Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Yahoo Adds Personalized Movie Recommendations
Yahoo's Santa Monica-based entertainment division has rolled out another service that provides personalized movie recommendations. The new Yahoo! Movies feature gives movie fans recommendations based on individual preferences, and comes as the web portal giant has been aggressively bolstering its entertainment lineup. The new service is powered by ChoiceStream, a provider of intelligent consumer preference software. The new Yahoo Movies service uses the personalized recommendation engine to comp (More info...)

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Blu-ray Pilots Manufacturing Process
The Blu-ray Disc Association, which is competing against HD-DVD for acceptance as the next generation DVD format, announced today that the format is now ready for manufacturing with a complete disc manufacturing process. The group said that a new spin-coating process has been piloted in Torrance, California by Panasonic and Origin Electric. The process is used to apply a 0.1mm layer used in the Blu-ray Disc format, and for replication and mass production of discs. The association said that the c (More info...)

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NGEN Has First Close of $150M Fund
Santa Barbara-based NGEN Partners, an investment firm focused on advanced materials, said yesterday that it has had a first close of a new $150M fund. The new fund, NGEN Partners Fund II, will also focus on material science investments and investments of between $2 to $8M. CalPERS and CalSTRS led the round of funding, which also included The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Cycad Group, the Glenn Foundation, Siemens Venture Capital, and Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. The company also said that it ha (More info...)

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Iomega Touts Patents in Nanotech, Digital Storage
San Diego-based Iomega said yetserday that it has received two new patents in the area of nanotechnology and external storage media. The first patent covers nanotechnology-based subwavelength optical data storage, used for encoding data onto the surface of a DVD. The company said that the AO-DVD (Articulated Optical - Digital Versatile Disc), technology could be used to hold 40-100 times more information that current DVDs at similar low costs, and that it is looking at the commercial feasibility (More info...)

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Zetera Partners With DataPlow
Irvine-based network storage technology provider Zetera announced this morning that it has partnered with DataPlow to add SAN-based file system software for file sharing. DataPlow's file system software will be combined with Zetera's storage devices in solutions shipping from NETGEAR, StorCase, and Bell Microproducts. The DataPlow software allows for sharing of files between computers, allowing for simultaneous read and write of shared files. Zetera provides low cost, IP-based data technology fo (More info...)

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Cylene Pharmaceutical Raises $26.3M
San Diego-based Cylene Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company focused on the discovery and development of oncology drugs, said that it has raised $26.3M. The Series B funding was led by Coastview Capital. Cylene said that the funding will help advance its lead product for treatment of cancer. New investors included BioVentures Investors, Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners, Morningside Venture Investments, TDL Investors, William Harris Investors, Lakeview Capital, and the Viterbi Group. Existing share (More info...)

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Demarc Adds Localized Language Capability
Carpinteria-based security software firm Demarc Security announced this morning that its Sentarus software has been localized for five new languages. The company's threat management tools are now also available in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Sentarus provides software for accessing, monitoring, and managing corporate networks. The software includes network intrusion detection and prevention, host-based intrusion detection, vulnerability management, and more, and is targeted at (More info...)

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