Thursday, February 24, 2011
DIGIDAY: MOBILE - Feb 24th - Los Angeles
February 24th | It's Mobile Madness In A Fragmented Market! | Los Angeles, CA

DIGIDAY:MOBILE: Publishers, Agency Executives and Brand Marketers are set to come together and discuss one of the hottest markets in digital content and advertising: Mobile. DM2's Digiday Mobile gives media leaders a chance to converge and discuss high level strategies and the future of Mobile content and advertising. The half day format for the event is designed to serve today's ultra busy top executives; Presidents, CEO's, CMO's, EVP's, and Directors. The event will provide valuable insights and new
perspectives from executives who run and control today's biggest media companies, agencies, mobile technology and service providers and brands. Plus, the event offers VIP networking opportunities which are designed to land you great deals and contacts for 2011 and beyond.

Date: February, 24th 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA

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AudioMicro Launches New Stock Content Sites
Sherman Oaks-based, the stock audio site run by Ryan Born, debuted four new content sites Thursday at the Launch Conference. Born showed off ChooseTattoos, ImageCollect, InfographicStock, and Cartoonsy at the conference. ChooseTattoos sells stock tattoo designs; ImageCollect celebrity images; InfographicStock includes infographics; and Cartoonsy various cartoon images.

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Graphight Launches Contact Tracking Service
Pasadena-based Graphight launched itself today, saying that it has developed a service which tracks who you know, and how well you know them, to make it easier for professionals to manage their business network. The new venture is the brainchild of Andy Wilson, who was formerly at Momentum Venture Management. According to Wilson, the new company is currently taking signups for private beta, and will be out with a public beta in a few weeks. Wilson described the service as " meets eHarmon (More info...)

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Catch Media Lands Investment From Motorola
Beverly Hills-based Catch Media, a provider of software used for digital rights management, has scored a strategic funding from Motorola Mobility Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Motorola, the firms said Thursday. Size of the funding was not disclosed. Catch Media provides rights registry, tracking, routing, and other technology for digital content. Other investors in Catch Media include Ari Emanuel, Co-CEO of WME Entertainment. Catch said its digital rights locker can be used on smart (More info...)

posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 (More)(Full story) Launching Daily Deals Aggregator
Los Angeles-based, the online coupon site run by Loren Bendele, said today at a presentation at the Launch conference that it is launching a closed beta of its daily deals aggregation service. The firm is looking to include daily deals from such sites as Groupon, LivingSocial, and others onto a single page. The move is part of an effort to provide better personalization of daily deals offers. Bendele told socalTECH in January that the firm was working on better personalization of off (More info...)

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MediaTrust Gets $3M
Los Angeles-based MediaTrust, which develops an online advertising and marketing platform, announced Thursday that it has raised $3M in a new funding round. According to the firm, the round was led by Ropart Asset Management Funds. The funding will go towards its Performance Exchange (MPTX) product, a real-time, CPC advertising exchange. MediaTurst is headed by Peter Bordes. The firm also has offices in New York City.

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Four Local Firms Make Technology Review List
The MIT Technology Review has published its 50 most innovative companies for this year, including at least four Southern California technology firms. The list this year includes Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the commercial spaceflight firm headed by Elon Musk; Pasadena-based eSolar, the solar thermal power plant developer run by Idealab's Bill Gross; Carlsbad-based Life Technologies, the developer of gene sequencing machines; and La Jolla-based Synthetic Genomics, which is developing biofuels technolo (More info...)

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LaughStub Takes On Comedy Ticket Sales, With Angel Backing
In a long tradition of local companies tying the business of ticketing for various events into the online world, a new startup, LaughStub has quietly been establishing its place providing tickets for comedy clubs locally and nationwide. The firm--which the Tech Coast Angels revealed last week that it had funded in 2010--also has the backing of well known angel investor Paige Craig, who also sits on the firms advisory board. LaughStub has inked deals with The Improv Comedy Club chain, The Second (More info...)

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GOGII Raises $15M
Marina del Rey-based GOGII, the social messaging firm headed by former JAMDAT founders Scott Lahman, Austin Murray, and Zack Norman, announced this morning that it has raised an additional $15M in a third round of funding. The funding was led by GRP Partners and Mark Suster, and also included Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Matrix Partners. GOGII develops textPlus, a social messaging application which allows users to text others in community chat groups, share photos, and more. The app runs (More info...)

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XCOR Lands Flight Contract
Mojave-based XCOR Aerospace, which is developing technology and vehicles for suborbital flight, said today that it has inked a deal with Southwest Research Insitute (SWRI) for six, suborbital flights. XCOR said the contract is the first ever, commercial reusable suborbital vehicle scientific flight contract. XCOR said the flights will perform research on biomedical, microgravity, and astronomy imaging. XCOR is in the midst of developing rocket-powered, suborbital vehicles. The firm is backed by (More info...)

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THQ, Twentieth Century Fox Tie On RIO
Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ said today along with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products that they are releasing a new set of games based on the recent RIO movie. RIO is set to debut on April 15th. THQ said it will ship the RIO video game on the Xbox 360 video game, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. Business details of the arrangement between THQ and Twentieth Century Fox were not announced. The firm said the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii games allow four players to compete tog (More info...)

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Autobytel Launches Web Chat Service
Irvine-based Autobytel announced this morning that it has launched a new, live web chat service aimed at auto dealers and manufacturers. The firm, which operates a number of websites connecting consumers with auto dealers, said its new service, Live Chat by ActivEngage, will allow car dealers and manufacturers to help engage with web visitors, act as an online sales force, and increase purchase request generation. The firm said the services are aimed at increasing the close ratio for auto dealer (More info...)

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DIGIDAY: MOBILE APPS: The event will bring together the leading executives from top mobile agencies, blue-chip brands, mobile app developers, mobile advertising networks, and content owners to discuss the explosive Mobile "app-vertising" market. The "app-vertising" business is igniting the imaginations of brand marketers worldwide and serving up a land grab for an increasingly valuable piece of real estate on the omnipresent mobile device in our pockets. The industry pioneers, visionaries, and leaders will converge to take a deep dive into the emerging mix of branded mobile applications and in-application advertising that is finally poised to deliver on the promise of mobile marketing. Attendees will learn and gain key insights on the innovative brands, the killer mobile apps, dynamic integrated content and offers, video, storytelling, and the rich functionality of apps. And a whole lot more! So what does the future hold for app-vertising? Find out at DIGIDAY: MOBILE APPS! $100 discount for socalTECH readers use code SCTECH. See

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