Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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LegalZoom, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Team Up
Los Angeles-based Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. and Glendale-based LegalZoom have linked up their efforts in the small business market, the firms said this week, via a strategic alliance. According to the two companies, LegalZoom will provide business customers with access to business consultation services from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Financial detalis of the partnership were not disclosed. Dun & Bradstreet Credibility, which is headed by high tech vet Jeffrey Stibel, will provid (More info...)

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Malauzai Lands $1.3M For Mobile Banking
Calabasas-based Malauzai, a new startup focused on mobile banking applications, has raised $1.3M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. No details on the funding have been announced. The firm's board includes executives from Digital Insight, the local online banking software firm acquired in 2006 by Intuit. Malauzai is headed by Tom Shen, who was formerly EVP of Product, Engineering and Operations for Digital Insight.

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Genomatica Raises $45M
San Diego-based Genomatica, a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. The firm said the funding was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners; Bright Capital, a Russian venture investment firm; and Waste Management. Prior investors Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and TPG Biotech also participated. The firm said the new funding will go towards demonstration-scale production and early commercialization plan (More info...)

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Confident Technologies Gets $3.9M
San Diego-based Confident Technologies, the developer of CAPTCHA security software headed by Curtis Staker, the former President of WebSense, has raised $3.9M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. The filing indicates the funding is part of a $4.9M funding round in progress. Confident Technologies develops image-based authentication and verification solutions, which are an alternative to traditional, text-based CAPTCHA systems; the firm uses images to validate e (More info...)

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J.R. Johnson On Critical Mass and Communities
Today, Lunch.com (www.lunch.com), the startup headed by J.R. Johnson, announced a move to allow other sites to host and show content via a new Lunch Network effort. We caught up with J.R. Johnson, founder and CEO of Lunch to better understand the move and what it means, as well as what the firm has learned. J.R.'s last firms were VirtualTourist.com and OneTime.com, which he sold to Expedia.

Describe what you've done?

J.R. Johnson: Essentially, we built Lunch to be the source of the highest (More info...)

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Lunch.com Launches New Community Feature
Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the online review site headed by J.R. Johnson, has launched a new, community feature which allows third party website and blogs to host and provide communities on their own sites. The firm said the new, Lunch Network lets blogs and websites create their own, interest-based communities, which tap into the content and information from Lunch.com's website. The firm said the new features will help those websites and blogs engage meaningfully with their visitors. Lunch.co (More info...)

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Paperlinks Launches QR Codes For Business
Los Angeles-based Paperlinks, the developer of iPhone applications focused on QR codes and headed by Hamilton Chan, is announcing today that it has launched a new product to help businesses connect with customers. The firm said its platform allows users to create their own QR codes, to be used on printed business cards, menus, advertisements and other items, which will allow users to connect to content via its iPhone app and online. Paperlinks' features an iPhone app with special modules which a (More info...)

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Demand Media, Rachel Ray Partner
Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, along with food and cooking celebrity Rachel Ray, said this morning that they are in a multi-year, exclusive partnership to develop co-branded content in the food category. According to the two, Rachael Ray will provide the "lead creative force" behind an eHow food channel, and identify and develop up-and-coming culinary talent to be featured on Demand Media web properties. Financial details of the deal were (More info...)

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Sorenson Media Launches New Encoding Product
San Diego-based Sorenson Media, the developer of video encoding and decoding software headed by Peter Csathy, said today that it has launched a new, on-site version of its video encoding product. The firm said its new Sorenson Squeeze Server On Premise works in conjunction with its cloud-based encoding service, Squeeze Managed Server or Squeeze Solution Pack, offering video transcoding to customers.

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Uptake Medical Bolsters Board
Irvine-based Uptake Medical, a developer of non-surgical treatments for lung disease, said today that it has named Scott Huennekens to its board. Huennekens is President and CEO of Volcano Corporation, and also has served at Digirad Corporation, and Baxter Healthcare's Cardiovascular Group/Edwards Lifesciences.

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On Assignment Completes Valesta Buy
Calabasas-based On Assignment, the publicly held provider of life sciences and technology temporary help, said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Valesta, a European provider of specialized clinical research staffing. The deal had originally been announced in December. Valest is based in Mechelen, Belgium.

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RFaxis Gets Design Win
Irvine-based RFaxis, which develops RF front end ICs, said Monday that it has scored a win with a PCI-E mini card from Gemtek Technology Co. Ltd. Financial details of the design win were not disclosed. RFaxis said its RFX2402 RF front end ICs are being used as part of a Wi-Fi 3x4 MIMO card being designe dfor a French telecom company. RFaxis is headed by Mike Neshat.

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