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Arborbridge Helps International Students With Test Prep

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Hoping to help foreign students better prepare themselves to get into U.S. colleges, a new, Santa Monica startup, ArborBridge , has recently begun to ramp up its online tutoring service for the standardized SAT and ACT tests. READ MORE>>. arborbridge international test prep testing standardized college university admissions

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LA’s Chewse Joins 500 Startups | A Better Marketplace For Us To Easily Order Great Food

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500 Startups fifth accelerator batch is a selection of international startups with 15 percent of the total originating outside the U.S.

GRP Partners Hits $148.6M In New Fund, GRP IV

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The regulatory filing indicates GRP has raised $148.6M in committments for the $200M fund, which is still open to investors. READ MORE>>.

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland

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If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co. ? video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result.

Accelerator To Exit In 14 Months, With Eli Portnoy of ThinkNear

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There's been a sudden surge in accelerator in Southern California, looking to help get startups off the ground and funded. But, do they really help?

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BuQu Tech Plans Line Of Charging Accessories

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Camarillo-based BuQu Tech , which is a subsidiary of Battery-Biz, said today that it is planning a line of magnetic charging systems to make it easier to charge iOS and Android smartphones. BuQu Tech said its Magnetyze magnetic charging system will allow users to charge their smartphones and eliminate the need for multiple cords and cradles.

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NantWorks' Firm Tensorcom Ships Wireless Chip

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Tensorcom , one of the companies which is part of NantWorks, the technology development firm owned by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, said today that it has demonstrated a ultra low power, high speed multi-gigabit wireless chip. The chip, which is aimed at mobile devices, transmits data at 2.5 READ MORE>>.

Greentoe Launches Ecommerce Marketplace

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Greentoe.com , a new online e-commerce marketplace, wants to let consumers set their own pricing for electronics products. The new company is led by Joe Marrapodi, who was most recently Vice President of Digital at LBI Entertainment, and also served at Intermix Media, according to his biography. READ MORE>>.

DogVacay Launches Pack Leader Program

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DogVacay , the online peer-to-peer marketplace which lets people find and offer up pet sitting services, is recruiting its pet sitters to help market the service with a new program. DogVacay is venture funded by Science Inc., Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Quest Venture Partners, Baroda Ventures, and a number of angels. READ MORE>>.

Thesan Pharmaceuticals Raises $16M

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San Diego-based Thesan Pharmaceuticals said today that it has raised $16M in a Series A round, for the firm's developing of treatments for dermatological disorders. The firm said the funding was co-led by Novo Ventures and Novartis Venture Funds. READ MORE>>. thesan pharmaceuticals venture capital dermatology dermatologic lifescience biotech irvin

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SendGrid Ties Into Azure Store

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SendGrid , the provider of email infrastructure for application developers which has operations in Anaheim, said today that it has launched on the new Windows Azure Store. SendGrid--whose three founders met at UC Riverside--handles transactional email delivery for application providers. READ MORE>>.