Thursday, September 10, 2015
Google Fiber Might Be Coming To Irvine, San Diego
Looking for some super fast Internet? Google said Thursday that it is exploring extending its ultra-fast, gigabit Internet service to both Irvine and San Diego--two of three cities Google says it is now working with on the service. Google said the two, Southern California cities--plus Louisville, Kentucky--are just starting a "joint planning process" with the company on bringing the ultra-fast fiber connectivity to their cities. Google said that it is only "exploring the possibility" of the serv (More info...)

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Fliptu Becomes Ampsy, Signs Up Darius Rucker As A Customer
Los Angeles-based social aggregation tool developer Fliptu said today that it has rebranded the company as Ampsy, and also integrated its software with Hootsuite. The reasoning behind the rebranding was not given. As part of the announcement, Ampsy said that its product has been being used by musical artist Darius Rucker, who has been using Ampsy's product with Hootsuite during his performances. Ampsy said that Rucker has been using Ampsy to find "super fans", and giving those influencers shout (More info...)

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Upfront Ventures In New Funding For thredUP
Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Upfront Ventures ‭is one of the participants in a new funding for online used clothing marketplace thredUP, which announced a big $81M funding today. thredUP said this morning that the $81M, Series E funding was led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (GSIP). The funding also included prior investors Trinity Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Upfront Ventures. The new round brings thredUP's total funding to $125M. The fund (More info...)

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Interview with Alexander Israel, Co-founder of ParkMe
Santa Monica-based parking data and mobile app developer ParkMe ( was just acquired this morning by traffic and telematics giant Inrix. We caught up with co-founder and COO Alexander Israel late yesterday, ahead of the announcement, to have a quick chat with him about the acquisition and his experience--along with co-founder Sam Friedman--of starting up and selling his company.

How'd the acquisition come about?

Alex Israel: ParkMe has been working with INRIX as a partner f (More info...)

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Belkin's Latest Accessory Looks To Tame Lack Of Pockets
Playa Vista-based computer accessory and products maker Belkin has been pushing the limits of technology lately, with such products as its Wi-fi enabled water sensors and MIMO routers. However, its latest products--announced on Wednesday--tackle a far less high tech issue: the lack of pockets in workout gear. Belkin said it has launched two new products, a new Fitness Belt and its Storage Plus Armband, which are specifically designed to help users with a place to put their smartphones and other (More info...)

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ParkMe Acquired By INRIX
Santa Monica-based parking information provider ParkMe, which was founded by Sam Friedman and Alexander Israel, has been acquired by traffic information provider INRIX, the two announced this morning. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. INRIX said that ParkMe will remain in Santa Monica, and that it will continue to offer ParkMe's services. INRIX said the buy will help it expand the depth of parking serviecs it offers to such automotive companies as Audi, BMW, and Lexus. INR (More info...)

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Yardi Launches New Senior Living Software
Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi said this morning that it has released a new software product, called RentCafe Senior Living. The new software provides an online portal, which allows residents and other responsible parties to manage payments, review resident health and wellness information, communicate with care providers, and more. Pricing on the new software was not announced. Yardi said the new software makes senior living communities more attractive to prospe (More info...)

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