Wednesday, June 21, 2006
MySpace Tightens Security
Los Angeles-based MySpace has rolled out new safety and security features, responding to widespread concerns over the use of the social networking site by child predators. MySpace today said that it is adding additional features for 14-15 year old members, new privacy settings, and restrictions on ads sent to younger users. MySpace said that it will now require that any 18+ year old MySpace members to have the email address, or first and last name of members who are under 16 years old to connect (More info...)

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Interview with Jim Howard, CrownPeak
I've spoken with Jim Howard, CEO of CrownPeak ( before on the company's very successful content management systems. The company has done very well, receiving many awards for its product, and financially has been very profitable for years. I thought it would be interesting to talk with Jim again because his firm recently landed a round of venture capital funding, and has begun some expansion. I talked with him about the funding, why they decided to transition from what had been (More info...)

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ViaSat Buys Video Equipment Provider
Carlsbad-based ViaSat, a provider of satellite and wireless communications technology, has acquired El Cajon-based Enerdyne Technologies, a developer of video data link and digital video systems, the firm said today. The deal is worth $17M in cash and stock, plus $8.7M in earn out. Enerdyne provides video equipment for the defense and intelligence market, including for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications. ViaSat said that the acquisition will allow it to expand its offerings into the Dep (More info...)

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Semtech Faces Delisting
Camarillo-based Semtech is facing a possible delisting on the Nasdaq, the company said today. Semtech said that it received a Staff Determination letter from the Nasdaq last week indicating that it is subject to delisting because it has not yet filed its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30th. Semtech has requested a hearing from the Nasdaq. Semtech is one of the many semiconductor and technology firms that has been caught in a sweeping SEC inquiry over stock option grant practices. S (More info...)

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Siafu Launches iSCSI Appliances
Poway-based Siafu, a new startup in the storage arena, has shipped its first set of products. Siafu said today that it has launched its line of Swarm iSCSI storage appliances, targeted at providing iSCSI storage to users. The company is targeting Microsoft, Linux, Solaris, and NetWare operating systems with its hardware, with a focus on Microsoft iSCSI initiators. Siafu is headed by John Matze, former VP and CTO at Overland Storage.

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ClariPhy Opens Design Center in Argentina
Irvine-based ClariPhy Communications, a startup developing high speed communications ICs, announced today that it has opened an overseas design center in Argentina. The company said that it has opened a development center near the National University of Cordoba, to help it design and accelerate development of its 10Gbit/s mixed signal ICs. ClariPhy cited the country's relatively untapped pool of engineering talent at the National University, proximity in terms of time zone to Pacific Daylight Ti (More info...)

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Los Angeles-based has upgraded its automated, online customer support software. The company said that it supports eBay v2.0, and that its software is now available to customers. eBay announced upgrades to its auction site last week, including blog capability, wikis, and Skype integration. eBay's annual conference was held in Las Vegas last week. HostedSupport provides web-based, hosted support focused on eBay sellers. The company's software helps sellers respond to repetitive e (More info...)

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Zag Taps Kelley Blue Book
Santa Monica-based Zag has tapped Kelley Blue Book to provide used auto information for the firm's new online auto-buying service. Zag said Tuesday that it will incorporate Kelley Blue Book data into its platform. Zag is developing a private label, turnkey product that allows automotive sites, auto dealers, and affinity buying groups to manage the online auto buying process. Zag said that a key feature of its platform is transparency of pricing including actual transaction prices based on Kelley (More info...)

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Digital Insight Inks Deal With Credit Unions
Calabasas-based Digital Insight said today that it has renewed and expanded agreements with two credit unions. Government Employees Credit Union of El Paso, Texas and TruWest Credit Union of Tempe, Arizona have both renewed their contracts with Digital Insight. The firm said that the agreements cover roughly 65,000 Internet Banking users through 2011. Digital Insight provides online banking services to credit unions and other financial institutions through a hosted service. The deal includes a r (More info...)

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