Friday, December 13, 2013
DFR2013 and the socalTECH50: The Tech Industry Takes Over The Skirball
Did you miss the Digital Family Reunion and socalTECH 50 celebration earlier this week at the Skirball? You can see some of the action from the evening in our gallery below, courtesy of photographers Chris Barnes and Jonathan Dingman, who covered the event for us (Thanks, guys!).

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Younity Takes On File Sharing, With A SnapChat-like Twist
Santa Monica-based Younity, the provider of a personal cloud file service headed by Erik Caso, said Thursday that it has launched a new feature that lets users share files, which automatically expire after a certain amount of time. The company--which describes the feature as "SnapChat for Files"--said its new function lets users share photos, music, videos, and data to friends in their personal cloud, but only for a certain amount of time. The company said that users cannot download, edit, or re (More info...)

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CallFire Names Burr CEO
Santa Monica-based voice services, voice API and texting services company CallFire announced today that it has named Ronald Burr as the company 's CEO. Burr, who has been Chief Revenue Officer of the company since 2012, was the co-founder of NetZero, and has also served at such companies as WebVisible, LRN, Westlake Venture Partners, Layer2 Networks, and Vault Corporation. CallFire said that the move comes to help CallFire further scale its business and move into its next phase of growth. CallFi (More info...)

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LACMA Gets Backing From Google, SpaceX For Art and Technology Lab
In an interesting indicator of the growing influence of technology companies on Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art said this week that it has launched a new Art + Technology Initiative, which will give artists grants and lab space to experiment with new technologies. The new venture is being backed by Accenture, DAQRI, and NVIDIA, along with Google and SpaceX. LACMA did not say how much money the technology companies are contributing to the effort, which it says is aimed at promot (More info...)

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Oculus VR Raises $75M For Virtual Reality Glasses In Series B
Irvine-based Oculus VR announced last night that it has raised $75M in a funding round, a giant Series B for the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. The funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, and also included Spark Capital, Matrix Partners and Formation 8. The round comes only 7 months after the company's $16M, Series A funding. The company's virtual reality headsets are being aimed at video gamers, and offer up an immersive, 3D environment which pulls you directly into 3 (More info...)

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MavenLink Lands $7M For Project Management Tools
Irvine-based Mavenlink, a developer of a software-as-a-service offering for project management and project accounting, has raised $7M in funding. The funding came from Carrick Capital Partners. According to Carrick Capital Partners, it co-founder and managing director, Jim Madden, as well as its CTO, Steve Unterberger, will both join Mavenlink's board as part of the funding. Mavenlink is led by Ray Grainger. Mavelink's software tools provide collaboration, file sharing, project tracking, budgeti (More info...)

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Qualcomm Names Mollenkopf CEO
San Diego-based wireless giant Qualcomm said this morning that it has named Steve Mollenkopf its new CEO. Mollenkopf had been President of the company, and will retain that role in addition to the new CEO title. Current CEO Dr. Paul E. Jacobs will become Executive Chairman. Mollenkopf has spent nearly 20 years at Qualcomm. The company said Dr. Jacobs will remain an employee of the company, and continue to guide its future strategies and direction.

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Donuts Adds 14 Domain Extensions At GoDaddy
Donuts, the global top level domain (gTLD) registrar which has operations and connections to Los Angeles, has rolled out fourteen of its domain extensions via GoDaddy. According to GoDaddy Thursday, it has begun accepting pre-registration on fourteen new domain name extensions, including .ESTATE, .PHOTOGRAPHY, .VENTURES, .GURU, .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GALLERY, .SINGLES, .CAMERA, .LIGHTING, .PLUMBING, .EQUIPMENT, .GRAPHICS and .HOLDINGS. The domains are part of a bit extension of GoDaddy in the new gl (More info...)

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Interlink Electronics Names New CTO
Camarillo-based Interlink Electronics said Thursday that it has named a new, Chief Technology Officer. According to the maker of touch sensors and other electronics, Dr. Albert Lu has become CTO. Current CTO Dr. Jeff Baker has become Chief Scientific Officer at the company. Lu is based in Singapore, and has previously served at the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). Baker is based in Camarillo.

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