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VR Goes Out of Box

Technology: firms move to location-based experiences

Economic reality forces VR firms to switch focus for wider audience.

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Monetizing Consumer Data with Blockchain

Social Reality Inc. rewards users who give up info with proprietary cryptocurrency

Social Reality passes benefits of commodification to consumers.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 6: Netflix’s $100M bid for “Friends”

Netflix pays $100 million for exclusive rights to “Friends;” Hulu chief hints streamer may be considering bid for sports; Aussie cotton farmers to use Semtech’s LoRa wireless networking tech.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 5: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Creates New Venture

Upfront Ventures leads $14 million MetaCX round; Axiomatic invests in Matcherino; Hyperloop Transportation Technologies links with German port authority.

Upfront Ventures Leads $14M MetaCX Funding Round

Early-stage venture capital investor Upfront Ventures, based in Santa Monica, led a $14 million investment round for MetaCx, an Indianapolis-headquartered developer of e-commerce management software.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 4: Faraday Future Faces More Furloughs

Hulu plans new advertising structure; SRAX CFO leaves; Faraday Future cutting more employees

SRAX Financial Officer Departs

Downtown-based advertising technology firm Social Reality Inc. (doing business as SRAX) announced Nov. 30 its Chief Financial Officer J.P. Hannan will resign.

FatBrands Acquires Yalla Mediterranean

Fat Brands Inc. announced Dec. 4 it acquired restaurant chain Yalla Mediterranean for an undisclosed amount.

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Silicon Beach Report Dec. 3: SpaceX Sends 64 to Space

XPrize Foundation plans awards; Overwatch League and Fanatics sign deal; Falcon 9 launches satellite payload.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 30: Bankruptcy on Horizon for Faraday Future?

NationBuilder’s Jim Gilliam passes away; Grindr president addresses homophobic statement; Faraday Future facing bankruptcy

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 29: Sound Ventures Backs $2M LearnLux Round

Snap struggles with user demographics; Sinemia allowing fee-free purchases; LearnLux raises $2 million seed led by Sound Ventures

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 28: Cinedigm Acquires ComicBlitz

Exactly Right podcast network debuts; SpaceX delays Vandenberg launch; ComicBlitz acquired by film distributor.

Jam City Acquires Bingo Pop Mobile Game

Culver City–headquartered mobile game developer Jam City Inc. reported Nov. 28 it acquired a new title from Uken Studios Inc., which does business as Uken Games. The news came less than two weeks after Jam City announced its strategic partnership agreement with the Walt Disney Co.

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 27: March Capital Backs Nifty Games

Disney, Google sign advertising deal; NBCUniversal makes use of AI; Axiomatic and March Capital invest in Nifty Games.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 26: JPL InSight Lander Probe Reaches Mars

Netflix settles Satanic Temple lawsuit; Microcel acquired by Atar Capital; Caltech-led probe lands on Mars

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 23: NASA Schedules SpaceX Flight

Semtech expands to Spain; The Trade Desk announces new offices; SpaceX Dragon launch scheduled for January

Processing Paper: Laserfiche is Trying to Put an End to Physical Record-Keeping

Innovation Special Report

Laserfiche believes physical record-keeping will soon be obsolete.

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Robo Chef: Miso Robotics Gets Out of the Lab and Into the Kitchen

Innovation Special Report

Miso Robotics Inc. doesn’t believe robots should take every job – just some unpleasant ones.

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Stubbs Alderton Ups Commitment to Startups

Law firm will dole out up to $50,000 to companies participating in accelerator

Sherman Oaks-based Stubbs Alderton & Markiles is shifting its startup accelerator program into a higher gear.

Getting Ghosted

High-level Snap execs disappear for other ventures after company IPO

Messages aren’t the only thing disappearing at Venice-based app-developer Snap Inc. anymore.

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Easy Access: Openpath Looks to Make Building Security More Efficient

Innovation Special Report

Openpath Security Inc. wants to make sure you never get locked out of the office again.

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 21: $30 Million for PlayVS

New president at Conde Nast Entertainment; SpaceX secures $250 million; LA Dodgers lead PlayVS Series B round.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 20: SpaceX, Boeing Under NASA Scrutiny

Snap retailing Spectacles for $350 each; Activision Blizzard accused of ignoring deaf gamers; Musk’s toking prompts another investigation

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 19: Riot Games’ Latest Venture is Books

“League of Legends” comic book in production; Former Netflix veteran joins ServiceTitan; Virgin Orbit finishes critical flight test

H1Z1 Pro League Shuts Down, Citing Funding Failures

Roughly seven months after beginning its first season, the H1Z1 Pro League announced it will cease operations due to payment issues.

