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Smart-Home Business Sees Utility in Water, Power

TECHNOLOGY: Chet Pipkin talks Belkin International’s expanded offerings.Belkin International’s Chet Pipkin discusses how he connects customers to smart homes

By Omar Shamout January 19, 2015 midnight   Share
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Fullscreen Forms Feature Film Division

The Culver City multichannel network and digital media company today said it would launch a division to develop and produce original feature-length movies using its online talent base.

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L.A. Launch List: Jan. 23

On this week's Launch List: $5 Wi-Fi, another valet app and funny weather.

Woven Digital Scores Dime Magazine

Online publisher Woven Digital of Culver City has acquired basketball news publication Dime Magazine to help expand the sports division of its biggest web property Uproxx.

Evolve Media Acquires DogTime

Online publisher Evolve Media has acquired DogTime Media and its two pet-enthusiast properties, DogTime.com and CatTime.com.

FreedomPop Offers Unlimited Wi-Fi for $5 a Month

FreedomPop is offering unlimited voice, text and data through 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country for a fraction of what mobile carriers charge for similar contracts.

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Black Tux Suits Up with $10 Million Investment

Black Tux has tapped VC funding to make suiting up affordable and easy.

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HopSkipDrive Carpools Parenting and Tech

The DTLA startup has beta-launched as a ride-sharing app for parents who struggle to find safe carpools for their children.

Global Eagle’s Wi-Fi Can Now be Built into Boeing 737s

When airlines purchase Boeing 737 airplanes, the most popular jetliner in the world in terms of orders, they will now have the option to include Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s pre-installed satellite system.

Mandalay Leaves California

Mandalay Digital Inc.’s stock began trading under the ticker symbol “APPS” on Tuesday as the company settled into its new headquarters in Texas.

Snapchat’s Money VP Leaves

Mike Randall, the Venice app’s vice president of business and marketing partnerships, has left the company after just seven months.

Google Said Investing in SpaceX’s Satellite Internet

SpaceX is in talks to receive an investment from Google that would finance an ambitious plan to provide high-speed Internet access through hundreds of satellites.

VXI Global Solutions Acquires Symbio

VXI Global Solutions, a downtown L.A. business processes and information technology services company, has acquired software product developer Symbio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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L.A. Launch List: Jan. 16

On this week's Launch List: "Tinder for Seniors," a wearable-integrated iBeacon and an online wholesale clothing marketplace.

Maker Studios to Produce for Vimeo, Too

The partnership with the online video platform is not intended to move the Culver City network off YouTube, according to a source, who said the deal is an “experiment” and that the Vimeo competitor will still be Maker’s primary partner.

Sense360 Turns Out $2.75 Million Investment

Whether you like it or not, your smartphone is keeping tabs on you. And Sense360 wants to give developers a sneak peek at your data diary.