• Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Microsemi Buys Mingoa

    Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi has acquired Cork, Ireland-based Mingoa, a developer of semiconductor IP focused on accelerated, real-time Ethernet. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Microsemi, it will use the buy to enhance its capabilities in the Carrier Ethernet area. Mingoa was founded in 2009, and had been targeting such areas as enterprise carrier Ethernet, mobile/small cell backhaul, and data centers with its technology....More →

     
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Lionsgate Invests In Finnish Game Developer

    Santa Monica-based entertainment company Lionsgate has made an investment in a Finnish game developer, Next Games, as part of a strategic partnership, the studio said this morning. According to Lionsgate, the investment comes as part of an extended Series A financing round for Next Games. Size of the investment was not disclosed. Next Games is made up of veterans from Rovio, Supercell, and Disney, and is developing mobile games, including a title around the TV series The Walking Dead....More →

     
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    BlackLine Systems Names New CTO

    Los Angeles-based financial software developer BlackLine Systems said today that it has hired a new, Chief Technology Officer. According to the enterprise software company, it has named Alain Avakian as its CTO. Avakian joins the company from Rent.com, where he had been for thirteen years; he had been one of the first employees of Rent.com, having been at the company both through its acquisition by eBay and its acquisition by TPG/RentPath. He also has served at such companies at Stamps....More →

     
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Fandango Launches New Amazon Fire Phone App

    Los Angeles-based movie ticketing site and service Fandango said late Tuesday that it has launched a new app, this time on Amazon's new Fire Phone. The app--like the company's other mobile apps--offers up movie discovery and movie ticketing. Fandango said the app has been customized for Amazon's Fire Phone, taking advantage of a number of custom features that Amazon.com has been pushing with the device....More →

     
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Levine Leichtman Buys FASTSIGNS

    Los Angeles-based private equity investor Levine Leichtman Capital Partners announced Tuesday that it has acquired FASTSIGNS International, a franchisor in the custom sign and graphics industry. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Levine Leichtman said the acquisition came in a partnership with the management of the company, which has nearly 550 franchise locations. FASTSIGNS helps companies create signs, floor and window graphics, vehicle signs, and much more....More →

     
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    CARD.com Names CFO

    Santa Monica-based CARD.com, the custom-branded, reloadable debit card provider, said today that it has named Josh Flowers as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Flowers joins the company after 14 years working at investment banking firms Rothschild and Goldman Sachs. According to CARD.com, the company now has over forty employees, up significantly from the two founders less than three years ago. CARD.com is led by Ben Katz....More →

     
  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Teledyne Bolsters Board

    Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, software, aerospace, defense, and other products company, said today that it has named Jane C. Sherburne to the company's board of directors. Sherburne is the former Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation....More →

     
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Factual Ties With StrikeAd

    Los Angeles-based geolocation data provider Factual has tied with programmatic advertising firm StrikeAd, the two recently announced, to use Factual's data on a global basis. StrikeAd--which had already been using Factual's data in the US--said the move will help European and Asian clients use the location-based targeting capabilities Factual provides via its Geopulse Audience and Geopulse Proximity products....More →

     
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    PK4 Media Buys Prosperio

    El Segundo-based PK4 Media, which develops adveriting technology, said this morning that it has acquired Santa Monica-based Prosperio, a developer of a programmatic direct platform for the display and video ad market. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed. PK4 Media said it has acquired Prosperio's programmatic direct platform, and will make that platform available later this year....More →

     
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    OneRoof Energy Ties With Cloud, Digital Services Company

    San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, the solar energy services financing and solar installation company led by David Field, said today that it has tied with "digital services" company Elevate. Accor ding to OneRoof Energy, the move will help extend OneRoof to a "substantial" customer base. Elevate provides home services, ranging from smart home, digital phone, broadband, and in-home technology support services. Financial details of the relationship were not disclosed....More →

     
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Newegg Hails Patent Win Over Acacia Research

    Los Angeles-based online e-commerce retailer Newegg is trumpeting a new patent victory, saying that a "notorious troll" has been ordered to pay the company's cost in a patent ruling. Newegg said that the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated U.S. Patent No. 6,128,415, a patent which covered the idea of tagging information about an image. NewEgg said that Digitech Image Technologies LLC--a subsidiary of Acacia Research--had sued Xerox, Toshiba, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Overstock....More →

     
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Edmunds.com Claims Electric Vehicle Travel Record

    Santa Monica-based car shopping site Edmunds.com says that it has set a new, electric vehicle travel record using a 2013 Tesla Model S, driven by two of it staffers. According to Edmunds.com, its Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds and Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr drove the Tesla from Redondo Beach to New York City, in 67 hours and 21 minutes, which beats the previous record of 76 hours and 5 minutes. The previous record was set by a team of Tesla staffers. Edmunds....More →

     
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