bornstein, Scooter Braun, Gordon Crawford, and Ron Zuckerman.

 
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Qualcomm Backs Smart Lock Maker August

Thursday, March 26, 2015

San Diego-based Qualcomm has made an investment in August, a startup developing Bluetooth-powered, "smart" locks for the home, as part of a $38M funding round. August said yesterday that it has raised $38M in a Series B funding, for its home locks, which connect with your smartphone so that you do not need a physical key to open your door. San Francisco-base August said that Qualcomm's involvement came via Qualcomm Ventures. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, and also included Comcast Ventures, Maveron, Cowboy Ventures, Industry Ventures, Rho Ventures, and SoftTech VC.

 
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Honk Gets $12M For On-Demand, Roadside Service

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Santa Monica-based HONK, the on-demand, roadside assistance app startup led by Corey Brundage, said this morning that it has raised $12M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Altpoint Ventures, and also included Structure Capital, Karlin Ventures, Expansion VC, and Venture51. Honk said the new funding brings its total raised to $13.8M. Honk offer ups an online app, for either iOS or Android, where motorists in need of a jump start, tire change, lock out services, or fuel can request a tow truck. Honk offers up guaranteed upfront pricing on those services, and does not require a membership. The company said the new funding will go to enhance its service and further expand distribution.

 
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Soraa Launches PAR20 Lamp

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Soraa, the LED lighting company which is using technology developed by UCSB inventor Shuji Nakamura, has rolled out a new LED lamp product in the common PAR20 format. Soraa--which has operations in Goleta, but does its manufacturing in Fremont--said its new LED lamp is 85% more energy efficient than standard, halogen lamps. Soraa's products are based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology. Soraa's new product only consume 10.8 watts, versus 75W and 90W halogen lamps. The company also says its technology produces much better lighting quality than both halogen and other competing LEDs. Soraa is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and NGEN Partners.

 
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MicroPower Technologies Launches New Surveillance Video Product

Thursday, March 26, 2015

San Diego-based MicroPower Technologies, which develops wireless video surveillance hardware, has rolled out a new product. The startup--which came out of the EvoNexus incubator and also is backed by Karmel Capital, Motorola, and the Tech Coast Angels--said its new SOLVEIL Surveillance System is a wireless, solar-powered system for high resolution video monitoring in outdoor environments. The new product offers up 720p resolution and frame rates of up to 15 fps, and is aimed at offering up high resolution security video coverage in perimeter and outdoor areas. Pricing on the new product was not announced. MicroPower says its new product can send live video up to a half mile away.

 
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TouchCommerce Expands Win In EMEA With Equinix

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce, the developer of online live chat products aimed at helping e-commerce and other brands, said it has expanded an effort in the EMEA with Equinix. TouchCommerce said that Equinix, which offers up colocation and data center efforts, has rolled out TouchCommerce's chat tools on its Germany, France, Switzerland, and United Arab Emirates sites. TouchCommerce explained that Equinix is using its TouchChat program to engage with prospects and qualify leads. Financial impact of the expansion were not announced. Equinix was already using TouchCommerce's product in the UK and Netherlands. TouchCommerce is led by Bernard Louvat.

 
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CapLinked Inks African Distribution Deal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Los Angeles-based CapLinked, which develops deal management and virtual data room software, said this morning that it has partnered with a company in South Africa. CapLinked said it has partnered with Johannesburg-based communications agency Ince, in order to make its technology available throughout Africa. Ince will make CapLinked's software-as-a-service available in Africa under the brand name InceLink. Financial details of the deal were not announced. CapLinked's software is used to manage things such as financings, rights sales, asset-backed securities, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). CapLinked is venture backed by FF Angel, Peter Thiel, Siemer Ventures, 500 Startups, 7th Rig, and Subtraction Capital.

 
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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Names New Board Member

Thursday, March 26, 2015

San Diego-based ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, which is developing biopharmaceuticals for treating central nervous system disorders, aid today that it has named Daniel Soland to its board of directors. Soland was perviously Senior Vice President and COO of ViroPharma, and alsos previously was at Chiron Corporation, Epigensis Pharmaceuticals, and GlaxoSmithKline. Soland currently sits on the boards of Tarsa Therapeutics and DBV Technologies SA.

 
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Surf Air Contemplates Waitlisting New Members

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Santa Monica-based Surf Air says it might put a new waitlist into effect on April 1st--due to overpopularity of some of its routes--according to emails being sent to possible customers of the firm. According to those emails, prospective members of the membership-based airlines in Carlsbad, Santa Barbara, and other destinations may be put on a wait list. It's unclear if the firm is actually considering a wait list, or if the waitlist email is just an effort to spur on-the-fence customers to commit to the service. Surf Air allows members to take all-you-can fly trips between Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and many other California destinations.

