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Key Information Systems
Key Information Systems, Inc. (KeyInfo) is a leading regional systems
integrator, with world-class compute, storage and networking solutions
and professional services for the most advanced software-defined data
centers. These competencies are tightly complimented by a full suite of
data center capabilities including private and hybrid cloud offerings,
connectivity services, colocation facilities and managed services.

To learn more about Key Information Systems, Inc. or KeyCloud, visit or contact Chris Ticknor at Key Information Systems, Inc.,
30077 Agoura Court, First Floor, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, USA, email or call 1.818.992.8950.

Google Lunar XPrize Awards $6.0M To Teams
Marina Del Ray's XPrize Foundation, the group which is behind a number of large, prize-based competitions to help advance technology, said Monday that it has awarded $6.0M in total to five different teams, for their progress in overcoming key technical risks to land a mission on the moon. The foundation said the awards from the $30M Google Lunar XPrize effort are smaller "Milestone" prizes, and range from $1M to $250,000 in each of three areas, for showing progress on the hardware and software n (More info...)

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Western Digital Backs Memory Semiconductor Developer
Irvine-based Western Digital has backed the developer of semiconductor memory technology, as part of a strategic funding round. Everspin Technologies, which develops "magnetoresistive RAM"--aimed at use in such things at solid state storage--said this morning that it has raised $29M in a Series B funding round. The new round was led by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and WD's venture arm, Western Digital Capital, along with prior venture backers New Venture Partners, Lux Capital, Sigma Partners, Epic Ventures, (More info...)

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SpaceX, Air Force Settle Lawsuit
Los Angeles-based space rocket developer SpaceX said Friday that the company has reached an agreement with the U.S. Air Force, to drop its lawsuit against the USAF--giving SpaceX the opportunity to bid for national security space launches. According to SpaceX, the Air Force will work collaboratively with SpaceX to complete the certification process in an efficient and expedient manner. SpaceX had been locked out of the Air Force due to a "block buy" contract which the Air Force has with Boeing a (More info...)

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Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites Part Ways On Testing
Mojave-based Virgin Galactic has decided to pursue testing of its spacecraft without longtime partner Scaled Composites, the company revealed Friday, as the company looks to recover from a devastating flight test failure in October. Virgin Galactic--which has been looking to deliver tourists to space using its SpaceShipTwo--is in a renewed push to finish certification of its spacecraft for delivery of tourists to space, after Sir Richard Branson has expressed his renewed commitment to finishing (More info...)

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Hulu Reopens Super Bowl Ad Site
Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu has re-opened its Super Bowl advertising site, sponsored again this year by Toyota. Hulu's AdZone features all of the Super Bowl ads from prior years, and also will be featuring new ads released on game day. Hulu said it will be adding ads up through Super Bowl Sunday, and will also allow users to vote on their favorite ad spots. The site has been featuring those ads on the dedicated mini-site for several years. Hulu is looking to attract many (More info...)

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JAKKS Pacific, Microsoft Team On Halo Toys, Costumes
Thinking of dressing up as Master Chief next Halloween? Malibu-based JAKKS Pacific undoubtedly will have a costume featuring the iconic Halo character, after a deal between JAKKS and Microsoft this morning, covering both costumes an "large scale" action figures. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, however, the two said that the grants JAKKS worldwide rights to produce large-scale action figures based on Halo, including the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians title. JAKKS also said its Hallo (More info...)

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Bosch Sets Up eBike Headquarters In Irvine
European manufacturer Bosch said today that it has opened up North American headquarters for Bosch eBike Systems, which develops electric bikes, in Irvine. Bosch said the new, 4,000 square foot office will support the growing North American eBike market. Bosch said the new office will handle sales, marketing, advocacy, application and technical support, service, project management, and quality management. Bosch said its e-bikes aimed at urban commuter, trekking, mountain, fat-tire, and cargo lau (More info...)

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Cynvenio, Thermo Fischer Scientific In Distribution Deal
Westlake Village-based molecular diagnostics equipment developer Cynvenio and Carlsbad-based Thermo Fischer Scientific recently inked a distribution deal, where Thrmo Fischer Scientific has gained rights to distribute Cynvenio's LiquidBiopsy platform. Cynvenio's products are used for the genomic analysis of tumor biomarkers in the bloodstream. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the deal allows for the analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTC), cell-free DNA (cfDNA) an (More info...)

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