Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Sonos Drops Support For iOS 4, 5
Whole home music system developer Sonos is dropping support for Apple's iOS 4 and 5, the company told its users Tuesday, meaning that the company's systems will no longer work with first generation iPad, iPhone 3G, and second and third generations of the iPod Touch. According to Sonos, the move comes as it looks to "balance our need to innovate with our desire to maintain support for older devices". Sonos said it now will only support iOS devices running iOS6 or higher. Apple's iOS 4 was introdu (More info...)

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Snapchat Rolls Out Geofiltering Feature
Los Angeles-based Snapchat said this morning that it has rolled out a new feature called geofiltering, which highlights snaps taken in special locations. The feature--which includes highlights of locations in Los Angeles like Disneyland, Malibu, Santa Monica, LACMA, and elsewhere--features snaps that change depending on what neighborhood you are current at. Snapchat says it requires that location services be enabled, but does not store locations with the feature.

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Homefacts Uncovers Neighborhood Facts, Dirty Laundry
Buying a new home? A new mobile app from Irvine-based Homefacts is helping prospective home buyers uncover neighborhood information like education, median income, school ratings, and more--including such dirty laundry as nearby registered sex offenders, crime, risk of earthquakes and tornadoes--not to mention drug lab locations. Homefacts said its new mobile app for the iPhone--which is free--provides more than 30 different pieces of information for residential properties nationwide. Homefacts- (More info...)

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reQall Adds MIT MediaLab Professor As Advisor
reQall, the wearable software developer headed by former Apple Principal Scientist Rao Machiraju, said this morning that it has tapped MIT MediaLab Professor Alex (Sandy) Pentland as a strategic product advisor. Pentland has been called the "Godfather of Wearable Technologies". reQall--which has major operations in Ventura--said that Pentaland will advise the company on product evolution and strategy. Pentland was the founder of the MIT MediaLab Human Dynamics Laboratory, which pioneered many of (More info...)

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Demand Media Sells Creativebug, CoveritLive
Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Monday that it has sold both its Creativebug
and CoveritLive businesses. Demand Media said it sold Creativebug its online video business focused on arts and crafts, to Other Media, a new joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group,. Separately, the compay said it sold CoveritLiveto Canadian firm ScribbleLive. According to Demand Media, the move will "streamline" its approach to its business, and will help it refocus attention on its overall growth strat (More info...)

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Savings.com Pricing Comparison Service Targets Amazon
Los Angeles-based Savings.com said this morning that it has launched a new, pricing comparison shopping service called PriceJump--which specifically helps consumers find better deals than Amazon.com. According to Savings.com, its new search engine will instantly compare Amazon product prices to prices from around the web. The company claims its service can find a better price than Amazon on items more than 50 percent of the time. Savings.com says it created the service to specifically dispel the (More info...)

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CurbStand Names Gojkovich CEO
Los Angeles-based CurbStand, a startup developing mobile apps which let users pay and tip for valet parking via their mobile device, said this morning that it has named Serge Gojkovich as the company's new CEO. Gojkovich was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer for ParkMe, and also has served as VP of marketing for Grindr, and was also involved with the development of social app Blendr. CurbStand says it has been offering up its app since October of 2013.

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SOA Software Launches New Product
Los Angeles-based SOA Software said today that it has launched a new product, an Enteprise API catalog which helps develops in companies search for available, internal application programming interfaces. SOA Software said that the new product helps enterprise developers find internal APIs inside the enterprise, to help increase software reuse. Pricing on the new product was not announced. SOA Software develops middleware which helps enterprise developers better tie into internal company APIs an (More info...)

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Safire Partners Executive Search
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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Represents The Bouqs Company
SAM announced that it represented client, The Bouqs Company (TheBouqs.com), a premier cut-to-order online flower delivery service, in a $6 million Series A financing. Led by Azure Capital Partners and joined by KEC Ventures, funding will be used to accelerate growth initiatives including expanding the team, offering delivery outside the US, and scaling the company’s technology and infrastructure to keep pace with growing demand.

SAM attorneys Ryan Azlein and Gaurav Krishan served as counsel for The Bouqs Company for this transaction.


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