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Video Interview: Dane Rudy, Leo Aerospace

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Our video interview today is with Dane Rudy , the CEO and founder of Leo Aerospace (www.leoaerospace.com), a startup in the space industry, which is developing delivery systems for CubeSat satellites. READ MORE>>.

Video Interview: Dr. Paul Witman, California Luthern University

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Our video interview today is with Dr. Paul Witman , Director of the MS-Information Technology Program at California Lutheran University (www.clu.edu), which recently added a new cybersecurity certificate to its program. READ MORE>>.

Alexa Can Now Order You A Chipotle Burrito

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Newport Beach-based fast food chain Chipotle is making it easier for you to order its burritos and other items, through a new link into Amazon Alexa , the company said on Thursday. Chipotle said that it has launched a Chpotle skill for Alexa, which allows its members to reoder their favorite meals for either delivery or pickup. According to Chipotle, users can download Amazon Alexa and enable the Chipotle skill, and link their Chipotle profile and reorder at any time.

ringDNA Adds AI-Powered Sales Coaching

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Los Angeles-based ringDNA , which develops artificial intelligence software for the sales market, has added a new sales coaching product that uses artificial intelligence to help improve sales teams. According to ringDNA, its new conversational intelligence product, ConversationAI, provides sales talking points, call context, social etiquette, sentiment, and other various techniques that win more deals, based on its analysis of over more than 130 mimllion sales conversations.

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SpaceX Starship Prototype Reportedly Explodes In Texas

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A prototype of a SpaceX Starship, which is undergoing testing in Texas, reportedly exploded during pressure testing on Wednesday afternoon.

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Video Interview: Karen Caswelch, SciArt Software

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Our interview today is with Karen Caswelch , the CEO of SciArt Software (www.sciartsoftcom), a startup developing design software for the aerospace industry. We spoke with Karen at the recent Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.

Video Interview: Noramay Cadena, MiLA Capital

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Our video interview today is with Noramay Cadena , a venture capitalist and partner at MiLA Capital , a seed and incubation stage investor based in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>. noramay cadena mila capital venture investment hardware electronics

Rocket Lab Puts Seven More Satellites Into Space

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Huntington Beach-based Rocket Lab successfully put seven more satellites into space early Friday morning from its launch site in New Zealand, in the company's tenth launch. Rocket Lab launched another of its Electron rockets into space at 6:18am PST, in a mission it called "Running Out of Fingers".

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Another Payload To ISS

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched yet another payload to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, launching a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and launchpad SLC-40. The SpaceX Dragon is delivering science investigations, supplies and equipment. The SpaceX CRS-19 mission is delivering 5,700 pounds of supplies and payloads to the ISS.

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Wave Neuroscience Acquires Newport Brain Research Laboratory

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Newport Beach-based Wave Neuroscience , a newly formed startup, says it has acquired a number of assets from Newport Brain Research Laboratory (NBRL), along with "many different onshore and offshore holding companies" owned by NBRL, as part of its efforts to provide non-invasive neuromodulation technology. The company said it is focused on brain health, and treating Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Qualcomm Ties With Niantic, Maker of Pokemon Go, For AR Efforts

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has launched a new chip for the augmented reality / virtual reality market, saying this week at the Snapdragon Tech Summit that it has also linked with Pokemon Go creator Niantic , as part of an effort to in the augmented reality market.

Interview with Jon Grishpul, GreatBuildz

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How do you find a good contractor for your home remodeling project? Encino-based GreatBuildz (www.greatbuildz.com) says it's a high touch, concierge service. For our interview today, we talked with CEO and co-founder Jon Grishpul about the startup, which offers up its services for free to homeowners in the Los Angeles area. What is GreatBuildz? Jon Grishpul: GreatBuildz is a free service, where we help homeowners find reliable, vetted general contractors, and provide support during the project.

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Video Interview: Jenny Collins, Novo Space

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Our video interview today is with Jenny Collins , the CEO and Co-founder of Novo Space , a company making it easier to launch electronics into space. Novo Space was part of the Techstars Starbust Space Accelerator in Los Angeles in 2019. READ MORE>>.

