Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Google Invests $200M In EDF Developed Wind Project
San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy gained a big new partner Wednesday: Google, after Google said it invested $200M in equity in a wind farm in West Texas. Google said it made the investment in the Spinning Spur Wind Project, in Oldham County, Texas, which was built by EDF Renewable Energy. Google said that Spnning Spur joins 10 other renewable energy investments it has made since 2010. The wind project has a capacity of 161 megawatts, or enough to power more than 60, (More info...)

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CHNL Ties Into Groupon, LivingSocial
Santa Monica-based CHNL, a startup which is developing a social content browser for smartphones, tablets, and PCs, said today at CES that it has launched a new daily deals feature into its product. The company said it has added daily deal tracking from both Groupon and LivingSocial into its service, letting users browse and see deals into their social feeds from CHNL. CHNL's software lets users create their own "channels", incorporating content from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTub (More info...)

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Green Dot Plans Mobile Banking Product
Monrovia, California-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid cards, is getting set to launch a new, mobile bank account product, the firm said Wednesday afternoon. The firm said it will be launching the product on Tuesday, January 15th. The company disclosed the new product launch through an invite for media, analysts and investors to a live conference call. The firm has not yet announced any details of the new product. Green Dot is headed by Steve Streit.

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Five Startups Revolutionizing Music, In Southern California
Southern California is the center of the entertainment industry, which not only includes the world of Hollywood, movies and film, and television, but is also the home of the music industry. Combine that with the growing startup community here, and you end up with at
intersection of technology and music. We've compiled a list of five of the startups that are revolutionizing some part of music, based here in Southern California. All of these startups are applying technology (software development (More info...)


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Frequency Signs Deal With Chinese TV Manufacturer
Frequency, the developer of mobile, web, smart TV, and other apps which let users find and view online video content, has inked a deal with a Chinese TV manufacturer, the company announced today at CES. Frequency--which is led by Blair Harrison--said it has partnered with TCL, the 4th largest LCD TV producer worldwide, and China's top television manufacturer, to pre-install its app on all future TCL TV models. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Frequency's app create a seamless view (More info...)

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Video: FunnyorDie Gets 5M Twitter Followers

In the funny video of the day, FunnyorDie, the video humor site founded by Will Ferrell, just posted a hilarious video of Will Ferrell celebrating 5 million Twitter followers for the site. FunnyorDie is based in Los Angeles.



Will Ferrell Congratulates Funny Or Die on 5M Twitter Followers from Will Ferrell



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Triton Digital Ties With eXelate On Audio Ad Targeting
Triton Digital, the provider of digital advertising services to the online and traditional radio market, said today that it has partnered with eXelate, a provider of data and analytics engines for digital advertisers. According to the two, Triton will integrate into eXelate's data, in order to deliver highly targeted, in-stream audio ads. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Triton said that the deal will allow it to deliver streaming ads, based on a listener's online purchase inten (More info...)

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Activision Sets New Downloadable Content For Call Of Duty: Black Ops II
Santa Monica-based game developer Activision Publishing said today that it has set the launch date for the first, downloadable content pack for its popular Call of Duty: Black Ops II title. The firm said the new content will be released on Xbox Live on January 29th. Activision said that Revolution, the downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, is the first of four downloadable content packs planned for the title, and includes new maps, a new "zombie mode" allowing players to play (More info...)

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ZPower Gets ISO Certification
Advanced battery technology developer ZPower announced a new ISO 9001:2008 certification for its rechargeable silver-zinc batteries, the company said today, another step in its efforts to bring its technology to market. The Camarillo company said the certification covers design, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of its rechargeable silver-zinc batteries, ahead of its release of a hearing aid battery. The company said it will soon be releasing its first batteries into the market. The ven (More info...)

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ServiceNow Tops Job Creation List
San Diego-based enterprise software developer ServiceNow has been ranked the top job creator in a listing from Inc. Magazine, the company reported today. ServiceNow, which develops enterprise IT automation software, said that it was the number one company in the software industry in the listing of Top 100 job creators in the list, due to job growth of 880 percent between 2008 to 2011. The company added 792 jobs during the three period. The company said it was number six among all companies in Ca (More info...)

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ShoeDazzle Names Chief Stylist
ShoeDazzle, the online fashion and e-commerce site founded by Brian Lee, Robert Shapiro, Kim Kardashian and MJ Eng, said Tuesday that it has named a "Chief Stylist" for the company, Rachel Zoe. The Los Angeles company said that Zoe will help shape ShoeDazzle's fashion selection, and share her advice with users, via Rachel's Edit, featuring Zoe's favorite products, fashion tips, and style guidance. Zoe's clients apparently include Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Eva Mendes, Cameron (More info...)

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BuzzFeed Ramps Entertainment Coverage In LA
The intersection of Hollywood and online publishing looks to be helping grow jobs in Los Angeles in the online content area. The latest move in that area comes from online viral content publisher BuzzFeed, which is apparently ramping its operations in Los Angeles, as part of effort by the site to expand into entertainment coverage. The company is apparently staffing a new Los Angeles office with 15 to 20 people to cover the Hollywood beat. BuzzFeed is looking to compete against Deadline, Variety (More info...)

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