Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

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Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it’s aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020.

Uber adds LA to flying taxi test cities, demo flights slated for 2020

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Uber has inked a partnership with Nasa over its flying taxi plans and says now it's aiming to get demo flights up and running in Los Angeles by 2020. .

City of San Diego Increases Support for San Diego Startup Week 2020

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Startup San Diego is proud to announce that the City of San Diego will again be helping to fund San Diego Startup Week (SDSW) next year, increasing its funding from $35,000 to $50,000 for SDSW 2020 and ensuring the early-stage planning of our signature annual event.

Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

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link] Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020 was originally published in Both Sides of the Table on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Cancer MoonShot 2020, NantHealth Target Breast Cancer

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Culver City-based CancerMoonShot 2020 , and NantHealth said this morning that the two are taking aim at Inflammatory Breast Cancer, with a new working group focused on the disease. According to Cancer MoonShot 2020, the team includes physicians, researchers and oncology professors from across the nation, to investigate personalized, immunotherapeutic treament options for the rare disease, which is the deadliest form of breast cancer.

Cancer MoonShot 2020 Targets Head, Neck Cancers

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Cancer MoonShot 2020 , the cancer treatment and collaboration group being led by Culver City-based NantHealth, said this morning that it has created a new group specifically focused on head and neck cancer. The new Head and Neck Working Group will specifically focus on cancer-directed immunotherapy treatments for head and neck cancer, and includes scientists, physicians, and oncology professors.

Garcetti, With Eye On 2020, Takes LA Innovation Model Nationwide

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti --who may be looking to a Presidential run in 2020--is launching a new nonprofit which looks to take his pro-innovation and pro-startup approach in Los Angeles, and takes it nationwide. Garcetti has started a new nonprofit, Accelerator for America , which will help fund "innovation investments" around the U.S. Garcetti has gained a reputation in Los Angeles for his pro-growth and pro-startup efforts.

Got 2020 Clear Vision?

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As I reflect upon the past decade and get clear about my vision for my life by 2020 there are a few stories that I would like to share with you: Petunia Pickle Bottom. What effects do you want to create by 2020? Got 2020 Clear Vision? Folks over estimate what they can do in a year and under estimate what they can do in ten. No doubt you’d agree how quickly this past decade has flown by.

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Bio Roundup: Trump Health, Cholesterol Wars, 23andMe OK & More

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Trump administration health officials were out on the stump this week, talking tough about drug prices and healthcare value, encouraging the private sector to take the lead but letting everyone know the federal government is willing to push. In the debate over high drug prices, arguably no class of drug has been punished more by insurers than the new cholesterol fighters called PCSK9 inhibitors. Two came to market in 2015, chalking up relatively meager sales for their owners.

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Silicon Beach Report May 10: Snap Inc. Reports Slow User Growth, Shares Drop More Than 25 Percent

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reports slow user growth, SpaceX considering sending two Dragon capsules to Mars in 2020, and Jordan Levin named CEO of AwesomenessTV Snap Inc.

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Rocket Lab Near Completion Of First U.S. Launch Facility

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According to Rocket Lab, its facility--at Wallops Island, Virginia--is expected to host its very first launched in early 2020. Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab , the developer of small satellite launch rockets, is nearing completion of its very first launch facility in the United States, the company said this week. The launch pad, at Launch Complex 2 at the NASA facility in Virginia, will allow the company to launch U.S. government payloads.

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Tesla Model Y orders are now open

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Customers can already place an order for the Tesla Model Y, a mid-sized crossover SUV that won’t go into production until 2020. ” Under that timeline, deliveries wouldn’t begin until late 2020 or possibly early 2021.

LA-based gaming company, Scopely, expands in Spain and Ireland

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The company also plans to double its footprint in its hometown of Los Angeles in 2020. The Los Angeles-based gaming company, Scopely is expanding its geographical footprint in Spain and Ireland.

Volvo Trucks teases the all-electric semi truck it’s bringing to California in 2019

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The electric VNR, which will be based on powertrain technology used in the Volvo FE Electric, will be produced for the North American commercial vehicle market starting in 2020, the company said. The all-electric Volvo VNR will be introduced to demonstrators next year and commercialized in 2020.

Elon Musk says Tesla Model Y will be revealed at its LA design studio on March 14

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Musk has been teasing the car’s release since 2015, and in a January letter to shareholders said that high volume production would begin by the end of 2020.

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Through crowdsourcing, Cerberus Interactive wants to take location based gaming to the masses

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The commercial version of the game is expected to go live in the first quarter of 2020, says Khan. Sami Khan began his work in the startup world by marketing mobile-based investment services like Acorns.

Grindr's Chinese Owner Ordered To Sell App Over National Security Concerns

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The Chinese owner of Los Angeles-based gay dating app Grindr must sell Grindr by June of 2020, after reaching an agreement with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. the Chinese owner of Grindr, said on Monday that it reached an agreement to sell Grindr before June 30, 2020, and also prohibits the company from accessing any information about Grindr's users, or transferring any of its user data to any entities based in China.

AeroVironment Wins $45M Contract From U.S. Army

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AeroVironment said the deal was worth $45,190,811 and delivery is anticipated by January 2020. Simi Valley-based AeroVironment , which develops unmanned aerial vehicles for the defense market, has scored a $45M contract award from the U.S. Army, the company said on Monday morning. AeroVironment said the contract came from the United States Army for its Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB), and will go towards supporting the U.S.

