Thursday, May 18, 2006
TechTarget Acquires
Needham, Massachusetts-based media publisher TechTarget said today that it has acquired Los Angeles-based 20/20 Software, developer of, a web site that provides feature comparisons and access to trial software for small and medium-sized businesses. Terms were not disclosed. TechTarget said that it will operate as a site within TechTarget's network of sites for IT buyers. TechTarget said that 20/20 Software was advised by The Jordan, Edmiston Group in the transac (More info...)

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AudioCodes Buys Nuera Communications For $85M
San Diego-based Nuera Communications has been acquired for $85M in cash, according to AudioCodes, an Israeli Voice-over-IP firm. Nuera was developing Voice over IP gateways, soft switches, and management systems, and was backed by Comcast Interactive Capital, Cox Communications, Sandler Capital Management, Argo Global Capital, HarbourVest Partners, Bay Partners, Gleacher & Co., Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank Capital Partners, SAIC Venture Capital, and J.F. Shea. AudioCodes said that the move would (More info...)

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LightPointe Shuts Down
San Diego-based LightPointe Communications has shut its doors, according to sources close to the company. LightPointe was developing free space optic systems for connecting campuses and last-mile connections, and had received over 4 rounds of funding from Cisco, Ampersand Ventures, Corning Innovation Ventures, GATX, Huawei, Sevin Rosen, and others. According to a source close to the company, who spoke with socalTECH this afternoon, LightPointe's employees were laid off Monday, and the firm's ass (More info...)

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Interview with Josh Fisher, Co-founder,
Our interview this morning is with Josh Fisher and Barry Collier, co-founders of (, an online web site that combines casual gaming with online social networking and which seems to be getting good traction with families and the younger set. I spoke with Josh and Barry to understand the site, the idea behind it, and where the company is in terms of funding and stage.

Ben Kuo: Why don't we start by talking a little bit about -- what's the web site (More info...)

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Linksys Ships VoIP Phones
Irvine-based Linksys has shipped two, new Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phones, saying yesterday that the phones are the first of a new line of wireless IP telephony products from the company. Linksys, which is a division of Cisco Systems, said that its WIP300 and WIP330 phones are designed to make low-cost voice over IP calls through 802.11g wireless networks. The phones utilize the SIP v2 standard to connect into wireless networks, integrate with hotspots, and support both 802.11b and 802.11g standards (More info...)

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SoCal Firms Recognized at CODiEs
Two Southern California firms have been recognized with a prestigious CODiE award, an annual award that highlights the best software products of the year. Costa Mesa-based FileNet won two awards, one for the Best Business Automation Solution for its FileNet Business Process Manager, and one for Best Document Management Solution for its FileNet Content Manager. San Diego-based WebSideStory won an award for Best Enterprise Search Engine for its WebSideStory Search. The Software & Information Indus (More info...)

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Boingo Launches Open Source WiFi Toolkit
Santa Monica-based Boingo Wireless has launched a new, open source initiative, launching a new, Wi-Fi toolkit that allows device manufacturers to design software to connect into its Wi-Fi network. Boingo said yesterday that its new open source initiative was released on the popular SourceForge open source development portal. The company's open source software handles connection into its Wi-Fi network, and authentication of users into its network of Wi-Fi hot spots. Companies supporting the firm (More info...)

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Blackball Integrates With NAS
San Diego-based BlackBall, a provider of unstructured data management software, said today that Newisys, a provider of network attached storage, will integrate its software with a NAS appliance. BlackBall and Newisys said that BlackBall's SearchIn desktop search application will be integrated with the Newisys NA-1400 Network Attached Storage (NAS) Appliance. BlackBall's software provides desktop search for Windows, Linux, Solaris, Mac, and other operating systems. The firm is backed by Al Shugar (More info...)

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Akonix, Microsoft Look For "Bot" Creators
San Diego-based Akonix Systems announced this morning that its new instant messaging "bot" software has been selected by Microsoft for use in a promotion to spur developers to build "conversational robots" for Microsoft's MSN Messenger platform. Microsoft, Akonix, and IM Interactive are sponsoring a competition to create interactive "robots" for Microsoft's instant messaging platform. Conversational robots are expected to allow people to chat with, provide interactive customer service support, s (More info...)

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Vigilistics Hires Operations Expert
Mission Viejo-based Vigilistics, a provider of software for the food processing industry, said today it has hired a new director of operations. The firm said that it has hired Ron Huffman to the position. Huffman joins from Bimbo Bakeries. Vigilistics designs software for compliance tracking for the food processing and dairy industry. The firm is backed by the Tech Coast Angels.

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