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INTERNET: RadPad hopes to click in rental listings space with mobile app that lets renters make their monthly payments. RadPad looks to make a move in the rental listings market with its app that processes payments.

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Rootstock Partners, iFinance Merge

Rootstock Partners and iFinance Consulting Group have merged to offer outsourced financial services to early-stage startups. The new entity will be called Full Stack Finance.

Briefs: Wilshire Associates Opens China Office, Aecom CEO Named Chairman, New Boss at Marlborough School

Wilshire Associates Opens Office in China Santa Monica investment firm Wilshire Associates has opened an office in Suzhou, China.

Fuhu and Uber Partner for In-Drive Entertainment

El Segundo tablet-maker Fuhu Inc. announced Thursday it will provide its child-friendly Nabi tablets to certain Uber vehicles in a partnership with the ride-sharing giant.

Freeplay Countersues Machinima and CDS for Copyright Violations

Freeplay Music, a New York firm that manages an online music catalog, has countersued Machinima of West Hollywood and Collective Digital Studios of Beverly Hills, accusing both YouTube networks of multiple copyright infringements.

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Tinder Launches Paid Premium Service

Tinder is hoping its latest move will turn its billions of swipes into cash.

Vantage Media Rebrands to Katch

Ad tech firm Vantage Media has rebranded to Katch to focus on engaging in-market shoppers through its real-time bidding platform.

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L.A. Launch List: Feb. 27

On this week's Launch List: texting for businesses and consumers, a personal concierge service and the Clippers.

Demand Media Sells Pluck

Demand Media has sold social media tool developer Pluck to New York marketing software company Sprinklr.

J2 Global Extends Carbonite Offer, Again

J2 Global just won’t quit.

Net Neutrality Wins; What L.A. Tech Has to Say

L.A. tech leaders who spoke to the Business Journal on Thursday offered nearly unanimous support of the FCC’s vote, although some with reservations. What follows is a sampling of their reaction.

Twenty20 Launches Photo Catalog With $8 Million

Twenty20, a crowdsourced commercial image catalog, has launched out of beta with $8 million in Series A funding.

Garcetti Calls for Net Neutrality

Eric Garcetti has thrown one more jab in the country’s net neutrality fight.

Machinima and Vimeo Join Forces

Machinima, a West Hollywood online gamer network, has partnered with Vimeo to produce exclusive content for the New York firm’s video-on-demand platform.

Lions Gate Invests in Telltale Games

Lions Gate has invested in San Rafael developer and publisher Telltale Games to further the Santa Monica studio’s brand expansion into gaming.

Machinima Lays Off 13 Employees

Online gamer network Machinima has laid off 13 full-time employees, about 10 percent of its staff, in an effort to “focus its resources on high-growth opportunities.”