Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Aptera Hires CEO
Carlsbad-based Aptera, the electric car startup funded by Idealab and Google, said today that it has hired on a new President and CEO, Paul Wilbur. According to Aptera, Wilbur joins the firm from American Specialty Cars, a supplier of open air and convertible roof systems. He's also served at Saleen, Ford, and Chrysler. Aptera is developing a lightweight, low-cost, composite electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle; the firm recently scored a Series C funding round from Idealab and Google, among othe (More info...)

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tinyMash, tinyCrunch Condense Blog Content
Los Angeles-based tinyComb, a new startup focused on condensing and delivering summarized versions of popular blog sites, said today that the firm has launched a new web site, The startup--headed by Mathew Glueckert and Jason Wilk--said that the new web site will deliver condensed news from popular Web 2.0 blog, along with other sites. The site is the second for the startup, which launched, a web site condensing popular tech blog, last wee (More info...)

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Aqua Connect Adds Digital Insight's Fiore To Board
Los Angeles-based Aqua Connect, a developer of Mac terminal emulation software, said Wednesday that it has named Digital Insight founder Paul Fiore to its board of directors. Fiore co-founded and served as President and CEO of Digital Insight, and took the company public in a 1999 IPO. Fiore has also served at XP Systems, At&T Employees Federal Credit Union, and Lehman Brothers. Aqua Connect's software runs on Mac OS X, and is used for thin server computing; the firm's products allow mobile phon (More info...)

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Zag Bags NRA
Santa Monica-based Zag, which develops software to power online car buying services, has signed on the National Rifle Association as a customer, the firm announced today. Zag did not disclose the financial impact of the deal, but said that the NRA will use the firm for a new online car-buying program for its members. Zag's software provides a full, online automotive configuration which delivers full pricing on autos--including all optional accessories and options. Zag's software is being used by (More info...)

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Kotura Snags DARPA Contract
Monterey Park-based Kotura, which develops optoelectronic components, said this morning that it has inked a five year, $14M development contract with Sun Microsystems, as part of a DARPA contract. According to Kotura, the deal is part of a DARPA program, focused on supercomputing, the DARPA Ultraperformance Nanophotonic Intrachip Communications (UNIC) program. According to Kotura, the firm's technology will be used as part of an on-chip network of low-cost, optical interconnects. Kotura is ventu (More info...)

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Big Stage Entertainment Opens Beta
Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment said today that it has debuted a beta version of its web site. The startup has developed software which uses digital photos to create a life-like, 3D avatar. The firm's technology was developed at the University of Southern California. According to Big Stage, the firm will offer a free avatar creation service and online platform to create your own avatar, which can be exported in movie clips and still images. The software--which runs on Windows XP or Window (More info...)

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