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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 13: Vyng Raises $4 Million

Postmates bringing delivery robots to LA; Riot Games leads Hypixel investment; Vyng Series A totals $4 million

Apple to Employ 1,000 at New Culver City Office

Apple Inc. plans to employ 1,000 people in a new office in Culver City, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant announced today.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 12: Greycroft Leads Happiest Baby Series B

Pearl Abyss sets up in Manhattan Beach; Blizzard takes Overwatch League on the road; Happiest Baby Inc. raises $23 million

Razor, Lime Deploy E-Scooters in LA

Four months after announcing its arrival in Long Beach, Cerritos-based Razor USA will bring shared electric scooters to LA, as well.

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Game Developer Pearl Abyss Moves to Manhattan Beach

Pearl Abyss Corp., based in Anyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea, announced Dec. 12 it will move from a temporary office in Irvine, Calif., to establish a full-time U.S. headquarters at the Omni Group Towers in Manhattan Beach.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 11: AppOnboard Raises $15 Million

Hulu opens ad bidding; Calibrate Ventures completes inaugural fund; AppOnboard funding totals $35 million.

AppOnBoard Closes $15 Million Series B

Mobile app demo and analytics platform AppOnboard Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced Dec. 11 it completed a $15 million series B funding round led by Breakaway Growth Fund, bringing its total 2018 fundraising to $30 million. To date, AppOnboard has raised $35 million.

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Snap Hires New Communications Officer

Snap Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced Dec. 10 Julie Henderson will join the social-focused camera company as chief communications officer.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 10: TrueCar Acquires DealerScience for $27 Million

RealD signs China deal; Katzenberg details Quibi plans; TrueCar buys DataScience

RealD Installing 100 New Screens in China

3D and visual technology developer RealD Inc. announced Monday it signed a deal with Beijing, China-based Wanda Cinema Line Corp. to install RealD 3D film screens into 100 of its theaters across China.

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Maple Media Acquires Banana & Co. Gaming Portfolio

Mobile advertising firm Maple Media announced Monday it acquired the intellectual property rights to San Francisco-based game developer Banana & Co.’s game portfolio.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 7: InSight Rover Begins Mars Analysis

New sponsors for Call of Duty World League; InSight Rover starts taking red planet data; former employees say Defy Media’s abrupt closure left them without final paychecks.

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SpaceX Breaks Launch Record

Technology: Aerospace company counts 20 successful missions in 2018

SpaceX reaches new heights with record-breaking rocket launch.

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VR Goes Out of Box

Technology: firms move to location-based experiences

Economic reality forces VR firms to switch focus for wider audience.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 6: Netflix’s $100M bid for “Friends”

Netflix pays $100 million for exclusive rights to “Friends;” Hulu chief hints streamer may be considering bid for sports; Aussie cotton farmers to use Semtech’s LoRa wireless networking tech.