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AristaMD Finds $18M In Series B Funding

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San Diego-based AristaMD , a developer of telehealth software, which allows primary care providers to conduct and document electronic medical consultations, has raised $18M in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by Cigna Ventures and MemorialCare Innovation Fund (MCIF), and also included Avalon Ventures, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund and Stanford Health Care. The company said the funding will go to towards accelerating expansion of its platform across the country.

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Overwatch League Tosses In The Towel, And Shifts Fullly Online

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The Overwatch League , the e-sports league run by Blizzard Entertainment based on its popular game, has decided to shift to an entirely online format , in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The move--not a surprise--will move all of the League's events from weeks 14-27 to a "fully online" competition and broadcast format. The League said it will make a decision later about playoffs and its Grand Finals.

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Aparavi Names VP

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Santa Monica-based Aparavi , a provider of software used for data search and automation, says it has named Matt Carpenter as its Vice President of Platform Success. Aparavi said that Carpenter will head up teams that include solution architecture, support, QA, platform integrations, operations, and partnerships.

HireRight Adds Social Media Screening

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Irvine-based HireRight , which provides employment background checks, drug testing, education verification, and other services, says it has added new social media screening, via a partnership with Fama Technologies. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Arena Pharmaceuticals Names Advisor

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San Diego-based Arena Pharmaceuticals , a pharmaceuticals developer, said today that it has named James C. Mullen as a independent senior advisor to the company. Mullen was previously CEO of Patheon N.V, a provider of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing services; he also served at Biogen and SmithKline Beecham, and serves on the boards of Insulet Corporation and Vicarius Pharma AG. He previously was also on the boards of Patheon, Biogen, and PerkinElmer. READ MORE>>.

IronOrbit Targets Migration To Remote Work

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Anaheim-based IronOrbit , which provides virtualization and cloud services for businesses, says it has geared up to help other businesses set up remotely, as a result of work-from-home measures to counter the coronavirus pandemic. The company--like many others--says it has been helping many users relocate from corporate offices to remote workspaces. The company did not say which customers it has moved nor how much it charges for its services.

Moonshots Backs Zabo In $2.5M Funding

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Moonshots Capital is the lead investor in Zabo , a developer of software which helps financial institutions link bank accounts to cryptocurrency wallets. Zabo recently raised $2.5M in funding for its cryptocurrency effort, which also included Blockchange Ventures, Castle Island Ventures, the Tezos Foundation, CoinShares, Digital Currency Group, and Capital Factory. Zabo is based in Dallas, Texas, and is led by co-founders Christopher Brown and Alex Treece.

ZipRecruiter Cuts More Than 400

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Santa Monica-based ZipRecruiter , which provides online recruiting services, has cut more than 400 employees, one of thousands of companies cutting their ranks as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company, which is led by CEO Ian Siegel, had been in the midst of an incredible expansion, having grown to more than 1,000 employees in 2018 among a strong job market.

Bird Dumps 400 Employees Via Zoom

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Santa Monica-based Bird reportedly let 400 of its employees go on Friday, via a pre-recorded Zoom meeting, according to a report. The on-demand scooter company said it laid off 30% of its staff, saying "Layoffs are never easy or comfortable to do" and saying that the layoffs were done as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zovio Boosts Hiring In San Diego

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Chandler, Arizona-based Zovio , a provider of education technology services, says it plans to boost hiring in San Diego, as well as in Chandler, Arizona and Denver, Colorado, as a result of soaring unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it provides personalized learning products for higher education institutions.

Virgin Orbit Develops Ventilator For Pandemic Response

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Long Beach-based space launch company Virgin Orbit has temporarily shifted its attention from developing rockets and its satellite launch systems, and applied its engineering skills to developing a new ventilator, designed to help in the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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LA Executive Plans "Virus Free" Retreat For The Well Heeled

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A Los Angeles-area startup executive has launched a plan for a "virus-free" luxury retreat from the world, called Harbor , saying this week that he plans to house 33 guests--all paying several thousand dollars a month--at an undisclosed location in Southern California, to allow people to wait out the coronavirus pandemic as a group.

XPRIZE Launches Pandemic Alliance To Tackle COVID-19

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Marina del Rey-based XPRIZE has launched a new effort, the XPRIZE Pandemic Allaince , which it says will help scale the impact and promise of solutions to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Acording to the group--which normally runs competitions to spur development in technology--says the new group is open to the world's innovators, clinicians, researchers, data scientists, institutions, and experts, to help push breakthroughs, research, tap into a network of supports and partners, and more.

