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J2 Global’s Carbonite Bid Rejected, Separately Announces Exec Death

J2 Global’s $415 million bid to acquire Boston cloud storage firm Carbonite at $15 a share has been rejected, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tinder Buys Tappy Creators

The dating app has acquired West Hollywood startup Chill, the maker of Snapchat-like mobile messaging app Tappy, in a deal that could potentially build out Tinder’s photo posting feature Moments.

TapZen and Magic Pixel Acquired by Kabam

Mobile gaming startups TapZen and Magic Pixel have been acquired by San Francisco studio Kabam in separate cash-and-stock deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nasty Gal CEO Steps Down

Sophia Amoruso is giving up her official #GirlBoss title. The Nasty Gal founder and author of the book “#GirlBoss,” which details her experience in launching the online fashion retailer, announced Monday that she will be stepping down as chief executive.

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Coming to End?

INTERNET: Marketing firm brings in domain vet Page Howe to spread gospel of dot-la to businesses in Los Angeles.

Domain-name vet Page Howe is working to get dot-la to click with local businesses.

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L.A. Launch List: Jan. 9

On this week's list: luxury iPhone 6 cases, a celebrity news podcast and a workflow solution for TV/film set decorators.

Tiger Pistol Bangs Out $3.1 Million Raise

Tiger Pistol, an Australian startup that recently relocated its base to Los Angeles, announced it raised $3.1 million late last year to fund its social media marketing platform and further expand into Asia and the United States.

Zealot Networks Acquires Premier Sports & Entertainment

Venice digital media company Zealot Networks has acquired Premier Sports & Entertainment to boost its talent management offerings.

All Day ‘Pics’ Up $2 Million

All Day Media, the company behind the popular HistoryinPics and EarthPix Twitter accounts, has raised $2 million in seed funding.

Maker Studios Shows on Dish's Sling TV

Dish Network has announced that Maker Studios will be a programming partner for its new online streaming service Sling TV.

J2 Global Makes Eight Acquisitions in One Month

J2 Global has announced it closed eight acquisitions in December as the Internet software and service provider further expands its global reach.

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Hedge Fund Looks to Capitalize on Peer-to-Peer

FINANCE: Direct Lending commits $250 million to back loans by Biz2Credit.

Hedge fund Direct Lending puts its money on the peer-to-peer practice with a $250 million commitment.

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YouTube Stars At Play in Suit

INTERNET: Fullscreen alleges ex-exec tried to poach talent.

Fullscreen’s lawsuit against a former exec spotlights the growing value of YouTube stars.

Snapchat Closes Out Monster Funding Round

Venice ephemeral messaging app Snapchat closed out 2014 with a monster round of financing.

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L.A. Tech’s Top Stories of 2014

The Los Angeles Business Journal has been the first on the scene to feature emerging entrepreneurs, track startups’ explosive growth and investigate local tech trends. Take a look at some of our favorite stories from this year.