Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Energy Innovations Acquires Solar Power Integrator
Pasadena-based Idealab startup Energy Innovations has acquired Prevalent Power, a Bay Area based solar power systems integrator. Prevant Power will be renamed EI Solutions, and will provide initial sales and installations of Energy Innovations new low-cost rooftop solar power systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Prevalent CEO Arno Harris will become general manager of EI Solutions. Energy Innovations was founded by Bill Gross and is part of his portfolio of Idealab incubated companies. (More info...)

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Gamma Raises Series A Funding
Woodland Hills-based Gamma Enterprises said yesterday that it has raised a Series A venture round from Palomar Ventures and ArrowPath Venture Capital. Amount of the investment was not disclosed. Gamma provides data management software for SAP installations, targeted at enabling SAP analysts to replicate SAP data across environments and develop, test and implement enhancements. The company said that the funding would be used to broaden its offerings and expand its reach into the SAP community.

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Qualcomm Ships Handsets Based on RF CMOS Technology
San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has shipped handsets based on its RF CMOS processing technology. Qualcomm's chipsets are expected to lower the cost of wireless devices in emerging markets. Hisense, LGE, and Samsung are using the new RF CMOS chipsets for CDMA2000, in India, China, and Latin America. RF CMOS is a low-cost, high-volume process technology which integrates radio frequency components on CMOS chips, lowering the cost of including wireless RF circuitry. The compa (More info...)

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Yahoo Brands DVD Player
San Diego-based Diamond Electronics announced this week a new Yahoo! branded home DVD player, as part of a new Diamond Electronics line of Yahoo! branded consumer electronics. The YDP-530 home DVD player is one of six consumer electronics products that Diamond has licensed to carry the Yahoo brand name. The others include three other home DVD players and two home theater systems. The new budget-priced player provides wireless headphone capability, Dolby Digital technology, and incorporates a 4-i (More info...)

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IN-FUSIO Acquires Another Game Company
Los Angeles-based IN-FUSIO has acquired yet another mobile game publisher. The company said that it is acquiring German game publisher Mobile Scope, a week after purchasing US-based Thumbworks. The size of the deal was undisclosed. Mobile Scope will become part of IN-FUSIO's publishing division, and the company will add Jurgen Goeldner, CEO of Mobile Scope as EVP Publishing.

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Movielink Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit
Santa Monica-based Movielink announced that it has prevailed in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by USA Video Technology Corp. in Delaware, and that the U.S. District Court there has rules that its online movie distribution service does not infringe on USA Video Technology Corporation's patents. USA had filed a patent lawsuit in 2003 and was seeking compensatory damages for patent infringement. Movielink provides and online movie download service for broadband customers, and is bac (More info...)

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Acacia Scores Patent Licensing Win
Newport Beach-based Acacia Research said today that media giant Thomson SA has licensed its portfolio of interactive television patents. Acacia, a patent holding company that has been aggressively seeking patent licensing agreements, said that Thomson has entered into an agreement with its subsidiary KY Data Systems. The patents cover receivers, set-top boxes, and televisions used in digital and satellite cable systems. Acacia said that the patents were part of those acquired from Global Patent (More info...)

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Michael Robertson, founder of and Lindows (now Linspire) is launching a new digital music venture, MP3tunes. The new company will focus on providing music products and services based on the MP3 format. Robertson said that Mp3tunes will ship hardware, software, and provide an online music store. The new store will provide MP3-based music tracks and go head to head with music download services such as Apple's iTunes and Napster. Robertson said in a statement that MP3tunes will offer all of (More info...)

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