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Monday, July 21, 2014

TrueCar's Scott Painter On Entrepreneurship And IPOs

Very few Southern California startups make it from seed funding all the way up through an IPO, and rarely do they do so with their original founder. One of Southern California's big success stories -- from startup, to venture funding, and a...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

TubeMogul Prices IPO

TubeMogul, which develops software to help advertisers with their online video buying, priced its IPO last night, offering up 6,250,000 shares of its common stock at $7.00 per share. The company will starts trading this morning on the NASD...

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

SpinMedia Buys Death and Taxes

Los Angeles-based SpinMedia said today that it has acquired Death and Taxes, an online magazine focused on indie music news, pop culture, politics, and entertainment. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SpinMedia said tha...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Illumina Buys Myraqa

San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina said this morning that it has acquired Myraqa, a company providing regulatory and equality consulting in the molecular diagnostics market. Financial terms of the buy were not announced....

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Otonomy Files For IPO

San Diego-based Otonomy, the biopharmaceuticals firm which is developing treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear, has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing that it is looking to raised $86.25M in an offering on the NASDAQ Global Marke...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

The Omega Group Acquired By Trimble

San Diego-based The Omega Group, a developer of software used for mapping and analytics in the public safety areas, has been acquired by Trimble. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The Omega Group's software--which runs either i...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

AECOM Buys URS Corporation

Los Angeles-based AECOM Technology Corporation said Friday that it is acquiring URS Corporation, in a cash and stock deal worth approximately $4 billion. AECOM said that, including the assumption of debt, the total enterprise value of the d...

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Friday, July 11, 2014

ServiceNow Buys Neebula Systems In $100M Deal

ServiceNow, the developer of enterprise IT automation software which has a large chunk of its operations in San Diego, said earlier this week that it has agreed to acquire Neebula Systems. Neebula Systems develops software for automating th...

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Monday, July 7, 2014

OpenGate Capital Buys Latin American System Integrators

Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital reported Monday that it has acquired two, Latin American information technology system integrators. OpenGate Capital said it acquired the shares of Damovo Mexico SA de CV and Damovo...

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Oculus Buys Raknet

Irvine-based virtual reality technology developer Oculus VR--which is now owned by Facebook--has acquired Raknet, a developer of middleware for multiplayer, videogame development. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Raknet (AKA J...

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Newport Media Acquired By Atmel For $140M

Lake Forest-based Newport Media, which develops low power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipsets, has been acquired by Atmel, in a deal worth $140M in cash. According to Atmel, it will use the buy to strengthen its position in the Internet-of-Things ...

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Monday, July 7, 2014

UST Global Buys Four Companies, Makes Investments

Aliso Viejo-based UST Global, a provider of IT services and outsourcing, said today that it has acquired four different companies over the past six months expanding its workforce in the US, Asia, India, Europe, and Latin America. The compan...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Qualcomm Buys Wilocity

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Wednesday afternoon that it has acquired Wilocity, a developer of 60 Ghz wireless chipsets. According to Qualcomm, it will use the buy to bolster its technology and use of 60 Ghz wireless for the mobile, comput...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Jacobs Completes Federal Network Systems Acquisition

Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group announced yesterday that it has completed its acquisition of Federal Network Systems (FNS), the Ashburn, Virginia systems integrator in the communications, information technology, and data security ma...

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ambrx Withdraws IPO

La Jolla-based biotechnology developer Ambrx has withdrawn its IPO, citing "current public market conditions" in a regulatory filing this morning. Ambrx was venture backed by Tavistock, Maverick Capital, Apposite Healthcare, Versant Venture...

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Monday, June 30, 2014

XCOR Aerospace Buys Space Expedition Corporation

Mojave-based space vehicle maker XCOR Aerospace has acquired Dutch company Space Expedition Corporation (SXC), which had been serving as a sales agent for XCOR's as-yet-to-be-launched space vehicles, the companies announced this morning. Ac...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Entravision Buys Pulpo Media

Santa Monica-based Spanish language media company Entravision Communications--which owns television, radio, and online media focused on the Latino market--said earlier this week that it has acquired online advertising company Pulpo Media. T...

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

GoPro Prices IPO, To Trade Today

Action sports camera maker GoPro priced its IPO at $24.00 per share, and will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as GPRO. The company--although based in San Mateo--has a number of Southern California ties, including founder Nic...

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Debuts In IPO

Rancho Cucamonga-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceuticals company focused on generic and proprietary injectable and inhalable drugs, priced its IPO Wednesday at $7 per share. The company is selling 8 million shares of it...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shotgun Software Acquired By Autodesk

Los Angeles-based Shotgun Software, a developer of cloud-based production tracking, review, and asset management software for the film, television and games industries, has been acquired by Autodesk, the two said Wednesday. Financial detail...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shotgun Software Acquired By Autodesk

Los Angeles-based Shotgun Software, a developer of cloud-based production tracking, review, and asset management software for the film, television and games industries, has been acquired by Autodesk, the two said Wednesday. Financial detail...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Moviepilot Goes Native, Bets On LA, US Market

Moviepilot, the online film review and publishing site led by Tobias Bauckhage, has sold off its German website, moviepilot.de, to French publisher Webedia. The move puts the company's focused squarely on its Los Angeles operations. The sal...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Oculus Buys Carbon Design

Irvine-based virtual reality technology developer Oculus VR--now owned by Facebook--said Tuesday that it has acquired the team behind Carbon Design, an industrial design and product engineering team. According to Oculus, the team will becom...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AdColony Acquired By Opera

Los Angeles-based mobile video advertising firm AdColony has been acquird by Silicon Valley mobile ad company Opera, the two said Tuesday. The deal is worth up to $350M. AdColony is led by Will Kassoy. Kassoy becomes Chief Marketing Officer...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

AmplifyLA's Bricault Get Exit At SnappyTV

Paul Bricault of the AmplifyLA startup accelerator in Venice, has scored an exit with one of his companies. Twitter said Thursday that it has acquired SnappyTV, a San Francisco developer of software which helps people capture live event vid...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Kite Pharma Surges In IPO

Los Angeles-based Kite Pharma, a biopharmaceuticals firm developing treatments for cancer, surged in its IPO this morning on the NASDAQ Global Market, trading as high as $29.22 in morning trading. The company had priced last night at $17.00...

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Google Eyes Stake In Virgin Galactic

Technology giant Google is reportedly looking to take a stake in Mojave, California-based space tourism and spaceship developer Virgin Galactic, according to a report Thursday evening. According to the report, from Sky News, Google is looki...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ambrx Sets IPO Pricing Range

La Jolla-based biopharmaceuticals developer Ambrx has set its initial estimated pricing range for its IPO, saying in a filing this morning that it expects to price its IPO at between $12.00 and $14.00 per share. The offering will raise arou...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kite Pharma Sets IPO Range

Los Angeles-based biopharmaceuticals developer Kite Pharma has set an initial offering range for its IPO, saying in a filing this morning that it expects to sell 6 million shares of its common stock at between $12.00 and $14.00 per share. T...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

j2 Global Raising $300M In Convertible Notes For Acquisitions, Growth

Los Angeles-based j2 Global said late Tuesday that it is raising $300M via an issue of convertible senior notes, which will be due in 2029. The publicly held company--which owns a significant number of Internet services, in addition to publ...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Adconion Acquired By Amobee For $209M

Los Angeles-based online advertisig company Adconion is being acquired by Amobee, Amobee said late Tuesday, paying approximately $209M for the company, excluding debt. The companies said that Adconion is being valued at $235M in the deal. A...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CheckAlt Buys Business Unit From Diebold

Los Angeles-based payment processing technology developer CheckAlt, which is led by Shai Stern, said this morning that it has acquired a subsidiary of Diebold, in the area of item and payment processing. Financial terms of the buy were not ...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another Nearly $100M Exit In LA: Media Temple

Add another, big exit to the list of the growing list of companies in Southern California: Media Temple, the premium hosting provider founded by Demian Sellfors. The company was actually acquired in October, however, no financials on that a...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ViaSat Buys NetNearU

Carlsbad-based ViaSat, the developer of satellite and wireless networking systems and technology, said late Monday that it has acquired NetNearU, a developer of a network management system for Wi-FI and other Internet access networks. Finan...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Donald Sterling To Microsoft Mogul Steve Ballmer: Not So Fast

It looks like the plan by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to buy the Los Angeles Clippers has hit a big, new roadblock: Donald Sterling. In a statement, Donald Sterling said Monday evening that the Los Angeles Clippers is "not for sale" ...

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Media Temple Parent GoDaddy Files For IPO

GoDaddy, the parent company of Los Angeles premium website hosting service Media Temple, has filed for an IPO--in the process, showing that the company paid $94.48M in cash for Media Temple. GoDaddy said it is looking to raised up $100M in ...

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Cohu Sells Video Camera Business

Poway-based Cohu said late last week that it has completed its previously announced sale of its video camera business, Cohu Electronics Division. Cohu sold the division to Costar Technologies in an asset deal. Financial details of the sale ...

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Infrascale Raises $16.3M, Acquires Eversync

El Segundo-based Infrascale, which provides cloud-based data backup, disaster recovery, archiving, and other services, said today that it has raised $16.3M in a Series B funding, and also acquired EverSync, a developer of cloud-based backup...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cohu Sells Electronics Products Division

Poway-based Cohu said this morning that it has agreed to sell its Electronics Division, CohuHD, to Texas company Costar Technologies. Cohu said Costar will pay $9.5M in cash plus up to $0.5M in earn out for CohuHD, which will remain in Powa...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Internet Brands Acquisition Worth $1.1 Billion, Says Report

The acquisition this morning of El Segundo-based Internet Brands by KKR is worth a cool $1.1 billion, according to a report from the New York Times. The report cited two un-named, unauthorized sources. KKR and Internet Brands announced the ...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Internet Brands Acquired By KKR

El Segundo-based Internet Brands said this morning that it is being acquired by private equity firm KKR, from its current owners, Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Internet Brands said that C...

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Disney's Maker Studios Cuts Jobs

Maker Studios, the online YouTube content network which was recently acquired by Walt Disney, is cutting approximately 10 percent of its staff. The cuts were first reported by Variety. Maker Studios employs around 380 people. Disney said it...

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Broadcom Seeks To Sell Cellular Broadband Business

Irvine-based Broadcom announced Monday that it is seeking "strategic alternatives" for its cellular baseband chip business. According to Broadcom, it has engaged investment banking firm JP Morgan on an effort, and plans to either sell or wi...

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Friday, May 30, 2014

CPO Commerce Acquired By United Stationers

Pasadena-based CPO Commerce, an e-commerce company focused on tools, equipment, outdoor and yard equipment, and other related products, has been acquired by United Stationers. According to United Stationers, it will pay $30M in cash, with a...

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys LA Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have been sold to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in a deal which is worth $2 billion. Ballmer said in a statement that he will not be moving the Clippers from Los Angeles. Ballmer has been looking to buy an NBA...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Apple Confirms $3B Beats Electronics Acquisition

Apple confirmed Wednesday that it has acquired Los Angeles-based Beats Electronics, in a deal worth $3 billion. According to Apple, Beats' brand will remain separate from Apple's own brand, and it will continue to offer both Beats' popular ...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

California Technology Ventures Gets Exit An AngioScore

Pasadena-based venture capital firm California Technology Ventures has scored an exit at one of its portfolio firms, selling cardiac catheter maker AngioScore, to medical device firm Spectranetics. Spectranetics said it would pay $230M plus...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

ISSC Acquired By Microchip Technology

ISSC Technologies Corporation, a Taiwanese Bluetooth technology developer which has operations in Torrance, California, has been acquired by semiconductor and microcontroller company Microchip Technology, the two announced today. Microchip ...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Vivendi Cuts Stake In Activision Blizzard

Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision Blizzard announced late Wednesday that Vivendi S.A. is planning to sell 41,499,689 shares of Activision Blizzard common stock, in a public offering. Those shares represent half of Vivendi's ...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kite Pharma Files For IPO

Santa Monica-based Kite Pharma, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on treating cancer, has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing Monday evening that it is looking to raised $115M in its offering. The company has applied to list on the NASDAQ ...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

EDF Renewable Energy Gets Investment From TIAA-CREF

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy, the developer of solar power projects, said Monday that TIAA-CREF has made an investment in the firm. EDF Renewable Energy said that TIAA-CREF is acquiring 50 percent of its equity interest in its Catal...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

GoPro, With SoCal Ties, Files For IPO

Action sports camera maker GoPro, which has a few Southern California connections, has filed for an IPO, saying Monday in a regulatory filing that it is looking to raise $100M on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as GPRO. The firm's founder, ...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

DIRECTV Acquired By AT&T

El Segundo-based satellite TV operator DIRECTV and AT&T said Sunday afternoon that AT&T has agreed to acquire DIRECTV, in a deal worth approximately $67.1 billion. According to the two, DIRECTV will continue to be based in El Segundo after ...

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Friday, May 16, 2014

TrueCar Jumps In IPO As Socal Tech Exits Continue

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the online new car pricing and buying site, jumped in its IPO Friday morning, trading up 16 percent in early trading this morning. The company--the second technology company to have an IPO this year from Southern...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

JustFab Seeking IPO, $100M Investment

Los Angeles-based online apparel and shoe company JustFab is eyeing a possible IPO, and also is in the midst of raising between $50 to $100M, according to a report. According to the report, from Re/Code, the company has hired Morgan Stanley...

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dermtech Files For IPO

La Jolla-based Dermtech, a developer of non-invasive, gene expression tests for helping to diagnose skin cancer, has filed for an IPO. According to the company, it is looking to raised $25.0M in its IPO, and has applied to list on the NASDA...

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Lumena Pharmaceuticals Acquired By Shire

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Lumena Pharmaceuticals has been acquired by UK-based Shire plc, in a deal worth $260M plus earn out, the companies said this morning. Shire said the buy would help add to its rare diseases portfo...

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Varsity Healthcare Partners Acquires Katzen Eye Group

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Varsity Healthcare Partners (VHP) said this morning that it has acquired Katzen Eye Group, a national operator of opthalmologic and optometric services. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed...

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Report: Apple Eyes Beats Electronics In $3.2 Billion Deal

Consumer electronics and computer giant Apple is in talks to acquire Los Angeles-based Beats Electronics, according to multiple reports Thursday evening, which would value Beats at around $3.2 billion. Citing multiple sources, the reports s...

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lettuce Acquired By Intuit

Los Angeles-based Lettuce, the developer of inventory and order management apps headed by Raad Mobrem, has been acquired by Intuit, the company announced this morning. According to Lettuce, the company will help Intuit provide solutions to ...

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Science Inc. To Buy Social Bookmarking Site Delicious

Santa Monica-based Science, Inc., the startup studio and incubator run by former MySpace CEO Michael Jones, has acquired longtime social bookmarking site Delicious, the company disclosed this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not dis...

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Convertro Acquired By AOL For $101M

Score another exit for technology veteran Jeff Zwelling. Los Angeles-based online advertising attribution technology developer Convertro has been acquired by AOL, in a deal worth approximately $101M. According to AOL late Tuesday, it will p...

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Yardi Buys Enerliance

Santa Barbara-based real estate software developer Yardi said Tuesday that it has acquired Enerliance, a developer of energy efficiency software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Irvine-based Enerliance develops softwa...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Private Equity Firm Puts Epicor Software On Market

Epicor Software, the supply chain management software company whose roots are in Orange County, has been put up for sale by private equity firm Apax Partners, according to reports Tuesday. The WSJ said that Apax Partners, which owns Epicor,...

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Audience Media Acquired By Zinio

Audience Media, which has offices in Temecula, just outside of San Diego, has been acquired by San Francisco mobile magazine publishing firm Zinio. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Audience Media's headquarters are in Barcelo...

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Domain Associates Portfolio Firm ProteinSimple Files For IPO

San Diego-based life sciences investor Domain Associates has yet another company that has filed for an IPO, after the S-1 yesterday of protein analysis tools developer Protein Simple. Protein Simple said in its IPO filing that it is looking...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Upfront Gets Exit At Awe.sm

Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures has scored a win at social media analytics and measurement startup Awe.sm this morning. San Francisco-based Unified, a provider of cloud marketing technology, said it has acquired Awe.sm, ...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Inktank Acquired For $175M By Red Hat

Los Angeles-based open source storage software developer Inktank, which is behind the Ceph distributed storage system, has been acquired by Red Hat, in a deal worth $175M in cash. Red Hat said it will use the acquisition to bolster its exis...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fandango Buys Movieclips From ZEFR

Los Angeles-based Fandango has acquired the assets of MOVIECLIPS from Venice, California-based ZEFR, the two said this morning, along with the team supporting the MOVIECLIPS service. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According ...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

J.D. Power Buys Korrelate

Westlake Village-based J.D. Power, the unit of McGraw Hill Financial which measures consumer opinions of automotive manufacturers, said Wednesday that it has acquired digital advertising company Korrelate. Korrelate was based in Orlando, Fl...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Facebook Gets Clearance From FTC For Oculus VR Buy

Facebook has received antitrust clearance from the Federal Trade Commission, for its acquisition of Irvine-based Oculus VR, the FTC said today. Facebook had said it would pay $2 billion for Oculus VR back in March. Oculus VR is a maker of 3...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nexus Acquired By Dimension Data

Valencia, California-based Nexus, the information technology services provider headed by Deron Pearson, has been acquired by $6 billion IT solutions provider Dimension Data, the two said this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Allergan Adopts Poison Pill

Irvine-based Allergan said late Tuesday evening that it has adopted a one-year, stockholder rights plan--better known to investors as a "poison pill"--after the receipt of an unsolicited bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals to acquire the company...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Chernin Group, AT&T Invest $500M In Online Video

Los Angeles-based investor The Chernin Group and AT&T said this morning that the two have created a new, joint venture, which will acquire, invest, and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services. According to the two, they have committed a to...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Allergan Gets Hostile Bid From Valeant

Irvine-based healthcare firm Allergan has received a hostile bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth around $152.89 per share. Valeant offered to pay $48.30 in cash plus 0.83 percent in Valeant stock for each share of Allergan's s...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jacobs Buys Federal Network Systems

Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group said this morning that it has entered into a deal to acquire Federal Network Systems (FNS), a provider of system integration and communications, information technology, and data security, which is a s...

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Oversee.net Sells DomainSponsor

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net said today that it has sold its DomainSponsor domain monetization business. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. Oversee.net said it sold DomainSponsor to Rook Media, a European domain monetization c...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Maker Studios Disney Deal Approved

Los Angeles-based Maker Studios said Monday that its deal to be acquired by Disney has been approved by Maker's board of directors and majority of shareholders, and is expected to close next week. The announcement came on reports that Bever...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Former Maker Execs Sue To Stop Disney Acquisition

Former Maker Studios CEO and co-founder Danny Zappin--along with three other former executives of the company--have filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order seeking to stop the acquisition of Maker Studios by Disney. Disney sai...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Media Temple Parent GoDaddy Approaches IPO

The parent company of Culver City-based hosting service Media Temple--GoDaddy--is getting closer to an IPO, based on reports Wednesday that the company has hired on several investment bankers for its public offering. According to Bloomberg,...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Questcor Acquired For $5.6 Billion

Publicly held pharmaceuticals firm Questcor has been acquired for $5.6 billion by fellow pharmaceuticals maker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the two said late Monday. Mallinckrodt will pay $30.00 in cash and 0.897 of its shares for each sha...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teledyne Buys Photon Machines

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said last week that it has acquired Photon Machines, a developer of laser-based, laboratory instrumentation. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Teledyne said the acquisition was made thr...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Levine Leichtman Sells Luminator Technology Group

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Levine Leichtman Capital Partners said Monday that it has sold its portfolio company Luminator Technology Group (LTG) to Audax Group. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Levine Leichtman...

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Rubicon Project's Big Winners: Clearstone, News Corp., Mayfield

Who were the biggest winners in the successful IPO of Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project? Based on Rubicon's current price (around $19.24 per share in trading Monday), the biggest winner from the IPO last week was venture capital fund Clear...

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Lynda.com Buys Compilr

Carpinteria-based online video education site Lynda.com said today that it has acquired Compilr, a developer of a software coding and development environment which lets people learn how to write, compile, and test code from their web browse...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

TrueCar Files For IPO

Santa Monica-based TrueCar has filed for an IPO, saying Friday that it is looking to raise up to $125M on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as TRUE. The IPO is being underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and J.P. Morgan. TrueCar--which is led ...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Solid Concepts Acquired By Stratasys For $295M

Valencia, California-based Solid Concepts, a provider of 3D printing and prototyping services, has been acquired by Stratasys Ltd. in a deal worth $295M. According to the companies, Stratasys will pay $172M in cash on closing, plus deferred...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Lumena Pharmaceuticals Files For IPO

San Diego-based Lumena Pharmaceuticals has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing with the SEC that it is looking to raise up to $75.0M in a public offering. Lumena said that it has applied to list on the NASDAQ Global Market as LIVR. Lumena'...

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Friday, April 4, 2014

HandsOn3 Buys BancTec

Santa Monica-based buyout fund HandsOn3 said Thursday that it has acquired BancTec, a business process outsourcing (BPO) company based in Dallas, Texas. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to HandsOn3, it will combine B...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cloud Takes Acquired By Technicolor

Los Angeles-based Cloud Takes, an online project collaboration site focused on feature films, post production, and other content work, has been acquired by Technicolor. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Cloud Takes founder Dary...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

AwesomenessTV Acquires Big Frame

Los Angeles-based AwesomenessTV--which is now part of Dreamworks--has acquired Big Frame, another local YouTube network operator. According to AwesomenessTV, it will pay $15M in cash, including repayment of outstanding debt, for Big Frame, ...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

j2 Global Acquires UK Email Security Company iCritical

Los Angeles-based j2 Global has acquired a UK-based, email security and management company, the company said this morning. j2 Global said it has acquired Critical Software Ltd., which operates under the brand name iCritical, as part of an e...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rubicon Project Up 33.60 Percent In IPO

Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project, which develops ad optimization technology and operates a related online advertising exchange, closed up 33.60% at $20.04 in its first day on the markets, after its debut as RUBI on the New York Stock ...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rubicon Project Surges In IPO

Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project, the online advertising technology and exchange operator founded by Frank Addante, surged in its IPO on Wednesday morning, trading up roughly 34% in morning trading. Rubicon--which priced at $15.00 per...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rubicon Project Prices IPO

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider Rubicon Project priced its IPO last night, saying that it is selling 6,770,995 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. Rubicon Project will begin trading this morning, on the ...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DivX Acquired By Private Equity Group

San Diego-based DivX, the developer of digital video encoding and decoding technology has been acquired by private equity firms Parallax Capital Partners and StepStone Group, the companies said yesterday, in a deal worth $75M in cash plus e...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

2U Raises $120M In IPO

2U, an online education company which has significant operations in Los Angeles, has had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market, debuting Friday morning as TWOU. The company--which runs online degree programs for the University of Sou...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fullscreen Buys Video Game Content Site ScrewAttack

Los Angeles-based Fullscreen, the video content network operator, said Friday that it has acquired video game media site ScrewAttack. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Fullscreen, the acquisition will signi...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

SoCal Investors Score With Klout Acquisition

A number of Southern California angel investors, and one of its venture firms, have scored an exit over at social media influence measurement startup Klout, as the San Francsco company said Thursday that it is being acquired by Lithium Tech...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

TubeMogul Files For IPO

TubeMogul, the developer of software for helping companies manage their digital video advertising which has operations in Los Angeles, has filed for an IPO. TubeMogul said in its S-1 Wednesday that it is looking to raise up to $75.0M on the...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oculus VR Acquired By Facebook For $2 Billion

Irvine-based virtual reality technology developer Oculus VR has been acquired by Facebook, in a deal worth approximately $2 billion. According to Facebook, the deal includes $400M in cash, plus 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock v...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Global Analytics Buys workpays.me

San Diego-based Global Analytics Holdings, which develops financial analytics products aimed at the underbanked, said Tuesday that it has acquired workpays.me, an online marketplace which lets employees pay for purchases on installment via ...

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sorrento Therapeutics Spins Off Animal Health Company

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics, which develops treatments for cancer and treatment of pain, is spinning off a new company focused on animal health, the company announced this morning. Sorrento Therapeutics said it has created a wholl...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Maker Studios Acquired By Disney For $500M

Culver City-based YouTube network Maker Studios has been acquired by Burbank-based Walt Disney Company, in a deal worth $500M, plus up to $450M in performance earn out. According to The Walt Disney Company, the deal will provide it with "ad...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

ReachLocal Acquires Division of New Zealand Company

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, which helps run local, online marketing efforts for small and medium sized businesses, said today that it has acquired a divisio of a New Zealand company, the SME division of SureFire Search Limied. Financia...

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Miven Venture Partners Gets IPO Exit At A10 Networks

Newport Beach-based Miven Venture Partners, the private investment arm of Linksys founder Victor Tsao, has scored an exit in one of its portfolio companies, A10 Networks, after that company's successful IPO this morning. It's unclear how bi...

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Presbia Files For IPO

Irvine-based Presbia, a medical device company developing optical lens implants, has filed for an IPO. According to the company's S-1, it is looking to riase up to $90M on the NASDAQ Global Market as LENS. The IPO is being underwritten by J...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rubicon Project Sets IPO Range

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology developer Rubicon Project set the pricing range for its initial public offering Thursday, saying that it hopes to offer 6,770,995 shares of its common stock at between $15.00 and $17.00 per sh...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welltok, Backed By Trio Of Socal Investors, Buys Mindbloom

Welltok, a developer of online applications to help employees improve their health--and also help companies manage their health programs--has acquired Mindbloom, a developer of mobile apps for improving your health. Welltok is backed by a t...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

National Technical Systems Buys Business From Wyle Laboratories

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, which is a provider of environmental and other testing and related services to manufacturers, said it has acquired the testing business of Wyle Laboratories. Financial terms of the buy were not di...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Everbridge Buys UK-based Vocal

Glendale-based Everbridge, the provider of cloud-based, emergency notification and communications services, said this morning that it has acquired UK-based Vocal, a provider of business continuity and communication services. Financial terms...

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Leap Wireless Acquisition By AT&T Completes

San Diego-based prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless--better known by its prepaid phone brand, Cricket--is now officially part of AT&T, AT&T said late Thursday. The two had announced the $1.2 billion deal back in July of 2013, with AT&T ...

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Friday, March 14, 2014

QLogic Completes Ethernet Asset Buy From Broadcom, Chops Staff

Aliso Viejo-based network hardware developer QLogic said late Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of the 10/40/100Gb Ethernet controller assets from Broadcom, as well as cut staff as part of a restructuring effort related to the ...

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ignyta Prices IPO

San Diego-based precision medicine developer Ignyta has priced its IPO, saying last night that it is offering up 5,245,000 shares of its common stock at $9.15 a share. The IPO will raised $48.0M for the company. Ignyta will trade on the NAS...

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

iStoryTime Maker Zuuka Acquired By New York Company

Santa Barbara-based Zuuka, the parent firm of the kids' iOS storybook brand iStoryTime, has been acquired by New York-based Cupcake Digital. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Cupcake, the acquisition will e...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Domain Associates, Versant Get Another IPO Exit

Two, Southern California venture investors have scored another paired exit today, after South San Francisco-based Achaogen debuted on the NASDAQ Global Market as AKAO. Both Domain Associates and Versant Ventures had an exit via another, bio...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sonos: $535M In Revenue In 2013

Santa Barbara-based Sonos has been remarkably quiet over the years about how the company has been doing financially. However, the company disclosed Monday that it had $535M in revenue in 2013, nearly double the revenues the company had in 2...

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Live Nation Labs Buys YourTrove

Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based Live Nation Labs, an independent group within Live Nation looking to create "next generation" music products, has acquired YourTrove, a developer of social search tools. Financial terms of the acquisitio...

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Blayze Acquired By Vobile

Los Angeles-based YouTube video analytics software developer Blazye has been acquired by video and audio content identification technology provider Vobile, the two announced last week. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blayze ...

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Monday, March 10, 2014

LeisureLink Acquired By VacationRoost

Pasadena-based LeisureLink, the developer of travel booking software for the vacation rental market, has been acquired by VacationRoost, which operates an online vacation rental marketplace. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Le...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Beats Music Buys Topspin Music

In a move that might not surprise many in Southern California's music and technology world, Santa Monica-based Beats Music said this morning that it has acquired Topspin Music, the music marketing startup which was--until recently--run by...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Yardi Buys Centershift

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, the developer of real estate and property management software, has acquired Centershift, a developer of cloud-based software for the self-storage industry. Financial terms ofthe acquisition were not announced. Cen...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Report: Airpush Said To Be Near Acquisition Deal Worth $170M

Los Angeles-based mobile advertising network Airpush, which is led by Asher Delug, is in the midst of being acquired by Israeli company Perion, according to a report Monday evening. According to the report, from TechCrunch, the deal is wort...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Platinum Equity Sells NESCO To Energy Capital Partners

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Platinum Equity said last week that it has sold NESCO, a provider of fleet equipment rental, sales, and services for the electrical transmission and distribution market, to Energy Capital Partners. ...

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Cubic Buys Intific

San Diego-based Cubic Corporation said this morning that it has acquired Intific, a developer of game software used in modeling, simulation, training, education, cyber-waefare, and neuroscience. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Maverick Angels Merging Members Into Tech Coast Angels, Say Members

Local angel investment group Maverick Angels is merging its membership base into the much larger Tech Coast Angels, according to members of the groups. The move has not yet been announced by either group--however, Maverick Angels has been a...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Hulu Sells Off Japanese Business

Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu announced late Thursday that it is selling its Japanese business to Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nippon TV said it wou...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Mast Therapeutics Completes Acquisition of Aires Pharmaceuticals

San Diego-based Mast Therapeutics said yesterday that it has completed its acquisition of Aires Pharmaceuticals, the company developing treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The deal is worth around $5.2M, and was announced earlie...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TrueCar Buys True.com

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the online car buying service led by Scott Painter, has acquired the domain name True.com, which it says will be using for brand expansion and as an umbrella domain name. TrueCar did not say exactly how it intend...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Reports: Fisker To Restart Production This Year

Fisker Automotive, the Irvine-based electric auto firm which was recently acquired by Chinese auto parts company Wanxiang, may start production of its Karma electric car as early as this year, according to multiple reports in the auto indus...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Doremi Labs Acquired By Dolby

Burbank-based Doremi Labs, a developer of digital video playback hardare, servers, format converters, and other products, has been acquired by Dolby Laboratories, the two said late Monday, in a deal worth $112.5M after earn out. According t...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Burstly Acquired By Apple

Los Angeles-based Burstly, the developer of app analytics and testing software, has quietly been acquired by Apple. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The acquisition is not a surprise to Apple app developers, who have widely ad...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Avalon Ventures Gets Exit At Cloudant

San Diego-based venture investor Avalon Ventures has scored an exit this morning, after IBM said it has acquired Boston-based Cloudant, a developer of a NoSQL-based, cloud-based database. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Cloud...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

ACTIVE Network Splits, Sells Off Business Group

San Diego-based ACTIVE Network has split off its business products group, ACTIVE Network Business Solutions, and merged it with a Texas company, Lanyon. Financial terms of the merger and acquisitions deal were not announced. According to AC...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

QLogic Buys Ethernet Line From Broadcom In $147M Deal

Aliso Viejo-based storage networking hardware provider QLogic is moving further into the Ethernet market, via the purchase of an entire line of Ethernet hardware from Irvine-based Broadcom, the two said late Tuesday. According to the compan...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Shopzilla Buys Connexity

Los Angeles-based Shopzilla, the online comparison shopping site owned by Symphony Technology Group (STG), announced today that it has acquired Ventura-based Connexity, the programmatic media buying company led by Dave Gross. Financial term...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

OpenX Names Fuelling CFO

Los Angeles-based OpenX appears to be continuing to bolster its executive ranks--and a possible IPO bid--with the naming of Tom Fuelling, the former CFO of Hulu, as its Chief Financial Officer this morning. According to OpenX, it has appoin...

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Permira Completes $200M LegalZoom Buy

The deal by private equity firm Permira to acquire the majority stake in Glendale-based egalZoom is now complete, according to Permira. Permira said Friday afternoon that it successfully completed its acquisition of more than $200M of the o...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FirePower Technology Buys Power Supply Businesses From OCZ

Carlsbad-based Firepower Technology said Tuesday that it has acquired the power supply businesses of OCZ Technology Group and PC Power and Cooling. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to FirePower, the deal will...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

j2 Global Buys Two Australian Companies

Los Angeles-based j2 Global said this morning that it has acquired the Internet fax business of two different, Australian service providers, as it continues to gobble up Internet service providers. According to j2 Global, it has acquired th...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cadence Pharmaceuticals Acquired For $1.3 Billion

San Diego-based Cadence Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceuticals firm developing an intravenous formulation of acetominophen for treating pain, has been acquired by Irish biopharmaceuticals firm Mallinckrodt, in a deal worth $1.3 billion. Mall...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

j2 Global Buys LiveDrive

Los Angeles-based Internet services provider j2 Global continues to gobble up online businesses, saying this morning that it has acquired LiveDrive, a UK-based online backup and synchronization provider. Financial terms of the acquisition w...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Mast Therapeutics Buys Aires Pharmaceuticals

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Mast Therapeutics announced this morning that it has acquired AIres Pharmaceuticals, a company developing therapies to treat pulmonary vascular disorders. Mast Therapeutics said the deal is an al...

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Friday, February 7, 2014

GoPro Plans IPO

Action sports camera maker GoPro--which has operations in San Diego--said Friday that it plans to conduct a registered, initial public offering of its stock. The company, which has headquarters in San Mateo, said it made a confidential subm...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Conversant Acquires SET Media For Digital Video Ad Tech

Westlake Village-based Conversant--the online advertising company which until a few days ago was known as ValueClick--said it has acquired Set Media, a digital video technology advertising company. Financial details of the acquisition were ...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

TakeLessons Buys Betterfly

San Diego-based TakeLessons, the online marketplace for instructors which is run by Steve Cox, has acquired another, online lessons marketplace provider, Betterfly. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Betterfly, which was...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Double Helix Games Acquired By Amazon.com

Irvine-based videogame developer Double Helix Games has been acquired by Amazon.com, the two companies disclosed yesterday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Irvine-based Double Helix Games is in the midst of developing Killer ...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

j2 Global Buys International Phone Number Service

Los Angeles-based J2 Global, the provider of cloud-based services in the phone, email, email marketing, online backup, and other areas--and which also owns Ziff Davis--is further expanding its empire today. The company said it has acquired ...

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Interthinx Acquired By First American Financial

Agoura Hills-based Interthinx, which develops loan quality analytics and decision support tools for the mortgage industry, has been acquired by Santa Ana-based title insurance provider First American Financial Corporation, the two said this...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rubicon's IPO Filing: Who's Next?

The IPO filing by Rubicon Project is not only notable for one of Southern California's's fast growing Internet advertising companies: it looks to be the the first IPO filing by a venture-backed, technology startup since 2012. Although the r...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Inogen Sets IPO Range

Goleta-based medical equipment maker Inogen has set the pricing range for its IPO, saying in a filing with the SEC that it expects its stock to price at between $16.00 and $18.00 per share. The company is offering up 3,529,411 shares of its...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rubicon Project Files For IPO

Los Angeles-based online advertising technology developer Rubicon Project has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing with the SEC that it is looking to sell up to $100M in its stock in an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. The company said i...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Auspex Prices IPO

La Jolla-based biopharmaceuticals developer Auspex Pharmaceuticals has priced its IPO, saying it will offer up 7,000,000 shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share. The company will begin trading this morning as ASPX on the NASDAQ Globa...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

REC Solar Shifts To Commercial Market, Sells Consumer Operations

San Luis Obispo-based solar power installer REC Solar said Tuesday that it has shifted its operations to the commercial market, and has sold its consumer operations to Sunrun. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. REC Solar said t...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Be Green Packaging Acquired By The Riverside Company

Santa Barbara-based Be Green Packaging, a designer of sustainable, compostable, and recyclable packaging for the consumer packaged goods market, has been acquired by private equity investor Riverside Company. Financial terms of the deal wer...

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pelican Products Buys UK Company

Torrance-based Pelican Products, which is best known for its protective cases and flashlights and other lighting systems, said late Monday that it has acquired UK-based Cool Logistics, a developer of temperature controlled packaging product...

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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Gores Group Buys Slovenian Laser Maker

Los Angeles-based private equity investor The Gores Group has acquired a maker of high performance lasers for the medical, dental, and aesthetic medicine market, the company said Thursday. According to The Gores Group, it is buying a contro...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fullscreen's Pricetag For Viddy: $7.8M?

Los Angeles-based YouTube content network Fullscreen, which is led by George Strompolos, disclosed Thursday that it has issued $7.8M in equity--related to a merger and acquisition, most likely the acquisition of Supernova (better known as V...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fullscreen's Pricetag For Viddy: $7.8M?

Los Angeles-based YouTube content network Fullscreen, which is led by George Strompolos, disclosed Thursday that it has issued $7.8M in equity--related to a merger and acquisition, most likely the acquisition of Supernova (better known as V...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Marlin Equity Plans Tellabs Unit Spinout

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity Partners said Wednesday that it is planning to spin out its Tellabs Access products as an independent business. According to Marlin Equity, it has named Mike Dagenais as President and ...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Accelrys Acquired By Dassault Systemes For $750M

San Diego-based Accelrys, the publicly held developer of software used to manage laboratories in the chemistry, biology, and materials area, is being acquired by Dassault Systems, the French 3D design software marker. According to Dassault ...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kurion Buys Engineering Firm, Triples Staff

Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste remediation technology developer Kurion, which is venture backed by Lux Capital, Firelake Capital Management and Acadia Woods Partners, said this morning that it has acquired Vista Engineering Techno...

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Southern California's Billion Dollar Startup Trio: SpaceX, Snapchat, Beats

Think Silicon Valley has a lock on billion dollar startups? A recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal uncovers a surprising number of Southern California startups in the billion dollar valuation -- led by Hawthorne-based SpaceX, with a $...

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Resonant Files For IPO

Santa Barbara-based Resonant, Inc., the Superconductor Technologies spinout which is developing radio frequency filters for the mobile industry, has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raise up to $14.0M in an IPO on the Nasdaq C...

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Allied Wallet Buys CloudAsia

Los Angeles-based Allied Wallet, a provider of online credit card processing, said this week that it has acquired Chinese payment processor, CloudAsia,. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Allied Wallet said that CloudAsia is one...

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Qualcomm Buys Palm Patent Portfolio From HP

San Diego-based Qualcomm said late Thursday that it has acquired a huge stash of patents from HP, covering patents from Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone. According to Qualcomm, it acquired approximately 1,000 granted patents and pending patent appli...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gravity Acquired By AOL For $83M

Santa Monica-based Gravity, the real-time, personalization software developer led by Amit Kapur, has been acquired by AOL, in a deal worth $83M, plus $7.7M in earnout. According to AOL, it will use Gravity's technology to create more engagi...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Gores Group Buys Zmags

Los Angeles-based private equity investor The Gores Group announced this morning that it has acquired Zmags Corp., a Boston-based software developer which develops self-service, publishing tools aimed at magazine publishers, catalog publish...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

UST Global Buys Testhouse Consultores S.A.

Aliso Viejo-based UST Global, an international provider of IT services, said this morning that it has acquired Spanish company Testhouse Consultores S.A., the Spanish arm of UK-based Testhouse Limited. Financial terms of the buy were not d...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BuyAutoParts.com Gets $18.6M In Private Equity Acquisition

San Diego-based online auto parts retailer BuyAutoParts.com has raised $18.6M in funding, the company said Tuesday. The funding round came from Gladstone Investment Corporation and Gladstone Capital Corporation. According to the online reta...

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Friday, January 17, 2014

ValueClick Completes Sale Of Business Unit

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said late Thursday that it has completed its sale of its Owned & Operated Websites segment, which included Investopedia, Pricerunner, as well as other websites. Financial details of the sale have not been a...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fullscreen Buys Viddy

Culver City-based YouTube network Fullscreen said late Wednesday that it has acquired Supernova, the company which was formerly known as Viddy. Financial terms of the buy were not announced, however, several publications have placed the dea...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SolarCity Buys LA's Common Assets For Crowd Powered Solar Financing

In another boost to the reputation of Los Angeles for financial technology startups, Common Assets LLC, a financial technology startup focused on investment platforms for individual investment in solar power technology, has been acquired by...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Autobytel Buys AutoUSA

Irvine-based online automotive information and lead generation site Autobytel said Monday afternoon that it has acquired AutoUSA, the web-based auto leads and service provider owned by AutoNation. According to Autobytel, it paid $10.0M in c...

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Oversee.net To Merge Crash City Guides Into WanderWe

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net said it plans to integrate Crash City Guides, the online travel discovery app for the iPhone, into its WanderWe travel site this morning. Financial terms of the deal, which had been disclosed last week, were no...

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Demand Media Files Paperwork For Domain Name Service Spinout

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced this morning that it has filed paperwork required for the planned separation and spinout of its domain name business. According to Demand Media, its new subsidiary, Rightside Group, Ltd., has filed ...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LegalZoom Officially Drops IPO Bid

Glendale-based LegalZoom has officially dropped its IPO bid, saying in a regulatory filing that it has withdrawn its S-1 filing for an IPO, which had originally been filed in May of 2012. LegalZoom said the move came because it does not int...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

EDF Renewable Energy Sells Wind Project Stake To Japanese Investor

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy said Tuesday that it has linked up with Japanese company Marubeni Corporation, on its Shiloh IV Wind Project in Texas. According to the two, Marubeni will acquire a 90 percent ...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Levine Leichtman Buys Polyform Products

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners said this week that it has acquired Polyform Products Company. Polyform is a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of polymer clay products--used by hobbyists and artis...

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cibus Buys Nucelis

San Diego-based Cibus, a developer of gene-based, crop breeding techniques, said today that it has acquired Nucelis, a biotechnology firm focused on technology for developing bio-chemicals based on harnessing plants, yeast, and bacteria. Fi...

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Jacobs Buys FMHC Corporation

Pasadena-based engineering company Jacobs Engineering Group has acquired a provider of wireless communications site development, design, networking, construction, and other related services, the company said this morning. According to Jacob...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Oversee.net Buys Crash City Guides

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net has acquired Pasadena-based Crashworks, the developer of the photo-based city guides. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The company was founded by Erick Laubach, and was backed by Idealab, which ha...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Yowza Acquired By Spindle

Los Angeles-based Yowza, the developer of a mobile coupon and deals app, which was backed by comedian Wayne Brady, the Tech Coast Angels, the Pasadena Angels, and others, has been acqurieed by mobile commerce software provider Spindle, Spin...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

YP Buys Sense Networks

YP, the local search, media, and advertising firm spun out of AT&T which has significant operations in Glendale, said today that it has acquired venture-backed Sense Networks, a provider of mobile advertising and location-based services. Fi...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

LegalZoom Sells $200M In Majority Stake To Permira

Glendale-based online legal documents provider LegalZoom has sold $200M in equity to private equity firm Permira Funds, in a secondary stock purchase deal, the companies said this morning. According to LegalZoom, the new funding will go tow...

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Clearlake Capital Buys Tolt Services Group

Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital said this morning that it has acquired Tolt Services Group, an outsource, IT services company, and merged it with Kyrus Solutions, to form a new company called Tolt Solutions. Fin...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Fisker Automotive Gets Bid Interest From Wanxiang Group

The fate of bankrupt electric auto developer Fisker Automotive continues to be in flux, as a report today from the Boston Globe said that Chinese company Wanxiang Group is looking to make a bid on Fisker Automotive, and has asked a judge to...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

CareFusion Completes Vital Signs Buy

San Diego-based medical technology firm CareFusion said this week that it has completed its acquisition of the Vital Signs division of GE Healthcare in the U.S., China, and other geographies. The deal was worth $500M, and was funded through...

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Line 6 Acquired By Yamaha

Calabasas-based audio product manufacturer Line 6, a developer of guitar processing products, professional audio equipment, computer audio accessories, and more, has been acquired by Yamaha, the companies said Friday. Financial terms of the...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

DoubleBeam Buys GoPago

Pasadena-based payment services provider DoubleBeam said Friday that it has acquired GoPago, a provider of e-commerce solutions for merchants and mobile payment products. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. DoubleBeam said that t...

