Monday, May 18, 2009
Xirrus Aims At Disaster Teams, Event Organizers
Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, a developer of Wi-Fi networking equipment, announced Monday that it has put together a portable, pre-packaged kit which is designed for deploying Wi-Fi into disaster response and temporary events. According to Xirrus, its new pre-packaged Wi-Fi kit is aimed at disaster response command posts, conferences and expositions, and events such as festivals, markets, and fairs, and pulls together its access points along with firewalls, DHCP and other servers, and a tripod, ca (More info...)

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Napster Lowers Pricing
Los Angeles-based Napster, the online music subscription service now owned by Best Buy, has just lowered the pricing of its service to $5 a month, including five, DRM-free music downloads. The drop in pricing is the first major change to the service since Best Buy purchased the firm in September of last year, for $121M. Napster previously charged $12.95 a month for access to the music streaming service. Napster is facing stiff competition from free music streaming sites such as Pandora, Slacker, (More info...)

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Bid4Spots Extends Into Cable TV
Sherman Oaks-based Bid4Spots, the online auction for radio advertising time, is branching out into cable television, saying Monday that it has launched a new, cable TV advertising marketplace. The firm said it would offer premium, local cable TV airtime for discounted rates through a system similar to the firm's reverse auction for radio time. Bid4Spots said that it will launch an online auction on Thursdays, to allow cable systems to compete for advertising. The firm auctions allow stations rev (More info...)

posted on Monday, May 18, 2009(Full story) Completes Market Test
Los Angeles-based, which provides online postage and personalized postage, announced this morning that the firm has successfully completed its market test of PhotoStamps. The firm said that the product is no longer in market test status, which it has been operating under since getting an approval from the U.S. Postal Service since 2004. Further details of the exit from market test were not given by's PhotoStamps service allows consumers to upload any photo for i (More info...)

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Interview with Daryl Bernstein, RightSignature
This morning's interview with Daryl Bernstein, CEO and co-founder of Santa Barbara-based RightSignature (, a firm which has created an online, software-as-a-service offering to collect legally binding signatures on documents. Daryl is also an angel investor, and has invested in such companies as MindBody Software and YouMail. We spoke to Daryl about the firm, the founders, and their use of Amazon Web Services as its back end.

Explain to me how your service works?

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ID Analytics Rolls Consumer Service
San Diego-based ID Analytics, a developer of software used by financial institutions and other companies to detect identity fraud, said this morning that it has launched a new, public service called, to help consumers figure out their risk for identity fraud. According to ID Analytics, the new service helps consumers assess their risk of identity fraud, and figure out if other people are using their name, Social Security number, address, or phone number. The firm said that consumer (More info...)

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Shopatron Upgrades Ecommerce Software
San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron, a developer of e-commerce ordering software for online retailers, announced today that it has made a number of enhancements to its software. According to the firm, it has added new features which allow consumers to ship their orders to a retailer's local store, "Ship to Store," and enhanced its support for its merchants through a new Merchant Support Center. Shopatron said it now has more than 70 brands using its software to run their e-commerce websites; the fir (More info...)

posted on Monday, May 18, 2009(Full story) Bolsters Exec Team
Irvine-based, a publisher of a local search site and business directory, said today that it has named two new executives. The firm said that it has appointed Scott Reinke as its General Counsel, and Ken Cragun as its Vice President of Finance. Reinke joins the firm from Emerging Media Group, and has also served at MIVA, Inc.; Cragum joins from Modtech Holdings, and also previously served at MIVA.

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Emergent Partners With Audio Software Firm
Calabasas-based video game software developer Emergent disclosed this morning that the firm is in a partnership with Audiokinetic, a developer of audio authoring tools. Emergent said that it will bundle Audiokinetic's WWise software with its Gamebryo Lightspeed game engine, to allow designers to audit, profile, and modify sounds in their games. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. Emergent's tools are used by video game developers to create PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii (More info...)

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