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SpaceX Dragon Splashes Down In Pacific After Successful ISS Mission

NASA said Friday morning that SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has successfully splashed down at 8:47 a.m. PST, from the International Space Station (ISS), returning more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from space. The Dragon--which was launched to the ISS as part of the ninth, commercial resupply mission to the ISS--is expected to be delivered to a port near Los Angeles within the next 48 hours....Continue →


Interview with Lior Elazary, Invia Robotics

As e-commerce continues to grow, one part of that business, one area continues to be a very difficult area to scale efficiently--the labor intensive, back end warehouse, shipping, and fulfillment operation. Our interview this morning is with Lior Elazary, co-founder and CEO of Agoura-based Invia Robotics (www.inviarobotics.com), who tells us how the company is hoping to make automation and robotics available to even mid-sized e-commerce operators....Continue →


Esri Powers NOAA Water Forecasting Map

Redlands-based mapping technology provider Esri has rolled out a new map of the national water forecast from the NOAA, letting users see real time streamflow data for the continental United States. Esri said its colelction of web maps are based on the NOAA's National Water Model, and is aimed at helping emergency responders, reservoir operators, ecosystem professionals, and floodplain managers by providing detailed information that can anticipate flood and drought conditions....Continue →


24Hr HomeCare Teams With Uber For Rides For Aging Adults

Laguna Beach-based in-home care provider 24Hr HomeCare said Thursday that it has partnered with Uber, to offer up transportation for aging adults. According to the in-home care provider, it will provide those adults with rides from Uber drivers, who are specially trained by the Open Doors Organization to deal with such things as folded wheelchairs, walkers, and mobility aids, and who might be returning from the hospital....Continue →


Nimbus Data Trumpets Patent

Aliso Viejo-based Nimbus Data, a developer of flash-based storage products for the cloud infrastructure market, said it has received a "new" patent for its deduplication technology. The company said it was granted patent 8,751,763, entitled "Low-overhead Deduplication within Block-based Data Storage". According to the USPTO, the patent was actually granted two years ago on June 10, 2014, and names Karmpudi V. Ramarao as inventor of the patent. The patent had been applied for in 2013....Continue →


Amazon.com Challenges SoCal's Automotive Sites With Amazon Vehicles

E-commerce giant Amazon has made a move into the automotive research area this morning, challenging such local automotive information providers like Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, Irvine-based Autobytel, Santa Monica-based TrueCar, Irvine-based Kelley Blue Book, plus El Segundo-based CarDirect....Continue →


Report: Apple Working On Snapchat Clone

A report, published Thursday by Bloomberg, says that Apple is working on a clone of the software from Venice, California-based Snapchat--in a bid to make a renewed push into the social networking area. The report said that Apple is working on video sharing, editing, and "filter" features within its mobile apps, which could be sent to contacts or to existing social networking sites....Continue →


Curology Finds $15M For Prescription Skincare Via Subscription

San Diego-based Curology, a startup which provides prescription, skincare medications to treat acne and aging, has raised $15M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Advance Vixeid Partners, and also included Sherpa Capital and Forerunner ventures. Curology offers up its medications via a monthly subscription, and sells directly to consumers. The company's founder and CEO is David Lortscher, MD....Continue →


Incipio Dumped At Altar By Skullcandy

Irvine-based electronics accessories maker Incipio has been dumped at the altar by Skullcandy, as the companies were about to finalize their acquisition deal, first announced back in June. Incipio--which was about to consummate the deal with Skullcandy, having recently passed antirust review of the acquisition--had offered up approximately $177M for Skullcandy in June. Instead, Skullcandy says it is selling itself to Mill Road Capital, a private equity investor, which says it will pay $6....Continue →


Viking Therapeutics Raises $12.5M In PIPE

San Diego-based biopharmaceutiacls developer Viking Therapeutics says it has raised $12.5M in a common stock purchase agreement, from Aspire Capital Fund. The company, which is publicly traded on the NASDAQ as VKTX, said the initial purchase came at $1.50 per share, with the remaining $12M to be purchase over the next 30 months at prices based on the market price. Viking Therapeutics is developing treatments for metabolic and endocrine disorders....Continue →


Twistory Entertainment Being Sold In Asset Sale

Santa Monica-based Twistory Entertainment Studios, which had been a mobile game development and graphic novel design company, is being sold in an asset sale, according to auction company CMA Auctions. CMA said that Twistory's assets--including all of its intellectual property and equipment--is being sold through an assignee for the benefit of creditors (or "ABC") sale on Monday, August 29th. Twistory Entertainment was founded in 2009, and had developed Ouch! Couch and other titles....Continue →


Qualcomm To Power Sustainability Efforts At Petco Park

San Diego-based Qualcomm is powering a new sustainability management effort at San Diego's Petco Park, the company said yesterday. According to Qualcomm, its subsidiary, Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, along with OSIsoft LLC, are working with the San Diego Padres to reduce utility and water consumption at the ballpark, using Qualcomm's technology....Continue →



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