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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 14: Snapchat Gives Creators AR Power

Snapchat enlists Nicki Minaj to show how AR tools let users shop in RL; SpaceX invites guests into the Dragon X; Treyarch testing Battle Royale mode.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 13: Chrome River Inks Deal With Exxon

Chrome River picks up ExxonMobil; Wells leaving Netflix; Bird scooters face vandalism.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 10: Tinder Aims for $800 Million

Tinder eyes $800-million mark this year; SpaceX investors hold steady despite Tesla drama; luxury boat online rental service OnBoat now on board in L.A.

GumGum Inks Deal with Jim Maui Invitational

Santa Monica’s sports marketing firm GumGum Sports (a division of GumGum Inc.) announced Aug. 10 it signed a multi-year agreement to provide media valuation services for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational basketball tournament.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 9: TaskUs Lands $250 Million

TaskUs worth $500 million following latest funding round; stocks fall after Post Office comment; Heineken passes on Snapchat in favor of other social media outlets.

Appetize Mobile Ordering App Adds NFL Backing; Total Funding Above $50 Million

Playa Vista-based mobile ordering point-of-sale software developer Appetize Technologies Inc. announced Aug. 9 an undisclosed investment from the National Football League, raising the total amount of funding the company has raised to $50 million.

Amazon to Team With L.A. Community Colleges for Cloud Computing Certificate Program Inc.’s Amazon Web Services announced Aug. 9 that it will collaborate with the California Cloud Workforce Project (CA Cloud) and 19 community colleges in Los Angeles County to offer a regional cloud computing certificate. To date, this is the first program of its kind created by Amazon and local colleges.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 8: Blockchain Startup Sagewise Raises $1.25M

$1.25 million raised by Sagewise; Blizzard teases new Diablo game; Snap reports earnings

Otter Media Sold to AT&T

Holding company Chernin Group announced Aug. 8 that it sold Santa Monica entertainment conglomerate Otter Media Inc. to AT&T Inc.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 7: Katzenberg’s NewTV Raises $1 Billion

Katzenberg’s short-form video project raises $1 billion; SpaceX hosting mars landing conference; Nexus Technologies acquires Cal Net

Cal Net Acquired by Nexus Technologies

Chatsworth-based Cal Net Technology Group was acquired by ABRY Partners subsidiary Nexus Technologies Inc. (which does business as NexusTek) Aug. 6. Cal Net provides managed IT solutions and will now operate as a NexusTek entity.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 3: Uproxx Media Sold to Warner Music

Warner Music buys Uproxx Media; SpaceX sets deadline for NASA launch; Hyperloop Technologies in consideration for Cupertino line

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 2: L.A. Dodgers Launches New Youth Sports Venture

Dodgers kicks off youth sports program; new Overwatch teams from across the county and around the world; Boeing delays Starliner capsule launch

Blizzard’s Overwatch League Adds Two New Teams

Santa Monica-headquartered Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Blizzard Entertainment announced Aug. 2 that it added two new teams to its global e-sports competition, the Overwatch League.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 1: Snapchat Launches Speech Recognition

Snapchat’s new lenses will respond to spoken cues; Pluto TV links with Vizio; scooters moratorium proposed in L.A.