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Silicon Beach Report March 29: Santa Monica’s DogVacay Purchased by Rival Rover.com

Santa Monica’s DogVacay Purchased by Rival Rover.com, Science Inc. begins raising $60 million fund, and test firing readies SpaceX rocket for relaunch Thursday.

Santa Monica’s DogVacay Purchased by Rival Rover.com

Santa Monica pet-sitting app-maker DogVacay was purchased Tuesday by Rover.com for an undisclosed sum, according to the companies.

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Silicon Beach Report March 28: Rubicon Sued by Publishing Customer The Guardian

Rubicon sued by publishing customer The Guardian, Tinder plans to launch website version, and Facebook clones Snapchat stories and then puts feature atop newsfeed, and more.

L.A. Adds Solar Jobs, But Slips to No. 2 for Metro Areas

L.A.’s solar power industry grew by 11 percent in 2016 over 2015, but dropped to second place for most solar-related jobs in the nation’s metropolitan areas, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Solar Foundation, a Washington D.C. nonprofit dedicated to promoting the solar power industry.

Silicon Beach Report March 27: Faraday Future Cancels Plans to Build Assembly Factory in California

Faraday Future cancels plans to build assembly factory in California, Snap Inc. stock jumps after underwriters give company ‘buy’ rating, and Nasdaq threatens to drop Global Eagle over delayed SEC filing.

Silicon Beach Report March 24: SpaceX Plans to Relaunch Used Falcon 9 Rocket Next Week

SpaceX plans to relaunch used rocket next week, Black Tux to open showrooms in six Nordstrom stores, and Lions Gate has ‘helluva good day’ with Power Rangers video game launch.

Software, Hardware by Apium Controls Submarine, Aircraft Swarms

Group Effort

Apium hopes to gang up on the drone industry with its swarm software and hardware.

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Hiring Service Offers Insider’s Edge to Job Seekers

EMPLOYMENT: Network of Purple Squirrel works to link current staffers, candidates.

The perfect job candidate is so hard to find that the human resources industry has a term for the rare specimen: a purple squirrel.

Silicon Beach Report March 23: FreedomPop Launches Free Family Cell Phone Plan

FreedomPop launches free family cellphone plan, Oaktree sells stake in tronc back to company, and Jam City eyes late 2017 or early 2018 IPO.

Silicon Beach Report March 22: Job-Hunting Advice Network Raises $2.7M

Job hunting advice network raises $2.7 million, content management service Edlio acquires app Sangha, and entertainment content startup Pocketwatch raises $6 million.

Silicon Beach Report March 21: Hootsuite Acquires Snapchat Analytics Tool from Naritiv

Hootsuite acquires Snapchat analytics tool from Naritiv, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies begins construction on pod, and FilmOn loses cable broadcasting appeal.

Silicon Beach Report March 20: SpaceX Studying Mars Mission Landing Sites

SpaceX studying Mars mission landing sites, Snap Inc. gets first buy rating from Wall Street firm, and Two Bit Circus develops VR and motion simulator.

Silicon Beach Report March 17: Kite Pharma Names UCLA Researcher to Board

Kite Pharma names UCLA researcher to board of directors, Embark Ventures looks to raise $50 million venture capital fund.

Robot Gears Up as Cook

MANUFACTURING: Chain CaliBurger beefs up burger service with Miso’s ‘Flippy.’

Miso’s patty-cooking robotic arm, “Flippy,” is giving CaliBurger a hand in the kitchen.

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Celebrities Become Well-Known as Tech Funders

INVESTMENT: Some firms take shine to helping startups connect with stars’ money.

Firms have grown familiar in helping celebrities put their money on the next rising-star startup.

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