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Sorrento Therapeutics Completes Concortis Biosystems Buy

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics has completed its acquisition of Concortis Biosystems, the company announced late Thursday. The deal was worth $11.3M. Sorrento said that the buy provides it with comprehensive antibody drug conjugate ...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Buys Another Texas Wind Project

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy is buying yet another, Texas wind project, the company said Wednesday. EDF Renewable Energy said it acquired the Longhorn North Wind Project from Renewable Energy Systems Ameri...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ValueClick Sells Investopedia, PriceRunner To IAC

Westlake Village-based ValueClick has sold its "owned and operated" websites -- Investopedia, PriceRunner, as well as others -- to IAC, according to the company. ValueClick said that 100 percent of its Owned and Operated Websites segment wi...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Accelrys Buys QUMAS

San Diego-based life sciences software maker Accelrys said Monday that it has acquired QUMAS, an Irish developer of cloud-based and on-premise enterprise compliance software for the life sciences industry. Accelrys said it paid approximatel...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

EdgeCast Acquired By Verizon

Los Angeles-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast has been acquired by Verizon, to help bolster Verizon's Digital Media Services, Verizon said this morning. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but the deal is reported...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Clearlake Capital Rolls Up Three Companies Into Calero Software

Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group has rolled up three companies into a new company called Calero Software, the company announced today. Clearlake Capital said that Calero is made up of the business operation...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

CareFusion Invests $100M In Israeli Company

San Diego-based medical device maker CareFusion said this morning that it has invested $100M in an Israeli medical device company, Caesarea Medical Electronics (CME). Caesarea makes infusion pump systems. CareFusion said the investment will...

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ixia Completes Net Optics Acquisition

Calabasas-based Ixia said Thursday evening that it has completed its acquisition of Net Optics, which develops application and network visibility products. Ixia had announced the acquisition back in October. The acquisition was worth $190M ...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Docstoc Acquired By Intuit

Santa Monica-based Docstoc, which is led by Jason Nazar, has been acquired by Intuit, the companies said this morning. Financial details of the buy were not announced, however, the buy apparently was worth around $50M, according to various ...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Imagine Communications Acquired By Harris Broadcast

San Diego-based Imagine Communications, a venture-backed developer of video transcoding and other related, IPTV and digital video streaming hardware, has been acquired by Harris Broadcast, Harris said today. Financial terms of the acquisiti...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DreamHost Raises $30M

Los Angeles-based hosting company DreamHost is announcing this morning that it has raised $30M in a debt financing round, from Goldman Sachs. According to the company, the funding was structured as a $25M term loan and $5M revolving line, a...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ptch Acquired By Yahoo

Glendale-based Ptch, a startup developing mobile applications for sharing video and photos, has been acquired by Yahoo. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Ptch had been incubated out of DreamWorks. As part of the acquisition, Pt...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Marlin Equity Partners Completes Tellabs Acquisition

Los Angeles-based private equity company Marlin Equity Partners said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Tellabs, which provides mobile backhaul, optical networking, and other related telecommunications products. The deal ...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Digital Insight Acquired By NCR For $1.65 Billion

Digital Insight, the developer of online banking software which has major operations in Westlake Village, has just been sold to NCR, in the second sale of the company this year. NCR Corporation said it paid $1.65 billion for Digital Insight...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

OnAssignment Buys CyberCoders For $105M

Calabasas-based temporary staffing firm OnAssignment said Monday that it has acquired technology recruiting firm CyberCoders, in a deal worth $105M. OnAssignment also acquired physician staffing firm Whitaker Medical and sold off one of its...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Xencor Prices IPO

Monrovia-based biopharmaceuticals developer Xencor said this morning that it has priced its IPO, at $5.50 per share, and will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as XNCR. Xencor sold 12,730,000 shares of its common stock in the ...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Inogen Files For IPO

Goleta-based medical equipment manufacturer Inogen filed for an IPO over the weekend, saying that it plans to list on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol INGN. The developer of portable oxygen concentrators -- used as an alternative t...

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Monday, December 2, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Acquires Texas Wind Project

San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy said last week that it has acquired a 200 megawatt, wind project in Texas. EDF Renewable Energy said it acquired the 200 megawatt Hereford 1 Wind Project, which is based in Dea...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fisker To Detail Bankruptcy Plans Today

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the ill-fated, once high flying electric vehicle company, is scheduled to outline its plans for bankruptcy today in court, after filing for bankruptcy on Friday. Fisker is currently looking to sell most of i...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Microsemi Completes Symmetricom Offer

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi said this morning that it has completed its offer for the shares of Symmetricom, and now expects to complete the deal later today. Microsemi is paying $7.18 per share in cash for Symmetricom, or approximately $23...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Qualcomm Completes Omnitracs Sale; Omnitracs Buys Roadnet

San Diego-based Qualcomm said late Monday that it has completed its sale of Omnitracs, the company's GPS fleet management software and products division, to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. The deal was worth approximately $800M i...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Realtidbits Acquired By Livefyre

San Diego-based Realtidbits, a developer of social sharing software for publishers, has been acquired by Livefyre, the two companies announced Monday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. As part of the funding, Livefyre s...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

National Technical Systems Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, a provider of testing laboratories, certification services, and related services, is now officially a private company, after the acquisition of the company by Los Angeles private equity company Au...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Microsemi Gets Early Antitrust Approval On Symmetricom Buy

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi said Friday that it has received early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust requirements for its planned acquisition of Symmetricom. Microsemi announced in October that it would ...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ziff Davis Acquires TechBargains.com

Ziff Davis, the publishing arm of Los Angeles-based Internet services firm j2 Global, said Tuesday that it has acquired deal aggregation site TechBargains.com, from Exponential Interactive. Financial terms of the acquisition were not anounc...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Xencor Delays IPO

Monrovia-based Xencor, the developer of biopharmaceutical technology headed by Bassill Dahiyat, delayed its IPO Friday, citing poor market conditions for the offering. The company had hoped to IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market. The company is...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

CareFusion Acquires GE Healthcare Division For $500M

San Diego-based CareFusion announced this morning that it is spending $500M to acquire the Vital Signs division of GE Healthcare. GE's Vital Signs division manufactures single-patient-use consumables for respiratory care and anesthesiology....

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Monday, November 18, 2013

ACTIVE Network Names New CEO, Completes Go Private Deal

San Diego-based Active Network has appointed a new CEO, and now is officially owned by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, the companies said Friday. Active Network said it has named Darko Dejanovic as its new Chief Executive Officer...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Xencor Sets IPO Pricing

Monrovia, California-based Xencor has set the initial offering price for its IPO, saying in a filing Thursday morning that it will offer up 10,700,000 shares of its common stock at $7.00 per share. The company plans to trade on the NASDAQ G...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sorrento Therapeutics Buys Concortis Biosystems

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics announced this morning that it is acquiring fellow, San Diego biotech Concortis Biosystems, to bolster its library of antibodies. According to Sorrento Therapeutics, it will issue 1,331,978 shares of it...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tandem Diabetes Care Prices IPO

San Diego-based medical device manufacturer Tandem Diabetes Care priced its IPO last night, saying it will offer up 8,000,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. The company--which develops an insulin pump--will start trading to...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Report: Snapchat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

In a very bold move, Venice-based Snapchat has apparently turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, according to a report today from the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ--citing "people briefed on the matter"--Snapc...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Circle Street Acquired By Valassis

Los Angeles-based Circle Street, the developer of a mobile advertising service to help retailers drive local store traffic, has been acquired by media and advertising firm Valassis, according to the company's venture backer, Crosscut Ventur...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Emulex Launches Cost Cutting, Stock Buyback Effort

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said Monday that it is launching a cost cutting effort, a $200M stock buyback, and that Executive Chairman Jim McCluney will exit the company's board in February. According to Emulex, it expects to save $30M in annua...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Santarus Acquired by Salix Pharmaceuticals For $2.6 Billion

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm Santarus has agreed to be acquired by Salix Pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth $2.6 billion, the two said late Thursday. According to the two, Salix will pay $32.00 per share in cash for Santarus, which...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Mindspeed Acquired By M/A-COM

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Mindspeed Technologies said this week that it has agreed to be acquired by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings in a deal worth $272M. The two said that M/A-COM will pay $5.05 per share in cash for p...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Provide Commerce Buys Mobile Gifting Firm Sincerely

San Diego-based Provide Commerce, the company which owns such brands as ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Gifts.com, and other e-commerce sites, announced this morning that it has purchase mobile gifting startup Sincerely, Inc. Financial terms of th...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sonos Raises $25M To Buy Out Early Employees

A report today says that Santa Barbara-based Sonos, the developer of the user-friendly wireless home audio systems, has raised $25M in a secondary funding, which will go towards buying out fully vested employees. The report came from Fortun...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

ValueClick Looks To Sell Investopedia, PriceRunner

Westlake Village-based online advertising and marketing firm ValueClick said late Tuesday that it is planning to divest its "Owned & Operated" websites segment, the company's division which runs such sites as Investopedia, PriceRunner, Smar...

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy Buys Big Texas Wind Project

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy said Monday that it has acquired a large, 200 megawatt wind project in Texas. EDF Renewable Energy did not disclose financial details of the deal, but said it is acquiring the Longhorn Wind Project from ...

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Xencor Sets IPO Pricing Range

Monrovia, California-based Xencor, the biopharmaceuticals technology developer headed by Bassil Dahiyat, has set its IPO pricing range, saying today in a regulatory filing that it is expecting to price its IPO at between $14.00 and $16.00 p...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

United Online Spins Off FTD

Woodland Hills-based United Online announced this morning that it has successfully spuin off FTD, via a distribution of FTD common stock. The company also said it has completed a one-for-seven reverse stock split of its shares. As part of t...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

RF Industries Sells Unit To Management

San Diego-based RF Industries, a manufacturer of interconnects and cable assemblies, said Thursday that it has sold its RadioMobile division to the current management team of the division, to a new company, RadioMobile. Financial terms of t...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

The Gores Group Sells Enterasys To Extreme Networks

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said today that it has closed a transaction to sell Enterasys Networks to Extreme Networks, via its joint venture with Siemens AG. According to Gores Group, Unify (formerly Siemens Enter...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Ignyta Hits Public Markets In Reverse Merger

Venture-backed biotechnology startup Ignyta, which is backed by Colt Ventures and City Hill Ventures, has gone public in a reverse merger. According to the company, it completed a reverse merger with Infinity Oil & Gas Company, which trades...

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Ignyta Hits Public Markets In Reverse Merger

Venture-backed biotechnology startup Ignyta, which is backed by Colt Ventures and City Hill Ventures, has gone public in a reverse merger. According to the company, it completed a reverse merger with Infinity Oil & Gas Company, which trades...

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

J2 Global Buys UK Email Security Provider

Los Angeles-based J2 Global announced this morning that it has acquired another company, this time a UK-based email services provider called EPA Cloud. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. EPA Cloud provides email security and man...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ServiceMesh Acquired By CSC

Santa Monica-based ServiceMesh, the developer of enterprise, cloud management tools headed by Eric Pulier, has been acquired by CSC, the two said late Wednesday afternoon. The deal was worth $300M, including an upfront cash payment of $158M...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Domain, Versant Portfolio Firm Veracyte Hits IPO Market

Southern California venture capital investors Domain Associates and Versant Venture saw a public exit of one of their portfolio companies this morning, molecular diagnostics equipment maker Veracyte. Veracyte debuted on the NASDAQ Global Ma...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ixia Acquires Net Optics

Calabasas-based network testing equipment and software developer Ixia announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Net Optics, a developer of network and application analysis products. Ixia said it will pay $190M in cash for Net Optics. Ixia said...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ingram Micro Acquires Shipwire

Santa Ana-based electronics distributor Ingram Micro has acquired Shipwire, a provider of e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain management which was based in Palo Alto, California. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According ...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

llumina Buys NextBio

San Diego-based life sciences equipment manufacturer Illumina said today that it has agreed to acquire NextBio, a developer of big-data based, clinical and genomic informatics software. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclose...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Sorrento Therapeutics Raises $30M, Shifts To NASDAQ

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on oncology, and therapeutic products for inflammation, metabolic, and infectious diseases, has raised $30M in a public offering, and has been listed on the NASDAQ Cap...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Prices IPO

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, which develops therapies for treating glaucoma and other eye diseases, has priced its IPO, saying this morning that it is offering up 6,720,000 share os its common stock at $10.00 per share. The company said it will b...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Teledyne Acquires Marine Sensor and Engineering Firm

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified provider of scientific instrumentation, digital imaging products, defense electronics, systems, and other products, said this morning that it has acquired marine engineering firm C....

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Gumiyo Acquired By Talus Labs

Los Angeles-based mobile software developer Gumiyo has quietly been acquired by fellow Los Angeles company Talus Labs, a developer of a platform used for selling digital products to local businesses. Financial terms of the buy were not ann...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Microsemi Buys Symmetricom

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor developer Microsemi announced Monday that it has acquired Symmetricom, a San Jose-based developer of timing and frequency components. According to Microsemi, it will pay $7.18 per share--or approximately $230...

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Marlin Equity Partners Buys Tellabs For $891M

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity Partners is acquiring Tellabs, a provider of mobile backhaul, optical networking, and other products for the telecommunications networking market, in a deal worth $891 million. Accordi...

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Western Digital Completes Virident Buy

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital said late Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of Virident Systems, the provider of flash-based storage products. The acquisition deal is worth $685M. WD had announced the acquis...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

TigerLogic Sells Off Business Unit For $22M

Irvine-based TigerLogic, a developer of application development tools, said Wednesday that it has sold off its Multidimensional Database Management Systems (MDMS) business to Rocket Software, in a deal worth $22M in cash. TigerLogic said th...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Desktone Acquired By VMware

Desktone, the developer of virtual desktop software which had been founded by Los Angeles entrepreneur Eric Pulier, has been acquired by VMware. VMware announced the acquisition yesterday, but did not disclose financial details of the acqui...

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Media Temple Acquired By GoDaddy

Los Angeles-based hosting provider Media Temple has been acquired by GoDaddy, the two companies announced Tuesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Media Temple was founded in 1998 by Demian Sellfors, and is currently ...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Emulex Seeks Private Equity Buyout, Says Report

Costa Mesa-based networking equipment maker Emulex is in the midst of discussions with private equity investors, to take the company private, according to a report Monday. The report, from Reuters, said that Emulex has talked with such priv...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Vital Therapies Seeks $86.52M In IPO

San Diego-based Vital Therapies has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing late Friday that it is looking to raised $86.25M in an IPO effort on the NASDAQ Global Market. The company is looking to trade as VTL. The company, which develops cell...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Celladon Files For IPO

San Diego-based Celladon, a clinical stage biopharmaceuticals firm which is developing enzymes to address calcium regulation, has filed for an IPO. The company said it is looking to raise up to $86.25M in an offering on the NASDAQ Global Ma...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

DOE Launches Auction For Fisker Loan

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) kicked of an auction Friday for the loan obligations it owns from ill-fated Fisker Automotive, in a bid to regain the remaining $168M in funding it provided to Fisker Automotive. The sale--which had been ...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Channel Technologies Group Buys H.C. Materials

Santa Barbara-based Channel Technologies Group, a manufacturer of piezoelectric ceramics, transducers, and other related products, said Friday that it has acquired H.C. Materials, a manufacturer of crystals used in medical ultrasound imagin...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Activision Blizzard Completes Split From Vivendi

Santa Monica-based videogame developer Activision Blizzard said late Friday that it has completed its acquisition of its shares from Vivendi, in a deal worth approximately $5.83 billion. The company said it paid $13.60 per share in cash fro...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Xencor Files For IPO

Monrovia, California-based biopharmaceuticals developer Xencor has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing this morning that it looking to raise up to $69.0M in its initial public offering. Xencor said it is has applied to trade as XNCR on the...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Airpush Acquires Hubbl For Native Ads

Los Angeles-based mobile ad technology developer Airpush said Thursday that it has acquired Hubbl, a native advertising and personalization technology developer. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Hubbl was based in New York. Ai...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Sorrento Therapeutics Buys Sherrington Pharmaceuticals

San Diego-based Sorrento Therapeutics said Thursday that it has acquired Sherrington Pharmaceuticals, a company developing chronic pain treatments for end-stage cancer patients and other severe pain indications. Financial terms of the buy w...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Break Media, Alloy Digital To Merge

Los Angeles-based online content publisher Break Media and Alloy Digital said Tuesday that the two are merging to form a new, Internet video company called Defy Media. Financial terms of the merger were not announced. Variety said that the ...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

iolo Acquired By Phoenix Technologies

Los Angeles-based Iolo, the developer of performance optimization software for PCs and mobile devices, has been acquired by Phoenix Technologies Ltd., the companies said yesterday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The two comp...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tandem Diabetes Care Files For IPO

San Diego-based Tandem Diabetes Care, a medical device manufacturer which makes touchscreen-enabled insulin pumps, has filed for an IPO. Tandem said it is looking to raise up to $100.0M in an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market, trading as TNDM...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vista Equity Partners Launches Tender Offer For ACTIVE

San Diego-based sports and activity registration provider ACTIVE Network said this morning that private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has launched its tender offer for all of its outstanding shares, offering up $14.50 per share in cash ...

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Evolus Acquired By Strathspey Crown

Santa Barbara-based Evolus, a company producing clinical neurotoxins, has been acquired by private equity investor Strathspey Crown. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Evolus had been partnered with Korean pharmaceutic...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fate Therapeutics Up In IPO

San Diego-bsaed Fate Therapeutics, which is developing biopharmaceuticals base don adult stem cells to treat a number of orphan diseases, is up slightly in trading after its initial public offering this morning. Fate Therapeutics priced at ...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autobytel Buys Automotive Mobile Marketing Company

Irvine-based online auto information and leads site Autobytel has expanded into the mobile communications market, with the acquisition of Advanced Mobile, LLC, a provider of mobile apps, mobile websites, text messaging, and other mobile com...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Experian Buys 41st Parameter

Costa Mesa-based Experian, the provider of credit reporting services and related information, announced this morning that it has acquired 41st Parameter, a provider of device identification technology for the cyber security market. Financia...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Broadcom Completes Acquisition of Renesas Electronics' LTE Assets

Irvine-based semiconductor developer Broadcom has completed its acquisition of the LTE assets of Renesas Electronics Corporation, the company said this morning. The deal was worth $164M. Broadcom had announced the deal in early September. B...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ingram Micro Buys CloudBlue

Santa Ana-based technology distributor Ingram Micro has acquired IT asset disposition provider CloudBlue, the company announced Monday. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced by the companies. CloudBlue provides enterprise ...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Amgen Completes Onyx Pharmaceuticals Tender Offer

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen reported this morning that it has completed its tender offer for Onyx Pharmaceuticals, and now expects its acquisition to complete today. Amgen said the deal is worth $9.7 billion net of estimated cash at Onyx. Amg...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Invested.in Buys MyNewFinancialAdvisor, Launches New Service

Santa Monica-based crowdfunding site InvestedIn is announcing this morning that it has acquired Santa Barbara-based MyNewFinancialAdvisor, and is launching a new, invite-only site for premium investment opportunities. Financial terms of the...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Craton Equity Partners Acquired By TCW Group

Los Angeles-based socially responsible investment company Craton Equity Partners has been acquired by another, Los Angeles investment company, The TCW Group, TCW announced today. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Craton Equi...

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Monday, September 30, 2013

ACTIVE Network In $1.05 Billion Acquisition Deal With Vista Equity Partners

San Diego-based sports and activity registration service Active Network announced this morning that it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, in a deal valued at approximately $1.05 billion. Active Network s...

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

One of the most frequent questions from high tech startups is: where's my exit? We caught up with David Siemer, both an investment banker who runs Siemer & Associates (www.siemer.com) and an early stage investor here with Siemer Ventures ...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Evoke Pharma Raises $25M In IPO, But Sees Price Drop After Debut

San Diego-based Evoke Pharma, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on gastrointestinal disease, raised $25M in an IPO this morning, but is trading down from its IPO debut. The company, which is now trading as EVOK on the Nasdaq Global Market, ...

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LA's NameLayer Acquired By TechStars

Los Angeles-based NameLayer, a company which has been accumulating a portfolio of tech-startup friendly domain names, has been acquired by startup accelerator TechStars. NameLayer--which was founded by Julian Shapiro and Edward Zeiden--had ...

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sequenom Looks To Sell Off Genetic Analysis Business

San Diego-based life sciences products company Sequenom reported late Monday that it has engaged Jefferies LLC as a financial advisor, to review potential "strategic alternatives" for its Genetic Analysis business segment. Sequenom said it ...

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Domain, Versant Portfolio Firm Plans IPO

Veracyte, a portfolio firm of two, Southern California venture capital investors--Domain Associates and Versant Ventures--has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raised up to $74.7M in an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market. Versant ...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

LA Virtual Goods Firm Virtual Greats Acquired By Iconicfuture

Los Angeles-based Virtual Greats, a provider of licensed, virtual goods for online and mobile games, has been acquired by fellow virtual goods company Iconicfuture, the two announced this week. Financial terms of the acquisition were not di...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

United Online Sees Delay In FTD Spinoff

Woodland Hills-based United Online said this morning that it is expecting a delay as it hopes to spin off flower delivery service FTD. According to United Online, it had hoped to target the split by October 1st, but because it has not yet r...

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Boingo Buys Advanced Wireless Group

Los Angeles-based Wi-Fi network operator Boingo WIreless said Thursday that it has acquired Advanced Wireless Group, a provider of Wi-Fi access to airports in the United States. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. According to Bo...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Amgen, Onyx Pharmaceuticals Get Approval On Acquisition

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen and Onyx Pharmaceuticals said late Wednesday that the two have received early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust waiting period for Amgen's acquisition of Onyx. Amgen announced on August 24th that it wi...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Files For IPO

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceuticals firm which has a major center in Newport Beach, has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing with the SEC that it is looking to raise up to $57.5M on the NASDAQ Global Market. The company says it plan...

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vance Street Capital Acquires Lark Engineering

Los Angeles private equity investor Vance Street Capital said Monday that it has acquired Lark Engineering, a San Juan Capistrano-based designer and manufacturer of RF filters. Financial details of the buy were not announced. Vance Street C...

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Activision Blizzard Gets $2.5 Billion Term Loan

Santa Monica-based videogame maker Activision Blizzard said late Friday evening that it has syndicated a new, $@.5 billion term loan, to help fund the company's split from Vivendi. Activision Blizzard said the funding, plus cash on hand, is...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Western Digital Completes sTec Buy

Irvine-based Western Digital said Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of fellow, Orange County technology company sTec. WD, which had announced it acquisition of sTec back in June, said that enterprise solid state disk drive deve...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

BlackLine: On Track For $40M+ Revenues This Year

It looks things are definitely growing at financial software firm BlackLine Systems, as the firm clarified that it actually did just over $25M in revenues in 2012, and is on track to have $40M plus in revenues for 2013. A spokesperson for t...

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Ingram Micro Buys Hosting Company SoftCom

Santa Ana-based information technology distributor Ingram Micro has acquired SoftCom, a Canadian provider of domain name management web hosting, and cloud infrastructure services. Ingram Micro did not announced financial details of the deal...

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

BlackLine Discloses Revenues: $10M to $30M

Los Angeles-based BlackLine Systems, the fast growing developer of financial software for enterprises, looks to be generating between $10M to $30M, based on a recent ranking of the company by an indutsry magazine. BlackLine said it took the...

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Sugar Lab Acquired By 3D Systems

Los Angeles-based startup The Sugar Lab, which was developing technology to print edible, 3D designs with sugar, has been acquired by 3D Systems. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The Sugar Lab has been using 3D Systems...

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Clearlake Capital Acquires Futuris Automotive

Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group has acquired Futuris Automotive, an automotive supplier which designs, engineers and manufactures seating and interior systems. Financial details of the acquisition were not...

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Quality Systems Buys Mirth

Irvine-based Quality Systems, which develops electronic health records and other related software, has acquired fellow Orange County healthcare information technology company Mirth Corporation. According to Quality Systems, it will use the ...

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Equipois Acquired By Granite State Manufacturing

Los Angeles-based Equipois, the developer of ergonomic, mechanical arm technology used in the manufacturing and industrial industry, has been acquired by Granite State Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer of specialized equipment for the ...

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Equipois Acquired By Granite State Manufacturing

Los Angeles-based Equipois, the developer of ergonomic, mechanical arm technology used in the manufacturing and industrial industry, has been acquired by Granite State Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer of specialized equipment for the ...

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Western Digital Buys Virident For $685M

Irvine-based Western Digital is making a big acquisition this morning, saying that it is paying approximately $685M in cash to acquire flash storage maker Virident. Western Digital said that server side flash storage maker Virident will be ...

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Maker Studios Confirms Blip Buy

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Maker Studios confirmed its acuqisition of Blip, the company announced Friday, two weeks after word leaked out about the acquisition. Financial terms of the deal have not been announced. Blip was based in ...

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Gradient X Acquired By Amobee

Los Angeles-based mobile advertising technology firm Gradient X, which is led by Brian Baumgart, has been acquired by digital advertising firm Amobee, Amobee announed this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Acco...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Broadcom Buys LTE Assets From Renesas Electronics

Irvine-based Broadcom is buying a collection of assets form Tokyo-based Renesas Electronics Corporation, in a deal worth approximately $164M, the firms said today. According to the two, Broadcom is acquiring assets and shares of Renesas Ele...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Demand Media Gets $225M Credit Facility

Santa Monica-based online publisher Demand Media said Tuesday afternoon that it has entered into a new, $225M credit facility, split between a $125M revolving credit facility and a $100M term loan. According to Demand Media, the new facilit...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Fate Therapeutics Sets IPO Range

San Diego-based Fate Therapeutics, which develops stem cell technology, said today in a regulatory filing that it is looking to sell 4,000,000 shares of its common stock at between $14.00 and $16.00 per share. The firm said it hopes to trad...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Teledyne Completes CETAC Technologies Buy

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said late Friday that it has completed its acquisition of CETAC Technologies, a developer of sample handling and sample introduction equipment for laboratory instrumentation. Financial terms of the ...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Accumetrics Acquired By ITC

San Diego-based Accumetrics, a developer of life sciences testing equipment, has been acquired by ITC Nexus Holding Company, ITC said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Accumetrics develops equipment to assess pati...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fandango Buys Quantum Rewards

Los Angeles-based online and mobile movie ticket service Fandango announced this morning that it is acquiring the business of Quantum Loyalty Solutions, a provider of movie ticket promotions. Financial terms of the acquisition were not anno...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fisker Automotive May Sell For $25M, Says Report

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the highly troubled electric car maker, spent over $1.4 billion in capital to bring its automobiles to market. But it appears, the company is possibly being acquired for just $25M, by a group of German inves...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ceregene Acquired By Sangamo BioSciences

San Diego-based Ceregene, a startup developing gene-therapy based products for treating Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, has been acquired by Richmond, California-based Sangamo BioSciences. Sangamo said it will issue 100,000 shares of i...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

DocStoc Buys BestVendor

Santa Monica-based DocStoc, the online small business information and document site headed by Jason Nazar, has acquired a New York company called BestVendor, the two announced today. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. ...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Amgen Buys Onyx Pharmaceuticals For $10.4 Billion

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen announced Sunday that it has acquired San Francisco biopharmaceuticals company Onyx Pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth $10.4 billion. Onyx is a developer of biopharmaceuticals used to help patients with...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

OpenX Taps Ancestry.com Exec For Board

Pasadena-based online advertising technology provider OpenX has bolstered its board of directors, saying today that it has named Howard Hochhauser to its board. Howard Hochhauser is the current Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Of...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Qualcomm Sells Omnitracs To Vista Equity Partners For $800M

San Diego-based wireless communications developer Qualcomm is selling off Omnitracs, its North and Latin American transportation and logistics business, to private equity firm Vista Equity. According to Qualcomm, Vista Equity Partners will ...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

XIFIN Buys PathCentral

San Diego-based XIFIN, which develops cloud-based financial software for the healthcare industry, has acquired Irvine-based PathCentral, a developer of software for the pathology community, the company announced Thursday afternoon. Financia...

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Vantage Oncology Buys Radiation Oncology Services of America

Manhattan Beach-based Vantage Oncology, which operates a network of radiation oncology centers, said this morning that it has acquired Radiation Oncology Services of America (ROSA). Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Vantage On...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Monoprice Acquisition By Blucora Completes

The acquisition of Rancho Cucamonga-based Monoprice, a developer of its own line of branded consumer electronics and accessories, has completed, Blucora announced Thursday afternoon, in a deal that had been announced earlier this month. The...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

ShoeDazzle Acquisition By JustFab? Not So Dazzling

That acquisition by JustFab of fellow fashion startup ShoeDazzle yesterday? Not so dazzling. The acquisition valued ShoeDazzle at only around $30M, a huge drop in the company's value, compared with a $240M valuation back in 2011, according ...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Qualcomm Acquires Orb Networks

San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired Orb Networks, a developer of media streaming hardware for a range of mobile devices. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Orb said in a post on its site that its technology had been acquire...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Maker Studios Buying Blip

Los Angeles-based YouTube network Maker Studios has agreed to buy Blip, according to reports today. Blip operates an online, video site focused on webseries. Financial details of the acquisition have not been announced. Blip was venture bac...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

JustFab, ShoeDazzle In Big Fashion Merger

Los Angeles-based fashion sites JustFab and ShoeDazzle said Wednesday that the two are in a definitive agreement to merge, bringing together two of LA's most watched fashion and subscription e-commerce sites. Financial details of the merger...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

PriceGrabber Buys Snapette

Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site PriceGrabber has acquired Snapette, the developer of a fashion-focused social website and mobile app. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Snapette develops a location-based shopping app,...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Teledyne Technologies Acquires CETAC

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies has acquired laboratory automation and instrument developer CETAC Technologies, the company annoucned this morning. Financial details of the buy were not announced. CETA, which was headquartered in ...

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Marlin Equity Buys WorkOasis

Los Angeles-based private equity firm WorkOasis has acquired WorkOasis, a developer of software-as-a-service products for work order, vendor and maintenance management, the company said this morning. Marlin Equity Partners did not disclose ...

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Monday, August 19, 2013

INCIPIO Buys BRAVEN

Irvine-based mobile device accessory maker INCIPIO Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired fellow mobile accessory company BRAVEN. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. BRAVEN develops a line of portable Bl...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Key Information Systems Buys ISWest

Woodland Hills-based Key Information Systems said Friday morning that it has acquired IT colocation and hosting company ISWest. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Key Information Systems is a major, IT systems integrator...

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

BlackLine Systems Gets Investment From Silver Lake Sumeru

Los Angeles-based BlackLine Systems, the developer of financial close software-as-a-service, has scored an investment from private equity firm Silver Lake Sumeru. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. According to BlackLin...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NextSpace Expands Beyond California With New Funding, Chicago Acquisition

The coworking trend--which started in part in Southern California and its high tech startup ecosystem--looks to be spreading East, with news this week that NextSpace has raised $500,000 and acquired a Chicago company, to establish its first...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Guthy Renker Sells Off Solar Marketing Subsidiary

Santa Monica-based direct marketing company Guther-Renker has sold off one of its subsidiaries, Paramount Energy Solutions, to solar energy firm SolarCity. The deal was worth approximately $120M, split between $116.3M in stock with the re...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wilcon Buys Freedom Dark Fiber Networks

Los Angeles-based fiber optic and data center infrastructure provider Wilcon announced today that it has acquired dark fiber provider Freedom Dark Fiber Networks. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Freedom Dark Fiber Net...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

WebMetro Acquisition Completes

San Dimas-based search and digital marketing firm WebMetro is now officially part of TeleTech Holdings, TeleTech said this morning. The companies had announced the acquisition in July. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been announ...

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Marlin Equity Partners Buys 6N Systems

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity Partners announced this morning that it has acquired 6N Systems, a developer of financial and clinical software aimed at the long-term and post-acute care market. Financial details of ...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dynamite Data Acquired By Market Track

Dynamite Data, a developer of consumer and retail channel intelligence and big data information, has been acquired by Market Track, according to Market Track. Some of Dynamite Data's executives are based in Los Angeles, although the firm is...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

CAP Wireless Acquired By TriQuint

Newbury Park, California-based CAP Wireless, a developer of RF amplifiers based on Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology, has been acquired by TriQUint Semiconductor. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been announced. CAP Wireless devel...

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

DermStore Acquired By Target

Los Angeles-based DermStore Beauty Group, an online skin care e-commerce site which was part of Intelligent Beauty, has been acquired by retailer Target, Target announced today. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Accordi...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RF Industries Sells Division

San Diego-based RF Industries, a provider of wireless, fiber optic, and other interconnect products and cable assemblies, said this morning that it has sold one of its divisions. The company said it sold its RF Neulink division to Raveon Te...

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Edison International Buys Solar Power Company

Rosemead, California-based electric utility Edison International said Monday that it has acquired a solar technology developer, SoCore Energy. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. SoCore Energy is a Chicago-based solar developer...

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Teletrac Sold To Danaher

Garden Grove-based Teletrac, a developer of cloud-based, software-as-a-service products for fleet tracking and fleet operators, has been sold to Danaher, according to private equity investor Vector Capital. Financial terms of the sale were ...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

PayDivvy Acquired By Higher One

Newport Beach-based PayDivvy, an online service which let groups split bills among each other, has been acquired by Higher One, a provider of student financial services company. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. PayDivvy had al...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

United Online Aims At October For FTD Split; Expands NetZero Broadband

Woodland Hills-based United Online announced Thursday that it now expects its spinoff of flower delivery service FTD by October 1st. The comany also said it has expanded its mobile broadband wholesale agreements with Verizon and Sprint, whi...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

ACTIVE Network Seeks Buyer

San Diego-based sports and activity registration provider Active Network appears to be looking for a buyer, or maybe an outside investment, saying yesterday that it has created a committee to evaluate "strategic transactions". The company s...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Monoprice Acquired By Blucora In $180M Deal

Rancho Cucamonga-based Monoprice, an online retailer selling home theater components, speakers, and related consumer electronics products, has been acquired for $180M in cash by Internet company Bluecora. According to Blucora, Monoprice was...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Kofax Buys Kapow Technologies

Irvine-based Kofax has acquired Kapow Technologies, a provider of data integration software, the firm announced Wednesday. Kofax said it will acquire Kapow for $47.5M in cash, minus around $1.4M in cash held by Kapow. Kofax said the acquis...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cytori Divests Product Line

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm Cytori Therapeutics said yesterday that it is in a deal to divest pieces of the company, with Bimini Technologies and two affiliates, Puregraft Technologies and Kerastem Technologies. Cytori said it h...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Trius Therapeutics Acquired By Cubist Pharmaceuticals

San Diego-based Trius Therapeutics is in a deal to be acquired for approximately $707M by Cubist Pharmaceuticals, a fellow biopharmaceuticals firm, the companies said Tuesday. According to the two, Cubist will acquired Trius for $13.50 per ...

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WebMetro Acquired By TeleTech

San Dimas-based WebMetro, a search marketing and digital marketing agency, has been acquired by TeleTech Holdings, the two said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to the companies, WebMetro will become part of T...

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Local Corporation Sells Spreebird

Irvine-based Local Corporation is abandoning the daily deals market, saying this morning that it has sold its Spreebird daily deals business to nCrowd. Financial terms of the sale were not announced. Local Corporation said that nCrowd has a...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Activision Blizzard Splits From Vivendi In $8 Billion Deal

In a complex deal, Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard said last night that it has reached a deal with Vivendi, where it will acquire approximately 429 million shares of the company, in exchange for $5.83 billion in cash. In addition, ...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kareo Buys Medical Billing Company

Irvine-based Kareo, which develops cloud-based software for medical office practice management, has acquired a provider of medical billing services. According to Kareo, it acquired ECCO Health, which it says has been providing medical billi...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Evergreen Buys Backyard Sports From Atari

Los Angeles-based private equity investment firm The Evergreen Group has acquired video game franchise Backyard Sports, the investor announced yesterday. According to Evergreen, it acquired Backyard Sports in the recent Atari assets auction...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Power-One Gets Approval From Stockholders On Acquisition

Camarillo-based power conversion and solar inverter manufacturer Power-One has received stockholder approval on the company's $1 billion acquisition by ABB, the company said late Tuesday. Power-One said that 98.0 percent of the shares voted...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Illumina Buys Liquid Logic

San Diego-based biotech equipment provider Illumina has acquired Advanced Liquid Logic, a provider of liquid handling solutions, the firm said yesterday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Advanced Liquid Logic (ALL) develops mi...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MySocialCloud Acquired By Reputation.com

MySocialCloud, the Los Angeles startup developed by brother and sister Scott Ferreira and Stacey Ferreira, has been acquired by Reputation.com, the company is announcing today. MySocialCloud develops an online, cloud-based platform for mana...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AeroVironment Gears Up For Fight With Activist Investor Group

Monrovia-based AeroVironment released a response Wednesday to activist investor Engaged Capital, which has taken a 5 percent stake in the maker of unmanned aerial vehicles and electric charging stations. According to the WSJ, Engaged Capita...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Abbott Medical Optics Acquires Optimedica

Santa Ana-based Abbott Medical Optics, which developer intraocular lenses and other products for ocular surgery, plus refractive and eye care products, has acquired a Silicon Valley developer of opthalmic surgery devices. Abbott said that A...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Leap Wireless Acquired By AT&T For $1.2 Billion

San Diego-based wireless carrier Leap Wireless has been acquired by AT&T, in a deal worth $1.2 billion. The two companies announced the deal late Friday. According to the two companies, AT&T will acquire all of Leap's stock and wireless pro...

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Hulu Gets $750M, Studios To Maintain Ownership

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu will receive $750M in a funding round, and continue to be owned by 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company, those firms announced Friday morning, as the companies have decided n...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Shopzilla Buys Zappli

Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site Shopzilla said this morning that it has acquired Zappli, a developer of mobile applications. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Zappli develops a mobile app called InstaBuy, which hel...

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Western Digital Buys VeloBit

Irvine-based Western Digital announced this morning that it has acquired VeloBit, a provider of storage I/O optimization software. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. VeloBit, which is headquartered in Lincoln, Mass, develops sof...

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ServiceNow Buys Mirror42

San Diego-based enterprise IT software company ServiceNow said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired Mirror42, a provider of cloud-based IT and business intelligence software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. ServiceNow said ...

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Hulu Receives Bid From DirecTV, Says Report

A report Monday says that satellite television provider DirecTV has finally made a bid for Los Angeles online video company Hulu, and that Time Warner Cable is also mulling an offer, according to Bloomberg Monday. Details on those offers ha...

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Yardi Acquires Apartment Research Provider Pierce-Eislen

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, which develops real estate software, said last week that it has acquired Pierce-Eislen, a supplier of property and market research for the multifamily real estate industry. Financial terms of the acquisition were ...

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Monday, July 8, 2013

12Society Acquired By Quarterly

West Hollywood-based 12Society, which operated a subscription-based, celebrity-driven gift delivery service, has been acquired by fellow Los Angeles gift subscription firm Quarterly. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Quarterl...

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Teledyne Buys Remainder Of Nova Sensors

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired the remainder of Nova Sensors, a Buellton-based developer of integrated camera electronics, image processing algorithms, and compact mid-wave and short-wa...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

AddToAny Bought Back From Lockerz By Founder

AddToAny, the developer of WordPress and Drupal social sharing plug-ins which got its start at UC San Diego, is back as an independent firm, according to the company's founder, Pat Diven II. Diven said that he has acquired AddToAny back fro...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Bestofmedia Group Acquired By Tech Media Network

Los Angeles-based Bestofmedia Group, the publisher behind the Tom's Hardware, Tom's Guide, and Tom's IT Pro online publications, has been acquired by Tech Media Network. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Bestofmedia was...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

EcoATM Acquired For $350M By Coinstar

San Diego-based startup EcoATM, the developer of automated kiosks used for recycling cell phones and other electronics, has been acquired by newly renamed Coinstar (now known as Outerwall). According to Outerwall, it will pay $350M in cash ...

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Intuit Sells Intuit Financial Services For $1.025 Billion

Financial software provider Intuit has sold its Intuit Financial Services business--which is based in Woodland Hills--to private equity firm Thoma Bravo. Intuit announced the deal on Monday, saying the cash transaction is worth approximatel...

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Monday, July 1, 2013

CoreLogic Buys Marshall & Swift/Boeckh And DataQuick In $661M Deal

Irvine-based CoreLogic, which provides residential property information and analytics, said this morning that it has acquired two companies, in a deal worth $661M. According to CoreLogic, it has acquired Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, a provide...

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Clearlake Capital Completes Acquisition

Santa Monica-based private equity firm Clearlake Capital has completed the acquisition of the North American Rental and Tubular Services divisions of Archer Limited, the firm said today. The new company will be renamed IronGate Energy Servi...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

DriveCam Seeks IPO, Says Report

San Diego-based DriveCam is driving towards an IPO, and has hired a trio of investment banks to manage its IPO pricess, according to Reuters. Reuters reports that Morgan Stanley, Baclays PLC, and Credit Suisse AG have been hired to manage t...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

EMN8 Raises $50M, Acquires Snapfinger

Los Angeles-based restaurant ordering systems developer EMN8 said this morning that it has acquired Snapfinger, a developer of remote ordering products for the casual dining industry. As part of the acquisition, EMN8 said it raised $50M in ...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Websense Acquisition By Vista Equity Partners Completes

San Diego-based Websense, the developer of security software, is now officially owned by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, the two said late Tuesday. Vista Equity Partners paid approximately $1 billion for Websense. The deal had be...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Demand Media Buys E-Commerce Marketplace Society6 For $94M

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has acquired Society6, an online e-commerce marketplace centered around artists, the company announced Monday afternoon, as part of an effort to expand its content and media platform. According to Demand Medi...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

BOOM! Studios Acquires Comics Publisher

Los Angeles-based BOOM! Studios, a venture-backed comic book and graphic novel publisher, has acquired a fellow comics firm, Archaia Entertainment, the firms said today. Boom! is venture backed by DFJ Frontier partners, and offers up a dive...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Western Digital Buys sTec

Irvine-based Western Digital and Santa Ana-based sTec, the developer of solid state data storage devices, announced this morning that the two companies are in a merger agreement. According to the two, sTEC is being acquired by HGST, which i...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Timing Is Everything With MakerBot Buy

In a demonstration that timing is everything, the huge, $604M acquisition of 3D printing maker MakerBot Wednesday probably has those who were involved in Southern California 3D printing startup Desktop Factory shaking their heads. MakerBot ...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Clearlake Capital Buys Electronic Data Discovery Firm

Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital said this morning that it has acquired Inventus, a provider of electronic data discovery for global law firms. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Inventus is based in ...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marlin Equity Partners Combines Sycamore Networks, Coriant

Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity Partners is combining portfolio firms Sycamore Networks with Coriant, the company said this morning. Sycamore was acquired by Marlin in January, and Coriant--formerly a unit of Nokia--...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Fisker Automotive Burnt Through $1.4 Billion

Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive, the troubled electric car maker, has now burnt through $1.4 billion dollars in private and public funds, according to Reuters. The amount of capital invested in Fisker makes the company the highest profile f...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Licenses IP

San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has licensed a set of intellectual property assets, from Buderer Drug Company. Financial details of the licensing deal were not announced. Imprimis said it is developing inn...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

ClearLight Partners Sells Portfolio Firm

Newport Beach-based private equity firm ClearLight Partners said earlier this week that it has agreed to sell The Outsource Group, one of its portfolio companies, to Parallon Business Solutions, a subsidiary of HCA Holdings. Financial terms...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Conatus Pharmaceuticals Files For IPO

San Diego-based Conatus Pharmaceuticals, which is developing treatments for liver disease, has filed for an IPO, saying this morning that it is looking to raised $69.0M on the public markets. The firm said plans to trade on the NASDAQ Globa...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

SGN Buys Mob Science

Los Angeles-based social games developer SGN, which is led by former MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, said today that it has acquired Mob Science, the social games developer behind Zynga's Legends: Rise of a Hero. Financial terms of the de...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Life Technologies Buys Korean Firm

Carlsbad-based life sciences equipment maker Life Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired Life Science Korea (LSK), a distributor of instruments based in Seoil, South Korea. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Li...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Parallax Capital Buys Software Firm Fox Technologies

Laguna Hills-based Parallax Capital, a private equity firm headed by James Hale, said this week that it has acquired Fox Technologies (FoxT), a developer of access management and governance software. Financial terms of the buy were not anno...

