Monday, March 17, 2008
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Iomega Gets New Buyout Offer From EMC
San Diego-based Iomega is reporting this morning that it has received a new, revised takeover proposal from EMC Corporation. Iomega, which spurned an EMC offer last week to buy the firm, said EMC has upped its offer to $3.75 per share of its stock for approximately 54.8M outstanding shares. The offer is worth approximately $205.5M. According to Iomega, its board has determined that the revised acquisition agreement would "reasonably constitute a superior proposal" over an earlier agreement Iomeg (More info...)

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Staccato Ships USB Development Kit
San Diego-based Staccato Communications, which develops a single-chip, CMOS wireless USB semiconductors, announced a new development kit for the firm's products Monday. The firm said its new Ripcord1 Development Kit provides a software library and development library that will help accelerate native Wireless USB device designs for its customers. Staccato's Ripcord products provide CMOS, wireless USB capability for electronic products. Staccato is venture backed by Allegis Capital, Bay Partners, (More info...)

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Viva Vision Inks Mobile Development Deal With Univision
Santa Monica-based Viva Vision, a provider of mobile entertainment content, said today that it has signed a partnership with Univision Movil. According to Viva Vision, it has developed an entertainment slideshow application which displays images form Univision's content library to wireless handsets, and the companies will develop new entertainment product together. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Viva Vision is venture backed by Equal Elements. Univision Online is the interactive (More info...)

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ValueClick Loses eBay Affiliate Deal
Westlake Village-based ValueClick has lost its affiliate marketing deal with eBay, according to an announcement by eBay this morning. According to online auction giant eBay, it will move to an in-house affiliate network from ValueClick's Commission Junction platform. The switch covers eBay and eBay sites Tradera AB, ProStores, Reseller Marketplace, Media Marketplace, eBay Stores, and StubHub remain with Commission Junction. Financial impact of the switch was not announced. Commission J (More info...)

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Interview with Dipak Shah, Founder and CEO, Reliant Solutions

One of the little known strengths of Southern California has been a wealth of enterprise software companies and expertise. Among the new crop of enterprise software firms is Reliant Solutions (, a Laguna Niguel-based provider of software focused on automating the auditing of company financials and operations. We spoke with Dipak Shah, Founder and CEO of Reliant Solutions, and he told us the story of how he went from being an investment banker at Morgan Keegan to starting (More info...)

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WebVisible Raises $12M
Irvine-based WebVisible announced that it has raised a $12M, Series B funding round for the firm's local advertising services today. The round came was led by Sutter Hill Ventures, and also included prior investor Redpoint Ventures. The firm said that Sutter Hill's Jim White joins the firm's board of directors alongside the funding. WebVisible develops software and services used to help small and medium sized businesses buy local online advertising; the firm has partnerships with The McClatchy C (More info...)

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Novacoast Buys Integrated Network Systems
Santa Barbara-based Novacoast said Friday that it has acquired Integrated Network Systems, LLC, a provider of desktop management, email and groupware consulting, and network design. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Integrated Network Solutions serves Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Novacoast is a provider of IT professional services and product development.

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Santa Monica-based business search engine said this morning that it has launched two new "channels" focused on money and technology. The firm said the new areas on the firm's web sites are targeted at serving buyers and sellers of business financial services and technology. The company also said that it has integrated how-to guide content from its business expert community into its directory pages, an updated taxonomy of business product and service categories, new product (More info...)

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RealtyTrac, Link
Irvine-based foreclosure real estate information provider RealtyTrac is in a deal to provide its listings to, a London-based vertical search site, said today. said that users using the firm's site today can now quickly search and click through to foreclosed home listings on RealtyTrac. The deal covers more than 400,000 foreclosure listings across the United States. Financial deals of the arrangement were not released. RealtyTrac provides an online, national (More info...)

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