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TouchCommerce Plans Hiring, Growth In Agoura

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Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce , which helps provide brands with online software and services for helping better connect with their customers and potential customers, said today that it is planning growth and hiring at a new headquarters in Agoura Hills. TouchCommerce says it is among the top five employers now in Agoura Hills.

Tipalti Takes On Accounts Payable

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Tipalti , a startup with offices in Agoura Hills, said it has launched a new platform which automates the entire, accounts payable workflow for businesses. Tipalti's offices are split between Agoura and Palo Alto. Pricing on the new software was not announced. READ MORE>>.

NovaStor Shifts To Agoura

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headquarters from Simi Valley to Agoura Hills, the firm announced this morning. Backup software developer NovaStor has shifted its U.S. The firm said it outgrew its original location, and came along with new ownership and a 20 percent increase in its staff. NovaStor is managed by here in the U.S. READ MORE>>.

Aligned TeleHealth Gets Angel Funding

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Agoura Hills-based Aligned TeleHealth , a provider of telemedicine services and technology, said today that it has raised a round of private financing from two individuals. Size of the funding was not announced. Both join the company''s board of advisors. Aligned Telehealth is led by Nitin Nanda. READ MORE>>.

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THQ Chops 30

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The cuts were due to "weaker than expected" sales of the gaming accessory. READ MORE>>. videogame games layoff employment jobs

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THQ Launches UFC Facebook Game

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Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ said this morning that it has launched a new, UFC-themed Facebook game. READ MORE>>.

THQ Revives Korean BBQ Truck

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THQ said it will be serving up heavily subsidized food in Los Angeles and San Francisco from the truck, including fresh tacos, burritos and rice bowls.

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THQ Ships New uDraw Tablet

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the game maker said the new gaming accessory includes a pressure sensitive stylus, and support from a library of games. READ MORE>>.

THQ Signs Turtle Rock Studios

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Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Turtle Rock Studios develops the multiplayer game Left 4 Dead and Counter-Strike: Condition Zero.

THQ Ties With Random House Publishing

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No financial details of the deal were announced. READ MORE>>. random house publishing content videogame video publish

THQ's Homefront Hits Retailers

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Agoura Hills-based THQ said today that its newest gaming title, Homefront, has hit retail stores. The war game--set in the U.S. READ MORE>>.

THQ Releases Homefront Sales Figures

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THQ's title is set in the u.S. after a fictional invasion by North Korea. READ MORE>>. sales action game video content videogame homefront

TouchCommerce Acquired For $215M By Nuance

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Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce , the provider of customer service software and services, which e-commerce companies use to add live chat and support to their websites, has been acquired by Nuance Communications , Nuance said Thursday. Nuance said it would pay $215M, split between $110M in cash and $85M in stock, with $20M in earn out.

TouchCommerce Launches New Chatbot Product, TouchAssist

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Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce has added a new chat bot product called TouchAssist , to its lineup of services and software, the company said this morning. TouchCommerce said its new product, aimed at brands, will offer up "intelligent" automated conversations with customers, all linked into TouchCommerce's live assistance services.

THQ To Exit Kids Games, Focus On Core Gamers

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Agoura Hills-based videogame developer THQ said Wednesday that it is exiting the kids' games business, and will instead focus on its "core" video game franchises. According to THQ, it is exiting its relationship with kids' licensed entertainment companies, although it will continue to sell certain previously released titles it the category.

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Machinima, THQ Team To Promote Nexuiz

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Machinima , the Los Angeles animated videogame content developer and publisher, and Agoura Hills-based game developer THQ said today that they have teamed on a new, downloadable shooter game called Nexuiz. The firms said they will publish and promote the new title for the Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3. READ MORE>>.

TouchCommerce Wins Virgin Mobile France

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Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce , a provider of online chat and sales conversion services for e-commerce retailers, reports today that Virgin Mobile France has implemented the firm's live assistance solution. Size of the win was not announced. The firm is headed by Bernard Louvat. READ MORE>>. touchcommerce mobile commerce sales chat virgi

Key Information Systems Ties With Hewlett Packard On OpenStack

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Agoura Hills-based Key Information Systems said Wednesday that it has tied into Hewlett Packard, and become part of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Partner Ready Program for Service Providers. The company said the move will allow it to provide hybrid cloud solutions for companies in Southern California. READ MORE>>.

THQ Chops Studios In Realignment

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The firm said it is now looking to focus on social games, mobile, and tablet-based digital entertainment. The cuts affect around 200 people globally.

THQ Inks Distribution Deal

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Agoura Hills-based THQ said Wednesday that it has inked a distribution deal with Codemasters , to distribute four games for that firm.

THQ Chips 114 Employees, Refocuses Warhammer Efforts

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Agoura Hills-based game developer THQ said Thursday afternoon that it is cutting 114 employees, and that it has "refocused" its efforts on its Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium development efforts. As a result of the moves, the firm said it is chopping its staff. studios, where 39 employees have been let go. READ MORE>>.