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Green Dot Buys GE Capital's Walmart Cards

Monrovia, California-based prepaid card provider Green Dot has acquired the reloadable prepaid card business of GE Capital, which are marketed under the Walmart brand, the firm said today. The companies said they expect the deal to close in...

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Clearlake Capital Buys Agilisys Retail Solutions Group

Santa Monica-based private equity firm Clearlake Capital said this week that it has acquired the Retail Solutions Group of Agilisys, a provider of technology and managed services for the retail market. Clearlake Capital said it will rename ...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

RxVantage Buys RepAccess

Los Angeles-based software-as-service provider RxVantage, which develops software to help manage the relationship between medical offices and pharmaceutical and medical sales representatives, has acquired RepAccess, one of its competitors. ...

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Gores Group Buys France Telecom Orange Subsidiary Etrali

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group has acquired Etrali, a subsidiary of France Telecom Orange. Etrali is a provider of voice and electronic trading infrastructure for the trading community. Financial terms of the buy were...

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Jacobs Buys Wireless Telecommunications Services Firm

Pasadena-based Jacobs, the provider of professional technical services and construction and engineering services, said today that it has acquired Compass Technology Services, a provider of wireless telecommunications infrastructure design a...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Hulu Bidding Hits $1B, DirecTV Among Top Bidders

Bidding for Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is heating up, with the latest numbers being leaked on a deal saying that the company has received three bids worth at least $1 billion. According to multiple reports, Hulu has receive...

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Cymer Acquisition By ASML Completes

San Diego-based laser light engine provider Cymer is now officially part of ASML, after the completion of ASML's acquisition of Cymer Thursday. The deal was worth $2.5 billion. ASML said it would buy Cymer back in October of 2012, and has b...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

SignNow Acquired By Barracuda Networks

Newport Beach-based SignNow, a developer of mobile signature capture and document storage services, has been acquired by Barracuda Networks. SignNow was venture backed by Khosla Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels. Financial details of the a...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cymer/ASML Acquisition Gets Korean Approval

The acquisition of San Diego-based semiconductor lithography equipment developer Cymer by ASML has cleared another regulatory hurdle, the firms said over the weekend. The two said that the Korean Fair Trade Commission has approved the merge...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hulu Entertaining At Least Five Bidders, Says Report

Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is entertaining offers from at least five different bidders, according to a report over the weekend, including one that values Hulu at between $600M to $800M. According to a report from AllThingsD...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Report: Investors Bidding $20M For Fisker Automotive

Struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive has received a bid from a group of investors, to purchase the company for a mere $20M, according to a report today. Reuters reported that a group led by former General Motors exec Bob Lutz has...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

LifeProof Acquired By Otterbox

San Diego-based electronics protective case and accessory maker LifeProof (TreeFrog Development Inc.) has been acquired by protective case maker Otterbox, the two companies announced late Wednesday. Financial terms of the buy were not annou...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

WePlay Acquired By TeamSnap

Los Angeles-based online sports site WePlay has been acquired by online amateur sports team management provider TeamSnap, TeamSnap announced this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. WePlay, which had raised $15M ...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ignyta Buys Actagene Oncology

San Diego-based biotechnology developer Ignyta has acquired fellow, San Diego biotechnology developer Actagene, a developer of personalized medicines based on cancer genome mining and sequencing. Financial details of the acquisition were no...

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Websense Acquired By Vista Equity Partners For $1 Billion

San Diego-based security software developer Websense announced this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. The deal is worth approximately $1 billion. Websense said Vis...

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Monday, May 20, 2013

payvia Buys Mogreet

Los Angeles-based mobile carrier billing service Payvia has acquired fellow Los Angeles firm Mogreet, the two companies said this morning. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. According to payvia, the deal will allow i...

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Report: DirecTV Considering Bid For Hulu

The latest company considering a bid for Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu is El Segundo-based DirecTV, according to reports Friday afternoon. A report from Reuters says DirecTV is just one of a number of companies considering a b...

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ambit Biosciences Prices IPO

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences has priced its IPO, saying that it is offering up 8,125,000 shares of its common stock at $8.00 per share. The company will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as AMBI. Ambit priced well below i...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kotura Acquired By Mellanox

Monterey Park-based Kotura, the developer of silicon photonics and optical interconnection technology, has been acquired by Mellanox, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal was worth $82M in cash. The two companies said the deal is exp...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Freeconference.com Acquired By Canadian Firm

Glendale-based Global Conference Partners, the operator of the free, conference calling service FreeConference.com--as well as related properties InstantConference.com, GlobalConference.com, and other brands--has been acquired by Canadian t...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Lindzon Gets Exit At Lucky Sort

Howard Lindzon, the founder of San Diego-based stock-focused micromessaging service StockTwits, has finally sold a company to Twitter. No, it's not Stocktwits. Instead, one of his angel investments, Lucky Sort, has become part of Twitter in...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Teledyne Buys Axiom IC

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired Axiom IC B.V., a fabless semiconductor firm developing high performance, CMOS mixed signal integrated circuits. Financial details of the buy were not anno...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Receptos Flat In IPO

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Receptos is trading flat after its initial public offering, after pricing last night at $14.00 per share. The developer of biopharmaceuticals for treating immune and metabolic diseases priced at ...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Idealab's GoPollGo Acquired By Yahoo

Pasadena-based Idealab has sold another one of its companies to Yahoo today: GoPollGo, a Twitter polling service which let Twitter users collect feedback from their friends and followers. Financial details of the deal were not announced. ...

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Marlin Equity Completes Nokia Optical Networks Buy

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of the Optical Networks business of Nokia Siemens Networks, and has renamed that business Coriant. Marlin said the new comp...

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Cymer Merger Effort Gets Another Approval

The acquisition of San Diego's Cymer by Dutch company ASML has cleared another regulatory hurdle, the two said Thursday, as the Japan Fair Trade Commission cleared the company's acquisition deal. The two have been grinding through a long li...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ambit Biosciences Sets Estimated IPO Range

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences has set the estimated range for its IPO, saying in a filing today that it is expecting to offer 4,645,000 shares of its stock at between $13.00 and $15.00 per share. The firm has applied to list on the NASD...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hyper-Therm HTC Acquired By Rolls-Royce

Huntington Beach-based Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites (Hyper-Therm HTC), a producer of composite materials, has been acquired by Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce announced yesterday. Financail terms of the buy were not disclosed. Rolls-Roy...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Awesomeness.TV Among Fastest Exits, Best ROI Ever On Silicon Beach

The acquisition of Awesomeness.TV is the both fastest funding-to-exit in Silicon Beach, as well as one of the exits with best multiple on dollars invested, according to a new analysis of our extensive database of venture deals. In an analys...

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Awesomeness TV Acquired By DreamWorks For As Much As $117M

In what looks to be a stunning quick exit for one of Southern California's new YouTube networks, Awesomeness TV has been acquired by DreamWorks, in a deal worth as much as $117M. DreamWorks said that it will pay $33M in cash, plus pay out...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mindspeed Seeks Buyer, Hires Investment Banker

Another day, another Southern California high tech company on the block: Newport Beach-based semiconductor developer Mindspeed said late Tuesday afternoon that it has retained Morgan Stanley & Co., the investment bank, to help the firm with...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hulu: Streaming, Subscriptions Up

Los Angeles-based Hulu released some new numbers on the use of the company's streaming video today, saying that it has set new records for revenue, video streaming, and subscribers to Hulu Plus. The company said that it streamed more than...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ligand Buys Rights To Programs From Selexis

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm Ligand said today that it has acquired a portfolio of potential future milestone and royalty payments for more than 15 biologic development programs from Selexis SA. Financial details of the buy were ...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Receptos Sets Estimated IPO Pricing Range

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Receptos has set the initial, estimated pricing range for its IPO, saying in a filing Thursday that it now expects its IPO pricing to be between $14.00 and $16.00 a share. THe firm, which has app...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

EcoMom Acquired By GreenCupboards, Will Be Relaunched

Ecomom, the onetime Los Angeles green products e-retailer, which had been led by entrepreneur Jody Sherman until his untimely death earlier this year, has been acquired by fellow green products e-retailer GreenCupboards. Financial details o...

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Monday, April 22, 2013

FastSpring Gets Funding From Pylon

FastSpring, the fast growing Santa Barbara-based e-commerce payment services provider headed by Dan Engel, said today it has scored a funding round from Pylon Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. Size of the funding round was not d...

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Power-One Acquired By ABB For $1 Billion

Camarillo-based power supply and solar inverter manufacturer Power-One has agreed to be acquired by ABB Ltd., the firm said this morning, in a deal worth approximately $1 billion. According to the two, ABB will acquire Power-One at $6.35 pe...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Report: Goodreads' Acquisition By Amazon Derailed Apple Deal

Goodreads, the online book review and social networking site which started in Santa Monica, represents the heart of a battle between giants Amazon.com and Apple, according to a report Thursday: who will become the keeper of your digital goo...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Report: Hulu Hires Guggenheim Partners To Sell Company

A report Wednesday afternoon says that Los Angeles-based streaming media site Hulu has hired investment banking firm Guggenheim Partners, to advise the firm on a sale. The report from Reuters, citing three sources with knowledge of the matt...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

j2 Global Buys Dutch Backup Service Firm

j2 Global, the operator of both a cloud services business and online publishing business, has made another acquisition, this time of Netherlands-based online backup provider Backup Connect BV. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. ...

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Monday, April 15, 2013

ViaSat Buys LonoCloud

Carslbad-based Viasat, which develops satellite and other wireless networking products and services, said Friday that it has acquired LonoCloud, a La Jolla-based startup developing cloud-based networking software for the distributed comput...

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Life Technologies Agrees On Acquisition Deal With Thermo Fisher Scientific

Carlsbad-based life science equipment maker Life Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific said this morning that the two are in a definitive agreement, where Thermo Fisher will buy Life Technologies for $76.00 in cash per share, or approxi...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Xpenser Acquired By Coupa Software

San Diego-based Xpenser, a startup developing a cloud-based service to help prepare and submit expense reports for its users, has been acquired. According to Coupa Software, it will use the buy to expand its domain expertise and leadership ...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Report: Life Technologies Gets Bid From Thermo Fisher Scientific

Carlsbad-based life sciences equipment maker Life Technologies has received an acquisition bid from Thermo Fisher Scientific, according to a report from Reuters. The report, citing "several people familiar with the matter", said that a cons...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Report: Hulu Gets Bid From Chernin

Peter Chernin, the former head of News Corp., has made a $500M bid for Hulu, according to a report this morning from Reuters. The report said that two sources "with knowledge of Hulu's sale process" leaked the details. Chernin is currently ...

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Cymer, ASML Get US DOJ Acquisition Approval

San Diego-based Cymer, the developer of semiconductor lithography light sources, and Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV said late Friday that the two firms have received U.S. Department of Justice approval for their merger. ASML said it woul...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Fisker Automotive Lays Off 160

In what will not come as much of a surprise to those following Anaheim-based electric car maker Fisker Automotive, the firm has laid off 160 employees--or most of its staff--as it has so far failed to find a financing partner or acquirer to...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Receptos Files For IPO

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm Receptos has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing that it is looking to raise up to $86.3M in an offering on the NASDAQ Global Market. The firm said it intends to list as "RCPT". The firm's IPO is bei...

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Althea Technologies Acquisition Completes

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals contract manufacturer Althea Technologies is now officially part of Japanese conglomerate Ajinomoto Co., Inc., the firms said late Thursday, as the acquisition of Althea completed. The firms said that Ajin...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

HYFN Acquired By LIN TV

Hermosa Beach-based digital agency HYFN has been sold to public firm LIN TV, which owns a number of television stations as well as mobile products, the firms said Thursday. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. HYFN was founded i...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Microsemi Licenses Technology To Microphase, Exits Market Segment

Aliso Viejo-based semiconductor maker Microsemi annoucned this morning that it has licensed its detector log video amplifier (DLVA) technology to Microphase Corporation, and is exiting that market. Financial terms of the licensing deal were...

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Obagi, Valeant Raise Price As Bidding War Breaks Out

Long Beach-based aesthetic medicine developer Obagi Medical Products, and would-be acquirer Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which is based in Aliso Viejo, said this morning that Valeant has raised its offer to acquire Obagi to $24.00 per share in ...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Obagi Gets Competing Buyout Offer

Long Beach-based aesthetic medicine firm Obagi Medical Products--which just agreed to a $360M buyout offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, said it has just received a competing, unsolicited buyout offer from Merz Pharma. Obagi Medical said th...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Emulex Completes Endace Acquisition

Costa Mesa-based Emulex announced Monday that it has completed its acquisition of Endace, the provider of network performance management and monitoring appliances. Emulex had announced the acquisition of Endace in December. The deal was wor...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Rhythm & Hues Acquired By Prana Studios

Visual effects and animation studio Rhythm & Hues has been acquired by Los Angeles-based Prana Studios, the firms said over the weekend. Prana is split between Los Angeles and Mumbai, India. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Rh...

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Report: Goodreads Exit Worth Around $150M-$200M

It looks like the sale of book review and community Goodreads was worth between $150M to $200M, according to a report form AllThingsD Friday, potentially making the acquisition one of the better returns on capital from a Southern California...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Goodreads Acquired By Amazon.com

Book review and community Goodreads, which was founded in Santa Monica by Otis Chander, has been acquired by Amazon.com, Amazon said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Goodreads' site revolves around sharing ...

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

RightScale co-founder Siegel Sells Exceptional.io To Rackspace

Jonathan Siegel, who co-founded Santa Barbara-based startups RightScale, RightCart, and RightSignature, has scored an exit today, and has sold Exceptional Cloud Services, his latest cloud software startup, to cloud hosting provider RackSpac...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hulu Sale Rumors Swirl, Again

The studio owners of Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu are looking to sell the streaming site (again), according to rumors yesterday, as News Corporation and Walt Disney continue to struggle over what to do with the site. Accordin...

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Tekelec Acquired By Oracle

Tekelec, a developer of telecommunications switching equipment which had its roots in Southern California, has been acquired by Oracle, Oracle announced this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Tekelec had started in Sou...

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Sky Dayton Scores Exit At WiFiSlam

Sky Dayton, the founder of Boingo Wireless, has just scored an exit at one of his angel investments--WiFiSlam, which was just acquired by Apple on Friday. Apple confirmed the acquisition of WiFiSlam, a developer of indoor, geo-location tech...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

AdExcite Merges With Q1Media

El Segundo-based video advertising network AdExcite has merged with online display ad firm Q1 Media, the two companies said Wednesday. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed. The firm said the new company will operate as Q1Media...

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Buys Obagi Medical For $360M

Long Beach-based Obagi Medical Products, the developer of aesthetic medicine products, is being acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth approximately $360M, Obagi said this morning. Obagi said that Valeant has agreed to acquire...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Semtech Sells Off Product Line To Canadian Firm

Camarillo-based Semtech, which is a supplier of both analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said that it has sold off one of its product lines to a Canadian firm. Semtech said Tuesday afternoon that it has sold its video optical module (op...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Demand Media Expands Into Online Learning, Buys Creativebug

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning it has expanded into the online learning market, and has acquired Creativebug, an online site which provides educational videos around art and carft instruction. Financial details of the ...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

j2 Global Buys Metrofax

Los Angeles-based j2 Global, the provider of Internet fax, cloud-based online backup, unified communications, email, and other services--as well as the owner of publisher Ziff Davis--said this morning that it has acquired MetroFax, a provid...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

STEC Shareholders Seek Takeover Of Company

Santa Ana-based solid state storage products firm STEC is facing a shareholder revolt this morning, after two of its largest shareholders, Balch Hill and Potomac Capital, said they will seek to replace the company's board and executives, an...

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Belkin Completes Linksys Buy

Network router and wireless equipment provider Linksys, which has been part of Cisco since 2003, is now back in Southern California hands, after Playa Vista-based computer accessory maker Belkin said it has completed its acquisition of the ...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cooking.com Sold To Target Corp.

Marina Del Rey-based Cooking.com, the online retailer of cookware, kitchen products, and more, has been acquired by Target, Target announced Thursday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Cooking.com has been looking for a buyer s...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fisker Automotive Co-Founder, Henrik Fisker, Resigns

Things look to be going further downhill over at Anaheim-based Fisker Automotive today, on reports that co-founder (and namesake) Henrik Fisker has resigned from the designer of plug-in hybrid automobiles. Businessweek reports that Fisker r...

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sorrento Therapeutics To Buy IGDRASOL

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Sorrento Therapeutics announced today that it has signed an exclusive option to acquired Fountain Valley-based IGDRASOL, a company developing oncologic agents for treating metastatic breast cance...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Althea Technologies Acquired By Japanese Company

San Diego-based pharmaceuticals contract manufacturer Althea Technologies said today that it has been acquired by Japanese company Ajinomoto Co.. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Althea Technologies provides biopharmaceutical ...

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Twitter Shuts TweetDeck

So long, third party Twitter apps? Those in the Southern California high tech ecosystem might remember the bidding battle that Pasadena-based Ubermedia had with Twitter over Twitter client software firm Tweetdeck a couple of years ago. For ...

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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Gores Group Buys GE Healthcare Strategic Sourcing

Los Angeles-based private equity investor The Gores Group announced this morning that it has completed the acquisition of GE Healthcare STrategic Sourcing, from GE Healthcare. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. GE Healthcare Str...

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Teledyne Completes RESON Buy

Thousand Oaks-based electronics, aerospace, defense, and engineering products firm Teledyne said Friday morning that it has completed its acquisition of Denmark-based Reson A/S. Teledyne had originally announced its acquisition of RESON on ...

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Kofax Buys Business Intelligence Software Developer Altosoft

Irvine-based document capture software firm Kofax announced this morning that it has acquired business intelligence and analytics software developer Altosoft. Kofax said it paid $13.5M in cash for Altosoft, which was headquartered in Media,...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Emulex Acquisition of Endance Advances

Costa Mesa-based Emulex reported Tuesday that it now owned 89 percent of Endance Limited, the developer of network performance management and monitoring appliances it said it would acquire in December. According to Emulex, that gives it con...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Soundcast Systems Sold

Chula Vista-based Soundcast Systems, which develops wireless music systems, said today that it has been acquired by Jeremy Burkhardt, who was most recently CEO of audio and electronics firm SpeakerCraft. Financial terms of the acquisition w...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Illumina Completes Verinata Health Buy

San Diego-based life sciences tool maker Illumina said Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of Verinata Health, which provides non-invasive tests for early identification of fetal chromosomal abnormalities. The deal--which had bee...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ambit Biosciences Files For IPO

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences has filed for an IPO, saying in an S-1 with the SEC that it is looking to raised $57.5M in a funding round. The firm said it intends to list as AMBI on the Nasdaq Global Market. The IPO is being underwrit...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hycor Biomedical Sells Unit To Private Equity Firms

Garden Grove-based Hybor Biomedical, which manufactures and markets in vitro diagnostic products for the autoimmune and allergy market, has sold its urinalysis business to an affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, Laurel Crown Partners, an...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Demand Media Plans To Split Domain, Content Businesses

In a surprise move, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said Tuesday afternoon that it plans to explore separating its domain name and content businesses into two, independent, publicly traded companies. According to Demand, its board has has a...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fisker Automotive Entertains Bids From Chinese Automakers

Has troubled, Anaheim-based automaker Fisker Automotive found a buyer yet? News over the weekend from Bloomberg said that Chinese car company Dongfeng Motor Group has offered $350M for an 85 percent in Fisker, and that Chinese auto firm Gee...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lynda.com Buys European Video Training Firm

lynda.com, the online learning and video instruction site based in Carpinteria, is putting some of its new funding to work, saying this morning that it has acquired video2brain, GmbH, a European online video training company, to help expand...

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

TeleSign Acquires Routo Telecommunications

Telesign, the provider of Internet security and authentication services and tools, said today that it has acquired global SMS provider Routo Telecommunications. Financial terms of the move were not disclosed. Los Angeles-based Telesign, whi...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

MediaShift Buys Travora

Glendale-based MediaShift, a newly formed online advertising company, said today that it has acquired travel advertising network Travora Media. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company said it will be enhancing Travora's ...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FamilyFinds Sold To CertifiKid

FamilyFinds, the daily deals service focused on family and kids, which was based in Los Angeles, has been sold to CertifiKid, the company told its subscribers Wednesday. According to FamilyFinds, it has become part of the CertifiKid family,...

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cymer Gets Stockholder Approval On Merger

San Diego-based Cymer, the supplier of light sources for semiconductor lithography systems, reported today that its stockholders have voted to approve the firm's merger with ASML. The deal had been announced in October, and is worth $2.5 bi...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Gores Group Buys Harris Broadcast Communications

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said Monday afternoon that it has acquired Harris Broadcast Communications, a supplier of hardware and software to create, manage, transmit, and distribute video content. The deal had be...

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Monday, February 4, 2013

News Corp. In Repeat With Sale To Local Tech Firm

Does this sound familiar? News Corp. spends hundreds of millions of dollars on a media property, runs it for about seven years, and then decides to unload that same property for a fraction of the price it paid to a Southern California tech...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Row 44 Deal Approved By Global Eagle Stockholders

The acquisition of Los Angeles-based in-flight Wi-Fi equipment provider Row 44 has been approved by the stockholders of acquiring firm Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., Golden Eagle said Thursday. Global Eagle had announced its acquisition of...

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

GRP Partners Gets Exit At mFoundry

Los Angeles-based venture capital investor GRP Partners has scored an exit at one of its firms this morning, mobile banking and payment provider mFoundry. According to mobile financial services firm FIS, it is paying approximately $120 mill...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rubicon Project: LA's Next IPO?

Rubicon Project, the online advertising technology firm headed by serial entrepreneur Frank Addante, looks like it may just be the next Southern California company to file for an IPO, based on a number of executive appointments made Tuesday...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teledyne Buys RESON

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to acquire RESON A/S, a developer of high-resolution marine acoustic imaging and measurement products. Financial terms of the buy were no...

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sierra Wireless AirCard Sold To NETGEAR

The AirCard business of Sierra Wireless, which has much of its operations in Carlsbad, has been sold to NETGEAR, according to the firms. Sierra Wireless said it paid approximately $138M in cash for the AirCard business of Sierra Wireless, a...

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Cubic Transportation Systems Buys NextBus

San Diego-based Cubic Transportation Systems, which provides payment and information technology and services for the transit industry, said last week that it has acquired NextBus, a provider of real-time passenger information systems for mo...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Belkin Buys Linksys From Cisco

Linksys, the Irvine-based manufacturer of network switches, wireless routers, and other products, has just been sold to Playa Vista-based Belkin, bringing the firm's corporate ownership back to Southern California. Belkin said Thursday that...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

THQ Chopped Into Tiny Pieces, Scattered To The Winds

Bankrupt Agoura Hills-based videogame publisher THQ has been chopped up into pieces, and scattered to the winds, after an auction sale of the firm's assets Wednesday. According to a letter to THQ employees from CEO Brian Farrell, obtained b...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

DRX Acquired By Connecture

DRX, a provider of web-based shopping and enrollment software for Medicare health plans, which was based in Los Angeles, has been acquired by Wisconsin-based Connecture, the companies said today. Connecture develops sales automation technol...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Allergan Buys MAP Pharmaceuticals

Irvine-based Allergan and MAP Pharmaceuticals said this morning that Allergan has agreed to acquire MAP Pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth approximately $958M. Allergan said it will pay $25.00 per share for publicly held MAP Pharmaceuticals. ...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WD Buys Arkeia Software

Irvine-based disk drive manufacturer Western Digital said this morning that it has acquired backup software provider Arkeia, which was based in Carlsbad. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to WD, the acquisition was ma...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Life Technologies Buys BAC BV

Carlsbad-based scientific instruments manufacturer Life Technologies said this morning that it has acquired BAC BV, a Netherlands-based firm focused on the discovery, development and manufacture of protein purification products. Financial t...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

JustFab Buys FabKids

Online fashion site JustFab, which is headed by Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler, is acquiring children's fashion service FabKids, the firm announced this morning. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. JustFab, which is backed by ...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

CoreLogic Buys CDS Business Mapping

CoreLogic, the Irvine-based provider of residential property information, services, and analytics, said this morning that it has acquired a digital mapping firm, CDS Business Mapping, LLC. CoreLogic said it paid $78M in cash for CDS. CDS pr...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Life Technologies Hires Investment Bankers, Looks For Buyer

Carlsbad-based Life Technologies said this morning that it has hired two investment banking firms, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Moelis & Company LLC, to assist it in what it called an "annual strategic review". However, according to a ...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Siemer Ventures Gets First Exit, At CloudTrigger

Santa Monica-based Siemer Ventures, the venture investing arm of investment banking firm Siemer & Associates, reported yesterday that it saw the first exit in its portfolio recently, with the sale of company CloudTrigger. The fund also repo...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ross Levinsohn Named Head of The Hollywood Reporter

Ross Levinsohn, the former head of Yahoo and Fox Interactive Media, has just been appointed CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media, the parent firm of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Adweek, and other entertainment focused properties. According...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Source Scientific Acquired By BIT Analytical Instruments

Irvine-based Source Scientific, a provider of outsourced engineering, manufacturing, and services for the medical and diagnostic instruments industry, has been acquired by BIT Analytical Instruments, the firms said this morning. Financial d...

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Pelican Products Buys Minnesota Thermal Science

Torrance-based Pelican Products, the manufacturer of protective cases, flashlights and portable lighting systems, and other products, has acquired Minnesota Thermal Science (MTS), a developer of temperature controlled packaging solutions. F...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

HID Global Buys Codebench

Irvine-based identification technology developer HID Global has acquired CodeBench, a provider of physical security identity management products for the governent sector, the firm said this week. Financial terms of the buy were not disclose...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

DocuSource Acquired By Konica Minolta

Cerritos-based DocuSource, a provider of document management systems and equipment, has been acquired by Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Konica said Wednesday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Minolta said that the buy will...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Pipewave Acquired By Zefr

Pipewave, an online video marketing strategy firm headed by Paul Boruta, has been acquired by Zefr, the firms announced today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Pipewave, which was founded by Paul Boruta and Jonathan Tushman, p...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Demand Media Buys Name.com

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced this morning that it has acquired domain registrar Name.com. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Demand Media said that Name.com will help the firm as it prepares for the released of new ...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Illumina Buys Verinata Health

San Diego-based life sciences equipment firm Illumina said over the weekend that it is in an agreement to acquire Verinata Health, a provider of non-invasive testing for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. Illumnina said it would pay $350M plu...

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Rovi Plans To Sell Former CinemaNow Technology

The long, turbulent history of the video-on-demand technology developed by former Marina Del Rey-based CinemaNow continues today, after current owner Rovi Corporation said Thursday afternoon that it plans to pursue a sale of its Rovi Entert...

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Questcor Pharmaceuticals Buys BioVectra

QuestCor Pharmaceuticals, the Anaheim-based biopharmaceuticals firm providing treatments for autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, said yetserday that it has acquired BioVectra, a supplier of contract manufacturing services to the pharmace...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

TapIt Media Acquired By Phunware For $23M

Irvine, California-based TapIt Media Group, the operator of a mobile advertising network, has been acquired by mobile apps infrastructure developer Phunware, the two firms announced Wednesday. Phunware said it paid $23M for TapIt, in a deal...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Gores Group Completes Therakos Acquisition

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said today that it has completed the acquisition of Therakos, a New Jersey-based firm which provides systems used for immunomodulatory therapy. Financial terms of the buy were not announ...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nexsan Acquired By Imation

Thousand Oaks-based Nexsan, the developer of data storage arrays, has been acquired by Imation, the firms said this morning. According to the two, Imation will pay $120M for Nexsan, comprised of $105M in cash and $15M in stock. Imation said...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Crystal Engineering Acquired By AMETEK

San Luis Obispo-based Crystal Engineering, a developer of high tech, digital pressure calibrators and digital test gauges, has been acquired by Berwyn, Pa.-based AMETEK. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. AMETEK said that Crysta...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cohu Completes Ismeca Buy

Poway-based semiconductor test equipment provider Cohu said today that it has completed its acquisition of Ismeca Semiconductor Holding SA, a Switzerland-based provider of test handling and back-end finishing equipment for ICs, LEDs and dis...

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Friday, December 28, 2012

TigerLogic Acquires Storycode

Irvine-based TigerLogic, a developer of enterprise data management software, said today that it has agreed to acquired Storycode, a mobile app publishing company. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. TigerLogic said it plans to in...

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Friday, December 21, 2012

PathCentral Sells Diagnostics Lab Business

Irvine-based PathCentral, the provider of tools and technology to the pathology community, said today that it sold its diagnostic laboratory business to Ascend Clinical, a provider of end-stage renal disease laboratory testing. Financial te...

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

NextWave, AT&T Get FCC Approval On Acquisition

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless said last night that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of control of its various spectrum licenses to AT&T, the last remaining regulatory approval required under the merg...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

THQ Files For Bankruptcy

Agoura Hills-based vidoegame maker THQ has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and is now seeking a buyer, according to the company Wednesday. THQ said that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with affiliate of Clearlake Capital Gr...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Allergan Completes SkinMedica Buy

Irvine-based Allergan said today that it has completed its $350M acquisition of Carlsbad-based SkinMedica, the developer of aesthetic skin care products. The acquisition had been announced on November 12th. As part of the acquisition, SkinM...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Evolve Media Sells SheKnows.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp. said this morning that it is selling its SheKnows.com property to a private equity firm. Financial details of the sale, and the name of the private equity buyer, were not announced. Evolve Media said tha...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Unlocks Shares for CEO Donation

In an unusual move, Los Angeles-based KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals said it has released shares of ts stock ahead of lock-up restrictions for the CEO--for a charitable donation. KYTHERA, which had its IPO in October, is still well within the u...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

ClimateMinder Acquired By Rainbird

Glendale-based ClimateMinder, one of the companies out of the VoiVoda Ventures incubator in Glendale, has been acquired by Rainbird Corp., according to VoiVoda. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ClimateMinder developed ...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Verdezyne Sells Technology To DuPont

Carlsbad-based Verdezyne, the developer of industrial biotechnology and renewable chemicals, said today that it has sold its proprietary xylose isomerase technology to DuPont Industrial Biosciences. Verdezyne did not disclose financial deta...

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Elon Musk Gets IPO At SolarCity; SpaceX Next

Technology mogul Elon Musk has made huge waves in Southern California with his success at Hawthorne-based commercial rocket and spaceflight company SpaceX. However, Musk also has his hands in a number of other companies, including Foster Ci...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BeyondTrust Buys Blackbird Group

Carlsbad-based security software developer BeyondTrust said Wednesday that it has acquired Blackbird Group, a developer of Windows system management products. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. BeyondTrust said the acq...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cadence Pharmaceuticals Terminates Buyout Option For Incline Therapeutics

San Diego-based Cadence Pharmaceuticals said this morning that it has entered into an agreement to terminate an option it has to acquire Incline Therapeutics. Cadence said it will receive approximately $13M from The Medicines Company to ter...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Acquired For $25M

San Diego-based Somaxon, a developer of treatments for insomnia, has been acquired by Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, in a deal worth $25M. According to the two companies, Pernix will acquire Somaxon in a stock-for-stock transaction worth a t...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Everbridge Buys Chinese Firm

Glendale-based Everbridge, the provider of mass notification and other communications tools, said today that it has acquired Hypersun Group Ltd., an Internet and software engineering services firm headquartered in Beijing. Financial terms o...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gores Buys Harris Broadcast Communications

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said yesterday that it is acquiring Harris Broadcast Communications, a supplier of hardware and software for managing and distributing video content, in a deal worth $225M. Gores acquire...

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Amgen Buys deCODE Genetics

Thousand Oaks-based biotech Amgen is acquiring Iceland-based deCODE Genetics, in a deal worth $415M in cash, the two companies announced this morning. deCODE Genetics is a provider of human genetic research which was founded in 1996. deCODE...

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Cohu Acquires Ismeca Semiconductor

Poway-based Cohu, the developer of test handling, burn-in, and thermal subsystems for the semiconductor testing industry, said over the weekend that it is buying Ismeca Semiconductor Holdings SA. Cohu is buying Ismeca from Schweiter Technol...

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fisker Automotive Hires Investment Banker, Seeks Buyer

Anaheim-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive has hired investment banker Evercore Partners, and is now seeking possible buyers or investors--but also has reviewed the option of bankruptcy protection--according to a report from the Wal...

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mandalay Digital Buys Assets From Skyrockit

Los Angeles-based Mandalay Digital Group, a provider of mobile data services, said today that it has acquired the music label assets of Skyrockit, a venture-backed mobile entertainment studio providing content to AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-M...

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Emulex Buys Endace

Costa Mesa-based networking equipment provider Emulex said Wednesday that it is acquiring Endace Limited, a provider of network performance management and monitoring appliances. The deal is worth approximately $130M. Endace--which trades on...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Report: Fisker Automotive Seeks Strategic Partner

Anaheim-based electric vehicle developer Fisker Automotive is seeking a strategic partner, as it looks to work its way out of its recent troubles, according to a report this week. In an interview with TheDetroitBureau, which covers the auto...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PeriOptix Acquired By DenMat

Escondido-based PeriOptix, a provider of magnification and illumination devices for the dental and medical industry, has been acquired by Santa Maria-based DenMat, the firms said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. PeriOpt...

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Seesmart Technologies Acquired By Revolution Lighting

Simi Valley-based Seesmart Technologies, a provider of LED lighting products, has been acquired by Revolution Lighting, in a deal worth $20M in cash and stock. According to Revolution Lighting Technologies, which develops LED lighting produ...

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Geni Acquisition News Takes Down Service For Hours

Oops. That big acquisition of Los Angeles family tree site Geni had an unwanted side effect: it took down the site for nearly five hours, Geni reports. Geni said it suffered unexpected downtime, starting at 7 a.m. Thursday morning, running ...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Geni Acquisition Opens Up Service For Users

The acquisition today of Los Angeles-based family tree and genealogy site Geni has one big benefit: its users now have full access to the service, without having to pay for premium features. As part of the acquisition, Geni.com said that it...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Geni.com Acquired By MyHeritage

Los Angeles-based genealogy site Geni.com has been acquired by MyHeritage, an online genealogy website. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of the acquisition, Geni.com's founder, David Sacks, joins MyHeritage's board of ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Elon Musk's SolarCity Sets IPO Pricing Range

Southern California entrepreneur Elon Musk has huge success this year, in (literally) getting commercial spaceflight firm SpaceX--based in Hawthorne--off the ground and into space, with a hugely successful set of flights to the Internationa...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Gores Group Buys UK Firm

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said yesterday that it has acquired DMN Ltd., a mobile communications network engineering support and staffing provider, based in Swindon, UK. Financial terms of the buy were not announc...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

THQ Loses CFO, Nears Financing Deal

Troubled videogame maker THQ said late Tuesday that its CFO, Paul J. Pucino, has resigned, and that the firm is in the midst of negotiations with a "financial sponsor" to provide financing alternatives to the company. The company did not sa...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

LiveTime Software Acquired By Absolute Software

Newport Beach-based LiveTime Software, a developer of cloud-based, IT service management software, has been acquired by Absolute Software. Absolute Software said it paid less than $15M in cash and stock for LiveTime, which includes a three ...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Report: Yahoo Eyeballs Maker Studios

A report this morning from AllThingsD says that Yahoo is on the prowl for companies, and has been looking at Maker Studios. The report comes after reports that Yahoo is considering an acquisition of TVGuide from Lionsgate, in a deal worth $...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

EPM Live Acquired By Silverback Enterprise Group

Carlsbad-based EPM LIve, a developer of cloud-based software used for project portfolio and work management, and which was built on Microsoft SharePoint, has been acquired by Silverback Enterprise Group. Financial terms of the buy were not ...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

SkinMedica Acquired By Allergan For $375M

Carlsbad-based SkinMedica, the developer of aesthetic medicine products, is being acquired by Irvine-based Allergan in a $350M deal, the two said today. Allergan said it will buy SkinMedica $350M up front, plus up to $25M based on future sa...

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Qualcomm Buys EPOS

San Diego-based Qualcomm Technologies, which is a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announced today that it has acquired an Israeli firm, EPOS Development, Ltd.. Financial terms of the asset buy was not announced. EPOS Development Ltd. w...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

ServiceNow Prices Follow-On Offering

San Diego-based ServiceNow said Wednesday evening that it has priced its follow-on public offering at $28.00 per share. The firm is offering up 14,000,000 shares of its common stock, with most of those shares being sold by its existing, ven...

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Monday, November 12, 2012

j2 Global Buys Ziff Davis

In a surprise move, Los Angeles-based cloud communications provider j2 Global said this morning that it has acquired technology publishing firm Ziff Davis. j2 Global said it paid $167M for j2, out of cash on hand, for Ziff Davis, which owns...

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Row 44 Acquired In $430M Deal

Los Angeles-based Row 44, the developer of in-flight wireless access and entertainment systems, has been acquired in a deal worth approximately $430M, according to Global Eagle Acquisition Corp.,. Global Eagle said that it will acquired Row...

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vessix Vascular Acquired By Boston Scientific For $425M

Laguna Hills-based Vessix Vascular, a deveveloper of percutaneous radiofrequency (RF) balloon catheter technology being targeted at treating hypertension, has been acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation, the two said this morning. The de...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Access Scientific Acquired By Private Equity Firm

San Diego-based Access Scientific Inc. (ASI) said this morning that it has been acquired by private equity firm Endeavor Capital. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. ASI is a developer of devices used for over-wire insertion of s...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Targus Buys Sena Cases

Anaheim-based Targus recently announced that it has acquired fellow Orange County laptop case maker Sena Cases. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sena Cases becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Targus. SEna is a maker of leath...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

THQ Seeks Buyer As Sales Slip

Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ is looking for a buyer, after reporting less-than-stellar results on Monday afternoon. THQ said it has hired an investment banker to help it consider "strategic alternatives", in hopes of raising addit...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Genesis Digital Imaging Acquired By Carestream

Los Angeles-based Genesis Digital Imaging, a developer of imaging software for the diagnostic imaging systems market, has been acquired by CareStream, a manufacturer of healthcare imaging, X-ray systems, and other related products. Financia...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

SkuLoop Acquired By Revionics

SkuLoop, the online social promotion service headed by Michelle Cranes and which was backed by Tomorrow Ventures, Founder Collective, SK telecom, and Saban Capital Group, has been acquired by Revionics , a provider of merchandising software...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Regulus Gets $80.9M In Financing Efforts

La Jolla-based biopharmaceuticals firm Regulus Therapeutics, which is developing microRNA-based biopharmaceuticals aimed at oncology, fibrosis, hepatitis C and metabolic diseases, said it has raised $80.9M in total proceeds from its IPO, a ...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Life Technologies Buys Advanced Microscopy Group

Carlsbad-based life sciences equipment company Life Technologies announced today that it has acquired Advanced Microscopy Group, a developer of imaging systems for research microscopy. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Life Tec...

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Friday, November 2, 2012

United Online: FTD Split Expected By August 2013

Woodland Hills-based United Online, the hybrid Internet Service Provider and flower delivery service (via FTD), reported yesterday in its quarterly results that it now expects to spin off FTD as an independent, publicly traded company by Au...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

ServiceNow Files For Secondary IPO Offering

San Diego-based ServiceNow is looking to sell $300M in a secondary IPO offering, according to a filing made by the company Wednesday. The firm said it will not receive any proceeds from the sale by the selling stockholders. ServiceNow went...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland

If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co.? A video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result. (Burbank-based ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Accelerator To Exit In 14 Months, With Eli Portnoy of ThinkNear

There's been a sudden surge in accelerator in Southern California, looking to help get startups off the ground and funded. But, do they really help? For ThinkNear, it looks like the whole process paid off in less than two years, after the L...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm

Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., the film company owned by George Lucas, in a deal worth $4.05 billion, Disney said Tuesday afternoon. Disney said it would pay stock and cash for Lucasfilm, with approximate...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm

Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd., the film company owned by George Lucas, in a deal worth $4.05 billion, Disney said Tuesday afternoon. Disney said it would pay stock and cash for Lucasfilm, with approximate...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Miro Technologies Acquired By Boeing

San Diego-based Miro Technologies, a developer of software to manage maintenance, supply chain, and repair for the defense and aerospace industry, has been acquired by Boeing. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Miro becomes part...

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Monday, October 29, 2012

OpenX Buys JumpTime

Los Angeles-based OpenX announced this morning that it has acquired JumpTime, a developer of technology to help publishers calculate the value of their content assets. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. OpenX said that JumpTime'...

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Brand Affinity Technologies Buys Printroom's Fan Photography Business

Irvine-based Brand Affinity Technologies, the latest startup from the Steelberg brothers, said Thursday that it has acquired the fan photography business of Printroom. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Printroom's Fan Photograp...

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Aperio Acquisition Completes

The acquisition of Vista, California-based Aperio by German firm Leica Biosystems has completed, the firms said Thursday. Aperio, a maker of digital pathology and slide digitization systems, and Leica had announced the deal on August 21st. ...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

OpenGate Capital Buys Unit From Thermo Fisher Scientific

Los Angeles based private investment firm OpenGate Capital said this morning that it has acquired the Laboratory Workstations business of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. The Thermo Fisher Scientifi...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Accelrys Buys Software Firm

San Diego-based Accelrys, which develops software for the life sciences industry, has acquired a fellow software company, Aegis Analytical. Accelrys said it paid $30M for Colorado based Aegis, which it will use to bolster its products. Aegi...

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Local Corporation Sells Rovion

Irvine-based Local Corporation, which provides online local advertising for small businesses, said Friday that it has sold off its Rovion unit to Gannett Co., Inc.. The deal was worth $3.9M in cash. Local Corp. said the deal would enhance i...

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Hulu Investor Gets Big Gain As It Sells Stake Back To Hulu

Private equity firm Providence Equity Partners has sold its 10 percent stake in Hulu, the firm said Friday morning, getting a nice return on its investment in the online video streaming site. Providence Equity Partners had invested $100M in...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Helix Medical Buys MedVenture Technology

Carpinteria-based Helix Medical, a manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industry, has acquired MedVenture Technology Corp., a medical device design, development, and manufacturing company. Financial terms of the buy were not d...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cymer Acquired By ASML For $2.5 Billion

San DIego-based Cymer, the supplier of light sources for lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, has been acquired by ASML, a Netherlands-based provider of lithography systems. ASML said it will acquire all of the outstanding sh...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ThinkNear Among SoCal's First Accelerator Exits

The acquisition Tuesday of ThinkNear, the mobile advertising firm headed by Eli Portnoy, looks to be among the first accelerator-incubated companies in Southern California. The catch? ThinkNear was accelerated via TechStars New York, and mo...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ThinkNear Acquired By TeleNav

Los Angeles-based ThinkNear, the developer of hyper-local mobile advertising technology headed by Eli Portnoy, has been acquired by TeleNav, TeleNav said this morning. TeleNav said it would pay $22.5M, consisting of $18.5M in cash plus rest...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

textPlus Lands $18M, Buys Jarvus

textPlus, the maker of the popular texting application by the same name, said today that it has raised $18M in a new funding round, led by The Raine Group. Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Matrix Partners and GRP Partners als...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ingram Micro Completes BrightPoint Buy

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro said Monday that it has acquired BrightPoint, a distributor of products for the wireless market. Ingram said it is paying $9.00 per share in cash for BrightPoint. The deal is worth approximately $840M. The deal ...

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Esri Buys Geoloqi

Redlands-based Esri, the developer of geographical information systems (GIS) software, has acquired startup Geoloqi, which developed a service for geocoding information. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Geoloqi was based in Po...

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Gores Group Buys Therakos

Los Angeles based private equity firm The Gores Group is acquiring a medical device firm, Therakos, from Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, the company said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Therakos is a New Jersey deve...

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

CurveNorth Acquired By TransFirst

Orange County-based merchant processing software developer CurveNorth has been acquired by a New York firm, TransFirst, TransFirst said Wednesday. CurveNorth, which was based in the small town of Silverado, developed software used for the m...

