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Fullscreen Buys Social Media Promotion Company

Fullscreen, the Playa Vista video creator and YouTube multichannel network, has acquired social media promotion company McBeard Media. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but all of McBeard’s 100-plus employees will join Fullscreen, according to Alan Beard, the firm’s chief executive.

L.A. Launch List: May 1

The Los Angeles Business Journal brings you a weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.

Boingo, Sprint Partner for Wi-Fi Calls at Airports

Boingo Wireless of Los Angeles announced today that it would offer free Wi-Fi coverage at 35 U.S. airports to 40 million Android handsets on Sprint’s cellular network.

Briefs: Tetra Tech Shares Jump, Executive Moves at AeroVironment

Tetra Tech Jumps on Earnings Shares of Pasadena engineering firm Tetra Tech Inc. climbed 11 percent Thursday, a day after the company reported quarterly earnings.

Whisper Appoints New President, Reveals Use Stats

Whisper, the anonymous social media website and app company, has revealed its number of monthly active users for the first time.

Dun & Bradstreet Buys Back Former Unit

Dun & Bradstreet, which sold its Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. unit to private equity group Great Hill Partners for $10 million in 2010, announced yesterday it would buy back the Malibu company for $320 million.

Snapchat Hires a CNN Reporter to Lead News Team

Further expanding its editorial team, Snapchat has hired a prominent CNN political reporter.

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Future Comes Down to Wire

FINANCE: Startup hopes to spur remittance shops to jump online.

WireCash looks to help remittance shops get a line on the future by translating their business to the Internet.

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Blogging a Case Of Advertising?

LAW: Attorneys’ Internet entries may clash with state bar rules.

Blogging attorneys may be courting trouble with the California State Bar’s advertising rules.

L.A. Angel Investor Named Chair of Troubled Bitcoin Foundation

Los Angeles angel investor Brock Pierce has been named chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, a Washington, D.C., crypto-currency industry group.

L.A. Launch List: April 24

The Los Angeles Business Journal brings you a weekly roundup of L.A. tech launches. This week's list includes several Apple Watch app launches.

Cornerstone OnDemand Expands Board

Cornerstone OnDemand, the Santa Monica cloud-based human resources software company, announced today it is adding an additional seat to its board.

Jacobs Engineering Takes Controlling Stake in Chinese Firm

A subsidiary of Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has acquired a controlling interest in China’s Suzhou Han’s Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd., a firm that holds special licenses needed to perform engineering work for chemical industry projects, Jacobs announced Wednesday.

Flush with Cash, AssetAvenue Joins an Accelerator

Despite $15 million in investments and 40 employees, commercial real estate loan crowdfunding website AssetAvenue of Los Angeles announced today it has joined real estate accelerator Reach.

RadPad Gets $9 Million to Grow Apartment Listings the Old-Fashioned Way

Apartment search and rent payment app RadPad of Santa Monica announced it raised a $9 million Series A investment round today to expand listings and grow the company’s local promotional teams.