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Ixia Expands Board
Calabasas-based Ixia, which provides network and application performance testing hardware and software, said Tuesday that it has expanded its board of directors. The company said that Ilan Daskal, who is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Cepheid, will join the company and head up its audit committee. Daskal also has served as CFO of International Rectifier, and also at Infineon Technologies AG, among other companies.

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Cast & Crew Acquired by Silver Lake
Burbank-based Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, a provider of technology and payroll services to the entertainment industry, said today that it has acquired by private equity investor Silver Lake. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Cast & Crew was owned by ZM Capital, and offers up technology-enabled production accounting and related value-added services to the entertainment industry. Cast & Crew was advised by Moelis & Company LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Sidley Austin LLP in (More info...)

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SpaceX Sees Catastrophic Failure As Rocket Explodes On Launch
In a huge blow to what had been an unstoppable local success story, Hawthorne-based rocketship developer SpaceX saw a catastrophic failure on Sunday morning, which resulted in the explosion and destruction of what would have been the seventh mission to resupply the International Space Station.
The SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-7) mission was to have deliver supplies and cargo to the ISS. Instead, the SpaceX vehicle--and its entire payload--exploded only a few minutes after liftoff. S (More info...)

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CapLinked Adds Live Document Editing
Los Angeles-based CapLinked, which develops virtual data room software for managing deals, said last week that it has launched a new, Live Document Editing feature for its software. The company said the new feature lets users update and edit all of their documents while working within the software. CapLinked's software is used to manage and organize due diligence and other deal paperwork for financing and other transactions. CapLinked is backed by FF Angel, Peter Thiel, Siemer Ventures, 500 Star (More info...)

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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Bolsters Board
Irvine-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals said today that it has named two new members of its board of directors. The company--which is developing treatments for glaucoma--said it has added Julie McHugh and Michael M. du Toit to its board. McHugh was previously COO of Endo Health Solutions, and also served as an executive at Nora Therapeutics, Johnson & Johnson, and Centocor, and sits on the boards of EPIRUS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New Xellia Group A/S, Trevena Pharmaceu (More info...)

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ViaSat Expands Into Government Cybersecurity
Carlsbad-based satellite and wireless broadband technology developer ViaSat said today that it is expanding its business, and has added new cybersecurity services and products aimed at the government. According to ViaSat, it will provide government agencies and military forces with new cybersecurity service and product enhancements, with the aim of protecting and sharing classified data. The new services included vulnerability assessment and remediation; managed security services; government-gra (More info...)

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RealtyMogul Names General Counsel
Los Angeles-based peer-to-peer real estate investment marketplace said today that it has named Ryan Sakamoto a its new, in-house General Counsel. Sakamoto was previously General Counsel and Chief Administrative officer at Wedbush, and has also served at Madison Tyler Holdings. the company said Sakamoto is now responsible for all key legal affairs for the company including investment and securities transactions, contracts and compliance matters.

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