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Prices IPO

Calabasas-based KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, a developer of aesthetic medicine products aimed at reducing fat deposits, has priced its IPO at $16.00 per share. The firm is offering 4,400,000 shares of its common stock on the NASDAQ Global Se...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Latest New World Ventures Firm On IPO Track

IO Data Centers, The newest portfolio company of New World Ventures, the venture investment arm of The Pritzker Group--which has been one of the most active local investors in Los Angeles in recent months--is already on track to an IPO, acc...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

OptionEase Acquired By Solium Capital

Mission Viejo-based OptionEase, the developer of software-as-a-service for tracking stock options and equity, as well as valuation and compliance, has been acquired by Solium Capital Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. OptionEase...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Life Technologies Buys Compendia Bioscience

Carlsbad-based life sciences equipment firm Life Technologies said Monday that it has acquired Compendia Bioscience, a developer of cancer bioinformatics products. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Compendia's products are used...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Elon Musk's SolarCity Files For IPO

It's been a big weekend for tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, after another successful launch Sunday from his commercial spaceflight firm, SpaceX--based in Hawthorne--and, it turns out, another IPO filing for Musk. SolarCity, a Bay Area provider...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Virgin Galactic Takes Full Ownership Of JV

Mojave-based Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight firm owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, said late Friday that it has acquired 100 percent ownership of its sister company, The Spaceship Company (TSC). Virgin Galactic said ...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Rumor: Cooking.com Slashes Staff, Seeks Buyer

Marina Del Rey-based Cooking.com is looking for a buyer, and has recently laid off at least sixteen staff, according to a reader tip. The anonymous tipster said that an interim management team is now seeing to sell the company after a sever...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

CareFusion Buys Brazilian Company

San Diego-based CareFusion, which develops a wide range of medical products, said today that it has acquired a Brazilian company, Intermed Equipamento Medico Hospitalar Ltda. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Intermed is based ...

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Regulus Therapeutics Adjusts IPO Offering Terms

San Diego-based Regulus Therapeutics has adjusted its anticipated IPO terms, saying in a filing this morning that it now anticipates its initial public offering price of its stock to be $4.00 per share, and that it will offer up 11.25M shar...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lindzon Gets Exit At Lifelock

Prolific San Diego angel investor Howard Lindzon, who runs StockTwits, has scored a big exit at one of his portfolio companies, LifeLock, after the firm had its IPO this morning. Lindzon said it was an early angel investor in the company, a...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How TVC Aims At Acquisitions, Not IPOs, with Jeb Spencer

Southern California's technology community--despite all of the recent excitement around Silicon Beach--continues to be underserved in terms of capital, with a lack of venture capital funds (with money), and other private technology investor...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

EQAL Acquisition By Everyday Health Included $12.5M In Stock

A recent regulatory filing by Everyday Health, the digital media publisher, shows that its acquisition of Los Angeles-based EQAL included both cash and stock, with the stock portion worth $12.5M. The filing did not reveal the full price for...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Viewdle Being Acquired By Google, Says Report

Viewdle, a developer of computer vision technology which is venture backed by Anthem Ventures and Qualcomm, among others, is in the midst of an acquisition by Google, according to reports today. The original report came via Forbes, with fo...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Playsino Buys Two Social Gaming Firms

Los Angeles-based Playsino, which develops social casino games, said today that it has acquired two social gaming firms, including Popover Games and Foghorn Games. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Popover Games develops social...

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Quest Software Now Part Of Dell

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software is now officially part of Dell, Dell said today, after the two firms completed their $2.4 billion acquisition deal. The acquisition of Quest is a significant part of bolstering Dell's software ambitions, wit...

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Friday, September 28, 2012

GRP Partners Gets IPO At Qualys

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has just chalked up an IPO for its portfolio, with the IPO this morning of Redwood City-based Qualys. Qualys priced its IPO last night at $12.00 per share, and was slightly up in morning t...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

WSJ Top Startups List: SoCal Matches Silicon Valley On IPOs

One of the most interesting things about the Wall Street Journal's list of top startups in the U.S.? The number of IPOs of companies on the Journal's list from 2011 from Southern California matched the number of IPOs of Silicon Valley compa...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

AutoGenomics Files For IPO

Vista-based AutoGenomics has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raise up to $65M in a public offering on the NASDAQ Global Market. The maker of molecular diagnostics systems--used by reference laboratories, hospitals and special...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

MSC Software Acquires e-Xstream

Santa Ana-based simulation software developer MSC Software has acquired a developer of advanced materials simulation software, e-Xstream, the company said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. e-Xstream's software already wo...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ViSalus, With LA Tech Founder, Drops IPO Plans

ViSalus, the nutritional supplements firm headed by former Los Angeles technology entrepreneur Ryan Blair, has withdrawn its IPO, according to a filing with the SEC. The firm did not say why it is withdrawing its IPO, only saying that it ha...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Sets IPO Pricing Range

Calabasas-based KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, a venture-backed developer of aesthetic medicine products, has set its IPO pricing range, saying earlier this week that it is expectings its IPO price to be between $14.00 and $16.00 per share. KY...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Insights and Opinions: How To Position Your Company For A Sale

For today's Insights and Opinions section--where we share useful advice, opinions, and more from the community--we have an article from attorney Jonathan Hodes, of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP. Hodes talks about how you might position you...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Quest Software Stockholders Give Nod To Dell Acquisition

The $2.4 billion acquisition of Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software has been approved by Quest's stockholders, the firm said Tuesday afternoon, after a meeting of the company's stockholders. The approval is one more step along a lengthy approv...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

EQAL Acquired By Everyday Health

Los Angeles-based EQAL, the digital media and content developer founded by Miles Beckett and Greg Goodfried, has been acquired by Everyday Health, Everyday Health said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Everyday He...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Paragon Biomedical Acquired By Clinipace

Irvine-based Paragon Biomedical, a contract research organization (CRO), has been acquired by Clinipace, the two announced today. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The two companies said the acquisition will "significan...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Clearlake Capital Group Buys Mobile Device Management Firm Mformation

Santa Monica-based private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group said today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Mformation Software Technologies, a developer of mobile device management software. Financial terms of the buy...

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

ValueClick Sells Search123

Westlake Village-based ValueClick has divested Search213, the company's European, self-service, paid search business, the company said today. According to ValueClick, it sold Search123 to its former executive in charge of European operation...

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

NantWorks' Soon-Shiong Eyes AEG

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the biotech billionaire behind local technology thinktank and investor NantWorks, has emerged as a potential bidder for AEG, the owner of the Staples Center, and part owner of the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Kings, and L.A. Galax...

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

DTS Launches Android Connected, Whole Home Audio System With Phorus Buy

Calabasas-based audio processing technology firm DTS is expanding into the Internet-connected, whole home audio market today, saying that it has released an Android-based, whole home audio system. The new product provides a remote speaker a...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Zui Acquired By Saban Brands

San Diego-based Zui, the kid-friendly Internet portal which runs KidZui, has been acquired by Saban Brands, Saban said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Saban Brands said the buy will strengthen its position in ki...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Illumina Buys BlueGnome

San Diego-based Illumina, the developer of life sciences tools, said this morning that it has acquired BlueGnome, a UK-based provider of in-vitro fertilization and cytogenetics screening products. Financial terms of the acquisition were not...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gores Group Buys Astadia

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group has acquired cloud computing consulting and systems integrator Astadia, Gores said Monday. Financial details of the transaction were not announced. Astadia will be merged with Idea, a cu...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Synthetic Genomics Buys Patent Portfolio

La Jolla-based genomics firm Synthetic Genomics said yesterday that it has purchased a bundle of patents from Febit Holdings GmbH. Financial details of the patent purchase were not disclosed. Synthetic Genomics said the purchase includes th...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Evolution Robotics Acquired By iRobot

Pasadena-based Evolution Robotics, the Idealab robotics technology firm headed by Paolo Pirjanian, has been acquired by iRobot. iRobot said that it will pay $74M for Evolution Robotics, which is best known for its Mint automatic floor clean...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Nik Software Acquired By Google

San Diego-based Nik Software, the developer of a popular set of photo filters and plug-ins for photo editing, has been acquired by Google. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Nik Software has its corporate headquarters in...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Modesat Acquired By Xilinx

Modesat, a developer of wireless backhaul communications chips and products, which has its North American operations headquartered in San Diego, has been acquired by Xilinx, the two said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ze Frank Games Acquired By Buzzfeed

Ze Frank Games, the Los Angeles startup led by web video's Ze Frank, has been acquired by BuzzFeed, a social news publisher, the firm said Friday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to BuzzFeed, Ze Frank has joined the...

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Epicor Buys Solarsoft

Epicor Software, the business and manufacturing software developer, said this week that it has acquired Solarsoft Business Systems. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Solarsoft is a developer of midmarket, enterprise resource pl...

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

FastSoft Acquired By Akamai

Pasadena-based FastSoft, the developer of Internet acceleration appliances, has been acquired by Akamai, Akamai said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the cash buy were not disclosed. FastSoft's technology is based out of Caltech, and ...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Citrix Buys Beetil To Bolster Citrix GoToAssist

Citrix said Monday afternoon that it has acquired Beetil, a developer of cloud-based, service desk technology, to help bolster its Citrix GoToAssist capabilities. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Citrix GoToAssist is developed...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Clearlake Capital Group Buys NetMotion Wireless

Santa Monica-based investor Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. announced this morning that it has acquired NetMotion Wireless, a developer of mobile virtual private network (VPN) and network performance management software. Financial terms of th...

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Friday, September 7, 2012

DataQuick Buys Title Firm

San Diego-based real estate information provider >a href="http://www.dataquick.com">DataQuick said it has acquired a title business, Rels Title. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. ATI Title COmpanies dba Rels Title is currently ...

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Contour Energy Merges With ActaCell

Azusa-based advanced battery developer Contour Energy Systems has merged with Austin-based ActaCell Energy Systems, the two said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the merger would help accelerate the co...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

TigerLead Acquired By Move

Los Angeles-based TigerLead Solutions, a developer of lead generation and lead management systems for the real estate industry, has been acquired by Move, Inc.. According to Move, it paid $22M in cash for TigerLead. Move explained the acqui...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GlobalWide Media Buys Canadian Firm

Westlake Village-based GlobalWide Media, a provider of online affiliate marketing, display marketing, search engine marketing, and other services, has acquired Canadian firm Neverblue Media Company and AKMG, the firm said last week. The dea...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Elevance Pulls IPO

Elevance Renewable Sciences, the producer of specialty, renewable chemicals based on research licensed from Pasadena-based Materia, has pulled its IPO. The Illinois company said in a filing this morning that it has pulled the IPO due to a n...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MicroProbe Acquired By FormFactor For $116M

MicroProbe, a venture-backed developer of semiconductor systems-on-a-chip wafer test equipment that has offices in Carlsbad, has been acquired by FormFactor, FormFactor said today. FormFactor said it paid $100M in cash and $16.8M in stock f...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Elevation Pharmaceuticals Acquired For $430M

San Diego-based Elevation Pharmaceuticals, the venture backed developer of treatment for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), has been acquired by Masachussets-based Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth up to $43...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

JMI Equity, Apax Acquire Geosciences Software Firm For $1 Billion

San Diego-based JMI Equity has teamed with fellow private equity firm Apax Partners in the acquisition of Paradigm Ltd., worth $1 billion in cash, the firms involved with the transaction announced today. Paradigm is a developer of oil and g...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WhatRunsWhere Buys Mobile Ad Spy For Mobile Ad Tracking

San Diego-based WhatRunsWhere, a startup which develops advertising tracking technology, said this morning that it has acquired Mobile Ad Spy, a UK-based mobile ad tracking startup. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. WhatRunsWhe...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sirigen Acquired By Becton, Dickinson

Sirigen, a developer of fluorescent biomarkers used in flow cytometry, and which was started at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been acquired by Becton, Dickinson and Co.. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Siri...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wittlebee Acquires Clothing Company

Culver City-based Wittlebee, the children's clothing subscription firm headed by Sean Pervical and backed by Science, Inc., has acquired a clothing company, Cottonseed Clothing Company, the firm announced today. Financial terms of the buy w...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Buys Four Punk Rock Blogs

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the growing online music publisher, reported this morning that it has acquired four punk rock sites, which it will use to create a new punk music group called AbsoluteVoices. BUZZMEDIA said it acquired Under The...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Ixia Completes BreakingPoint Systems Buy

Calabasas-based Ixia announced this morning that it has completed its acquisition of BreakingPoint Systems. The acquisition had been announced in July, and was worth $160M in cash. Ixia, a provider of IP network testing equipment and softwa...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Qualcomm Buys Small Cell Developer DesignArt Networks

San Diego-based Qualcomm said late Thursday that it has acquired DesignArt Networks, a developer of small cell modem and system design for the cellular base station market. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. DesignArt is based...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

j2 Acquires New Zealand Firm

Los Angeles-based j2 Global, the messaging and communications service provider, has made yet another acquisition this morning, saying that it has acquired the New Zealand business of Zintel Communications. Financial terms of the buy were no...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Aperio Acquired By German Firm

Vista-based Aperio, the developer of digital pathology equipment, is being acquired by German company Leica Biosystems, the companies said today. Financial details of the buy were not announced by the companies. The two said the move will h...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

CityGrid Buys Pay-Per-Phone Advertising Technology Firm

West Hollywood-based CityGrid, the unit of IAC which operates CitySearch, Insider Pages, and Urbanspoon, said this morning that it has acquired Felix, a performance-based, local advertising service for small and medium-sized businesses. Fin...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Regulus Therapeutics Files For IPO

San Diego-based Regulus Therapeutics has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raised up to $57.5M in an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market. The developer of microDNA-based biopharmaceuticals said it hopes to trade as RGLS. The IPO is...

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

ViSalus, Headed by LA Tech Entrepreneur, Files For $175M IPO

ViSalus, a nutritional supplements maker co-founded by Los Angeles-based, technology entrepreneur Ryan Blair, has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raise up to $175M in an IPO. Exchange and other details of the IPO have not yet...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Insights and Opinions: Facebook, revisited

What's going on with Facebook? For our Insights and Opinions section today, Megan Lisa Jones, an investment banking vet, comments on the travails of Facebook, and its stock price and life as a public company. Debacle? It sho...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

How Broadcom Taps Israel For Technology Growth, Innovation

How is Irvine-based Broadcom continuing to grow its business? By acquisitions, it seems. Broadcom has acquired at least 48 companies since 1999. As an unintended side effect, those acquisitions have made Broadcom a major player in Israel's ...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DecisionPoint Systems Buys Mobile Software Firm

Irvine-based DecisionPoint Systems, a provider of mobile workforce automation integration services and products, said this week that it has acquired Ilume Mobile Software, a developer of mobile applications which was a division of MacroSolv...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Boingo Acquires Ad Firm Cloud Nine Media

Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi access point and network operator, is expanding out its services today, saying it has acquired Cloud Nine Media, a provider of Wi-Fi sponsorship and location-based advertising. Financial terms of the acquisition w...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Peregrine Semiconductor Prices IPO, Starts Trading Today

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor priced its IPO last night, saying that it will offer up 5,500,000 shares of its common stock at $14.00 per share. The firm will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as PSMI. Peregrine price...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Atomkeep Acquired By Jobscience

Atomkeep, an online service to help users synchronize their social media profiles across a number of social networking sites, has been acquired by Jobscience, a developer of social relationship management software tools. Financial terms of ...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Peregrine Semiconductor Expected To IPO Wednesday

San Diego-based RFIC maker Peregrine Semiconductor is looking to be the next, Southern California technology company to make it to the public markets, with an IPO on Wednesday, according to the NASDAQ's IPO calendar. Peregrine is looking to...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

CrazyEgg Buys Hello Bar

Orange County-based heatmap software developer CrazyEgg has acquired Hello Bar, a developer of customizable, web toolbars which help encourage actions from web site visitors. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to TechC...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Teledyne Acquires PDM Neptec, Completes LeCroy Buy

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified electronics, instrumentation, and aerospace products firm, said Friday that it has acquired PDM Neptec, a provider of underwater cables, fiber optic and electrical subsea connectors...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Saban Brands Buys The Playforge

Los Angeles-based Saban Brands, which is owned by Saban Capital Group, the investment arm of media mogul Haim Saban, said Thursday that it has acquired The Playforge, a mobile games developer known for its title Zombie Farm. Financial terms...

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Report: LegalZoom IPO Delayed

The long awaited IPO of Glendale-based LegalZoom apparently has been delayed, according to reports Thursday afternoon. According to Reuters, citing an "underwriting source", LegalZoom has delayed the offering due to marketing conditions. Le...

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

NextWave Wireless Acquired By AT&T

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless, the company which holds a chunk of bandwidth used for the wireless communications market, has been acquired by AT&T, AT&T announced this morning. AT&T said it will acquire all of the equity of NextWave for...

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

io/LA's Sister Program Gets Exit At CodeEval

Hollywood-based tech incubator and co-working space io/LA's sister effort in San Francisco has just scored an exit, after incubator firm CodeEval was acquired this morning by HireVue. CodeEval develops online tools which allow non-technical...

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Genomatica Drops IPO Plans, Raises $41.5M

San Diego-based renewable chemicals developer Genomatica has dropped its IPO plans, according to a regulatory filing by the company this morning. The firm, which had filed for a $100M IPO in August of 2011, said in a withdrawal of its regis...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

United Online Plans Split With FTD

It looks like the odd marriage between United Online's communications, online content and media businesses with FTD, the company's flower delivery service, is about to end, after the company said Wednesday afternoon that its board has appro...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

GoPro Plans IPO, Says Report

GoPro, the maker of the popular, wearable, waterproof, sports action cameras for consumers, is planning an IPO, says a report Tuesday afternoon from Reuters. The report--citing sources near to the company--said that GoPro has hired JPMorgan...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

LegalZoom IPO Expected Friday

One of the most anticipated IPOs of a Southern California technology firm, LegalZoom is expected to hit the markets Friday, with pricing expected Thursday evening. The firm--which recently set its expected IPO pricing range of $10 to $12 pe...

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Monday, July 30, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Trims Spin Magazine

Los Angeles-based digital media publisher BUZZMEDIA is wasting no time reshaping SPIN Magazine, the venerable music and culture publication it acquired earlier this month, and is reportedly already cleaning house. Billboard magazine reports...

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Impinj Raises $21M, But Drops IPO Effort

Impinj, a developer of UHF, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips which has linked to Caltech, and an office in Orange County, said today that it has raised $21M in an equity funding round, as well as dropped its plans for an IPO. Imp...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Gehry Technologies Buys Bimshare

Los Angeles-based Gehry Technologies, which develops 3D, project collaboration and building information modeling (BIM) softare, said Wednesday that it has acquired Bimshare, a developer of building information modeling (BIM) data sharing so...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peregrine Semiconductor Estimates IPO Pricing Range

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, the developer of CMOS, RF integrated circuits, has set an estimated pricing range for its its IPO. According to a filing by the firm this morning, it is estimating a IPO price of between $14.00 and $...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Life Technologies Buys Pinpoint Genomics

Carslbad-based Life Technologies said today that it has acquired Pinpoint Genomics, a developer of an early-stage, non-small cell lung cancer test. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Pinpoint's tests help identify early-stage pa...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Los Angeles Accelerator Report Card: Too Early To Tell

There's been a surge in startup accelerator activity in Los Angeles in the last year, as interest in starting a company in the region has grown, and a wide range of experienced entrepreneurs and investors have pitched in to help companies g...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Quest Software Acquisition By Dell Passes Antitrust Review

The acquisition of Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software by Dell has gained approval from the Federal Trade Commission, according to the FTC, Dell is buying Quest for $2.4 billion, as it looks to bolster its software business. The deal is worth ...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

DTS Completes SRS Labs Buy

Calabasas-based DTS, the developer of surround sound and audio processing technology, announced today that it has closed its acquisition of Irvine's SRS Labs. The deal was worth approximately $148M, and had been announced in April. DTS was ...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

LegalZoom Sets Estimated IPO Pricing Range

Glendale-based LegalZoom has moved one step closer to the public markets, saying in a filing this morning with the SEC that it is now estimating that its initial public offering price will be between $10.00 and $12.00 per share. LegalZoom s...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Esri Buys Maptel

Redland-based Esri, the developer of mapping and GIS software, said Friday that it has acquired Maptel, a mobile application development company based in Melbourne, Australia. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Esri said the buy...

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Acquired By GenCorp

Canoga Park-based Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the aerospace and defense manufacturer which develops rocket propulsion and engine systems, has been acquired by GenCorp in a deal worth $550M, the firms said this morning. GenCorp is acquiring ...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RightScale Buys ShopForCloud For Cloud Forecasting

Santa Barbara-based cloud managmeent software developer RightScale is launching a brand new product for cloud cost forecasting, thanks to the acquisition of ShopForCloud, a Scotland company developing free cloud forecasting software, the fi...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Telogis Buys Navtrak

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, the developer of location intelligence software, said this evening that it has acquired Navtrak, a provider of mobile resource and fleet management products. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. ...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Life Technologies Buys Navigenics

Carlsbad-based life sciences equipment maker Life Technologies announced late Monday that it has acquired Navigenics, a venture-backed genetics diagnostic testing firm and lab. Navigenics was venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and ...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gen-Probe Gets German Clearance On Hologic Buy

San Diego-based Gen-Probe, the developer of molecular diagnostics products, and Massachusetts-based Hologic announced this morning that the two firms have received clearance from Germany's Federal Cartel Office for the acquisition of Hologi...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

One Lambda Acquired By Thermo Fisher Scientific For $925M

Canoga Park-based One Lambda, a supplier of tissue typing testing technology, has been acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific is a deal worth $925M in cash. Thermo Fisher Diagnostic said the purchase price includes a three year retention prog...

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Activision Blizzard On Block, Says Report

Los Angeles-based videogame maker Activision Blizzard is on the block, with majority owner Vivendi looking to sell the video game business, according to reports this week. Reuters, citing five sources "close to the situation," said that the...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Broadcore Acquired By Masergy

Los Angeles-based Broadcore, which provides cloud communications services, such as hosted PBX, voice, SIP trunking, and other services, has been acquired by Masergy, the two firms said this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were n...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BUZZMEDIA Buys Spin

Los Angeles-based digital media and entertainment publisher BUZZMEDIA announced this morning that it has acquired venerable SPIN Media, the publisher of Spin Magazine, the 25 year old brand known for its coverage of music and culture. Finan...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Brentwood Associates Buys Sundance Holdings

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Brentwood Associates, which manages around $650M in capital and focuses on consumer-focused, middle market growth firms, said today that it has acquired a majority stake in Sundance Holdings Group. Sund...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Interview with Vic Alston, Ixia

What goes into the thought processes of companies when they're acquiring startups and other firms? We thought it would be insightful for our readers--who are usually looking to get acquired by other companies--on what the thought process ...

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Amgen Completes KAI Pharmaceuticals Buy

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of KAI Pharmaceuticals, the South San Francisco-based developer of treatments for treating secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic ki...

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Beats Electronics Bargain: $14M For MOG

Los Angeles-based Beats Electronics, the maker of the Beats By Dr. Dre headphones, appears to have picked up online streaming music service MOG for a song. According to a regulatory filing by HTC, first uncovered by Unwired View, the deal f...

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teledyne Completes BlueView Buy

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of BlueView Technologies, the developer of forward-looking imaging sonar, microbathymetry systems and 3D scanning sonar. Financial terms of t...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Quest Software Acquired By Dell For $2.4 Billion

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software is in a deal to be acquired by Dell, for $2.4 billion, or $28.00 per share in cash, the two firms said this morning. The deal, which was reached after a long, drawn out bidding war between Insight Venture Pa...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Ixia Buys BreakingPoint Systems

Calabasas-based Ixia, the developer of network testing equipment and software, announced this morning that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire BreakingPoint Systems, a developer of security testing tools. The deal is worth $160M in c...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Gaikai Acquired By Sony For $380M

Aliso Viejo-based Gaikai has been acquired by Sony, in a deal worth $380M, Sony announced early Monday morning. According to Sony, the deal, which was signed June 30th, help SCE establish a cloud service and expand its network business. Gai...

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Monday, July 2, 2012

LA's Beats Electronics Buys MOG

Beats Electronic, the maker of the Beats By Dr. Dre headphones, is acquiring online music service MOG, the two firms said over the weekend. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. MOG, which was based in Berkeley, California,...

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Friday, June 29, 2012

ServiceNow Pops On IPO Debut

San Diego-based ServiceNow has proven that the market for initial public offerings is still strong this morning, opening up at $23.08 in its first day of trading on the NYSE. The firm priced its IPO above estimates, at $18.00 per share, Thu...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

ServiceNow Prices IPO, To Hit Market Friday

San Diego-based ServiceNow priced its IPO on Thursday, at $18.00 per share, above its estimated initial offering range of $15.00 to $17.00. The firm is set to trade as NOW on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. ServiceNow is venture back...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ServiceNow IPO Pricing Expected Thursday

San Diego-based ServiceNow, the developer of software-as-a-service for enterprise IT management, is expected to price its IPO Thursday, as the first, technology-focused IPO since the Facebook debacle. The firm, which has set initial pricing...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Science Inc. Makes First Acquisition, Pinpuff

Science, Inc., the startup business effort run by Mike Jones, the former CEO of MySpace, has made its first acquisition, saying this morning that it has acquired Pinpuff, the developer of a platform which measures the influence of Pinterest...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Yammer Acquired By Microsoft For $1.2 Billion

Yammer, the business focused micromessaging site patterned after Twitter, and spun out of Hollywood-based genealogy site Geni, has been acquired by Microsoft for $1.2 billion in cash, Microsoft confirmed Monday. Yammer, which was headed by ...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Quest Software Gets Increased Offer

The bidding war for Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, the developer of IT management software, continued this morning, as the firm reported that an un-named, strategic bidder has upped its proposal to acquire the company to $27.50 per share...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Savings.com Deal Worth $100M+

The acquisition of Los Angeles-based Savings.com is apparently worth over $100M, plus an unspecified additional amount based on future performance of the firm, according to new numbers provided to the press by acquiring firm Cox Target Medi...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Savings.com Acquired By Cox Target Media

Los Angeles-based online coupon and deal site Savings.com has been acuqired by Cox Target Media, Cox announced Thursday afternoon. The deal is worth $100M, plus additional earnout depending on hitting performance targets. The deal includes ...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Adconion Seeks IPO, Says Report

It appears that it's exit season in Southern California, as Internet advertising firm Adconion appears to be on the brink of an IPO filing. A report this morning says that Adconion's paperwork is ready, and that the firm is poised to file i...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Report: Gaikai On The Block, May Bring More Than $500M

Aliso Viejo-based Gaikai, the venture-backed developer of videogame streaming services, is looking for buyers for the firm, in what is expected to be a sale worth more than $500M, according to reports today. The reports--from FORTUNE's Dan ...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sonos Funding Pays Off For Early Investors

When is a funding also an exit? When part of that funding is used to pay off early investors. The $135M funding for Santa Barbara-based wireless music system maker Sonos appears to be just that, rewarding such investors as Andreas von Blott...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Insights and Opinions: A Contrarians Viewpoint on the Facebook IPO

For today's Insights and Opinions section, we're sharing the opinions and views of Megan Lisa Jones, an investment banker, attorney, and author. Megan shares her view on what the Facebook IPO means--and doesn't mean. I've been readin...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Quest Software Bidders Up Offer

Aliso Veijo-based Quest Software said late Tuesday that Insight Venture Partners and its affiliates have raised their offer for the firm to $25.75 per share in cash, up from their original offer of $23.00 per share in cash. The increased of...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ServiceNow Sets IPO Pricing Range

San Diego-based ServiceNow has set the pricing range for its IPO, saying today that it anticipates an initial public offering price for the firm at between $15.00 and $17.00 per share. ServiceNow, which is aiming to trade on the New York St...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Reports: ServiceNow To Pitch IPO In Roadshow This Week

Reports this morning say that San Diego-based ServiceNow is planning to start its IPO roadshow this week, as the firm looks to brave a post-Facebook-IPO market. According to reports, the firm expects to price its IPO as late June. ServiceNo...

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Qualcomm Buys Summit Microelectronics

San Diego-based Qualcomm said today that it has acquired Summit Microelectronics, a developer of programmable power integrated circuits. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Qualcomm said the acquisition includes all employees of ...

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Quest Software Bidder Is Likely Dell

The newest bidder for Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software is likely Dell Computer, according to multiple reports Friday. Quest said on Thursday that it had received a $2.15 billion offer from an undisclosed bidder to acquire the company. Quest...

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Coull Powers Under Armour As RevUpNet Buy Yields Gains

UK-based Coull, a developer of technology which lets publishers and advertisers tag video products within videos, has just signed Under Armour, as the firm's acquisition of Santa Barbara-based online media agency RevUpNet starts to pay divi...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Collective Buys Metacafe

Hollywood management agency The Collective has acquired online video sharing site Metacafe, according to reports this morning from AllthingsD. The report did not uncover any financial details of the deal, but said The Collective is acquirin...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Quest Software Gets $2.15 Billion Offer For Firm

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, the developer of IT management software, reported this morning that it has received a proposal from a strategic bidder to acquire all of the firm's outstanding shares for $25.50 per share in cash. The new o...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Report: Yammer Being Acquired By Microsoft

Yammer, the business focused micromessaging service which started as an offspring of Los Angeles-based family tree and genealogy site Geni, is reportedly in the last legs of a deal to be acquired by Microsoft for more than $1 billion. Accor...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Look.io Acquired By LivePerson

Santa Monica-based Look.io, a startup out of the Amplify accelerator which developed mobile chat applications which could be plugged into any mobile app, has been acquired by LivePerson. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. LivePe...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Amgen Completes Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals Acquisition

Thousand Oaks-based biopharmaceuticals firm Amgen said Tuesday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of Turkish biopharma Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals. The acquisition, which had originally been announced on April 25th, was wort...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

National Technical Systems Buys Garwood Laboratories

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, which provides test and engineering services, said this morning that it has acquired Garwood Laboratories, a Southern California provider of product certification labs. Financial terms of the buy ...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Acacia Makes Patent Buy

Acacia Research, the patent and licensing firm which aggressively licenses its portfolio of patents to technology companies, said Monday that it has acquired 7 medtech patent portfolios, comprising over 150 patents and pending applications....

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Monday, June 11, 2012

GRP Portfolio Firm Qualys Files For IPO

One of the portfolio companies of Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has filed for an IPO, according to a filing with the SEC late Friday. Silicon Valley based enterprise security and compliance software firm Qualys said it...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

United Online Buys schoolFeed

Woodland Hills-based United Online said this morning that it has acquired schoolFeed, a startup developing a Facebook app which connects people via their high school graduating class. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. United O...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

JMI, Apax Buys Oil and Gas Software Firm For $1 Billion

San Diego-based private eqity firm JMI Equity and fellow private equity investor Apax Partners said this morning that they have agreed to acquire Paradigm ltd., a developer of software for the oil and gas exploration and production industry...

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

QAD Buys French Supply Chain Planning Firm

Santa Barbara-based QAD, the provider of enterprise resource planning software, said this morning that it has acquired a French developer of supply chain planning software. QAD said it has acquired DynaSys S.A., which is based in Strasbourg...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Shea Ventures Gets Exit At Quickoffice

It looks like the venture capital business is doing a lot better than the home building industry for Walnut-based J.F. Shea. The homebuilder, which also runs a venture capital arm call Shea Ventures, just scored an exit from one of its port...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

THQ Sells Off UFC Rights To EA

Agoura Hills-based THQ said late Monday that it has sold off its rights to produce titles for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand, to Electronic Arts. Financial details of the sale were not disclosed. According to THQ, the sale r...

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Ixia Completes Anue Systems Buy

Calabasas-based Ixia, which develops Ip network and wireless testing equipment and software, said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Anue Systems, a developer of network visibility and analysis products. The deal had been...

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Monday, June 4, 2012

The Gores Group Buys Touchscreen Interface Company

Los Angeles-based The Gores Group, the private equity investment firm, reported this morning that it has completed its acquisition of the Elo Touch Solutions business of TE Connectivity. The deal was worth $380M in cash. Elo Touch was based...

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Teledyne Buys BlueView Technologies

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, the diversified provider of instrumentation, software, electronics, and other products for the aerospace, defense, and other markets, is continuing its acquisition strategy this morning, saying tha...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Platinum Equity's Quark Buys Mobile Publishing Firm

A firm owned by Los Angeles private equity firm Platinum Equity, desktop publishing tools maker Quark, has acquired a UK-based firm developing cloud-based, tablet and mobile publishing software. Quark, which was acquired by Platinum Equity ...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kurion Acquires GeoMelt

Irvine-based Kurion, the venture-backed startup which has been instrumental in cleanups of the beleaguered Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, reported this morning that it has acquired a company focused on stablizing radioactive materials. K...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teledyne Technologies Buys LeCroy

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it is acquiring New York-based instrumentation and measurement firm LeCroy, in a deal worth $291M. According to the two, Teledyne will pay $14.30 per share in cash for Le...

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Quest Software Eyed By Dell

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software is in discussions with Dell about an acquisition, according to reports today. No details on the discussions have been released, however, BusinessWeek said that Dell is mulling an acquisition of Quest, which ...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rubicon Project Acquires Mobile Advertising Firm Mobsmith

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising optimization company run by Frank Addante, has made another acquisition this morning. The firm said it has acquired Mobsmith, a provider of mobile advertising products. Details and s...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Audiolife Acquired By Alliance Entertainment

Van Nuys-based Audiolife, the startup which provided product fulfillment for the music industry and artists, has been acquired by Florida firm Alliance Entertainment. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Allia...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Fastpoint Games Acquired By Weplay

Santa Monica-based Fastpoint Games, the developer of virtual fantasy sports games which was headed by Kelly Perdew, has been sold to Los Angeles-based WePlay, Weplay announced Monday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. WePlay, ...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

PromoJam: Facebook IPO Celebrated In Drinks?

Planning on celebrating that Facebook IPO tonight? Los Angeles-based PromoJam just posted an amusing list of tech-themed mixed drinks to celebrate the occasion, which is now the biggest technology IPO on record, ever. PromoJam posted its li...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Facebook IPO Hits Markets Today: Will It Spur SoCal IPO Activity?

As Mountain View-based social networking site Facebook hits the market today, in what is the largest tech initial public offering in history, one question is if it will spur what has, so far, been a lackluster IPO market for Southern Califo...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

WD Names Two To Board

Irvine-based Western Digital, the maker of disk drives, said this morning that it has appointed two new members to its board of directors. WD said it has added Kensuke Oka and Masahiro Yamamura to the board, both of whom are being added as ...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yardi Buys Another Service Provider

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, which develops real estate and property management software, has acquired another firm, saying Thursday tht it has acquired the Multifamily Services Group (MSG) unit of ista North America. Financial terms of the a...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kythera Files For IPO

Calabasas-based KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals, a developer of biopharmaceuticals for the aesthetic medicine market, has filed for an IPO. According to the firm's S-1 filing, Kythera is looking to raise up to $86.25M on the NASDAQ Global Market...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Report: IPO Fever Lifting Valuations, Slowing M&A

A report today says that "IPO fever" is lifting valuations of technology companies, while slowing the pace of mergers and acquisitions. The report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, says that technology businesses are continuing to lead other sec...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quality Systems Buys The Poseidon Group

Irvine-based Quality Systems, the developer of electronic health records and medical practice management software, said this morning that it has acquired The Poseidon Group, a developer of emergency room documentation and electronic medical...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fisker Automotive Systems' Supplier Seeks Buyer

A major supplier to Irvine-based electric auto firm Fisker Automotive is looking for a buyer, after woes triggered by a recall of Fisker's automobiles in March. A123, the supplier of batteries used in Fisker's automobiles, said Tuesday that...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On Assignment Closes Apex Systems Buy

Publicly held On Assignment, the provider of temporary staffing to the technology, healthcare, and life sciences industries, said Tuesday afternoon that it has closed its acquisition of Apex Systems. The deal had been announced on March 20t...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Health In Reach Merges With PriceDoc

Health marketplace firm Health In Reach, which is led by Scott Sangster, has merged with competing health marketplace PriceDoc, the two firms annoucned this morning. According to the two, they will continue to operate as Health In Reach, an...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

WD Completes Sale of 3.5 Inch Hard Drive Assets

Irvine-based Western Digital Corp., the hard disk drive manufacturer, said this morning that it has completed its divestituture of certain 3.5-inch hard drive assets to Toshiba. WD sold the assets to Toshiba as part of a deal with regulator...

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Friday, May 11, 2012

ExpenseCloud Acquired By TriNet

Human resources service provider TriNet confirmed Thursday that it has acquired Los Angeles-based expense report management software provider ExpenseCloud. Financial terms of the sale have not been announced. According to TriNet, it will in...

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Friday, May 11, 2012

LegalZoom Files For IPO

Glendale-based online legal documents marketplace LegalZoom filed for an IPO Friday, saying that it is looking to raise up to $120M on the New York Stock Exchange as "LGZ". The firm's IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, BofA Merril...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

BeyondTrust Buys eEye

Carlsbad-based BeyondTrust, a developer of security and access control software, said today that it has acquired eEye DIgital Security, which develops vulnerability management software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced....

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Adconion Rolls Joost Into Smartclip

Adconion Media Group, the online advertising network which has major operations in Los Angeles, said this morning that it has rebranded Joost Media into a its smartclip video advertising division. Smartclip, which Adconion acquired in Novem...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Report: ExpenseCloud Acquired By TriNet

Los Angeles-based expense management software and services developer ExpenseCloud, which was founded by Eric Sikola and Dan Fritcher, has been acquired by human resources provider Trinet, according to reports today. According to PandoDaily,...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Flipswap Acquired By eRecyclingCorps

Torrance-based Flipswap, which operates a consumer electronics buyback program, has been acquired by Texas-based eRecyclingCorps, the firms said today. Financial term sof the acquisition were not disclosed. eReclycpingCorps said that it has...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Ixia to Acquire Anue Systems For $145M

Calabasas-based network testing equipment provider Ixia said Monday morning that it has agreed to buy Anue Systems, a developer of network monitoring and test products, in a deal worth $145M in cash. Ixia said that Anue had 2011 revenues of...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

upStart.LA Merges With Cross Campus

Los Angeles business accelerator program upStart.LA, one of numerous startup acceleration and incubation efforts to start in the last year in Southern California, is merging with a startup in Santa Monica, Cross Campus. According to a note ...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

OpenGate Capital Buys South American ICT Firm

Los Angeles private equity investor OpenGate Capital said this morning that it has acquired Getronics LATAM, a portfolio of Latin American businesses in the telecommunications and ICT provider space, from KPN. FInancial terms of the acquisi...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ortiva Wireless Acquired By Allot Communications

La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless, a developer of wireless video optimization and streaming hardware and software, has been acquired by Allot Communications Ltd., a provider of products for the fixed and mobile data network market, Allot annou...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Acacia Targets Digital Imaging With Patent Buy

Newport Beach-based Acacia Research, the patent licensing outfit which acquires and aggressively licenses patents, is eyeing the digital imaging market, saying this morning that one of its subsidiaries has acquired a number of patents origi...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Report: Demand Media Passed Up $1.2B Go Private Deal

Los Angeles-based Demand Media just passed up a deal to go private, according to a report over the weekend from the WSJ's AllThingsD, which says that the firm--headed by Richard Rosenblatt--ultimately decided to pass on the offer from priva...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Gen-Probe Acquired By Hologic For $3.7 Billion

San DIego-based molecular diagnostics equipment maker Gen-Probe, which is publicly held, is being acquired by Hologic in a $3.7 billion deal, the firms said this morning. The two said that Hologic will pay $82.75 per share in cash for Gen-P...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Private Equity Firm Set To Sell Hulu Stake, Says Report

A report today from Bloomberg says that Providence Equity Partners, the private equity firm which owns part of Los Angeles-based Hulu, is selling its stake to the firm's other owners in a deal valuing the firm at about $2 billion. Citing tw...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Powerwave Technologies Sells Chinese Manufacturing Operations

Santa Ana-based Powerwave Technologies, the publicly held manufacturer of wireless communications components, said yesterday that it has entered into a deal with Shenzhen Tatfook Technology Co. Ltd., where it will sell selected assets of it...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

THQ Sells ValueSoft Division To Cosmi Software

Agoura-based videogame developer THQ has sold off its value PC software arm, ValueSoft, to Westminster, California-based Cosmi, the firms said this morning. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. ValueSoft, which is based in Chaska...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quality Systems Buys Matrix Management Solutions

Irvine-based Quality Systems, a provider of practice management and electronic health records software, said today that it has acquired Matrix Management Solutions, a reseller of revenue cycle management and electronic health records produc...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Amgen Buys Turkish Pharmaceutical Company

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said this morning that it has acquired Turkish pharmaceuticals firm Mustafa Nevzat Pharmaceuticals. Amgen said the deal is worth $700M in cash. Amgen said the acquisition will help to significantly expand its prese...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Clearstone Portfolio Firm Cetas Acquired By VMware

Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures has had another exit in its portfolio, this time with the acquisition of Cetas, a developer of cloud data analytics software, by VMware. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cetas was...

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Monday, April 23, 2012

CareFusion Divests Neurodiagnostics Business

San Diego-based CareFusion said this morning that it is selling its neurodiagnostics business to Natus Medical Incorporate, in a deal worth approximately $58M. CareFusion said its is selling off its CareFusion Nicolet business, in a cash de...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

RealtyTrac Acquires Homefacts

Irvine-based RealtyTrac, which provides an online marketplace and service to track foreclosure properties, said this week that it has acquired Homefacts, an online data aggregator tracking real estate information. Financial terms of the buy...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SRS Labs Acquired By DTS

Santa Ana-based SRS Labs, the developer of audio processing and enhancement technology, is being acquired by fellow audio processing firm DTS, in a deal worth approximately $148M, the firms said this morning. SRS and Calabasas-based DTS sai...

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Nukona Acquired By Symantec

San Diego-based Nukona, a developer of mobile application management software, has been acquired by security software giant Symantec. Symantec said it completed the acquisition this morning. The deal had originally been announced in April. ...

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Friendgiftr Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Los Angeles-based Friendgiftr, the angel-backed developer of a service which allows users to send gift cards to their family and friends, has been acquired, the firm said Friday morning. Friendgiftr said it has been acquired by private equi...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Citrix Online Acquires Podio

The Santa Barbara-based online services arm of Citrix is expanding its suite of software, after Citrix said this morning that it is acquiring Podio, a developer of collaborative work software for business teams. Financial details of the acq...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gores Group Buys Touchscreen Manufacturer

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said Tuesday that it has acquired the touch screen business of TE Connectivity, in a deal worth $380M in cash. Gores said it acquired TE Connectivity's Touch Solutions business, which su...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Amgen Buys KAI Pharmaceuticals

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said this morning that it has agreed to buy KAI Pharmaceuticals, a developer of treatments for secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are on dialysis, f...

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Cornerstone OnDemand Completes Sonar Limited Buy

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of cloud-based, talent and HR management software headed by Adam Miller, said Monday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of Sonar Limited (Sonar6). The deal had been announc...

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Epicor Acquires Auto Parts Software Firm

Epicor Software, the developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software which has major operations in Irvine, said Thursday that it has acquired Internet AutoParts (IAP), a developer of business-to-business e-commerce software for the...

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Broadcom Completes BroadLight Acquisition

Irvine-based Broadcom said late Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of BroadLight, the developer of networking and fiber access passive optical network (PON) processors. Broadcom said the deal was worth approximately $195M net of...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Green Dot Completes Loopt Buy

Monrovia-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid debit card products, reports today that it has completed its acquisition of Mountain View-based mobile social networking developer Loopt. The deal was worth approximately $43M in cash. Green...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Yardi Buys Lead Management Software Firm

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, which develops real estate investment and property management software, said today that it has acquired Lead Tracking Solutions, developer of the PopCard lead tracking and lead management software products. Financ...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DDi Acquired By Viasystems

Anaheim-based circuit board manufacturer DDi Corp. is being acquired by a St. Louis-based competitor, Viasystems Group, the two said this morning, in a deal worth $268M net of cash plus debt assumed. According to Viasystems Group, it will p...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TechForward Acquired By SquareTrade

Los Angeles-based TechForward, the guaranteed electronics plan operator backed by New Enterprise Associates and First Round Capital, has sold its operating assets to SquareTrade, the companies said Tuesday. Financial details of the acquisit...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Teledyne Bumps Stake In Optech

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said this morning that it has increased its stake in Optech Incorporated, from 19 percent to 51 percent of the company. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. The transaction came from Tele...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Illumina Rejects Latest Roche Offer

San Diego-based Illumina, the developer of genetics analysis and other life sciences tools, has again rejected an unsolicited bid from Roche to take over the company. Roche had upped its offer for Illumina to $51.00 last week, up from an ea...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Nexsan Pulls IPO

Thousand Oaks-based storage systems developer Nexsan has officially pulled its IPO plans, saying in a regulatory filing today with the SEC that it has decided to withdraw its IPO registration. Nexsan, which had filed for an IPO in April of ...

