Thursday, June 5, 2008
Southern California Digital Technology Forum - June 9/10
The So Cal Digital Technology Forum is where innovation takes the stage to highlight leading-edge technologies and proven strategies for success in the hottest tech industry verticals. From digital media to advertising to wireless to gaming, So Cal entrepreneurs and executives will give you the insider’s perspective on the latest trends and the next "big ideas." And, you’ll hear firsthand from the venture capitalists who are putting their money behind digital technology – they'll share the latest hot buttons and killer apps that are taking start-ups to the next level. With Experian, Google, Qualcomm/MediaFlo and many others, join 400+ participants for the 1.5 day conference at the lowest rate in town…starting at just $95!

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US Search Snags Pullen
Culver City-based US Search, which provides people search services on the web, said Thursday that it has named Jeffrey A. Pullen as the company's President and CEO. Pullen was most recently CEO of QFour Digital, and has served as COO of ValueClick and as president and CEO of Commission Junction. US Search operates an online site which allows users to search for people through public records, including background information and real estate information, criminal records, and more; the firm is own (More info...)

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SnapNames, Renew Domain Name Deal
Los Angeles-based's unit said today that the firm has renewed an exclusive agreement it has with domain registration service, where it will continue to make domain names surrendered by prior registrants on its auction platform. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. SnapNames, which was acquired by last year, sells expired and deleting domain names which have not been renewed by their prior owners. monitors domain names reg (More info...)

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Disney, Google Link On Google Earth Tour
Burbank-based Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced this morning that it has linked with Google's 3D mapping software, Google Earth, to allow Google Earth users and Disney guests to tour the firm's Walt Disney World Resort in 3D. According to Disney, it will offer virtual, 3D tours of all of Disney World's four theme parks, hotels, and resorts, and will include links to Disney's online travel planning tours. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed. Disney said the effort incl (More info...)

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YouMail Adds Visual Voicemail Feature
Irvine-based YouMail said today that it has rolled out a new feature which adds visual voicemail to the firm's services. According to YouMail, its new mobile service allows users to access YouMail's voice mail services from their smartphone screen, and allows them to listen to voicemail messages, forward message to others, or reply via SMS to voice mails directly from their smart phones. The new service is available via a mobile web page at the firm's web site. The company said that the new serv (More info...)

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Interview with Dan Michel, Dakim
Santa Monica-based Dakim ( recently landed a $10.6M round of venture financing for the firm's brain fitness products, geared at helping seniors stave off Alzheimer's and improve their brain function. Dakim's product is a self-contained combination of touch screen enabled hardware and software, which is installed into senior care facilities; the software includes a number of entertaining "brain games" geared at seniors, and adjusts to different levels of challenge depending on how w (More info...)

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Infosys Funds Center At USC
Indian-based IT outsourcing and consulting firm Infosys Technologies, and the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, have set up a new research center at USC, the two companies said Wednesday. According to Infosys and USC, the two will set up a new Center for Research & Education in Advanced Software Technologies (CAST) at the USC campus, using funding from Infosys. The two said that the new center will focus on research and education on software architecture, service (More info...)

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Novelix Raises Funding Round
La Jolla-based Novelix Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has raised a Series A-3 Preferred Stock financing for its biopharmaceuticals products. Amount and source of the funding was not disclosed. Novelix is developing proprietary small molecule drugs for cancer therapy, with a initial focus on lung, colon, and dermato-oncology. The firm said the funding will go towards expanding its team.

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OnHollywood - West Hollywood - June 10-12
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