Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Slacker Unveils New Site, Simplified Design
Slacker, the online music and Internet radio streaming services based in San Diego, has long suffered from being the Rodney Dangerfield of online music streaming. So, in a bid to better compete against a long list of competitors, the service announced a brand new site design and user interface Wednesday, which simplifies and makes it easier for users to interact with the service.
Slacker now features a graphics-heavy, easy-to-navigate interface which takes users directly to their favorite artis (More info...)

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Warner Launches Startup Accelerator In Los Angeles
It looks like there's a new startup accelerator in town today: MediaCamp, an entertainment-focused startup acceleration program backed by Turner Broadcasting, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. According to Warner Bros., its Media Camp accelerator program wil lbe launching in Los Angeles, to help early stage companies create "disruptive innovations" in entertainment.

According to Warner Bros., its 12 week program will provide mentorship, insights, and access to executives at Turner B (More info...)

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Convertro Tracks Users Across Devices, Solves Cross-Device Ad Issues

It's a new world out there for online marketers--users aren't just on their PC anymore, they're surfing the web, buying products, and using services across their tablet(s), desktops, and smartphone. So, how do marketers figure out if you're the same person to better target their ads? Convertro, the online advertising analytics firm headed by serial entrepreneur Jeff Zwelling, said today that it has launched a new product to help marketers with that problem. Convertro said its new Advanced User (More info...)

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VoiVoda Funds Mobile Optimization Firm Leanplum
Glendale-based startup incubator, accelerator, and investment fund VoiVoda is one of the investors in mobile optimization firm Leanplum, Leanplum said today. Leanplum announced it raised $825,000 in an angel funding round, which came from TechStars, Kima Ventures, VoiVoda Ventures, and other angels. San Francisco-based Leanplum was founded by two former Google engineers, and is developing a mobile website optimization tool. VoiVoda Labs is a Glendale-based startup accelerator, incubator, and co- (More info...)

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Cylance, Headed by Foundstone Vet, Secures $15M
Cylance, a new security startup based in Irvine, said this morning that it has raised $15M in a funding round. The round came from Khosla Ventures and Fairhaven Capital. Cylance is headed by Stuart McClure, a former McAfee executive, and boasts a board that includes Patrick Heim (Chief Trust Officer at, Admiral William J. Fallon, U.S. Navy (Retired), and Alex Doll (co-founder of PGP).

According to Cylance, the firm is focused on "solving large and complex security McClure was (More info...)

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DriveCam Gets Investment From Volvo
San Diego-based DriveCam, the developer of driver monitoring systems for commercial automobile fleets, said this morning that it has received a strategic investment from Volvo Group. Financial details of the investment were not announced. According to DriveCam, Volvo Group Venture Capital made the strategic investment, and becomes a minority shareholder in the company.

Volvo Group said the investment came due to DriveCam's complementary position to its position in the global truck manufacturi (More info...)

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Verve Mobile Lands $14M From Qualcomm, Others
Verve Mobile, a developer of location-based, mobile advertising services, said today that it has raised $14M in a Series C funding. The firm--which has an office in Carlsbad, but is based in New York--said that Qualcomm and Nokia are new investors in the company. Qualcomm invested in Verve Mobile through its Qualcomm Ventures venture investment group. The round also included BlueRun Ventures. Verve said the funding will go towards developing and expanding its mobile location-base advertising and (More info...)

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MomentFeed Confirms Funding
Location-based analytics company MomentFeed, which is in Los Angeles, has confirmed the details of its funding round, saying that the $1.8M raised by the firm earlier this month came from existing investors Gold Hill Capital, DFJ Frontier, DFJ-JAIC Venture Partners, Double M Capital, Daher Capital, Gil Elbaz, Clark Landry, and Walter Kortschak. MomentFeed's software is being used by retailers to better analyze, understand, and manage the social media activity around a retailer's physical locatio (More info...)

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Ticketmaster Debuts Digital Ticket Transfer
Los Angeles-based ticketing firm Ticketmaster is making it easier for users to transfer their tickets to other people, electronically, through a new service, Digital Ticket Transfer. According to Ticketmaster, its new digital ticket transfer service lets users send all kinds of tickets to others, by invalidating and reissuing bar codes. Ticketmaster said the new feature will let users receive new digital ticket barcodes or new, print-at-home tickets. Ticketmaster said the service will be free.

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ACTIVE Network Debuts Mobile App For Racing Events
ACTIVE Network, the developer of cloud-based sports registration and related services, said today that it has launched a new, mobile app aimed at racing directors. The San Diego firm said its new ACTIVE On-site mobile app helps race directors manage on-site check-in, registration, and payment, helping racing staff to manage activities and participants. Active Network said that endurance events like Iron Girl already have been using the mobile app.

Active Network develops a suite of differe (More info...)

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