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Monday, April 2, 2012

SpiritClips Acquired By Hallmark

Los Angeles-based SpiritClips, an online video service and short film producer, has been acquired by greeting cards firm Hallmark. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SpiritClips offers up an online, subscription service ...

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

ServiceNow Files For IPO

San Diego-based ServiceNow, the developer of cloud-based, enterprise IT automation software, filed for an IPO Friday, saying that it is looking to raise up to $150M in an IPO on the NYSE. ServiceNow said has applied to trade as NOW. The fir...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

MRV Sells CES Creative Electronic Systems SA

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications said today that it has completed the sale of its CES Creative Electronics Systems SA subsidiary, to a group of European private equity firms led by Vinci Capital SA. The firm said that the deal was worth ...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Telogis Buys Maptuit

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, the provider of telematics products, said late THursday that it has acquired the assets of Maptuit, a provider of connected navigation products for the commercial fleet market. Financial terms of the buy were not ...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Illumina Gets Increased Offer From Roche

San Diego-based Illumina, the manufacturer of genetic analysis tools and systems, has received a new, unsolicited offer to take over the firm from Roche. Roche said it is now offering to acquire Illumina for $51.00 per share in cash, up fro...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SharesPost To Halt Secondary Facebook Trading

SharesPost, the secondary stock marketplace which allows investors to purchase shares in pre-IPO, privately held firms, told its users today that it will cease facilitating transactions in Facebook, ahead of Facebook's IPO. According to Sha...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

DFJ Frontier Gets Exit At ClearAccess

Los Angeles- and Santa Barbara-based DFJ Frontier, the venture capital firm founded by David Cremin and Scott Lenet, has scored an exit at one of its portfolio firms, ClearAccess. According to networking giant Cisco, it has acquired ClearAc...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ISTA Pharmaceuticals Acquired For $500M

Irvine-based ISTA Pharmaceuticals, a manufacturer of products to treat ocular inflammation and pain post-cataract surgery, glaucoma and ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis, has been acquired by Bausche + Lomb in a $500M d...

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Verenium Gains $37M From Asset Sale

San Diego-based Verenium Corporation, a firm developing industrial biotechnology, said today that it as sold off its oilseed processing business to DSM Food Specialties B.V., a unit of Royal DSM, for $37M. The deal also included licensing o...

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Friday, March 23, 2012

RTI Electronics Acquired By API Technologies

Anaheim-based RTI Electronics, a provider of passive electronic components, including thermistors, film capacitors, magnetic transformers and inductors, has been acquired in an asset deal, according to Orlando, Florida-based API Technologie...

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

eBay Sells Rent.com

One of Southern California's big startup successes--Rent.com--which was sold to eBay back in 2004, has just been sold again. eBay said Thursday that it has sold Rent.com to PRIMEDIA, the publisher of apartment and rental home information an...

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Anaphore Buys Chinese Firm, Gains $15M In Funding

La Jolla-based Anaphore, a startup biopharmaceuticals developer, said today that it has acquired a Chinese firm, RuiYi Inc., and closed on the second tranche of its Series A financing, worth $15M. Anaphore said it acquired RuiYi to gain acc...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Broadcom Buys Broadlight

Irvine-based Broadcom is buying Israeli optical networking firm BroadLight, the company said this morning, in a deal worth $195M in cash. BroadLight develops fiber access PON (Passive Optical Network) processors. Broadcom said the acquisiti...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

On Assignment Buys Apex Systems For $600M

Calabasas-based On Assignment, the publicly held provider of temporary staffing services to life science, technology, and healthcare sectors, has made a major acquisition today, saying that it has acquired Apex Systems, an information techn...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Semtech Completes Gennum Buy

Camarillo-based Semtech has completed its acquisition of Gennum Corporation, the Canadian developers of optical communications semiconductors, the firm said this morning. Semtech had announced the agreement to purchase Gennum on January 23r...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MyPetHabit.com Acquired By Coupaw

Los Angeles-based MyPetHabit.com, an online, daily deals site focused on pet care items, has been acquired by New York-based Coupaw.com, Coupaw said today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Both sites are modeled after popular ...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Broadcom Set To Acquired Broadlight, Says Report

Irvine-based Broadcom is getting set to announced a $200M acquisition of Israeli communications chip developer Broadlight, according to multiple reports this morning. Broadlight is based in Herzliya, Israel, and develops fiber optic communi...

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Essential Learning Acquired By Vista Equity Partners

San Diego-based Essential Learning, which develops interactive education and learning software for behavioral and community health, substance abuse, corrections, developmental disability and child welfare organizations, has been acquird by ...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Avalon Ventures Might Reap Cash In Zynga Offering

San Diego-based Avalon Ventures, one of the venture capital investors in social gaming phenomenon Zynga, may be set to cash in on its shares of the newly public gaming firm, after Zynga said this week that it is planning a $400M, secondary ...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

MyLife.com Buys Threadsy

Los Angeles-based MyLife, the online relationship management and networking service headed by Jeff Tinsley, said today that it has purchased the technology behind Threadsy, the developer of a unified communications client for email, Faceboo...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ID Analytics Acquired By LifeLock

San Diego-based ID Analytics, the developer of risk and identification management services, which is venture backed by Canaan Partners, Investor Growth Capital, Mission Ventures, and Trinity Ventures, has been acquired by LifeLock, the firm...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stellar Microelectronics Acquired By Flextronics

Valencia-based Stellar Microelectronics, an electronics manufacturing services provider focused on the aerospace, defense, and medical manufacturing markets, has been acquired by Flextronics. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. A...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Masimo Buys Spire Semiconductor

Irvine-based Masimo, the developer of pulse oximetry devices, said today that it is acquiring substantially all of the assets of Spire Semiconductor, a maker of light emitting diode (LED) and other components, which are used in biomedical a...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Green Dot Acquires Loopt

Monrovia, California-based Green Dot, the prepaid debit card provider headed by Steve Streit, said this morning that it has acquired Silicon Valley mobile social networking firm Loopt. Green Dot said it will pay $43.4M in cash for Loopt, wh...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Quest Software To Go Private In $2.0 Billion Deal

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software plans to go private, in a deal worth $2.0 billion, the firm said this morning. According to Quest, it has reached a deal with Insight Venture Partners, where shareholders will get $23.00 per share to make th...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Cameron Health Acquired By Boston Scientific

San Clemente-based Cameron Health, a maker of subcutaneous, implantable cardiac defibrillators, has been acquired by Boston Scientific, in a deal worth $150M in cash, plus up to $150M on FDA approval of Cameron Health's product, plus up to ...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

WD Completes Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Buy

Irvine-based Western Digital Corp. said Thursday evening that it has completed its acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, in a deal worth $3.9 billion in cash plus $0.9 billion in WD common stock. The acquisition of Hitachi Glo...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cornerstone OnDemand Buys New Zealand Firm

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of human resources and talent management software-as-a-service, said today that it has agreed to acquire Auckland, New Zealand-based Sonar Limited (Sonar6). Cornerstone OnDemand said it...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Semtech Acquires Wireless Semiconductor Maker Cycleo

Camarillo-based Semtech, the supplier of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said late Wednesday that it has acquire French firm Cycleo SAS. Cycleo develops wireless, long-range semiconductors used for smart energy meters and for the in...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nelson-Miller Buys Delta Technologies

Los Angeles-based Nelson-Miller, a manufacturer of membrane switches and nameplates for the electronics, industrial, and other markets, said today that it has acquired Delta Technologies, a Chicago company providing similar components for t...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Energy Innovations' Assets On The Block

The assets of Pasadena-based Energy Innovations are set to go up for auction on March 20th, according to auctioneer Heritage Global Partners, as the firm continues to wind down. Energy Innovations reportedly has been looking for a buyer sin...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

CareFusion Buys Pharmacy Automation Firm

San Diego-based CareFusion said yesterday that it has agreed a technology and consulting firm focused on pharmacy automation, PHACTS, LLC. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. PHACTS, which is based in Seattle, provides consulting...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WD, Hitachi Storage Acquisition To Close Thursday

Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital Corp. and Hitachi, Ltd. said this morning that the two are expecting their deal for the sale of Hitachi's HDD business to WD to close on March 8th. WD and Hitachi said the two have obtained all ...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fetch Technologies Sold To Connotate

El Segundo-based Fetch Technologies, the developer of data aggregation and analysis software which was a spinout of USC's Information Sciences Institute, has been sold to New Jersey-based Connotate. According to Connotate, former Fetch CEO ...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Burstly Buys TestFlight

Los Angeles-based Burstly, the mobile advertising technology firm headed by Evan Rifkin, said today that it has acquired TestFlight,. a developer of a real-time dashboard which provides mobile advertising and revenue analytics for iOS apps....

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

j2 Global Buys Australian Voice Services Firm

Continuing its flurry of international acquisitions, Los Angeles-based J2 Global reports today that it has acquired Zintel Communications, and Australian cloud voice services provider. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. j2 Globa...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

QLogic Completes Sale Of InfiniBand Assets To Intel

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic, the manufacturer of networking adapters, switches, and ASICS for the storage networking market, said last night that it has completed its sale of its InfiniBand product lines and assets to Intel Corporation. The de...

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Report: LegalZoom Nears IPO

Glendale-based LegalZoom, the online legal documents site which was co-founded by Brian Lee and lawyer Robert Shapiro, is reportedly about to file for its IPO, according to a report today. Reuters, citing sources close to the firm, said the...

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WD Divests 3.5-inch HDD Assets To Toshiba

Irvine-based Western Digital, the manufacturer of hard disk drives, reported this morning that it has reached an agreement with Toshiba Corporation, to divest certain assets for manufacturing and selling 3.5-inch hard drives. WD said the mo...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NantWorks Buys Boston Life Labs

Los Angeles-based Nantworks, the new business incubator run by billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, said today that it has acquired another company, Boston Life Labs. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. NantWorks said it will ren...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ceres Closes IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seed stock for energy crops, said today that it has closed its IPO, selling a total of 5,750,000 shares of its common stock at $13.00 per share. The firm said its underwriters exercise their full ...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Entropic Buys Trident Microsystems' Set Top Box Operations For $65M

San Diego-based Entropic Communications reported this morning that it has been selected as the successful bidder to acquire the set-top-box assets of Trident Microsystems. Entropic, which makes semiconductors for the connected home market, ...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

OpenX Buys LiftDNA

Pasadena-based OpenX Technologies, the developer of Internet ad serving technology, announced this morning that it has acquired LiftDNA, a provider of yield optimization software for online publishers. Financial terms of the acquisition wer...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Teledyne Acquires Interconnect Firm VariSystems

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said this morning that it has acquired VariSystems, a Canadian supplier of custom harsh environment interconnects, used in the oil and gas industry. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. V...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

DexCom Buys Healthcare IT Firm

San Diego-based DexCom, a developer of continuous glucose monitoring systems for patients with diabetes, said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired SweetSpot Diabetes Care, a healthcare information technology firm. DexCom said it will pay...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ceres Rises In IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the biotechnology firm developing specialized seed stocks for the biofuels industry, rose in its IPO on Wednesday, closing at $14.80 for the day, after rising 14 percent in its first day of trading. The firm price...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

CyberDefender Files For Chapter 11, Agrees To Sell To GR Match

Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, the troubled developer of Internet security software and provider of remote technical support services, said today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and has agreed to be sold to GR Match, LLC, an ...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WHI Solutions Acquired by eBay

WHI Solutions, a developer of software and digital catalog products for the auto parts distribution market, which had an office in Los Angeles, in addition to New York and New Jersey, has been acquired by eBay. Financial terms of the acquis...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ceres Prices IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of specialized seeds for the biofuels market, has priced its IPO, saying that it will offer up 5,000,000 shares of its common stock at $13.00 per share. The firm will start trading today on the NASDA...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Report: Idealab's Energy Innovations Up For Sale

Pasadena-based Energy Innovations, the Idealab startup working on concentrating photovoltaic solar systems, is looking for a buyer, according to a report Friday. GreenTechMedia, an industry publication covering the green technology and sola...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Broadcom Completes Buy of NetLogic Microsystems

Irvine-based Broadcom has completed its acquisition of NetLogic Microsystems, the developer of networking semiconductors, the company said this morning. The acquisition--which had originally been announced in September--was worth $3.7 billi...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tenrox Acquired By Silverback Enterprise Group

Glendale-based Tenrox, the developer of cloud-based, enterprise project management software, has been acquired by Texas-based Silverback Enterprise Group, Silverback said Thursday, as part of a rollup of a number of project management firms...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Recargo Buys PlugInCars.com

Los Angeles-based Recargo, a startup which is developing mobile apps for helping electric vehicle owners find the nearest electric charging stations, said this week that it has acquired PlugInCars.com, an online news and community site focu...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

j2 Global Buys UK-based Voice Services Firm

Los Angeles-based j2 Global, the provider of online cloud services, e-fax, backup, and other services, is continuing its acquisition streak this morning, saying that it has acquired UK-based Zimo Communications Ltd.. Zimo provides a cloud-b...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Quest Software Buys BlueFolder

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, the developer of IT automation software, said this morning that it has acquired a developer of field and professional service management software, BlueFolder. Financial details of the acquisition were not d...

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Ceres Delays IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres has delayed its IPO, after lowering its IPO pricing estimates this week. According to industry reports, Ceres is delaying the offering until next week. Ceres had initially planned to price its IPO on Thursday....

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Concerro Acquired By Francisco Partners

San Diego-based Concerro, the developer of workforce management and scheduling software-as-a-service, has been acquired by private equity firm Francisco Partners. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Francisco Partner...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Oversee.net Sells Moniker, SnapNames

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the domain name and Internet marketing firm, has sold off its Moniker and SnapNames units, to KeyDrive S.A.. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Moniker and SnapNames handle live domain auctions. ...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

paidContent Sold To GigaOm

paidContent.org, the online news site started by Rafat Ali, and later sold to Guardian Media, has been sold to GigaOM, the online news and media site founded by Om Malik. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to p...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

OVGuide Buys Live Matrix

Los Angeles-based OVGuide, the online video guide site backed by Baroda Ventures, said today that it has acquired Live Matrix, a provider of an online guide to live events on the web. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. A...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ceres Cuts IPO Pricing Range

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds for producing renewable bioenergy feedstocks, has cut its estimated IPO pricing range, ahead of its anticipated IPO this week. In an updated S-1, Ceres now estimates that it will price at be...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Illumina Rejects Hostile Bid From Roche

The board of directors of San Diego-based Illumina, the life sciences tools and analysis systems firm, said last night that it has rejected the unsolicited offer from Roche. The company called the offer "grossly inadequate", saying the take...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Report: Rapportive, Backed By Calacanis, Acquired By LinkedIn

Angel investor Jason Calacanis looks to have scored an exit in his portfolio, according to reports today from AllThingsD. According to those reports, San Francisco-based Rapportive, a developer of plug-ins which overlay social networking in...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Guidance Software Acquires CaseCentral

Pasadena-based Guidance Software, which develops digital forensics and e-discovery software, said Tuesday afternoon that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CaseCentral, a developer of electronic discovery software. Guidance Sof...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011

A new report released today tallies up $7.7 billion in IT exits in 2011, the highest since 2000, for Southern California IT firms. The report--compiled by Ocean Road Partners--included both venture-backed and self-financed information techn...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mindspeed Completes Picochip Buy

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of UK-based Picochip Limited. Mindspeed had announced the acquisition of the small cell base station systems-on-a-chip (SoC) developer on Jan...

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Monday, February 6, 2012

j2 Global Buys Landslide Technologies

Los Angeles-based j2 Global, the provider of Internet fax, hosted email, online backup, and other services, is expanding its offerings this morning, saying that it has acquired Landslide Technologies. Landslide is a Boston-based company dev...

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Friday, February 3, 2012

CallSource Sells Multifamily Division To Former Homestore Exec

Westlake Village-based CallSource, which develops leads management software, has sold off one of its divisions, CallSource Multifamily, to an entrepreneur who was previously a Vice President at Homestore.com. According to Mike Mueller, who ...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Will Facebook's IPO Unbottle Southern California's Pipeline?

Will the filing of an IPO by Menlo Park-based Facebook unclock the pipeline of would-be Southern Calfornia IPOs? Facebook filed for its IPO Wednesday afternoon, saying that it is looking to raise up to $5 billion, in what is expected to be ...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Platinum Equity Sells Portfolio Firm Canvas Systems

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has sold one of its portfolio companies, Canvas Systems, a supplier of refurbished IT hardware and services. Canvas Systems was sold to electronics distributor Avnet. Financial terms of ...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Ceres Expected To Hit Market Feb 9th

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, which develops specialized seeds for the biofuels industry, is planning to hit the market on February 9th, according to the NASDAQ IPO calendar. Ceres recently estimated its IPO pricing at between $21.00 and $23.0...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Tilana Seeks Buyer

San Diego-based Tilana, a developer of online backup, synchronization, and storage services, reported this morning that it is looking to sell the company. According to the firm, it has retained Strategic Advisory Services International (SAS...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Illumina Board Ponders Takeover Offer

San Diego-based life sciences tools developer Illumina said today that its board of directors will be reviewing the usnolicited offer by Roche to acquire the firm, for $44.50 per share in cash. Roche made the offer--which is worth $5.7 bill...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Qualcomm Buys Pixtronix

San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired Pixtronix, a developer of MEMS display technology, reports EETimes, in a deal worth between $175M and $200M. Pixtronix makes MEMS technology which is used for MEMS-based microdisplays, used in e-readers...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Amgen to Acquire Micromet For $1.16B

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen announced today that it is acquiring Micromet, a biopharmaceuticals firm based in Germany and Rockville, Maryland, in a deal worth $1.16 billion. Amgen said it will pay $11 per share in cash for Micromet, which is ...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Illumina Looks To Fend Off Hostile Bid

San Diego-based Illumina, the maker of genetic analysis and other life sciences tools and equipment, made a move to stave off a hostile bid for the company by Roche this morning, saying that it has adopted a "Stockholder Rights Agreement". ...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Green Dot Buys eCommLink

Monrovia-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid debit cards headed by Steve Streit, said Tuesday that it has acquired prepaid processing firm eCommLink, for $2.5M. Greent Dot said the asset deal included certain processing and hardware as...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ceres Sets IPO Pricing Range

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds to supply the bioenergy and biofuels feedstock business, has set its initial pricing range for its IPO, according to a filing from the company this morning. Ceres said it now expects its IPO...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Illumina Gets $5.7B Hostile Bid From Roche

San Diego-based Illumina, the maker of genetic analyis equipment and tools for the life sciences industry, said late Tuesday evening that it has received an unsolicited, acquisition proposal from Roche. Roche offered to acquire Illumina for...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Semtech To Pay $494M For Data Communications Firm Gennum

Camarillo-based Semtech, the maker of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said late Monday that it will pay $494M for Gennum Corporation, a Canadian maker of communications semiconductors. Semtech said it believes the acquisition will e...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Internet Brands Buys The Frugal Travel Guy

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is building out its travel vertical today, saying that it has acquired The Frugal Travel Guy, an online travel blog. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Internet Brands said the acquisiti...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

GeoMicro Acquired By Canadian Firm

Irvine-based GeoMicro, a developer of GPS route planning software for the logistics industry, has been acquired by Canadian firm Descartes Systems Group. Financial terms of the buy were not announced by the firms. GeoMicro's software is use...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

QLogic Sells InfiniBand Products To Intel For $125M

Aliso Viejo-based QLogic, the manufacturer of networking adapters, switches, and ASICS, said this morning that it is in a definitive agreement to sell its InfiniBand product lines and assets to Intel Corporation, in a deal worth $125M in ca...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

j2 Global Buys Cloud Backup Provider

Los Angeles-based j2 Global said this morning that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Offsite Backup Solutions, LLC, a provider of online backup products. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, however, j2 s...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Active Network Plans Offering For Investors

The venture investors in San Diego-based sports website firm Active Network are looking to take some dollars off the table, via an offering from Active, according to an S-1 filed by the company Friday. In the filing, Active said it is plann...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Rustic Canyon Gets Quick Exit At Mertado

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has scored a quick exit at Redwood City-based Mertado, after Mertado said Friday that it has been acquired by daily deals site Groupon. Financial terms of the acquisition were no...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Evolve Media Buys RealityTea.com, WebEcoist.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp., the parent firm of AtomicOnline, SheKnows, and a network of other digital media sites, announced this morning that it has acquired two sites--RealityTea.com, focused on reality entertainment, and WebEco...

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Image Metrics Spins Off Product Line

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics is announcing today that it is spinning off its FACEWARE product line to a new company, Faceware Technologies Inc.. According to the firm, the spinout will enable each of the firms to focus on separate produ...

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Microsemi Buys Product Lines From Maxim

Aliso Viejo-based Microsemi, the supplier of semiconductor products, said today that it has acquired the timing, synchronization, and synthesis business from Maxim Integrated Products. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Evisions Buys Education Software Firm

Irvine-based Evisions, a developer of software for higher education institutions, said this morning that it has acquired Cayuse, a developer of web-based software for grant proposal development. Financial details of the deal were not announ...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Newport Corporation Completes ILX Lightwave Buy

Irvine-based Newport Corporation said Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of ILX Lightwave. The deal had been announced in December. Newport said it paid $9.3M in cash for ILX, which had 2011 revenues of approximately $8M. ILX Lig...

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Rumors Swirl Around THQ

Rumors have been swirling around Agoura Hills-based THQ since this weekend, when a gaming industry analyst, Peter Skerritt, reported that the videogame maker was either looking for a buyer or shutting down its videogame development efforts,...

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Monday, January 16, 2012

LiveOffice Acquired For $115M By Symantec

Torrance-based LiveOffice, the provider of online, cloud-based email archiving services led by Nick Mehta, has been acquired by Symantec, in a deal worth $115M. Symantec said the acquisition would extend its intelligence information governa...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Acacia Buys ADAPTIX For $160M

Newport Beach-based patent licensing firm Acacia Research said today that one of its subsidiaries has acquired ADAPTIX, a developer of 4G wireless technology, for $160M. ADAPTIX holds 230 issued and pending patents in 13 countries, focused ...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

PK4 Media Buys JSFour

Culver City-based PK4 Media, an online video advertising network operator, said Thursday that it has acquired JSFour, a fellow video ad technology firm. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The companies said the two have been wor...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

SkinMedica Buys Makeup Firm

Carlsbad-based SkinMedica, a venture backed cosmaceuticals firm developing skin care products, said Monday that it has acquired Colorescience, a makeup company developing science-based mineral makeups. Financial terms of the buy were not di...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

NMA Group Sold To Corbis

Los Angeles-based NMA Group, which provides product placement into movies and television shows for electronics and other firms, is being acquired by Corbis, the digital media licensing firm owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Financial t...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Yardi Buys Software Firm

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, which develops software for property management, said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired ALMSA Corporation, a provider of software for the assisted living industry. Financial terms of the buy were not disclos...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mindspeed Buys Picochip

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy PIcochip Limited, a UK-based supplier of systems-on-a-chip (SoC) products. Mindspeed said it will pay approximately $51.8M, plus u...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Entropic Acquiring Set-Top Box Business From Trident Microsystems

San Diego-based Entropic Communications, the developer of home networking semiconductors, is in the process of acquiring the set top box business of Trident Microsystems, a beleaguered maker of semiconductor products. According to Trident M...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

VC Exits Down In 2011, Says Report

The number of exits by U.S., venture backed companies was down in 2011, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, which said today that it tallied a total of 522 mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, and IPOs during the year. Dow Jones said that thos...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Channel Technologies Group Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Santa Barbara-based Channel Technologies Group, a manufacturer and supplier of piezo-electric ceramics, transducers along with systems and services, has been acquired by private equity firm Blue Wolf Capital Partners. Financial terms of the...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HID Acquires Software Firm

Irvine-based HID Global, which provides identification and access systems, said this morning that it has acquired EasyLobby, a developer of software used to manage facility visitors. EasyLobby's products are used for visitor registration, ...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Accelrys Buys VelQuest

San Diego-based Accelrys announced this morning that it has acquired VelQuest Corporation, a developer of quality control and lab management software for the pharmaceutical development industry. Accelrys said it paid $35M in cash for VelQue...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gores Group Buys European Manufacturer

Los Angeles private equity firm the Gores Group said this morning that it has acquired a European manufacturer, The Hay Group. The Hay Group is a manufacturer of high precision forged and machined components for engines, gearboxes and axles...

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Newport Corporation Buys ILX Lightwave

Irvine-based Newport Corporation announced this morning that it has acquired ILX Lightwave Corporation, a developer of test and measurement products for laser diodes and other photonic components. Newport Corporation said it will pay $9.3M ...

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

CoreLogic Buys Canadian Firm

Santa Ana-based CoreLogic, a provider of real estate, mortgage, and other related databases, reported this morning that it has acquired British Columbia, Canada-based Tarasoft. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Tarasoft...

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Meritage Pharma Gets $20M In Deal With ViroPharma

San Diego-based Metritage Pharma, which is developing drugs for treating chronic inflammatory diseases of the esophagus, is gaining up to $20M from ViroPharma, which is buying an exclusive option to acquire Meritage. ViroPharma said it paid...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Quest Software Buys BiTKOO

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software announced this morning that it has acquired BiTKOO, a developer of authorization and entitlement management for the enterprise IT market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Quest said the...

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Zynga IPO Rewards SoCal Investors

Despite a cool reception for the IPO of social games maker Zynga Friday, the IPO of the company still rewards a couple of Southern California investors. Among the biggest winners of the IPO of Zynga is San Diego-based Avalon Ventures, which...

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Rovio Wants To Rival Disney, As It Heads Towards IPO

Rovio, the Finnish maker of the popular Angry Birds games, is talking up an initial public offering saying that it is looking to rival Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. as a media company. Rovio, now says it is planning an IPO on the Hong Kong ...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Live Nation Buys Analytics Firm BigChampagne

Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that it has acquired a provider of media metrics and analytics, BigChampagne Media Measurement. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. BigChampagne provides media metrics abou...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Broadcom Eyes Acquisition Of Israeli Startup

Irvine-based Broadcom is in the process of buying Israeli network processor firm Broadlight, in a deal worth between $230M and $340M, according to Israel papers. The two apparently have signed a letter of intent for the acquisition. Broadli...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Encompass Digital Media Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Los Angeles-based Encompass Digital Media, a provider of digital media services to the broadcast and cable television market, said this morning that it is in a deal with private equity Court Square Capital Partners, where Court Square will ...

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Nexicore Services Sold To Avnet

Simi Valley-based Nexicore, a provider of consumer electronics and conmputer repair and installation services, said Monday that it has agreed to sell substantially all of its assets, andits parent company, Hardcord Computer Group Inc., to A...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gores Group Completes Alpheus Acquisition

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Gores Group said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Alpheus Communications, a fiber network and data center operator in Texas. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Gores had...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MRV Communications Sells Avionics Systems Unit

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications, which manufactures optical networking components, reported Wednesday afternoon that it has executed a definitive agreement with a group of European private equity firms, led by Vinci Capital SA, to sell ...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Climber.com Buys Affinity Circles

San Diego-based Climber.com, which operates an online site to help job seekers network with recruiters, announced today that it has acquired Affinity Circles, an online social networking site focused on membership organizations. Financial t...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Panache Acquired By 24/7 Real Media

Los Angeles-based Panache, a provider of online advertising software and services, has been acquired by 24/7 Real Media, 24/7 Real Media said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. 24/7, which is part of WPP, said it w...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Kofax Buys BPM Firm Singularity

Irvine-based Kofax, the developer of business process automation software, said late Monday evening that it has acquired an Irish business process management software firm, Singularity Limited. Kofax said it will pay $48.1M in cash for Sing...

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Jacobs Engineering Acquires IT Services Firm

Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group said this morning that it has acquired an Australian information technology services firm, Unique World. Unique World is based in Sydney, Australia. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Jaco...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

eBioscience Acquired By Affymetrix

San Diego-based eBioscience, a developer of flow cytometry and immunoassay reagents for immunology and oncology research and diagnostics, is being acquired by Affymetrix, Affymetrix said Wednesday. Affymetrix said it is paying $330M in cash...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Commercial Microwave Technology Acquired By Florida Firm

Rancho Cordova-based Commercial Microwave Technology, a manufacturer of RF and microwave filters for the satellite and wireless industry, has been acquired by Orlando-based API Technologies Corp., API announced today. The deal was worth $8....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nami Media Acquired By TV Broadcaster

Los Angeles-based Nami Media, a provider of online advertising technology, has been acquired by Providence, Rhode Island-based LIN TV Corp., a publicly traded operator of 32 broadcast television systems. According to LIN TV, it has acquired...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Excaliard Pharmaceuticals Acquired By Pfizer

San Diego-based Excaliard Pharmaceuticals, a developer of biopharmaceuticals for treating skin scarring, has been acquired by Pfizer. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Excaliard was venture backed by RiverVest, Alta Partners, P...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

ContentNext Up For Sale

Guardian News & Media, the firm behind web publisher ContentNext, is in discussions with potential buyers about a possible sale, according to a report from the firm's own site, paidContent. ContentNext--which had been founded by Rafat Ali i...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

DriveCam Raises $85M, Acquires Firm

San Diego-based DriveCam, a provider of video-based products used for monitoring driver safety, announced today that it has raised $85M in a funding from a private equity firm, and also acquired a company, RAIR Technologies. The funding cam...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quest Buys VKernel

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, which develope IT management software, has bolstered its lineup of products for the virtualization and cloud computing space, saying Wednesday afternoon that it has acquired VKernel. VKernel is a privately ...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Domain, Versant Score Exit At Clovis Oncology

Two, Southern California venture investors have scored an exit this morning with the IPO of Clovis Oncology. San Diego's Domain Associates and Newport Beach-based Versant Ventures are both significant investors in Clovis, which priced its I...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SoCal Investors Await Clovis Oncology IPO

Two Southern California venture firms are among the investors who are awaiting an expected IPO of Clovis Oncology, a developer of cancer drugs, this week. Clovis Oncology, based in Colorado, is expected to price its IPO this week, according...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

BizDeals.com Acquired By RapidBuyr

Westlake Village-based BizDeals.com, an online site offering up weekly deals for small businesses, has been acquired by Concord, Mass.-based RapidBuyr, RapidBuyr said Tuesday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. BizDeals.com was ...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Unsubscribe.com Acquired By TrustedID

Santa Monica-based Unsubscribe.com, the startup headed by James Siminoff, which helped consumers unsubscribe from unwanted email, has been acquired by TrustedID. TrustedID, which provides credit and identity protection services, announced t...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Walt Disney Buys Mommy Blogger Empire Babble

Burbank-based Disney said this morning that it has acquired Babble Media, Inc., an online site features over 200 "mom bloggers". Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Disney said that Babble will become part of the Disney Intera...

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Active Network Buys Ski Resort Ticketing Firm

San Diego-based Active Network, the operator of online software for sports groups, events, community activities registration, and other organizations, said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired RTP, a provider of technology for managing s...

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture announced the acquisition on its website Thursday, but did not disclose any finan...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Adconion Media Buys Smartclip

Adconion Media Group, the European advertising network firm which as significant operations in Los Angeles, said today that it has acquired smartclip, a European digital video advertising firm. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Telogis Buys Telematics Firm

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, a developer of telematics services, said Monday that it has acquired the insurance telematics and fleet management business of UTC Fire & Security, a division of United Technologies Corporation. Financial terms of...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Qualcomm Buys Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Company

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has acquired substantially all of the technology and assets of HaloIPT, a European firm developing wireless charging technology for electric vehicles. Financial details of the acquisit...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

GRP Gets Exit At HealthDataInsights

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has scored an exit at one of its portfolio firms, Las Vegas-based HealthDataInsights. HealthDataInsights was acquired by HMS Holdings, in a deal worth $400M; the deal is split between $384...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Kline Hawkes Sells Portfolio Firm Vermont Composites

Los Angeles-based investment firm Vicente Capital Partners said today that it has sold Vermont Composites, a manufacturer of composite aerostructures and advanced composite medical equipment, to Kaman Aerospace Group. Financial terms of the...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Platinum Equity Buys Kodak's Image Sensor Business

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has acquired the image sensor business of Kodak, Kodak said Monday. Financial details of the deal were not announced by the firms. Kodak said its Image Sensor Solutions (ISS) business wi...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Woo Media Sold To Zoosk

Woo Media, the operator of the online dating site WooMe.com, has been acquired by San Francisco-based Zoosk, the company said Thursday. Woo Media--which had offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London--did not disclose financial terms...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vantage Media Backers Disclosed For BrokersWeb Deal

El Segundo-based Vantage Media, the provider of performance marketing and online advertising services, was backed by BIA Digital Partners II LP, a private equity investment firm, as part of its acquisition of BrokersWeb, BIA announced Thurs...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Adobe Buys UCLA Startup Auditude

Adobe Systems said today that it has acquired Auditude, a provider of video ad management and monetization technology. Auditude, although now based in Palo Alto, had originally been developed for a UCLA MBA business plan competition, by Nic...

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Iteris Buys Berkeley Transportation Systems

Santa Ana-based Iteris, a provider of traffic management systems, said today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Berkeley Transportation Systems, a developer of transportation performance management products. Financial term...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

e-DOCUPLUS Acquired By Flex Discovery

Orange County-based e-DOCUPLUS, a provider of e-discovery services, has been acquired by Austin, Texas-based Flex Discovery. Flex Discovery announced the acquisition Thursday, but did not disclose any financial terms of the buy. Flex Discov...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Analytix On Demand Acquires Firm, Becomes CentraMed

Irvine-based Analytix On Demand, a developer of business intelligence software for the healthcare market, said Tuesday that it has acquired healthcare consulting and education firm Integrated Revenue Management, Inc.. Financial terms of the...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nantworks Buys Ziosoft

Los Angeles-based Nantworks, the business incubation and technology development firm headed by LA billionaire Patrick Soon-shiong, has acquired Ziosoft, a provider of medical imaging and visualization software. According to Ziosoft, which d...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

j2 Global Buys Irish Online Backup Service

Los Angeles-based j2 Global Communications announced today that it has acquired C Infinity, an Ireland-based online data backup and hosting services targeting the business market. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. j2, which is ...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Internet Brands Buys Five Auto Websites

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is continuing its domain acquisition streak, saying Tuesday that it has acquired five, new enthusiast websites. Internet Brands said it has acquired 5series.net, CobaltSS.net, gtr.co.uk, DieselTruckResource...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Microsemi Advances Acquisition of Zarlink Semiconductor

Aliso Viejo-basedMicrosemi, the semiconductor maker, said today that it has advanced its acquisition of Zarlink Semiconductor, and now owns approximately 93 percent of Zarlink's outstanding shares, and 99 percent of Zarlink's outstanding d...

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Report: Trion World, Backed By Rustic Canyon, Planning IPO

One of the portfolio firms of Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon, Trion World Network, is reportedly prepping for an IPO, according to reports over the weekend. According to an interview with CEO Lars Butler, the online ga...

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Quest Buys ChangeBASE

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software, the developer of IT management software, reports today that it has acquired UK-based ChangeBASE, a developer of automated application analysis, remediation, and conversion software. Financial terms of the b...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

ClearLight Partners Sells Electronics Connector Firm

Newport Beach-based private equity firm ClearLight Partners said Friday that it has sold 100 percent of Switchcraft Holdco, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance electronic connectors, cable assemblies, and other products, to HEICO Corp...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Evolve Media Buys BabyandBump.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp., the online media company that owns AtomicsOnline, Gorilla Nation, and SheKnows, continues to expand its empire, saying this morning that it has acquired pregnancy community BabyandBump.com. Evolve Media...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Esri Buys SpotOn

Redland-based Esri, the developer of geographical information software, said Thursday that it has acquired SpotOn Systems, a developer of business intelligence and interactive mapping software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed....

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Interview with Dan Tamkin, Unified Dispatch

It's a story you hear too many times: a venture or angel funded firm just can't figure out its business, runs low on cash, can't get another round of funding, and soon all that's left is a few chairs and servers. However, every so often, yo...

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Interview with Dan Tamkin, Unified Dispatch

It's a story you hear too many times: a venture or angel funded firm just can't figure out its business, runs low on cash, can't get another round of funding, and soon all that's left is a few chairs and servers. However, every so often, yo...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Irvine Sensors To Sell Thermal Imaging Business

Costa Mesa-based Irvine Sensors, a developer of a wide variety of electronics, software, defense, and other products, said Tuesday that it is in a definitive agreement to sell its thermal imaging business unit. Irvine Sensors said it is sel...

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Anadys Acquired By Roche

San Diego-based Anadys Pharmaceuticals, the developer of treatments for hepatitis C, said this morning that it has agreed to be acquired by Roche. The firm said it signed a definitive merger agreement where Roche will pay $3.70 per share fo...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Hulu Aborts Sale Plans

The owners of Los Angeles-based video site Hulu have dropped plans to sell the business, according to a statement released by Hulu late Thursday evening. According to News Corporation, Providence Equity Partners, The Walt Disney Company, an...

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Abgent Acquired By Chinese Firm

San Diego-based Abgent, a producer of biological research reagent products, has been acquired by Chinese firm Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc.. Wuxi PharmaTech announced the acquisition last night. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Unified Dispatch Acquired By Transportation Firm

Altadena-based Unified Dispatch, a provider of fleet management and booking systems for the taxi and transportation market, has been acquired by a unit of Veolia Transportation, the owner of SuperShuttle, ExecuCar, and other transportation ...

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Newport Corporation Closes Ophir Optronics Buy

Irvine-based Newport Corporation announced this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Ophir Optronics, a developer of infrared optics, photonics instruments, and other measurement equipment. The deal was worth $230M, and had orig...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Napster Acquired By Best Buy

Los Angeles-based Napster is being acquired by Best Buy, the firms confirmed this morning, where Rhapsody will acquire both Napster's subscribers and other assets, and Best Buy will receive a minority stake in Rhapsody. Financial details of...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Napster Going To Rhapsody, Says Report

A report today says that Napster, the online music service now owned by Best Buy, is being sold to Rhapsody. Citing "sources familiar with the deal", CNET said that Rhapsody is interested in acquiring Napster from Best Buy, but did not disc...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

StyleSpot, Backed by Idealab, Merges With Kaboodle

Los Angeles-based StyleSpot, an online fashion and social shopping site founded by Rafi Gordon and Alex Amin, has been acquired by Kaboodle, the online social shopping site owned by Hearst Corp. Kaboodle announced the acquisition late Frida...

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

ContentGuard Acquired By Pendrell

El Segundo-based ContentGuard, which develops and owns a large portfolio of patents in the digital rights management (DRM) space, has been acquired by publicly held Pendrell Corporation. According to Pendrell, it is paying $90.1M in cash to...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

RealD Eyed As Takeover Target

Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, was suggested as a takeover target Tuesday by Merriman Capital analyst Eric Wold Tuesday, sparking a jump in RealD's stock price. Wold suggested that the firm--whose s...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Backed By USRG and Rustic Canyon, Files For IPO

Fulcrum BioEnergy, a Pleasanton, California-based producer of biofuels from municipal solid waste, filed for an IPO Thursday. Fulcrum's primary backers are two, Southern California venture capital firms, U.S. Renewables Group, and Rustic Ca...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bard, Lindzon Get Exit At Assistly

Alex Bard, the San Diego-based CEO of customer support software firm Assistly, has sold his second company, as online CRM software giant Salesforce.com said today that it was paying $50M for Assistly. Salesforce.com said that Assistly, whi...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Elevance Renewable Sciences Files For IPO

Woodridge, Illinois-based Elevance Renewable Sciences, a developer of renewable chemicals technology which was spun off from Pasadena-based Materia, has filed for an IPO. Elevance said it is looking to raise up to $100M on the NASDAQ Global...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Gores Group Buys Alpheus Communications

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire Alpheus Communications, a fiber network and data center operator in Texas. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Gores ...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TrustYou Raises $5M For Social Sentiment Analysis

TrustYou, a provider of social media monitoring technology and services to businesses which has its U.S. headquarters in Manhattan Beach, said today that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding, and acquired Dallas-based ReviewAnalyst. Trus...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sometrics Acquired By American Express, Says Report

El Segundo-based Sometrics, the in-game virtual currency and monetization startup headed by Ian Swanson, has reportedly been acquired by American Express. The value of the deal was $30M, according to the report from TechCrunch. Sometrics ha...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

BAE Systems Sells Ceramics Facilities In Vista

BAE Systems has sold its advanced ceramics facilities in Vista, California, to ceramics manufacturer CoorsTek, the firms said Thursday. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. According to the two companies, CoorsTek has acquired th...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bandsintown Acquired By Cellfish

San Diego-based Bandsintown, the developer of a live concert tracking and discovery application for Facebook, has been acquired by Cellfish, a mobile and social applications publisher, the firms said today. Financial terms of the acquisitio...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

CODA Holdings Buys EnergyCS

Los Angeles-based CODA Holdings, the developer of electric vehicles, announced this morning that it has acquired Monrovia-based EnergyCS, a developer of battery management systems. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Acco...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Calacanis: Yahoo Should Buy Mahalo For $150M

How much is Santa Monica-based Mahalo worth? According to Jason Calacanis, in a blog post, $75M to $150M. In a list of 10 acquisitions he suggested Yahoo make "on day one", Calacanis--not one to shy from self promotion--said that Yahoo coul...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Everbridge Buys CloudFloor

Los Angeles-based Everbridge, the operator of an emergency and incident notification service for governments and companies, said Monday that it has acquired CloudFloor, a provider of cloud-based products for managing and optimizing enterpri...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

JigoCity Acquired by FriendFinder Networks

Los Angeles-based JigoCity, the operator of a network of international, daily deals is being acquired by FriendFinder Networks, an operator of adult websites. FriendFinder Networks said it would pay approximately $65M for JigoCity, whose de...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Broadcom Acquires NetLogic

Iirvine-based Broadcom announced this morning that it is in a deal to acquire NetLogic Microsystems, a developer of semiconductors for the networking market, in a deal worth approximately $3.7 billion. Broadcom said it has entered into a de...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TrueCar Raises $200M, Acquires Firm

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the automotive pricing website headed by Scott Painter, said this morning that it has raised $200M in new debt and equity financing, plus acquired a company. TrueCar said the financing round included USAA, Capric...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Qualcomm Buys Video Processing Lines From IDT

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it has acquired several video processing related product lines from IDT. According to Qualcomm, it has acquired the design team of IDT's Hollywood QUality Video (HQV) and Frame Rate Conversion...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

MSC Software Buys Simulation Software Firm

Santa ana-based MSC Software, the developer of simulation software, said today that it has acquired Free Field Technologies (FFT), a developer of acoustic modeling software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. MSC Software said t...

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Friday, September 2, 2011

National Technical Systems Buys Test Lab Firm

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, the provider of testing and engineering services, said this morning that it has acquired Lighting Technologies, an engineering services and testing laboratory. NTS said it paid $6M in cash plus up...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Compliance Info Acquired By Continuity Control

Coronado-based My Compliance Info, a provider of Internet-based compliance analysis, content, consulting, and other services for the financial industry, has been acquired by New Haven, Conn.-based Continuity Control. Financial details of th...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ValueClick Completes Dotomi Buy

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said Wednesday that it has completed its acquisition of Dotomi, the provider of dynamic display advertising technology. ValueClick said it paid 7.1 million in share so fits common stock, assumption of 0.5 m...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Capital Exchange Acquired By Revolution Capital Group

Valencia-based Capital Exchange, an online community site focused on the financial community, has been acquired by Los Angeles private equity firm Revolution Capital Group, Revolution Capital said today. Financial terms of the acquisition w...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

CoreLogic Hires Investment Bankers

Santa Ana-based CoreLogic, a provider of real estate and mortgage databases and information, said Monday afternoon that it has hired investment banking firm Greenhill & Co., to explore "alternatives to enhance shareholder value." The firm s...

