Friday, December 16, 2011
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.

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Hello Music Launches iPhone App
Los Angeles-based Hello Music, a startup providing a deal marketplace for musicians, said Friday that it has launched a new, iPhone app. The company said the app provides musicians access to instruments, gear, and services. Hello Music, which is headed by Rick Camino, offers up daily, members-only deals on music instruments and equipment. The firm said the iPhone app is free and available in the iTunes App store. Hello Music is backed by private equity.

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Zynga IPO Rewards SoCal Investors
Despite a cool reception for the IPO of social games maker Zynga Friday, the IPO of the company still rewards a couple of Southern California investors. Among the biggest winners of the IPO of Zynga is San Diego-based Avalon Ventures, which owned 32,169,401 shares of Zynga before the IPO, a stake which was worth $321M based on Zynga's opening price this morning. Zynga looks to be among the most visible exits from that firm's portfolio yet. Dreamworks' Jeffrey Katzenberg also looks to have benefi (More info...)

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TrueCar Draws Honda's Ire
Auto maker Honda is taking direct aim at Santa Monica-based TrueCar, with threats to pull advertising allowances from dealers who list below invoice on the site, according to a report from the LA Times. The Times says that Honda believes the pricing damages its brands and is hurting the company, forcing its dealers to compete each other for offering the best deal. TrueCar--headed by Scott Painter--provides auto buyers with the ability to get upfront pricing for their vehicles, through relations (More info...)

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Rovio Wants To Rival Disney, As It Heads Towards IPO
Rovio, the Finnish maker of the popular Angry Birds games, is talking up an initial public offering saying that it is looking to rival Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. as a media company. Rovio, now says it is planning an IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2013, according to an interview in a Finland paper. Rovio said its goal is to be worth as much as Walt Disney Co. is on the markets. Disney is valued at around $65 billion.

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Hulu Uniques Rise To 34.5M Viewers
Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming service, appears to be steadily growing its online audience, based on the latest numbers from comScore. comScore released its latest Video Metrix report Thursday, showing that Hulu had 34.5 million unique viewers in November. That's up from 31.9M in October, and 29.2M in September. Hulu said that the new data shows a unique audience growth of 23 percent year over year for the streaming video site. Hulu offers up streaming of television content f (More info...)

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Qualcomm Stadium To Become Snapdragon Stadium
San Diego-based Qualcomm is planning to rename Qualcomm Stadium to "Snapdragon Stadium", as part of a promotion of the company's mobile Snapdragon mobile processors, the company is announcing today. The firm said the move, the San Diego Chargers, the City of San Diego and The San Diego Bowl Game Association, will be unveiled today at the stadium. Qualcomm did not say how much it is spending to replace the exterior signs, scoreboard, and other brand assets at the stadium. Qualcomm's Snapdragon pr (More info...)

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Siemer & Associates Q3 Digital Media and Software M&A Activity Report
Siemer & Associates LLC, the global merchant bank serving the digital
media, software and technology industry, has completed its Q3 2011 Exit
Report focusing on M&A deal trends and public company valuation metrics
in the digital media and software industries.

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
third quarter quarter of 2011.

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Ventura Ventures Technology Center (V2TC) - Business Incubator
The Ventura Ventures Technology Center (V2TC) is a high-tech business incubator located in downtown Ventura, CA. V2TC offers a creative environment where high-tech start-ups and entrepreneurs can network, brainstorm, and grow their business. Work-spaces are affordable, flexible and scalable in order to allow companies the ability to manage their growth effectively and efficiently.

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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
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