Video Interview: Federico Pomi and Andreas Ballarini, Fabrica

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Our video interview today is with Federico Pomi and Andreas Ballarini, Fabrica, a startup in the Techstars LA 2019 Class focused on real estate transactions. Fabrica was one of the companies that pitched at Techstars LA Demo Day on Tuesday at the El Rey. READ MORE>>.

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Factual Adds New Loyalty Prediction Features

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Los Angeles-based location data provider Factual says it has added a new feature which uses machine learning, to predict and target audiences based on expected loyalty and visitation patterns. According to Factual, its new Predictive Audiences and Loyalty Audiences uses visitation pattern anlysis to help marketers target audiences. The company said the new product includes more than 100 ready-to-use audience segments in every vertical, including auto, retail and QSR (quick serve restaurants).

Yardi Extends Online Purchasing Software To Canada

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Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi announced this week that it has extended Yardi Marketplace, its online purchasing software for maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, to Canada. According to Yardi, the software which is part of the Yardi Procure to Pay Suite--simplifies purchasing from online catalogs, as well as major retailers like Acklands-Grainger, HD Supply, Veritiv, and others. READ MORE>>.

Weyo Rolls Out New App, Oddlife

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Los Angeles-based Weyo , which develops interactive titles for the children's market, says it has rolled out a new original app, based on the preschool show The Oddbods Show. According to Weyo, its new app, the Oddbods 'Oddlife' , is aimed at stimulating play and learning for preschoolers. The new title follows the earlier release of Weyo's first app, Sesame Street Yourself, last month. Weyo said the new title uses Apple's ARKit3 augmented reality (AR) technology.

Snap Pitches Spectacles As Filmmaking Tool

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Santa Monica-based Snap , the parent company of Snapchat , is still on a quest to make its fancy (and expensive) 3D image capturing Spectacles sunglasses a hit, and is now pitching the $380 Spectacles 3 as a film-making tool. According to Snap, it has funded and is now promoting a short film, "Duck Duck", which was made "to explore storytelling in 3D". Snap--which is streaming the short film on its Spectacles website, was created with its Spectacles 3 and its dual-HD cameras.

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Report: Tinder, Other Apps Not Screening For Sex Offenders

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A new report, published this morning, says that Los Angeles-based Tinder --as well as many other dating and hookup apps--has a big problem, in that they are not screening for registered sex offenders. According to the report, from Buzzfeed, a spokesperson for Tinder's parent company, match, acknowledged that "There are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products." READ MORE>>. tinder dating match rape crime criminal legal

Puma Biotechnology Extends License Deal

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Los Angeles-based biopharmaceuticals developer Puma Biotechnology , which is developing treatments for breast cancer, says it has extended a license agreement it has with Pierre Fabre , to cover commercial rights in the Middle East, South Africa, Sudan, and Turkey. Pierre Fabre already had the exclusive rights to develop and commercialize its lead compound, NERLYNX, within Europe and parts of Africa.

Interview with Clint Brauer, Greenfield Robotics

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How do you reduce or eliminate the huge amount of chemicals farmers need today in farming for crops such as corn, soybean, or milo -- and help overcome the growing resistance of weeds to those chemicals? Greenfield Robotics (greenfieldrobotics.com), is a startup, split between Los Angeles and Kanasas, which is working on robotic systems which make it possible for farmers to remove their reliance on chemical sprays.

Video Interview: Jakob vanZyl, Hydrosat

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Our video interview today is with Jakob vanZyl , the co-founder and CEO of Hydrosat (www.hydrosat.com), a startup developing satellites to monitor the moisture of every spot on earth, at high resolution, every four days. READ MORE>>.

Video Interview: Calvin Selth, PledgeLA

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Our video interview today is with Calvin Selth , Program Lead for AnnenbergTech at the Annenberg Foundation, part of PledgeLA , an effort to make change in the tech industry and a commitment to better reflect, support, and leverage the creativity and diversity that is Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.

VICE Digs Into Ring

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In a three part series, VICE has decided to dig into the background and history of Santa Monica-based Ring , and how the company--and founder, Jamie Siminoff--turned the device into one of the most successful electronics products out there today, in addition to digging into the controversy behind the company's cozy relationship with law enforcement.

