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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 24: Hulu Becomes First Echo Show Live Stream

Hulu to broadcast on Amazon Echo Show; FabFitFun starts live programming on Facebook; Geldmacher and Ricca join Scopely

Game Maker Scopely Adds Two

Scopely Inc., the Culver City mobile game developer behind titles such as “Walking Dead: Road to Survival” and “WWE Champions” is expanding its corporate development and communications divisions.

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GAMING GURU

Newest addition to billionaire Soon-Shiong’s list of honorifics

E-sports has caught the eye, and dollars, of bioscience billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

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Associated Press Goes Hi-Fi

Technology: Will bring news to music streaming services

Associated Press has found a way to add listeners: partner with Super Hi-Fi to embed news stories between streamed songs.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 20: Miso’s Fried Chicken Robot to Remain at Dodger Stadium

“Flippy” the robot will work at Dodger Stadium through end of season; Ring previews new hardware; WME invests in Panopoly Media

Associated Press Collaborates With Super Hi-Fi to Produce Streaming Newscasts

Fans of the Associated Press’ daily global news headlines will soon have a new way to keep up with them, thanks to a partnership with Westwood-based audio artificial intelligence firm Super Hi-Fi announced Sept. 19.

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Miso Robotics' Robot Chef Continues Work at Dodger Stadium

A Pasadena robotics and artificial intelligence outfit that’s been using a robot to fry chicken tenders at Dodger Stadium just gave the bots an upgrade to include the frying skill.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 19: Riot Games Inks Mastercard Deal

Mastercard to sponsor “League of Legends;” Newegg customer information hacked; March Capital Partners raises $13.6 million for ioTium

WaveOptics Expands Into Southern California

United Kingdom-based augmented reality firm WaveOptics Ltd. announced Sept. 17 it will open its first United States operation headquarters in Manhattan Beach.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 18: Elon Musk’s Lunar Pick

SpaceX moon orbit passenger announced; Lyft, Bird scooters go live in Santa Monica’s pilot program; Snapchat to publish CBC news content

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 17: Sinemia Announces Unlimited Plan

Sinemia releases unlimited plan with limits; Fandango wins patent dispute over streaming services; Chatsworth Products receives awards

Data Center Equipment Maker CPI Received Innovation Awards

Chatsworth Products Inc., based in Westlake Village, announced Sept. 17 it received three innovation awards from the annual Cabling Installation and Maintenance Innovators Awards.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 14: Netfix Says It’s Not a Video Service Provider

Netflix argues against Missouri classification; SpaceX sending mystery man – or woman – to the moon; SnapChat bringing “Our Stories” to the newsroom

Shamrock Leads Sport Video AI Investment

Software package gives high school sports new options on highlights

Shamrock Capital Advisors led a $30 million investment round in artificial intelligence and sports video production firm Pixellot

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PlayVS Announces ‘Season Zero’ Launch Date

PlayVS Inc., the Santa Monica–headquartered high school e-sports league developer backed by Santa Monica-based Science Inc. announced Sept. 13 that Riot Games Inc.’s “League of Legends” will be the title played in the league’s first test season.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 13: Singularity 6 Raises $2.5 Million

Former Riot Games execs raise $2.5 million for Singularity 6; WeWork acquires Teem; Boring Co. lands approval for parking garage tunnel

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 12: Cornerstone Picks Up Workpop

Cornerstone buys Workpop; Bird halts Raleigh service as Florence moves in; Hulu inks multi-year deal with Discovery Inc.

Shamrock Capital Advisors Sells Questex

Westwood-based Shamrock Capital Advisors announced Sept. 12 the sale of its portfolio company, Questex Intermediate Holdings Inc. to New York-based private equity firm MidOcean Partners.

Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires Hiring Platform Workpop

Santa Monica-based human resources management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. acquired Santa Monica hiring platform Workpop Inc. Sept. 12.

Drinks Holdings Raises $15M

Glendale-based Drinks Holdings Inc., a patented e-commerce platform for wine aficionados, raised $15 million in a Series B capital round led by Beverly Pacific Holdings Inc., with Walnut-based Shea Ventures and Stable Road Capital Advisors Inc. in Venice in the mix on the institutional side.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 11: Boring Engineers Use Xbox Controller for Digging

Boring Co. found a way to dig tunnels with an Xbox controller – and then filmed it; Tinder will share its “Top Picks” with all; gear up for a “Call of Duty” battle royale coming soon

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 10: Air Force Investigating Musk

Musk’s pot podcast draws Air Force scrutiny; WorldStar joins Snapchat’s story platform; Momentum IoT raises $3.1M

Momentum IoT Lands $3.1 Million

Long Beach-based mixed fleet management software developer Momentum IoT announced Sept. 10 it raised $3.1 million.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 7: GumGum Gets Blue Jackets’ Biz

Hello Sunshine Expands Podcast Program; Scooters Granted Passage in Los Angeles; GumGum Signs Blue Jackets

Fighting Suicide With Software

TECHNOLOGY: Liminex part of growing ed-tech sector

Adolescent suicides – and preventing them –is in the crosshairs of a software firm.

Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks Invests in Daybreak Games

Also planned: e-sports arena, leagues

Culver City-based NantWorks, a diversified holding company run by Patrick Soon-Shiong, announced Sept. 6 it invested an undisclosed sum into Daybreak Game Co., creating through the investment a joint venture titled NantG Mobile.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 6: Snap Stock Plummets Again

Snap's stock sinks below $10; DDN acquires Tintri at auction; Pipeliner introduces cloud CRM software.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 5: Headspace Acquires Alpine.AI

Meditation app Headspace acquires artificial intelligence conversation developer; geolocation data company Factual raises $42 million; Netflix hires former Disney executive as head of global products

Factual Inc. Funding Climbs to $104 Million

Century City-based geolocation data provider Factual Inc. announced Sept. 5 it raised $42 million in a financing round featuring participation from Upfront Ventures and Felicis Ventures.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 4: Shamrock Capital Sells RBMedia

Shamrock sells RBMedia sold to KKR; new rules for Netflix and other streamers in the E.U.; “Lord of the Rings” video game in production

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 31: Warner Media Veteran Jumps to Snap

Sixteen-year Warner Media veteran Kristen O’Hara joining Snap Inc.; Electric scooter company Bird launches new tools for cities to manage e-scooter fleets; web security firm Signal Sciences Corp. inks deal with health care platform Castlight Health Inc.

Bird Introduces City Management Platform, New Hires

Santa Monica e-scooter operator Bird Rides Inc. announced its new platform to help cities manage the influx of their scooters. Called GovTech, the platform was announced Aug. 29, the day before Santa Monica announce the companies chosen to participate in its city-wide shared mobility pilot program. Bird was among the four companies chosen for the program.

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Pot Bot Operator Looks to Ride Green Wave

Greenbox, maker of weed vending machines, wants to expand business

Cannabis vending machine maker Greenbox is looking to ride the green rush to profitability.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 30: Grindr Contemplates Chinese IPO

Grindr considers China IPO; Santa Monica picks four scooter companies for pilot program; California carbon-free utility measure heads to Governor Brown

Liquid I.V. Raises $5 Million

Marina del Rey-based nutrition company Liquid I.V. announced Aug. 28 it received $5 million in a series B funding round led by San Francisco-based CircleUp Growth Partners.

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Science Inc. Adds Cladwell

Santa Monica-headquartered startup incubator Science Inc. disclosed Aug. 30 it added Cincinnati, Ohio-based personalized closet management app Cladwell to its growing portfolio of startups.

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Santa Monica Selects Scooter Companies for Shared-Mobility Pilot

Electric scooter manufacturer Bird Rides Inc. announced Aug. 30 it is one of the official participants in Santa Monica’s shared mobility pilot program. The program will begin Sept. 17 and includes not only Bird, but scooter manufacturer Neutron Holdings Inc., which manufacturers and operates Lime Scooters, as well as e-scooters and e-bikes operated by Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 29: Children’s Hospital LA Expands VR Training

More VR training for med students at CHLA; MoviePass rival Sinemia announced new subscription service; lineup announced for new advertiser pitchfest NewFronts West conference.

RelayCars Meets Magic Leap

RelayCars Inc., located in Rancho Dominguez, announced today its virtual reality automobile viewing app will soon be available on Magic Leap Inc.’s newest VR headset, the Magic Leap One.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 28: Live Streaming on the Rise

Snapchat growing in UK, streaming service usage increases; Happy Returns partners with Paper Source

Onica Acquires TriNimbus

Santa Monica cloud computing firm Onica Inc. announced Aug. 27 it acquired cloud consultation and Amazon.com Inc. Web Services provider TriNimbus Technologies Inc.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 27: Netflix Stock Back Up

Netflix stock rises again; ATTN: adds Surovell; SpaceX works toward crewed launch

TaskUs Expands to New Mexico

Santa Monica headquartered outsourcing service TaskUs Inc. announced Aug. 23 it will expand operations to Albuquerque, N.M., a move expected to create roughly 700 jobs.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 24: H Code Partners with Metro International

Snap Links with TuneMoji; Metro International and H Code collaborate; DTS snags new sound partner

H Code Links With Division of Metro Group

Hispanic-focused and Santa Monica-headquartered digital advertising firm H Code Media announced Aug. 23 it will form a strategic partnership with Metro LATAM, a Latino-focused division of media publisher Metro International S.A.

Teens Land $550,000 Seed Round After UCLA Anderson Bootcamp

TECHNOLOGY: Bid to beat bullying draws backers targeting teenage founders

Four high-schoolers who founded Santa Monica-based Trill Project in a bid to make social media safer got $550,000 in a seed round led by Founders Bootcamp.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 24: Net Neutrality Bill Near Passage

Appetize joins Sidearm Sports; net neutrality bill sent to California assembly; Overwatch League matches broadcast on Twitter

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 22: Trivia App Nets $250,000

$250,000 for Totally Bored; Malloy joins the party at Evite; Activision targets PC gamers

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 21: Otter Media Leads $4.7M Round for Sports Media Startup

Otter Media leads funding round for Mars Reel Media; Netflix pilots payment change; Postie taps Gollender as head of sales

Silicon Beach Report July 20: Snapchat Tweaking Android Platform

Snapchat adjusts its Android version; $550K for Trill; late-night cancellations at Netflix

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