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Santa Monica Tech Community Grows, As Another Tech Law Firm Sets Up Shop

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How Tradesy Makes Selling Women's Clothing Simple, with Tracy DiNunzio

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If you're a woman with unwanted--but fashionable--clothing in your closet, which you wish you could sell, what's the easiest way to sell it?

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LED Lighting Manufacturer Sets Up Shop In Anaheim

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A Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of LED lighting products, Lunera Lighting has set up shop in Anaheim, and will manufacture its products there.

DeveloperAuction Targets Los Angeles With Job Auctions

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DeveloperAuction , a Bay Area startup which is looking to let employers bid for engineers on an auction basis, has expanded into Los Angeles, beyond an initial launch in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Boston. The startup is looking to take advantage of the demand for developers by getting startups to "bid" on engineering talent.

Karlin Ventures Takes Aim At Los Angeles Startup Investments

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Los Angeles has a new, well funded, investment firm in town, with big plans for local investments: Karlin Ventures. Zhou recently moved to Los Angeles, after a stint at Innovations Endeavors, the venture fund of Eric Schmidt. Karlin Asset Management has $1.4 billion in assets. READ MORE>>. karlin ventures startup angeles investment family office

TX Zhuo Talks About LA's Newest Venture Fund, Karlin Ventures

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One of the biggest complaints that local entrepreneurs have with Los Angeles has been a dearth of local sources of venture capital. Thanks!

Independa Gets $1M In Angel Funding

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The funding was first publicly disclosed in a regulatory filing last week. According to reports , angels were the source of the new funding.

International Rectifier Gets $100M In Credit Facility

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El Segundo-based integrated circuit maker International Rectifier said this morning that it has raised $100M in four year, senior unsecured credit facility. The funding came from a group of lenders led by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, along with JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, HSBC Bank USA, National Association and Bank of the West. percent.

FatCloud Accelerates.NET Application Development, Backed by Elevator Labs

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FatCloud , a new startup developing a.NET-focused, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) development platform, said today that it has launched it services, helping developers to deliver their.NET applications. The new company is headed by Ian Miller, and is backed by startup incubator Elevator Labs. PolyServe and Hewlett-Packard. READ MORE>>.

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Western Digital Generating Nearly $1 Billion In Cash Every Quarter

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How big is Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital ? Apparently, very big. The firm announced its results yesterday, saying that it is generated $936M in cash from operations during its September quarter, based on $4.0 billion in revenues. billion. READ MORE>>. western digital results disk drive storage

Laffster Lands $750K

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Venice, California-based comedy startup Laffster said this morning that it has raised $750,000 in a funding round, which came from Greylock Partners, Howard Lindzon, Adam Nash (LinkedIn), Chris Williams (Maker Studios), Samer Hamadeh (Vault.com), Christopher Grey (CapLinked), Sonny Singh (Jumio), and The Paradigm Agency, along with others.

iRise Adds iPhone 5, Windows 8, Android Tablet Support

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iRise is venture backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and Deutsche Bank. READ MORE>>.

TigerText Hits 250 Healthcare Customers

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Santa Monica-based text messaging provider TigerText reported Thursday that it now has more than 250 healthcare facilities using its HIPAA compliant messaging platform. The firm, which provides secure text messaging for enterprise customers, says it more than doubled its customers in the last three months due to demand from the healthcare industry.

Appetize Lets You Order Food At Sports, Other Events

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A new, Los Angeles startup, Appetize , is looking to make it easier for sports and other event fans. Appetize said Wednesday that it has released a new version of its app, which lets fans at venues order from a menu and have food delivered right to their seat. READ MORE>>.

Tradesy Takes On Women's Clothing Resale, Gets $1.5M in Funding

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Tradesy , a new website and mobile app developed by Recycled Bride 's Tracy DiNunzio, is launching Wednesday, with $1.5M in funding from Rincon Venture Partners, 500 Startups, Dany Levy (DailyCandy), Daher Capital, Bee Partners, Double M Capital and Launchpad LA. READ MORE>>.

