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L.A. Among the Finalists for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

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Los Angeles was named by Amazon as one of the 20 finalist cities for the Seattle e-commerce giant’s second headquarters

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 9: TaskUs Lands $250 Million

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TaskUs worth $500 million following latest funding round; Stamps.com stocks fall after Post Office comment; Heineken passes on Snapchat in favor of other social media outlets

Amazon to Team With L.A. Community Colleges for Cloud Computing Certificate Program

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Amazon.com Inc.’s s Amazon Web Services announced Aug. 9 that it will collaborate with the California Cloud Workforce Project (CA Cloud) and 19 community colleges in Los Angeles County to offer a regional cloud computing certificate. To date, this is the first program of its kind created by Amazon and local colleges

Cesppa Closes $1.5 Million Seed Round

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Cheviot Hills-headquartered anti-hacking startup Cesppa Inc. closed a $1.5 million seed round July 26, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing

Tesloop Ride Sharing Service Expands

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Long-haul commuting is better in a Tesla. That’s the theory behind Tesloop of Culver City, a car service which ferries passengers on highway trips between 50 miles and 200 miles around Southern California in Tesla Inc.’s s Model X or Model S cars

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 16: Tech Investor Sues AT&T Claiming ‘SIM Swap’ Scam

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Cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin sues AT&T over “SIM swap” scam; Cargomatic raises $35M in series B round; Boeing acquires El Segundo-based satellite and flight-plan maker

Hackers Steal Client Data From Line 204 Studios

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Line 204, a Hollywood film and television production and rental company, said today hackers had stolen its client database. The extent of the breach is still being determined

LAFC Adds Biometric Options for Gameday Entrance

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Fans looking to enter Banc of California Stadium may soon present for a scan their fingerprint or retina instead of a physical or digital ticket

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Tinder Sues Parent Company

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Match Group dating app subsidiary Tinder Inc. has filed a lawsuit against parent company InterActiveCorp., alleging IAC purposefully undervalued the company to avoid proper payouts to executives

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 15: AuditBoard Nets $40 Million

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Risk and compliance software company AuditBoard raises $40 million; Bird, Lime lead e-scooter protest in Santa Monica; Tinder sues parent company

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Lucidity Announces $5 Million Funding Round

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Marina del Rey advertising blockchain firm Lucidity (an affiliate of KR8OS Inc.) announced Aug. 15 it completed a funding round of $5 million in total, comprised of investments from six venture capital firms

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 7: Katzenberg’s NewTV Raises $1 Billion

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Katzenberg’s short-form video project raises $1 billion; SpaceX hosting mars landing conference; Nexus Technologies acquires Cal Net

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 14: Snapchat Gives Creators AR Power

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Snapchat enlists Nicki Minaj to show how AR tools let users shop in RL; SpaceX invites guests into the Dragon X; Treyarch testing Battle Royale mode

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 13: Chrome River Inks Deal With Exxon

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Chrome River picks up ExxonMobil; Wells leaving Netflix; Bird scooters face vandalism

Facebook Alternative MeWe Raises $5.2M

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Sgrouples Inc.’s s MeWe, a Culver City social network startup that calls itself an alternative to Facebook Inc., announced July 5 it had raised $5.2 million in Series A fundraising

LegalZoom Valued at $2 Billion Following Investment

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Glendale online legal technology company LegalZoom.com Inc. announced June 30 it completed a $500 million financing round from four total investors, its second since the firm’s founding in 2001. With this investment, LegalZoom’s estimated value totals roughly $2 billion

Silicon Beach Report July 30: Two Bit Circus Acquires Arts District Warehouse for Game Space

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Two-Bit Circus comes to town to open Arts District game space; Pepperdine teams up with 2U; SRAXmd sold

GumGum Inks Deal with Jim Maui Invitational

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Santa Monica’s sports marketing firm GumGum Sports (a division of GumGum Inc.) announced Aug. 10 it signed a multi-year agreement to provide media valuation services for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational basketball tournament

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 10: Tinder Aims for $800 Million

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Tinder eyes $800-million mark this year; SpaceX investors hold steady despite Tesla drama; luxury boat online rental service OnBoat now on board in L.A.

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AeroVironment, JPL to Develop NASA Mars Drone

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AeroVironment Inc. is developing a helicopter drone that will fly on Mars

Appetize Mobile Ordering App Raises $50M From NFL and Other Investors

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Playa Vista-based developer of mobile ordering point-of-sale software Appetize Technologies Inc. announced Aug. 9 it has raised more than $50 million in funding, including approximated $10 million from the National Football League

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Otter Media Sold to AT&T

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Holding company Chernin Group announced Aug. 8 that it sold Santa Monica entertainment conglomerate Otter Media Inc. to AT&T Inc

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 8: Blockchain Startup Sagewise Raises $1.25M

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million raised by Sagewise; Blizzard teases new Diablo game; Snap reports earnings

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UpKeep Lands $10 Million in Series A

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UpKeep, a Los Angeles-based facilities maintenance company, announced $10 million in Series A funding, led by Emergence Capital. As part of the deal, Kevin Spain, a partner at Emergence, will join UpKeep’s board

Cal Net Acquired by Nexus Technologies

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Chatsworth-based Cal Net Technology Group was acquired by ABRY Partners subsidiary Nexus Technologies Inc. which does business as NexusTek) Aug. Cal Net provides managed IT solutions and will now operate as a NexusTek entity

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Silicon Beach Report June 5: ICO Watchdog Looks to Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Fraud

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East Coast accelerator brings program to Los Angeles; cryptocurrency company aims to reduce ICO fraud; Elon Musk’s tunnels approved in Hawthorne

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 3: Uproxx Media Sold to Warner Music

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Warner Music buys Uproxx Media; SpaceX sets deadline for NASA launch; Hyperloop Technologies in consideration for Cupertino line

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 2: L.A. Dodgers Launches New Youth Sports Venture

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Dodgers kicks off youth sports program; new Overwatch teams from across the county and around the world; Boeing delays Starliner capsule launch

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Blizzard’s Overwatch League Adds Two New Teams

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Santa Monica-headquartered Activision Blizzard Inc.’s s Blizzard Entertainment announced Aug. 2 that it added two new teams to its global e-sports competition, the Overwatch League

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 1: Snapchat Launches Speech Recognition

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Snapchat’s new lenses will respond to spoken cues; Pluto TV links with Vizio; scooters moratorium proposed in L.A.

Amazon to Acquire Ring for Estimated $1 Billion

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In a deal expected to be worth at least $1 billion, Amazon will acquire Ring, a Santa Monica-based startup that makes security cameras and doorbells operated through smartphones

Silicon Beach Report June 28: California Data Privacy Bill Signed Into Law

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Data privacy law signed; Fitplan raises $4.7 million; stunt robots come to Disneyland

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Logitech Inc. Acquires Blue Microphones for $117 Million

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Newark and Switzerland-based computer accessory company Logitech Inc. purchased Westlake Village microphone manufacturer Blue Microphones Holdings Corp. for $117 million in a cash deal finalized July 30