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Silicon Beach Report July 13: Spotify Moves to L.A.

Spotify moves to L.A., Cylance offers commercial antivirus; Dollar Shave Club leaving traditional ads

Silicon Beach Report July 12: Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures’ New Funding Round

Ashton Kutcher’s VC opens $150 million funding round; Cleantech and Clean Energy kick off climate-change challenge; $9.75 million for UCLA rechargeable research

UCLA Granted $9.75 Million for Battery Research

University of California–Los Angeles has received a $9.75 million grant from the United States Department of Energy of to advance research in rechargeable batteries.

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Silicon Beach Report July 11: Overwatch League Finals to Air on ESPN, ABC

Musk takes on Flint water crisis, the Overwatch League’s grand finals will be televised, Jam City is taking Harry Potter to Asia

Silicon Beach Report July 10: Bird Scooters Banned in Milwaukee

Netflix spending billions on programming, Surf Airlines launches weekend getaways, Bird sued in Milwaukee

Silicon Beach Report July 9: Snap Builds Camera Search

Guess Inc. teams with Alibaba’s AI pop up, Musk goes big with fast-tracked mini sub, Snap is adding visual search functionality

Facebook Alternative MeWe Raises $5.2M

Sgrouples Inc.’s MeWe, a Culver City social network startup that calls itself an alternative to Facebook Inc., announced July 5 it had raised $5.2 million in Series A fundraising.

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Virgin Galactic Inks Deal for Italian Spacecraft

Virgin Galactic and affiliated manufacturing firm Spaceship Co. announced Friday signing an agreement with two Italian companies to bring spaceflights to the European country.

Silicon Beach Report July 5: Snap Lacks Active Users, Far Less Than Instagram

Tinder adds videos, Snap seeks active users, AeroVironment works with NASA

AeroVironment, JPL to Develop NASA Mars Drone

AeroVironment Inc. is developing a helicopter drone that will fly on Mars.

Silicon Beach Report July 3: Creators Capitalize on Snap Commerce

Citymapper adds Bird scooters, Snapchat opens commerce to creators, Harper Wilde raises $2 million

Silicon Beach Report July 2: New COO at Lucidity

Yang joins Lucidity; BionicLogic gets $1.5 million; changes to Snap board

BionicLogic Raises $1.5 Million

BionicLogic Inc., a Santa Monica-based tech company that develops software applications, has raised $1.5 million from investors, according to a July 2 securities filing.

Silicon Beach Report June 29: Bird Raises $300 Million

Snapchat enters gaming landscape; SpaceX sends Space Station payload; scooter startup attains $300 million.

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Silicon Beach Report June 28: California Data Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

Data privacy law signed; Fitplan raises $4.7 million; stunt robots come to Disneyland