Wednesday, April 28, 2010
YouMail Targets The Enterprise
Irvine-based YouMail, the venture-backed provider of advanced voicemail services run by Alex Quilici, has launched a new, enterprise version of its service. According to YouMail, the firm has launched YouMail Enterprise, a version of its service which allows enterprise customers to manage their voicemail. YouMail said the new service includes features such as voice-to-text message transcription, group voice messages, archiving support, and enterprise account management and billing. Pricing on th (More info...)

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Infinity Ward Employees Sue Activision
A new front in the the dispute between Santa Monica-based Activision and former Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella has opened up, with the filing of a lawsuit by 38 developers from Infinity Ward. According to the lawsuit, which was uncovered by GameSpot, the 38 developers allege that Activision withheld $75M to $125M in royalties, in a breach of contract and violation of the California labor code. Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella earlier filed their own laws (More info...)

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Internet Brands Buys ExpertHub, Shopping Sites
Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is continuing its strategy of buying up vertical web properties, saying today that it has acquired ExpertHub, which operates a network of websites which connect consumers with attorneys. as well as two shopping web sites. Financial terms of the buys were not disclosed. The firm also said, in a separate acquisition, that it has acquired (Deal of the Day Tracker), and, a site that reviews designer handbags. According to Internet Brands (More info...)

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Interview with Dave Waldman, Bccthis
Dave Waldman, CEO and Founder of Los Angeles-based Bccthis (, a startup looking to add additional functionality and private messaging into both corporate emails and Twitter messages. Bccthis just announced a version of their product which plugs into Gmail. Dave told us about how and why he and his co-founders--both previously executives at Twistbox--decided to start their own startup, specifically outside of the mobile industry, and a bit about the product.

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Western Digital Buys Hoya's Magnetic Media Operations
Lake Forest-based disk drive maker Western Digital said late Tuesday evening that it has agreed to buy the magnetic media sputtering operations of Hoya Corporation and Hoya Magentics Singapore Pte. Ltd. The deal is worth approximately $235M in cash. WD said the acquisition will solidify the firm's access to glass substrates for its 2.5-inch hard drive business. WD said the acquisition includes facilities, equipment, intellectual property, and working capital of Hoya's media sputtering operations (More info...)

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Valeant Buys Vital Science Corp.
Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a developer of pharmaceuticals for the neurology and dermatology markets, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Vital Science Corp., a manufacturer of over-the-counter dermatology products based in Toronto, Canada. The firm said the deal was worth approximately C$10.5M, and that Vital Science Corp. has annual sales of approximately C$11M. The firm said it expects the deal to close in the second quarter. Valeant appears to be on an acquisition ro (More info...)

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Broadcom Targets Bluetooth Headset Designs
Irvine-based Broadcom, a developer of a wide range of semiconductors for the electronics market, announced a new reference design today for Bluetooth headsets and car kits. According to the firm, its new Bluetooth reference design platform uses its BCM20741 systems-on-a-chip to help designers create hands-free car devices, including car kits and headsets. The firm said the design includes features such as echo cancellation, power management features, and technology to remove background noise.

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Digital Media Wire Taps Levin For Advisor
Los Angeles-based Digital Media Wire, the entertainment and technology conference organizer, said today that it has added Peter Levin, founder of GeekChicDaily, to its advisory board. Digital Media Wire is run by Ned Sherman. Digital Media Wire said Levin will help advise the firm on new business initiatives.

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Interneer Upgrades BPM Software
Culver City-based Interneer, the developer of business process management (BPM) software headed by Romeo Elias, said Tuesday that it has released a new version of the firm's Interneer Intellect BPM Platform. According to the firm, the updated software includes such features as a more powerful report generator, a requirements and change management module, and easier integration with external applications. Interneer's software is targeted at business analysts.

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