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  • 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 →

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Amgen Plans To Cut 1100 More

    The news for employees over at Thousand Oaks-based Amgen got worse on Tuesday, after the company said it is deepening job cuts, and plans to now cut 20 percent of its employees as part of previously announced cutbacks at the company. Amgen--which originally planned to cut around 15 percent of its staff--said in a regulatory filing Tuesday it will reduce staffing by approximately 600 to 1,100 positions in addition to the previously announced cuts....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    SpaceX Thrust Into Critical Role After Competitor's Catastrophic Explosion

    Hawthorne-based SpaceX has been thrust into a critical role with NASA, after a catastrophic launch failure and explosion in Virginia Tuesday evening. Orbital Sciences aborted the launch of its Antares rocket mission Tuesday evening, scattering pieces of its rocket across the night sky. The rocket had carried 5,000 pounds of experiments and equipment for the crew of the International Space Station....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    P.S. XO, Seedling Merge, Raise $7M For Children's Crafts, Toys

    Los Angeles-based P.S. XO, the e-commerce and crafts startup founded by Soleil Moon Frye and Kara Nortman, said this morning that it has merged with craft and toy brand Seedling, and raised $7M in a funding round. The funding came from Upfront Ventures and Greycroft Partners. P.S. XO and Seedling both have offered a multi-channel, comprehensive strategy that brings crafts and toys not just to retail locations but also e-commerce....Continue →

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    weeSPIN Finds Funding For Social Networking App

    Los Angeles-based weeSPIN announced late Tuesday that it has raised a seed investment round for its music-focused, social networking app. weeSPIN is led by Darius Fong, and offers up an app with a collaborative playlist and connects to streaming music services like Soundcloud and Spotify....Continue →

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