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ViaSat Buys ASIC, FPGA Design Company
Carlsbad-based ViaSat, the satellite communications technology developer, said today that it has acquire ASIC and FPGA design provider EAI Design Services. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. ViaSat said it will use the buy to bolster its capabilities in the high-speed, low-power secure space-based ASIC and FPGA microprocessor design area. EAI Design provides cores and encryption products aimed at high speed networking at speeds of up to 100 Gbps. ViaSat said the company's encryptio (More info...)

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Booker, With Office In Irvine, Gets $35M
Online appointment booking service Booker, which has an office in Irvine, said Tuesday that it has raised $35M in a Series C funding round. The New York startup offers up an online service, aimed at small and medium sized businesses, and helps book and schedule appointments for those customers. The company focuses on businesses such as spas, massage therapists, skin and hair care, and other similar service focused industries. The company's operations in Irvine look to be mostly focused on sales (More info...)

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Hulu Inks Deal For Disney Junior Content
Santa Monica-based online streaming television provider Hulu, along with Disney-ABC Television Group, said this morning they have inked a deal to bring Disney Junior's content to Hulu. The two said they are starting with and exclusive on two animated series, Doc McStuffins and Bunnytown, along with a non-exclusive deal to Handy Manny. Financial details of the deal between the companies were not disclosed. The two said they are working on bringing even more series from Disney's brands to Hulu in (More info...)

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How Momstamp Is Creating A Referral Network For Moms
If you are a mother, and you need some help with something--say, finding a tutor, or a referral to a service provider--the age-old way to do that is to ask your friends for referrals. However, that process really hasn't taken advantage of today's mobile, always-connected, socially networked world. Los Angeles-based startup Momstamp (www.momstamp.com) is hoping to change that with its service, which connects mothers with friends, friends-of-friends, and beyond, to personal referrals and recommend (More info...)

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Western Digital Buys Amplidata
Irvine-based Western Digital said this morning that its subsidiary, HGST, has agreed to acquire object storage software developer Amplidata. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. WD said the move will help the company expand into higher value data storage platforms. Amplidata was venture backed by Big Bang Ventures, Endeavor Vision, Hummingbird Ventures, Intel Capital, Quantum Corp., and Swisscom, and had raised at least $25.0M in funding. Amplidata develops the Himalaya object (More info...)

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Vantage Media Becomes Katch
Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer Vantage Media said this morning that it has rebranded the company, and has changed its name to Katch, as a new focus on its software platform. The company--led by Patrick Quigley--has significantly shifted its model in the past few years beyond its roots in vertical marketplaces, and into software to power real-time bidding marketplaces. Quigley has previously talked about that change, which the company recently said has driven it past $100M in (More info...)

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Crisi Acquired By Becton Dickinson
San Diego-based CRISI Medical Systems, a developer of drug delivery systems for IV injectable medications, has been acquired by BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. BD and CRISI have been in a partnership since June of 2013 in developing a system for real-time drug identification, dose measurement, and allergy detection for IV injections.

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Oculus Hires High Profile Google Executive
Irvine-based >Oculus, the virtual reality google maker now owned by Facebook, has hired away high profile Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen, according to a report. Jepsen ran the Display Division of Google X, and also had been co-founder and CTO of the One Laptop Per Child.

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