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GB Group Acquires Acuant for $736 Million

Acuant Inc., a Westchester-based identity verification firm, was acquired by U.K.-based GB Group for a cash-free, debt-free enterprise value of $736 million.

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Kitchens of the Future

Santa Monica-based robotics incubator Wavemaker Labs is laser-focused on the future of the food industry.

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Inversion Space Sets Sights on Returnable Rockets With Seed Funding

Thanks to a flood of upstart rocket manufacturers in recent decades, sending objects into space is easier than it has ever been.

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Into the Metaverse

The “metaverse” is currently one of the hottest topics in tech — particularly since social media giant Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta Platforms Inc.

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Salted Focuses on Health in Digital Brands

Jeff Appelbaum knew before the pandemic began that food and drink sales were moving “outside the four walls of restaurants.”

Dating Apps Introduce Digital Currency, More Ways to Engage Online

The world is changing quickly for singles looking for love online.

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EV-Maker VinFast Moves to Playa Vista, Plans US Expansion

Last week was a busy one for VinFast. The EV-maker, a subsidiary of Vietnam-based VinFast Trading and Service Co., moved into a 15,000-square-foot space in Playa Vista to set up its U.S. headquarters.

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$588M Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project Passes Key Milestone

It may be the largest construction project in Los Angeles history, but until recently, construction work related to the Sixth Street Viaduct replacement bridge had mainly been a local affair, rarely intruding on Angelenos’ larger consciousness.

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Tetra Tech Reports Record Fiscal Year Earnings, Wins Part of $110M Contract

Pasadena-based Tetra Tech Inc. — the largest engineering and infrastructure services firm in Los Angeles County now that AECOM has departed for Dallas — reported record fiscal 2021 earnings on Nov. 17.

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United Airlines Opens $352 Million Hangar Facility at LAX

A lot of focus on the $14 billion makeover of Los Angeles International Airport has been on improvements that passengers will see, but new facilities are also emerging behind the scenes.

EVgo Doubles Market Value to $4.7B, Partners With GM and Uber

EVgo Inc.’s market value doubled to about $4.7 billion with EV charging station network’s quarterly results along with news of expanded collaborations.

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TrueCar Sales Fall Amid Supply Chain Shortages

Santa Monica-based automotive technology platform TrueCar Inc.’s sales tumbled as supply chain issues rocked the company, according to its third quarter earnings report.

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LA’s Greentech Industry Is Growing

From zero-emission transportation to clean energy, L.A.’s environmental technology industry has boomed in recent years.

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Afterparty Combines Crypto With Creators

David Fields has spent his whole career at the intersection of technology and the creator economy, working with companies like Walt Disney Co. and Tornante Co.

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HiveWatch Makes Security Scalable

With a decade of experience in technology and law enforcement, Ryan Schonfeld knows a thing or two about security.

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