TECHNOLOGY

Bird Buys Berlin Company

Company also adds $75M to Series D

Electric scooter operator Bird Rides Inc. acquired Circ, an electric scooter company headquartered in Berlin, in a bid to expand the Santa Monica-based company’s European operations.

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Activision Brings on Sponsors

‘Call of Duty’ league lands PlayStation, Mountain Dew

Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. signed several high-profile sponsors for its new “Call of Duty” League, two weeks after launching the professional esports competition.

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Draper Goren Holm Backing LunarCrush

Venture firm leads seed round for crypto data startup

Venture capital and private equity investment firm Draper Goren Holm has made its first investment since a major management move in December, leading a seed round for Costa Mesa-based LunarCrush Inc.

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BYD Buses Rolling into Toronto

Canada’s top transit operator starts deal with EV maker

BYD Motors Inc., the downtown-based electric bus manufacturer, delivered two vehicles to the Toronto Transit Commission, Canada’s largest transit operator, as the first part of a 10-bus order.

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MedMen CEO Bierman Steps Down

Adam Bierman will step down in February from the cannabis company he helped establish in 2010.

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Caltech Wins $1.1 Billion Patent Verdict Against Apple, Broadcom

Caltech won a $1.1 billion verdict against Apple and Broadcom for allegedly infringing on the Pasadena university's wireless technology patents.

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BYD to Build Rancho Dominguez Plant

EV maker BYD Motors will construct a 50,000-square-foot facility in Rancho Dominguez to house its electric forklifts.

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Whip Media Raises $50 Million

Multimedia analysis firm and TV Time parent company Whip Networks Inc. raised a $50 million Series D.

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Edmunds.com to Lay Off 130

Auto information and car appraisal service Edmunds.com Inc. will lay off 130 employees, effective in March.

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ProGuides Raises $5 Million Seed Round

GLG Gaming Inc. raised a $5 million seed round for ProGuides, its instructional video platform for gamers.

Is AECOM on the Block?

WSP Global reportedly in talks for a deal

Century City-based engineering giant AECOM reportedly has been in possible buyout talks with Montreal-based engineering services firm WSP Global Inc.

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MedMen Exec Revamps Ops

Lissack confident in retailer’s future, technology

Just over a year into his tenure at the cannabis retailer, Lissack has become a linchpin at the company, overseeing multiple areas of the business.

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Gaining Momentum

Tech: The flurry of M&A activity figures to continue

L.A. tech companies experienced a flurry of mergers and acquisitions in late 2019, and that momentum is expected to continue in the coming months.

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TikTok Opens Culver City Office

Social media company TikTok has opened an office in Silicon Beach.

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Scopely Acquires FoxNext Games

Scopely Inc. acquired Playa Vista-based game developer FoxNext Games from the Walt Disney Co.

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