Intent.com Launches Wellness Site

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Santa Monica-based Intent.com said Thursday that it has launched a new web site focused on wellness and social networking. The new site fatures blog posting from Deepak Chopra, Olivia Newton John, Ed Begley Jr.,

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iRise Targets Ecommerce Sites

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The templates help online retailers work through visualization and testing of their sites, before actual coding of their web sites.

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Yonkly Creates New Microblogging Site

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Orange County-based startup Yonkly launched a beta of its site this week, focused on creating a Twitter-like, branded microblog service.

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Making Your Site Viral

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Monday, September 22, 2008 -- "Learn Specific Techniques for Making Your Site Viral" YouTube grew using viral marketing. Facebook grew using viral marketing. Digg grew using viral marketing. Your company can too. And this Mixergy Forum will show you how.

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Healthshoppr Launches Health Booking Site

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Los Angeles-based Healthshoppr , a startup developing an online appointment booking and ratings site for the healthcare market, launched its beta site Thursday. The site has launched starting with the wellness market, offering bookings of massage therapists. The site is the brainchild of Dr. Vijay Goel, who started the site out of frustration with the current healthcare market.

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You2Gov Enhances Politics Site

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The firm's site now allows users to email, write, or make calls via Skype and Jaxtr to their political representatives. Los Angeles-based You2Gov, an online social networking startup focused on politics, said this week that it has added new technology to allow its users to directly contact members of Congress. According to You2Gov, it has created a free, customized database with contact information from all of the members of the United States Congress, including the House and the Senate.

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K2 Network Upgrades Game Site

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Irvine-based K2 Network, which published video games, said late Wednesday that it has launched an improved version of the firm's GamersFirst.com game site. The site provides downloads, chat forums, and other information about K2's various games. The firm said the upgraded site adds improved navigation, an expanded marketplace for purchasing game premiums and special items, as well as news and user profile pages.

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Icanbuy Powers New Homes Site

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Santa Ana-based icanbuy, a developer of real estate related software, is powering a new model home site from the Building Industry Association of Southern California. consumer site, ModelHomeTour.com , to provide would-be new home buyers with information about home listings, floor plans, community information, and more. The new site will offer more than 25,000 new home listings in California, with an additional information in 40 other states.

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BrightQube Updates Photo Searching Site

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San Diego-based BrightQube, an angel-backed stock photo search site, has updated its web services to make it easier for photo buyers to find images. BrightQube rolled out its new web site earlier this week, adding such features as pop-up search tips, new navigation options, filtering, and other features.

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PriceGrabber's Pourzanjani Launches New Site

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According to Bestcovery.com, the new site will help consumers find the best products and services for their needs. The site features expert recommendations for health and beauty, consumer electronics, video games, computers, appliances, and more. Kamran Pourzanjani, the former CEO and co-founder of PriceGrabber.com, has surfaced at a new venture, Bestcovery.com.

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Causecast Launches Social Causes Site

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The site features videos of celebrities promoting their causes, profiles of nonprofits, and ability to donate to organizations. Los Angeles-based Causecast, a new startup focused on promoting causes and non-profits, launched this week at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco. The firm said will "harness the power of pop culture" to help social causes and non-profits.

Robertson Launches Mobile Music Search Site

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Former MP3.com founder Michael Robertson has launched a new, mobile music web site called TuneRoom , Robertson announced Monday, which will help mobile phone users search and find MP files for their cell phones. The new WAP site allows users to search for music tracks, and can automatically send MP3 tracks wirelessly to a cell phone. The new TuneRoom site uses Robertson's Sideload, which is a service of his MP3Tunes site which helps find MP3 files on the internet.

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Verve Wireless Powers Mobile Site For Zvents

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Encinitas-based Verve Wireless, a provider of software for helping publishers publish their content to mobile devices, has inked a partnership with local event search site Zvents, the firms announced today. According to the firms, Verve Wireless will provide its mobile publishing technology to Zvents, for a mobile site. Verve Wireless is backed by the Associated Press, and has a number of deals with publishers to create mobile-enabled sites from their content.

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Greenwala Launches Green Social Networking Site

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Lake Forest-based Greenwala , a new startup, launched its social networking site Wednesday, saying that it is hoping to connect people with brands focused on sustainable lifestyles. The firm said that the site will allow companies to showcase green-based products, through a network of community members who want to help others live a greener lifestyle.

MySpace Signs Advertisers For Music Site

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Los Angeles-based MySpace announced a lineup of advertisers who will be sponsoring the firm's new MySpace Music site this morning, saying that it has signed four brands who will be integrated sponsors of the site. According to MySpace, McDonald's, Sony Pictures, State Farm, and Toyota will sponsor the site, which offers music videos, track downloads, information about music, and other music-related information.

MySpace Expands Presidential Debate Site, Features

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has rolled out new tools for its MyDebates.org website, the joint effort of the firm with the Commission on Presidential Debates. Among the features of the site are a way for visitors to compare their position on issues against the candidates, widgets that can be embedded on web pages to show their positions, and live streaming and archives of the election debates.

