Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Mahalo Forks Over Cash For Search Results
Santa Monica-based, the human-powered search engine started by Weblogs founder and former Silicon Valley Reporter publisher Jason Calacanis, has launched a program to pay users to add content to the firm's service. According to Calacanis, the Mahalo Greenhouse program will pay users $10 to $15 per search result. The program requires approval to become what the firm calls a "Part Time Guide", and is paid out on a scale that depends on the number of search results submitted by a user. S (More info...)

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Morgan Stanley Funds Biomass Energy Firm
San Diego-based Bull Moose Energy, a firm that is developing biomass power production plants, said Wednesday that Morgan Stanley has agreed to invest up to $60M in the firm. The funding will go towards financing development of renewable energy plants near urban centers, starting with a plant in San Diego. According to Bull Moose San Diego Gas & Electric has contracted with the firm to supply 20 megawatts of electricity annually. Bull Moose said it will look to generate electricity from green was (More info...)

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Sonos Adds Retailers
Santa Barbara-based Sonos, a developer of a multi-room wireless music system, said Wednesday that it has added three new retail chains. According to Sonos, ABT Electronics, Ken Crane's, and Vann's will carry the firm's Sonos Digital Music System. ABT Electronics is a regional retail in Chicago; Ken Crane's serves Southern California, and Vann's is located in Montana. Sonos develops a user-friendly, digital music system that allows consumers to stream music from a PC or the Internet to multiple p (More info...)

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Zetera Tapped By Surveillance Hardware Provider
Irvine-based Zetera has been selected by a maker of IP video surveillance hardware. According to POLAR Industries Inc. a provider of network recording euqipment for the IP surveillance industry, it has integrated Zetera's network storage technology into its line of network video recorders. The firm is using Zetera's storage products to provide hard disk storage space for its video capture. Zetera develops a low cost, IP-based, proprietary networking protocol to create networked storage systems.

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Bid4Spots' Dave Newmark Speaks On eBay Deal
Last week, Encino-based Bid4Spots ( turned heads with a deal with online auction giant eBay, as word of a partnership to provide eBay's emerging Media Marketplace with radio auction services spread. Bid4Spots provides a reverse marketplace for selling unsold radio inventory--where radio stations, not advertisers, do the bidding--and the lowest CPM wins. The firm's radio auctions are actually opposite of eBay, where prices are bid up--radio stations bid who will provide the most (More info...)

posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007(Full story) Goes Green
Los Angeles-based online comparison shopping site announced today that it has launched a new, green shopping service called ShopGreen. The firm said the new service will offer comparison shopping for "green" products, from a variety of vendors. PriceGrabber said that the service, which is targeting environmentally conscious consumers, will also donate 5 percent of its profits from the new green comparison shopping service to leading environmental nonprofit organizations, includi (More info...)

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MySpace, Ford Models Team
Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said today that it has partnered with Ford Models, a leading modeling agency, to provide an online destination for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World model search. The companies said that they will maintain a MySpace profile where prospective models can apply and interact with the agency. The promotional effort will also include video content, fashion, fitness and beauty advice; along with other information from Ford.

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Omega Sensors Gets Commercialization Award
San Diego-based Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT), a collaborative partnership among academia, industry, and government, said today that it has awarded $49,000 to Omega Sensors, a product developing Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. The group said that the award will go towards continued development of Omega's accelerometer technology. CCAT is supported by Congress and other government agencies, and focuses on technology that can be used in the Departm (More info...)

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Userplane Adds Confabb
Santa Monica-based Userplane, a provider of web chat applications and other Internet services, said today that it has added Confabb, an online conference and trade show web site as a client. Confabb is using Userplane's web chat application to enhance its web site. Confabb is an online community of conference planners and attendees. Userplane is a subsidiary of AOL.

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Storix Rolls Backup For IBM System i
San Diego-based Storix, a provider of Linux and AIX backup and recovery software, said today that it has added support for IBM's System i product line. The firm's SBAdmin backup software provides backup and restore, along with the ability to reconfigure System i systems with automatic hardware detection. According to the firm, the reconfiguration capability helps manage issues of finding identical hardware after a disaster.

posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007(Full story) Runs Concert Promotion With tobyMac

Pasadena-based, an online virtual world targeted at the tweener market, said Tuesday that it is running a live concert with hip hop artist tobyMac as part of the site. The promotion, which is being done in partnership with ForeFront Records and EMI, is the second live concert by the virtual world. Whyville said that tobyMac will appear live as an avatar in Whyville's virtual "Greek Theater" and allow for real time commentary and chat. The concert will also include a after-party sp (More info...)

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