Insights and Opinions: Founder Restricted Stock 101

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Stubbs Alderton is a sponsor of socalTECH, but the Insights section is open to everyone in Southern California's high tech community. The (More.).

Slacker Streams Halloween Sounds

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Looking for that perfect soundtrack for your homemade haunted house? Tired of those cheesy Halloween mix CDs? READ MORE>>.

Image Metrics Debuts iPhone App

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The new Mojo Masks app is the firm's first iOS app, and is free. READ MORE>>. mojo masks image metrics iphone facial animation tracking

Brand Affinity Technologies Buys Printroom's Fan Photography Business

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Irvine-based Brand Affinity Technologies , the latest startup from the Steelberg brothers, said Thursday that it has acquired the fan photography business of Printroom. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>. printroom acquisition merger photography celebrity technologies affinity brand

Report: Cool Planet Seeking $100M For Biofuel Plant

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What's behind that report this morning by Cool Planet Energy Systems and progress on its ability to produce $1.50 per gallon gasoline from biofuels? According to a report from GigaOm this morning, an effort to raise $100M to build out its first biofuels facility. READ MORE>>. cool planet biofuels gasoline biofuel energy venture capital

Novatel Wireless Files Second Lawsuit Against ZTE

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San Diego-based wireless modem manufacturer Novatel Wireless said today that it has filed an additional patent infringement suite against Chinese networking equipment firm ZTE. Novatel said that ZTE has infringed on a wireless patent related to its MiFi family of mobile hotspots and wireless data modems. READ MORE>>.

BrandBounty Uses Crowdsourcing To Fight Counterfeiting

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A new, Los Angeles startup BrandBounty is hoping to tap into the power of the crowd to help brands fight counterfeiting. Those reports then are funneled to a company's legal team. READ MORE>>. brandbounty crowdsource crowdsourcing counterfeit product reward brands branding legal

Aperio Acquisition Completes

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The acquisition of Vista, California-based Aperio by German firm Leica Biosystems has completed, the firms said Thursday. Aperio, a maker of digital pathology and slide digitization systems, and Leica had announced the deal on August 21st. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Hulu Heads To Windows 8

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Los Angeles-based Hulu said Monday that it has launched a version of its Hulu Plus app on Windows 8, Microsoft's newest operating system. According to Hulu, the new Hulu Plus app is optimized to the new Windows user interface, and will debut on October 26th. The software is available now for early access Windows 8 users now. READ MORE>>.

GameSalad Supports Windows 8 Apps

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The startup--which has been supporting Windows development since May--said its latest version, 0.10.0 READ MORE>>.

SGN Names Yguado President

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Los Angeles-based game developer > SGN announced this morning that it has named Josh Yguado as President of the company. READ MORE>>.

Surf Air Gets (Slight) Competition From BlackJet

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A new, Silicon Valley-based airline--backed by Ashton Kutcher--emerged today, with its eyes on the Silicon Valley to Los Angeles route being targeted by Los Angeles-based Surf Air. The new startup, BlackJet , is apparently looking to run passengers from San Francisco to L.A. READ MORE>>.

RewardTag Helps Users Recover Lost Devices

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If you've ever lost a cell phone, camera, or other electronic device, you know how hard it is to find it again--and how low the odds are of actually having a stranger find it and return it to you. Hermosa Beach startup, RewardTag is looking to solve that problem, by letting users reward people who return those lost devices to the owner. READ MORE>>.

RightScale Adds New Customers

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Santa Barbara-based cloud deployment software developer RightScale said Thursday that it has added three new customers, bringing its total number of software-as-a-service providers to more than 100. Impact of hte various deals was not disclosed. RightScale's products work in public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. READ MORE>>.

NantHealth Gets Funding From Verizon

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Size of the funding was not disclosed. NanHealth said it will use the funding to "accelerate innovation" at the company. READ MORE>>.