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Air Force grants AeroVironment $13 million; Snap survival strategy leaked; Treyarch prepares for new game launch
Purchase of 12 acres hints at expansion plans
Google sets up shop at Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista.
SERVICES: Plenty of demand, challenge on supply
Temporary placement firms in L.A. see consolidation as gig economy challenges industry.
Vogue publishes Spanish Snapchat edition; op-ed accuses SpaceX of safety violations; Brack at the helm of Blizzard
Santa Monica-based digital job search platform ZipRecruiter Inc. announced Oct. 4 it secured $156 million in a funding round led by Wellington Management Co. and Institutional Venture Partners.
Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. named J. Allen Brack its new president of Blizzard Entertainment Oct. 4, alongside two new promotions to the executive leadership team.
Google comes to Playa Vista; Uber launches Santa Monica Scooters; Jam City links with voting nonprofit
Culver City-based mobile game developer Jam City Inc. announced Oct. 3 it will partner with nonprofit voter registration organization When We All Vote to produce public service announcements encouraging its users to vote.
Alphabet Inc.-subsidiary Google moved into the Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista Oct. 3, two years after it began leasing the space.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies shows off new tech; Appetize and Tropical Smoothie Cafe partner; Recargo acquired by Innogy
Jeffery Katzenberg’s Beverly Hills-based media and technology investment fund, WndrCo, announced Sept. 27 it participated a $7 million Series A investment round for New York-based Rally Rd. The funding was led by Santa Monica headquartered Upfront Ventures Management.
Flo Technologies offers free water-monitoring devices to L.A. homeowners
Metropolitan Water District and Culver City water monitoring system maker team up.
WndrCo invests $30 million in restaurant platform; Soon-Shiong distributes Zinc batteries to Africa and Asia; Kovacs named new LAVA president.
The Los Angeles Convention Center just added 5G capabilities to its growing list of offerings designed to draw business to downtown.
SpaceX sending Japanese robots to moon; Blizzard distributes demos; Bonfire Ventures seeks $20 million
Boston-based private equity firm Audax Group Inc. bought a controlling interest in Culver City-based identification verification software developer Acuant Inc. in a deal finalized Sept. 24.
$15 million for Hollywood digital media firm; Amazon and Snap ink deal for barcode scanning; Tinder testing new controls for women.
Hulu to broadcast on Amazon Echo Show; FabFitFun starts live programming on Facebook; Geldmacher and Ricca join Scopely
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.
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.
Newest addition to billionaire Soon-Shiong’s list of honorifics
E-sports has caught the eye, and dollars, of bioscience billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.
“Flippy” the robot will work at Dodger Stadium through end of season; Ring previews new hardware; WME invests in Panopoly Media
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.
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.
Mastercard to sponsor “League of Legends;” Newegg customer information hacked; March Capital Partners raises $13.6 million for ioTium
United Kingdom-based augmented reality firm WaveOptics Ltd. announced Sept. 17 it will open its first United States operation headquarters in Manhattan Beach.
SpaceX moon orbit passenger announced; Lyft, Bird scooters go live in Santa Monica’s pilot program; Snapchat to publish CBC news content
Sinemia releases unlimited plan with limits; Fandango wins patent dispute over streaming services; Chatsworth Products receives 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.
Netflix argues against Missouri classification; SpaceX sending mystery man – or woman – to the moon; SnapChat bringing “Our Stories” to the newsroom
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
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.
Former Riot Games execs raise $2.5 million for Singularity 6; WeWork acquires Teem; Boring Co. lands approval for parking garage tunnel
Cornerstone buys Workpop; Bird halts Raleigh service as Florence moves in; Hulu inks multi-year deal with Discovery Inc.
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.
Santa Monica-based human resources management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. acquired Santa Monica hiring platform Workpop Inc. Sept. 12.
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.
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
Musk’s pot podcast draws Air Force scrutiny; WorldStar joins Snapchat’s story platform; Momentum IoT raises $3.1M
Long Beach-based mixed fleet management software developer Momentum IoT announced Sept. 10 it raised $3.1 million.
Hello Sunshine Expands Podcast Program; Scooters Granted Passage in Los Angeles; GumGum Signs Blue Jackets
TECHNOLOGY: Liminex part of growing ed-tech sector
Adolescent suicides – and preventing them –is in the crosshairs of a software firm.
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.
Snap's stock sinks below $10; DDN acquires Tintri at auction; Pipeliner introduces cloud CRM software.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Greenbox, maker of weed vending machines, wants to expand business
Cannabis vending machine maker Greenbox is looking to ride the green rush to profitability.