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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

Dog-Walking App Wag Lands $300M from SoftBank, New CEO

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On-demand dog-walking app Wag landed a $300 million commitment from the SoftBank Vision Fund and announced former LifeLock executive Hilary Schneider as the company’s new chief executive

L.A. Tech Wages Rising Fastest in the Nation

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Los Angeles County tech wages are growing faster than the earnings of tech employees in the nation’s other big cities, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled in a report by downtown real estate investment firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 2: Science Closes $75 Million Fund

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Science closes $75 million fund; Elon Musk’s Boring Co. sells all its flamethrowers; and Snapchat is selling hats and sweatshirts inside its app

Tuition.io Raises $7 Million

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Student loan management program Tuition.io of Santa Monica announced Thursday it raised a $7 million Series B round

Sony Pictures Television to Acquire Funimation Productions Ltd.

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Sony Pictures Television has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Texas-based Funimation Productions Ltd., a distributor of Japanese anime content, valuing the company at about $150 million

Vubiquity to Be Acquired for $224 Million by Amdocs

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Software developer Amdocs announced on Jan. 31 that it entered into an agreement to acquire Burbank video distribution services company Vubiquity for $224 million in cash

Silicon Beach Report Oct. 18: LAEDC Includes 9 Sites in L.A. Region Bid for Amazon’s Second Headquarters

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LAEDC includes 9 sites in L.A. region bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, crypto venture firm Blockchain Capital raising $150 million for two funds, and Snap partners with Discovery, Eurosport for Olympics coverage

L.A. Startups Received $369 Million in Seed Funding in 2016

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Seed-stage companies in Los Angeles received a total of $369 million in funding in 2016, according to report from Venice tech accelerator Amplify.LA.

Silicon Beach Report Feb. 5: Fair Raises $50 Million and Acquires Rental Car Delivery Service Skurt

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Fair raises $50 million and acquires rental car delivery service Skurt; Global Eagle submits overdue SEC filings; and Hulu says Super Bowl live-streaming outage was caused by program-extension glitch

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AEG Invests in E-sports Team Immortals

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E-sports is finding a home in downtown. Anschutz Entertainment Group announced an investment in e-sports franchise Immortals that makes it a team owner and home-venue operator for the team

Cover Raises $1.6 Million to Build Prefab Structures for Homes

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Cover Technologies Inc., a prefab building company that designs and manufactures backyard studios, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding, according to a statement released Tuesday

Snap and Time Warner Sign $100 Million Content Deal

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Snap Inc. and Time Warner Inc. announced a global partnership to develop made-for-Snap shows over the next two years. The deal, reportedly valued at $100 million, will include both entertainment and advertising content

New Alternative Restaurant Delivery App Launches in Los Angeles.

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Some local restaurants are trying a new alternative to delivery to bring in customers with an app that launched in Los Angeles County Tuesday

German Grocer Aldi Partners with Instacart to Offer Delivery in L.A.

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The stakes of the grocery delivery wars have just been raised. German discount grocer Aldi Inc. announced Monday that it plans to debut a grocery delivery service through Instacart in Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta later this month. Aldi, which mainly sells products with its own label, has almost 1,700 stores in 35 states, according to a press release. About 15 of its stores are in L.A. County

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Professional Certifications for Independent Contractors

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Professional certifications can increase credibility, boost confidence, and help differentiate your services. Here are 9 professional certifications to consider

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Augmented Reality Company Daqri Begins Shipping Smart Glasses

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Augmented reality company Daqri of downtown Los Angeles has begun shipping its $5,000 Smart Glasses

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 29: Google to Move into Spruce Goose Hangar This Fall

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Google to move into Spruce Goose hangar this fall; Elon Musk has sold more than $4 million worth of flamethrowers; and inside Jeffrey Katzenberg’s billion-dollar bet on mobile video

Silicon Beach Report: Meg Whitman Tapped as Chief Executive of Katzenberg’s WndrCo

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Meg Whitman tapped as chief executive of Katzenberg’s WndrCo; Snap’s VP of product to leave company; and SpaceX conducts Falcon Heavy static fire test

City of Los Angeles Launches Cyberattack Warning Center

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Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the launch of the Los Angeles Cyber Lab, a public-private data-sharing center for alerting local businesses and residents to cyberattacks

Saudis to Invest $1B in Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit

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The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia said Thursday it had reached a non-binding memorandum of understanding to invest $1 billion in space tourism company Virgin Galactic

Scott Painter’s Next Auto Venture Secures $1 Billion Debt, Equity Funding

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Fair, a flexible car ownership startup launched by Scott Painter, announced it raised an undisclosed round led by BMW i Ventures with participation from Penske Automotive Group and other unnamed investors

High-End Drone Tech Finds Way

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How domestic drone makers can fly above offshore competitors

Silicon Beach Report May 23: Real Office Centers, Co-Working Tenants Evicted from Santa Monica Office

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Real Office Centers, co-working tenants evicted from Santa Monica office, Snapchat launches custom group stories, and Pepsi to label millions of cans with Snapchat codes

Andelman and Mullin, VC Vets, Announce New Venture

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Two veteran L.A. venture capitalists have formed Bonfire Ventures, a Brentwood VC firm focused on software for businesses

J2 Global’s Hemi Zucker to Step Down, Lead VC Firm

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J2 Global Inc. of Hollywood announced on Thursday that Chief Executive Hemi Zucker will resign on Jan. 1, 2018 to become a managing principle of venture capital firm OCV Management

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 25: Social Media Platform Greenfly Raises $8.5 Million

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Social media platform Greenfly raises $8.5 million; Songtradr raises $4 million in Series A funding round; and Apple launches patient health records app in Los Angeles

Venice’s System1 Raises $270 Million

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Venice advertising technology firm System1 announced on Monday that it had completed a $270 million financing round led by New York-based Court Square Capital Partners

Northrop Takes One Giant Leap

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Northrop Grumman could be circling more business with its deal for ATK Orbital

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Silicon Beach Report Sept. 5: Velocify Acquired for $128 Million

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Velocify acquired for $128 million, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy completes first-stage test, and car shopping and lending app Fair launches in Los Angeles

County Looks to Lead on Amazon Headquarters Proposal

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The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. and L.A. County Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas want the county to spearhead regional efforts to attract Seattle-based Amazon Inc.’s s second headquarters, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by the Business Journal

Pay Gap Widens Between Women and Men in Los Angeles Tech Industry

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The pay gap between women and men in tech jobs in Los Angeles widened 15.5 percent on average for the time period of 2011 to 2015 compared with the previous five years, according to an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 22: PacketFabric Raises $25 Million from NantCaptial

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PacketFabric raises $25 million from NantCaptial, SpaceX Falcon Heavy testing delayed by government shutdown and organic perfumer Skylar Body raises $3 million