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Elijah Chiland

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Headspace Announces Partnership With Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud Network

The Santa Monica-based mobile app developer is bringing some humor to its meditation app.

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Rocket Lab Reaches Milestone With Booster Recovery

Rocket Lab USA Inc. launched its 16th mission and successfully recovered the launch vehicle’s first-stage rocket.

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SpaceX Sets Mark for Rocket Reuse

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully reused a first-stage rocket booster for the seventh time during a launch last week that deployed another 60 satellites as part of its ambitious Starlink program.

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Relativity Space Raises $500 Million, Plans to Launch 3D-Printed Rockets Next Year

The short five-year history of Relativity Space Inc. is like something out of a startup storybook.

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MeUndies Secures $40 Million Investment From Provenance

MeUndies Inc. received a fresh injection of capital this month to expand its popular online underwear subscription service.

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TikTok Gets Another Extension for US Sale

The Treasury Department has reportedly pushed back TikTok’s sell-by date once again, giving the company until Dec. 4 to complete a deal.

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Snap Takes on TikTok With New Spotlight Video Feature

Snap Inc. has added a new feature that puts the company squarely in competition with TikTok.

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Vurbl Wants to Outdo Spotify. Can It Become the YouTube of Audio?

There’s no shortage of audio streaming apps, but Santa Monica-based startup Vurbl Media Inc. is betting that its newly launched player can compete with established platforms like Spotify.

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Bobacino Brings Automation to Trendy Bubble Tea

As the restaurant industry embraces new forms of high-tech automation, a local startup is applying robotic technology to the trendy bubble tea business.

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Aerospace Incubator Starburst Is Lifting Industry in LA

In the five years since French space and defense technology accelerator Starburst Aerospace announced plans to open its first American office in El Segundo, the aerospace industry has grown rapidly in Los Angeles County.

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Tech Companies Continue to Bulk Up in LA, Driving Job Growth

Tech jobs are growing at a rapid clip in Los Angeles, fueled by an increasing appetite from local companies as well as industry leaders that are expanding their presence here.

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Deadline for TikTok Sale Is Extended

The Trump administration has put more time on the clock for TikTok parent company ByteDance Ltd. to sell the app’s U.S. operations to an American company.

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For SpaceX, Latest Launch Is a Big Leap

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched one of the highest-profile missions in the company’s nearly two-decade history on Nov. 15, sending four astronauts to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX Launches Crewed Mission With NASA

Space Exploration Technologies Inc. launched one of the most high-profile missions, sending four astronauts to the International Space Station.

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NASA Plans New Projects With SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Phase Four

Three local aerospace companies will partner with NASA on key projects, the space agency announced Nov. 9.

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Romeo Power Secures Investment Ahead of IPO

Waste hauler Republic Services Inc. has exercised an option to purchase shares of common stock in Vernon-based Romeo Systems Inc., and the two companies announced Nov. 10 that they are exploring a “strategic alliance.”

Defense Firm LinQuest Named Prime Contractor for US Agencies

Ladera Heights-based defense contractor LinQuest Corp. has been selected as a prime contractor for U.S. government agencies through a contract management program administered by the General Services Administration.

Electric Car Sharing Company Envoy Sets $11 Million Series A

Envoy Technologies Inc., a Culver City company that operates electric car sharing services has raised $11 million in funding.

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Snap Acquires AI Voice Startup for $70 Million

Snap Inc. is acquiring Israel-based startup Voca AI Ltd. for cash and stock.

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Virgin Hyperloop Sends First Passengers Through Test Tunnel

Transportation technology company Hyperloop Technologies Inc. transported live passengers for the first time Nov. 8.

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Pacific Defense Acquires Military Tech Company

Recently formed El Segundo-based Pacific Defense Strategies Inc. has acquired military tech company Spear Research.

Lions Gate and Disney Announce New Layoffs

The pandemic continues to take a steep toll on Hollywood with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announcing new rounds of layoffs last week.

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TikTok Ban Is Blocked, Company Countersues Triller

The future of TikTok’s U.S. business is still murky, but a recent federal court ruling makes it unlikely the massively popular social media app will go dark in the near future.

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SpaceX Completes Second Launch for Space Force

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully completed its second mission on behalf of U.S. Space Force.

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PayPal Will Integrate Honey Shopping Tools

Nearly one year after acquiring software developer Honey Science Inc., PayPal Holdings Inc. is beginning to detail how it will incorporate Honey’s tools.

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Electronics Retailer Newegg Staffing Up

Newegg Inc., the City of Industry-based electronics retailer, is bolstering its staff for the holiday season.

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Hologram Company PORTL Gets $3 Million

Holographic technology startup PORTL Inc. announced $3 million in seed funding.

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Tinder Rolls Out Video Chat Feature

Online dating app Tinder has rolled out a new video feature to help connect singles at a time when pandemic-related precautions are limiting in-person meetups.

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Mobile Games Publisher Scopely Raises $340 Million

Culver City-based mobile games publisher and developer Scopely Inc. announced on Oct. 28 that it had secured $340 million in Series E funding from a group of investors led by Wellington Management Co. and NewView Capital.

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Activision Blizzard Beats Earnings Outlook in Third Quarter

Activision Blizzard Inc. outperformed earnings projections in the third quarter, reporting $1.95 billion in net revenue.

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Rocket Lab Launches 15th Electron Rocket

Long Beach-based aerospace company Rocket Lab USA Inc. has successfully launched its 15th Electron rocket.

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Cannabis, Alcohol Delivery Services Merge

Newly formed holding company Pacific Consolidated Holdings announced the merger of alcohol retailer Saucey and cannabis vendor Emjay.

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Software Security Company Replicated Raises $25 Million

Replicated, a Culver City-based company that provides security and operations services to software vendors, closed a $25 million Series B funding round.

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