Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Application Developer Privacy Summit + Happy Hour
Enjoy free food, drinks and discussion with SoCal developers and top privacy experts June 5 and 6 in LA, Fountain City and San Diego. Why? Policymakers in the State Capitol and on Capitol Hill are deciding how to protect – and who’s responsible for – user and consumer privacy, and developers are squarely in the crosshairs. Learn what’s at stake for your applications and your business, and don’t be left out of the conversation.

No cost for developers but registration required to secure your space.
Los Angeles: Tuesday, June 5, 6:30-9:30pm, Fairmont Miramar Hotel

Fountain Valley: Wednesday, June 6, 12:00-2:00pm, MEDL Mobile

San Diego: Wednesday, June 6, 6:30-9:30pm, Co-Merge

Leading the discussions: Richard Qiu, Vice President of Business Development, TRUSTe; Josh Hartwell, CEO, Mobile Deluxe; Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum; Andrew Maltin, CEO, MEDL Mobile; Tim Sparapani, Senior Advisor for Policy and Law, Application Developers Alliance; Jake Ward, VP of Communications, Application Developers Alliance. Sponsored by the Application Developers Alliance and TRUSTe with CBS Interactive, MEDL Mobile, Mobile Deluxe, Parapxl, Design3, Co-Merge and Startup Weekend San Diego. Registration required, free to developers.

Crowdfunder Dangles $25K In LA Startup Competition
Crowdfunder, an online site offering up a platform to help startups raise money for their firms via crowd funding, is dangling $25,000 in a contest open to Los Angeles companies. The firm, headed by Chance Barnett, said that its new crowdsourced startup contest, called CROWDSTART LA, will award $25,000 in funding for the company judged the most popular via votes on the site. Barnett said the contest comes since the firm is not quite able to crowdfund investments for companies yet, but wants to h (More info...)

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SpaceX Success May Mean Military Flights
A report today says that the hugely successful flight and mission by SpaceX may open up the doors for that firm to gain a new customer: the U.S. military. The report, from Reuters, says that the third successful flight by SpaceX means that the firm has met one of the first requrements to fly military satellites into space. SpaceX already has a long line of satellite launches in its books, and the firm recently announced a plan to launch large satellites into space for Intelsat, with a new rocket (More info...)

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MySocialCloud: Avoid Hacks, Use Our Random Password Generator
Are you one of the folks who spent this afternoon changing your LinkedIn password, after a password leak at the popular business social networking site? If so, Los Angeles-based MySocialCloud has a feature for you: an automatic, random password generator. MySocialCloud said it has had a feature which allows users to create extremely secure passwords for the passwords stored at the site, to help prevent issues like the one which occurred at LinkedIn. Hackers apparently have been applying software (More info...)

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Surf Air Gets Funding Round
Santa Monica-based Surf Air, the new startup out of the MuckerLab accelerator which is headed by Wade Eyerly, has announced its funding round, saying today that it has scored a key round of funding from Anthem Venture Partners, NEA, actor Jared Leto, Mike Walsh, TriplePoint Capital, Siemer Ventures, Baroda Ventures, Gilad and Eytan Elbaz, Rick Caruso, and Jeffrey Stibel. The startup--which is developing a subscription-based, all-you-can-fly airline which connects Palo Alto and Los Angeles--did n (More info...)

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Mobile Roadie Powers Soccer App
Los Angeles-based mobile application software developer Mobile Roadie reported this week that it is powering the official app for the Denmark national football team. The firm said the team's official app provides news, videos, schedules, ranki ngs, and more for Denmark's national football team, just ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament. Mobile Roadie's software is provided on a subscription basis, and allows companies, brands, and others to create their own mobile apps for the iPhone, Android, (More info...)

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CitizenHawk Launches New Brand Protection Tools
Aliso VIejo-based CitizenHawk, the venture backed provider of online brand protection services, said today that it has launched a new set of tools aimed at helping users to search and find use of their trademarked terms and phrases. The firm said its new product will help users uncover instances of brand abuse, including counterfeiting and cybersquatting. The set of tools includes ways to monitor online auctions, images, domains, social networks, and more. Pricing on the new product, HawkDiscove (More info...)

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OneRoof Energy Names Strategy VP
San Diego-based OneRoof Energy, which provides solar leases and financing, announced today that it has named Dale A. Vander Woude as its new Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Vander Woude was previously at Citigroup Global Markets, where the company said he was involved in a diverse range of tax, structured equity and structured debt investments, including advising on multiple renewable energy transactions. OneRoof Energy is backed by Hanwha International and Black Coral Capital, a (More info...)

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Vator Splash LA - June 7th - Special Discount
The popular Vator Splash start-up event comes to LA

What do Peter Thiel, Mark Pincus (Zynga), Tony Hsieh (Zappos), Tim Westergren (Pandora), Dick Costolo(Twitter) have in common? They've all spoken at Vator Splash, sharing their advice on what it takes to build a start-up. Vator Splash is the only event dedicated to helping entrepreneurs learn from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs so you can learn from their mistakes and be energized by their determination and will to succeed. It is an event that inspires.

On the evening of June 7, Vator will be holding its second-annual Vator Splash LA event at The Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. This upcoming Splash will showcase 10 up-and-coming tech startups (who competed out over well over 100), prominent VCs and angels, and two leading LA-based high-tech entrepreneurs to keynote that have either exited or are queued up to go IPO.

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