 
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Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Stevens Gives $50M To USC For Brain Research

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mark Stevens--who made his name as a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital--along with his wife Mary, have given $50M in a gift to the University of Southern California, to go towards an institute focused on brain rsearch. According to USC this morning, the $50M gift will go to endow the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, which is focused on preventions and cures for brain injury and disease, including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury. Stevens had previously funded the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Stevens had been involved in investments in NVIDIA, QuickLogic, Documentum, and other companies. He now runs S-Cubed Capital, his own private family office.

 
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How b Spot Wants To Combine Casual Games With Legal Gambling

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Traditionally, online gambling has been quite a legal minefield, particularly since the giant U.S. crackdown on illegal online gambling and online poker back in 2011. However, a new startup, b Spot (www.bspot.com)--founded by YouBet veterans David Marshall and Russell Fine--thinks it has figured out a way to marry casual games with legal, online gambling, by tying those casual games with horse racing. We sat down with David Marshall to learn more about the company and what it's doing....

 
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Harvest.ai Gets $2.3M For Data Loss Prevention Software

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Diego-based Harvest.ai, a startup which says it was created by former, NSA field operation team members, has raised $2.3M in a seed funding. Harvest.ai said it is developing artificial intelligence-based, data loss prevention software, which helps prevent data breaches from organizations. The funding round came from Trinity Ventures. Fred Wang of Trinity joins the company's board with the funding. Harvest.ai is led by Alexander Watson, who previously was at the NSA and also had served at Websense. Prior to funding, the company was known as 405Labs.

 
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ParkMe Expands Data In Hollywood, Venice

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Santa Monica-based parking information provider ParkMe said Tuesday that it has expanded the depth of its information in the Los Angeles area, by adding parking information in Hollywood and Venice. According to ParkMe, the expansion comes due to a collaboration with Xerox, through access to Xerox sensor data from the Los Angeles Department of Transportaiton's LA Express Park program. Financial details of the link were not announced. Parkme offers up a mobile app which provides real time, parking information; the company is venture backed by Fontinalis Partners, IDG Ventures and Angeleno Group.

 
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Ingram Micro Names HR VP

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro said Tuesday that it has named Scott D. Sherman as the company's new Executive Vice President, Human Resources. Sherman was previously at Allergan, and also had served at Medtronic and Exxon. Sherman replaces Lynn Jolliffe, who is retiring from Ingram Micro after 15 years. Ingram Micro is a major distributor of technology products.

 
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Broadcom Gets Set Top Box Win In China

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom reports a win this morning of its Ultra HD systems-on-a-chip (SOC) products in China, as part of a set top box deployment. Broadcom said that Inspur Group, which is the primary systems integrator for Shandong Cable Network, has selects its SoCs for a new line of 4Kp60 cable set-top-boxes. Financial impact of the win and expected shipment volumes were not announced. The companies said the deployment will be the first 4Kp60 STB based on Broadcom's SoC. 4kp60 is a next generation standard around 4K resolution HDTV.

 
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MarketShare, J.D. Power In Auto Analytics Alliance

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Los Angeles-based marketing analytics software provider MarketShare, and marketing information and survey company J.D. Power said they are in a new, strategic alliance. According to the companies, the new alliance will provide auto manufacturers with better analytics, by tying automotive retail sales, pricing and incentive reports from J.D. Power with MarketShare's digital marketing analytics tools. Financial details of the strategic alliance were not announced.

 
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EnerPath Acquired By Lime Energy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Redlands-based EnerPath, a developer of software and provider of program administration for utility, energy efficiency programs, has been acquired by Lime Energy. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Lime Energy, which provides energy services to utilities, and is headquartered in North Carolina, said it will use the buy to help address the commercial and residential markets. Lime Energy provides energy services to the commercial and small and medium sized business market.

 
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Kofax Acquired By Lexmark For $1 Billion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Irvine-based Kofax, the developer of document processing software and and other products, is being acquired by printer maker Lexmark, in a deal worth approximately $1 billion, the two said late Tuesday. According to Lexmark, the company will pay $11.00 per share in cash for Kofax. Lexmark said the acquisition will nearly double the size of its enterprise software business, growing that to approximately $700M. Kofax had 2014 revenues of $297 million. Kofax was advised by Lazard in the deal, with Lexmark advised by Goldman, Sachs and Co.

