Monday, November 26, 2012
ZEFR Hits 1 Billion Monthly Views
Venice-based ZEFR, the online content provider headed by Zach James and Richard Raddon, has reached 1 billion monthly views of its content, the firm revealed Monday, as part of an invite to supporters to celebrate the milestone. The company--formerly known as MovieClips--offers up content from partners such as Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM, Miramax, Columbia, and others, for online distribution. The company also is providing technology to distribute content in the areas of sports, musi (More info...)

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Eucalyptus Debuts New GUI, Features
Santa Barbara-based Eucalyptus, the cloud management software developer headed by Marten Mickos, released a new version of its software Monday, saying that it has added a number of new features including a new graphical user interface. Eucalpytus said its new 3.2 software adds simplified cloud administration, reporting, better features for managing storage, and more. Among the most prominent updates was the addition of software which allows raw block devices and "just a bunch of disk" (JBOD) st (More info...)

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Tealium Taps Startup Vet Lunsford As New CEO
San Diego-based software developer Tealium, which develops software used to manage Internet "tags" for web developers, said today that it has named Jeff Lunsford as its new CEO. Lunsford, who was already on the company's board, was previously President, CEO, and Chairman of Limelight Networks. He also served as CEO of WebSideStory, in addition to other experience. The addition brings some significant experience to Tealium's executive team; Lunsford took Limelight Networks public in an IPO, and a (More info...)

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YouMail Swizzles Android App
Irvine-based YouMail, the developer of enhanced voicemail applications and services, has updated its Android application, adding new features such as in-app messaging, a new UI, and more. The application developer--which is headed by Alex Quilici--offers up an enhanced voicemail service which replaces a user's existing voicemail, providing caller ID, call blocking, voice transcription, voicemail-to-email, and other features. Among the most notable updates is the in-app messaging, which allows us (More info...)

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The Story Behind Machinima's Rise To The Top
What's the secret behind Machinima's rise to the top among YouTube's top channels with MachinimaPrime? Young, male, viewers, according to a report from the New York Times. In a profile, the Times talks with Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise, about how the company is leveraging the popularity of things like the recently released "Forward Unto Dawn" video--linked to the Microsoft Halo 4 release--to drive interest in its content.

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ReachLocal Expands In Brazil
Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal is continuing its international expansion, saying today that it has opened up its first, South American office, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The firm said the new office expands the company into its eleventh country. ReachLocal provides help to local and small businesses to advertise their companies online. The firm said it targeted Brazil as its first country in South America, due to the rapid growth rate in that country; the firm said online advertising spend in Brazil (More info...)

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Greycroft Partners Raises $175M For Third Venture Fund
One of the more active venture capital firms in Los Angeles, Greycroft Partners, said today that it has closed a $175M, third fund, Greycroft III. The venture firm said its LPs include JP Morgan, BlackRock Private Equity Partners, Fairview Capital, and Invesco Private Capital, along with Hall Capital, Hamilton Lane, Greenspring Associates, and Cambridge Associates and a number of foundations and educational institutions. Greycroft is split between Los Angeles and New York, and has invested in su (More info...)

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Black Friday Spending Up In 2012, Hits $1.042 Billion
According to numbers released over the weekend by Internet traffic and e-commerce measurement service comScore, online Black Friday sales surged 26 percent from last year, and totaled $1.042 billion. The company said that U.S. retail, e-commerce spending on Friday was the heaviest, online spending day to date in 2012. The firm tallied sales of $633M on Thanksgiving. The big Black Friday sales bring total online sales to $13.7 billion for the holiday season so far. Online retailers traditionally (More info...)

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BeachMint Plans Live Shopping Event
BeachMint, the e-commerce firm led by Josh Berman, said this morning that it is holding a live shopping and broadcast event today for Cyber Monday. The Santa Monica company--which runs a large portfolio of celebrity-themed, social shopping sites--said it is partnering with Ustream, Who What Wear, and StyleList for the event. The online broadcast will feature ShoeMint's Rachel Bilson, Nicole Chavez, intiMINT's Brooke Burke-Charvet, as well as other celebrities.

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Ceres, Syngenta In Market Development Deal
Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds for the energy and biofuels industry, said today that its Brazilian subsidiary, Ceres Sementes do Brasil Ltda., is in a deal with Syngenta to develop sweet sorghum-based products to power Brazil's ethanol mills. The two said they will collaborate on small-scale trials and larger demonstration field evaluations of its hybrid seeds. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The two said that Brazil has more than 400 ethanol mills who potent (More info...)

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Volcano Corporation Buys Sync-Rx
San Diego-based Volcano Corporation, a developer of diagnostic tools for treating coronary and peripheral vascular disease, said Friday that it has acquired Sync-Rx Ltd., an Israeli software firm developing image processing products.Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Volcano said that Sync-Rx developing software applications that optimize and facilitate transcatheter cardiovascular interventions using automated online image processing.

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