Friday, March 24, 2006
OMMA Hollywood Conference and Expo
OMMA Hollywood Conference and Expo

Hear From Online's Leading Minds-Keynote Speakers Include:
Albert Cheng, EVP, Digital Media, ABC Television Group
Shawn Gold, SVP, Marketing,
Eric Hirshberg, President, Chief Creative Office, Deutsch LA
Nick Pahade, President of Denuo, a unit of Publicis Groupe

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March 27-28, 2006
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SpaceX Rocket Destroyed In Launch
El Segundo-based SpaceX made another attempt at the launch of its low-cost Falcon 1 rocket today, and successfully clearing the launch pad, but lost the rocket and payload in flight a minute after launch. In a terse statement on the company's web site, Elon Musk, the company's founder said that more information will be posted once the company has time to analyze the problem. The rocket was launched from the Marshall Islands. The payload, the FalconSat-2, was an Air Force Academy satellite for me (More info...)

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Airgain Gets $4.1M
Carlsbad-based Airgain, a developer of smart antennas for the WLAN market, has raised $4.1M in venture capital, the firm said this week. Airgain received the funding from Northwater Capital, via the Northwater Intellectual Property Fund and GEN3 Capital Fund. Airgain said that the funding brings its total capital raised to $10.9M. Airgain is developing smart antennas for WLAN routers and access points. The firm's research arm is based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Interview with Michael Robertson, SIPphone
My interview this morning is with Michael Robertson, founder of,
Linspire, and now a new startup, SIPphone ( I thought it
would be interesting to conduct the interview via Michael's own software,
so I called him up using the SIPphone software and a voice over IP
connection to ask him a bit about the idea behind SIPphone, and what he
has been up to lately. The call quality was great, and I also got his
insights into what makes a good entrepreneur, and some great ad (More info...)

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Rabble Goes Live On MetroPCS
San Diego-based Intercasting's Rabble mobile blogging applications have gone live to subscribers on MetroPCS, a wireless, regional service provider. Intercasting said today that its service, which allows users to create content and blogs from their mobile phones, is now available to MetroPCS subscribers in San Francisco, Sacramento, Tampa, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, and Atlants. The service allows customers to publish content from their phones to popular online blogging sites. Rabble's services are a (More info...)

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CBS, Yahoo Team on 60 Minutes
CBS is bringing 60 Minutes to the web in a partnership with Yahoo, the two companies said yesterday. CBS said that content from the 60 Minutes program will start beginning with its fall season, when free video programming on Yahoo will be available throughout its web site. The two companies report that 60 Minutes content will be available throughout the News, Sports, and Entertainment Yahoo sites, along with a 60 Minutes microsite. Yahoo and CBS also said they will run a preview interview with T (More info...)

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Kyocera Wireless Names VP
San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless has named a new, VP of Global Marketing. The firm has named Tom Maguire to the position, where he will oversee all branding, advertising, public relations, and channel marketing for the firm. Maguire was most recently at Motorola, where he headed the Asia Pacific region.

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OnHollywood 2006
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May 2-4, 2006
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