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 16: Sony Skipping E3

SpaceX launches communications satellite; Sony bows out of E3 but Activision and Warner Bros. are in; Boring Co. accused of withholding tunnel information

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 15: Snap Subpoenaed

SpaceX internet satellites approved; WeRecover gains $2 million; Snap complies with request for IPO details

Greycroft Partners Leads $20 Million Seed Round for Emerge

Bi-coastal venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, which has offices in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, announced Nov. 15 it led a $20 million seed round for shipping logistics management firm Emerge, based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 14: $165 Million for ServiceTitan

Netflix tries mobile-only subscription; Snapchat drops prices for AR ads; ServiceTitan brings total funding to $326 million

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 13: LA Out in Amazon HQ Bid

Google opens office doors to historic Playa Vista office; SpaceX honors first African-American NASA trainee; LAEDC predicts prosperity without Amazon

Vertebrae Launches Augmented Reality E-Commerce Platform

Santa Monica-based augmented reality advertising and software provider Vertebrae announced Nov. 12 the launch of its new e-commerce AR platform, Axis.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 12: Musk, Garcetti Chat Boring Co. Projects

Elon Musk talks sewage and other Boring application with Eric Garcetti; Vertebrae launches AR platform for e-tailers; Wii users will have to look elsewhere for Netflix

Car-Share Startup HyreCar Report Q3 Revenue Up 224 Percent to $2.7 M

HyreCar Inc., a downtown Los Angeles-based company allowing prospective ride-share drivers to temporarily lease vehicles from dealerships, announced Nov. 8 its third-quarter revenue grew 224 percent to $2.7 million over last year.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 9: Activision Blizzard Announces Third Quarter Earnings

SpaceX requests lower launch threshold; Activision nets $1.7 billion third quarter revenues; Tastemade to release a book

Freezer Burn: Halo Top Creamery No. 1 Fastest Growing for Second Straight Year

Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2018

Halo Top Creamery tops fastest growing companies list for second straight year.

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RingDNA Raises $30 Million Venture Round

Investors include Kobe Bryant fund and Palisades Growth Capital

Kobe Bryant’s investment fund helps make RingDNA’s venture round a slam dunk.

ZipRecruiter Turns to Silicon Valley Talent

TECHNOLOGY: Execs from Facebook, LinkedIn

ZipRecruiter looks to Silicon Valley to fill leadership posts.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 8: Cornerstone Acquires Grovo Learning for $24M

Branson and Lloyd replaced at Virgin Hyperloop; Defy Media Folds; Grovo Learning acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand

ZipRecruiter Adds Former Facebook, Linkedin Executives to Board

Online hiring and job-search platform ZipRecruiter Inc., based in Santa Monica, announced three new additions to its board of directors Nov. 8, including former executives of Facebook Inc., the San Francisco 49ers and GoDaddy Inc.

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 7: Riot Games Sued

Sexual harassment suit filed against Riot Games; SpaceX chosen for Kazakh rocket launch; HyreCar goes national

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 6: J2 Global Revenue Up $293 Million

Sinemia goes for the weekday movie fan, AMC jumps into the subscription business; J2 Global reports revenue growth, Bird launches (tentatively) in United Kingdom.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 5: Analyzing Local Election Spending

Musk Shows off hyperloop demo tunnel; Bird fights ban in Beverly Hills; LA spending roughly $13 per voter

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 2: Former Snap Engineer Launches Data Service Company

Activision debuts game companion app; Snap’s Sehn launches data service startup; mapping LA’s tech neighborhoods

Seismic Data’s Biz Potential

The Los Angeles region is an earthquake hot spot, so it’s little surprise a company focused on detecting seismic activity and warning its customers of an impending temblor would make its home here

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Silicon Beach Report Nov. 11: SpaceX Shifts Gears on Satellite Testing

Seven exit SpaceX's satellite testing team; Hulu prioritizes non-English content; new Office of Child Protection website launches with AI

LA Ranks Second in Tech Office Market Rent Growth

Los Angeles’ technology sector is growing — and so is the rent for tech office space, according to a recent study from real estate brokerage firm CBRE Group Inc.

DreamHost Receives $18M Loan from J.P. Morgan

Downtown LA-based DreamHost, a provider of web hosting and site management, announced Oct. 30 it completed an $18 million debt financing credit facility with J.P. Morgan Chase and Co.

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 31: Subscription App Sales Soar

LA County weighs electronic voting options; Activision issues Overwatch League changes; Hulu grows revenue 86 percent

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Silicon Beach Report Oct. 30: Executive Exits at Faraday Future

Two execs out at Faraday Future; DreamHost’s dreamy $18 million deal; Tinder ventures into advertising

Faraday Co-Founder Resigns

Sampson's departure is the second in two days for the electric car maker

Nick Sampson, co-founder of Gardena-based electric vehicle manufacturer Faraday and Future Inc., resigned on Oct. 30 after calling the company “effectively insolvent.”

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