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Overture Sings Its Last Tune, Becomes Yahoo! Search Marketing
Yahoo's Pasadena-based Overture Services is officially being rebranded with the Yahoo brand. Yahoo said yesterday that it is rebranding the company as Yahoo! Search Marketing Solutions and will no longer be using the Overture name by the end of next quarter, except in Japan and Korea. Yahoo purchased Overture for over $1.3B in 2003. The Yahoo Search Marketing Solutions brand will include not only the sponsored/paid search services traditionally provided by Overture, but also its shopping and dir (More info...)

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Blinkx, Movielink Ink Content Deal
Los Angeles-based MovieLink and San Francisco-based blinkx have teamed together on a content distribution agreement where will allow users to easily find and download films from Movielink. blinkx is known for its a context-sensive search tool which automatically indexes and links content based on what user is viewing on their desktop. The company's new tool now links to Movielink's library of content, allowing users to view trailers and purchase films from Movielink's library (More info...)

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SpectraSensors Raises $6M
San Dimas-based SpectraSensors announced yesterday that it has raised a Series B round of funding worth $6M. The company, a spinoff of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is developing optical sensors for industrial and environmental gas sensing applications. The funding came from American River Ventures and Nth Power, as well as existing investor Blueprint Ventures. The company also said that John Kunhart of American River and Nancy Floyd of Nth Power will join the company's board. SpectraSen (More info...)

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USC Dean Named California Stem Cell Head
A top USC medical school administrator has been named to the head of California's new stem cell research efforts. Zach W. Hall, an associate dean at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, was named Interim President of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine yesterday by an independent committee. The Institute, which was created as part of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, will distribute $3B in research funds to stem-cell related re (More info...)

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QUALCOMM, Ericsson Join On South African CDMA
San Diego-based Qualcomm and Ericsson said today that the two mobile phone technology leaders are teaming together to run CDMA technical trials in South Africa. The companies will show Qualcomm's CDMA2000 and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO wireless services running in conjunction with existing GSM networks in the country. The two companies are promoting the use of dual-mode GSM and CDMA handsets to bring wider wireless adoption in the South African market. Qualcomm's CDMA2000 technology is already being deplo (More info...)

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CrystalVoice Licenses Voice Technology
Santa Barbara-based CrystalVoice said yesterday that it has scored a win licensing its Voice Over Internet software to a consumer servicse provider. The undisclosed customer will use the CrystalVoice software. CrystalVoice develops technology for transmitting high quality voice over the internet, and is targeting its technology at remote and mobile employees, contact centers, communications between company sites, and international operations.

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Software Awards Call For Nominations
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS. The Software Council of Southern California (SCSC) has
issued a call for nominations for the eleventh annual Software Industry
Awards. The awards are presented to individuals and companies that have made
extraordinary contributions to the growth of Southern California as a center
for technological innovation.

Nominations must be received by March 1, 2005. Nominees do not need to be a
member of the SCSC, but must be headquartered in Southern California. Full
details of the nomination process and award criteria can be found on the
SCSC Web site,

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