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Kumba Health Launches New Subscription Service
Los Angeles-based Kumba Health says it has launched a new, subscription service, which helps consumers get pricing transparency from local doctors on their procedures. Kumba Health says it charges $9.99 a month, or $99 per year for the service, which helps consumers get direct access to lower prices on services compared with insurance-based health services. The company is aiming at the direct-pay part of the market, where people with high deductible insurance plans shop for their own healthcare (More info...)

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Microsemi Completes $300M Sale Of Board, Packaging Business To Mercury Systems
Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi Corporation said today that it has completed its ale of its board level systems and packaging business, to Mercury Systems, in a deal worth $300M in cash. The deal had been announced earlier. Microsemi said the cash from the sale will be used to pay down debt and reduce its debt ratio.

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Three LA Organizations Score Funding From Google For CS Education
Three, local Los Angeles organizations -- DIY Girls, LA Maker Space, and Teens Exploring Technology (TXT), have scored nonprofit funding from Google, as part of the 2016 Google RISE Awards, according to the groups. All three groups help increase access to computer science (CS) for Los Angeles kis and youth. The three are among only 28 organizations, spread across 16 countries, to receive the prestigious award. All three of the groups are helping to overcome the lack of computer science education (More info...)

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Atari's Nolan Bushnell Takes On Mobile Games
Nolan Bushnell, the Los Angeles-based serial entrepreneur who founded Atari, Chuck E. Cheese, uWink, and a number of other companies, has set his sights on the mobile gaming business, and has launched a new mobile game company. The new company--formed in partnership with Dutch game publishing firm Spil--which launch at least three new mobile gaming titles.

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Napkin Finance Powers Financial Literacy Program For White House
Los Angeles-based Napkin Finance, which provides quick, informative snippets of information on financial literacy topics, has partnered with the White House to help promote financial literacy among students and young adults. The company--which develops concise, informative infographics on different financial topics--is helping to bolster the President Obama and the First Lady'ss Reach Higher, Better Make Room and National College Signing Day initiatives, which it aimed at helping teens and adult (More info...)

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Chatmeter Debuts New SEO Service
San Diego-based Chatmeter, a provider of local search marketing, reputation management, and SEO services, says it has launched a new service this morning, to help companies manage customer reviews. The company said the new service, Review Builder, will reach out to customers on the behalf of businesses, helping them to manage their reputation and help improve their online presence and reputation. Pricing on the new service was not announced. Chatmeter is led by Collin Holmes; the company says it (More info...)

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Pipeliner Rolls Out Upgraded Mobile Apps
Los Angeles-based customer relationship management software developer Pipeliner CRM has rolled out a new set of upgraded apps for both Android and iOS, according to the company. Pipeliner said that it now provides all of the features of its application on those mobile platforms. Pipeliner's software is used by sales people and sales teams to track their sales process and manage opportunities.

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Qualcomm Adds Machine Learning SDK To Snapdragon
San Diego-based Qualcomm says that it is adding machine leaning features -- part of the core of developing artificial intelligence software -- to its Snapdraon processors, through a new SDK. According to Qualcomm, it has rolled out a deep learning software development kit (SDK), which will run on its Snapdragon 820 processors, which will allow its users to developing deep learning devices. The SDK, called the Qualcom Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, is aimed at implementing such things as sc (More info...)

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eHarmony Names VP
Los Angeles-based eHarmony has named a new VP to head up its new job matching service, Elevated Careers, according to the company. eHarmony says it has promoted Dan Erickson to Vice President, ElevatedCareers, after he helped spearhead the development of the new platform for the company. Erickson previously worked at such company's as Tom's of Maine, Concordia Partners, and Brand Partners Group, along with

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iQor Plans To Hire 150 In Simi
iQor, a provider of outsourced customer service and support, said Friday that it is planning to hire over 150 people in Simi Valley, as part of a major expansion. According to iQor, it is hoping to staff up its contact center in Simi Valley for a "major media client". iQor--which is based in St. Petersberg, Florida--has over 35,000 employees across 18 countries offering up outsource business services.

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SAM Precellerator Program Now Accepting Applications!
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is one of the leading business law firms in Southern California. We pioneered a fixed fee start-up package making the formation and organization of your start-up as seamless as possible. Our Preccelerator® Program is a platform offered to select start-up companies out of our Santa Monica office that provides interim office space and sophisticated legal services, with the objective of helping you grow your idea from business concept to funded startup. The Preccelerator® Program provides free co-working space and other perks for 5-6 promising young startups.

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Free 24/7 access to our co-working space on a rolling basis, including free wireless access to the Internet and access to conference rooms for meetings and presentations
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Clear Capital Advisors Advisors Advises Extrameasures
Clear Capital Advisors is pleased to announce that it has served as
exclusive financial advisor to extrameasures in its sale to Blackhawk
Network (NYSE: HAWK). On March 31, 2016 Blackhawk Network, a leading
prepaid and payments network, announced it has acquired extrameasures,
a prepaid consumer promotions and incentives company. Through its
customized rebate programs, extrameasures offers Visa prepaid cards
and private label merchant-specific reward and gift cards with a
proprietary platform to help businesses drive consumer acquisition,
engagement and loyalty.


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