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Wozniak will address blockchain enthusiasts at October convention
Cryptocurrency summit features Apple Inc.’s other founder – Steve Wozniak.
Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin sues AT&T over “SIM swap” scam; Cargomatic raises $35M in series B round; Boeing acquires El Segundo-based satellite and flight-plan maker.
Boeing Co. has agreed to acquire Millennium Space Systems Inc., an El Segundo-based small flight system developer and satellite manufacturer.
Marina del Rey advertising blockchain firm Lucidity (an affiliate of KR8OS Inc.) announced Aug. 15 it completed a funding round of $5 million in total, comprised of investments from six venture capital firms.
Risk and compliance software company AuditBoard raises $40 million; Bird, Lime lead e-scooter protest in Santa Monica; Tinder sues parent company
Match Group dating app subsidiary Tinder Inc. has filed a lawsuit against parent company InterActiveCorp., alleging IAC purposefully undervalued the company to avoid proper payouts to executives.
Snapchat enlists Nicki Minaj to show how AR tools let users shop in RL; SpaceX invites guests into the Dragon X; Treyarch testing Battle Royale mode.
Pacific City Financial Corp. completed its initial public offering with the sale of 2.4 million shares on the Nasdaq at $20 per share, according the bank, which began trading on Aug. 10.
Chrome River picks up ExxonMobil; Wells leaving Netflix; Bird scooters face vandalism.
Tinder eyes $800-million mark this year; SpaceX investors hold steady despite Tesla drama; luxury boat online rental service OnBoat now on board in L.A.
Santa Monica’s sports marketing firm GumGum Sports (a division of GumGum Inc.) announced Aug. 10 it signed a multi-year agreement to provide media valuation services for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational basketball tournament.
TRANSPORTATION: Works with city on pilot program
Scooter company Razor seeks to move into the competitive electric scooter rental market by launching in Long Beach.
Software would help schools set up leagues and players.
PlayVS Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Delane Parnell has come a long way from Detroit’s Jeffries Housing Projects.
TaskUs worth $500 million following latest funding round; Stamps.com stocks fall after Post Office comment; Heineken passes on Snapchat in favor of other social media outlets.
Playa Vista-based mobile ordering point-of-sale software developer Appetize Technologies Inc. announced Aug. 9 an undisclosed investment from the National Football League, raising the total amount of funding the company has raised to $50 million.
Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Web Services announced Aug. 9 that it will collaborate with the California Cloud Workforce Project (CA Cloud) and 19 community colleges in Los Angeles County to offer a regional cloud computing certificate. To date, this is the first program of its kind created by Amazon and local colleges.
$1.25 million raised by Sagewise; Blizzard teases new Diablo game; Snap reports earnings
Snap Inc. announced second quarter earnings Aug. 7, reporting its first ever drop in users since the company’s incorporation in 2011.
Katzenberg’s short-form video project raises $1 billion; SpaceX hosting mars landing conference; Nexus Technologies acquires Cal Net
Chatsworth-based Cal Net Technology Group was acquired by ABRY Partners subsidiary Nexus Technologies Inc. (which does business as NexusTek) Aug. 6. Cal Net provides managed IT solutions and will now operate as a NexusTek entity.
Facebook joins forces with MomentFeed startup; Zillow hires exec to lead digital content; SpaceX plans second reusable launch
Warner Music buys Uproxx Media; SpaceX sets deadline for NASA launch; Hyperloop Technologies in consideration for Cupertino line
First L.A. County office for creative software company
Adobe Systems Inc. cut the ribbon July 25 at a new Santa Monica office, which leaders said will help deepen the tech company’s relationship with the post-production community in Hollywood.
New minor aims to address labor shortage in growing market segment
CSU Long Beach launches cybersecurity minor.
Retail expansions, acquisitions help
How the area’s largest telecommunications firms have fared by employee count.
Dodgers kicks off youth sports program; new Overwatch teams from across the county and around the world; Boeing delays Starliner capsule launch
Santa Monica-headquartered Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Blizzard Entertainment announced Aug. 2 that it added two new teams to its global e-sports competition, the Overwatch League.
Snapchat’s new lenses will respond to spoken cues; Pluto TV links with Vizio; scooters moratorium proposed in L.A.
Glendale online legal technology company LegalZoom.com Inc. announced June 31 it completed a $500 million financing round from four total investors, its second since the firm’s founding in 2001. With this investment, LegalZoom’s estimated value totals roughly $2 billion.
UPS expands electric fleet with Thor; Cred launches cryptocurrency app; Logitech buys Blue Microphones
Newark and Switzerland-based computer accessory company Logitech Inc. purchased Westlake Village microphone manufacturer Blue Microphones Holdings Corp. for $117 million in a cash deal finalized July 30.
Congress Approves Reusable Rocket Bill; Cesppa Closes $1.5 Million Seed Round; Bird Scooters Take on Oregon
Cheviot Hills-headquartered anti-hacking startup Cesppa Inc. closed a $1.5 million seed round July 26, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
TECHNOLOGY: App gets nod from Apple, deal with NFL Players Association
Octi creates VR avatars from NFL players.
Virgin soars to new heights; Open Listings hits $1 billion; Chrome River goes to Europe
Snap Lab division chief resigns following Spectacles fallout, Stamps.com pays $230M to pick up MetaPack; another successful rocket launch by SpaceX
El Segundo’s Stamps.com Inc. announced today a definitive agreement with United Kingdom supply chain management company MetaPack Ltd. to buy the company for approximately $230 million in cash.
Dave Inc., a Mid-Wilshire tech startup backed by celebrity investor Mark Cuban has raised $10 million of a planned $15 million in its latest debt-financed round.
March Capital raises $12M for Xage; Snap syndicates Complex content; Meg Whitman dives into e-sports
Westwood-based Immortals, an e-sports competition league with worldwide reach, announced today an investment from Meg Whitman, who also joined the company’s board of directors.
Snapchat shutters SnapCash; Overwatch gets Nerf prototype; another SpaceX satellite launches
Wemo links its smart plug with Apple’s Homekit; Esko-Graphics buys Blue Software; Bird accepts low-income riders
Packaging design software company Esko-Graphics Inc., a subsidiary of the Danaher Corp. has bought Blue Software, an artwork management software firm, from Westwood-based Diversis Capital.
Turo claims exemption
Los Angeles World Airports is facing down a legal challenge from San Francisco-based car sharing app Turo Inc. over how the airport permits car-sharing services.
Office security firm taps Emergence Capital, Upfront Ventures, others
New USC report finds statistically significant link between digital content and ADHD.
Hyperloop Transportation wins China contract, StartEngine accepting bitcoin; HyreCar partners with dealerships
Downtown-based car-sharing platform HyreCar Inc. announced July 17 that it will partner with DriveItAway.com Inc., a used vehicle auction platform based in Cambridge, Mass. The collaboration is designed to allow independent car dealerships in 34 states and Washington, D.C. to list their vehicles on the HyreCar platform.
AdQuick raises $2.1 million; meal delivery service Chef’d abruptly shutters; SpaceX gears up for new launch
MTech Capital’s new $75M fund for “InsureTech;” smart key maker Openpath raises $20M; Pelican Products has an new consumer marketing team leader
Netflix subscribers up, stock prices down; Google gets is cloud online in L.A.; Musk tweet could bring libel charge