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Buzznet Targets Tweens, Teens With New Celebrity Site

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Hollywood-based Buzznet, a venture-backed operator of social media websites, said Thursday that it has launched a new site called Just Jared Jr. The site is being launched in a partnership with Buzznet and celebrity blog Just Jared. According to Buzznet, the new site will provide tweens and teens with up-to-date and high quality pop culture and celebrity content, and is being launched as part of Buzznet's Celebuzz.com entertainment community.

Internet Brands Buys Two Web Sites, Looks To Future Acquisitions

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Los Angeles-based Internet Brands disclosed Tuesday as part of its earnings report that the firm has purchased two web sites, BensBargains.net, and GrooveJob.com. The firm also said it has acquired another unnamed site, which was completed subsequent to Q3. BensBargains.net is a discount and coupon shopping site, and becomes part of the firm's Shopping vertical; GrooveJob.com is an online jobs search site focused on part-time, seasonal, and hourly jobs.

Hard to Build Large Advertising Support Business

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With these assumptions, we would need a site that ranked fourth globally. Found this via Ben Kuo - The math behind Internet advertising businesses The advertising equivalence principle?

Skweezer Signs JumpTap

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Irvine-based Skweezer, which provides services for translating web sites to mobile phone formats, along with an advertising network, said Monday that it has partnered with JumpTap. Skweezer's technology converts any web site into a mobile-optimized format. Skweezer said that JumpTap is using the firm's white-label offering to render web sites across popular handsets. Tags: translation jumptap mobile site advertising skweezer

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Interview with Anne Walls and John Singleton, WordHustler

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WordHustler launched in May of 2008 in a beta. Writers can log into our site, upload their project, and select from over 4,000 markets, and send their work out to the world physically with a single click. In their case, people write their scripts on a web site, and when they're done, they can submit them to contests with a single click. If someone has a contest form in PDF on a web site, we can fill that out and track that submission.

Local Event Organizers Need to Adopt Social Media

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If you are an event organizer, but you don't have a system for posting attendance, then at a minimum you should post your event on Facebook and Upcoming and link to those from your site. But there's no attendee list in site. I can't find them listed on any kind of social site.

Interview with David Sacks, Geni and Yammer

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Our interview this morning is with David Sacks, CEO of Geni.com, an online family tree and social networking site, as well as Yammer, the instant messaging startup spun out of Geni.com at TechCrunch50.

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Interview with James Citron, Mogreet

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For those who haven't tried your service, tell us the story behind the site and how you started it? Why and how do people use your site? This morning, Los Angeles-based Mogreet (www.mogreet.com) announced it had raised a Series B funding round for the firm's mobile greeting services.

Choosing Internet Platforms

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Stamps.com - two back-ends - mainline service vs. marketing site. From BBM's web site: media RSS - extensions to RSS subscription format to support time based media, enclosures, copyrights and other meta-data needed for media. I'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform? A very interesting topic, especially for those of us involved in developing for start-ups.

Eventful Teams With Billboard On Concert Promotion

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Eventful said that music fans can log onto the firm's site and vote for one of a number of musical acts through its "Demand" service, in a cross promotion between the firm, Billboard, and strategic partner Ticketmaster.

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Social Networking Entreprenuerial Opportunities

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My reaction to MyCoke is that they have some pretty good content on the site, e.g., some very listenable music, but the reality is that people are unlikely to really go spend much time in that destination as a separate island. Last Saturday, I was a panelist at the CalTech - Social Networks event. It was a really good event with lots of interesting folks in attendance. I would guess that there was about 100 people - on a Saturday in Pasadena. That shows some interest in the topic.

DECA Finds Talent On YouTube

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DECA said that SMOSH has over 555,000 subscribers on YouTube, in addition to operating its own web site.

Interview with Eric Bjorndahl, TravBuddy.com

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We recently ran across TravBuddy.com (www.travbuddy.com), a Los Angeles area travel site which allows travelers to meet others, share travel reviews, photos, and more, and had thought it would be great to hear the story behind the site. What's the story on how the site started?

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Blizzard Taps Massive For Game Advertising

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Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, operator of the massively multiplayer online game "World of Warcraft," has selected Microsoft's in-game advertising subsidiary Massive fors its web sites and Battle.net online game service.

MySpace Launches Android App

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Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that the firm has launched an application for Google's Android mobile operating system.

Geni Expands Virtual Gifts

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Los Angeles-based Geni.com said today that the firm has enhanced its virtual gifts feature, the ability of the users of the family tree site to send each other birthday greetings and other gifts on the site.

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MySpace Launches Browser Toolbar

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According to MySpace, the new tool--which it developed internally--allows users to receive real-time alerts and notifications from the site. Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday that it has officially launched its new MySpace Toolbar, an add-on for Internet Explorer 6.0 and Firefox 2.0

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Geni Adds "Family Finder"

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Los Angeles-based genealogy and family networking site Geni has rolled out a new "Family Finder" feature, the firm said Friday, allowing users to import addresses from Microsoft Outlook, web email programs like Google's Gmail and Yahoo, or other sources.

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Bankaholic Acquired By Bankrate

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San Marino, California-based Bankaholic, an online site providing information about certificates of deposit, savings accounts, and money market accounts, has been acquired by Bankrate, Inc.,