Monday, May 3, 2010
Blizzard Sets Launch Date For StarCraft II
Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment said Monday afternoon that it will release its sequel to StarCraft, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, on July 27th. According to firms, the title will be available in stores throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. StarCraft II is the sequel to the firm's 1998 title StarCraft.

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OVGuide Merges With IBeatYou
Beverly Hills-based, the online video search site backed by Geocities' David Bohnett, has merged with IBeatYou, according to a regulatory filing Monday. The deal was worth $2.975M, with $1.487M in earnout. No details on the transaction have been released by either of the firms, however, Abdul Khan, founder of IBeatYou, confirmed that the merger had happened, saying that the move allows the site to become part of a larger company with more scale and reach. Khan said, "We've been worki (More info...)

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Canon Communications Buys Pharmaceuticals Blog Pharmalot
Los Angeles-based Canon Communications, a publisher and trade show operator serving the pharmaceutical industry, said Monday that it has acquired Pharmalot, a blog focused on news and information in the pharmaceutical industry. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Canon Communications said that Pharmalot founder Ed Silverman joins the firm as part of the buy. Pharmalot becomes part of Canon's Pharmaceutical Media Group. Canon Communications is a unit of Apprise Media LLC.

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Hydra Names Director
Beverly Hills-based Hydra, which operates a cost-per-action (CPA) advertising network, said Monday that it has named Michelle Andino to Director of Campaign Management, as part of a new department focused on campaign management. Andino has been at Hydra for the last five years. The firm said the new department will provide a "more strategic" approach to maximizing campaign performance for its advertisers. The move is part of the firm's efforts to clean up its ad network an increase the quality o (More info...)

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ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals Gets $19.2M
San Diego-based ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, a publicly held developer of cancer treatments, said today that it is in a private placement where it will receive $19.2M in a Series F convertible preferred stock round. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. The firm said the funding will go towards acquiring and developing additional product candidates, to continue development of its current lead product candidates, and for general corporate purposes. Rodman & Renshaw was the placement agent on (More info...)

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BusinessWeek: Santa Monica, Irvine Top Cities For Startups
An article in this month's BusinessWeek names Santa Monica number three, and Irvine number four, on its list of top 10 cities for startups. The article cites Santa Monica's density of technology and digital media companies, and Irvine's workforce, University of California campus, and office parks in its rankings.

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InTouch Health Gets $10M, Eyes Public Markets
Santa Barbara-based InTouch Technologies, a developer of remote presence systems used for the healthcare industry, announced today that it has raised $10M in a private placement. The round came from Beringea, via its InvestMichigan! Growth Capital Fund, and also included Galen Partners, InvestCare Partners, Twenty One East Victoria Investments, and others. According to InTouch, the new growth capital will go towards accelerating its commercial and product development plans--as well as infrastruc (More info...)

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Ace Metrix Names Bunchball's Daboll As CEO
Los Angeles-based Ace Metrix, which operates an online service which helps television advertisers determine the effectiveness of their advertising and creative, said today it has named Peter Daboll as CEO of the company. Daboll was most recently CEO of Bunchball, a firm developing consumer incentive and reward systems for brands and websites. He also had served at Chief of Insights at Yahoo!, and also was President and CEO of ComScore Media Metrix. Daboll also has served at MarketTools, Advertis (More info...)

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Iteris Ties With Siemens
Santa Ana-based Iteris, a developer of traffic management systems, said today that it has linked with Siemens Industry, Inc., a developer of a traffic controllers. The two said that Iteris's Vantage video detection system -- which is used for monitoring traffic on roadways--has been integrated with Siemens Traffic Solutions SITRAFFIC Sphere product, a product used to control traffic lights.

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Althea Technologies Buys Altus Pharmaceuticals
San Diego-based Althea Technologies, a contract development and manufacturing firm for the biopharmaceuticals industry, said today that it has acquired the assets and IP portfolio of Altus Pharmaceuticals. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Altus Pharmaceuticals is a developer of controlled release injectable technologies, used for protein purification and catalysis.

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