Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Voice Genesis Raises $1M
Los Angeles-based Voice Genesis is set today to announce a $1M investment in the firm by angel group Keiretsu Forum. The developer of mobile messaging software develops software for voice response to emails on a mobile phone. According to the company, the round follows a $500,000 angel round of funding from earlier this year. The company said that the funding would be used to accelerate product development and support for mobile phones.

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Napster, SimpleTech Partner On Digital Media Storage
Los Angeles-based Napster and Santa Ana-based SimpleTech are announcing today that the two companies are partnering to deliver Napster-branded storage products. SimpleTech, a developer of memory devices, and online music download subscription service Napster will sell Napster-branded flash memory and hard drive disk storage. The agreement covers flash cards in CompactFlash, Secure Deigital, Multi Media Card (MMC), and miniSD formats. All of the products will include free song downloads and trial (More info...)

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Applied Wave Research Buys European Developer
El Segundo-based Applied Wave Research said yesterday that it has acquired APLAC Solutions Oy, a developer of simulation and analysis software for analog and radio-frequenty (RF) design. APLAC's software is used to design mobile phone RF integrated circuits, and has been used by Nokia and others. The two companies compete in the area of RF EDA, used by designers of integrated circuits to simulate designs. Terms were not disclosed. The companies said that APLAC will continue as a wholly owned su (More info...)

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SGX Files for IPO
San Diego-based SGX Pharmaceuticals (formerly Structural Genomics) has filed for an IPO. The firm said last week that it was looking to raise up to $80.5M in a initial public offering on the NASDAQ under the symbol SGXP. SGX is developing a treatment for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, a blood cancer. SGX reported a net loss of $12.9M for the six months ending June 30th, on revenues of $9.8M. The IPO is being underwritten by CIBC World Markets, Piper Jaffray, and JMP Securities.

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DataRemote, Kyocera Launch Machine Communications Tools
San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless and Ventura-based DataRemote announced this morning that the two companies are rolling out three CDMA-based machine-to-machine communications tools. The companies have rolled out a modem, tracking software, and management software that connects equipment to the CDMA network. The technology, based on Kyocera's 200 Module, allows plant equipment and other devices to be connected to a wireless network. The module provides an RJ11 telephone jack which simulates a lan (More info...)

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Akonix Adds VP
San Diego-based instant messaging startup Akonix said this morning that it has added a new VP of marketing. The firm has hired Don Montgomery as VP of marketing for the firm. Previous chief marketing officer Francis Costello has been appointed to chief technology officer. Montgomery previously served at Unisys Corporation as director of marketing, and has also served at United Messaging. Akonix develops an appliance that allows corporations to manage their instant messaging traffic.

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eEye Adds Exec
Aliso Viejo-based eEye Digital Security has added Ross Brown as Chief Operating Officer. The firm said that it had appointed Brown to manage its day to day operations, and its global sales and marketing activities. Brown was most recently VP of Worldwide Sales and Channel Operations at Citrix Systems. Brown has also served at MSI Consulting Group, Network Associates, and IBM. eEye develops software for vulnerability management in enterprise networks.

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