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Tom Dotan

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Inhalable Insulin Has Investors Breathing Heavy

HEALTH CARE: Expected FDA approval pumps up shares of MannKind.

Investors breathless over outlook for approval of MannKind’s inhalable insulin. 5

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Video App Lost Facebook, Focus

INTERNET: Viddy retrenching after failing to meet Web hype.

Video app Viddy has pared back and refocused after sky-high predictions for its future failed to develop.

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Fit and Set to Split

INTERNET: Earnings rise as Demand prepares to divide business units.

Investors boost Demand Media shares as the firm prepares to split its domain name unit from its publishing business.

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Bioresins Firm Looks to Mold Future in Indiana

PLASTICS: Cereplast to exit El Segundo as part of cost-cutting strategy.

Bioresins company Cereplast hopes moving its HQ to Indiana will help it get back in shape.

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Boingo Shares Rise as Revenue Beats Estimates

Better-than-expected revenue for Boingo Wireless during the first quarter has temporarily halted the company’s tumble in 2013.

Demand Posts First Quarter Profit

Demand Media Inc. beat analysts’ estimates for the first quarter of 2013, led by increases in revenue from the Web publisher’s sites as well as its domain registration business.

Photo App Focus of Ribbing on Comedy Program

MEDIA: Snapchat creators get grilled as guests on TV’s ‘Colbert Report.’

‘What are the users of Snapchat ashamed of?”

Ad Business Hopes to Stand Out by Blending In

INTERNET: Nativo styles ‘native content’ to match websites.

Ad firm Nativo looks to go “native” online with promotional content that blends in with a website’s style and tone.

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Digital Donnybrook Over Local Tech Funding

Are L.A. investors a bunch of wimps? That was the kernel of an argument buffeting around online among members of the tech community over the weekend.

Venture Funding in Region Dives in First Quarter

INVESTMENT: Westside startups are exception as two large deals are closed.

Venture capital plugged into Westside tech companies in the first quarter while other areas lagged.

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Drafting an App for Sports Enthusiasts

Draftpedia, an iPhone app released a few weeks ago, is designed to be a one-stop reference for all things related to watching a draft.

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Developer Dials Up Deal To Mobilize Tunes Game

APP: Music Mastermind partners with Chillingo for iOS song platform.

Music Mastermind tunes up for the mobile market by teaming with app maker Chillingo.

Privacy Apps’ Popularity Spreads

INTERNET: WhisperText and Snapchat step into social gaps.

WhisperText’s and Snapchat’s privacy-oriented apps look to connect with teens drifting away from Facebook.

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Hulu Shopping for Sale

Rumors about the potential sale of West L.A.’s Hulu Inc. have heated up in recent weeks. The newest report is that the video streamer has brought on financial services firm Guggenheim Partners to advise on the sale.

J2 Global Makes Dutch Acquisition

Hollywood online service provider J2 Global Inc. said that it has acquired Dutch cloud storage firm Backup Connect BV.

Sequencing Venture Capital

Special Report: Tech Finance

Business Journal takes a step-by-step look at how funding needs are met as tech startups mature, with profiles of local investors.

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Sowing Startups

Special Report: Tech Finance

Angels and venture capital firms have sprouted in Los Angeles as the local tech scene has bloomed.

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Online Platform Gets Marketing Firms Talking

Internet: Shift’s cloud service allows businesses to network and access apps.

Shift, a Santa Monica firm that makes apps for marketers, is continuing to tweak its formula.

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Handling ‘Series A Crunch’

Special Report: Tech Finance

The “Series A crunch,” despite its ominous name, is not much more than an observation.

Boingo Connects With AT&T

he partnership allows AT&T wireless customers to tap into Boingo’s worldwide network of hotspots in international airports through a special free app.

Video Links

YouTube channels team up to score bigger ad rates

YouTube content creators team up with the hope of channeling higher ad rates.

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Public TV Station Tunes In to L.A. Mayoral Race

TELEVISION: KCET’s online interactive chart tracks campaign donations.

The Web team at public TV station KCET (Channel 28) has put a high-tech twist on the old journalism advice to “follow the money.”

Pressing Paws On Video Games

Contest competitors to craft feline apps to score cats’ fancy.

Cats are out of the bag in a tech contest to develop fun apps for our feline friends.

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Parts Maker’s Stock Takes Off on Aviation Orders

Aerospace: Boeing and Airbus contracts provide lift for Ducommun.

Aviation industry orders have investors high on parts supplier Ducommun.

Showing Nose For Business

Perfume shop catches lightning in bottle with speedy launch.

