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JAJAH, Chumby Link Services
San Diego-based Chumby Industries, which makes a Linux-based, Internet information gadget, has signed on Internet calling firm JAJAH as a provider of a new phone widget for the device. According to JAJAH, it has added its Internet telephony technology into Chumby's device, allowing people to place local or global phone calls through the device. The firms said that the JAJAH widget is available now, but requires that Chumby users first create a JAJAH account. Chumby is venture backed by JK&B Capi (More info...)

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X1 Trumpets Customer Count
Pasadena-based X1 Technologies, the Idealab startup which develops desktop search software, announced today that it has signed up more than 300 customers who have deployed the company's enterprise product, X1 Enterprise Search Suite. X1 develops both enterprise search and desktop text search product which searches computer documents and enterprise networks, and also develops the white labeled Yahoo! Desktop Search software. The firm said that the enterprise customers come in addition to the "hun (More info...)

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Channel M Taps Technology Provider
Los Angeles-based Channel M, a venture-funded provider of a digital, out-of-home video network, announced today that it has signed a deal with Park media. Park Media is a provider of software for delivering content to out-of-home networks like Channel M's. Channel M said it will use Park Media's platform to deliver content to its retail customers. Details on the finances behind the deal were not disclosed. Channel M is venture backed by Ascend Venture Group, Benedek Investment Group, Intel Capit (More info...)

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SAIC Completes SM Consulting Buy
San Diego-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), said today that it has completed its acquisition of Linthicum, Md.-based SM Consulting. SM Consulting is a provider of linguistics services to the fedral, state, and local government sectors. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. SM Consulting employs more than 460 people, and provides foreign language translation and similar services to the defense and intelligence community. The firm will become part of SAIC' (More info...)

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Interview with Tom Kenney, Verve Wireless
Encinitas-based Verve Wireless ( is a local startup which has been developing software to help publishers make their content wireless-friendly. To get some insights into the firm, we spoke with Tom Kenney, the firm's President (and former VC at BlueRun Ventures) about the company.

Explain to us what Verve's technology is used for?

Tom Kenney: The company has been working for the last 3 years, since January of 2005, on building a mobile platform for local media. We've (More info...)

posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008(Full story) Gets USPS Extension
Los Angeles-based, a provider of PC postage products and customized photo postage, said today that it has received an extension to offer its popular PhotoStamps product through May 16, 2009. The firm's product allows consumers to upload any digital photograph or use a licensed image on their own, custom postage. According to, the extension is to the fourth phase of a market test for the postage, which is being offered with permission of the U.S. Postal Service in a pilot pr (More info...)

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Userplane Launches Media Player
Santa Monica-based Userplane, the online software and widget firm owned by AOL, said Tuesday that it has formally launched a new video publishing application, Userplane Mediaplayer. The new application allows web publishers to support video upload and playback on their sites. According to Userplane, the new application is available free to publishers, and is supported by the firm's ad revenue sharing program. The video player supports custom-skins and branding, an upload function, and will inclu (More info...)

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William Morris, Amp'd Founder Launch Digital Media Agency
The Wiliam Morris Agency and Peter Adderton, former founder of spectacular MVNO flameout Amp'd Mobile, said this morning that they have created a new company called Agency 3.0. According to WMA, the new firm will help clients design, implement, and monetize their digital media strategies. The new company will both act as a marketing agency and content developer, with a focus on the digital entertainment space. The new company will be based in Beverly Hills. According to WMA is a joint venture of (More info...)

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Novastor Adds Amazon S3 Support
Simi Valley-based NovaStor, a developer of data storage management software, said today that it has released the latest version of the firm's NovaBACKUP data protection and disaster recovery software. The firm said that the upgraded software--NovaBACKUP 10--adds ability to back up data to online storage accounts, and full disk image recovery. The software, which previously only supported local backup to hard drive, tape, NAS, or CD/DVD, now supports backup of data to online data storage services (More info...)

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