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Semtek Gets Investment From VeriFone
San Diego-based Semtek Corporation, a developer of security technology used for protecting magnetic stripes on credit cards, has scored an investment from VeriFone Holdings, VeriFone said Wednesday. Amount of the investment was not disclosed. According to VeriFone, it was the lead in a Series B financing for Semtek, doubling its investment in Semtek and also acquiring an option at a future date to purchase the remaining shares in Semtek. The deal also includes a worldwide distribution agreement (More info...)

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Astute Networks Gets $3.6M
San Diego-based Astute Networks, a developer of rackmount, edge storage devices aimed at blade servers, has raised $3.6M in a new round of funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. No details of the funding have yet been released by the firm. It appears, based on information in the filing, that the new funding round is a Series A-1, and includes Keynote Ventures, Sevin Rosen, and Tallwood Venture Capital. The filing indicates the firm has a target of $10M for the new funding (More info...)

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WebVisible Taps Burr For COO Spot
Irvine-based WebVisible has snagged former NetZero co-founder Ronald Burr as its Chief Operating Officer, the firm said Wednesday. The firm, which helps small businesses place local online advertising, said that Burr will oversee the firm's product development, engineering, IT, media, and operations. Burr helped found NetZero, and was most recently Chief Product Officer at Los Angeles-based legal information and education firm LRN.

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Affordit Gets Angel Funding
Santa Monica-based Affordit, an online site which allows low income consumers to buy electronics on installment, rather than through an outright purchase, has raised a round of angel funding. News of the funding came through an interview with Brian Garrett of Crosscut Ventures in this publication. No details of the funding have been announced, however, Garrett said the firm participated last month in an angel round for Affordit which also included a number of Los Angeles area angel investors. Af (More info...)

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Kyocera Wireless Sells Indian Operations
San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless has sold its Indian subsidiary, Kyocera Wireless (India) Pvt. Ltd., to IT firm MindTree Ltd., MindTree said Tuesday. The deal is worth $6M in upfront payments, plus payments linked to revenue in 2010/2011, and 2011/2012. MindTree said it expects an increase of approximately $9M in revenues between October 2009 to March 2010 related to the deal. According to MindTree, Kyocera Wireless (India) Pvt. Ltd. employs approximately 600, who provide wireless product develo (More info...)

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eDivvy Targets Businesses
Los Angeles-based, the group gifting site which is now headed by Eden Jarrin, said today that it has opened up a new, business-to-business payment option for its application. According to the firm, the new capabilities allow all online shopping sites to use the application, which helps groups of people contribute to buy a gift for friends and family. eDivvy's site allows people to organize shared gifts for others, for such things as birthdays, baby showers, and graduations; the site h (More info...)

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Autobytel Relaunches Email Program
Irvine-based Autobytel, which provides an online marketing and lead generation service for automotive dealers, announced today that it has re-launched an email marketing program. The firm said that its Email Manager program is targeted at interact with car buyers in a "lengthening purchase cycle." Autobytel's Email Manager program sends emails to potential buyers of cars 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60, and 90 days after a customer submits a lead to the site, and lets dealers know when customer click on t (More info...)

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Break Ramps Branded Content, Growth
Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media said today that the firm has more than tripled its branded content projects this year, and expects that it will grow 18 percent this year, despite the economy. Break, which operates a series of web sites focused on content for the young male demographic, said that it had what the company calls its "best revenue month" in the company's history in August, and is expecting revenue growth this year. The firm partly attributed the growth to its acquisiti (More info...)

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Ripple Acquirer Raises Funds
Casting some additional light on the acquisition of El Segundo-based Ripple last week, acquiring firm TargetCast Networks revealed today that it has received a new round of venture capital worth $6.5M from one of Ripple's primary backers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson. According to TargetCast, which is based in the Bay Area, it received $6.5M from DFJ and its existing backer Claremont Creek Ventures, which the firm said would go towards expansion of its network. TargetCast had said Wednesday that it h (More info...)

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Interview with Brian Garrett, Crosscut Ventures
Los Angeles-based Crosscut Ventures ( is one of the newest venture capital funds in the area, and has quietly been working on funding local companies over the last year. The fund--started by Brian Garrett and Rick Smith--has been focused on digital media investments, and so far has made investments in six companies. The fund is just celebrated its first year in business, so we thought we'd catch up with Brian to hear more about what the firm is investing in, the challeng (More info...)

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Networks In Motion Extends To Europe, South America
Aliso Viejo-based Networks In Motion, a developer of location-based, wireless search software, announced today that the firm has added support for 10 additional languages and 38 countries to its NAVBuilder product, specifically to support markets in Europe and South America. NAVBuilder is the firm's platform for developing location-based wireless applications, including its OEM-branded, turn-by turn navigation applications. The firm said the new support is part of an "aggressive" international e (More info...)

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