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Patrick Soon-Shiong Eyes LA Times, Says Report
Patrick Soon-Shiong, the biotech billionaire behind LA's NantWorks family of companies, is reportedly eyeing a bid for the LA Times.According to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, Soon-Shiong is "seriously considering" acquiring the long suffering Los Angeles newspaper, which recently had a very visible fallout between CEO and publisher Austin Beutner and parent company Tribune Publishing Co.

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InviteUp Swizzles Dating, Restaurants
Is the key to finding a satisfying date (or mate) thinking more about sharing a meal, than swapping hot photos? A new, LA-based dating app developer, InviteUp sure thinks so. InviteUp recently launched in the Los Angeles area, and lets users connect at local restaurants, coffee shops, bars, or through local activities and venues--all aimed at getting to a real, live date. InviteUp said it was created by Avi and Mitch Kahan, who are local real estate and restaurant entrepreneurs, and is trying to (More info...)

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Citrix Sale Effort To Impact Santa Barbara's Citrix Online
An effort by Citrix Systems to sell itself to a buyer has a possibility of some major impact on Southern California, particularly at Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online. According to Reuters, Citrix is in the midst of a last-ditch attempt to sell the entire company as a whole, before selling off individual assets of the company--and in particular, its GoToMeeting and other GoTo products. GoToMeeting, GoToAssist, GoToMyPC, and other related products are all run out of the Santa Barbara, Citrix Onli (More info...)

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FreedomPop Launches Free Mobile Service In the UK
Los Angeles-based free mobile broadband provider FreedomPop has officially opened up service in the UK today, offering up UK residents 200MB of data, 200 minutes of calls, and 200 text messages a month for free. FreedomPop said it would offer the first, 10,000 users to sign up for its service with higher limits, including 1000 minutes, 1000 text messages, and 1GB of data free a month; it also said all users will be eligible for higher data limits by taking surveys or downloading coupons, among o (More info...)

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Brain Corporation Launches Robotics OS
San Diego-based Brain Corporation said today that it has launched a new, software operating system aimed at robot application development. According to the company, its new BrainOS provides support for common peripherals, runs on low cost computing hardware, and is aimed at making prototyping and development of robots easier for hobbyists and commercial developers. Brain Corporation also rolled out a robotic kit, The Geekbot Advanced, a two-wheeled robot with camera and gripper, which includes (More info...)

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Aerovironment Passed Over For DARPA Project
Simi Valley-based unmanned aerial vehicle developer Aerovironment said Tuesday that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has decided not to go forward with a Phase III contract with the company. According to Aerovironment, DARPA, which had funded both a Phase I and II program to develop an unmanned aircraft system, did not select the company for the Phase III contract as part of the DARPA Tern program. DARPA's TERN (Tactically Exploitative Reconnaissance Node) had been intended (More info...)

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