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MySpace Links To Hulu With Widget
Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new application which links user profiles on the social networking site to the Hulu video site. According to MySpace, the new MySpace Primetime Application allows users to embed videos from Hulu and MySpaceTV on their profiles and home pages. The firm said the ad-supported application will show display advertising, tickers, pre-roll, post-roll, and other ads alongside user profiles. The new web widget also allows users to find (More info...)

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Agility Studios Launches, Gets Private Equity Backing
Los Angeles-based Agility Studios said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new entertainment studio focused on digital media. According to the firm, it was founded by Scott Ehrlich, Larry Tanz, and Keith Quinn, and will focus on transforming digital media firms into viable businesses. Tanz and Quinn are from LivePlanet, and Ehrlich was formerly at RealNetworks. Agility Studios said that the new company is backed by Mantucket Capital, a private investment firm with over $1B under management. E (More info...)

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8e6 Merges With UK Firm
Orange, California-based 8e6 Technologies, a supplier of web filtering appliances for the SMB and education market, said Wednesday that it has merged with UK-based Marshal. According to the firms, they are merging to form a new company called Marshal8e6. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed. Marshal and 8e6 Technologies said the merger will create a combined company with more than 250 employees, and more than $50M in combined billings for the past 12 months. The companies are backe (More info...)

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UltiZen Bolsters Chinese Operations
Shanghai, China- and Los Angeles-based UltiZen Games Ltd., which provides game development and outsourcing, is investing $3.5M in its game studios in China, the firm said Wednesday. UltiZen said it would open a new $1.5M studio in Suzhou, China, and invest the remaining $2.0M in its current Shanghai and Beijing studios. UltiZen provides outsourcing and development of video games, and has its U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles. The firm--which is venture backed by PAC-LINK, Japan Asia Investment Co (More info...)

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Flipswap Lands $14M In Series B Funding
Los Angeles-based FlipSwap, which operates an electronics trade-in service for mobile phones and other electronics, said Wednesday that it has raised $14M in a Series B funding round. The funding came from RRE Ventures, and cleantech VC NGEN. FlipSwap's services provide incentives for consumers to trade in their old mobile phones and other electronics. The firm provides its software to retailers to give consumers credit for their old technology, based on the condition of the device, market deman (More info...)

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Interview with Matthew Graczyk, Zubican
Matthew Graczyk is founder of angel-backed Zubican ( a problem, which was the difficulty of finding suppliers for products for businesses--and decided to solve the problem, with a site specifically targeted at helping B2B buyers and sellers connect. Matthew spoke to us to give us a better idea of what the company offers and why it was started.

What's the idea behind Zubican?

Matthew Graczyk: Zubican is an online business community, devoted to connecting business to bus (More info...)

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OpenCandy Raises $3.5M
San Diego-based OpenCandy, a new startup focused on software recommendations and downloads, said this morning that it has raised $3.5M in a venture capital funding. According to OpenCandy, the funding round came from Bessemer Venture Partners, O'Reilly Alphatech Ventures, and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Jordan Greenhall of DivX. OpenCandy said it is developing technology which allows developers to recommend other software products. The firm said it was started by early founders and members of D (More info...)

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Jazz Semi Licenses Technology To Fujitsu
Newport Beach-based Jazz Semiconductor said today that it has licensed its high-precision RF models and design kits for RF to Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jazz, which is now a unit of Tower Group, said the license deal will provide an ongoing royalty revenue stream to the firm. The technology involved allows users to create RF, systems-on-a-chip (SoC) designs that will be fabricated at Fujitsu's 300mm fab in Japan, in 90nm and 65nm process tec (More info...)

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ESET Ships Antivirus Software For Smartphones
San Diego-based ESET, a developer of antivirus software, has set its sight on the mobile market, and has begun shipping a new software product aimed at smart phone users. According to ESET, it has begun shipping a new software product to protect against malware and SMS threats for Windows Mobile devices, ESET Mobile Antivirus. ESET said the new software provides both malware scanning and spam protection for SMS messaging. The new software is available for Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 (More info...)

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Escalate Retail, Where 2 Get It Partner
San Diego-based Escalate Retail, and Anaheim-based Where 2 Get It are announcing this morning that the two firms are in a partnership. Escalate Retail, which develops ecommerce software, and Where 2 Get It, which develops software for mapping out retail locations, said they will integrate Where 2 Get It's tools in Escalate's Blue Martini software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The firms said the collaboration makes it easier for retailers to add a store locator on their website (More info...)

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