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ADP Setting Up Technology Center In Pasadena With 350 Employees
Human resources outsourcing provider ADP is launching a new location in Pasadena, looking to tap into the wealth of technical talent in the area. According to ADP, a new Innovation Center on Lake Avenue will bring 350 employees to the city, giving the company a West Coast location for its international business. The company says it specifically is looking to capitalize on the existing tech business community in Pasadena and the surrounding Los Angeles area, along with local schools like Caltech, (More info...)

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Tinder Launches New Super Like, More Than Just Another Swipe Right
Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder has launched a new feature for all of those users hungry for a hot date: a new Super Like option, which lets users "swipe up" to indicate "heightened level of interest" in another user. According to Tinder, the new feature will only allow a limited number of "Super Likes", with an indication to those users that someone has "Super Liked" them showing up on profiles. As part of the launch of the new feature, Tinder said it has linked up with supermode (More info...)

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Chalk Digital Gets Seed Funding For Mobile Ad Technology
San Diego-based Chalk Digital, a provider of location-based, mobile advertising technology aimed at local businesses, said today that it has raised a seed funding round. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding came from Composite Capital Partners, Kernal Capital Inc., KLab Ventures, Tallwave Capital along with angels Peter L. Corsell (Gridpoint), Ron Garret (Spark Innovations), and Dale Okuno (EZ Data). Chalk Digital is led by Craig Hagopian. Chalk's ad technology allows local busines (More info...)

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The Black Tux Finds $25M For Online Tuxedo Rentals
Santa Monica-based The Black Tux, which provides online tuxedo and formalwear rentals, has raised $25M in a Series B funding. The funding was led by Stripes Group, and also included First Round Capital and Menlo Ventures. According to the company, the funds go to scaling out its infrastructure and to widen its customer base, along with growing its team. The companys says it plans to double its staff in the next year. The startup, founded by Andrew BLackmon and Patric Coyne, specifically targets (More info...)

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Cool Planet Gets More Funding
Cool Planet, the startup which is developing technology that converts carbon dioxide into an agricultural soil amendment, announced this morning that it has raised an additional financing round. The company--which was started in Camarillo, and continues to have a production office in the city--said the funding came from Northbridge Venture Partners, and also included Hong Kong-based Yung's Enterprise. The size of the investment was not announced. Cool Planet's other investors include BP, Googl (More info...)

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Homeselfe Launches Home Energy Audit App
Long Beach-based Energy Datametrics, a developer of software for managing utility energy efficiency programs, has launched a new, consumer-focused app called Homeselfe, to help consumers better manage their home energy use. According to Homeselfe, its new tool helps families calculate and understand their energy use, using a smartphone app, and gives homeowners some practical advice on how to reduce their energy consumption. The new app walks homeowners through a quick, five minute process to he (More info...)

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KFx Sues Arthrex For Patent Infringement, Again
San Diego-based medical device manufacturer KFx Medical, whichi s venture backed by Alloy Ventures, Charter Life Sciences, Arboretum Ventures, Montreux Equity Partners, and MB Venture Partners, has filed a lawsuit again, against Arthrex. KFx Medical said its new patent infringement lawsuit comes as a direct response to another, lawsuit, filed by Arthrex earlier this year against KFx Medical, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract and conspiracy. The (More info...)

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Microsemi Targets Cybersecurity Market
Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced this morning that it is taking aim at the cybersecurity market, with the creation of what it calls a Security Center of Excellence. The company said its new unit will be staffed with security and systems analysts and cryptography, hardware and software engineers. Microsemi--which is best known for its analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, systems-on-a-chip (SoCs), FPGAs, and other related products--said it has also been develop (More info...)

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Securematics Expands In San Diego
Securematics, a Silicon Valley-based distributor of IT security products, said Tuesday that it has expanded its operations in Carlsbad, California. The company said it has moved into expanded office space for sales, marketing and engineering personnel. Size of the expansion was not announced. The company carries Dell SonicWall, Juniper Networks, other other security hardware.

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NantHealth Sees Positive Results Published In Study
Culver City-based cloud health information and software developer NantHealth said today that positive results from using its systems have been published in the Journal of Oncology Practice. The company said that COME HOME, a program which is using NantHealth's cloud-based systems to improve the health outcomes of its patients, published results of a study, showing improved patient care and reduced costs from deploying NantHealth's systems. The company's systems have been used as part of a progra (More info...)

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