Wednesday, September 26, 2007
5th International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference
Join us TODAY:
5th International System-on-Chip (SoC) Conference, Exhibit & Workshops
Radisson Hotel Newport Beach (Near John Wayne Airport)

Broadcom SoC Career Day Workshop (Free Pass), Don't Miss Out!

THE MOST Innovative & Affordably Priced Technology Conference of the Year.

Learn and network at the premier industry event for technology professional

Platinum Sponsors: Jazz Semiconductor, Tensilica, MIPS Technologies, Inside GNSS. Gold Sponsors: Novelics Corp, CSU Fullerton Eng, Chapman University

Selected Participating Companies: Intel, IBM, Freescale, Toshiba, Tensilica, Jazz Semi, MIPS, Novelics, eASIC, Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, ST Micro, Kilopass, NXP, Broadcom, Nvidia, AMD, SiRF, MataiTech, Extreme DA, Chartered Semiconductor, Nascentric, Carbon Design, Silicon Canvas, ClioSoft, ENOVIA MatrixOne, EDN, Synopsys, Rambus, UCI, iSuppli, Nascentric, Tower Semiconductor, ARM, Innovative Silicon, Prodesign Electronics, AKA, OCB Services, Carnegie Mellon, Cadence, Altera, Mentor Graphics, Actel, Trimble, Faraday, National Semiconductor, AeA, Micron, Virage, and Much, Much More!

Workshops by Broadcom and ARM

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Vistera Systems Acquired
Santa Barbara-based Vistera Systems, a developer of online business intelligence software for hotel operators, has been acquired by Vistera Group LLC, an investment group formed to acquire the firm. Financial terms were not disclosed. Vistera Systems provides web-based software used by hotel operators to manage their hotel portfolios. Massachusetts-based Vistera Group LLC is planning to use Vistera's technology to compete in the hotel intelligence and data market. Vistera was founded by Tom Frag (More info...)

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Activision Buys Bizarre Creations
Santa Monica-based Activision said Wednesday morning that it has acquired Bizarre Creations, a U.K.-based developer of racing games. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bizarre Creations is creator of the racing game Project Gotham Racing for Xbox and Xbox 360; the firm also develops arcade game Geometry Wars on Xblox Live Arcade, and is working on The Club for SEGA. Bizarre Creations will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision. Bizarre Creations employs 160 in its studios in (More info...)

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Interview with Bert Armijo, 3Tera
Until recently, infrastructure companies have been completely eclipsed by the interest in Web 2.0 media darlings. However, investors and others are suddenly paying attention to the success of server virtualization and "utility computing" companies, who have been doing well despite the lack of press and sexiness. In an effort to look closer at companies in the infrastructure area, we recently talked with Aliso Viejo, California-based 3Tera ( 3Tera is developing an interesting prod (More info...)

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Zag Raises $13.5M
Santa Monica-based Zag said today that it has raised an additional $13.5M in financing, in a deal led by the Capricorn Investment Group. Zag, which develops auto buying software which links automobile dealers and affinity groups like credit unions, said that the round brings the company's total raised to $46M in equity, alongside $21M in debt financing. Zag said the investment from Capricorn comes on top of existing support from GRP, Capital One, and Anthem Ventures. Zag is headed by Scott Paint (More info...)

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Demand Media Reportedly Raises $100M
Los Angeles-based Demand Media has reportedly raised another $100M in venture funding. A spokesperson for the firm did not respond to requests by socalTECH for comments on the venture funding, however sources close to the firm confirmed that the company had just closed a round. Demand Media is the new media firm headed by former MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt, which owns eNom,,, and other web sites. Private Equity HUB reported that the round was led by Goldman Sachs, (More info...)

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Cleantech Investments Surge
Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureOne are reporting today that the investments in clean technology companies this year have reached $1.1B in the first half of 2007. The research, which was released today, found that clean technology investments are poised to increase by more than 35% this year compared to last. Among the findings in the report were that the U.S. had 71 venture deals in the first six months of 2007, totaling over $893M; the report found that clean technology's share of overall v (More info...)

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LeisureLink Appoints Finance VP
Pasadena-based LeisureLink said today that it has hired John Hoang as the firm's Vice President of Finance. Hoang joins the firm from online travel firm DC New Media, where he was president and founder. Hoang has also served at Overture Services and Arthur Andersen. The appointment came on the heels of the firm's announcement yesterday of a $8.1M venture round. LeisureLink provides a service which connects vacation lodging operators with online travel sites and travel agents.

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Intercasting Gets Win At Boost
Venture backed Intercasting, the firm behind the Rabble mobile social networking service, said today that it has been selected by Boost Mobile to power a new social networking feature on Boost's ANTHEM service. Financial terms were not disclosed. Intercasting said that it will provide an interface to social networking sites including LiveJournal, Vox, Xanga,,,,, and its own Rabble site for Boost. Intercasting is backed by Avalon Ven (More info...)

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Mindspeed Completes Acquisition of Ample Communications
Newport Beach-based Mindspeed said today that it has completed its acquisition of the product portfolio and intellectual property assets of Ample Communications. Financial terms were not disclosed. Mindspeed had announced earlier this month that it would acquire the assets out of a private foreclosure sale from Ample's senior creditor. Ample was a developer of media access controller (MAC) chips.

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VentureNet - Costa Mesa - October 5th
Register for VentureNet
October 5th
Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Now in its twelfth year, VentureNet has become the premier capital conference in the region, and a must-attend event. VentureNet brings together the best and brightest technology companies and venture capitalists from San Diego to Santa Barbara...and all points in-between for potential funding.

Past versions of the event has seen tremendous success, with a high rate of people actually receiving funding due to the event. Presenting companies from the past ten VentureNet conferences have gone on to raise over $100 million in venture funding. The conference also attracts senior executives from the most influential professional services firms in Southern California. In short, the event is a gathering of the "who's who" from the region's technology industry.

Forbes MEET II - Beverly Hills - October 24-25
Forbes MEET II
Turmoil & Transitions: Building the Next Digital Revolution
Oct. 24-25, 2007
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

Meet the drivers of the next digital revolution for an intensive look at how to succeed in a rapidly evolving world where both new and old-line businesses compete for a foothold. Get ready to engage in a truly powerhouse forum as you join forces with Forbes editors and today’s A-list players.

Headlining this executive-only forum is a unique lineup of media moguls and news-making visionaries. Speakers include: InterActive Corp.’s Barry Diller, Disney’s Robert Iger, MGM’s Harry Sloan, AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, Yucaipa Companies’ Ron Burkle; plus CEOs and leading execs from YouTube, Move Networks, 2929 Entertainment, Fox Mobile Entertainment, Glam Media, 24/7 Real Media, Inc., United Talent Agency, Cisco, BitTorrent, Zelnick Media, Sony Pictures Digital, Nokia, Google, Yahoo! and more.

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