Original Scent co-founders’ swift launch of their business is nothing to sniff at.

Demand Exec Talks Creativebug

Dan Brian, Demand’s executive vice president, said the company views Creativebug and the crafting space it occupies as an add-on feature to Demand’s existing ad-supported eHow site.

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Internet Friend

Former Myspace exec Michael Jones still clicks with tech scene through his incubator, Science.

Former AOL and Myspace exec Michael Jones stays plugged into the tech scene through incubator Science.

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App Lets Bosses Keep Close Eye on Telecommuters

INTERNET: MySammy compiles data on at-home workers’ productivity.

Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer sparked an online uproar last month when she sent out an edict banning telecommuting.

Edgecast’s Indonesian Move

Edgecast, a Santa Monica technology company, has continued its worldwide expansion with a deal to place its servers in Indonesia.

Myspace Touts New Look With Chevy Sponsorship

The Beverly Hills social network announced Wednesday that it signed a new sponsorship deal with Chevrolet – the site’s first since the revamp a few months ago.

Fresh Script

Talent agency CAA tries role of tech startup investor

Hollywood talent agencies look to cast themselves in a new role: tech investors.

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Ouya Opens Doors To Gamemakers

Ouya has reached another milestone toward its goal of releasing a crowd-funded gaming console to the masses.

Lower Korn/Ferry Profit Better Than Expected

Korn/Ferry International on Wednesday beat analyst’s estimates for the third fiscal quarter, even as net income fell from the same period a year earlier.

Wall Street Cools to Provider of Wi-Fi Hot Spots

ONLINE: Boingo squeezed by customers’ push for free or low-cost access.

Wi-Fi provider Boingo’s stock has trouble connecting with investors as earnings fall.

Mobile Game Maker Hopes to Score With Network

ENTERTAINMENT: Five firms sign up to develop titles for Scopely venture.

Scopely Inc. is pressing pause on game-making for the moment to focus on a different role: mobile game network.

Scopely Takes First Step Toward Network Status

The Hollywood company announced yesterday it was going to work with five studios – Double Fine, Big Cave Games, High Line Games, Rocket Jump Games and Zupcat Games – as part of a new network of mobile games.

Viddy Pink Slips One-Third of Staff

You could forgive Viddy if the Venice startup wished 2012 had never ended.

DataPop Launches Semantic Advertising Platform for Google

What if all the ads you read online were written by robots, with copy tailored specifically to your tastes?

Boingo Stock Slides on Outlook Concerns

As Boingo Wireless Inc.’s stock continues to slide, there’s a growing concern whether the Wi-Fi provider can overcome an obstacle that’s always loomed for the company: free public Internet.

MeUndies Expands Online Underwear Offerings

MeUndies is hoping that its underwear customers are also the kind who’d buy T-shirts and socks.

Patched In

YouTube among tech giants moving into Silicon Beach

Microsoft’s content production studio is the latest big tech venture looking to plug into L.A.’s entertainment sector.

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Streamys Make a Play for the Mainstream

It was the third annual show for the Streamy’s, which hands out awards to the creators of online original content.

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Ad Pioneer Sees Online Opening

Internet: Rubicon fights larger rivals to stake out turf.

Rubicon Project refuses to think small as it looks to find room in an ad field dominated by giant rivals.

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Warner Bros. Rushes Tech Accelerator Into L.A.

ENTERTAINMENT: Studio hopes program will draw new-media startups.

Warner Bros. is bringing another tech accelerator into Los Angeles – this one with a specific focus on new-media companies.

J2 Profit Grows

Continued strong growth in the online faxing business as well as the acquisition of high profile media properties brought J2 Online Inc. higher quarterly earnings and revenue.

ReachLocal Loss Narrows

ReachLocal Inc. reported growth in revenue and a narrower net loss for both its fourth quarter and full-year 2012, citing the success of its continued international expansion and new mobile products.

Dialed In

Fax firm J2 adds second line as Web publisher

Fax firm J2 dials further into publishing with acquisition of video game websites.

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Content Delivery Firm Prizes Employee Referrals

It’s been so tough to find the right people for the now 60 open spots that Edgecast has doubled down on its employee referral program.

Snapchat Moves Into Venice

The company that makes a popular picture and video messaging app has quietly moved into the “Blu House” on 523 Ocean Front Walk.

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Web and Mobile Firms Play Valentine’s Day Card

INTERNET: Businesses woo customers with range of romantic offerings.

If you’re sadly unattached this Valentine’s Day, you can’t blame the local tech scene.