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HYFN Acquired By LIN TV
Hermosa Beach-based digital agency HYFN has been sold to public firm LIN TV, which owns a number of television stations as well as mobile products, the firms said Thursday. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. HYFN was founded in 2000, and was part of Facebook's Preferred Marketing Developer Program. HYFN was advised by Angeles Capital Group's Peter Cowen and Andrew Williamson in the deal.

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WhisperText Gets $3.0M
A stealthy, Santa Monica-based startup, WhisperText has raised $3.0 from what looks like a number of high profile investors. According to a regulatory filing from the company--which develops an iOS app that allows users to share their secrets and meet new people--the company involves such people as John Hadl (founder, chairman of Total Beauty Media); Jeremy Liew (ShoeDazzle, Lightspeed Venture Partners); and Brad Brooks (TigerText). No details on the funding or company have been announced. The f (More info...)

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Good Clean Fund Looks To Help Nonprofits Raise Funding, Support
Are you involved with a nonprofit or social enterprise, wishing you had better tools to raise funding for your important causes, but not able to shell out the thousands of dollars necessary to purchase those tools from software vendors? A new service, Good Clean Fund--powered by local startup looking to change that, by offering up a free tool for helping nonprofit fundraise via crowdfunding. said the new service--which is free to nonprofits--lets users create dra (More info...)

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Plan Bee Taps NameJet, AfterNic For .BUILD Top Level Domain
A Santa Monica-based domain venture, Plan Bee LLC, has selected domain name auction site NameJet--a joint venture of Santa Monica-based Demand Media and with domain marketplace AfterNic--to power initial distribution for its new top level domain, .BUILD. According to NameJet and Afternic, Plan Bee will use the two firms to operate sunrise and landrush auctions, as well as offer premium name distribution for the new TLD.

Plan Bee said its .BUILD top level domain is targeted at t (More info...)

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Streamlining The Sports Recruiting Process with FieldLevel
How do you take a process--recruiting of athletes--and make it more efficient, without getting in the way? That's what Los Angeles-based FieldLevel ( has been working on, making it easier for coaches to network and exchange information on athletes. We spoke with co-founder Brenton Sullivan about the company's platform, and how it's hoping to transform the athletic recruiting process.

What's the idea behind FieldLevel?

Brenton Sullivan: What we are is a private social net (More info...)

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Wallaby Launches Updated Mobile App, Connects With Foursquare
Pasadena-based Wallaby, the startup led by Matthew Goldman which is trying to help consumers optimize their use of credit card rewards, launched a brand new Android application Wednesday. The startup said the new mobile app, Wallaby 2.0, now includes two way integration with FourSquare, and new improvements for selecting what credit card to use, to maximize rewards.

Wallaby is gambling that users will want to use the firm's app when they use a credit card, to maximize the points, miles, cash (More info...)

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Factual Renames, Relaunches Geopulse API
Los Angeles-based Factual has renamed its Geopulse API, its API for providing demographic data based on geolocation information, to Geopulse Context, as part of what it called a major relaunch of the program. The API lets users specify any location on earth and get information such as median household income, population density, education level, race and ethnicity, and more. Factual also said it has added additional information such as relative density of businesses near a location, type of busi (More info...)

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Microsemi Licenses Technology To Microphase, Exits Market Segment
Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi annoucned this morning that it has licensed its detector log video amplifier (DLVA) technology to Microphase Corporation, and is exiting that market. Financial terms of the licensing deal were not disclosed. Microsemi said the move is part of an ongoing facility consolidation plan for the company. Microphase is a developer of microwave and RF products for the military communications and electronic warfare systems market. Microsemi said the move wou (More info...)

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Semtech Names Two Board Members
Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor supplier Semtech Corporation has added two members to its board of directors, the firm said Wednesday. Semtech said it has appointed Sylvia Summers and Dr. Carmelo Santoro to its board. Summers was previously CEO and President of Trident Microsystems, and also served at Spansion LTD, Cisco Systems, Inc. and Storagetek. She also serves on the board of Headwaters, Inc. Santoro is at Santoro Technology Associates, a strategic planning and busine (More info...)

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