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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.
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: 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.
INTERNET: Washio relies on network of ‘ninjas’ to pick up, return clothes.
Quick, name something you hate doing.
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.
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.
TRANSPORTATION: Trio of companies accused of operating bandit taxis.
City of Los Angeles looks to put brakes on ride-sharing services but the companies vow to roll on.
INVESTMENT: Upfront sheds GRP moniker as it eyes Santa Monica digs.
A lot of changes are afoot at Century City venture capital firm GRP Partners.
As of today, the firm will be known as Upfront Ventures, with a new logo to boot.
On Monday, the city's Department of Transportation sent cease and desist letters to Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, three ride-sharing operators that have been running in Los Angeles for several months.
Amazon, one of several retailers carrying the $99 console, has reported all units are sold out at both its U.S. and U.K sites.
TECHNOLOGY: Local firm sees commercial uses for UAVs.
DreamHammer looks to direct its drone software into use for nonmilitary functions.
INTERNET: Dollar Shave Club seeks to mirror bathroom success.
Dollar Shave Club looks to clean up in online sales with its new wipes for men.
TRANSPORTATION: First trip by Surf Air to fly from Burbank to San Carlos.
Surf Air Inc. in Santa Monica has finally gotten the all-clear from the government to begin flying.
Dollar Shave Club on Tuesday released “One Wipe Charlies,” a self-described “butt wipe for men,” gunning squarely at the $9 billion toilet paper industry.
Surf Air in Santa Monica was always an appealing company to investors and future customers. It offered a new type of airline that would shuttle passengers in commuter jets to and from small airports along the West Coast. Plus, for a monthly fee, subscribers could have unlimited flights.
L.A. Galaxy kicks off new online chapter with ‘social hub.’
Pro soccer’s L.A. Galaxy hopes to get the ball rolling on social media with its new mobile site.
FRUITS: Resnicks, Sun Pacific to take orange feud to food aisle.
Former mandarin orange partners look to show more marketing juice in the supermarket aisle.
Rubicon Project’s Frank Addante aspires to snatch cyberspace crown from Internet leader Google.
Internet ad pioneer Frank Addante is confident he can expand his cyberspace territory.
INTERNET: Gigit aims to bring bands and paying jobs together online.
Craigslist ain’t the place to book a band, man.
DreamWorks Animation deal for AwesomenessTV shows drawing power of YouTube as distribution platform.
Garcetti has been working since the earliest days of his candidacy to become the crown prince of Silicon Beach.
Beverly Hill’s Roll Global LLC, the California agricultural empire led by the billionaire couple Stewart and Lynda Resnick, has sold the “Cuties” trademark for its seedless mandarin oranges.