 
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EV Connect, GE Link On Electric Vehicle Charging

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Los Angeles-based EV Connect, the electric vehicle charging station operator founded by Jordan Ramer and led by Scott Jarus, said Tuesday that it has entered into a joint marketing and product agreement with the GE Industrial Solutions business. The deal calls for GE to be the preferred, charging station supplier for EV Connect, with EV Connect being the preferred management provider for GE charging stations worldwide. EV Connect helps install and operate electric vehicle charging stations, offering up cloud-based software for managing those charging stations and more. The company targets commercial, enterprise, hospitality,
university and government facilities. EV Connect says that its customers now include Yahoo, 1st Century Fox, Marriott, Western Digital, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York Power Authority, and many others.

 
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The Honest Co.'s Brian Lee Backs Outdoor Gear, Apparel Startup Cotopaxi

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Los Angeles-based angel investor Brian S. Lee, who has been behind such companies as LegalZoom, H. Bloom, and The Honest Company, is one of the angel investors in a new outdoor gear and apparel startup, Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi said today that it has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding, which was led by Greycroft Partners, and also included NEA, ForeRunner Ventures, Lere Hippeau Ventures, plus angels which included Lee, along with Josh James (Demo), Jeff Kearl (Stance), Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker), Dave Gilboa (Warby Parker), and Andy Dunn (Bonobos). Brian Lee has been an investor in such companies as DogVacay, RadPad, ShoeDazzle, and others. Cotopaxi makes jackets, water bottles, backpacks, and other products which donate part of their proceeds to specific social causes.

 
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j2 Global Buys SugarSync

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Los Angeles-based j2 Global has acquired the assets of online file backup and sharing service SugarSync, the company said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. j2 said the buy will expand its cloud backup revenues to more than a $70M annual run rate. j2 Global said the acquisition is not expected to be material to the company. SugarSync had been based in San Mateo, California, and had been venture backed by Coral Group, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Hatteras Venture Partners, Hercules Finance LLC, Selby Ventures, and Sigma Partners, and had raised around $45M in funding.

 
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Goodbye, LA Dreams: Winklevoss Twins Put Hollywood Mansion Up For Lease

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It looks like all the grand plans by the Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss to set up an investment outpost in Los Angeles have faded away, on news that the twins are now leasing out their Hollywood mansion, asking for $150,000 a month for the 8,000 square foot mansion in the Hollywood hills. The two--who made their fortune via a highly publicized lawsuit against former Harvard classmate and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg--had said two years ago that they were acquiring the mansion to set up a West Coast presence for their investment firm, Winklevoss Capital, to invest in companies here. It's unclear if the firm actually made any investments here: the firm has yet to be publicly announced as an investor in any local startups.

 
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Vessel, Led By Former Hulu Head Jason Kilar, Launches To Public

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vessel, the streaming media subscription service led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, has launched to the public, saying that consumers can subscribe to the service for $2.99 a month. However, Vessel is offering up a year of service for free to new subscribers. The streaming video site prominently features content from such local providers as Machinima and TasteMade, along with other MCNs, and currently appears to have more YouTube stars than traditional, content providers on the service.

 
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LegalZoom Racks Up 200,000 Legal Consultations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Glendale-based online legal documents and help site LegalZoom has racked up 200,000 legal consultations, as part of its expansion into connecting consumers with attorneys, the company announced this morning. LegalZoom offers up referrals to attorneys through its LegalZoom Business and Personal Legal Plans product. The company says its service helps attorneys reduce the marketing, administration, and other tasks of finding clients.

 
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Dell, Intel Roll Out Film On Hulu

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In a strange intersection of corporate advertising and filmmaking, Dell and Intel said they have released a new film on Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu, produced by an Oscar winner and including a number of well known actors. Dell and Intel said the new film, "What Lives Inside" was directed by Oscar-winner Robert Stromberg ("Maleficent") and stars Colin Hanks ("Fargo"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Catherine O'Hara ("Best In Show"). The two technology firms said the film is a "social film" based on ideas from the public and feature its products.

 
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Guidance Software Signs Life Insurer

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pasadena-based forensics and electronic discovery software developer Guidance Software reported a win this morning with a large life insurance company. According to Guidance Software, the un-named insurer is using its EnCase Cybersecurity and EnCase Analytics, as part of a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) effort. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. Encase said the life insurance company has more than 1,000,000 policies.

 
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Monday, March 23, 2015

AllSay Looks To Combine News, Opinion, Action

Monday, March 23, 2015

Los Angeles-based AllSay, a new startup which is developing personalized news and opinion sharing apps, said today that it has launched a beta of its new app and service, which both helps provided personalized news items to users--as well as let them vote and express their opinions on local issues. The startup said it has opened up in a select number of U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County. The startup's app runs on both iOS and Android. AllSay, which was founded by Geoff Campbell, says that it is taking those opinions--generally on state and local issues--to local government, organizations, and businesses--to provide those groups with better data on issues. Campbell is a former executive of Dish Digital/SlingTV.

 
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