Viasat To Power JetBlue's Airbus A220-300 Internet Service

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According to Viasat, its in-flight connectivity systems will be deployed on JetBlue's new fleet of 70 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which will begin deliver in 2020, and with an option for 50 additional aircraft. Carlsbad-based Viasat will power JetBlue's new Airbus A220-300 fleet, the company announced this morning, in an expansion of Viasat's partnership with JetBlue.

ServiceTitan Buys CUC Software

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The two said that ServiceTitan will be transitioning CUC Software's customers over to its products, but will support CUC Software's current product line until April 1, 2020. Glendale-based ServiceTitan has acquired CUC Software , a developer of business software products aimed at the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry, the company said this week. Financial details of the buy were not announced. CUC Software was based in Billings, Montana, and was founded in 1981.

Using full-body MRIs, Ezra can now detect 11 cancers in men and 13 in women

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The company is in talks with some insurance companies and expects to have some pilot projects up in the last quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2020. When Ezra first launched about six months ago, the company was using magnetic resonance imaging machines to test for prostate cancer in men.

SoFi Takes Naming Rights To New LA Chargers, LA Rams Stadium

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According to the two, they are in a 20-year agreement which will make the new stadium SoFi Stadium , which is opening in 2020 in Hollywood Park. Online finance and lending site SoFi is taking the naming rights to the new stadium which will house the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams , according to the LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park (Hollywood Park) and SoFi.

Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

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billion by 2020, the Newzoo data suggests. A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out.

IKIN Raises $5M For Augmented Reality Technology

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The company claims it will deliver its first product sometime in 2020. San Diego-based IKIN said this morning that it has launched its company, backed by $5M in seed funding, to bring personalized, 3D holograms to life. The startup--led by CEO Joe Ward--says it has created a new augmented reality technology it says will enable "immersive free-standing holograms" generated from a user's smartphone. The source of the seed funding round was not announced.

How to watch Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model Y

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More importantly, Musk is counting on the Model Y to hit the company’s goal of delivering 1 million cars by 2020.

Western Digital, Toshiba In Joint Flash Manufacturing Facility Deal

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The two said they expect the facility to be complete in the fall of calendar 2019, with production beginning in 2020. Western Digital , the disk drive and memory maker which has substantial operations in Irvine, and Toshiba Memory Corporation said last week that the two have formally agreed to a joint investment in a new, flash memory manufacturing facility in Kitakami, Japan. Financial details of the joint investment deal were not announced.

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Rivian, With Operations In Irvine, Raises $700M From Amazon For Electric Pickups

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According to Rivian, its first two vehicles--the R1T and R1S--provide over 400 miles of range, and are expected to be delivered in late 2020. Rivian , a developer of electric powered pickups and SUVs--which has significant operations in Irvine--has raised $700M in a funding round, the company announced Friday morning. The funding was led by Amazon. The company is led by founder and CEO RJ Scaringe.

Garcetti Eyes White House Run

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Eric Garcetti , the mayor of Los Angeles--and major booster of the region's growing high tech ecosystem-- is considering a possible run for President in 2020 , according to an in-depth interview with Garcetti by the New York Times, published Monday.

LA's Tech Savvy Mayor, Eric Garcetti, Likely To Skip Presidential Run

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Mayor Eric Garcetti , the Mayor of Los Angeles and a big supporter of the Greater Los Angeles area's rise to prominence in the technology startup world, is reportedly set to announced that he will not be running for President in 2020. Garcetti has been a regularly seen at local technology conferences promoting the growth of "Silicon Beach" and the rest of the LA technology ecosystem.

Ares Management Backs 200MW Wind Project For Facebook

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The new wind site is expected to go into operations sometime in 2020. Los Angeles-based private equity investor Ares Management said this morning that its Infrastructure and power strategy and Apex Clean Energy funds are backing a 200MW renewable wind power project in Texas, which will go to power operations for Facebook. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

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Spark Networks Acquires Zoosk For $255M

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Spark said it will pay $255M in a combination of cash and stock for Zoosk, split between $150M in stock (in American Depository Shares) and $95M in cash at closing, plus $10M in a deferred cash payment in December of 2020. Spark Networks , the online dating company which was started in West Los Angeles, and now has operations globally, said on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire dating site Zoosk.

LA's Tech Savvy Mayor, Eric Garcetti, Will Not Run For President

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Mayor Eric Garcetti , the Mayor of Los Angeles and a big supporter of the Greater Los Angeles area's rise to prominence in the technology startup world, announced on Tuesday evening that he will not be running for President in 2020. Garcetti has been a regularly seen at local technology conferences promoting the growth of "Silicon Beach" and the rest of the LA technology ecosystem.

Techstars Music Opens Up Apps For New Class In LA

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into 10 startups, or $120,000 each, and invite them for its 13-week program in Los Angeles starting on February 3, 2020. Techstars Music , the startup acceleration program run by Techstars in Los Angeles, is getting set to launch a new, 13-week program in Los Angeles in February, announcing on Thursday that it has opened up applications for the accelerator.

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Struggling EV firm Faraday Future gets another financial lifeline with new $225M investment

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Faraday said that it expects the JV to reach an annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles and begin selling cars by 2020. Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode , an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China.

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ABL Space Systems Finds Funding From Lockheed Martin

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The company is hoping to launch its first rocket sometime in 2020. El Segundo-based ABL Space Systems , which is developing small rocket launch vehicles, has received a strategic investment from Lockheed Martin Ventures, the company announced this morning. Size of the investment was not announced. According to ABL Space Systems, the financing will go to advance its development and test program, including a planned integrated stage test in the second half of 2019.