Thursday, January 15, 2009
LeadPoint Takes Aim At Struggling Homeowners
Looking to make lemonade out of lemons, Los Angeles-based Internet leads firm LeadPoint said late Thursday that it has launched a new product to generate leads from homeowners looking for loan modifications. According to the venture backed firm, it will add leads generated from regional and local TV and radio marketing campaigns into its marketplace. Leadpoint, which sells the leads it gains to attorneys, mortgage brokers, and debt settlement firms--citied the "thriving industry" of loan modific (More info...)

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Oversee Cuts 18 Percent
Los Angeles-based is not immune to the stormy economy, and told socalTECH Thursday that is cutting 18 percent of the firm's workforce, or a total of 38 people, including some managers. The firm said it made the moves, because it expects a "very difficult economic environment" in 2009. Jeff Kupietzky, the firm's President, said that the firm will be focusing in on its domain name monetization, domain name aftermarket, registrar, and travel businesses. Kupietzky discussed the moves wi (More info...)

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MySpace Music Inks Deals With Independents
Los Angeles-based MySpace said Thursday that the firm has inked deals with several independent music providers, to distribute their music through MySpace Music. the firm said it has inked agreements with Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, and RoyaltyShare, which will result in adding "several hundred thousand" songs to its catalog. Financial terms of the distribution deals were not disclosed. In addition, MySpace Music said the catalog of Wind-up Records will be available throug (More info...)

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MetaDolce Technologies Takes On Semantic Search
Woodland Hills-based MetaDolce Technologies, a developer software for web search, said Thursday that it has launched a new product which will allow web sites to accept "natural language" queries for visitors. According to the firm, the software allows web sites to provide a way for visitors to ask questions and get "real" answers, rather than dealing with irrelevant search results. According to the firm's web site, MetaDolce's co-founders were both most recently at Intuit; the firm's co-founder (More info...)

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TriZetto Gets Customer Win
Newport Beach-based The TriZetto Group, which develops health care information systems, said today that it has signed a five-year contract to equip Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP) with its application hosting services and systems. Financial terms of the win were not disclosed. TriZetoos said NHP has been using its QNXT platform for claims automation, membership enrollment, and billing; the new agreement adds the firm's Clinical CareAdvance care management system, which is used for managing acute (More info...)

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Harman International Shuts New York Offices
Harman International, a manufacturer of audio and entertainment products including Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and other products, said Wednesday afternoon that it is shutting down its Woodbury, New York offices and consolidating them into its Northridge location. Harman said the move will affect about 130 employees, including sales, marketing, and administration staff. Harman said that a limited number of its employees will be offered relocation. A number of Harman's divisions are already loc (More info...)

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Interview with Josh Stomel, ResumeBucket
Our startup interview this morning is with Josh Stomel, founder of ResumeBucket (, a new web site that is focused on helping people share their resumes with the world. Stomel--who is bootstrapping the startup from his recruiting firm, NeoHire--explained the site to us.

What's the idea behind the site?

Josh Stomel: ResumeBucket is a portal that allows consumers to simply put their resume online, within seconds. We also allow the users to have a custom URL, for example, (More info...)

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