Wednesday, January 9, 2008
National Lampoon Acquires
Los Angeles-based National Lampoon said Wednesday that it has acquired web site Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. is an online, user-generated video and photo site featuring photos of drunk college students and similar content.

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Zogenix Gains $18M In New Funding
San Diego-based Zogenix, a firm developing specialty pharmaceuticals for the neurology and pain market, said Wednesday that it has raised $18M in a private placement of preferred stock. The round came from Abingworth Management Ltd., and also included prior investors Clarus Ventures, Domain Associates, and Scale Venture Partners. Zogenix said the funding will go towards commercialization of the firm's DosePro (sumatriptan) compound, and for development of its controlled-release opioid it recentl (More info...)

posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 (More)(Full story) Hits Verizon V CAST
Los Angeles-based said Tuesday that the firm's online video entertainment content is now available on Verizon's V CAST video service. said that the videos will be available as part of the V CAST basic video service. operates an online entertainment web site focused on men; the firm's site includes original video, user-generated content, games, and other content. Verizon's V CAST service provides access to a wide range of video content, and is available bot (More info...)

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Interview with David Bohnett,
Our interview today is with David Bohnett, CEO of (, a Los Angeles-based web site which has created an online guide to video, TV shows, and other content on the web. David is best known as the co-founder of GeoCities, and for the investments out of his venture firm, Baroda Ventures. Baroda Ventures recently made a Series A investment in We caught up with David to learn more about, as well as to get David's view of the Internet industry in Los (More info...)

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HostedSupport Targets eBay Sellers
Los Angeles-based, a provider of customer support software, said today that it has released a new version of the firm's ezSupport for eBay product. The hosted, software-as-a-service provides customer support for eBay sellers. HostedSupport also offers customer support management software for web-based businesses. According to HostedSupport, the new version of the firm's ezSupport software now supports FAQs - frequently asked questions - which pulls up appropriate answers to que (More info...)

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Evolution RoboticsRetail Revs LaneHawk
Pasadena-based Evolution Robotics Retail, the retail arm of Idealab's robotics technology firm, said today that it has released a new version of the firm's LaneHawk Visual Scanner product. The firm said that the product, which is used for checking the bottom of grocery shopping carts, is now available for Windows Server 2003 Server. The software was previously available on Linux. LaneHawk is used by retailers to scan for products on the bottom of shopping carts, and uses vision recognition techn (More info...)

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Gemstar-TV Guide, Sony In Licensing Agreement
Pasadena-based Gemstar-TV Guide said today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Sony on its on-screen TV programming guides. Gemstar did not disclose terms of the deal, but said that Sony USA has signed a multi-year agreement covering use of Gemstar's TV Guide On Screen interactive program guide on Sony's television products. Gemstar TV Guide holds a number of patents covering on screen programming guides, and provides access to those patents through its TV Guide On Screen products.

posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2008(Full story) Links Into Yelp
Irvine-based, a provider of a local search engine, said today that it has entered into a relationship with Yelp, a provider of local reviews, to include Yelp's reviews and ratings. Financial terms of the deal, and details on the relationship, were not disclosed. said that the new content began appearing in December on its search results. provides a search site for local businesses and information.

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Nexsan Takes On Xserve Market
Thousand Oaks-based Nexsan, a provider of SATA disk storage systems, said today that the firm has rolled out a new storage solution specifically for the Apple Xserve and Mac Pro market. Nexsan said that its SATABeast Xi product provides high density, energy efficient storage for the Mac market. The new product provides up to 42TB of storage in a 4U rackmount footprint, and includes technology for idling disks which are not in use. The new product supports Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity.
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2008 Technology Industry Awards - Call for Nominations
2008 Technology Industry Awards - Call for Nominations

Is your technology firm worthy of an award?

The Technology Council of Southern California is seeking candidates for the 14th annual Industry Awards. The awards are presented to individuals and companies that have made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Southern California as a center for technological innovation.

Nominations must be received by January 18, 2008. Nominees must be headquartered in Southern California. Full details of the nomination process and award criteria can be found on the Technology Council Web site,

Twiistup 3 - January 16th
Twiistup 3 - January 16th - Venice

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Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Deadline - Jan 18
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