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Miva Merchant Buys Instructional Video Site

San Diego-based Miva Merchant, the provider of e-commerce software, said this morning that it has acquired MerchantTutorials.com, a website featuring videos about Miva's own e-commerce software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Electro Rent Closes Equipment Management Technology Buy

Van Nuys-based Electro Rent Corporation, a provider of rental, leasing, and sales of electronic test equipment, said Thursday that it has completed its acquisition of Equipment Management Technology. The deal was worth $10.7M. Electro Rent ...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

SAIL Portfolio Firm Makes Acquisition

A portfolio company of Irvine-based venture capital firm SAIL Venture Partners, SNTech, has made an acquisition, SNTech announced earlier this week. SNTech--which has quietly been backed by SAIL since at least 2009--said it acquired the $23...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Genomatica Files For IPO

San Diego-based Genomatica, a developer of renewable chemicals technology, has filed for an IPO, saying today that it is looking to raise up to $100M in an IPO on the Nasdaq Global Market. Genomatica said it has applied to list under the sy...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Zogenix Plans Follow-On Offering

San Diego-based Zogenix, the developer of delivery systems for administering pain medication, is planning a follow on offering of its stock. According to an S-1 filed by the firm today, it is selling 12M shares of its common stock, and is l...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PBS Biotech Acquires Integrity CMI

Camarillo-based PBS Biotech, a developer of bioreactors for the biotech market, said Tuesday that it has acquired Camarillo-based Integrity CMI, a medical device design and manufacturing companies. Financial terms of the deal were not discl...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

TrueCar Buys Automotive Information Firm ALG

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the online publisher of new and used vehicle pricing that is headed by Scott Painter, said Tuesday that it has acquired ALG, Inc., a subsidiary of DealerTrack Holdings. ALG is a provider of automotive residual va...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

eHarmony Approaches Redemption Deadline, Says Report

Los Angeles-based matchmaking site eHarmony is approaching a redemption deadline from its last venture funding round, according to a report today from Reuters. According to the report, eHarmony has a November 5th deadline, after which its v...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

CompuLaw Acquired By Aderant

Los Angeles-based CompuLaw, a developer of legal calendar and docket management software, has been acquired by Atlanta-based Aderant,a provider of legal practice management software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. CompuLaw ...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Demand Media Spends $707K On Spanish Language Firm

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has issued $707,254 in stock as part of the acquisition of a company, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Monday. According to the filing, the firm issued $707,254 in equity, in conjunction with a ...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Evolver Acquired By Autodesk

Aliso Viejo-based Evolver, the online avatar creation service, has been acquired by Autodesk, the 3D CAD software development firm. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Evolver, in a note to users of the servi...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Demand Media Launches Share Repurchase Effort

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the newly public online publisher run by Richard Rosenblatt, said this morning that it has launched a $25M, share repurchase program. The company said the move "reflects confidence in our business" and a c...

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Student of Fortune Acquired By Chegg

Los Angeles-based Student of Fortune, the online tutorial marketplace and homework help site headed by Sean McCleese, has been acquired by textbook marketplace site Chegg, Chegg said Friday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not discl...

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Insights and Opinions: Waiting for Google

In our Insights and Opinions section this Friday morning, Frank Peters, angel investor and podcaster at the Frank Peters Show, shares his opinions on startups making Google their exit strategy: It's the exit strategy for too many entre...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

TowerJazz Gets $32M From Sale

Newport Beach-based TowerJazz, the semiconductor foundry, said today that it has received $32M from the sale of its interest in a Chinese IC foundry firm. TowerJazz said it sold its holdings in Hua Hong Semiconductor Limited (HHSL), the par...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Magento Acquisition By eBay Completes

Los Angeles-based Magento, the developer of open source, e-commerce software, has officially become part of eBay, eBay announced Wednesday afternoon. eBay had originally announced its acquisition of Magento in June. Financial terms of the b...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Quality Systems Buys CQI Solutions

Irvine-based Quality Systems, a developer of electronic health records and other health-related IT products, said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire CQI Solutions, a provider of surgery information systems. Financial terms of the acqui...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Yardi Acquires Insurance Firm

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, which develops real estate investment management and property management software, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired Multifamily Insurance Group, a provider of renters insurance products. Financial terms...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Del Mar Datatrac Acquired By Ellie Mae

San Diego-based Del Mar Datatrac, a developer of mortgage origination software, has been acquired by Ellie Mae, in a deal worth $25.2M. Ellie Mae said the buy will expand the firm's customer base, and broaden the functionality of its own so...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion

Search engine giant Google said this morning that it has acquired Motorola Mobility, to bolster its Android efforts. Acccording to Google, it will pay $12.5 billion in cash, or $40.00 per share, for Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility has ...

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Electro Rent Buys Test Equipment Firm

Van Nuys-based Electro Rent, the provider of electronic test equipment rentals and leasing, said Thursday that it has purchased Equipment Management Technology, a fellow electronic test equipment company, out of bankruptcy. Electro Rent sai...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Demand Media Buys Two Firms, Renews Google Ad Deal

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired two companies, plus renewed a deal with Google. According to Demand Media, it acquired IndieClick, a Los An...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Platinum Equity Buys Quark, Eyes Acquisitions

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has acquired Quark, the developer of page layout software, according to the firm this morning. Platinum did not disclose financial details of the buy, however, said that it is looking to...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand Drops Secondary IPO Effort

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of software-as-a-service for talent and employee management, has dropped its plans for a secondary IPO, citing "current marketing prices". According to the withdrawal statement from Cor...

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Media Temple Sells Reinvigorate To Webtrends

Los Angeles-based web hosting firm Media Temple said today along with web analytics firm Webtrends, that Media Temple Ventures, its investment arm, has sold real time analytics firm Reinvigorate to WebTrends. Financial terms of the deal wer...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Newport Corporation Completes High Q Technologies Buy

Irvine-based Newport Corporation said Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of High Q Technologies GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of lasers. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Newport said it expects High Q...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ValueClick Acquires Dotomi For $295M

Westlake Village-based online advertising firm ValueClick said Tuesday afternoon that it is acquiring Dotomi, a provider of real-time, dynamic display advertising technology, in a deal worth $295M. The deal is split between 55 percent cash ...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Marlin Equity's OnX Completes Technology Solutions Group Buy

Canadian firm OnX Enterprise Solutions, an enterprise solutions provider owned by Los Angeles private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners, said Monday that it has completed its acquisition of the Technology Solutions Group unit of Agilysys. ...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

CareFusion Completes Acquisition of Rowa

San Diego-based CareFusion, the developer of medical devices, said today that it has completed its acquisition of German firm Rowa, a firm which develops robotics medical storage and retrieval systems for pharmacies. The deal was worth $150...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Specific Media Taps Investment Banker As Corp Dev Head

Irvine-based Specific Media has recruited an investment banker to head up its business development efforts, fresh off its acquisition of onetime social networking king MySpace. According to Specific Media, it has hired Scott Schopen, former...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

InvenSense, Backed by Qualcomm, Sets IPO Pricing Range

InvenSense, the maker of the motion detecting sensors used in the Wii MotionPlus controller, has set the initial pricing range for its IPO, saying in a filing today that it expects the initial public offering price for its IPO to be between...

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Move CFO Snagged By Yelp

Move, Inc., the parent firm of Realtor.com, said Thursday afternoon that its CFO, Rob Krolik, has resigned in order to become CFO of Yelp. Move--which is based in Campbell, California, but still has operations in Southern California, in Tho...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

BeyondTrust Buys GentleSecurity

Carlsbad-based BeyondTrust, a provider of security software, said today that it has acquired GentleSecurity, a developer of data leak prevention software. According to BeyondTrust, it has expanded its Powerbroker software to include desktop...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nexus Biosystems Acquired For $79M

Poway-based Nexus Biosystems, a developer of automated compound and sample management equipment for the life sciences industry, has been acquired by Brooks Automation in a deal worth $79M, the firms said earlier this week. According to Broo...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

California Leads In IPO Filings In Q2, Says Report

California is currently leading in terms of the number of IPO registrations, as the IPO market has reached a new high, according to a report released today. According to a report from Ernst & Young, the second quarter of 2011 saw 140 potent...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CoreLogic Divests Indian Operations

Santa Ana-based CoreLogic, a provider of financial and other information for the mortgage, automotive, property tax, and other areas, said today that it has sold off its India-based captive operations, CoreLogic Global Services Private Limi...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Iteris Sells Vehicle Sensors Business For $14M

Santa Ana-based Iteris, the provider of traffic technology, said Monday that it has sold off its Vehicle Sensors business to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, for $14M, plus potential earnout and royalty. Iteris said the sale is an "im...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Mindspeed Buys IPG Communications

Newport Beach-based Mindspeed Technologies said Monday afternoon that it has acquired "substantially all" of the assets of San Diego-based IPG Communications. IPG is a developer of signal processing technology for the wideband code division...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Qualcomm Buys Gesture Recognition Technology

San Diego-based Qualcomm announced this morning that it has acquired a number of gesture recognition assets from GestureTek, a developer of gesture recognition technology. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Qualcomm sa...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Apple Bids For Hulu, Says Report

In the latest rumor swirling around Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu, a number of reports last night say that Apple Computer is now bidding for the firm. The report came from Bloomberg, which cited "two people with knowledge of t...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Amira Pharmaceuticals Acquired By Bristol-Myers Squibb

San Diego-based Amira Pharmaceuticals, a developer of small molecule pharmaceuticals for treating inflammatory and fibrotic diseases, has agreed to be acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb, the firms said late Thursday. Bristol-Myers Squibb said...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

National Technical Systems Buys Testing Firm

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, the provider of testing and engineering services, said today that it has acquired Ingenium Testing. Ingenium Testing is a provider of product compliance and engineering services, based in Rockford...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Splash News Acquired By Corbis

Los Angeles-based Splash News, the provider of celebrity photos and images, has been acquired by Corbis, the visual rights firm owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Corbis did not disclose financial details of the acquisition. Splash News...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Microsemi In Hostile Bid For Canadian Firm

Irvine-based semiconductor firm Microsemi said Wednesday that it has made an unsolicited proposal to buy a Canadian semiconductor firm, Zarlink Semiconductor, in a deal worth $548.7M. Microsemi said it has proposed to acquired Zarlink for $...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand Plans Secondary Offering

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of software-as-a-service for human resources and employee talent management, is planning a secondary offering of its stock, six months after the firm's successful IPO. According to a ne...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fulcrum Micro Acquired By Intel

Calabasas-babsed Fulcrum Microsystems, the developer of switching semiconductors, has been acquired by chip giant Intel. Intel announced the acquisition this morning, but did not disclose financial terms of the acquisition. Intel said that ...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Allergan Buys Vicept Therapeutics

Irvine-based Allergan said this morning that it has acquired Vicept Therapeutics, a developer of a compound for treating the erythema of rosacea. According to Allergan, it will pay $75M in cash up front, plus up to $200M in earnout dependen...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ShareVis Acquired By Winshuttle

Carslbad-based ShareVis, a developer of SharePoint workflow and web form automation software, has been acquired by SAP business process improvement software firm Winshuttle. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Winshuttle ...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

RightSignature's Competition Acquired By Adobe

One of Santa Barbara-based RightSignature, a provider of software-as-a-service, electronic signature services, has been acquired by software giant Adobe. Adobe said Monday morning that it has acquired EchoSign, an electronic signature compe...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Move Buys SocialBios

Online real estate site Move said this morning it has acquired SocialBios, a developer of an online business referral and social search startup. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SocialBios allows companies and individu...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Newport Corporation Buys Laser Firm

Irvine-based Newport Corporation said Wednesday that it is in a deal to acquire High Q Technologies GmbH, an Austrian developer and manufacturer of lasers. Newport Corporation did not disclose financial details of the deal, however, did say...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Miramar Ventures Gets Exit At Azuro

Corona Del Mar-based Miramar Venture Partners has scored an exit in its portfolio, with semiconductor design firm Azuro. According to EDA software firm Cadence Tuesday, it has acquired Azuro to improve its systems-on-a-chip design software....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

GoTV Networks Acquired By Phunware

Sherman Oaks-based GoTV Networks, the provider of mobile applications and content, has been acquired by a Texas mobile software developer, Phunware. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Phunware, the acquisiti...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

AddToAny, Started In San Diego, Acquired By Lockerz

AddToAny, which develops social sharing widgets for the Wordpress and Drupal blog software packages, has been acquired by social sharing and marketing firm Lockerz. Lockerz announced the deal Tuesday, but did not disclose financial terms. A...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Punchd, Cal Poly SLO Startup, Acquired By Google

Sandwiched between the technology centers of the Bay Area and Southern California, San Luis Obispo is better known for its beaches and tourism than tech startups. However, one startup spawned out of the area, Punchd, has just successfully s...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Esri Buys 3D Software Firm

Redlands-based Esri, the developer of geographical information mapping (GIS) software, said Monday that it has acquired a Swiss software firm, Procedural. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Procedural develops CityEngine, soft...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Internet Brands Buys Two Women's Sites From eHarmony

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands said Monday that it has acquired two web sites aimed at women, Weddingbee.com, and JustMommies.com from Pasadena-based eHarmony. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Weddingbee is an onlin...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Local.com Buys Screamin' Daily Deals For $32.5M

Irvine-based Local.com, the online publisher of local business guides and advertising sites, has acquired San Juan Capistrano-based Screamin' Daily Deals, the local daily deals site. The deal was worth $12.5M in cash, stock, and debt, with ...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

j2 Global Buys Two European Firms

Los Angeles-based j2 Global Communications, the operator of online communications and fax services, said today that it has acquired two European companies. j2 said it acquired Data Haven Limited, an online data backup service for businesses...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Microsemi Buys ASIC Advantage

Irvine-based Microsemi, the provider of analog and RF semiconductors, said Wednesday that it has acquired ASIC Advantage, a fabless semiconductor firm developing radiation hardened and high-voltage integrated circuits for the aerospace, aut...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

ResMed Buys Irish Firm

San Diego-based ResMed, a developer of medical equipment for treating sleep disorders, said today that it has acquired Irish medical technology firm BiancaMed Ltd.. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. BiancaMed is a developer of ...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

CareFusion Buys German Firm

San Diego-based CareFusion, the developer of infusion pumps and other medical products, reported today that it is acquiring Rowa, a German firm focused on robotic medical storage and retrieval systems. The deal was worth approximately $150M...

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Google Reportedly In Talks To Buy Hulu

A report Friday from the Los Angeles Times says that Google is in preliminary talks to buy Los Angeles-based Hulu. According to the LA Times--citing "people familiar with the situtation"--Hulu has also been shopped to Microsoft Corp. and Ya...

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Avalon Ventures, Jeffrey Katzenberg To Benefit From Zynga IPO

San Francisco-based social games maker Zynga, the firm behind the popular FarmVille Facebook game, filed for an IPO Friday, with several Southern California investors potentially beneficiaries of any future IPO success. According to Zynga, ...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Justin Timberlake Backs Myspace Acquisition

Irvine-based Specific Media, the Internet advertising network run by Tim Vanderhook, has released further details on the company's acquisition of Myspace, saying that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake and major role in the acqu...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ixia Acquires VeriWave

Calabasas-based Ixia, the provider of network testing equipment and software, said earlier this week that it has acquired VeriWave, a provider of wireless testing devices. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. VeriWave is a...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MySpace Acquired By Specific Media

Los Angeles-based MySpace, the once dominant social networking website, has been sold to Irvine-based Specific Media, the online advertising network, in a deal reportedly worth $35M. According to Specific Media, News Corporation will take a...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pringo Merges With Florida Firm

Los Angeles-based Pringo, a developer of online portal and social collaboration tools, has merged with Florida-based MobileBits, the firms said today. The two said that Pringo's stockholders will own 50 percent of MobileBits, and MobileBits...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Reports: MySpace To Go For $20-30M

Multiple reports today say that once lofty social networking site MySpace is now being set to be sold by News Corp. for as little as $20M to $30M. Irvine-based Internet advertising network Specific Media and Golden Gate Capital are among th...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SocialBlaze Acquired By Digital Agency

Los Angeles-based Social Blaze, a provider of web analytics and social media management software, has been acquired by digital agency MartinJAY Digital. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Social Blaze was founded in 2009...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Experian Buys Medical Present Value

Costa Mesa-based Experian, the provider of credit information and related services, said today that it has acquired venture-backed Medical Present Value, a provider of revenue cycle management software to physicians. Experian said it would ...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clovis Oncology, With SoCal Backers, Files For IPO

In another, Southern California linked IPO, a Colorado anti-cancer firm. Clovis Oncology, has filed for a debut on the NASDAQ Global Market. Clovis Oncology is backed by Southern California investors Domain Associates and Versant Ventures, ...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Report: Hulu Retains Morgan Stanley, Guggenheim In Sale

Further details on the potential sale of Los Angeles-based video streaming site Hulu continue to emerge, with the firm reportedly retaining investment bankers Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners to represent it in a sale. The names of th...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Report: Hulu Up For Sale

A number of reports Tuesday afternoon says that Santa Monica-based streaming video site Hulu is up for sale. According to the Wall Street Journal, the firm was approached by an unsolicited offer to be acquired. Details on potential buyers h...

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Active Network Heads to Russell 2000

San Diego-based Active Network, the recently public provider of online registration services for the sports, community activity, outdoors, and other markets, announced today that it has been added to the Russell 2000 Index. The firm said it...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

GamersFirst Buys Fallen Earth

Irvine-based GamersFirst, the online, multiplayer game site owned by K2 Network, said today that it has acquired the massively multiplayer online game (MMO) Fallen Earth. GamersFirst said it acquired the MMO from Fallen Earth, LLC, and has ...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pandora IPO Benefits Socal Investors

Champagne glasses must be clinking for a few, lucky Southern California investors and executives this morning, as the IPO of Oakland-based Pandora Media had a rousing welcome on Wall Street. Pandora was trading as high as $26.00 Wednesday d...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Local.com Launches Krillion, Rovion Products

Irvine-based Local.com, the local directory and advertising firm, said today that it has rolled out its first advertising product from its Krillion and Rovion acquisitions. Local.com acquired Krillion in May, and Rovion in February. Local.c...

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Friday, June 10, 2011

SoCal Investors To Benefit, As Pandora Bumps IPO Estimates

Pandora Media, the online personalized radio station service based out of Oakland, has bumped its estimated IPO pricing range this morning, and upped the number of shares it is planning to offer in its IPO. The firm said it will now offer 1...

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Evolve Media Buys Crowd Ignite

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media, the parent firm of Gorlla Nation and AtomicOnline, said today that it has acquired Crowd Ignite, a developer of a "content exchange" engine which provides content to online publishers. Financial details of th...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Report: Activision's Kotick Eyes MySpace

A report today from AllthingsD says that an investor group, which includes Santa Monica-based Activision's Bobby Kotick, is in the last legs of negotiating a deal to acquire MySpace, the beleaguered, once-high flying social network. MySpace...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Boingo Wireless Reports Quarterly Results

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the operator of a network of Wi-Fi access points, has reported its first quarterly results as a public company. Boingo said it had revenues of $21.0M, up from $18.5M for the first quarter of 2010. The firm...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ambit Drops IPO Ambitions

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences has dropped its IPO plans, according to the firm in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday afternoon. According to the withdrawal request from Ambit, the firm decided that "terms curre...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Magento Acquired By eBay

Los Angeles-based Magento, the developer of e-commerce software headed by Roy Rubin, has been acquired by eBay, eBay said this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. eBay already had a minority stake in Magento, whi...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Quest Buys Software Firm

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software announced this morning that it has acquired Symlabs, a developer of virtual directory and identity management software. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Quest said the acquisition will add stro...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

As Groupon Files For IPO, What SoCal Firms Might Be Next?

Interest in technology IPOs appears to have hit a new high Thursday, as daily deals firm Groupon filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raised up to $750M in an IPO. The firm's filing had been anticipated, and follows a huge runup i...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SocialCast Acquired By VMware

Socialcast, a developer of enterprise social networking tools which had started in Orange County but was later moved to San Francisco, has been acquired by VMware. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Socialcast< had started in Ir...

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Friday, May 27, 2011

NewEgg Pulls IPO

City of Industry-based online electronics retailer NewEgg has pulled its IPO, the firm said in a filing with the SEC late Friday. In the filing, the firm said that it "determined not to proceed with the initial public offering" but did not ...

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Rustic Canyon, Steamboat Get Exit At MerchantCircle

Two Southern California venture capital firms have benefited from an acquisition yesterday of Mountain View-based MerchantCircle, an online local business advertising and networking site, by fellow online advertising firm Reply! Inc.. Both ...

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

GameFly Buys Direct2Drive

Los Angeles-based GameFly, the online videogame rental service, said Wednesday that it has acquired Direct2Drive.com, the videogame distribution and download site, from IGN Entertainment. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. As p...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Active Network Up Slightly In IPO

San Diego-based The Active Network, which debuted on the NYSE as ACTV this morning, was slightly up in morning trading, at around $15.83 per share. The firm had priced at $15.00 per share last night. The firm had traded as high as $16.25 du...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

UberMedia Loses TweetDeck To Twitter

After months of back and forth rumors about who, exactly, was acquiring Twitter client softwar firm TweetDeck, Twitter officially announced this morning that it has acquired TweetDeck. The rumors came despite early--and incorrect--reports t...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Qualcomm Completes Atheros Communications Buy

San Diego-based Qualcomm said Tuesday evening that it has completed its $3.1 billion acquisition of Atheros Communications. Atheros becomes Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. Qualcomm said the acquisition will allow it to expand its presence in both ex...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Active Network Prices IPO

San Diego-based The Active Network, the operator of sports and community event registration services and websites, priced its IPO Wednesday evening, saying it will sell 11,000,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. The firm sta...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BUMP.com Buys BumpChat

La Jolla-based BUMP.com, the social networking and mobile app firm which allows people to send messages to others based on their license plate, said today thati thas acquired BumpChat, a provider of location-based communication and dating a...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Prometheus Laboratories Acquired by Nestle

San Diego-based Prometheus Laboratories, a specialty pharmaceuticals and diagnostics firm, has been acquired by Nestle Health Sciences S.A., a subsidiary of Nestle S.A. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The firms said that the...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Accelrys Buys Contur Software

San Diego-based Accelrys, a developer of enterprise R&D software, said yesterday that it has acquierd Contur Software AB, a developer of electronic notebook software. Contur is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Accelrys said it paid approximately...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Broadcom Completes SC Square Acqusition

Irvine-based Broadcom said Monday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of SC Square Ltd., the Israeli-based security software firm. Broadcom said it paid $41.9M net of cash assumed for SC Square Ltd. Broadcom said it would by SC ...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

AWR Acquired By National Instruments

EL Segundo-based AWR Corporation, a provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software, has been acquired by National Instruments, NI said today. The deal was worth $58M, including $7M in cash on AWR's balance sheet, plus unspecified e...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

AWR Acquired By National Instruments

EL Segundo-based AWR Corporation, a provider of electronic design automation (EDA) software, has been acquired by National Instruments, NI said today. The deal was worth $58M, including $7M in cash on AWR's balance sheet, plus unspecified e...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Ceres Files For IPO

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds aimed at producing renewable, biomass feedstocks for the biofuels industry, has filed for an IPO. According to a filing this morning by the firm, the company is aiming to raise up to $100M i...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Active Network IPO Expected Wednesday

San Diego-based Active Network, the operator of online sports and event registration web sites, is expected to IPO this week on Wednesday, according to the NASDAQ's IPO calendar. Active Network has indicated it will sell 11,000,000 shares o...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Evolve Media Buys WholesomeBabyFood.com

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media, the parent firm of Gorilla Nation and AtomicOnline, said this morning that it has acquired WholesomeBabyFood.com, an online site focused on homemade baby food recipes. Financial terms of the acquisition were ...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Kofax Buys Imaging Software Firm

Irvine-based Kofax, the provider of document scanning and automation systems, said Thursday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Atalasoft, a developer of imaging software development toolkits (SDKs). Kofax said it wil...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

AVST Buys Application Developer

Foothill Ranch-based Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, which develops unified communications applications product, said this week that it has acquired the assets of Beacon Solutions, a developer of an open development software framework ...

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

AutoGenomics Pulls IPO

Vista-based AutoGenomics, a developer of molecular diagnostics hardware, has pulled its IPO, the firm said in a filing Wednesday evening. The firm said it has "elected not to pursue the sale of securities" but did not give a reason for the ...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

RayTracker Acquisition Worth $44.8M, Says Report

A report today from Greentech Media says that Pasadena-based Idealab's sale of portfolio firm RayTracker was worth $44.8M. Idealab, Quercus Trust, and Phoenix Fire had invested $3.5M in funding in RayTracker a developer of solar tracking te...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

California Led Q1 IPO Pipeline

New information released in a study of the IPO pipeline, finds that California continues to be the most active market in terms of initial public offerings. According to the Renst & Young LLP US IPO Pipeline study, California had 25 companie...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

California Led Q1 IPO Pipeline

New information released in a study of the IPO pipeline, finds that California continues to be the most active market in terms of initial public offerings. According to the Renst & Young LLP US IPO Pipeline study, California had 25 companie...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

CytRx Sells Assets To Orphazyme

Los Angeles-based biopharmaceuticals firm CytRx said late last night that it has sold off the firm's molecular chaperone assets, to Denmark-based Orphazyme ApS. The deal is worth as much as $120M, if all development and commercialization mi...

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Arcturus Get Exit At Pliant

Pasadena-based venture capital firm Arcturus Capital has scored an exit out of its portfolio this morning, as Milpitas, California-based Pliant Technology was acquired by SanDisk in a deal worth $327M. SanDisk said it would pay $327M in cas...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Marvell Announcement Matches Solarflare Sale

Just three days after Irvine-based Solarflare announced that it has sold its 10 Gigabit Ethernet physical layer (PHY) business, semiconductor maker Marvell, based in Santa Clara, has announced its own line of 40nm, Quad 10GBASE-T PHYs. Sola...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Active Network Sets IPO Trading Range

San Diego-based Active Network, the operator of online sports registration, team website, and related sports businesses, has set the trading range for its IPO. The firm said in an updated S-1 Tuesday afternoon that it is selling 11,000,000 ...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Novacoast Buys IT Firm

Santa Barbara-based Novacoast, a provider of IT professional services and product development, said Monday that it has acquired Data Technique, a provider of IT services to the Midwest market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not dis...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Solarflare Sells 10GBASE-T Business

Irvine-based Solarflare has sold its 10 Gigabit ethernet physical layer (PHY) business, the firm said today. According to SOlarflare, it has exited the physical layer PHY business by selling the firm's 10GBASE-T assets to an un-named mercha...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Peregrine Semiconductor Updates IPO Filing

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, the developer of CMOS RF integrated circuits, updated its S-1 filings Friday, saying that it had a net loss of $1.0M on revenues of $21.2M for the three months ended March 26, 2011. That compares wit...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Local.com Completes Rovion Buy

Irvine-based Local.com, which operates a network of local search sites, said today that it has completed its acquisition of Rovion, a provider of rich media advertising. The deal was worth $2.3M in cash, and was originally announced on Apri...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Identive Group Buys idOnDemand

Santa Ana-based Identive Group, a provider of security and RFID products and services, said this week that it has acquired idOnDemand. Identive Group said it paid $2.4M in cash, plus 995,675 shares of its stock to the selling shareholders o...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Active Network Revenues Up In Q1, Sets Trading Symbol

San Diego-based Active Network, the operator of sports registration and online community sites, said in a filing today that it had a net loss of $10.9M on revenues of $72.71M for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The firm--which is cur...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

CityGrid Media Buys BuzzLabs

West Hollywood-based CityGrid Media, the unit of IAC formerly known as CitySearch, said today that it has acquired BuzzLabs, a social media monitoring and sentiment analysis software developer. Financial terms of the deal were not announced...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Epicor Deal Close Date Extended

Apax Partners, the private equity firm in the midst of acquiring Irvine's Epicor Software, said today that the various related funds buying Epicor have extended their date for the close of their tender offer for Epicor to May 13th, to coinc...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Boingo Drops In Post IPO Trading

Southern California's latest technology IPO did not fare well in the markets Wednesday, as Boingo Wireless closed at $12.10, down 10.37 percent in trading for its first day. The firm, which debuted at $13.50, had priced at the higher end of...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Boingo Slips In IPO

Santa Monica-based wireless network operator Boingo Wireless slipped in its initial public offering on Wednesday, as the overall markets dropped on economic worries. Boingo was trading at around $11.60 per share in afternoon trading, down a...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Warner Bros. Buys Flixster

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group said this morning that it is acquiring Flixster, the movie site which also runs Rotten Tomatoes. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Warner, both sites will contin...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Continuous Computing Acquired By Radisys

San Diego-based Continuous Computing, a developer of embedded communications software, has been acquired by RadiSys. RadiSys said it would pay $73M in cash plus $31.9M in stock for Continuous Computing, for a total consideration of approxim...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

LegalZoom Adds Kleiner, IVP As Investors

Glendale-based LegalZoom said last week that it has added Institutional Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as investors in the firm. No details on the investment were disclosed. KPCB and IVP join Polaris Venture Partners ...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Boingo Wireless Prices IPO, To Trade Wednesday

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the operator of a international network of Wi-Fi hotspots, has priced its IPO. The firm said it will offer 5,770,000 shares of its common stock at $13.50 per share. The shares will trade under the symbol W...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TrueCar Buys Honk.com

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the automotive pricing site run by Scott Painter, said today that it has acquired Honk.com, an automotive social media website. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to TrueCar, News Corporatio...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Quigley: Venture Capital Revival Coming

William Quigley, a venture capitalist at Clearstone Venture Partners, is making the argument that venture capital returns are set to return superior returns in the coming years, due to the disinterest of institutional investors. In a report...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Pulls IPO

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, the developer of electrical transmission technology for the automotive industry, has pulled its IPO, according to a filing from the firm. Fallbrook said in the filing that it has decided to pull its i...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Local.com Buys Krillion

Irvine-based Local.com announced this morning that it has acquired Krillion, a location-based product search startup. Local.com said it paid $3.5M in cash for all of the outstanding capital stock of Krillion. Krillion aggregates product inf...

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Boingo Wireless Expected To Debut In IPO Next Week

Santa Monica-based Boingo Wireless, the Wi-Fi network provider, is expected to debut next week in its IPO, according to the NASDAQ's upcoming IPO calendar. Boingo is expected to debut on Wednesday. Boingo has indicated that it will sell 5,7...

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Shopzilla Sold To Symphony Technology Group

Los Angeles-based Shopzilla, the online comparison shopping site owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, has been sold to private equity firm Symphony Technology Group. Scripps said that Symphony will pay $165M to acquire all of the outstand...

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Inherited Health Acquired By Informed Medical Decisions

Los Angeles-based Inherited Health, the online site for gathering and storing family health information headed by Lee Essner, has been acquired by Informed Medical Decisions. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced by the co...

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Coradiant Acquired By BMC

Poway-based Coradiant, which develops data center monitoring software, has been acquired by BMC Software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. BMC said the move would "substantially enhance" its ability to offer businesses...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Broadcom Completes Provigent Buy

Irvine-based semiconductor maker Broadcom said Monday that it has completed its acquisition of Provigent, a developer of high performance, mixed signal semiconductors for microwave backhaul systems. The deal was worth approximately $313M in...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Novacoast Buys Network Design & Integration

Santa Barbara-based Novacoast, a provider of IT professional services and product development, said Monday that it has acquired Network Design & Integration. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Both firms work extensively with No...

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Monday, April 25, 2011

ValueClick Buys Greystripe

Westlake Village-based online advertising firm ValueClick announced this morning that it has acquired Greystripe, an operator of a brand-focused mobile advertising network. The deal was worth $70M in cash. According to ValueClick, it has hi...

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Friday, April 22, 2011

iChange Acquired By Herbalife

El Segundo-based iChange, the operator of an online community focused on lifestyle changes, weight loss, and nutrition, has been acquired by Herbalife, according to investor Momentum Venture Management. Financial terms of the deal were not ...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Impinj Files For IPO

Impinj, a developer of RFID chips which has satellite engineering office in Rancho Cordova and Newport Beach, and which was founded by a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) professor, has filed for an IPO. The firm said it is raisi...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

MyLife.com Buys CitizenLocal.com

Los Angeles-based MyLife.com, the people search service run by Jeffrey Tinsley, said today that it has acquired CitizenLocal.com, a local deals site. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. MyLife said the buy will allow busi...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SoCal Firms Still Lined Up For IPOs

10 of the 44 venture-backed companies currently filed to go public are from Southern California, according to an analysis today from the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, there are 44 U.S., venture-backed companies currently fil...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Solarflare In Talks With Marvell, Say Sources

Irvine-based Solarflare Communications, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters and semiconductors, is in the process of being acquired or selling parts of its business to Marvell Technology Group, according to sources close to the firm...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Teledyne Sells Piston Engine Business

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said Tuesday evening that it has completed the sale of its piston engine business, Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. and Teledyne Mattituck Services, Inc., in a stock sale to Technify Motor, a subsi...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Conexant Acquisition Completes

The acquisition of Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Conexant by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital has completed, the firm said today. The acquisition takes Conexant private, with the firm no longer trading on the NASDAQ Global M...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MindJolt Buys Two Firms

Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based online gaming service MindJolt, which is run by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has acquired two companies, according to a report today. According to the New York Times, MindJolt has acquired Hallpass ...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Awarepoint Acquires Competitor

San Diego-based Awarepoint, the developer of real time location systems for hospitals, said this morning that it has acquired Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS). Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. PCTS, based in Char...

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Monday, April 18, 2011

UberMedia Losing TweetDeck To Twitter, Says Report

Upping the ante in the battle between Pasadena-based Twitter client software firm UberMedia and Twitter itself, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Twitter is buying Twitter client software firm TweetDeck. According to the WSJ, Twitte...

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Apax Gets Early Approval On Epicor Acquisition

Private equity firm Apax Partners said this morning that it has scored early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust waiting period on its buy of Irvine-based Epicor Software. Apax, which is buying Epicor for $976M, along with Activa...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

ZPower Raises $64M

Camarillo-based ZPower, a developer of battery technology, appears to have raised $64M, according to a regulatory filing released by the firm Friday. In a filing, the firm said it issued $64M in equity as part of a merger, acquisition or ex...

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Boingo Wireless Sets IPO Pricing Range

Santa Monica-based WiFi network operator Boingo Wireless has set its pricing range for its IPO, saying in a filing late Wednesday evening that it is selling 5,770,000 shares of its stock at between $12.00 and $14.00 per share. Boingo has ap...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SpaceX Eyes IPO

Hawthorne-based SpaceX, the commercial rocket firm of technology mogul Elon Musk, is reportedly looking to add itself to the list of Southern California technology firms aiming at at IPO. According to Musk at a conference Tuesday, the firm ...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

AML Communications Agrees To Microsemi Bid

Camarillo-based AML Communications, the manufacturer of microelectronic and microwave assemblies, said this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Microsemi Corporation. AML said Microsemi has agreed to pa...

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Friday, April 8, 2011

AKMG Acquired By Canadian Firm

El Segundo-based AKMG, a performance-based online advertising agency, has been acquired by Victoria, BC-based Neverblue. AKMG becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Neverblue. AKGM was founded by Kimberlee White and Steven Patton. According t...

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Friday, April 8, 2011

AKMG Acquired By Canadian Firm

El Segundo-based AKMG, a performance-based online advertising agency, has been acquired by Victoria, BC-based Neverblue. AKMG becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Neverblue. AKGM was founded by Kimberlee White and Steven Patton. According t...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

AML Communications Gets Bid From Microsemi

Camarillo-based AML Communications announced today that it has received a superior offer for the firm today from Microsemi Corporation, topping an offer in February from Anaren. AML said that Microsemi has submitted a formal binding offer t...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Epicor Acquired By Apax For $976M

Irvine-based Epicor Software, the developer of enterprise business software, said today that it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm apax Partners, in a deal worth approximately $976M. Epicor said Apax will acquire all of its co...

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Teledyne Buys Stake In Optech

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies said this morning that it has acquired a minority stake in Optech, a developer of three dimensional, lidar-based imaging systems. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Teledyne sa...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

QWIP Technologies Sold To Canadian Firm

Brea-based QWIP Technologies, a developer of thermal imaging systems owned by Cantronic Systems, has been sold to Vancouver, Canada-based Skytech Systems. The sale was announced this week by Cantronic, which says the deal is worth C$5.7 mil...

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Platinum Equity Buys Automotive Accessories Distributor

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity said Wednesday that it has acquired the majority interest in Keystone Automotive Holdings, an automotive distributor. Keystone is a aftermarket automotive accessories and equipment distr...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CineForm Acquired By GoPro

Solana Beach-based CineForm, a developer of video compression technology, has been acquired by helmet-mounted camera firm GoPro. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. GoPro said that CineForm will become a division of the c...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Inphi Launches Secondary Offering

Inphi Corporation, the developer of high speed analog communications semiconductors, said Monday that it has launched a public offering of 3.9 million shares of its common stock. The new offering comes just shy of six months after the firm'...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

HauteLook Acquisition Completes

Department store firm Nordstrom said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Los Angeles-based private sales site HauteLook. Nordstrom announced its acquisition of HauteLook on February 17th. Nordstrom paid $180M in stock plus...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

TVC Gets Big Exit In Accordent

The sale this morning of El Segundo-based Accordent Technologies was a big win for San Diego investment firm TVC Capital. TVC was the sold institutional investor in Accordent, which sold to Polycom for $50M. TVC's investment in Accordent wa...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Accordent Acquired By Polycom

El Segundo-based Accordent Technologies, which develops presentation and webcasting management software for the enterprise, has been acquired by Polycom, Polycom said today. The deal was worth $50M in cash. Polycom said it will use the acqu...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Broadcom Buys Provigent For $313M

Irvine-based Broadcom said today that it has acquired Provigent, a developer of high performance mixed signal semiconductors for the microwave backhaul systems market. Provigent was based in Israel and Santa Clara. Broadcom said it will pay...

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Report: Websense On The Block

San Diego-based Websense is reportedly considering a sale of the company, according to a report this week in the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ, the firm is looking to get around $1B for the company. Websense is a provider of web...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand Up Nearly 47 Percent In IPO

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of talent management and human resources software headed by Adam Miller, were up nearly 47 percent Thursday in its initial public offering. The firm, which debuted on the NASDAQ Global ...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand Jumps In IPO Debut

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand debuted on the markets Thursday in a strong showing, trading as high as $20.25 after its IPO debut a $13.00 per share. The firm was trading around $19.60, or 50 percent above its debut price in mornin...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand IPO Prices At $13 Per Share

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand has priced its IPO at $13.00 per share, above its estimated offering range of between $9.00 and $11.00 per share, raising $136.5M in its initial public offering. The firm, which develops software-as-a...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand Expected To IPO Thursday

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand is expected to debut Thursday in an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market. The firm, which has applied to list on the Nasdaq as CSOD, had earlier said it estimated pricing at between $9.00 and $11.00 per sh...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Corelogic Buys Dorado Network Systems

Santa Ana-based CoreLogic, a provider of real estate, mortgage, and other data and information services, said Tuesday that it has acquired Dorado Network Systems Corporation, in a deal worth $32M. Dorado develops cloud computing application...

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Goodreads Buys Discovereads.com

Los Angeles-based Goodreads.com, the online book recommendation and reviews community headed by Otis Chandler, announced Thursday that it has acquired Discovereads.com". Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. Discovereads.com prov...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

International Rectifier Completes CHiL Semiconductor Acquisition

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said Monday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of CHiL Semiconductor Corporation. The deal had been announced February 25th, and was worth $75M in cash. CHiL Semiconductor is a developer...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Inphi Backers To Sell More Shares

The venture capital backers of semiconductor maker Inphi Corp., based on Santa Clara but with major operations in Westlake Village, are looking to cash out more shares, according to a filing by the firm this morning. According to Inphi Corp...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Western Digital To Acquire Hitachi Global Storage For $4.3B

Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital and Hitachi Ltd. said this morning that Western Digital is buying Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Hitachi's disk drive and storage arm, for approximately $4.3 billion. The deal is a combina...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Fallbrook Technologies Buys Hodyon

San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies, a developer of transmission technology being used for the electrical vehicles and other industries, announced this morning that it has acquired Hodyon LP, a manufacturer of auxiliary power units for t...

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Clicker Acquired By CBS Interactive

Los Angeles-based Clicker.com, the provider of a guide to online video, has been acquired by CBS Interactive, the firms said Friday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to CBS Interactive, Jim Lanzone, co-founder and C...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Demand Media Buys CoveritLive

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it has acquired CoveritLive, a developer of a live blogging platform used to provide real time commentary, reader polling, and questions and answers on live events. Financial terms of t...

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Teradata Buys Aster Data

Teradata, a developer of data warehousing and marketing management tools, said this morning it is acquiring Aster Data Systems, a provider of advanced analytics tools. Teradata, which already owns 11 percent of Aster Data Systems, said it w...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cornerstone OnDemand Sets IPO Offering Range

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, which develops online learning and talent management software, said Wednesday morning that it expects its IPO to price between $9.00 and $11.00 per share. The firm is looking to list on the NASDAQ Gl...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Broadcom Eyes Provigent

Irvine-based Broadcom is in talks to acquire Israeli semiconductor firm Provigent, a maker of systems-on-a-chip for broadband wireless, according to Israeli business publication Globes. Citing un-named sources, Globes said that Broadcom is ...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

D2 Technologies Buys Webia Technologies

Santa Barbara-based D2 Technologies, which develops embedded IP communications software, reports today that it has acquired Webia Technologies, a developer of products for the Google Android OS platform. Financial terms of the buy were not ...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

On Assignment Completes Valesta Buy

Calabasas-based On Assignment, the publicly held provider of life sciences and technology temporary help, said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Valesta, a European provider of specialized clinical research staffing. The...

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Mad Catz Acquires Flight Simulation Firm

San Diego-based Mad Catz Interactive, which makes videogame and other entertainment accessories, said today that it has acquired the assets of V Max Simulation Corporation, a developer of flight simulation equipment and software. Mad Catz s...

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Friday, February 25, 2011

International Rectifier Buys CHiL Semiconductor

El Segundo-based International Rectifier said Friday that it has acquired CHiL Semiconductor Corporation, a supplier of digital power management products, in a deal worth $75M in cash. IR said the buy will expand its technology position in ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Conexant Goes To Golden Gate Capital

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems said Wednesday afternoon that it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, and has terminated its earlier merger agreement with Standard Microsystems. The move came after SMSC...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Occam Networks Acquisition Completes

The acquisition Santa Barbara-based Occam Networks has completed, according to buyer Calix. The deal was worth $83.3M in cash plus approximately 6.4 million shares of Calix common stock, or around $202M based on CALX stock trading Wednesday...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Demand Media Reports Profit

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the internet publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 results today, the first as a public company. Demand Media said it had revenues of $73.6M for Q4 of 2010...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Conexant Gets New Bid From Golden Gate Capital

Newport Beach-based Conexant Systems said this morning that it received a new offer from Golden Gate Capital. According to Conexant, Golden Gate Capital has offered to pay $2.40 per share in cash for the firm, a superior proposal to an earl...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

PC Mall Buys eCOST.com

Torrance-based PC Mall said today that it has acquired the assets of eCOST.com, an online electronics retailer, from PFSWeb, in a deal worth $2.3M. According to PC Mall, it will continue to operate eCOST.com as an online marketplace for com...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Skytronics Acquired By Phillips Service Industries

El Segundo-based Skytronics, a manufacturer of aircraft components and provider of maintenance repair services, has been acquired by Phillips Service Industries. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Skytronics provides m...

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hautelook Acquired By Nordstrom For $270M

Los Angeles-based HauteLook, the flash sales site run by Adam Bernhard, has been acquired by Nordstrom for up to $270M. According to Nordstrom, it will pay $180M in stock plus up to $90M in earn out over the next three years. Nordstrom said...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Peregrine Semiconductor Selects Nasdaq

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, one of the Southern California technology firms currently in IPO registration, has selected the Nasdaq for its IPO, according an updated S-1 filing from the company. Peregrine said it has applied to ...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Business.com Acquired By Resource Nation, With JMI Backing

San Diego-based Resource Nation, an online business-to-business marketing provider, has acquired the brand name, domain, and assets of Business.com, the firm announced today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed, however, the firm ...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Local.com Buys Assets of Rovion

Irvine-based Local.com said this morning that it has acquired the assets of Rovion, a developer of ad serving tools, from DigitalPost Interactive. Local.com said it will pay $1.5M in cash plus up to $7M in earnout for Rovion. The company al...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SMK-Link Buys Computer Accessory Firm

Camarillo-based SMK-Link, a developer of remote controls, Bluetooth peripherals, and other consumer electronic accessories, announced last night that it has acquired the assets of Movea's Gyration business unit. Movea is a developer of moti...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ReachLocal Buys Daily Deals Firm DealOn.com

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said Tuesday afternoon that it is acquiring New York-based DealOn.com, a provider of daily deals. ReachLocal said it would pay approximately $10M for DealOn Media LLC, which offers up local deals businesses i...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Active Network Files For IPO

San Diego-based Active Network has filed for an IPO, saying in its S-1 that it is looking to raise up to $150M. The firm's IPO is being underwritten by BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Allen & Company LLC, Stifel Nicolaus Weisel, RBC Capital Marke...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Outdoor Channel Buys MyOutdoorTV.com

Temecula-based Outdoor Channel Holdings, the media firm that runs the Outdoor Channel, said today that it has acquired online web site MyOutdoorTV.com, an online site focused on hunting, fishing, and shooting. MyOutdoorTV.com features vides...

