Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Fandango Powers Special Feature For Visa Signature
Fandango, the movie ticketing service and mobile app provider, said Wednesday that it is powering a new, mobile ticket app feature specifically for customers of Visa. Los Angeles-based Fandango said that it has launched TIXPRESS, a new mobile ticket app feature for only Visa Signature account holders. The new feature allows Visa Signature account holders to find theaters, list movies, and purchase those movie tickets form a single check-out page. Fandango said the new feature will be limited to (More info...)

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DreamHost Readies Wider OpenStack Rollout
Los Angeles-based web and cloud hosting provider DreamHost looks to be readying its OpenStack cloud offering, DreamCompute, for wider consumption, after showing off the service at the OpenStack Summit in Portland last week. DreamHost was named one of the "hottest products" by industry publication at the show, and apparently is getting set for general availability of the service this summer. Pricing on the cloud-based service has not been announced yet, but the release will further bolster the cl (More info...)

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Zodiac805 Targets Automated Lead Generation
Are you an online marketer, wishing you could do a better job of generating leads for your business? A new startup, Zodiac805, headed by former Make It Work founder Eric Greenspan, said it has launch an effort to provide fresh, real time, relevant marketing prospects to companies. Greenspan said the goal of the new company is to build an automated system that taps into social networks to find customers, based on their online presence: for example, if a user complains on Facebook that they are un (More info...)

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Amazon Plans Set-Top TV Box, Says Report has been muscling its way into the business of Hollywood a lot recently--particularly with its local Amazon Studios effort here to produce its own content and series--all to bolster its online video streaming service, Amazon Instant Video. However, it looks like those original series--and Amazon's other streaming video offerings--might end up on your television set, after all--later this year. A report today from Bloomberg says that is planning to release its own, set-top (More info...)

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Focus@will Launches Paid Subscriptions
Los Angeles-based Focus@will, the operator of the music streaming service aimed at helping users become more productive, said today that it has is launching its paid subscription service to consumer tomorrow. According to the startup, which is headed by Will Henshall, the new subscription will cost $3.99 a month or $34.99 a year. The startup's service revolves around finding music that helps users concentrate on work, studying, or other intensive activities, with the idea that the right kind of (More info...)

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FreedomPop Expands Nationally Via Sprint
FreedomPop, the free, broadband wireless Internet company led by Stephen Stokols, said this morning that it has expanded its service via Sprint's 3G network. The company said the coverage expands its coverage nationwide. In conjunction with the expansion, the firm said it has begun accepting orders for a new, 4g/3G MiFi hotspot device. The new device, FreedomPop Overdrive Pro, allows users to access FreedomPop's broadband network on both high speed 4G as well as a backup 3G network.

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Silverpop Lands $25M In Venture Debt For Email Marketing
Silverpop, an Atlanta-based email marketing automation provider which also has operations in Irvine, said today that it has raised $25M in a venture debt funding. The funding came from Escalate Capital Partners and Silicon Valley Bank. Silverpop is venture bcaked by D.E. Shaw & Co and Draper Fisher Jurveston. Silverpop's has a regional office in Irvine, where it looks to staff a professional services team.

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EcoMom Acquired By GreenCupboards, Will Be Relaunched
Ecomom, the onetime Los Angeles green products e-retailer, which had been led by entrepreneur Jody Sherman until his untimely death earlier this year, has been acquired by fellow green products e-retailer GreenCupboards. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. According to GreenCupboards, it has acquired all of the assets of EcoMom, including its trademarks, domain names, social media, customer lists and inventory. As part of the acquisition, GreenCupboards said it will rename itself e (More info...)

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In one of the first major updates to its service since its acquisition, Geni, the Los Angeles-based family tree site, said it has started adding historical records and information to its family trees. Geni said the move comes as a result of two new features, Record Matching and SMart Matching, which helps link records from MyHeritage to its family trees. Geni was acquired by MyHeritage in November. Geni said the move will add "significant" new detail to its family tree service.

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Nimble Launches Dashboard Feature
Santa Monica-based Nimble, the developer of cloud-based, customer relationship management and contact management software, has debuted a new dashboard feature, the firm announced Tuesday. The new feature, the Today Screen, offers up a quick summary of things like birthdays and job changes, top tasks and activities to do today, upcoming deals, reminders, and more. Nimble said the feature is the first in a set of features aimed at helping its users be more organized and productive. Nimble is build (More info...)

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Jeda Networks Debuts Product
Newport Beach-based software defined networking (SDN) technology developer Jeda Networks has announced its first product, the Fabric Network Controller (FNC). Jeda, which is led by storage veteran Stuart Berman, said its product is a software-only product which creates a high-performance, storage network over high speed Ethernet. Jeda says its software installs as a virtual appliance for VMware ESX, and uses Ethernet switching and FcoE servers and storage arrays to define a storage network in so (More info...)

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ecoATM Backs Charity For Boston Marathon Victims
San Diego-based ecoATM, the firm which operates automated kiosks which allows consumers to recycle their used mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players and receive cash back, said today that it will allow its customers to donate to The One Fund Boston, to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. According to ecoATM, from now until May 22nd, its customers can select the donate some or all of their proceeds from their tradeins to The One Fund. In addition, ecoATM will match any donations (More info...)

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RealD Expands In Latin America
Los Angeles-based 3D technology provider RealD announced this morning that it has opened up its first office in Latin America. The firm, which provides its 3D projection technology in theaters, said it has opened up an office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new office will be headed by Sean Spencer, and will provide sales, customer services, and operations for Latin America. Spencer joins the firm from the MOtion Picture Association and the Television Association of Programmers.

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Paragon Debuts New Virtual Backup, DR Service
Irvine-based storage and backup software provider Paragon Software has rolled out a brand new, centralized backup and restore product, called Paragon Protect & Restore (PPR). Paragon said the new software provides agentless backup of virtual servers and workstations, and integrates with VMware's vSphere virtualization software. The new offering takes advantage of the APIs available for agentless backup, which allows virtual machines to be backed up without requiring CPU- and network-resource con (More info...)

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