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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 17: SpaceX Gains NASA Fueling Approval

SpaceX approved for “load-and-go” procedure; Netflix testing new ads; NTS heading to Anaheim;

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 16: Tech Investor Sues AT&T Claiming ‘SIM Swap’ Scam

Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin sues AT&T over “SIM swap” scam; Cargomatic raises $35M in series B round; Boeing acquires El Segundo-based satellite and flight-plan maker.

Lucidity Announces $5 Million Funding Round

Marina del Rey advertising blockchain firm Lucidity (an affiliate of KR8OS Inc.) announced Aug. 15 it completed a funding round of $5 million in total, comprised of investments from six venture capital firms.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 15: AuditBoard Nets $40 Million

Risk and compliance software company AuditBoard raises $40 million; Bird, Lime lead e-scooter protest in Santa Monica; Tinder sues parent company

Tinder Sues Parent Company

Match Group dating app subsidiary Tinder Inc. has filed a lawsuit against parent company InterActiveCorp., alleging IAC purposefully undervalued the company to avoid proper payouts to executives.

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