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MySpace Completes Imeem Deal
Los Angeles-based MySpace said Tuesday that it has closed its acquisition of social media site imeem. The firm did not disclose any further financial details related to the acquisition. Owen Van Natta, the firm's CEO, said it would use the acquisition to bolster MySpace Music, and also said, effective today, that the firm would redirect Imeem's users to MySpace Music.

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Interview with Aaron Crayford, Rippol
Recently, San Diego-based Rippol (www.rippol.com) launched its web site, a service which uses social networking to help people find and discover interesting videos related to their interests. We caught up with CEO Aaron Crayford to learn about the company.

Aaron, thanks for the interview. There seem to be a lot of companies launching firms in the video discovery and search area nowadays, where do you fit in?
Aaron Crayford: Yes, there's quite a few people looking to solve this problem. We've (More info...)

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Sendio Launches Hosted Service
Newport Beach-based Sendio, a developer of appliances for reducing spam, has expanded into the software-as-a-service business, saying today that it has launched a new, hosted online service. The firm said its Sendio Full Defense service allows organizations to use the firm's software as a remotely hosted online service, starting at $200 for a contract. The company said it would charged on a per-user, per-month subscription basis, and will sell the service through its existing channel partners. T (More info...)

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D-Link Powers Boxee Device
Fountain Valley-based D-Link said last night that the firm is behind Boxee's new device for allowing users to access Internet content on their TV. The Boxee Box by D-Link was unveiled last night, and allows consumers to view movies, TV shows, photos, and listen to music on their TVs. No pricing on the device has been set yet. Boxee is backed by General Catalyst Partners, Spark Capital, and Union Square Ventures.

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RazorGator Links With Amazon
Los Angeles-based RazorGator, which operates an online site for buying tickets to sports and entertainment events, reports today that it has inked an agreement with Amazon, to feature its concert ticket selection in Amazon's new Concert Tickets Boutique. Financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed. RazorGator operates a service which helps consumers get access to high-demand events. The firm is venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat (More info...)

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FutureDash Takes On Home Energy Monitoring
Laguna Beach-based FutureDash, a new startup software firm, has launched into the home energy monitoring software market today, saying it has launched a new product called GreenDash. The firm said its software allows manufacturers of consumer networking and electronics equipment to add energy monitoring capabilities to their products. FutureDash was founded by Allan Hundhausen--formerly of Quark, Inc.-- and is run by Kevin Strong, who was most recently EVP Marketing at GloNav. FutureDash is targ (More info...)

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EVOFEM Gains $25M
San Diego-based EVOFEM, a firm developing feminine hygiene products, said today that it has raised $25M in a private equity investment. Name of the investor was not disclosed. EVOFEM--which was formerly known as Instead Healthcare--is developing an alternative to feminine pads and tampons, as well as a drug for protecting women from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The firm's Chairman is former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson.

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Mochila Raises $1.0M
Carlsbad-based Mochila, which operates an online content marketplace for publishers, has raised $1.0M in an ongoing $2.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the funding have been announced by the company yet. Mochila is venture backed by Charles River Ventures, Greenspun Corporation, Jerry Colonna of JPMorgan Partners, Mission Ventures, and A.H. Belo.

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RealD Adds Australian Theatres
Los Angeles-based RealD, a provider of 3D projection technology for the movie business, has signed on two Australian theater companies, the firm said this morning. RealD said that it has agreements with Amalgamated Holdings, which runs the Event Cinemas, Greater Union, and Birch Carroll & Coyle chains in Australia; and Village Cinemas, which also runs a theatre chain in Australia. The deal covers 139 screens in that country. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. RealD said it has begun (More info...)

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Integrien Gets Another Patent
Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of IT performance analytics software, announced this morning that it has received another patent on its technology. The firm said that the patent is the second issued for the firm, which has another 11 additional patent applications. The patent is U.S. Patent 7,620,523, entitled "Nonparametric method for determination of anomalous event states in complex systems exhibiting non-stationarity", and named Mazda A. Marvasti and Daniel R. Jeske as inventors. Marvast (More info...)

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NTS Buys Technical Services Firm
Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, a provider of engineering services, said today that it has acquired Unitek Technical Services, from Bureau Veritas, in an all-cash deal. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Unitek Technical Services provides supply chain management services and related technical services, including aerospace and defense suppliers. Unitek is based in Centreville, VA.

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