Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Los Angeles TV Stations In Bandwidth Pilot
Two Los Angeles television stations -- KLCS (Channel 58) and KJLA (Channel 57.1 Digital) -- are in a bid to share the bandwidth they are currently occupying , as part of an industry experiment on opening up new spectrum for commercial, mobile broadband. According to widespread reports, the move is part of an industry effort to study the feasibility of sharing TV airwaves and opening up more bandwidth for wireless carriers--who are hungry for more 4G bandwidth. The two stations are small--KLCS br (More info...)

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Donuts Starts Rollout Of Domains To Public
Donuts, the domain name registrar which has major operations in Southern California--and many ties to Demand Media--said today that it plans to start rolling out its roster of new, global top level domains (gTLDs) starting on Wednesday. Donuts said it will make .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GURU, .HOLDINGS, .PLUMBING, .SINGLES, and .VENTURES available on a first-come, first serve basis Wednesday, and will then roll out .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY next week; (More info...)

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Enterprise Software Is Back: SoCal Sees Surge In Software Deals

Think Southern California's tech industry is all about fashion, Hollywood, and content? If you look at the last few weeks of deals here, you might be surprised: it's almost been entirely enterprise software. Yesterday, TigerText, a developer of enterprise, secure texting tools, raised a big $21M funding and last week, the big funding round was for Kareo, which raised $29.5M for its cloud-based medical offices software. Before that, expense management and invoice processing vendor Chrome River (More info...)

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HomeHero Launches Home Caregiver Marketplace
Los Angeles-based technology incubator and studio Science--headed by former MySpace CEO Mike Jones--has launched a new startup in the Internet marketplace area, called HomeHero this morning. HomeHero offers up a way for families to find and hire in-home, senior caregivers for aging family members, allowing them to browse vidos of those caregivers, view references, reviews, and more. The Santa Monica-based startup is initially targeting the Los Angeles region with its services. HomeHero joins oth (More info...)

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Sightly Gets $1.7M For Video Ads
San Diego-based Sightly said this morning that it has raised $1.7M in a seed funding, to go towards its video advertising technology. The funding was led by Mack Capital, and also included Tomorrow Ventures and 500 Startups. Sightly said it is developing video advertising technology to help target video ads with locally relevant messaging, delivering them to users across different kinds of devices. The company is led by John McIntyre.

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Chideo Combines Celebrities, Video, Charity
Los Angeles-based Chideo, a new startup that is looking to help raise money for charities, launched today, saying that it has come up with a way that celebrities can connect with fans and help raise money for charity. The startup, which says it was founded by Todd Wagner, lets celebrities generate exclusive videos on the platform, and allows fans to vote on the kinds of video they'd like to see a celebrity create. Videos can only be watched by users who donate money to the charity. The startup h (More info...)

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Calacanis Launches News Aggregation Service Inside.com
Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the startup led by tech celebrity Jason Calacanis, apparently is shifting its focus to a new effort called Inside.com, focused on mobile news. According to Calacanis, Inside.com will offer up curation of news via a mobile app, aimed at highlighting the top news stories for users and summarizing the key facts of those stories. Inside.com is the latest pivot for Mahalo, the company which Calacanis originally started as a human-powered search engine, but which most recent (More info...)

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Semtech Cuts Staff
Camarillo-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor manufacturer Semtech said late Monday that it is in the midst of a restructuring, and has cut approximately 6 percent of its workforce. Semtech did not say how many employees the move impacts. According to Semtech, the job cuts came due to a "significant reduction" in demand for its products in the second half of its fiscal 2014. The company said it expects to save approximately $35.0M annually via the restructuring.

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Efficient Power Conversion Names VP
El Segundo-based Efficient Power Conversion Corporation, which develops Gallium Nitride-based, power management devices, said today that it has named Andrea Mirenda as its new Vice President of Sales for the Americas. Mirenda was previously at Vishay, serving as Vice President for Regional Marketing. She also has served at Fairchild Semiconductor, HItachi Americas, and Chips and Technologies. EPC's FET semiconductors are used in DC-DC converters, RF, solar, remote sensing, audio, and other appli (More info...)

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