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Graphiq Teams With Associated Press On Data Visualization, Interactive Tools
Santa Barbara-based Graphiq, the startup led by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, said Thursday that it has inked an agreement with the Associated Press, to increase the amount and variety of interactive content that the AP provides to news subscribers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Graphiq said it will offer up its data visualizations to AP subscribers, and that the AP will also include Graphiq's content within top news stories. Graphiq said the new relationship lau (More info...)

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ValueMyStuff Links With Auctionata For High End Art Auctions
ValueMyStuff, the online art valuation startup which set up shop in Los Angeles earlier this year to help the company enter the U.S. market, said today that it has linked up with online auction house Auctionata. ValueMyStuff said it would allow its users to consign their artwork with Auctionata, on the basis of the company's valuations. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. ValueMyStuff is based in the UK, but has an office in the LA area. Auctionata's artwork auctions recently inclu (More info...)

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Earbits Acquired By You42, After Near Death Experience
Los Angeles-based Earbits, the streaming music service led by Joey Flores, which focuses on new artist discovery, has been acquired by Atlanta-based You42. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Earbits, which had been backed by Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures, and Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Wordpress, said that it is now planning to double its staff in the next year, after the last-minute save by You42. You42 was the un-named party which revived Earbits from the dead (More info...)

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A Chat with Chris Tragos of Jetpack

We recently ran into Chris Tragos, one of the co-founders of Jetpack (, provider of an online ad platform. Tragos is a veteran of technology industry here, having come from Spin Media (formerly, Buzznet) with his two other co-founders. We thought we'd talk with Chris about what Jetpack is up to.

What is Jetpack, and what do you do?

Chris Tragos: Jetpack is an ad platform, which I would describe as the most beautiful, best engaging, and most performant ad product for des (More info...)

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Squeegy Officially Debuts On-Demand Car Wash Service In LA
Los Angeles-based Squeegy, an on-demand, car wash service, said Wednesday that it has officially launched its service in Los Angeles. The company--which launched a pilot program in Santa Monica in August--said it now is offering up its service in Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, West LA, Westchester and Westwood. The startup, led by Andrew Davis, let users requ (More info...)

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Cornerstone OnDemand Launches New Analytics Software
Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of cloud-based software for talent and employee management, said it has launched a brand new product called Cornerstone Insights. Cornerstone OnDemand said the new product uses machine learning and Cornerstone's data set, to help companies better recruit, train, and manage people. Pricing on the new tool was not announced. Cornerstone said the new tool revolves around two dahboard products, which provide insight into employee compliance trai (More info...)

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Orexigen Gets $22M From Partners
San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Orexigen Therapeutics, which is developing treatments for obesity, reported receiving a total of $22M from two different partners. Orexigen ssaid it hass received $15M from partner Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the first of three milestone payments to the company, and $7M from Kwang Dong Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.. Both companies are partnered with Orexigen on marketing and other efforts. Orexigen is led by CEO Mike Narachi.

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