TouchCommerce Gets Major Win At AT&T

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Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce , the online chat provider led by Bernard Louvat, has scored a major win, and has replaced LivePerson at AT&T. AT&T said this week that it had replaced its 10-year old, third party chat platform with TouchCommerce , as a part of an effort to deliver better service. million in fees. READ MORE>>.

StartEngine Raises $5M For New Crowdfunding Effort

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Los Angeles-based StartEngine has raised $5M in funding, according to the company, from SE Agoura Investment LLC (Aubrey Chernick). StartEngine, the onetime startup accelerator, has remade itself as an online, equity crowdfunding site, helping companies to raise money via crowdfunding. READ MORE>>.

THQ Sells ValueSoft Division To Cosmi Software

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Agoura-based videogame developer THQ has sold off its value PC software arm, ValueSoft , to Westminster, California-based Cosmi , the firms said this morning. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. ValueSoft, which is based in Chaska, Minnesota, distributes value priced PC games. READ MORE>>.

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Interview with Lior Elazary, Invia Robotics

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Our interview this morning is with Lior Elazary , co-founder and CEO of Agoura-based Invia Robotics (www.inviarobotics.com), who tells us how the company is hoping to make automation and robotics available to even mid-sized e-commerce operators. What does your robotics system do and how does it work? Where did the technology come from?

Rumors Swirl Around THQ

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Rumors have been swirling around Agoura Hills-based THQ since this weekend, when a gaming industry analyst, Peter Skerritt, reported that the videogame maker was either looking for a buyer or shutting down its videogame development efforts, cancelling its 2014 lineup. READ MORE>>.

THQ Revives 80's Cartoon Voltron

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The firm said it is releasing the game in October on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network. READ MORE>>.

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THQ Names Communications Exec

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Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ said Tuesday that it has named Angela Emery as the firm's Vice President of Corporate Communications.

THQ Details Buyers, Numbers After Fire Sale

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Troubled Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ has officially been broken up into pieces and sold, according to the firm Wednesday evening, after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court has granted a motion to approve a sale of the majority of THQ's assets to multiple buyers. Vigil Games and a number of other properties remain with THQ in Chapter 11.

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THQ Sets Saints Row Sequel

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Agoura Hills-based THQ said Thursday that it is working on the next sequel of its Saints Row' series, Saints Row: The Third - Enter The Dominatrix. THQ said that it will ship the title in the fall, and will ship on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, for $29.99. THQ said it has shipped more than 11 million units of the franchise so far.

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THQ, Mattel In Video Game Deal

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FInancial details of the arrangement were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. mattel game videogame toys development software

THQ Selects Crytek For New Homefront Title

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Homefront is THQ's post-apocalyptic, first-person-shooter (FPS) action game, which involves North Korea invading the United States. READ MORE>>.

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SoCal Sees Summertime Surge In Exits

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In what looks to be an unprecedented surge in high profile, high value exits for high tech companies in Southern California, there have now been six big exits in the region over the last month worth over $100M. Those exits--worth more than a collected $3.8 READ MORE>>.

THQ Sells Off UFC Rights To EA

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Agoura Hills-based THQ said late Monday that it has sold off its rights to produce titles for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand, to Electronic Arts. Financial details of the sale were not disclosed. THQ said the sale is part of a "more focused strategy" for the company, whic has been struggling in the last year. READ MORE>>.

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THQ Plans Next WWE Installment

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Agoura Hills-based THQ announced the next installment of its WWE focused videogames, WWE '13 this morning, saying that it plans to release the latest WWE title on October 30th. The game, currently under development, will run on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Wii. Deal terms between WWE and THQ were not announced. READ MORE>>.

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THQ To Cut 240 Employees

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Agoura-based THQ said Thursday that it is chopping 240 jobs as part of a "realignment" of its organization, as it exits the kids licensed video game market. The layoffs come after the firm missed Wall Street estimates, with revenues of $404.4M. THQ also cut the salary of President and CEO, Brian J. READ MORE>>.

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TouchCommerce Teams With Brazilian Firm

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Agoura Hills-based TouchCommerce , which provides services to help convert online buyers via online chat, product recommendations, and other help, said today that it has linked with a Brazilian firm, iFactory Solutions, in a strategic partnership and reseller agreement. The firm is headed by Bernard Louvat. READ MORE>>.

Internet Machines Sues Best Buy, EMC, Fusion-IO, Others

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The firm which owns the patents of defunct PCI Express switching chip firm Internet Machines , which was based in Agoura Hills, has filed suit against a long list of defendants claiming patent infringement. The Texas Eastern District Court is a favorite for patent lawsuits.

THQ, Twentieth Century Fox Tie On RIO

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RIO is set to debut on April 15th. THQ said it will ship the RIO video game on the Xbox 360 video game, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS.

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THQ Axes Expansion Plans, Delays Saints Row Release

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Agoura Hills-based videogame maker THQ is shifting its plans today to release an expansion for Saints Row: The Third. THQ said the move came due to a desire to "expand the fiction of the franchise." THQ had just announced the expansion on May 4th, saying it would release the expansion pack in the fall for $29.99. READ MORE>>.

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