Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Solarmer Ties With Artistic Glass Firm
El Monte-based Solarmer, the UCLA spinout which is developing flexible photovoltaic power technology, is in a deal to provide its technology to an artist glass design studio, Joel Berman Glass Studios. According to the two firms, Solarmer Energy and Joel Berman Glass Studios are in a joint development project, where the two developed a decorative glass panel which can general clean renewable energy. The firms said the panel combines glass panels from Joel Berman Glass Studios with Solarmer Energ (More info...)

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Bccthis Adds Statistics To Twitter Client
Los Angeles-based Bccthis, which develops software which connects Twitter, Microsoft Outlook, and the BlackBerry, said this week that it has launched a number of features to provide statistics and analytics on the service. The firm--which is headed by Dave Waldman and Michael Steuer--said that its Twitter client now gives information such as number of clicks received per-country, hourly, daily, and weekly breakdowns of clicks, and more. allows users to both add tweets to Twitter, while (More info...)

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Teridian Acquired By Maxim For $315M
Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor, a maker of systems-on-a-chip components for the energy measurement market, has been acquired by Maxim Integrated Products, the firms said this week. According to Maxim, it will pay approximately $315M in cash for Teridian. Maxim said that Teridian has a 50 percent share in the growing system-on-chip (SoC) energy measurement market. Maxim said the buy will help the firm accelerate adoption of its powerline communications products, as well as accelerate sales o (More info...)

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MySpace Links Videos To Google Buzz
Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that it has added Google Buzz as one of the ways to share its videos on the MySpace site. The social networking site previously allows users to share videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Digg. Google Buzz is a feature of Google's Gmail email program, which allows users to share links and comments with other Gmail contacts.

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Cramster Gets $6M
Pasadena-based, which operates an online homework help web site, is announcing today that it has raised $6M in a Series B funding. The funding came from Primera Capital. As part of the funding, Ori Sasson of Primera is joining the firm's board of directosr. Cramster said it will use the funding to expand its product line, including growing its Pasadena team. Cramster was co-founded by Aaron Hawkey and Robert Angarita, and had previously raised $3M in funding from angel Shai Reshef.

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Greycroft Raises $130.7M For Digital Media Fund
Greycroft Partners, a digital media venture capital fund which is active in both Los Angeles and New York, said this morning that it has closed a $130.7M, second fund, Greycroft II. The firm--which is headed in LA by Dana Settle--said the new fund will focus on businesses in the digital media space. Greycroft said it will invest between $500,000 and $5M in firms from the new fund. LPs in the new fund include municipal and corporate pension funds and endowments led by JP Morgan Investment Advisor (More info...)

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Interview with Lolita Carrico, Gloss Network
Our interview this morning is with Lolita Carrico, founder of Gloss Network for Women (, an online network of sites focused on women. Lolita was founder of, which she sold to Lisa Rosenblatt, wife of Demand Media's Richard Rosenblatt last year. We caught up with Lolita to learn more about her newest venture.

What is Gloss Network?

Lolita Carrico: After I sold ModernMom last year to Lisa Rosenblatt, which she merged into Brook Burke's company,, (More info...)

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Allylix Rounds Up $3M More
San Diego-based Allylix, which is developing chemical products for the flavor and fragrance industry, said yesterday that it has closed out its Series C funding round at $9M. The firm had closed an initial $6M in its Series C round February. According to Allylix, the new funding came from Middleland Capital, and also included prior investors Blue Grass Angels, Life Science Angels, Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels and Tate & Lyle Ventures. Allylix is developing terpenes, which are used by the f (More info...)

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Rubicon Project Launches Updated Ad Product
Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project has launched an updated sales and pricing application aimed at premium advertisers, the firm said today. According to Rubicon, its Permission Control 2.0 product allows publishers using its REVV ad optimization tool to better manage who can sell their inventory, and at what price. According to Rubicon, the new Permission Control 2.0 product allows publishers to gain transparency on the level of geographic region, partner, site, and price. Some of the specific fe (More info...)

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Los Angeles-based, the comparison shopping site owned by Experian, said today that it has launched an Apple iPad application. According to the firm, the new iPad application includes such features as purchasing products from the tool, gift suggestions, bar code product searches, and more.

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Gorilla Nation Reps Cartoon Doll Emporium
Los Angeles-based Gorilla Nation said this morning that its GN Kids division has been selected by online site Cartoon Doll Emporium, to exclusively represent the ad inventory for the site and its sister properties. Cartoon Doll Emporium offers an online site for tweens, offering virtual cartoon dools; the site also runs Cartoon Doll Emporium Boys and Dress Up Dream. Gorilla Nation helps online publishers sell their online advertising inventory. The firms said that Cartoon Doll Emporium has arou (More info...)

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Mojix Wins Lufthansa
Los Angeles-based Mojix, a developer of RFID technology, has scored a win with Lofthansa Cargo, Lufthansa's cargo business. According to Lufthansa and Mojix, they have completed a pilot deployment of the MOJIX STAR passitve RTLS system, in Frankfurt, Germany. Financial impact of the win was not announced. According to the airline and Mojix, the pilot install is being used to locate cargo shipments, pallets, and containers on a real-time basis. Mojix, which is backed by Oak Investment Partners, R (More info...)

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