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NVCA: Venture Investments Drop In Q1
Venture capital investments in the U.S. have dropped to the lowest rate of activity since Q4 of 2011, as venture capital investors continue to be shy about investing in startups, according to the latest PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor report. According to the report, there was $16.5 billion deployed to 1,797 companies nationaly in the first quarter of the year. The NVCA said that is the fewest companies to receive investment since Q4 of 2011. Particularly hard hit were first financings, which the (More info...)

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Broadcom, Qualcomm Among Happiest Tech Companies, Says Report
A new report, created by Irvine-based online career community CareerBliss, says that two of Southern California's biggest tech employers--Broadcom and Qualcomm, are among the top happiest tech companies in the USA. Broadcom was number 3 on the company's list, and Qualcomm was number 9, based on ratings of leadership, culture, compensations and overall work environment. The top rated company on the list was Adobe Systems International. CareerBliss said, in its announcemen of the list, that "A lo (More info...)

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TP-Link Ties Into Amazon Alexa
Brea-based TP-Link, which develops both networking products as well as a line of connected, color-changing light bulbs, said it has tied its TP-Link Smart Bulb line into Amazon Alexa. According to TO-Link, consumers can now control the color and white-tuning features of those bulbs via new smart home skill, "TP-Link Kasa". The new skill lets users turn bulbs on and off, change brightness and color settings, and individually control lights in different rooms. TP-Link rolled out its Wi-Fi connecte (More info...)

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Rubicon Project Plans Video Header Bidding Rollout In Q2
Los Angeles-based online advertising exchange operator Rubicon Project said on Thursday that it plans to roll out its new video header bidding offering, FastLane for Video, in the second quarter. The company said the plan comes after what it called "early success" in beta testing with multiple video publishers. The company claimed "double-digit" percent CPM rate increases among its beta publishers for the tool.

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Qantas Debuts First ViaSat Powered Wi-Fi Flight
Carlsbad-based ViaSat said this morning that it is powering the new gate-to-gate, in-flight Wi-Fi service for Qantas, in a partnership with Australian broadband network provider nbn. Qantas announced its new in-flight Wi-Fi service this morning on its first, domestic Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The single plane is a beta test for production rollout on that aircraft, and eventually, wider rollout to its fleet. ViaSat and Qantas said they expect to outfit its domestic fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus (More info...)

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