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TikTok Rejects Microsoft, Partners With Oracle

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., has rejected the acquisition proposal from Microsoft Corp. and reportedly accepted a bid from Oracle Corp.

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LA’s Burgeoning Agtech Industry Sees Green Acres Ahead

While plenty of tech companies are interested in filling up consumers’ feeds, some are more interested in feeding consumers.

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Graze Makes the Cut with Robotic Mowers

Santa Monica-based Future Labs V Inc., which does business as Graze, wants to revolutionize the landscape industry with its robotic lawn mowers.

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QLess Software Helps Businesses Cut the Line

With social distancing and masks likely to remain a reality for a while longer, Pasadena-based QLess Inc. is poised to help businesses reduce in-person queues.

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CropSwap App Connects Local Farmers, Consumers

Silver Lake-based CropSwap Inc. is trying to move farmers markets onto a mobile app.

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TikTok Discussing Options With US

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., is reportedly in discussions with the U.S. government on ways to avoid a complete sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations.

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Tech Titans See Gains as Industry Becomes Even More Essential

While many industries have struggled in the face of Covid-19, companies in the nimble tech sector have adapted quickly and, in many cases, even thrived.

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Restrictions by China Narrow Options for TikTok

Already facing limited options amid pressure from the White House, any deal for the U.S. operations of TikTok may now encounter opposition from the Chinese government.

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Rocket Lab Deploys First In-House Satellite

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab USA Inc. made a successful return to flight on Aug. 30, rebounding from a July mission where the company lost its launch vehicle and client payloads.

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SpaceX Hits Another Milestone With Launches

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. conducted two launches last week using its Falcon 9 rockets, including one mission that marked another milestone for the Hawthorne-based aerospace company.

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Mayer’s Departure Could Speed Sale of TikTok

Less than four months after joining then high-flying TikTok as chief executive, former Walt Disney Co. veteran Kevin Mayer departed the company last week.

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Rocket Lab Signs Launch Deal With OHB Group

Rocket Lab USA Inc. has signed a contract with European space technology company OHB Group to launch a communications satellite for an OHB customer.

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Music Platform Stem Secures $10 Million in Funding

West Hollywood-based Stem Disintermedia Inc. has raised $10 million in a funding round led by Slow Ventures with follow on investment from Santa Monica-based Upfront Ventures and Aspect Ventures.

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Bingie App Tunes Into Viewer Recommendations

When it comes to movie and TV show recommendations, El Segundo-based app developer Bingie Inc. wants to prioritize friends and family over algorithms.

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Sootchy App Helps Parents Crowdfund College Costs

The downtown-based startup wants to help parents leverage their friends and family networks to help cover college costs.

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