Silicon Beach Report Sept. 7: Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

Activision Blizzard to open Burbank e-sports arena, SpaceX launches mysterious Air Force space plane ahead of Hurricane Irma and Maestro raises $3 Million.

Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

Activision Blizzard of Santa Monica plans to open an e-sports arena in Burbank to play host to a variety of video game tournaments including the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and Hearthstone Championship Tour in October, the company said Thursday.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 6: Otoy Plans to Raise $134 Million via Digital Token Sale

Otoy plans to raise $134 million via digital token sale, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies signs memorandum for system in India and SpaceX poised to launch Air Force X-37B before hurricane hits.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 5: Velocify Acquired for $128 Million

Velocify acquired for $128 million, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy completes first-stage test, and car shopping and lending app Fair launches in Los Angeles.

Velocify Acquired for $128 Million

Mortgage software developer Ellie Mae announced on Aug. 31 that it signed an agreement to acquire El Segundo’s Velocify, a developer of sales process management software, for $128 million in cash.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 1: Tinder Top Grossing App

Tinder top grossing app, Overwatch League struggles to keep up with North American LCS and Apple eyes Culver Studio space for production.

L.A., Local Businesses Marshall Defenses Online

City’s new Cyber Lab aims to spur information sharing about possible hack attacks.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti didn’t exactly break ground with the launch earlier this month of Los Angeles Cyber Lab, a public-private data-sharing center in downtown that will work to alert local businesses and residents to cyberattacks.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 31: SpaceX Pod Reaches 220 Miles Per Hour in Hyperloop

SpaceX pod reaches 220 miles per hour in Hyperloop, Sims pioneer Rod Humble takes over Jam City’s TinyCo studio and Faraday Future’s name removed from Formula E team.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 30: Rent Loan Service Domuso Raises $3.1 Million

Rent loan service Domuso raises $3.1 million, Snapchat users spending more time in app and Mitu sells two shows to Facebook.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 29: Pay Gap Widens Between Women and Men in Los Angeles Tech Industry

Pay gap widens between women and men in Los Angeles tech industry, Tastemade expands its live events with Smorgasburg partnership and drone companies to be honored at Emmy awards.

Pay Gap Widens Between Women and Men in L.A. Tech Industry

The pay gap between women and men in tech jobs in Los Angeles grew to 18 cents from 3 cents on the dollar on average from 2011 to 2015 compared with the previous five years, according to an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 28: SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Winner Goes 201 MPH

SpaceX Hyperloop competition winner goes 201 miles per hour, crowdfunding platform FlashFunders Inc. acquired and Hulu Live TV service adds the CW.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 25: Snapchat Builds Relationship with Social Media Stars After Years of Ignoring Them

Snapchat builds relationship with social media stars after years of ignoring them, rocket industry worries government might dump ICBM engines on the market and Panda Pop passes 100 million users as Jam City eyes IPO.

Bright Spot In Australia?

SolarReserve looks to $512M project to heat up business.

SolarReserve hopes a $512 million project in Australia will heat up demand for its power plants.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 24: Battery Pack Manufacturer Romeo Power Raises $30 Million

Battery pack manufacturer Romeo Power raises $30 million, Blend raises $100 million and SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying Earth-observing satellite.