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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 18: Catapult Capital Acquires JibJab

Samsung enters L.A. retail market; JibJab Acquired; Snap and Nike link for lenses

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 15: TrueCar Purchases Accu-Trade Stake

Tracking Snap’s original content offers; Accu-Trade sells to TrueCar; GamesUnion reacts to Activision layoffs.

TrueCar Acquires Minority Stake in Accu-Trade

TrueCar Inc., a digital auto pricing marketplace operating in Santa Monica, announced Feb. 14 it acquired a 20 percent stake in vehicle-appraisal software developer Accu-Trade, based in New Brunswick, Canada.

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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 14: HauteLook Hacked

Newegg to sponsor Counter Logic Gaming; Casetabs gains $2.5 million; HauteLook customer data compromised

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 13: Activision Restructures, Downsizes

Ex-Snap employees raise $1 million for new venture; Activision downsizes support staff; OpenTempo links with TigerConnect

TigerConnect Links With OpenTempo

TigerConnect Inc., a healthcare communications software developer operating in Santa Monica, announced Feb. 13 it will partner with OpenTempo Inc., developers of a medical staff scheduling software based in Williston, Vt.

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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 12: Techstars Launching Space Accelerator

Scopely hits $400 million run rate; Tinder’s algorithm analyzed; Techstars creates L.A. aerospace accelerator

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 11: SpaceX Booked for Lunar Mission

MGM launches Epix streaming service; Activision Blizzard readies for layoffs; SpaceX launching lunar lander

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 8: Apple Advised to Acquire Activision

Consumer Reports tracks scooter injuries; JP Morgan Suggests Apple buy Activision; Musk mansion listed for $4.5 million

Raised in Space Looks to Innovate Music Industry

Former BMG exec heads new venture fund backed by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca firm

Zach Katz launches music-focused venture fund.

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Issuance Acquires FinTech Marketing Outfit CrowdFundX

Financial marketing firm CrowdfundX, operating in Sawtelle, announced an acquisition by West L.A.-based digital investment firm Issuance Inc. Feb. 7.

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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 7: Goat Nabs Foot Locker Investment

FoxNext launches indie game fund; Gigajot broadens Pasadena reach; Foot Locker invests in Goat

Image-Processing and Microchip-Maker Gigajot Expands in Pasadena

Image-processing and microchip-manufacturing firm Gigajot Technology Inc. announced Feb. 4 it will expand its sublease of its current 100-square-foot headquarters in Pasadena to 3,257 square feet at the Gateway Metro Center on E. Foothill Boulevard in the same city.

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SpaceX Gears Up for Manned Space Flight

Space Exploration Technologies Corp’s dress rehearsal for manned space flights this summer is aimed for March 2, when Space X’s s Crew Dragon is slated to launch an unmanned demonstration flight from Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Pad 39A, NASA announced Wednesday.

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Silicon Beach Report Feb. 6: Topgolf and Super League Gaming Partner

Super League Gaming links with Topgolf; ESPN+ exceeds 2 million subscriptions; SpaceX prepares for manned flights