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Citrix Completes Netviewer Buy

Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online said today that it has closed on its acquisition of Netviewer AG, the developer of business collaboration software-as-a-service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Citrix had originally announc...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

AML Communications Acquired by Anaren

Camarillo-based AML Communications, a developer of microwave amplifiers and integrated assemblies for defense electronics applications, has been acquired by Anaren, Anaren said Monday. The deal was worth approximately $29.3M, with an enterp...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Quest Software Buys e-DMZ Security

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said this morning that it has acquired a access control and identity management software firm, e-DMZ Security, LLC. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Quest said the acquisition would str...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

UberMedia Buys TweetDeck, Say Reports

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the Idealab startup which is amassing a suite of Twitter related client applications, has acquired Tweetdeck, the provider of a third party Twitter client, according to multiple reports. The firm has not yet formal...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Telogis Raises $2.8M

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, a provider of location-based intelligence software and services for fleet routing, has raised $2.8M, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. No details of the funding have been announced. The funding round c...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Topspin Co-founder Gotcher To Benefit From Pandora IPo

Peter Gotcher, the Chairman and co-founder of Los Angeles-based Topspin Media, looks to reap a big harvest, if Pandora Media pulls off its IPO. Pandora filed for an IPO Friday, saying in a filing with the SEC that it is looking to raise up ...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

BUZZMEDIA Buys The Frisky

Los Angeles-based BUZZMEDIA, the publisher of entertainment related blogs and websites, said Friday that it has acquired The Frisky, an entertainment news, celebrity, and fashion site, from Turner Broadcasting Systems. Financial terms of th...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

MarketShare Buys MarketingNPV

Los Angeles-based MarketShare, the marketing analytics firm run by Wes Nichols and Jon vein, announced today that it has agreed to acquire MarketingNPV, a provider of measurement products for marketers. Financial terms of the acquisition we...

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

LAVA Honors Richard Riordan, Local Technology Firms

The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) held its annual awards event last night, honoring former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, as well as local, venture backed companies in a banquet last night at the Luxe hotel in Los Angeles. LAVA...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Southern California Linked IPOs Grow

The number of Southern California related initial public offerings is growing steadily upwards, as Gevo--originally started in Pasadena, and based on technology out of Caltech and UCLA--hit the market this morning. Gevo is just the latest i...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gevo Raises $107M In IPO

Gevo, the biofuels technology startup spawned out of technology at Caltech and UCLA, has raised $107M in an IPO this morning. The firm, which is now based in Colorado, debuted on the Nasdaq Global Market Wednesday morning as GEVO, debuting ...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Telogis Buys Integris

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis announced last night that it has acquired cetain assets, and substantially all of the business of Integris, a provider of routing, mobile resource, and fleet management software. Financial terms of the buy were not...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Telogis Buys Integris

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis announced last night that it has acquired cetain assets, and substantially all of the business of Integris, a provider of routing, mobile resource, and fleet management software. Financial terms of the buy were not...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Active Networks Buys Church Management Software Firm

San Diego-based Active Network said today that it has expanded into the faith market, with the acquisition of church management software firm Fellowship Technologies. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Active Network, wh...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Conexant Gets Competing Acquisition Offer

Newport Beach-based semiconductor maker Conexant said Monday afternoon that it has received a competing acquisition offer from private equity firm Golden Gate Private Equity. According to Conexant, Golden Gate has offered to acquire the fir...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

GenVault Acquired By IntegenX

Carlsbad-based GenVault, a provider of systems used for managing DNA collections, has been acquired. IntegenX, a provider of equipment used for preparing genetic analysis samples, said last week that it acquired GenVault, but did not disclo...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Pandora IPO's SoCal Connections

Rumors of an IPO filing for Internet radio service Pandora heated up last week, after the firm's appointment of Peter Chernin and Barry McCarthy to its board. Pandora has some Southern California connections--beyond its relationships with m...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Riot Games Acquired By Tencent

Los Angeles-based Riot Games, the online videogame developer headed by Brandon Beck, said late Friday that Tencent Holdings has acquired a majority stake in the company. Tencent is one of the biggest Internet services providers in China. Fi...

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Beckman Coulter Acquired By Danaher For $6.8 Billion

Orange County-based Beckman Coulter, a maker of biomedical testing equipment, said today that it is in a merger agreement with Danaher, where Danaher will buy the firm for $6.8 billion. The deal is worth $83.50 per share in cash, which the ...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Live Nation Buys Spanish Ticketing Firm

Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that Ticketmaster, the firm's ticking division, has agreed to acquire Spanish ticket retailer ServiCaixa. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ticketmaster is buying ServiCai...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Insights and Opinions: Fifteen things investment bankers won't tell you

For today's Insights and Opinions section, we have an article from Megan Lisa Jones, an investment banker, on the Fifteen things investment bankers won't tell you. 1. They don't like your company; no reason for us to say such a thing...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Buy.com Buys Social Shopping Firm DecisionStep

Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com has jumped into the social shopping arena, saying this morning that it has acquired DecisionStep, the developer of ShopTogether, a social shopping platform which allows users to shop together in real time. Financia...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

CareFusion Sells Distribution Business For $130M

San Diego-based CareFusion, which develops medical products such as pumps, ventilators, patient identification systems, and more, said this morning that it is selling its CareFusion International Surgical Products (ISP) business to Medline,...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Patrick Soon-Shiong Buys Vitality Corp.

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Los Angeles area biotech billionaire, has acquired Vitality Corp., a Cambridge, Massachusetts maker of "smart pills." Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Vitality, the acquisition wil...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Verve Wireless Buys Deconstruct Media

Encinitas-based Verve Wireless, which develops mobile applications for local publishers, said today that it has acquired Deconstruct Media, a mobile advertising technology firm. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Verve s...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yardi Systems Buys RealTown

Santa Barbara-based Yardi Systems announced Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired San Diego Real Estate Electronic Publishing Company (REEPCO), which operates InternetCrusade, an online site focused on training real estate professionals, a...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Demand Media Nets $77.2M From IPO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said this morning that it received approximately $77.2M in net proceeds from the firm's IPO last week. The firm, which debuted on the NYSE as DMD, said it will use the new funding for investments in content, ...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

UCLA Startup AutoESL Acquired By Xilinx

AutoESL Design Technologies, a developer of software tools used for high level synthesis of electronic circuit designs, and a spinout of UCLA, was acquired this morning by Xilinx. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. AutoE...

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Oversee.net Buys ShopWiki

Los Angeles-based Oversee.net, the Internet marketing and domain firm headed by Jeff Kupietzky, announced this morning that it has acquired ShopWiki, which operates a network of shopping comparison websites. Financial terms of the deal were...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Demand Media Underwriters Buy Additional Shares

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, riding high on a successful IPO debut Wednesday, said Thursday that its underwriters have exercised their option to purchase an additional 675,000 shares from Demand Media, and 660,000 shares from selling st...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Anthem Ventures Gets Second Exit In A Week

Santa Monica-based Anthem Venture Partners has scored two exits in the last week, as Los Angeles-based Demand Media hit a homerun with its IPO Wednesday, and San Diego-based Plixi was acquired by Lockerz Thursday. Brian Mesic, a partner at ...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Demand Media Market Cap Huge, But Green Dot Still Bigger

The IPO this week of Santa Monica-based Demand Media has drawn widespread attention, with a number of articles yesterday talking about how the firm's market cap exceeded the New York Times Company after the IPO. However, a quick look at the...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Nexsan Updates S-1

In a sign that Thousand Oaks-based Nexsan might be ramping up its IPO efforts again, after a delay last year, the firm filed an updated S-1 this week. The provider of data storage equipment reported that it had net income of $0.5M on $68.9M...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Plixi Acquired By Lockerz

San Diego-based Plixi, the Twitter-based photo sharing site formerly known as TweetPhoto, has been acquired by Seattle-based Lockerz, the firms said today. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Plixi provided an online site...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Demand Media Up 32 Percent In IPO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing network run by Richard Rosenblatt, had a huge reception in the public markets Wednesday, closing up 32 percent in its initial public offering. Demand, which debuted on the NYSE as DMD t...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ligand Buys CyDex Pharmaceuticals

San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals said Wednesday afternoon that it has acquired CyDex Pharmaceuticals, a Kansas-based drug reformulation firm. Ligand said it will pay $31.2M in upfront cash, $4.3M at the one year anniversary of closing...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Demand Media Surges In IPO Debut

Santa Monica-based Demand Media surged in its IPO debut Wednesday morning on the NYSE, rising as high as $25.00 in morning trading. The firm was hovering around $23.00 just before 9am, after opening up at $17.00 in its IPO debut earlier in ...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Demand Media Prices IPO, Begins Trading Today

Santa Monica-based Demand Media said late Tuesday evening that it has priced its IPO, as well as increased its IPO offering size, and will sell 8,900,000 shares of its common stock at $17.00 per share. Demand Media, which operates an online...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SayNow, With LA Operations, Acquired By Google

SayNow, a developer of voice messaging applications for brands and celebrities, has been acquired by Google, the firm said Tuesday. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, in addition to its headquarters in Palo Alto. Financial terms of the ac...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Amgen Acquires Firm For $1 Billion

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said Monday afternoon that it is acquiring Biovex, a Woburn, Massachusetts-based developer of treatments for melanoma and head and neck cancer. Amgen said it will pay up to $1 billion for the company,...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

UberMedia Buys Mixx

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the newly renamed Twitter advertising and application provider, announced today that it has acquired Mixx. Mixx operates an online site which allows users to find social content. Financial terms of the acquisition ...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Genoptix Acquired By Novartis For $470M

San Diego-based Genoptix, a publicly held provider of laboratory services to the hematology and oncology market, said this morning that it is in a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by Novartis. According to Genoptix, the deal is wo...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Demand Media Expected To Hit Market Next Week

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, is expected to hit the public markets late next week, according to a report today from AllThingsD. Citing "numerous" sources, the report says that Dem...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Gevo Sets Range For IPO

Gevo, the biofuels startup spawned out of technology from the University of California, Los Angeles and Caltech, has set an offering range for its IPO. Gevo, which started in Pasadena but is now located in Englewood, Colorado, said it is lo...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TheWrap Buys Itsonthegrid.com

Santa Monica-based The Wrap News, an online news site covering entertainment and media, said this week that it has acquire ItsontheGrid.com, an online, subscription service providing information on ongoing movie projects. Financial terms of...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Amgen Sells Fremont Facility

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen said Tuesday afternoon along with Boehringer Ingelheim, that the firm has agreed to sell rights in and substantially all of the assets of its Fremont, Calfiornia development and manufacturing facility. According to...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Arrowhead Sells Unidym To Korean Firm

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research said today that its Unidym subsidiary has been acquired by Korean electronics firm Wisepower Co., Ltd. Arrowhead said the deal was worth stock and convertible bonds worth $5M, plus up to $140M in earn-out. ...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Steamboat Ventures Sells Scrapblog

Scrapblog, an online scrapbooking service backed by Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures, has been sold to personal photo publishing firm Mixbook. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Scrapblog as venture backed by Steamboat Ventures...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Kofax To Sell Hardware Business, Cut Staff

Irvine-based Kofax, a provider of document management software and hardware, said Sunday that it is selling its hardware business to a German private equity firm, and cutting staff. Kofax said it is selling the business to Hannover Finanz, ...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Air Lease Files For IPO

Los Angeles-based Air Lease, a provider of aircraft leasing services, said Friday that it has filed for a $100M IPO. The IPO is being underwritten by J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, and CBR Capital Markets. Air Lease is backed by Ares Managemen...

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Friday, January 14, 2011

IPO Filings Keep Coming In Southern California

The filing of an IPO by Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless on Friday seems to indicate the interest in public markets by venture-backed, Southern California firms has not abated. The filing comes on the heels of Demand Media's kickoff of its...

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Boingo Wireless Files For IPO

Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, the operator of a global Wi-Fi hot spot network, has filed for an IPO, saying Friday afternoon that it is looking to raised up to $75M in an IPO. According to Boingo, it intends to apply to list on the NAS...

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gores Group Sells Lineage Power

Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group has sold portfolio firm Lineage Power, in a deal worth $520M. The deal was announced today by buyer GE, which said the acquisition will "open the door" for the firm to deploy its technol...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Demand Media Sets IPO Pricing Range

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, said today in an S-1 filing that it expects its IPO to be between $14.00 and $16.00 per share. The firm plans to offer 7,500,000 shares of its stock i...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Illumina Buys Epicentre Biotechnologies

San Diego-based Illumina, a manufacturer of genetic analysis tools, said last night that it has acquired Epicentre Biotechnologies, a provider of nucleic acid sample preparation reagents and specialty enzymes. Financial terms of the acquisi...

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

BakBone Gets Shareholder Approval On Acquisition

San Diego-based BakBone Software, a developer of backup software, reported today that the firm has received both shareholder and court approval for its acquisition by Quest Software. Bakbone said 88 percent of the votes cast by shareholders...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Luxtera Sells Business Unit

Carlsbad-based Luxtera, the venture backed provider of CMOS photonics products, has sold its Active Optical Cable (AOC) business to Molex. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Molex, a major supplier of cables and interconnects, ...

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Dave Ryan of Mission Ventures On Exits

Last month, San Diego-based venture capital firm Mission Ventures (www.missionventures.com) sold its portfolio firm, Carlsbad-based 3E, just the latest in a string of exits for the firm, which also included an IPO in Maxlinear earlier in th...

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Conexant Acquired By SMSC

Newport Beach-based semiconductor firm Conexant Systems is in a deal to be acquired by New York-based SMSC. The deal is worth approximately $284M in both stock and cash. According to SMSC, the deal will help it create a stronger analog/mixe...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

RayTracker Acquired By First Solar

Pasadena-based RayTracker, a developer of solar tracking technology which is backed by Idealab, has been acquired by solar power module giant First Solar. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. First Solar said that RayTrack...

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Move Networks Acquired by Echostar

Move Networks, the venture backed developer of high definition streaming technology for Internet video, has been acquired by Echostar, the firms said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Move, which briefly was...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Gores Group Closes Vincotech Sale

Los Angeles private equity firm The Gores Group said Wednesday that it has closed its sale of Vincotech Holdings Sarl, a developer and manufacturer of power modules and inverters for the industrial and solar power market. Financial details ...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

FamilyFinds Buys Chicago Daily Deals Site

Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds.com, the daily coupon and deals site run by Matt Coffin, said today that it has acquired Mamaloot, an online daily deal site located in Chicago. Mamaloot was started by two mothers, Bo Johnson and Lindsay Cohen...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Qualcomm Acquires Atheros For $3.1 Billion

San Diego-based Qualcomm said this morning that it is in a definitive agreement to buy Atheros Communications, in a deal worth $3.1 billion. Qualcomm said it would pay $45 per share in cash for Atheros, in an effort to accelerate the expans...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

PostUp Buys Echofon

Pasadena-based PostUp, the Twitter advertising startup out of Idealab, said today that it has acquired Echofon, the developer of a number of Twitter applications. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Echofon develops applications ...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Qualcomm To Buy Atheros, Says Report

San Diego-based Qualcomm is in the midst of a $3.5 billion offer to buy semiconductor maker Atheros Communications, according to the New York Times. The report, citing two people with "direct knowledge of the talks" said the deal is expecte...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ceradyne Buys VIOX

Costa Mesa-based Ceradyne said this morning that it has acquired VIOX Corporation, a specialty glass company located in Seattle, Washington. Ceradyne said it paid approximately $27M in cash plus up to a maximum of $22M in earn out for VIOX....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

LogicBuy.com Acquired By Ziff Davis

Orange, California-based LogicBuy.com, an online technology deals and coupon site, has been acquired by Ziff Davis, Ziff said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Ziff Davis said that LogicBuy.com had over 10 million...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First Advantage Acquired By Symphony Technology Group

Poway-based First Advantage, a provider of employment background screening, occupational health services, recruiting, business tax consulting, and other workforce management services, has been acquired by private equity firm Symphony Techno...

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Teleflex Sells Simi-based Actuation Businesss

The Simi Valley-based Actuation business unit of Telair International Inc, which is owned by Teleflex Incorporated, has been acquired by TransDigm Group Incorporated. According to TransDigm, the business, which supplies highly engineered el...

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Broadcom Completes Gigle Networks Buy

Irvine-based Broadcom announced Tuesday that it has completed its $75M acquisition of Gigle Networks, a developer of systems-on-a-chip products for home networking over power lines. The deal had originally been announced in November. Broadc...

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Iteris Buys Meridian Environmental Technology

Santa Ana-based Iteris, a developer of traffic management software and technology, said today that it is acquiring Meridian Environmental Technology, a developer of traveler information systems and highway maintenance software. Iteris said ...

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Report: Demand Media Sorting Out Accounting Before IPO

A report today says that the latest updates to Demand Media's S-1 are a result of government scrutiny over how the firm is accounting for content developed for its sites. According to AllThingsD, Demand has been discussing how it accounts f...

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

CoreLogic Sells Unit to Private Equity Firm

Santa Ana-based CoreLogic, a provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to the real estate, mortgage, and other markets, said this morning that it has soled its Employer Services and Litigation Support ...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Loan-Score Decisioning Systems Acquired

Irvine-based Loan-Score Decisioning Systems, which develops mortgage product and pricing products, automated underwriting, and other software, has been acquired by Calyx Software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Calyx...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fox Mobile Group Sold By News Corp.

Beverly Hills- and Berlin, Germany-based Fox Mobile Group, which offers mobile content distribution and mobile entertainment products, has been sold to Jesta Group, Jesta said Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jesta...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MK Capital Scores With Aprimo Buy

Los Angeles- and Chicago-based MK Capital, a venture capital investment firm with $250M under management, has scored with the acquisition today of Indianapolis-based Aprimo by Teradata. Teradata said it would pay approximately $525M for Apr...

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Teledyne Buys Canadian Firm

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it is acquiring Waterloo, Ontario-based DALSA Corporation, a developer of digital imaging and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Teledyne said it would pay approximat...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Demand Media Ups Article Count To 3 Million

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm headed by Richard Rosenblatt, has updated its S-1 filing, saying it now has around 3 million articles in the firm's library of content. Demand Media has applied to list on the NYSE...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Report: Hulu Drops IPO Effort

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online television streaming site, is dropping its plans to pursue an IPO, according to a report today from from the WSJ. Hulu had been among the Southern California companies looking to file an IPO. The WSJ cited...

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Monday, December 20, 2010

NTS Completes Mechtronic Buy

Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, a provider of engineering services, said today that it has completed its acquisition of Mechtronic Solutions, a New Mexico-based engineering services firm. Financial terms of the buy were not disc...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

HID Global Completes ActivIdentity Buy

Irvine-based HID Global, which is owned by ASSA ABLOY, said today that it has completed its acquisition ActivIdentity, a Fremont-based firm which provides digital authentication of users. The deal was originally announced in October, and wa...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Internet Brands Acquisition Completes

El Segundo-based Internet Brands said Friday that the acquisition of the firm by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman has closed. The acquisition, which had originally been announced in September, was worth $640M. Internet Brands said tha...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Cornerstone On Demand Updates S-1

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone On Demand, which recently filed for an IPO on the NASDAQ Global Market as CSOD, has updated its IPO filings documents with the SEC. The firm's latest S-1 shows that the firm had revenues of $32.572M for the ni...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Citrix Buys Netviewer

Santa Barbara-based Citrix Online said this morning that it is in a definitive agreement to acquired Netviewer AG, a developer of software-as-a-service tools for business collaboration. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Netvie...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gen-Probe Buys GTI Diagnostics

San Diego-based Gen-Probe has acquired GTI Diagnostics, a specialty diagnostics firm focused on the transplantation, blood bank and specialty coagulation markets, the firm said Wednesday. The deal was worth $53M in cash. GTI was owned by pr...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shop.com Acquired By Market America

Shop.com, an online comparison shopping website with operations in Pasadena, has been acquired. Market America, an Internet marketing firm based in Greensboro, N.C., announced the acquisition Wednesday, but did not reveal any financial term...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kelley Blue Book Sale Closes

Irvine-based Kelley Blue Book, the provider of new and used car sales information and pricing, is now officially part of automotive site AutoTrader.com, AutoTrader said Wednesday. The deal was originally announced in October. Financial term...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. PwC tallied up 154 IPOs completed this year so far, raising $37...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cypress Bioscience Acquired For $255M

San Diego-based Cypress Bioscience, a biopharmaceuticals firm focused on developing treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, has been acquired. According to Cypress, it is in a definitive merger agreement with Ramius V&O Acqu...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Endologix Completes Nellix Buy

Irvine-based Endologix said today that it has completed its acquisition of Nellix, a developer of a medical device for the treatment of Abdominal Aortic Anerysms (AAAs). The acquisition had been originally announced in october. Endologix wi...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Epicor Buys Human Resources Software Firm

Irvine-based Epicor said Monday that it is buying a maker of human resources software, SPECTRUM Human Resource Systems Corporation. Epicor said it is paying approximately $16M in cash for Spectrum, which is based in Denver, Colorado. Epicor...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

SpeakTech Acquired By Perficient

Costa Mesa-based SpeakTech, a provider of systems integration and other services, has been acquired by St. Louis-based Perficient. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Perficient said that SpeakTech has approximately $16M ...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Frontline Direct Buys Objective Loyalty

San Diego-based Frontline Direct, which is owned by Adconian Media Group, said today that it has acquired Objective Loyalty, a provider of data management and direct marketing solutions. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Frontl...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

DealPerk Acquired By Screamin Daily Deals

Orange County-based DealPerk, the online daily deals site headed by Albert Ko, has been acquired by fellow daily deals site Screamin Daily Deals, based in San Juan Capistrano. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Both DealPerk an...

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Melanoma Diagnostics Sells Genetic Marker Technology

Altadena-based Melanoma Diagnostics, a developer of technology for the diagnosis and prognosis of malignant melanoma using genetic markers, is in a deal to sell its technology to Myriad Genetics, a publicly traded provider of molecular diag...

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cramster Acquired By Chegg

Pasadena-based Cramster, the online homework help site started by Aaron Hawkey, Robert Angarita and Kaveh Golabi, has been acquired by Chegg, Chegg announced today. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Chegg said the acquisition w...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

3E Acquired By New Jersey Firm

Carlsbad-based 3E Company, a provider of services for the environmental health and safety (EH&S) market, has been acquired by a New Jersey firm, Verisk Analytics. According to Verisk, it is paying $110M to acquire 3E, with closure of the de...

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

3E Acquired By New Jersey Firm

Carlsbad-based 3E Company, a provider of services for the environmental health and safety (EH&S) market, has been acquired by a New Jersey firm, Verisk Analytics. According to Verisk, it is paying $110M to acquire 3E, with closure of the de...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

j2 Global Buys Canadian Firm

Los Angeles-based j2 Global Communications, which operates electronic messaging and FAX services, said today that it has acquired Protus IP Solutions, a Canadian provider of software-as-a-service communications services. j2 said it paid $21...

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Platinum Equity Completes Ulticom Buy

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity said late Friday that it has completed its acquisition of Ulticom, Inc., a developer of signaling software for communications network. The deal was worth approximately $90M. Platinum Equ...

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Encompass Digital Media Buys Ascent Media's Content Distribution Business

Los Angeles-based Encompass Digital Media said today that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire the global content distribution business of Ascent Media Corporation. The deal is worth approximately $120M, split between $113M in cash pl...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Levine Leichtman Buys Luminator Technology Group

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners said Thursday that it has acquired Luminator Technology Group, a provider of advanced information systems and LED displays and lighting products for the transportation ...

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Linc Group Sold To ABM Industries

Irvine-based The Linc Group, a provider of technical building services owned by private equity firm GI Partners, has been sold for $300M in cash to ABM Industries, GI Partners said Wednesday evening. GI Partners had acquired The Linc Group ...

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Specific Media Buys European Firm

Irvine-based ad network Specific Media said this morning that it has acquired a Amsterdam-based firm, AdCombination, as part of an European expansion. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Specific Media said the acquisition of AdC...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

RealD Files For Secondary Offering

Beverly Hills-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, has filed for a secondary offering worth $242.16M. According to the firm's filing, it is looking to offer up 7,815,001 shares of its common stock, with proceeds goi...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Broadcom Buys Gigle Networks

Irvine-based Broadcom, the developer of networking and communications semiconductors, announced this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy Gigle Networks, a provider of systems-on-a-chip for home networking over power lin...

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Peregrine Semiconductor Files For IPO

San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor, a developer of RF integrated circuits for the wireless and other markets, filed for an IPO late Friday, saying it is looking to raise up to $100M on either the Nasdaq Global Market or New York Stock ...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

PixelActive Acquired By NAVTEQ

Carlsbad-based PixelActive, a developer of 3D modeling software used for urban modeling in video games, simulation, and urban planning, has been acquired by map and traffic data provider NAVTEQ. NAVTEQ said the acquisition will support its ...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Broadcom Completes Percello Acquisition

Irvine-based Broadcom reported MOnday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of Percello Ltd., a developer of systems-on-a-chip for femtocells. The deal was worth $86M in cash. Broadcom had announced the acquisition of Percello on ...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Inphi Raises $81.6M In IPO

Inphi, the maker of high speed analog semiconductors, has raised $81.6M in its IPO, after pricing 6.8 million shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share today. The pricing was at the high end of its estimated initial public offering ran...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Enterprise Partners Portfolio Firm Heads To Market

One of the portfolio firms of San Diego-based venture capital firm Enterprise Partners, Complete Genomics is set to debut on the market Thursday, after pricing its IPO this evening. According to a filing from Complete Genomics, it will sell...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hulu Expects $240M In Revenues In 2010

Los Angeles-based television streaming site Hulu expects to make $240M in 2010, according to Jason Kilar, the firm's CEO. Kilar, who revealed the numbers at today's NewTeeVee conference in San Francisco, also said the firm had $108M in reve...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cornerstone OnDemand Selects NASDAQ

Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand, the provider of software-as-a-service tools used by human resources departments to manage manage learning, career development, succession planning, and other corporate operations, has selected an exc...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Green Dot Files $100M Offering

Monrovia-based Green Dot, the publicly held provider of prepaid debit cards, said in a statement with the SEC Monday that it is looking to offer up to $100M in a new public offering of its Class A shares. The firm--one of the Southern Calif...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SharesPost Names New CEO

Santa Monica-based SharesPost, the online marketplace for private company shares, is announcing today that it has appointed David Weir as CEO. Weir was most recently at Spring Creek Advisory Group, LLC, a firm providing merger and acquisiti...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quest Software Buys BakBone

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software and San Diego-based BakBone Software have just announced that Quest is buying the maker of data backup and protection software. According to the two firms this morning, Quest will pay approximately $55M, inc...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

HauteLook Extends Into Travel With BonVoyou Buy

Los Angeles-based HauteLook, the online private sales firm backed by Insight Venture Partners, said Monday that it has launched a new travel offering, HauteLook Getaways. HauteLook said the new offering will offer upscale travel in the U.S....

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Ambit Files For IPO

San Diego-based Ambit Biosciences, a firm discovering, developing and commercializing targeted small molecule therapeutics for treating cancer, has filed for an IPO, saying it is looking to raise up to $86.25M on the Nasdaq Global Market. T...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Inphi Set To Debut In IPO This Week

Inphi Corp., the manufacturer of high speed semiconductors which has a majority of its operations in Westlake Village, but is based in Santa Clara, is expected to debut this week in the latest Southern California IPO. The firm is set to sel...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

NextCoupons.com Acquired By NexTag

Santa Monica-based NextCoupons.com, an online coupon site focused on online deals and coupons, has been acquired by Nextag, an online comparison shopping website. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. NextCoupons.com is headed by J...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Novatel Wireless Buys Enfora

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless, the developer of wireless broadband modems for connecting PCs to cell phone networks, said today that it is in a definitive agreement to acuiqre Enfora, a developer of wireless, machine-to-machine (M2M) com...

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Universal Electronics Buys Remote Control Firm For $110M

Cypress, California-based Universal Electronics, a manufacturer of infrared wireless control systems for the home entertainment market, said today that it has acquired Enson Assets Limited, a Chinese firm owned by CG International Holdings ...

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Zogenix Sets Pricing Range, Offering Size In IPO

San Diego-based Zogenix has updated its S-1, saying this morning the firm intends to offer 6 million shares of its common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market as ZGNX. The firm also said it currently estimates the firm's initial offering price...

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

International Technidyne Acquired By Warburg Pincus, Merges With Nexus Dx

San Diego-based International Technidyne Corporation (ITC), a provider of blood testing devices, has been acquired by private equity firm Warburg Pincus, and also merged with venture backed San Diego firm Nexus Dx. According to ITC, a subsi...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Audioo Auction Moves To Flippa

How much for a web site for sharing funny and prank voicemails--which doesn't make any money? So far, not a whole lot. Apparently, Los Angeles-based AudioMicro's auction of Audioo has moved over to Flippa, after the firm ended its auction o...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Identive Group Buys RFID Firm

Santa Ana-based Identive Group, a provider of security and RFID products, said this week that it has acquired a Singapore-based manufacturer of RFID inlays and inlay applications. Accoring to Identive, it has purchased the Smartag subsidiar...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SpecificMedia Raises $5.3M

Irvine-based Specific Media, which operates an Internet advertising network, has issued $5.3M in equity, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. According to the filing, the new equity came on October 27th. It's unclear if t...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

iSuppli Acquired By IHS

El Segundo-based iSuppli, the electronics research and analysis firm headed by Derek Lidow, has been acquired by IHS, a publisher and provider of a wide range of research services. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

AudioMicro Selling Audioo On EBay

Los Angeles-based AudioMicro, the online marketplace for royalty free music and sound effects run by Ryan Born, is cutting its losses on Audioo, the firm's website for sharing funny and prank voicemails and phone messages. According to Audi...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Rubicon Project Raises $18M, Buys Fox Audience Network

Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project said this morning that it has raised $18M in additional funding, and acquired the Fox Audience Network (FAN) from New Corporation. Rubicon said that the new funding round came from News Corporation, Clears...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Inphi Sets IPO Pricing Range

Inphi Corp., the developer of high speed analog semiconductors, which has major operations in Westlake Village, said late Friday that it has set its anticipated pricing range in its IPO. The firm said it anticipates its initial public offer...

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Demand Media Sets IPO Offering Size, Boosts Traffic

Santa Monica-based Demand Media is inching closer to its IPO debut, saying in an updated S-1 this morning that it plans to offer 7.5 million shares of its common stock in its IPO. The firm, which has not yet set a pricing range, has applied...

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Endologix Buys Nellix, Gets $15M Investment

Irvine-based Endologix, a developer of minimally invasive treatments for aortic disorders, said this morning that it has agreed to acquire Nellix, a developer of medical devices for treating abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Endologix said...

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

SimLab Acquired By Michigan Firm

Rancho Santa Margarita-based SimLab Corporation, a developer of software used for finite element modeling, has been acquired by Troy, Michigan-based Altair Engineering. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SimLab's finite ...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Phenomix Shuts Down, Says Report

San Diego-based Phenomix, a developer of diabetes drugs, has shut down, according to reports. The firm--which was developing drugs to help treat diabetes--apparently has laid off most of its staff, and is looking for a buyer for the assets....

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MRV Sells Source Photonics To Francisco Partners

Chatsworth-based MRV Communications said late Tuesday evening that it has sold its Source Photonics unit to private equity firm Francisco Partners. MRV said that the deal was worth approximately $146M, made up of $113M in cash plus $33M in ...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Broadcom Buys Percello

Irvine-based Broadcom has acquired Percello Ltd., a developer of systems a developer of systems-on-a-chip for femtocells, the firm said Tuesday afternoon. Broadcom said it would pay $86M net of cash to acquire Percello, in a combination of ...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kelley Blue Book Acquired By AutoTrader.com

Irvine-based Kelley Blue Book, the provider of new and used car pricing information, has been acquired by AutoTrader.com, which is based in Atlanta. Financial details of the deal were not announced. As part of the deal, AutoTrader.com said ...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

FlexEnergy Buys Ingersoll Rand's Energy Systems Business

Irvine-based FlexEnergy, a clean technology developer which is developing systems which convert methane into clean power, has acquired the Energy Systems business of Ingersoll Rand. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Ingersoll R...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Clarient Acquired By GE Healthcare For $580M

Aliso Viejo-based Clarient, a developer of cancer diagnostic tools, is being acquired by GE Healthcare in a deal worth $580M. According to GE Healthcare, which is a unit of General Electric, it will pay $5.00 per common share or $20.00 per ...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Inphi Reports Q3 Results

Inphi Corp., the maker of high-speed analog semiconductors, has updated its S-1, to reflect the firm's Q3 financials, saying that it had had net income of $3.58M on total revenues of $21.8M for its quarter ended September 30, 2010. That com...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

j2 Global Communications Buys Data Backup Provider

Los Angeles-based j2 Global Communications, the operator of online FAX services, announced this morning that it has acquired keepITsafe Data Solutions Ltd., a provider of cloud-based online backup services. keepITsafe Data Solutions Ltd. is...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cogent Dodges Shareholder Lawsuit

Pasadena-based Cogent, the maker of automated fingerprint and other biometrics hardware, reported today that the Delaware Supreme Court has refused a shareholder plaintiff petition, requesting an appeal of an earlier opinion of the court de...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Specific Media Buys Video Ad Firm BBE

Irvine-based Specific Media, which operates its own Internet advertising network, said this morning that it has acquired Broadband Enterprise (BBE), an online video advertising company. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. BBE wor...

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Monday, October 18, 2010

CLRS Technology Acquired By Solta Medical

Costa Mesa-based CLRS Technology, a developer of personal care products for treating acne, has been acquired. According to acquiring firm Solta Medical, it is acquiring CLRS for the payment of approximately $1.1M of debt, plus potential fut...

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Friday, October 15, 2010

General Monitors Acquired By Pittsburgh Firm

Lake Forest-based General Monitors, a developer of equipment used for gas and flame detection, has been acquired by Pittsburgh-based MSA. The deal was worth $280M. According to MSA, General Monitors had approximately 225 employees and 2009 ...

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Overland Storage Buys MaxiScale

San Diego-based Overland Storage announced this morning that it has acquired MaxiScale, a developer of scalable file serving and storage products. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Overland said it would integrate Maxiscale's ...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WaveStream Acquired By Gilat

San Dimas-based Wavestream, a venture backed provider of high power solid state amplifiers, has been acquired for approximately $130M by Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., an Israeli firm in the satellite broadband communications product market...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Platinum Equity Buys Ulticom

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity is acquiring a New Jersey provider of telecommunications products, Ulticom Inc., in a $90M deal, Ulticom said late Tuesday evening. According to Ulticom, it is in a definitive merger agr...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Broadcom Acquires Beceem Communications

Irvine-based Broadcom announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Beceem Communications, a developer of 4G wireless semiconductors. Broadcom said it will pay approximately $316M in cash for Beceem. Beceem is a devel...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Qualcomm Buys iSkoot

San Diego-based Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, said today that it has acquired iSkoot Technologies Inc.. iSkoot Technologies includes substantially all of the assets of San Francisco...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ELC Technologies Acquired By Pourzanjani, Rahmat

Kamran Pourzanjani, the former CEO and founder of PriceGrabber.com, and Omid Rahmat, the former CEO of Tom's Hardware, have acquired Portland- and Santa Barbara-based ELC Technologies, the development firm founded by Jonathan Siegel. ELC is...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Demand Media Selects NYSE For IPO

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online content publishing empire of Richard Rosenblatt, has updated its S-1 filing with the SEC, saying that it has applied to list its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol "DMD". The firm...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Insights and Opinions: Exit Strategies in 2010

For today's Insights and Opinions section, we have a piece from Megan Jones, an investment banker from Hadley Partners Incorporated: As I often say, I grew up in and out of Silicon Valley with a dad in high-tech. So, early on I knew...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

HID Global Buys ActivIdentity

Irvine-based HID Global, a provider of access card technology and systems, said today that its parent company, ASSA ABLOY, has agreed to acquire Silicon Valley's ActivIdentity. The deal was worth approximately $162M in cash. HID Global said...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

NextWave Complete PacketVideo Sale

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless said Friday that it has completed the sale of its 65 percent equity interest in PacketVideo. The firm said the sale, to NTT DOCOMO, was worth $111.6M. NextWave Wireless said it will result in net cash proce...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

More Details Swirl Around Hulu IPO Plans

More rumors have emerged around possible IPO plans for Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming site backed by the major entertainment studios. According to the latest rumors, via a report from Reuters, the firm's plan is for a $2...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Calnetix Sells Power Solutions Business To GE

Yorba Linda-based Calnetix, a developer of high speed motor and generator technology, said Friday that it has sold certain assets of its Calnetix Power Solutions (CPS) subsidiary to GE. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. Calnet...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Optical Research Associates Acquired By Synopsys

Pasadena-based Optical Research Associates, a developer of optical design software and optical engineering services, has been acquired by semiconductor design software firm Synopsys, Synopsys said late yesterday. Financial terms of the acqu...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

DivX Acquisition Completes

Sonic Solutions, the Novato-based developer of multimedia editing software, said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of San Diego-based DivX, the developer of video encoding and decoding software. The acquisition, which had o...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

AERIAL7 Acquired by iGo

AERIAL7, a Los Angeles-based firm which develops headphones for mobile electronics and professional audio devices, has been acquired by electronics accessory maker iGo, iGo said late Thursday. According to iGo, it paid $3.34M in cash for AE...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Things Get More Crowded For HauteLook, As Amazon Gets BuyVIP

The online, flash sales market for fashion is looking to a bit more crowded this week for Los Angeles-based HauteLook, as Amazon.com said that it had acquired BuyVIP.com. BuyVIP.com is a Spanish operator of a fashion and lifestyle site, whi...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Power One Buys Fat Spaniel

Camarillo-based Power-One, a maker of power inverters and power supplies, has acquired startup Fat Spaniel. Fat Spaniel is a provider of software used for lifecycle management of renewable enrgy assets. Financial terms of the buy were not d...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Occam Networks Sued By Shareholders

A group of shareholders of Occam Networks, which is in the midst of an acquisition by competitor Calix, is suing the firm over the buy. The shareholder group, which says its owns approximately 19% of the firm's stock, claims Occam's Board o...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ligand Sells Screening Technology

San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has agreed to sell its combinatorial compound library and screening technology, in a deal worth $1.8M. According to Ligand, it is selling the technology to Venenum Biodesign, LL...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cogent Sees Smooth Sailing For Acquisition

Pasadena-based Cogent, the developer of fingerprint and other biometrics devices, reported this morning that a Delaware court has denied a shareholder motion to block the acquisition of the firm by 3M. According to Cogent, the denial of the...

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NOZA Acquired By Blackbaud

Santa Barbara-based NOZA, a developer of a searchable database of philanthropic data, has been acquired by Blackbaud, a South Carolina based provider of software to nonprofits. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Blackbau...

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Anakam Acquired By Equifax

San Diego-based Anakam, a developer of multi-factor, software-based authentication products, has been acquired by Equifax, according to Equifax. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Anakam develops a suite of software used by com...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Microsemi Buys Actel

Irvine-based Microsemi, a developer of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, said this morning that it is buying Actel Corp. in a deal worth $430M. According to Microsemi, it will pay $20.88 per share in cash for Actel. Actel is a su...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Yardi Systems Buys Point2 Technologies

Santa Barbara-based Yardi Systems, a developer of real estate and property management software, said late Thursday that it has acquired Point2 Technologies, a developer of online marketing software for the real estate industry. Financial te...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Southern California IPO List Gets A Little Longer

The list of Southern California companies who have filed, have been rumored to file, or have successfully completed IPOs has gotten a little longer this morning, after Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand filed for an IPO. Other firms cu...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cornerstone OnDemand Files For IPO

In what looks to be a banner year for IPO filings for Southern California, Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand filed for an IPO this morning, saying that it is looking to raise up to $115M in an IPO. The firm has not yet specified an ex...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Michael Jones Gets Exit At Thing Labs

Michael Jones, CEO of MySpace and former founder of Userplane, has another exit under his belt today, as AOL announced it has acquired Thing Labs, a San Francisco maker of web-based, social software. Financial terms of the buy were not disc...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Report: Rubicon Project Nearing Deal With New Corp. For FAN

According to a report today from Paidcontent.org, Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising firm founded by Frank Addante, is in talks with News Corp. to fold the firm in with the Fox Audience Network (FAN). The report cite...

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Valeant Shareholders Approve Biovail Buyout, Despite Objections

Shareholders of Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Canadian firm Biovail have approved Valeant's acquisition by Biovail, despite objections from Biovail founder Eugene Melnyk and a a number of California state lawmakers. The deal...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

AdventureLink Being Sold, In Foreclosure

Altadena-based AdventureLink, an operator of an online marketplace for adventure travel, is being sold in a foreclosure sale today, after being foreclosed upon by its lenders, according to a public notice published by its lenders. According...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A-Life Medical Acquired By UnitedHealth

San Diego-based A-Life Medical, a firm which developed software to help physicians to properly code the billing of medical procedures, has been acquired by a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the firms said Tuesday. According to Ingenix, the Unit...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Valeant Plans Cash Payout, Following Biovail Merger

Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the specialty pharmaceuticals firm that is in the midst of a merger with Biovail, said today that it is planning a one time, special cash dividend of $16.77 per share, in conjunction with the merge...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Move, Inc. Buys Threewide

Move, Inc., the operator of online real estate sites Move.com and Realtor.com, said today that it has acquired Threewide Corp., operator of ListHub, an online real estate syndication service for brokers, real estate franchises, and multiple...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MMC Sells Off Mail.com

Los Angeles-based MMC, the online publisher headed by Jay Penske, is getting out of the email business. The firm--formerly known as Mail.com Media Corporation--said it is selling off its Mail.com email service to United Internet Group, base...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Teledyne Buys Icelandic Firm

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies, which owns a wide range of electronics, aerospace, and other related companies, said today that it has acquired Hafmynd ehf., based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Teledyne said its subsidiary, Teledyne Ben...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Internet Brands Brisco: Deal Will Allow More Focus On Long Term Growth

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands, which operates a suite of online, advertising driven websites across a wide range of verticals, said Monday that it would go private in a $640M, private equity deal, bucking the trend of Southern Californi...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Internet Brands Acquired For $640M

El Segundo-based Internet Brands, the Internet media firm headed by Bob Brisco, has been acquired by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners, in a deal worth approximately $640M. According to Internet Brands, Hellman & Fried...

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Demand Media Sweetens Executive Pot

Ahead of its IPO, Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online domain name and media publishing business run by Richard Rosenblatt, updated its IPO filings Thursday, saying that it has granted $30.8M in additional, stock-based compensation t...

