Under the new contract, Riot’s professional players will not be allowed to stream their gameplay of other Massive Multiplayer Online Games such as “Defense of the Ancients 2” and “World of Warcraft.”
Oink offers kids a secure, credit card-free way to make online purchases at partnered e-commerce sites such as Toys R Us and Gamestop.
The Santa Monica startup has released what it describes as a "personal fitness program for the mind." It was built as a Web app for computers, with an iPhone app set to be released next year.
Internet: Networks offer stars viewership-measuring platforms
YouTube networks are building tech platforms to keep stars happy as part of a new big picture.
ActiveReplay’s Trace tracks moves by outdoor athletes.
ActiveReplay’s Trace tracking device looks to take the spin out of bragged-about moves by surfers and skateboarders.
INTERNET: LoveRoom’s creator dismisses critics of lodging-dating service.
A few weeks ago, a new lodging-and-dating service announced itself to the online world.
LoveRoom went live Nov. 15. It's now in beta and is accepting signups.
Big-name investor battle over weight-loss product purveyor Herbalife could be nearing a close.
The Culver City online video network announced Erin McPherson will be joining the company in a position that sees her reporting directly to company Chief Executive Ynon Kreiz.
ADVERTISING: Tongal takes on traditional agency model.
Some industry veterans question the mass appeal of Tongal’s crowdsourced approach to video ads.
INTERNET: Viddy’s now Supernova as it works to regain firm’s early heat.
Internet: Maker of video app Viddy looks to change its focus and image with new name and products.
Mar Vista's Just Scan It, an app maker specializing in mobile scanning, has rolled out a self-named iOS app that aims to loop valet services and drivers into a single network.
Supernova, as the Venice company will be called henceforth, is no longer a maker of one product, but a producer of a handful of multimedia apps, all with a focus on social sharing.
The video streaming site is lowering the broadcaster's take from 70 percent of advertising revenue to 45 percent, considered standard for most YouTube channels.
AVIATION: New products also provide lift for shares of AeroVironment.
Defense contractors’ strong earnings help small-aircraft maker AeroVironment’s shares take wing.
INTERNET: Software by Maker Studios tracks viewership in real time.
Maker Studios pitches its service as a platform for video stars to make more money off their creations.
ONLINE: Some users of Media Temple critical of new parent GoDaddy.
Awesomeness teams with Seventeen to improve the numbers for the teen girl magazine’s YouTube channel.
PUBLISHING: Goldhirsh stays positive after firing editorial staff.
Ben Goldhirsh says he has his do-gooder-focused magazine doing well financially.
INTERNET: Ad Hoc’s Burner links multiple lines to one phone.
Ad Hoc Labs looks to get lines on customers with its Burner app linking multiple numbers to one smartphone.
INTERNET: Virtual Piggy stock falls after slams on revenue and shareholders.
Virtual Piggy shares dip after critics go hog wild on the online payment system for kids.
INTERNET: Maker Studios creates division to focus on producing branded videos.
Maker Studios had a busy summer, securing a new round of financing and acquiring video streaming site Blip.
Spoiler Shield, an app for Apple devices, filters out tweets related to whatever TV show or sports score you'd rather not see discussed.
This latest round brings JustFab's total raised to $149 million, making it one of Los Angeles' most heavily funded tech companies.
INTERNET: Startup Scopely shoots for success in mobile game industry by letting others invent apps while it markets them.
Mobile game company Scopely looks to score more as a marketer of hot titles than a developer.
Ouya Chief Executive Julie Uhrman said the campaigns can be as low as $10,000 and must have a minimum of 100 backers for every $10,000 raised.
Snappers from four football teams – Eric Wood of the Buffalo Bills; Nick Hardwick, San Diego Chargers; Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys; and John Sullivan, Minnesota Vikings – have all signed on for the "Clean Snap" campaign.
TECHNOLOGY: Startup opts to forgo new round for equity in competitor.
Video e-commerce firm Kingmaker Inc. has been acquired by San Francisco’s Joyus Inc., one of its largest competitors.
TECHNOLOGY: Matching funds for gamemakers hits glitch as questions arise.
Ouya wanted more games for its console, so it offered matching funds. Suspicions quickly arose that the Santa Monica company was being played
Financial terms of the all-stock deal, which closed in early September, were not disclosed, though Kingmaker founder Guy Gal said the company, which had been based in Venice, has taken a "significant" stake in Joyus.
Internet: Retention Science helps e-tailers keep customers.
Retention Science pursues repeat success by helping e-commerce sites bring back customers.
Whisper Inc., the Santa Monica startup behind a fast-growing anonymous messaging app, has recently closed a $21 million B round of funding, led by Menlo Park firm Sequoia Capital.
Real estate investment trust Thomas Properties Group Inc. announced today it has been acquired by Parkway Properties Inc. in all stock transaction valued at $1.2 billion.
Collab sees money in six-second videos
Collab is confident it will prove a quick study when it comes to helping talent make ad money off six-second Vine videos.
INTERNET: Washio relies on network of ‘ninjas’ to pick up, return clothes.
Quick, name something you hate doing.
INTERNET: Ventures look to go Dutch on cost of productions with audience.
Some content producers hope to get fans to play a major role in paying for productions.
Maker Studios in Culver City has agreed in principal to acquire the video network Blip.
JustFab Inc. and ShoeDazzle Inc. announced today that the subscription e-commerce companies would merge, bringing together two big names in an industry that has been a key part of Los Angeles’ tech scene.
Morphlabs Inc., which makes software and hardware for OpenStack cloud computing systems, announced $10 million in new funding.
Online videos and crowdfunding seem to like one another.
TRANSPORTATION: Cabbies fear apps have edge in fare fight.
App-driven ride services and taxi companies are still puzzling out a roadmap to share L.A.’s streets.
ZestFinance’s ratings could boost underbanked
ZestFinance’s founder hopes its credit score ratings do a number on an industry he claims is outdated.
Riot scores athlete visas to field top names for ‘e-sports’ tourney.
Riot Games looks to score more mainstream interest for “e-sports” with its Staples Center tournament.
Activision Blizzard Inc. posted strong earnings for the second quarter, beating its internal guidance and analysts’ projections, even as the company continued to shed subscribers to “World of Warcraft.”
JustFab, the El Segundo subscription e-commerce site, has filed a trademark infringement suit against New York online retailer Fab.com.
VIDEO GAMES: Shortage of titles could stymie Ouya’s rollout.
Lack of titles could impede Ouya’s drive to score sales for its low-cost console.
ONLINE: Stamps.com’s stock tumbles after analyst issues ‘hold’ rating.
Stock of Internet postage business Stamps.com fails to stick with investors after analyst’s downgrade.
INTERNET: Provider of mobile online service FreedomPop closes funding round with $5 million as it prepares to launch its own phone.
FreedomPop’s low-cost wireless service connects with investors in a $5 million fundraising round.
TELECOM: Vitesse’s new leadership and products power up share value.
Chip maker Vitesse hopes to raise its profile on the Wall Street circuit with new product lines.
FreedomPop is polishing off its A round of funding with an extra $5 million from investors.
INTERNET: Content producers question promotion, revenue split.
YouTube’s promotional efforts and revenue-sharing model are giving some content creators pause.