AWS Opens New Los Angeles Zone

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Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing service of Amazon, has launched anew Los Angeles zone, which will give local customers and companies much faster access to the AWS cloud. According to AWS, the new zone will provide very low latency (single-digit millisecond) access to application access from Los Angeles and other locations in Southern California.

Accel Robotics Finds $30M For Automated Convenience Stores

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San Diego-based Accel Robotics , which is developing technology to enable automated, robotic convenience stores where users can simple enter, grab items, and have the payment for those items automatically charged--without a need for a cashier--has raised $30M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by SoftBank Group Corp.

QAD Precision Wins British Car Parts Company

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Santa Barbara-based QAD Precision , the division of QAD which develops global trade management and transportation execution software, has scored a win with British car parts company Rimmer Bros. Financial impact of the win were not announced. QAD Precision said that Rimmer BRos. will use its Transportation Execution and Transportation Analytics product for its global retail operations. READ MORE>>. precision british parts software enterprise

Riot Pays $10M To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

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Los Angeles-based videogame developer Riot Games has agreed to pay at least $10M to settle a gender discrimination, class action lawsuit, which had been filed in November of 2018. According to the LA Times, court documents show that there are approximately 1,000 women who worked for Riot since November of 2014 who are part of that class action lawsuit, who will be entitled to a payment from the $10M settlement.

Postscript Picks Up $4.5M

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Los Angeles-based Postscript , a provider of enterprise SMS marketing software for the Shopify platform, has raised $4.5M in a funding round, the company announced this morning. The funding came from Y Combinator, Accomplice, 1984vc, and Ali Capital plus angels Paul English (founder of Kayak), Kevin Hale (founder of Wufoo), Mathilde Collin (founder of Front), Andrew Bialecki (founder of Klaviyo), Elias Torres (founder of Drift), and Eric Rea and Dennis Steele (founders of Podium).

Podcorn Launches Podcast Advertising Platform

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Los Angeles-based Podcorn , a venture-backed startup offering up native podcast advertising and matching, has launched its platform, saying that its platform will help advertisers discover and run native ads on podcasts. The startup--led by David Kiezkowski and Agnes Kozera, the former founders of Famebit--said it is looking to help the 85 percent of podcasters who are not monetizing their podcasts, through connecting those podcasters to brand partners.

AutoVitals Gets Private Equity Investment

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Goleta-based AutoVitals , which develops software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for the automotive repair and maintenance software business, has raised a round of private equity, the company recently announced, from private equity investor Tritium Partners. According to AutoVitals, the strategic growth investment will go to expand and enhance its offerings. As part of the investment, the company said it named a new CEO, Jon Belmonte, to lead the company.

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Airgain Loses CFO

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San Diego-based Airgain , a developer of antenna technology for the wireless networking market, has lost its CFO. According to Airgain, Anil Doradla, its CFO, will be leaving on November 30th "to pursue other opportunities". The company said its board of directors has launched an executive search for a replacement. Doradla has been at Airgain for less than two years. READ MORE>>. airgain wireless networking antenna technology network executive

Honey Acquired By PayPal For $4 Billion

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In one of the biggest acquisitions out of Southern California's technology startup industry in recent years, Los Angeles-based Honey Science Corporation , which develops a savings discovery and price tracking tool, has been acquired by PayPal , in a deal worth approximately $4 billion. PayPal said the acquisition will help it in its efforts in digital commerce, and add an "extensive" set of consumer commerce capabilities to the company. Honey was founded in 2012 by George Ruan and Ryan Hudson.

SpaceX Plans Launch Of 60 More Starlink Satellites Today

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is getting set to launch 60 additional Starlink satellites today, with a target launch of 6:56 a.m. PST, from its lauchpad at Cape Canaveral. According to SpaceX, the new set of Starlink satellites will fly on a previously flown Falcon 9, along with a previously flown fairing. The launch will nearly double the number of Starlink satellites that SpaceX has launching into space; the company already has launched 62 satellites, the first in thousands planned by SpaceX.

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Ethereum Researcher Arrested, Charged In LA With Aiding North Korea

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A researcher behind the popular Ethereum cryptocurrency has been arrested in Los Angeles, and charged with helping North Korea to evade sanctions, according to CNN on Tuesday. The researcher--Virgil Griffith--had been arrested on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport. According to a complaint from the U.S.