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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

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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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.

NuOrder Closes on $15M Investment

Company plans to to grow B2B platform between businesses

Los Angeles-based NuOrder, a B2B wholesale e-commerce platform, closed on a $15 million Series C financing round, led by Radnor, Pa.-based venture capital firm NewSpring and joined by existing investors Upfront Ventures of Santa Monica and Argentum of New York City.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 5: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Creates New Venture

Upfront Ventures leads $14 million MetaCX round; Axiomatic invests in Matcherino; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies links with German port authority.

Upfront Ventures Leads $14M MetaCX Funding Round

Early-stage venture capital investor Upfront Ventures, based in Santa Monica, led a $14 million investment round for MetaCx, an Indianapolis-headquartered developer of e-commerce management software.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 4: Faraday Future Faces More Furloughs

Hulu plans new advertising structure; SRAX CFO leaves; Faraday Future cutting more employees

SRAX Financial Officer Departs

Downtown-based advertising technology firm Social Reality Inc. (doing business as SRAX) announced Nov. 30 its Chief Financial Officer J.P. Hannan will resign.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 3: SpaceX Sends 64 to Space

XPrize Foundation plans awards; Overwatch League and Fanatics sign deal; Falcon 9 launches satellite payload.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 30: Bankruptcy on Horizon for Faraday Future?

NationBuilder’s Jim Gilliam passes away; Grindr president addresses homophobic statement; Faraday Future facing bankruptcy