Friday, January 28, 2011
Joost Inks Deal With Paramount, MTV
Santa Monica-based Joost, the online video distribution firm recently spun out of Adconion, has inked a deal with Paramount Digital Entertainment and MTV, to premier JACKASS 3.5, the latest project of the popular MTV franchise. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The firm said that Paramount and MTV, which are both owned by Viacom, will premier JACKASS 3.5 on April 1st through The project pulls together stunts and pranks from the JACKASS brand. The firms said the distri (More info...)

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Covario Scores SEO Patent
San Diego-based Covario, the search engine optimization and search engine marketing software firm headed by Russ Mann, revealed this week that it has secured its first patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The firm said the patent covers technology used in its SEO Audit Score System. The patent number is 7,877,392. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, inventors on the patent include Ray Grieselhuber, Brian Bartell, Dema Zlotin, and Russ Mann. The firm filed the patent i (More info...)

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Nexiant Names New CEO
Lake Forest-based Nexiant, a provider of products for materials management and supply chain management software and hardware, said this week that it has named Bill Sickler as CEO of the firm. Sickler has previously served as Network Computing, Gadzoox Networks, Arzoon, Arcwave, and Ungermann-Bass. Nexiant is venture backed by InnoCal Venture Capital, Argentum Group, Forrest Binkley & Brown, Inverness Capital Partners, and Mission Ventures, among others.

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Report Says Venture Capitalist Optimism On The Rise
Venture capital investor optimism rose slight in Q4, according to a report released this morning from the University of San Francisco. The report, which gauges the optimism of venture investors in Silicon Valley, saying that there was a slight rise in confidence in Q4, due to rising public capital markets, a "burgeoning" market for acquisition, plus an increasing number of IPO exits for venture-backed firms. The rise in confidence continues an overall trend for venture capitalists, who have stea (More info...)

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Sonos Links With Rdio
Santa Barbara-based Sonos, which develops wireless music systems for the home, said late Thursday that it has tied its systems with social music service Rdio. Rdio is an online, social msuic service started by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the founders of Skype, and is venture backed by Atomico. Sonos said the deal covers Sonos customers in the United Staes and Canada, and requires a monthly subscription to the Rdio service. Rdio costs $9.99 per month. Sonos already has connections with a wi (More info...)

posted on Friday, January 28, 2011(Full story) Buys ShopWiki
Los Angeles-based, the Internet marketing and domain firm headed by Jeff Kupietzky, announced this morning that it has acquired ShopWiki, which operates a network of shopping comparison websites. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ShopWiki was backed by Generation Partners, and was based in New York. According to, ShopWiki will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the firm, and operate as a part of its Vertical Markets division. ShopWiki was advised by Gridley (More info...)

posted on Friday, January 28, 2011(Full story) Ties With PETCO
Aliso Viejo-based further extended its third party marketplace effort this week, saying that it added pet products from PETCO earlier this week. According to it will list pet related products, including treat, supplies, and toys, via its online Marketplace effort.'s marketplace allows third party sellers to list products on the site, and is similar to the competing Amazon Marketplace. has been signing up a number of major online retailers for its marketplace in th (More info...)

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