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  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Esri Rolls Out Climate Change Maps

    Interested in seeing the wide ranging--and scary--impact of human caused climate change? Redlands-based geographical information systems provider Esri has rolled out a highly visual, stunning collection of maps called the Atlas for a Changing Planet Story Map, illustrating the impacts of climate change on the earth. Esri said its interactive maps illustrate the earth's natural and human systems and how they have changed, and will change, over time....Continue →

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    GoFundMe Tops $1 Billion In Donations Last Year

    San Diego-based crowdfunding site GoFundMe announced this morning that donations on the site totaled $1.09 billion, which the company said puts the company on par with the top ten of America's largest charities. The site, which is led by Rob Solomon, let anyone contribute to different crowdfunded project--ranging from charitable efforts to personal projects and appeals....Continue →

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Allied Wallet Hires Investment Banker

    Los Angeles-based payment services provider Allied Wallet said this morning that it has hired BofA Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor to the company. The company said that BofA Merrill Lynch will advise the company on potential "strategic opportunities", including private placement or an IPO. Allied Wallet is led by Andy Khawaja. Allied Wallet provides payment processing services to websites and other businesses.Continue →

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Sonos Links Into Apple Music

    Santa Babrarba-based whole home music system developer Sonos and Apple announced on Monday that Apple Music will become available on Sonos, starting on December 15th. The two said that the support will first be available as a public beta, letting users stream all of their Apple Music features. Apple joins a very long list of online and streaming music providers available on the Sonos platform, including Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, and many others....Continue →

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    BioIQ Gets GSA Contract, Targets Government Sector

    Santa Barbara-based employee health improvement technology provider BioIQ says it is entering the government sector, and has obtained a IT Schedule 70 contract from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The contract lets agencies directly contract with BioIQ for services....Continue →

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Cornerstone OnDemand Extends Alliance With ADP

    Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the provider of cloud-based talent management software for the enterprise, and human resources management outsourcer ADP, said today that they have expanded an existing strategic alliance between the companies to target small businesses. The two said they will make Cornerstone's learning and performance management solution for small businesses, Cornerstone Growth Edition, available to ADP's clients in early 2016....Continue →

  • Monday, November 30, 2015

    Hulu Brings Seinfeld Experience To LA

    Are you a fan of Seinfeld? Plan a visit to West Hollywood in a couple of weeks, when Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu is opening up its popular "Seinfeld: The Apartment" experience on Melrose Avenue. According to Hulu, its true-to-life apartment exhibit--which includes a recreation of the Seinfeld apartment, a gallery of props and memorabilia, and more from the show, will be open to the public from December 16th through the 20th....Continue →

  • Monday, November 30, 2015

    Greycroft Raises $200M For New Venture Fund, Greycroft IV

    In what is good news for Southern California's venture backed startups, one of the region's most active investors, Greycroft Partners, has raised $200M in its fourth fund. Greycroft said it just closed Greycroft IV as of today, bringing its total under management to $800M. Greycroft says it now has 20 people, split between New York and Los Angeles....Continue →

  • Monday, November 30, 2015

    Techstars Starts Push For LA Healthcare Accelerator Applications

    Startup accelerator operator Techstars is making a big push to enroll startups in its new, Los Angeles-based startup accelerator, the Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, saying it is launching a nationwide tour to talk to prospective startups about the accelerator. The accelerator--which will be the second for Techstars in Los Angeles--is being run at Cedars Sinai....Continue →

  • Monday, November 30, 2015

    UN Report Blames Dating Apps For Spread Of HIV In Asia

    A new report from the United Nations is pointing at the rise of mobile dating apps for an HIV epidemic among teenagers in Asia--particularly among young, gay men, according to a report from the Guardian. Two of the biggest, mobile dating apps developers, Tinder and Grindr--which are both based in Los Angeles--who have taken fire for facilitating a culture of casual hookups, are mentioned in the report....Continue →

  • Monday, November 30, 2015

    Shopatron Acquired By Vista Equity Partners

    San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron, which develops e-commerce software, is being acquired by private equity investor Vista Equity Partners, according to the companies. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Vista Equity partners said the deal combines both Shopatron and another, e-commerce software provider, MarketLive, which it is acquiring in a simultaneous deal. Shopatron was venture backed by Kern Whelan Capital and Rivenrock Capital....Continue →

  • Monday, November 30, 2015

    Thanksgiving, Black Friday See More Than $1 Billion Each In Ecommerce Sales

    U.S., desktop retail e-commerce spending on Thanksgiving and Black Friday both totaled more than $1 billion each, according to numbers from comScore released over the weekend. According to comScore, online shoppers spent $1.096 billion on Thanksgiving, and $1.65 billion on Black Friday, both a rise from last year. Thanksgiving sales were up 9 percent, and Black Friday sales were up 10 percent versus last year. comScore said it has tallied $23....Continue →

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