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Autobytel Buys Cyber Ventures and Autotropolis

Irvine-based Autobytel, which runs an online information site for automotive information and a corresponding automotive leads business, said this morning that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Cyber Ventures, Inc. and Autot...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Autobytel Forms Acquisition Subsidiary

Irvine-based Autobytel, which provides automotive marketing and information services, appears to be in the midst of some acquisition-related activity, according to regulatory filings filed by the firm today. According to filings with the SE...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Occam Networks Acquired By Calix

Santa Barbara-based Occam Networks, a developer of broadband switching equipment for the rural telecom market, is being acquired by Calix, the firms announced this morning. The deal is worth approximately $171M in cash and stock, or approxi...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Microsemi Corporation Buys Arxan Defense Systems

In what is the firm's second buy in as many days, Irvine-based Microsemi said Wednesday that it has acquired Arxan Defense Systems, a provider of anti-tampering, anti-piracy, and other software products. Financial terms of the buy were not ...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Microsemi Buys VT Silicon

Irvine-based Microsemi, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits, said today that it has acquired all of the assets of VT Silicon. VT Silicon, based in Atlanta, is a developer of radio frequency integrated circuits (CTI...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

CoreObjects Acquired By Indian Firm

Los Angeles-based CoreObjects Software, a provider of software development to both startups and other firms, has been acquired. According to Symphony Service Corp., a provider of software product engineering services based in Bangalore, Ind...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Valeant Sees Deeper Job Cuts

Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals is planning deeper cuts, after the firm's merger with Biovail, according to an email released by the firm via a regulatory filing Tuesday. According to Valeant, it now expects to cut 25 percent of i...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

NEXUS Completes REMP Sample Management Buy

Poway-based NEXUS Biosystems, a developer of automated sample management systems for the pharmaceuticals and biotech industry, said today that it has completed its acquisition of REMP AG of Switzerland, a developer of sample management syst...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Zogenix Files For IPO

San Diego-based Zogenix, a developer of needle-free, delivery systems for the treatment of acute migraines and cluster headaches, has filed for a $90M IPO. The IPO is being underwritten by Wells Fargo Securities, Leerink Swann, Oppenheimer ...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Semco Instruments Acquired By TransDigm

The acquisition of Valencia-based Semco Instruments, a manufacturer of engineered components for the aerospace industry, has completed, according to acquiring firm TransDigm Group Incorporated. The deal was worth $74M in cash, and had been ...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Active Network Signs Twin Cities, Eyeing IPO?

San Diego-based Active Network said this week that it has signed the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, the two largest parks and recreation organizations in Minnesota, as a customer. According...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Integrien Acquired By VMware

Irvine-based Integrien, a developer of enterprise IT monitoring software, has been acquired by VMware, according to VMware this morning. Although VMware did not announce financial details of the acquisition, sources close to Integrien said ...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Cogent In $943M Acquisition By 3M

Pasadena-based Cogent, the developer of fingerprint and other biometric readers, is being acquired by 3M, the two companies announced today. According to 3M and Cogent, 3M is acquiring Cogent for $10.50 per share, worth approximately $943M,...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

AECOM Buys McNeil Technologies

Los Angeles-based AECOM, a provider of professional, technical, and management support to the government and others, said today that it has completed its acquisition of McNeil Technologies, a provider of national security and intelligence s...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Emulex Completes ServerEngines Buy

Costa Mesa-based Emulex said Wednesday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of ServerEngines, a developer of 10Gb/s Ethernet products. The deal was worth $78M in cash, plus eight million shares of Emulex stock--or roughly, $149.6...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

MarketShare Partners Buys JovianData

Los Angeles-based MarketShare Partners, a developer of software used to optimize advertising, marketing, and promotions spending by companies, said Wednesday afternoon that it has acquired JovianDATA, a developer of marketing business intel...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DataDirect Networks In Play?

Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks, a developer of data storage arrays for the high performance computing (HPC) market, appears to be in the midst of a possible acquisition deal, according to documents uncovered by PEhub. The deal--of whi...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MySpace Buys Threadbox

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has acquired Threadbox, a developer of email messaging software, according to Threadbox. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. According to Threadbox, it sold certain assets of the...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

American Reliance Power Acquired By AMETEK

The El Monte, California-based Power Division of American Reliance (AMREL Power), has been acquired by Pennsylvania firm AMETEK, AMETEK announced Thursday. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. AMREL Power is a provider o...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Total Beauty Buys LimeLife

Santa Monica-based Total Beauty Media, the online fashion content site run by Emrah Kovacoglu, said this morning that it has acquired LimeLife.com, a female lifestyle and celebrity news site. Financial terms of the acquisition were not anno...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Insights and Opinions: Angel and Venture Capital Shareholder Liquidity

For today's Insights and Opinions section, where we feature insights and analysis from the local technology community, we have an article from Jeff Cohn, an entrepreneur and veteran of the angel and VC investment community here in Southern ...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Life Technologies Buys Ion Torrent

Carlsbad-based Life Technologies, a developer of DNA sequencing technology, said Tuesday afternoon that it has agreed to buy Ion Torrent in a $375M deal. According to the firm, the cash and stock deal also includes up to $350M in additional...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Insights and Opinions: Returns From Southern California IPOs

For today's Insights and Opinions section, we have the third and final article on Southern California IPOs and returns from Jon Funk. Funk is a venture capitalist who founded OceanRoad Partners and has been a Managing Director with Allegis ...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

NewEgg Loses CEO

City of Industry-based Newegg, the online retailer of electronics, computer, and other items, said Monday afternoon that CEO and Director Tally Liu has departed the firm. The firm said that Foudner and Chairman Fred Chang resumes his role a...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Tech Coast Angels Hail Exits, Disclose Q2 Investments Numbers

The Tech Coast Angels, Southern California's largest angel investment group, is hailing its latest exits today, saying that the recent IPOs for Green Dot and Trius Therapeutics, as well as the sale of Language Weaver to SDL, have left membe...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Tech Coast Angels Hail Exits, Disclose Q2 Investments Numbers

The Tech Coast Angels, Southern California's largest angel investment group, is hailing its latest exits today, saying that the recent IPOs for Green Dot and Trius Therapeutics, as well as the sale of Language Weaver to SDL, have left membe...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Hulu Eyes IPO

Los Angeles-based Hulu, the online video streaming site, is apparently in efforts to file for an IPO, as a long line of Southern California firms heads towards the public markets. According to a report in the New York Times, Hulu is in disc...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

REVA Medical Looks To Australia For IPO

San Diego-based REVA Medical, a developer of stents used for treating coronary artery disease, has filed for an IPO in Australia. According to REVA, it is looking to raise up to $63M in an offering on the Australian Securities Exchange. REV...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Inphi Updates Financials, Acquires Taiwanese Firm

Inphi Corp., the Sunnyvale-based semiconductor maker which has major operations in Westlake Village, has released its latest financials in an updated S-1 from the company, saying that it had had net income of $19.6M on revenues of $25.9M fo...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Mark Tapling On Language Weaver's Next Chapter

Last month, Los Angeles-based Language Weaver (www.languageweaver.com), the developer of machine translation software, was acquired by SDL, a publicly held, UK-based firm in the language translation business. Having followed the firm since...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

GameFly Eyes Blockbuster Games-By-Mail Program

Los Angeles-based video game rental service GameFly is seeing more competition from video rental firm Blockbuster this week, after its competitor announced that it is expanding its online movie rental service to include video games. Blockbu...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Aurora Capital Group Buys Lexington Precision Corporation

Los Angeles-based private equity firm Aurora Capital Group said today that it has reorganized and acquired a majority ownership stake in Lexington Precision Corporation. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Aurora said tha...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quest Software Completes Surgient Buy

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said today that it has completed its acquisition of Surgient, a developer of cloud and desktop virtualization management tools. Quest had announced its acquisition of Surgient on July 29th. No financial deta...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wyle Buys Systems Engineering Firm

El Segundo-based Wyle, a provider of systems engineering, testing, and information technology services, said today that it has agreed to acquired CAS, Inc., a division of ITT Corporation, which provides systems engineering and technical ass...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Aspyra Acquired By Orion Healthcare Ventures

Westlake Village-based Aspyra said Monday that it has been acquired by Orion Healthcare Ventures LLC. The firm, which develops healthcare information technology products, did not disclose financial details of the acquisition. Orion Healthca...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Demand Media: $56.3M for Pluck, $5.0M For The Daily Plate

The price of two of Demand Media's acquisitions, Pluck, and The Daily Plate, have both been made public with the firm's IPO filing Friday evening. According to the S-1, Demand paid $56.3M for Pluck, a developer of social media tools, and pa...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Demand Media Files For IPO

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online media firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has finally filed for its long awaited IPO. According to the firm's filing, filed late Friday, the firm is looking to raised up to $125M in its IPO. The firm'...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Qlipso Integrates Into Veoh.com After Acquisition

Los Angeles- and Israel-based Qlipso, a developer of online video sharing and editing tools, announced this morning that it has integrated its service into Veoh.com, after its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Veoh.com. Fina...

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Interview with Sam Hayes, SharesPost

It's been about a year since Santa Monica-based SharesPost (www.sharepost.com) stepped into the market last year with a way for owners of privately held, venture backed companies to gain some liquidity, as well as diversify their holdings. ...

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Report: Big M&A Deals Up in Q2

A new report from Ernst & Young released Thursday found that big merger and acquisition deals were up in Q2. According to the report, there were seven transactions valued at more than $1B, compared with only two deals over $1B in Q1. also ...

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Image Metrics Buys FacePro

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics, a developer of facial animation software, said Thursday that it has acquired FacePro, a developer of lip sync technology used by art directors. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. FacePro develop...

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

St. Bernard Software Buys Red Condor

San Diego-based St. Bernard Software, a developer of backup software and related products, announced Wednesday that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Red Condor, a provider of email security products. The deal was worth aro...

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

AECOM Acquires Davis Langdon For $324M

Los Angeles-based AECOM Technology Corporation, which provides technical and management services and other professional consulting to the government and others, said today that it has acquired David Langdon, a project management firm, in a ...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Yardi Buys VisualHOMES

Santa Barbara-based Yardi Systems said Wednesday that it has acquired VisualHOMES, a developer of software for managing public, low-income housing. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Yardi already provides a software product, Ya...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ValueClick Buys Investopedia

Westlake Village-based ValueClick announced this morning that it has acquired Investopedia.com, an online site focused on financial information and education. The deal was worth $42M in cash. Investopedia was previously owned by Forbes, Inc...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Trius Therapeutics To Hit Markets Today In IPO

San Diego-based Trius Therapeutics is set to hit the markets today, after pricing its IPO last night. Trius will trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol TSRX. Trius, a biopharmaceuticals firm developing antibiotics, priced its IP...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Enterprise Partners Portfolio Firm Heads Towards IPO

One of the portfolio firms of San Diego venture capital firm Enterprise Partners is heading towards an IPO, according to a S-1 filing Friday. According to Silicon Valley firm Complete Genomics, a provider of human genome sequencing services...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Report: Newsweek To Go To Southern California Business Mogul

Reports this morning say that news magazine Newsweek apparently is being sold to Dr. Sidney Harman, the founder of Southern California's Harman International, which now owns the Harmon/Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and other audio equipment brands...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Trius Therapeutics Chops IPO Offering Price

San Diego-based Trius Therapautics has slashed its IPO offering price, saying today in a filing with the SEC that it will offer 10,000,000 shares of its common stock at $5.00 per share. The firm, which will list on the Nasdaq Global Market ...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

NextWave To Sell PacketVideo To DOCOMO

San Diego-based NextWave Wireless announced late Sunday evening that it is in an agreement with NTT DOCOMO, to sell the remaining 65 percent equity interest in subsidiary PacketVideo. The deal is worth $111.6M. NextWave and DOCOMO have been...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Conatus Pharmaceuticals Buys Idun Pharmaceuticals

San Diego-based Conatus Pharmaceuticals said Friday that it has acquired the Idun Pharmaceuticals subsidiary of Pfizer. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to Conatus Pharmaceuticals, it is focused on developing drugs f...

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Internet Brands Revenues Grow In Q2

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands reported its results Thursday, saying that the firm saw record revenues in Q2. According to Internet Brands, it had net income of $4.6M on $28.1M in revenues, up from $2.5M in net income on revenues of $23....

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quest Software Buys Surgient

Aliso Viejo-based enterprise software maker Quest Software announced Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Surgient, a developer of private cloud automation software. Financial terms of the buy wer enot disclosed. Surgient is based in Aus...

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Insights and Opinions: Where are the Social Media IPOs?

For today's Insights and Opinions piece, we have an article from Michael Terpin of SocialRadius, who asks: Where are all the social media IPOs?. Yesterday was the start of the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford, which I've always seen as a ...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Helixis' Founders Other Startup: Rockoco

On the heels of the successful exit of Carlsbad-based Helixis this week, it turns out the founders of the firm--Caltech professor Axel Scherer and Caltech Ph.D. George Maltezos, are also behind Rockoco, which said this week it had raised $1...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Okapi Ventures Gets First Portfolio Exit In Helixis

Laguna Beach-based venture capital firm Okapi Ventures, which is run by Sharon Stevenson and Marc Averitt, has seen its first portfolio exit, in Carlsbad-based Helixis. Okapi said that the first exit represented a return of more than six ti...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day Software Acquired By Adobe

Day Software, a Swiss developer of enterprise content management software which has operations in Newport Beach, has been acquired by Adobe Systems. Adobe and Day said that Adobe will pay approximately $240M, or CHF255 million, for Day. Day...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Illumina Buys Helixis

San Diego-based Illumina said today it has launched a new, real-time PCR system for the genetic analysis market, and also revealed that it acquired Carlsbad-based Helixis, a developer of those real-time PCR systems. The deal was worth $70M ...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Disney Acquires Playdom

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said today that it has acquired social gaming firm Playdom, in a deal worth $563.2M, plus earn-out of up to $200M. Playdom develops games such as Social City, Sorority Life, Market Street and Bola. Disney s...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Parallax Capital Partners Buys SaaS Firm Daptiv

Laguna Hills-based Parallax Capital Partners, an investment group which acquires and operates software companies, said today that it has acquired Seattle-based Daptiv, a provider of online software-as-a-service for project and portfolio man...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Vision Solutions Completes Double-Take Buy

Irvine-based Vision Solutions said today that it has completed its acquisition of Double-Take Software, which develops high availability and disaster recovery software. The deal was worth $242M. Vision Solutions said the buy "significantly ...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

CrowdGather Buys Lefora

Woodland Hills-based CrowdGather, which operates an online network of discussions groups and forums, said today that it is in a definitive agreement to buy the technical assets of Lefora, a firm which operates online user forums. Financial ...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Teledyne Completes Intelek Buy

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Intelek plc, a manufacturer of electronics systems for the satellite and microwave communications market. The deal was wo...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Mindspeed Sells Patents

Newport Beach-based chip provider Mindspeed Technologies said this morning that it has sold off a number of its patents in a $10M intellectual property sale. According to Mindspeed, the "legacy" patent sale includes $7.5M recorded in its fi...

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Buy.com Acquisition By Japanese Firm Completes

The acquisition of Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com by Japanese ecommerce firm Rakuten has completed, according to Rakuten. The firm, which said it would pay $250M for Buy.com in May, said the all-cash deal closed as of July 1st. The firm said Buy...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Green Dot Up 22.2 Percent In IPO

Monrovia-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid credit cards which hit the market today, closed up 22.2 percent in its IPO, at $43.99. The firm had debuted on the market Thursday morning at $36.00 per share, above initial estimates of $32...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

SDNN Ceases Publishing

The San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local media venture run by Barbara Bry and Neil Senturia, appears to have ceased its publishing efforts, according to a note posted by the staff Wednesday. According to the note, the site is "exploring...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

SoCal Racks Up Another Successful IPO

Southern California appears to be on a IPO roll this month, with the pricing of Monrovia-based Green Dot's IPO last night and expected trading today, following the successful IPO of Beverly Hills-based RealD last Friday. In recent months, W...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Provide Commerce Buys Personal Creations

San Diego-based Provide Commerce, the parent firm of ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Cherry Moon, and other ecommerce operations, announced this morning that it has acquired personalized gifts company Personal Creations. Financial terms of the buy...

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Green Dot Ups Offering Size

Pasadena-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid credit cards, has upped its IPO offering size, saying in a filing with the SEC Monday afternoon that it will now offer 4,170,827 shares of its stock in its IPO, up from 3,850,000 shares in i...

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Green Dot Set To Debut This Week

In what seems like almost weekly news now about a Southern California firm gearing up for the public markets, Monrovia-based Green Dot is expected to hit the markets sometime this week. Green Dot would follow the debut last week of Beverly ...

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Monday, July 19, 2010

On Assignment Buys Sharpstream

Calabasas-based On Assignment, the publicly held professionals staffing provider for the life sciences industry, said today that it has acquired Sharpstream, a provider of search services for the executive and middle manager segment of the ...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

RealD Closes Up 22 Percent Despite Market Drop

The stock of Los Angeles-based RealD, the provider of 3D movie projection technology, was up in its first day of trading on Friday, despite a big drop in the overall markets. RealD closed at $19.51, up 22 percent from its open price of $16....

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Friday, July 16, 2010

RealD Surges In Debut

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D movie projection technology, surged in trading this morning on the NYSE after its IPO. In morning trading, the firm's stock was trading at around $19.70 per share, after surging as much as 31 per...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

And Then There Were Three: RealD Hits Markets Today

With the IPO of Los Angeles-based RealD, which starts trading this morning on the NYSE as RLD, Southern California now has three successful IPOs on record. RealD said last night that it had priced its IPO at $16.00, and is selling 12.5M sha...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Interview with Quinn Curtis, BrightCloud

One of the questions we get most from entrepreneurs is how companies reach an exit event, and the thinking that goes into acquisitions. Last week, San Diego-based provider of web content classification and security services developer Bright...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

NEXUS Biosystems Buys Swiss Firm

Poway-based NEXUS Biosystems, a developer of automated sample management systems for the biopharmaceuticals industry, said Thursday that it has signed an agreement to acquire REMP AG, a Swiss-based firm which provides sample management syst...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

RealD Prices IPO

Los Angeles-based 3D movie technology provider RealD said late Thursday evening that it has priced its IPO, offering 12.5M shares of its common stock at $16.00 per share. The firm said it expects to start trading Friday on the NYSE as "RLD"...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Language Weaver Acquired For $42.5M

Los Angeles-based Language Weaver, the University of Southern California spinout which provides statistical machine translation software, has been acquired by UK-based SDL. According to SDL, it has signed an agreement to acquire Language We...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Quest Software Buys Volcker Informatik

Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said this morning that it has acquired German firm Volcker Informatik AG, a provider of identity management software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclose. Quest said that Volcker specializes in man...

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Green Dot Sets Pricing Range

Monrovia-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid debit cards, has set pricing on its IPO, saying in a filing Friday that it estimates and initial public offering price of between $32.00 and $35.00 per share. The firm is set to list on the ...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Metaplace Acquired by Playdom

San Diego-based Metaplace, the virtual worlds software firm started by Raph Koster and John Donham, has been acquired by social gaming firm Playdom, Playdom said Thursday afternoon. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Koster and ...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

BandCon Acquired By Highwinds

Costa Mesa-based BandCon, a provider of content delivery network and related Internet infrastructure, has been acquired by Highwinds, an Internet services provider based in Florida. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of ...

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pictage Acquires ShootQ

Torrance-based Pictage, which operates an online service for professional photographers, said today that it has acquired ShootQ. ShootQ is a developer of web-based software for managing the business of professional photographers, including ...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

BrightCloud Acquired By Webroot

San Diego-based BrightCloud, a developer of Web content classification and security services, has been acquired by Internet security software firm Webroot. According to Webroot, it will add BrightCloud's engineering team in San Diego to its...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

LenSx Acquired By Alcon

Aliso Viejo-based LenSx Lasers, a developer of laser technology used for cataract surgery, has been acquired by Alcon, Alcon said late Tuesday. According to Alcon, it will pay $361.5M in cash for LenSx shareholders, plus up to $382.5M in co...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

After Long Road, Greenplum (Metapa) Acquired By EMC

Greenplum, a software firm developing database clustering software used for the data warehousing business, has been acquired by EMC. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is the end of a long road for Greenplum--o...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Report: IPO Activity Triples In Q2

A new report released this morning from PricewaterhouseCoopers says that U.S. IPO activity nearly tripled in the second quarter. According to PwC, IPO deals nearly tripled in the second quarter, compared to last year, with 39 IPOs raising $...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

TweetUp Buys Twitter Client Twidroid

Pasadena-based TweetUp, the Twitter advertising startup out of Idealab, said today that it has acquired Twidroid, which develops its own Twitter client for Android phones. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to TweetUp,...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Clean Energy Fuels Buys Firm

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a producer of compressed and liquefied natural gas for the transportation industry, said today that it is in a deal to acquire IMW, a manufacturer of natural gas fueling compressors and related equ...

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Telogis Buys Remote Dynamics

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis, a developer of route planning and fleet management software, said late Thursday evening that it has acquired the assets of Remote Dynamics, a developer of GPS fleet management technology. Financial terms of the bu...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Disney Buys Tapulous

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Tapulous, a Silicon Valley maker of music games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Disney said that Tapulous wi...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

WD Completes Hoya Magnetic Media Buy

Lake Forest-based disk drive maker Western Digital said today that it has completed its acquisition of Hoya's magnetic media sputtering operations. The deal was worth approximately $233M. According to WD, the acquisition will support antici...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

imFORZA Spins Out of The Design People

El Segundo-based imFORZA, an online Internet marketing agency, said today that it has been acquired and spun off from parent company The Design People. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. imFORZA provides search engine op...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Local.com Buys OCTANE360, Gets Credit Line

Irvine-based local search firm Local.com said this morning it has acquired the assets of Los Angeles-based OCTANE360, a provider of local domain advertising products. The deal was worth $5M in cash and stock, and earnout of up to $5.9M base...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Move Networks Confirms It Is Looking For A Buyer, Lays Off Staff

Irvine-based Move Networks, the streaming video technology firm, confirmed Wednesday evening that it is looking for "strategic alternatives", including a possible sale of the firm. The firm released a statement after widespread rumors of it...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Report: Move Networks Shuts Down, Seeking Sale

Streaming video technology firm Move Networks--which apparently moved to Irvine sometime over the last year from Utah after a management shakeout--is reportedly shutting down, and by some reports is now looking for a buyer. The firm, which ...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TargeGen Acquired By Sanofi-aventis

San Diego-based TargeGen, a firm developing small molecule kinase inhibitors for the treatment of myelofibrosis (MF) and polycythemia vera (PV), has been acquired by Sanofi-aventis, in a deal worth as much as $560M, the firm said Wednesday....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Image Metrics Buys Avatar Technology Firm

Santa Monica-based Image Metrics, a publicly held developer of facial animation technology for the entertainment industry, said today that it has acquired Character-FX, a firm which develops avatar creation technology. Financial terms of th...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Abraxis BioScience Acquired For $2.9 Billion

Los Angeles-based Abraxis BioScience, a developer of cancer treatments, is being acquired by Celegene Corporation in a deal worth $2.9 billion. According to Celegene, it will pay $58.00 in cash and 0.2617 shares of its common stock for Abra...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eleven of Southern California's Firms In The Alternative Vehicle Market

On the heels of the much heralded IPO of Silicon Valley electric car darling Tesla Motors today on the NASDAQ, investors are now looking to what other firms might benefit from the electric vehicle market--and what appears to be a growing ...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

RealD Sets IPO Pricing Range

Beverly Hills-based RealD, which develops 3D projection technology used in the showing of 3D movies, has set its estimated IPO pricing range at between $13.00 and $15.00 per share, according to an updated S-1 by the firm. RealD, which is lo...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Qualcomm May Benefit From InvenSense IPO Efforts

San Diego-based Qualcomm is one of the major venture investors in Silicon Valley's InvenSense, which filed for an IPO Monday afternoon. InvenSense, which makes the motion sensing components that power Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus accessory, sa...

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Friday, June 25, 2010

SoCal Investor Benefits From Fabrinet IPO

A little known Southern California venture capital investor is benefiting from the IPO of Silicon Valley-based Fabrinet today, after Fabrinet said it has priced its IPO and will list on the New York Stock Exchange. According to Fabrinet's S...

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

eSolar Gets Focus In Solar IPO Speculation

Pasadena-based eSolar, the solar thermal technology firm backed by Idealab, Google, and others, is being eyed as the next possible solar IPO in the pipe, according to GigaOm. Citing the Next Up! research report released yesterday on Santa M...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HireRight Acquires UK Firm

Irvine-based HireRight, a provider of on-demand employment screening and drug screening services, announced today that it has acquired Powerchex Limited, a pre-employment screening firm based in the United Kingdom. FInancial terms of the de...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Hydra Acquired By Adknowledge

Los Angeles-based Internet advertising firm Hydra, which operates a cost-per-acquisition affiliate advertising network, has been acquired by Adknowledge, Adknowledge said this morning. Adknowledge is based in Kansas City. Financial terms of...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Valeant Merges With Biovail

Aliso Viejo-based pharmaceuticals firm Valeant said today that it has agree to merge with Biovail, a Toronto-based pharmaceuticals developer. According to the firms, the deal calls for Valeant stockholders to receive $16.77 in cash per shar...

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Broadcom Buys Innovision Research & Technology

Irvine-based Broadcom announced today that it is acquiring Innovision Research & Technology PLC, a developer of near-field technology used for short range data communications. The deal is worth approximately $47.5M in cash. Broadcom said it...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bebo's Surprise Buyer: LA's Criterion Capital Partners

Studio City-based private equity firm Criterion Capital Partners is the buyer of AOL's distressed Bebo social networking site, AOL confirmed today, after widespread reports that AOL would be selling the firm. The deal is reportedly worth le...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Southern California Firms Queue Up For The Public Market

The long list of Southern California high tech companies lined up for the public markets just got a little longer this morning, with the addition of Inphi Corp., which said it is looking to list on the NYSE in a $115M IPO. The addition of I...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Inphi Files For IPO

In the latest Southern California firm to target the public markets, Inphi Corp., a developer of high speed, analog semiconductors, has filed for an IPO, saying late Wednesday evening in a filing with the SEC it is looking to raise up to $1...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Teledyne Technologies Buys Intelek plc

Thousand Oaks-bsaed Teledyne Technologies said late Tuesady evening that it is acquiring Swindon, United Kingdom-based INtelek plc, a firm which designs and manufactures electronics systems for satellite and microwave communications. The de...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

OneMind Connect, Make of ExpensAble, Acquired By Administaff

Irvine-based OneMind Connect, which develops the ExpensAble expense report management software, has been acquired, according to human resources outsourcing firm Administaff. Administaff did not reveal any financial details of the buy. Expen...

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Monday, June 14, 2010

MP Biomedicals Buys New Zealand Firm

Santa Ana-based MP Biomedicals, a diversified manufacturer of life sciences products, said this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New Zealand firm ICPbio International LTD, in an asset deal. ICPbio is a manufactur...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

MegaPath Swallows Speakeasy

Costa Mesa-based broadband provider MegaPath is acquiring Best Buy's Speakeasy DSL business, the firms said today, in a deal which will combine Speakesasy with MegaPath and Covad. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

JMI Equity Sells Vertafore

La Jolla-based private equity firm JMI Equity has sold portfolio firm Vertafore to another private equity firm, TPG Capital, in a deal worth $1.4 billion. According to Vertafore, TPG Capital is acquiring the company from Hellman & Friedman ...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

iSuppli Buys Research Firm

El Segundo-based iSuppli announced Thursday that it has acquired UK-based Screen Digest, a firm which provides market research covering film, television, broadband media, mobile media, cinema, home entertainment, TV technology and video gam...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

D-Tech Buys Taiwanese Plant

City of Industry-based D-Tech Optoelectronics, a firm which manufactures components for the optical communications market, said Wednesday that it has acquired the telecom assembly line assets of Taiwanese firm Infomax. Financial terms of th...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Walmart Stake In Green Dot Most Likely Worth $71.2M

A regulatory filing today from Monrovia, California-based prepaid debit card provider Green Dot indicates that the firm recently issued $71.18M in its stock, as part of a commercial agreement--most likely part of the stock recently issued t...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

PC Mall Buys Network Services Plus

Torrance-based PC Mall, the online retailer of PC products, said today that its subsidiary Sarcom has acquired substantially all of the assets of Network Services Plus, Inc (NSPI), a provider of hosted data center and managed IT services. T...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

PurePhoto Buys PhotographyMentor.com, Launches Photo Site

Westlake Village-based PurePhoto.com, a new startup headed by former NextMedium COO John Ellis, and whose exec team includes prior executives from ReachLocal, ValueClick, and YellowPages.com, said Tuesday that it has acquired the assets of ...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

TSi Auto Solutions Buy Software Firm AutoSoft

Manhattan Beach-based TSi Auto Solutions, a provider of web-based auto dealership management software, said today that it has acquired AutoSoft, a Seattle firm which develops financial reporting and analytics products for the automotive OEM...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

WOWIO Acquires DrunkDuck

Los Angeles-based WOWIO, which launched last week with the acquisition of comic strip site WEvolt, said today that it has acquired web comic community DrunkDuck. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to WOWIO, the acquisi...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Emulex Buys ServerEngines

Costa Mesa-based storage area networking equipment firm Emulex announced Monday afternoon that it has agreed to acquired ServerEngines Corporation, a Silicon Valley firm which develops iSCSI and Ethernet semiconductors. Emulex said it would...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Teledyne Acquires Optomechanical Assembly Firm

Thousand Oaks-based Teledyne Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired Optimum Optical Systems, a Camarillo-based manufacturer of custom optics and optomechanical assemblies. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Te...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

ViaSat Buys Encryption Firm Stonewood Group

Carlsbad-based ViaSat, a developer of wireless communications and satellite products, said Friday that it has acquired London-based Stonewood Group Limited, a developer of encryption products. The deal was worth $20M in cash and stock. ViaS...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Jacobs Engineering Buys IT Provider

Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group announced today that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire information technology firm TechTeam Government Solutions, Inc.. The deal is worth $59.0M in cash. TechTeam Government Solutions is a su...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Report: San Diego News Network Seeks Buyer

A report last night from the San Diego Union Tribune says that San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local news effort run by entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, is looking for a buyer. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, SDNN h...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Shackleton Buys RTI Electronics

Los Angeles-based private equity group Shackleton Equity Partners has acquired Anaheim-based RTI Electronics, a manufacturer of passive electronic components owned by IntriCon Corporation. Intricon, which is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, di...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

DivX Acquired By Sonic Solutions

San Diego-based DivX and Sonic Solutions said this morning that Sonic Solutions is acquiring DivX in a deal worth approximately $323M. According to the firms, Sonic would pay $3.75 in cash plus 0.514 shares of its common stock for each shar...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

BUZZMEDIA Adds Six Music Sites

Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA, a venture-backed publisher of online entertainment content, said today that it has added six new web properties. The firm said it has added PureVolume, PopMatters, Gorilla vs. Bear, The Hype Machine, Concrete Loop...

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mad Catz Buys Gaming Audio Firm

San Diego-based Mad Catz Interactive, a manufacturer of videogame accessories, announced today that it has acquired TRITTON Technologies, a developer of audio gaming headsets and other peripherals. The deal was worth $1M in cash plus up to ...

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Life Technologies Buys Majority Stake In Geneart

Carlsbad-based Life Technologies announced this morning that it has acquired a majority stake in Geneart AG, a synthetic biology company. The firm said it now owns approximately 74 percent of Geneart, after purchasing approximately 554,000 ...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

RealD Revenues Grow To $189M For Year

Los Angeles-based RealD, the developer of 3D projection technology which is waiting in the wings for an IPO, revealed its latest year's result in an updated S-1 filing with the SEC last night. According to RealD, it had gross revenues of $1...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Valeant Completes Aton Pharma Buy

Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals said today that it has completed its acquisition of Aton Pharma, a specialty pharmaceuticals firm focused on ophthalmology and other drugs. The deal was worth $318M. Aton Pharma was based in lawrenc...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rubicon Project Buys SiteScout

Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, the online advertising optimization firm backed by Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity Fund, announced this morning that it has acquired SiteScout, a Seattle-based firm providing malware security...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

AudioMicro Acquires Audioo

AudioMicro, the Los Angeles-based online marketplace for royalty-free music and sound effects, said today that it has acquired Manhattan Beach-based Audioo, an online voicemail sharing service which was founded by Ben Padnos. Financial term...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

BakBone Closes ColdSpark Division

San Diego-based b>BakBone Software said late Friday evening that it has "realigned" its corporate strategy, and has closed ColdSpark, the email software provider it acquired in May of last year. BakBone said it will be closing its entire di...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

AP Labs Group Acquired By Kontron

San Diego-based AP Labs Group, a system integrator for the defense and aerospace market, has been acquired by Kontron. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Kontron said that AP Labs Group had annual revenues of $30M, and w...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

ReachLocal Up 15 Percent After IPO

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, which helps small and local businesses place Internet advertising, was up 15.2 percent after its IPO Thursday, closing at $14.98, up $1.98. The firm sold 4,166,667 shares of stock at $13.00 per share, after ...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

ReachLocal Prices IPO At $13.00 Per Share

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal priced its IPO last night at $13.00 per share, according to filings with the SEC this morning, netting the firm $54.1M. The firm, which will list on the Nasdaq Global Select Market as RLOC, said it sold 4,166...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Buy.com Acquired By Japanese Firm For $250M

Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com, the online Internet retailer, has been acquired by Japanese company Rakuten. Rakuten said late Wednesday evening that it is in a definitive agreement to acquired Buy.com for $250M. Rakuten is a major e-commerce op...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cubic Buys Impeva Labs

San Diego-based Cubic Corporation, a defense services firm, said earlier this week that it has acquired the assets of Mountain View-based Impeva Labs. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Impeva provides tracking and monit...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Acclaim Games Acquired By Playdom

Los Angeles-based Acclaim Games, a developer of casual and social networking games, has been acquired by Mountain View-based Playdom, Playdom said Tuesday evening. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Playdom, Acclai...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tsavo Media Sold For $75M

Los Angeles-based online media firm Tsavo Media, which was founded by Mike Jones, founder of Userplane and current co-President of MySpace, has been sold for $75M to a Canadian firm. According to Toronto-based Cyberplex, it is acquiring Tsa...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Encore Software Buys Punch

Los Angeles-based Encore Software, a retail software publisher which is a subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, said yesterday that it has acquired the assets of Punch! Software, a Kansas City, Missouri-based developer of home design and CAD s...

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CareFusion Completes Medegen Buy

San Diego-based CareFusion, a provider of medical devices, said Monday that it has completed its $225M cash acquisition of Medegen, a developer of needleless access connectors for delivering intravenous medication to patients. The acquisiti...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Mixed Signals Acquired By Tektronix

El Segundo-based Mixed Signals, a developer of digital content monitoring products for the cable and satellite television, broadcast, and IPTV market, has been acquired by test equipment giant Tektronix. Tektronix announced the acquisition ...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Vision Solutions Buys Double-Take Software

Irvine-based Vision Solutions, a provider of high availability and recovery software is acquiring Double-Take Software, in a deal worth $242M. According to Double Take this morning, Vision Solutions--which is owned by private equity firm Th...

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Internet Brands Sued By Founders of Model Mayhem

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands has been sued by the former owners of one of the firm's properties, Model Mayhem, according to legal documents recently leaked to the press. According to the complaint, which was filed by Donald F. Waitt an...

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ZAM Media Buys Tankspot

Los Angeles-based ZAM, a firm which operates an online community of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gamers, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired Tankspot, an online site focused on World of Warcraft videos. Financial terms of the ...

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Guidance Software Buys Tableau

Pasadena-based Guidance Software, a developer of digital forensics and ediscovery software, announced today that it has acquired "substantially all" of the assets of Tableau, LLC, a developer and manufacturer of computer forensics hardware....

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Monday, May 10, 2010

AECOM Buys Spanish Firm

Los Angeles-based engineering services provider AECOM announced this morning that it has acquired INOCSA Ingenieria, S.L., a professional technical services firm based in Madrid, Spain. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. AECOM s...

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Yardi Acquires DIY Software

Santa Barbara-based Yardi, a developer of real estate and property management software, said late last week that it has acquired DIY Real Estate Solutions, a developer of residential property management software. Financial terms of the buy ...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Exopolis Acquired By Venture Firm

Los Angeles-based Exopolis, a creative agency whose clients include Rhapsody, Apple, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Disney, and others, has been acquired by venture capital firm Austin Ventures, the firm said this week. Financial terms of the deal were ...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ReachLocal Sets IPO Pricing Range

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal has updated its IPO pricing range, indicating this week in an updated S-1 that it expects the initial pricing of its IPO to be between $17.00 and $19.00 per share. The firm is looking to IPO on the Nasdaq Glo...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

GoTV Networks Buys Division From Hands-On Mobile

Los Angeles-based GoTV Networks, a developer of mobile applications, said today that it has acquired the HOMBRE (Hands-On Mobile Binary Runtime Environment) division of Hands-On Mobile Inc. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. GoT...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Quantitative Micro Software Acquired By IHS For $40M

Irvine-based Quantitative Micro Software, a developer of software used for economic forecasting, has been acquired by information provider IHS Inc. in a deal worth $40M. According to IHS, it will use the acquisition of Quantitative Micro So...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Siimpel Acquired By Tessera

Arcadia-based Siimpel, a developer of micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS) based cameras, has been acquired by Tessera Technologies, Tessera announced Tuesday afternoon. The deal was worth $15M in cash. Siimpel was founded in 2000, and h...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

OVGuide Merges With IBeatYou

Beverly Hills-based OVGuide.com, the online video search site backed by Geocities' David Bohnett, has merged with IBeatYou, according to a regulatory filing Monday. The deal was worth $2.975M, with $1.487M in earnout. No details on the tran...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Canon Communications Buys Pharmaceuticals Blog Pharmalot

Los Angeles-based Canon Communications, a publisher and trade show operator serving the pharmaceutical industry, said Monday that it has acquired Pharmalot, a blog focused on news and information in the pharmaceutical industry. Financial te...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Althea Technologies Buys Altus Pharmaceuticals

San Diego-based Althea Technologies, a contract development and manufacturing firm for the biopharmaceuticals industry, said today that it has acquired the assets and IP portfolio of Altus Pharmaceuticals. Financial terms of the deal were n...

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Billion Dollar Babes Acquired By Delivery Agent

Hollywood-based Billion Dollar Babes, which operates a member-only, private sales business focused on fashion, home, and beauty, has been acquired by San Francisco-based Delivery Agent. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Deliver...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Internet Brands Buys ExpertHub, Shopping Sites

Los Angeles-based Internet Brands is continuing its strategy of buying up vertical web properties, saying today that it has acquired ExpertHub, which operates a network of websites which connect consumers with attorneys. as well as two shop...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Western Digital Buys Hoya's Magnetic Media Operations

Lake Forest-based disk drive maker Western Digital said late Tuesday evening that it has agreed to buy the magnetic media sputtering operations of Hoya Corporation and Hoya Magentics Singapore Pte. Ltd. The deal is worth approximately $235M...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Valeant Buys Vital Science Corp.

Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a developer of pharmaceuticals for the neurology and dermatology markets, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Vital Science Corp., a manufacturer of over-the-counter dermatology products ...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mail.com Buys BGR.com

Los Angeles-based Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC), which operates the Mail.com email service and portal, as well as its own network of content-focused web sites, said today that it has acquired BGR.com, a mobile/gadget review and news site...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

YouMail Buys Voicemail Customers

Aliso Viejo-based YouMail, the advanced voicemail service run by Alex Quilici, has acquired the retail voicemail customers of San Francisco-based Quicktate, Quicktate announced today. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. A...

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Monday, April 26, 2010

CPC Marketing Firm Bardon Advisors Acquired

Los Angeles-based Bardon Advisors, a cost-per-click (CPC) search and affiliate marketing firm, has been acquired by New York-based MediaTrust. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to MediaTrust, Bardon Advisors o...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Warner Bros. Buys Turbine

Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group said yesterday that it has acquired Massachusetts-based videogame developer Turbine, maker of the online games The Lord of the Rings Online, Asheron's Call, and Dungeons & Dragons Online: ...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Belkin Buys Energy Sensing Technology Firm

Playa Vista-based Belkin, a manufacturer of computer accessories, announced today that it has acquired Zensi, a developer of technology that senses and monitors energy use. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Belkin...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Valeant Buys Brazilian Pharmaceuticals Firm

Aliso Viejo-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire a pharmaceuticals firm located in Brazil, in a deal worth approximately $56M (97 million Brazilian reals). According to Valean...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Report: Demand Selects Goldman Sachs For IPO Effort

Los Angeles-based Demand Media, the online content publishing firm run by Richard Rosenblatt, has reportedly selected Goldman Sachs to run its IPO effort, according to a report this evening from the Financial Times. The report says that Dem...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Identive Group Buys Rockwest Technology

Santa Ana-based Identive Group, which was formerly known as SCM Microsystems, announced today that it has acquired Rockwest Technology Group, a provider of identification and security products. Identive said it paid 2.6 million shares of it...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Teridian Acquired By Maxim For $315M

Irvine-based Teridian Semiconductor, a maker of systems-on-a-chip components for the energy measurement market, has been acquired by Maxim Integrated Products, the firms said this week. According to Maxim, it will pay approximately $315M in...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Schaaf Consulting Buys PartnerCentric

Sherman Oaks-based Schaaf Consulting, a firm that manages affiliate programs for online retailers, has acquired PartnerCentric, an internet marketing firm, the two said last week. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The firm said...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

RealD Files For IPO

Beverly Hills-based RealD, which develops 3D technology used in projecting 3D movies, has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing Friday that it is looking to raise up to $200M on the NYSE. The firm is hoping to list on the exchange as RLD. Th...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Clearstone Gets Another Win With Ankeena

Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures appears to be on an exit roll this month, with the acquisition Thursday of Ankeena Networks, a supplier of software for content delivery networks. Juniper Networks said Thursday that it would pay somet...

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fate Therapeutics Acquires Verio Therapeutics

San Diego-based Fate Therapeutics, a developer of stem cell therapeutics, announced this morning that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire Canadian biotechnology firm Verio Therapeutics. Financial terms of the acquisition were not dis...

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

StrataCare Buys Marsh Business Unit

Irvine-based StrataCare, a provider of Internet-based, worker's compensation bill review software, announced this morning that it has acquired the MedBillPro division of CS Stars, a business unit of insurer Marsh, Inc. Financial terms of th...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spark Networks Rejects Buyout Offer

Beverly Hills-based online dating operator Spark Networks said late Tuesday that it has rejected the bid from Great Hill Equity Partners, III, to purchase the firm. According to Spark, it will continue to consider "all other strategic alter...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Report: Veoh Assets Go To Qlipso

The assets of ill-fated online video site Veoh have reportedly been sold to 2Peer Ltd., operator of media site Qlipso, according to a report from VentureWire. Details on the sale have not been released. Qlipso lists its headquarters in Los ...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Solera Holdings Buys Market Scan

San Diego-based Solera Holdings, a provider of software and services for the automobile insurance claims processing industry, announced this morning that it has acquired Market Scan Holdings B.V., a provider of data analytics and software f...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Accelrys, Symyx In Merger

San Diego-based Accelerys and Santa Clara-based Symyx announced this morning that the two are in a all-stock merger to create a new, scientific information software firm. The firms said that Symyx shareholders will receive 0.7802 shares of ...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

By the Numbers: The Returns from Southern California IT IPO's 1995-2009

On March 10, socaltech.com profiled a study of the financial outcomes of 700+ southern California IT startups from 1995-2009 completed by Jon Funk of OceanRoad Partners and others. This Insights and Opinions column by Jon is the first in an...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

CareFusion Acquires Medegen For $225M

San Diego-based CareFusion, a firm that develops a wide range of medical devices, said today that it is paying $225M in cash for Ontario, California-based Medegen. Medegen develops needleless access valves and disposable IV sets that are us...

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

First Quarter IPOs Beat All Of 2009

IPOs in the first three months of the year handily beat all of 2009, as eight U.S., venture backed companies raised $711M in offerings, according to an analysis by Dow JOnes VentureSource today. According to Dow Jones, those eight IPOs matc...

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Kyocera Merges North American Units

San Diego-based Kyocera International, the North American head of Kyocera Group, said Wednesday that it has mreged its two U.S. wireless communications units. According to the firm, it has combined San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp. and...

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Electro Rent Closes Telogy Buy

Van Nuys-based Electro Rent announced Wednesday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of Telogy LLC, a supplier of electronic test equipment. The deal was worth $24.7M. According to Electro Rent, it will transfer TElogy's equipmen...

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Yardi Systems Buys PropertyShark

Santa Barbara-based Yardi Systems said Wednesday afternoon that it has acquired PropertyShark, a real estate data website providing property reports, foreclosure listings, sales listings, and other data. Financial details of the acquisition...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

MegaPath Merges With Covad Communications

Costa Mesa-based MegaPath, a provider of IP, voice, and security services, has merged with broadband provider Covad Communications, the firm announced today. Financial details of the merger were not given, however, the companies said that ...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Idealab Sells Off Domain For $1M

A UK-based firm running an online price comparison shopping site said today that it has acquired the domain name Top10.com from Pasadena-based Idealab, in a deal worth over $1M. According to the firm which acquired the domain--which is rebr...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Scripped Merges With Zhura

Scripped, the developer of online screenwriting software headed by Sunil Rajaraman, has merged with Zhura.com, another online provider of screenwriting software, the firms announced to their users to