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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 5: AeroVironment Lands $13 Million Contract

Air Force grants AeroVironment $13 million; Snap survival strategy leaked; Treyarch prepares for new game launch

Google Sets Up Shop in Goose Hangar

Purchase of 12 acres hints at expansion plans

Google sets up shop at Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista.

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2-Way Street for Staffing Firms

SERVICES: Plenty of demand, challenge on supply

Temporary placement firms in L.A. see consolidation as gig economy challenges industry.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 4: Activision Hires New President

Vogue publishes Spanish Snapchat edition; op-ed accuses SpaceX of safety violations; Brack at the helm of Blizzard

ZipRecruiter Raises $156 Million

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.

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Activision Blizzard Names New President; Leadership Team Members

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.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 3: Google Expands in Playa Vista

Google comes to Playa Vista; Uber launches Santa Monica Scooters; Jam City links with voting nonprofit

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Jam City Encouraging Midterm Voting With Mobile PSA

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.

Google Expands in Silicon Beach

Alphabet Inc.-subsidiary Google moved into the Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista Oct. 3, two years after it began leasing the space.

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 2: New Hyperloop Pod Revealed

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies shows off new tech; Appetize and Tropical Smoothie Cafe partner; Recargo acquired by Innogy

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WndrCo Leads $7 Million Investment in Rally Rd.

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.

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MWD Taps Culver City Firm on Water App

Flo Technologies offers free water-monitoring devices to L.A. homeowners

Metropolitan Water District and Culver City water monitoring system maker team up.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 27: WndrCo Invests $30 Million in The Infatuation Inc.

WndrCo invests $30 million in restaurant platform; Soon-Shiong distributes Zinc batteries to Africa and Asia; Kovacs named new LAVA president.

Los Angeles Convention Center Installs Permanent 5G Network

The Los Angeles Convention Center just added 5G capabilities to its growing list of offerings designed to draw business to downtown.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 26: Lunar Mission on Horizon for SpaceX

SpaceX sending Japanese robots to moon; Blizzard distributes demos; Bonfire Ventures seeks $20 million

Audax Group Buys Controlling Interest in Acuant

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.

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 25: ATTN: Raises $15 Million

$15 million for Hollywood digital media firm; Amazon and Snap ink deal for barcode scanning; Tinder testing new controls for women.

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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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.

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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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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