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  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Maker Studios Ties With Viral Video Company Jukin

    Los Angeles-based Maker Studios has partnered with Jukin Media, which operates a number of YouTube channels focused on viral videos, the two companies said Thursday. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. According to the two, they will launch a standalone website for Jukin's viral video channel, FailArmy, along with other efforts to monetize Jukin Media's various channels....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Connectivity Finds $6.35M

    Los Angeles-based Connectivity announced today that it has raised $6.35M in a Series A funding, for the company's customer analysis software for businesses. The startup said the funding round was led by Greycroft Partners, and also included Rincon Venture Partners, Daher Capital, Double M Partners, TenOneTen Ventures, Eytan Elbaz and SLP Ventures. Connectivity--which runs local serach sites and led by Matt Booth....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Groundmetrics Digs Up $2.73M In Series B Funding

    San Diego-based GroundMetrics, a developer of electromagnetic surveying technology used by the oil and gas industry, has raised $2.73M in a Series B funding round. According to the company, the funding came from Cowboy Technology Angels, an Oklahoma-based angel group made up of oil industry executives....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Hulu Makes iOS, Android Devices Into A TV Remote Control

    Who needs that TV remote when you can use your smartphone? Santa Monica-based television streaming site Hulu has rolled out a new feature, which lets users control what is playing on Hulu Plus on their living room device, using their iOS or Android mobile phone or tablet....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Fandango Buys Movieclips From ZEFR

    Los Angeles-based Fandango has acquired the assets of MOVIECLIPS from Venice, California-based ZEFR, the two said this morning, along with the team supporting the MOVIECLIPS service. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Fandango, it will use the acquisition of MOVIECLIPS to expand its product offerings in the area of video, content, and movie discovery....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Spreeify Launches Social Ad Platform

    Los Angeles-based Spreeify, the social marketing software startup led by Ruben Dua, announced this morning that it has launched a new, social advertising platform it is calling SocialActive. The company said that the new technology allows advertisers to embed social engagement options--such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other post/follow buttons--directly within IAB HTML5 advertising ads. Spreeify says the new technology has already been used by Swarovski, Adobe, and others....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    J.D. Power Buys Korrelate

    Westlake Village-based J.D. Power, the unit of McGraw Hill Financial which measures consumer opinions of automotive manufacturers, said Wednesday that it has acquired digital advertising company Korrelate. Korrelate was based in Orlando, Florida, and developed technology to tie consumer's online behavior to offline purchasing of new and used vehicles. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. J.D....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    StudyMode Takes On Student Spelling

    Los Angeles-based StudyMode, which develops online, educational tools and apps, said today that it has released a new online game aimed at helping students practice spelling. The company said that its new game, Stellar Speller, is an extension of its flashcard site The new software is free, and also is accessible via mobile platforms. StudyMode said the new game is the second online game released by the company's website. StudyMode is led by Blaine Vess....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Boingo Wins John Wayne Airport

    Los Angeles-based wireless network provider Boingo Wireless has scored a win near home, saying Wednesday that it has been selected by the County of Orange to upgrade the wireless network at John Wayne Airport (SNA). Financial details of the win were not disclosed. Boingo said the deal includes both a new, Distributed Antenna System (DAS) for the airport to improve cell phone coverage and capacity at the airport, as well as an upgrade of Boingo's existing Wi-Fi network....Continue →

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Emulex Ties With IBM POWER Group

    Costa Mesa-based Emulex, the developer of high speed networking equipment, said yesterday that it has joined the OpenPOWER foundation, the industry group which supports IBM's POWER hardware and software stack. Emulex said it provides its equipment for IBM POWER platforms, and the move will help improve the functionality and value of that platform. The company said it joined the group as a preparation for transition to Gen 5 Fibre Channel and 40GB Ethernet....Continue →

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Facebook Gets Clearance From FTC For Oculus VR Buy

    Facebook has received antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission, for its acquisition of Irvine-based Oculus VR, the FTC said today. Facebook had said it would pay $2 billion for Oculus VR back in March. Oculus VR is a maker of 3D, virtual reality goggles and hardware. Two year old Oculus VR was venture backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Formation 8, Matrix Partners, and Spark Capital.Continue →

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Sizmek Bolsters Digital Advertising Staff In LA

    Sizmek, a developer of digital advertising technology, said this week that it has named Patrick Meehan as head of Sales in its Los Angeles office. The company--which is based in New York--has around 40 employees in Los Angeles. Meehan was previously
    Director of Agency Sales and Account Management at DoubleClick. Sizmek focuses on open ad management, helping to manage online advertising campaigns for advertisers and agencies....Continue →

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