Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Fandango Adds PayPal To iPhone, Android Apps
Los Angeles-based Fandango said Wednesday that it has added support for PayPal on its iPhone and Android apps. Fandango's apps provide movie showtimes, information, and ability to purchase tickets from a mobile phone. Fandango said that currently, more than 20 percent of its ticket sales are coming form mobile devices.

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San Diego-based, the online search engine aimed at kids, said today that it has launched a new, browser toolbar called ZUIBAR. The toolbar, which was developed by Conduit, allows Internet users to access's games, videos, and other content directly from a browser. is aimed at helping kids connect with interesting, web content, which has been screened and approved by parents. and its toolbar are a new effort by parent firm KidZui to make it easier for kids to use it (More info...)

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NexSteppe Raises $14M For Biofuels Tech
Malibu-based NexSteppe, a firm developing renewable feedstocks for the biofuel industry, announced today that it has raised $14M in a Series B round of funding. The funding was led by Braemer Energy Ventures, along with CYM Ventures and Zygote Ventures. As part of the funding, the company said that Dennis Costello of Bramer has joined its board. NexSteppe was founded and is headed by Anna Rath. Rath was previously at VP at Ceres.

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StartEngine To Get Own Reality Show
Los Angeles-based StartEngine, the startup accelerator headed by Activision co-founder Howard Marks, and Paul Kessler, is announcing today that it has partnered with the producers of reality series TECHSTARS to develop a show around startups going through Start Engine's accelerator program. TECHSTARS is the Bloomberg TV series which features companies going through the TechStars accelerator. According to Start Engine, producer Cameron Casey will Los Angeles-based tech entrepreneurs in the Start (More info...)

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SweetLabs Links With Social Games Developer Kabam
San Diego-based SweetLabs, the developer of the Pokki desktop app environment, said yesterday that it has linked with social games developer Kabam, to bring that firm's social games to the desktop. The two said that Kabam's popular social games Dragons of Atlantis, Edgeworld, and The Godfather: Five Families all have been launched on the Pokki platform. SwwetLabs' Pokki provides an app-like environment for PCs. In conjunction with the launch SweetLabs also said it is running another, $50,000 con (More info...)

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Qualcomm Founder Jacobs Sets Retirement From Board
Dr. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder of San Diego-based Qualcomm, is retiring from the company's board, Qualcomm said last night. According to the company, Jacobs will retire at the firm's 2012 annual stockholder meeting. Jacobs will be named Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus with his retirement. Jacobs co-founded Qualcomm on July 1, 1985, taking the firm from startup to more than 22,000 employees. Qualcomm is now in the hands of Jacobs' son, Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, who is Chairman and CEO. Jacobs had alre (More info...)

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Sony Pictures Ties With Amazon's LOVEFiLM
Culver City-based Sony Pictures has inked a multi-year, content streaming deal with LOVEFiLM, the European online movie streaming service owned by According to the two companies, the deal provides exclusive streaming access to new and forthcoming Sony Pictures titles, as well as to catalog titles and TV Series, beginning in June of 2012. Financial details of the content deal were not disclosed. Amazon LOVEFiLM said access to the Sony titles will be included at no extra cost with exis (More info...)

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TuneWiki Connects With Spotify
Santa Monica-based TuneWiki, which provides information on lyrics of songs and develops both apps and games combining those lyrics with music, said this morning that it has integrated its service with music service Spotify. TuneWiki said users of Spotify can add the service as an app, which will provide lyrics scrolling on the screen while users are playing a song. TuneWiki's service allows users to view and map lyrics for songs onto specific tracks, so that others can see the actual lyrics of s (More info...)

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Citrix Launches GoToMyPC For Android Tablets
The Santa Barbara-based online division of Citrix has launched an Android tablet version of its GoToMyPC software, the company said this morning. The new app allows users to access and control their PC from any Android tablet. The software is free, but requires an existing subscription to the GoToMyPC service. Citrix already offers up a version of GoToMyPC for the iPad and iPhone.

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TriNet: Top 5 HR Compliance Concerns for Small Business
As the economic horizon continues to shift and belts tighten, small and medium sized companies who typically have between 10 to 500 employees and represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may wind up being so focused on core business issues that they overlook one of their most potentially serious and costly issues human resource compliance.

Unlike their large-company counterparts, they lack the time and resources to build infrastructure and processes that are beyond core business objectives. But if entrepreneurs and smaller business owners are focused solely on growth and product, how do they know what issues to look for in order to protect the company? This is a must-read paper that discusses the top 5 HR compliance issues they may face.

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Viewing Technology Companies Through a New Lens - Los Angeles
Viewing Technology Companies Through a New Lens: The 2012 Outlook.

January 17, 2012 - Skirball Cultural Center

Please join J.H. Cohn's Technology Industry Practice and the law firm of
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The market for liquidity events is flourishing as the IPO market improves, private equity flows to growth opportunities, and strategic buyers find the fortitude to tap cash reserves. This forum provides a great opportunity to network and share ideas with other industry leaders. Panelists include: Jay Beaghan, Managing Director of Investment Banking in Imperial Capital; William Quigley is Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners; Louis A. Wharton is a Partner at Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles; Steven J. Banks, CPA, is a Partner with J.H. Cohn.

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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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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

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