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  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    SpaceX, Air Force Settle Lawsuit

    Los Angeles-based space rocket developer SpaceX said Friday that the company has reached an agreement with the U.S. Air Force, to drop its lawsuit against the USAF--giving SpaceX the opportunity to bid for national security space launches. According to SpaceX, the Air Force will work collaboratively with SpaceX to complete the certification process in an efficient and expedient manner....Continue →

  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites Part Ways On Testing

    Mojave-based Virgin Galactic has decided to pursue testing of its spacecraft without longtime partner Scaled Composites, the company revealed Friday, as the company looks to recover from a devastating flight test failure in October....Continue →

  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    Hulu Reopens Super Bowl Ad Site

    Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu has re-opened its Super Bowl advertising site, sponsored again this year by Toyota. Hulu's AdZone features all of the Super Bowl ads from prior years, and also will be featuring new ads released on game day. Hulu said it will be adding ads up through Super Bowl Sunday, and will also allow users to vote on their favorite ad spots. The site has been featuring those ads on the dedicated mini-site for several years....Continue →

  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    JAKKS Pacific, Microsoft Team On Halo Toys, Costumes

    Thinking of dressing up as Master Chief next Halloween? Malibu-based JAKKS Pacific undoubtedly will have a costume featuring the iconic Halo character, after a deal between JAKKS and Microsoft this morning, covering both costumes an "large scale" action figures. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, however, the two said that the grants JAKKS worldwide rights to produce large-scale action figures based on Halo, including the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians title....Continue →

  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    Bosch Sets Up eBike Headquarters In Irvine

    European manufacturer Bosch said today that it has opened up North American headquarters for Bosch eBike Systems, which develops electric bikes, in Irvine. Bosch said the new, 4,000 square foot office will support the growing North American eBike market. Bosch said the new office will handle sales, marketing, advocacy, application and technical support, service, project management, and quality management....Continue →

  • Monday, January 26, 2015

    Cynvenio, Thermo Fischer Scientific In Distribution Deal

    Westlake Village-based molecular diagnostics equipment developer Cynvenio and Carlsbad-based Thermo Fischer Scientific recently inked a distribution deal, where Thrmo Fischer Scientific has gained rights to distribute Cynvenio's LiquidBiopsy platform. Cynvenio's products are used for the genomic analysis of tumor biomarkers in the bloodstream. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed....Continue →

  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    Ninja Metrics Ties With Mobile Analytics Firm

    Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics, the social analytics software developer led by Dmitri Williams, said this week that it has tied with mobile analytics company TUNE. The two said that they will integrate Ninja Metrics' Katana Social Analytics Engine into TUNE's own MobileAppTracking product, which the two said will help app developers and marketers with the value of their advertising. Financial details of the integration deal were not announced....Continue →

  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    Luxe Valet Launches On Demand Parking Into Los Angeles

    Luxe Valet, a new, on-demand valet parking app startup, has expanded into Los Angeles, saying that it will offer up its valet parking service to users in Santa Monica, Downtown LA and Venice. The Bay Area startup--which is backed by Google Ventures, Sherpa Ventures, and LA's Upfront Ventures--said it charges just $5 an hour to park users' cars, and a max of $15.00 a day for the service....Continue →

  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    ValueMyStuff: Helping You Uncover That Monet In Your Attic

    How much, really, is that painting stashed in your attic, which your grandfather left to you? And, how much is that ceramic vase you found in your aunt's garage? ValueMyStuff ( recently opened up its U.S. offices in Los Angeles--wants to help anyone figure out exactly what those items are worth, tapping into expertise from its staff, who have been at big international auction houses like Sotheby's and Christie's....Continue →

  • Friday, January 23, 2015 Opens Texting Tool For Free To Car Dealers

    Los Angeles-based announced Thursday that it will be offering up a free, texting tool available to car dealers, to help those dealers communicate with customers via text messaging. According to, it will make its CarCode texting tool available to any dealer--including those not currently partners with the company--to respond to inquires from customers directly using text messaging. The new text messaging service comes directly from Edmunds....Continue →

  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    Yardi Expands Into Electronic Health Records

    Santa Barbara-based software developer Yardi, best known for its property management software, made a big expansion into the electronic health records (EHR) market this week, with the launch of a new product. Yardi said its new Yardi EHR software will offer up electronic health records, geared initially for the senior living industry. Yardi said the new tool allows clients to manage health car services, finance, and community operations all through its Yardi Voyager Senior Housing platform....Continue →

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Level Sports Looks To Help You Keep Your New Year's Fitness Goal

    Was working out and improving your fitness one of your New Year's Resolutions? A new, Santa Monica-based startup, Level Sports, is hoping to help you with those efforts, by connecting you with an app to help your workout routine--and also link you up workout routines created by others. The startup, led by Tim Curran, said it recently released both iOS and Android apps which let you tap into different workouts created by athletes, trainers and celebrities....Continue →

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