Monday, November 6, 2006
Connecting with Media, Santa Monica, Nov 9
Pitch it to me: Connecting with Media Influencers
Thursday, November 9
Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica
Technology Council of Southern California

One of the biggest challenges technology companies face is learning how tell their stories in a way that causes an "a-ha" moment for media influencers, including journalists and industry analysts. What makes a good story, and how can you get in front of your most important media contacts?

Panel includes Peter Coffee, Technology Editor, eWeek; Dan Cox, Reporter, Los Angeles Business Journal; Brian Deagon, Technology Reporter, Investor's Business Daily; Kalpana Ettenson, Senior Editor, PCWorld; Benjamin F. Kuo, founder and editor,; Jeff Levy, KNX Business Radio; Dorothy Pomerantz, Reporter, ForbesSee.

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Fox Rolls Out Widget SDK
Los Angeles-based Fox Interactive Media announced today that it has rolled out a new platform for web sites to integrate content from Fox's content sites, including,, and local Fox stations. The firm's new SpringWidgets platform comes from a new division from Fox Interactive Media, FIM Labs. The application programming interface also allows developers to build their own widgets for blogs and other websites. FIM Labs said it is also offering the widgets to users of Fox's MyS (More info...)

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Interview with Jason Cong, Chairman, AutoESL Design Technologies
Our interview today is with Jason Cong, Chairman and Chief Technology Advisor of AutoESL Design Technologies (, an electronic design automation startup out of the University of California, Los Angeles. Jason is also a Professor and Chairman of the UCLA Computer Science Department, and a serial entrepreneur, having headed Aplus Design Technologies, a firm that was successfully acquired by Magma Design Automation in 2003. We caught up with Professor Cong to understand his new, fund (More info...)

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Napster Mobile Launches In Japan
Los Angeles-based digital music service Napster said today that the firm has launched its mobile service in Japan. Napster said that its mobile over-the-air song and ringtone service is now available on NTT DoCoMo's iMode mobile internet service, expanding Napster's service in the country into the mobile arena. Napster has been offering PC-based music subscription services in Japan last month with Tower Records Japan. The new service is available for approximately $3 per month.

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Access Retail Gets Series A
Los Angeles-based ACCESS Retail Entertainment said today that it has changed its name to Access 360 Media, and raised a Series A venture round from Bessemer Venture Partners. Amount of the investment was not disclosed. The firm also apointed Lon Otremba as its president. Access 360 Media operates an in-store entertainment network targeted at young adults, used for advertising brands. Otremba was previously CEO of Muzak and EVP of AOL's Interactive Marketing Group.

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Simula Launches Open Source Marketplace
Marina Del Rey-based Simula Labs announced this morning that its hosted, open source distribution delivery platform is now available. The firm's CoRE Network allows enterprise users to evaluate and suscribe to open source projects. The subscription-based service allows companies to download tested, version-controlled and indemnified version of open source projects. The open source marketplace addresses the need of enterprise companies to download certified, tested versions of open source project (More info...)

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Fonality Upgrades IP-PBX
Los Angeles-based open source IP PBX firm Fonality has released the newest version of the firm's PBX software. Fonality said that it has released the latest version of the firm's PBXtra IP-PBX and associated applications. New features in this release include branch office support, voicemail to email, click-to-call, VoIP support, and more advanced call management, among other features. The company also rolled out a new contact management application, HUD Team, targeted at enterprises, which conne (More info...)

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Broadcom Unveils Portable Power Solutions
Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom has rolled out new power management products for the mobile handset and portable device market. The firm announced today that its new system-on-a-chip power management units are targeted at managing power consumption in mobile devices. The firm's BCM59001 PMU is part of the firm's portfolio of semiconductors targeted at mobile devices manufacturers.

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