Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Airbnb Launches Room Cleaning Service For Hosts In Los Angeles
Apparently, Los Angeles has become the center of the world for smartphone-driven house cleaning services, as Airbnb told hosts in the city Wednesday that it has tied up with smartphone-driven cleaning services Homejoy and Handybook to clean rooms between rentals via Airbnb. Airbnb now says on the service that hosts can sign up to have their homes cleaned--thanks to either Homejoy or Handybook--as a part of services that the company offers to its hosts. Handybook just opened a local office for it (More info...)

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Ixia Gets Win With Microsoft
Calabasas-based communications and networking testing software and equipment provider Ixia reports that it has been selected by Microsoft, to qualify mobile devices for use with Microsoft's web conferencing and unified communications software, Microsoft Lync. Ixia said it will assess and validate customer quality and reliability of devices running Microsoft Lync, including both smartphones and tablets. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Microsoft will use Ixia's Wi-Fi mobile devic (More info...)

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Lytx Trumpets New Patents
San Diego-based Lytx, the developer of camera-based, driver safety and monitoring systems, said Wednesday that it received five patents in 2013, and filed applications for an additional, 18 patents on its technology. According to the company, the new patents and applications brings it to a total of 20 issued patents, and 32 patents pending. Lytx--formerly known as DriveCam--develops systems used to track driver safety, correlating sensors with video data. Lytx did not say what it intends to do w (More info...)

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Liferay: A Big, Nearly $100M LA Enterprise Software Firm You've Never Hear Of
Add another company to the list of fast growing, enterprise software companies in Los Angeles that you might not have heard of: Liferay, a developer of open source portal software for the enterprise, is apparently approaching $100M in annual revenues, according to some recent reports. The company--which has been entirely bootstrapped--develops software used by companies to communicate with their customers and employees, providing document sharing, group communications, and much more. Liferay say (More info...)

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Zogenix Fighting Massachusetts Ban In Court
San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Zogenix is facing an unusual problem in getting its products to market: the state of Massachusetts has banned the company's lead product, Zohydro ER, from sale in the state, even before they have been released. Zogenix has developed an extended release version of the painkiller hydrocodone, aimed at treating severe pain. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick banned Zohydro in the state, because of its big problems with opiate abuse. Zohydro sued the st (More info...)

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T+ink Launches First Interactive Print Ad
Los Angeles-based T+ink, the interactive printing technology developer backed and headed by Garry Winnick, said it has launched its first, interactive print ad. The ad for the Moto X phone ran in WIRED magazine and changes color when users touch the ad. T+ink said a video of the ad also has seen more than a million views on YouTube. T+ink announced funding from Winnick last month. T+ink said it currently has deals with Ford, Sun Chemical and McDonald's for a range of applications for its technol (More info...)

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Convertro Expands Into Europe, Middle East
Santa Monica-based advertising technology provider Convertro said this morning that it has expanded into Europe and the Middle East. Convertro has hired Quinn Collins as Senior Vice President of Global Sales, and David Curran as Vice President of EMEA Sales as part of the expansion. Collins was previously at Catalina Marketing, and Curran has served at AdTruth, 41st Parameter, Ounce Labs and others. Convertro develops software which helps companies attribute business to their various advertising (More info...)

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Local Corporation Enters Mobile Display Ad Network Market
Irvine-based Local Corporation has launched itself into the mobile display ad network market this morning, saying that it is looking to become a "mobile-first" company. Local said its new mobile display ad network will provide distribution of display ads across its own network of mobile-enabled sites and apps. Local Corporation operates a network of local business focused websites, and recently has been focusing a on its Krillion local shopping search engine.

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