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Investment: Karlin Ventures invested in Santa Monica mobile advertising company NearWoo’s $1.2 million seed round last August.

About half of Karlin Ventures’ portfolio companies are found through incubators.

Rubicon Prices IPO, Values Company at $450 Million

Tech advertising platform Rubicon Project Inc. priced its initial public offering Thursday at $17 a share, valuing the company at more than $450 million.

Wilcon Rebrands Firms Acquired in Recent Roll-Up

Fiber optic provider Wilcon has taken the next step in its roll-up of local telecom companies, consolidating and rebranding recently acquired firms IX2 and Freedom Telecommunications under its corporate umbrella.

Former Fox Exec Joins Machinima Board

Los Angeles YouTube network Machinima announced today Anthony Vinciquerra, former chairman and chief executive of Fox Networks Group, has joined its board of directors.

RadPad Raises $1 Million Seed Round

RadPad, a rental search app, announced today it had raised $1 million in convertible notes in a seed round led by Menlo Park’s Deep Fork Capital.

CrowdGather Will Sell Non-Core Assets to Boost Bottom Line

CrowdGather Inc., owner of a network of Internet discussion boards, is planning to sell assets as it seeks to stem ongoing losses and bolster its balance sheet as it seeks merger or acquisition targets.

Restaurant Operator Now Has Steak in Middle East

DINING: IDG dishes up its first overseas location with upscale Boa in Abu Dhabi.

DINING: IDG adds its first overseas location to the menu with a Boa Steakhouse scheduled to open in Abu Dhabi.

Taking Technology For Spin

‘Wheel’s’ Pat Sajak spells out investment strategy in sector.

INTERNET – “Wheel” host Pat Sajak looks to add to his fortune with an investment in a daily deal and coupon site.

Movie Studio Makes Play For YouTube Connection

INTERNET: Machinima’s video-game network scores backing from Warner Bros.

INTERNET: Video game-centric YouTube network Machinima scores $18 million in funding.

Virtual Piggy Inks Deal With German Videogame Firm

Virtual Piggy Inc. announced Friday it signed a partnership with Europe Games Group to allow its roughly 15 million gamers to purchase in-app items via Virtual Piggy’s Oink payment system.

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