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CompuLaw Acquired By Aderant
Los Angeles-based CompuLaw, a developer of legal calendar and docket management software, has been acquired by Atlanta-based Aderant,a provider of legal practice management software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. CompuLaw was represented by Clear Capital Advisors in the deal. Aderant is a portfolio firm of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. CompuLaw was founded in 1978, and develops software which helps law firms manage the complex complex laws around filing deadlines i (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

Demand Media Spends $707K On Spanish Language Firm
Santa Monica-based Demand Media has issued $707,254 in stock as part of the acquisition of a company, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Monday. According to the filing, the firm issued $707,254 in equity, in conjunction with a merger or acquisition on July 1st. Demand had revealed in its 10Q earlier that it had acquired an un-named firm which specializes in the creation of Spanish and Portuguese language media content. Name of the acquired firm was not announced, however, sharp Dema (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

LA Ranks As Top Tech Town, Says Scientific American
A new ranking of the top cities for technology ranks Los Angeles as number three, in a list of the top ten cities for technology access and "geek friendliness". In the ranking, Los Angeles was number three, behind Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area, but ahead of such cities as New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. The list was compiled by Wired Magazine, and factored in the number of stores selling tech gadgets, free wireless Internet access, technology jobs, engineering schools--not to men (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

Evolver Acquired By Autodesk
Aliso Viejo-based Evolver, the online avatar creation service, has been acquired by Autodesk, the 3D CAD software development firm. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Evolver, in a note to users of the service, its products Avatara, Evolver, and Evolver Pro have become part of Autodesk. Evolver said that Autodesk acquired its technology to complement the research Autodesk is doing into realistic, real-time human crowd simulation. Evolver's products are becoming p (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

Machinima, Demand Media, Maker Studios Among Top YouTube Channels
A new analysis of the most popular, YouTube channels, shows that the Los Angeles area continues to lead the world in content production, even as the medium shifts to the web. According to a new report from comScore, measuring the popularity of YouTube Channels, Los Angeles-based Machinima saw around 16.9 million total unique viewers in July, with about 265.4 million videos viewed, at an average of 72.7 minutes per viewer; Santa Monica-based Demand Media had 15.2 million unique viewers, with 46.1 (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

Masimo Sued Over Patent
Irvine-based Masimo, the maker of pulse oximetry and other medical monitoring devices, has been sued for patent infringement by competitor Essential Medical Devices, Inc.. According to a filing in the Delaware District Court Friday, Essential Medical Devices alleges that Masimo is infringing on a patent owned by the company. The lawsuit also names Masimo spinoff Cercacor Laboratories in the lawsuit. Essential Medical Devices Inc. v. Masimo Corporation et al was filed on Friday.

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story) Wins Sony
San Diego-based, the online site geared towards the sports enthusiast community run by Active Network, reported this morning that it has added Sony Electronics as a client. said that it has been selected by Sony Electronics to lead an online and offline marketing campaign around Sony's new Walkman MP3 player. Financial details of the win were not disclosed. The deal includes launching a new, Sony Walkman online community for runners, plus the creation of "Team Sony", a grou (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

Demand Media Launches Share Repurchase Effort
Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the newly public online publisher run by Richard Rosenblatt,
said this morning that it has launched a $25M, share repurchase program. The company said the move "reflects confidence in our business" and a commitment to "maximize shareholder value." Share repurchases have traditionally been used by more mature companies to signal their confidence in their companies, and have been used to buy back stock when a company believes it is undervalued. Demand Media was (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

LegalZoom Expands To San Francisco
Glendale-based LegalZoom said Friday that it is turning to the San Francisco Bay Area, to extend its technology development efforts. The firm, which provides online legal documents, said it is opening up a new R&D center in the SOMA district in San Francisco. LegalZoom said the new center will be led by co-founder Eddie Hartman and CTO Tracy Terrill. The new center will be the third location for LegalZoom, which also has an office Austin, Texas. The company said its new location will be home to (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

Decision Sciences Names New CEO
San Diego-based Decision Sciences International announced this morning that it has named Dr. Stanton D. Sloane as its new President and CEO. Sloane was previously President and CEO of SRA International, and also has served at Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Solutions, GE Aerospace, and the U.S. Navy. Current President and CEO Robert Whalen shift to become President and CEO of Decision Sciences Development Corporation, a unit of Decision Sciences. Decision Sciences is a provider of securit (More info...)

posted on Monday, August 22, 2011(Full story)

CheckAlt Payment Solutions
CheckAlt Payment Solutions is a payment processing company providing Check21 services allowing businesses nationwide to utilize its eCheck and patented Remote Desktop Capture (RDC) systems to improve their top and bottom lines. The CheckAlt eCheck is the "email a check" solution that allows businesses from merchants and property managers to universities and non-profits to maximize cash flow and accounting accuracy.

Learn more about CheckAlt at their website,

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Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth: Winner of the ACG NY Champions Award
The M&A Advisor and ACG New York has awarded Stradling Yocca Carlson &
Rauth, along with Marlin & Associates, for Strategic Acquisition of
the Year, in the sale of iSuppli Corporation to IHS, Inc.

An independent body of experts, who represent a cross-section of the
middle market industry, judged the finalists' deals, deal makers and

"The ACG New York Champion's Awards winners represent the best of M&A
in the New York area in 2011, and Stradling earned these honors by
distinguishing themselves in a group of very impressive finalists,"
said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO of the M&A Advisor. "Despite the continued
challenging economic conditions, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth has
demonstrated that perseverance and performance lead to success in this

To learn more about SYCR and its award, please go to:

Siemer & Associates Publishes Q2 2011 Exit Report - Download Today
Siemer & Associates, the merchant bank serving the digital media, software, and technology industry, has published its Q2 2011 Exit Report.

The report provides an in-depth review of M&A activity and public company
valuation metrics in the digital media and software industries during the second quarter of 2011.

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