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Headspace Taps Morken as CEO

Headspace Inc., the Santa Monica-based meditation app developer, has promoted CeCe Morken to chief executive.

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Virgin Orbit Seeks Funds Ahead of Launch

Long Beach-based satellite launch company Virgin Orbit, looking to rebound from a failed test flight in May, is seeking to raise funds ahead of a second launch.

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Water Tech Companies Are Springing Up in LA

In many areas of the world, there may be no more precious commodity than water — and that’s especially true in Los Angeles.

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SpaceX Lands $149 Million Defense Contract

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Hawthorne-based aerospace company, last week secured a substantial new government contract and made progress on multiple fronts with its Starlink satellite project.

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Local Tech Companies Work to Get Out the Vote

Social platforms and media content creators in Los Angeles are leveraging their influence to encourage voting by Gen Z and millennial audiences as registration deadlines approach.

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CodeSpark Wants to Teach Kids to Code

Pasadena-based CodeSpark Inc. wants to teach kids to code even before they can read.

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Ida Brings AI to Schools, Governments

Silicon Beach newcomer Ida Artificial Intelligence Inc. is bringing fresh ideas to enterprise management systems

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J2Global to Acquire RetailMeNot for $420 Million

Downtown-based J2 Global Inc., an internet information and services company, has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire RetailMeNot Inc. for about $420 million.

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TikTok Avoids App Store Ban

While TikTok awaits further developments in the proposed sale of its U.S. operations to Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc., the social media platform notched a victory last week in its fight against the Trump administration.

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Tetra Tech Acquires BlueWater Federal Solutions

Tetra Tech Inc. has acquired Virginia-based information technology services firm BlueWater Federal Solutions Inc.

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Uncertainty Surrounds TikTok Deal

The fate of TikTok may still be up in the air.

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AI Company Beyond Limits Raises $113 Million

Glendale-based artificial intelligence company Beyond Limits Inc. has raised $113 million in a Series C funding round with another roughly $20 million committed.

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LA’s Thriving Edtech Startups Improve Remote Learning for Schools, Businesses

While the global pandemic has disrupted almost every industry, some businesses are experiencing accelerated growth during the crisis.

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Digital Solutions Assist Art Galleries

With in-person gallery visits largely halted by the pandemic, the business of art has taken a severe hit.

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Hawke Media, LA Stage Ecommerce Conference

Sawtelle-based marketing consulting firm Hawke Media has partnered with the city of Los Angeles for the inaugural Ecommerce Week LA, a virtual event taking place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.