Thursday, December 11, 2008
Digital Family Reunion
On Thursday, December 11th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, the Digital Family Reunion (DFR) is bringing the Southern California technology and business communities together for the holidays at the Skirball Cultural Center. The DFR is throwing the holiday party of the millennium... so far! The DFR will reignite old relationships, spark new ones, and set the stage to kick off 2009 with a bright new start.

Inviting early adopters and legacy participants of the Internet 1.0 and today's digitally apt Internet 2.0 tube dwellers, the DFR will create the optimum conditions for these generations to synergize with one another and inspire opportunities that will serve our industries, our region, and our society at large. Attendees will include leaders from all the major industry sectors such as media, entertainment, finance, publishing, venture funding, software, commerce, education, and many more.

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Mediaplex Adds Behavioral Targeting
Mediaplex, the technology division of online advertising firm ValueClick, has ventured into the behavioral targeting arena, with a new product, the firm said yesterday. The division of Westlake Village-based ValueClick said that its new product will allow advertisers to segment their qualified customers, based on prior activity on the web. The solution, which is being sold as the firm's Dynamic Behavioral Targeting suite, uses prior Internet traffic to change which banners are being shown to use (More info...)

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Transonic Combustion Gets New CEO
Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion, which is developing high-efficiency fuel injection systems for cars, said Thursday that it has named Brian Ahlborn as President and CEO of the firm. The company--which is backed by clean technology heavyweight Khosla Ventures, Venrock, and Rustic Canyon Partners--said that Ahlborn was most recently president of McLaren Performance Technologies. Ahlborn has served at Linmar Corporation, General Motors, and Deloitte & Touche. Ahlborn replaces current CEO Mike (More info...)

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Verve Wireless Signs More Media Firms, Launches Coupon Offering
San Diego-based Verve Wireless, which develops products to help newspapers publish their content to mobile phones, has signed on another set of newspapers, and rolled out a new coupon offering, the firm said late Wednesday. According to Verve, it has added the Chicago Sun-Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Time Out Chicago, Time Out New York and Metro International as partners. Financial impact of the new customers was not disclosed. Verve also said that it has laun (More info...)

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Big Stage Partners With GGL Global Gaming
Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment, which develops 3D avatar technology, said today that it has partnered with video game company GGL Global Gaming, to provide free game content on its web site. According to Big Stage, the deal will allow users on the site to insert the firm's 3D avatars into game photos and videos. GGL operates a video game social networking site, which provides news, communities, and online gaming tournaments and competitions. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed (More info...)

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KidZui Releases Firefox Browser Add-On
San Diego-based KidZui, which develops kid-safe browsers, has released a new version of the firm's software--this time in the form of a browser add on for the Mozilla Firefox browser. KidZui said the add-on, which works with Firefox 3.0, has all of the same features as the company's standalone browsers for the PC and Mac. KidZui's browsers are designed for kids from age 3 to 12, and feature parental control features and limitations on which sites can be accessed by children. The firm is venture (More info...)

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Hirsch Electronics In Merger
Santa Ana-based Hirsch Electronics Corp., a developer of access card readers and systems, is merging with German firm SCM Microsystems, Inc., the firms said today. According to the companies, the two will merge into a single firm, SCM Microsystems, developing smart-card based logical access readers and other devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The firms said that security holders of Hirsch will receive a combination of cash, SCM common stocks, and warrants. Larry Midland, Pr (More info...)

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RealD Inks Digital Cinema Deal
Los Angeles-based 3D technology provider RealD has inked a deal with a digital cinema server firm, the company said Wednesday. RealD said that Doremi Cinema LLC will integrate the firm's 3D EQ technology into Doremi's digital cinema servers. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. The deal helps RealD streamline its distribution, meaning that customers of Doremi will automatically get RealD's 3D capability when they install their digital cinema system, rather than going through another i (More info...)

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Interview with Dr. Ramin Sadr, Mojix
Dr. Ramin Sadr is CEO of Los Angeles-based Mojix (, a firm which is taking experience originally garnered by the firm's technology team in developing -- of all things -- deep space probes for NASA, and has been applying that to the RFID market. The company has developed technology which uses deep space communications techniques to dramatically extend the range of passive RFID tags, used for things like supply chain automation, asset tracking, and warehouse operations. We spoke with (More info...)

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Any2 Internet Exchange - ISP, CDN, VOIP Operators Meeting, December 11th
The Any2 Exchange, Southern California's largest Internet Exchange Point, is opening our semi-annual member's meeting to the general Internet industry in Southern California. The meeting will be held at CRG West's Wilshire Annex Building on December 11th at 1 p.m. This meeting is appropriate for Internet Service Providers, Content Delivery Networks, VoIP Network Operators, gaming networks, and individuals interested in Internet peering or Internet exchange - as well as the Los Angeles data center and colocation industry.

Wilshire Annex
900 N. Alameda
Los Angeles, CA

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