Xencor Licenses Antibody Technology To Vir Biotechnology For COVID-19 Treatment

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Monrovia, California-based Xencor , a biopharmaceutical company which develops engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune disease, says it is extending a license for its technology to Vir Biotechnology , in use in developing antibodies to treat COVID-19, the disease cased by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Robin Games Gets $7M In Seed Funding For Women's Games

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Venice, California-based Robin Games , a startup that is developing mobile games aimed at women, has raised $7M in a seed funding round, the company said on Thursday. The funding was led by LVP, and also included 1Up Ventures, Alpha Edison, Everblue Management, firstminute Capital, Greycroft Tracker Fund, Hearst Ventures and Third Kind Venture Capital. The startup, led by Jill Wilson, says it is developing "lifestyle gaming" titles, which run on such platforms as Apple's iOS and Google Android.

Report: News/Talk Streaming Audio Grows Due To COVID-19

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , which provides technology to help the digital audio and podcasting industry with streaming and advertising, says that news and talk format streaming is growing as a result of the ongoing disruption due to COVID-19. According to Triton Digital, it saw a 14 percent increase in the share of streaming attributable to News/Talk formatted radio station, on both AM/FM streaming and station formats.

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Ingram Extends Credit, Financing To Partners Due To COVID-19 Impact

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Irvine-based technology distributor Ingram Micro says it is looking to help the many U.S. and Canadian small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) it serves, who are facing a cash crunch due to the ongoing COVID-19 disease outbreak.

Thirdwayv Bolsters Advisory Board

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Irvine-based Thirdwayv , a developer of connectivity and security products for the IoT industry, said it has named a new advisory board, adding five people to help guide the company. The group includes David C. Klonoff, M.D., the founder of Diabetes Technology Society; David Kleidermacher; Google's Vice President of Engineering and former Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry; Raafat Fahim, Ph.D, president of REFF Consulting and former president and CEO of Nabi Biopharmaceuticals; Michale L.

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Chipotle Shifts eSports Competition Online

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Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill says it is shifting its eSports competition, the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series , into an online tournament format. The eSports tournament--which was in person in Dallas, Texas last year--will include both professional gamers and celebrities, and will offer up $50,000 in prizes and free Chipotle for a year. The company said the eSports tournament will have a finale on April 25th, which will be broadcast on Twitch and YouTube.

Seek Thermal Rolls Out Temperature Screening System

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Santa Barbara-based Seek Thermal , which develops thermal imaging products, says it has rolled out a new, low-cost thermal imaging system which automates temperature screening using skin temperature. The company said its new product, Seek Scan, delivers accurate skin temperature measurements, automatically detecting faces, and alerts if someone is warmer than a customizable alarm temperature.

GoodRx Launches Marketplace For Online Doctor's Visits

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Santa Monica-based online healthcare marketplace operator GoodRx , which operates online marketplaces for prescriptions, doctors, and other healthcare services, is expanding its marketplace to include online doctor's visits (telehealth). The company said the GoodRx telehealth marketplace will make it easier for patients to find online medical providers. GoodRx said the service will let patients compare prices, review prescription delivery options and receive discounts.

HyperX Ships New Product, ChargePlay Clutch for Mobile

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX , the gaming product division of Kingston Technology, says it has shipped a new product, the ChargePlay Clutch for mobile. The gaming controller uses the Qi wireless cahrging standard and a detachable battery pack. HyperX said the new product is available for $59.99 MSRP, through both its own online store as well as Amazon. The company said the new gaming controller also support USB charging, and fits most smart phones. READ MORE>>.

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Slingshot Aerospace Gets $3M

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Los Angeles-based Slingshot Aerospace , a developer of software which combines satellite, aerial, drone and other data, has raised $3.0M in a combination of venture capital and a Small Business Innnovation Research contract, the company said on Thursday. According to the company, it received $1.5M in funding from ATX Venture Partners and Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, and $1.5M from the U.S. Air Force via the SBIR contract.

3Diligent Aims To Coordinate 3D Printer Response To Pandemic

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El Segundo-based 3D printing services provider 3Diligent says it is looking to help coordinate digital manufacturing and 3D printing efforts to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers, as a severe shortage of the protective equipment has emerged in the United States. The company said it will offer up its Shopsight ERP software for free to both companies and individuals, and coordinate rapid manufacturing of PPE to meet demand.

Cloudbreak Integrates With Zoom

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Los Angeles-based telemedicine provider Cloudbreak Health , which provides telemedicine and video medical interpretation services, says it has integrated the popular Zoom video conferencing service into its telemedicine platform. According to the company, the integration makes it easier for healthcare providers to access its services, including secure, live remote interpretation in roughly 250 languages.

Inseego Pushes Wireless Devices For Working From Home

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San Diego-based Inseego , which develops 5G and Internet-of-Things technology used for asset tracking, connectivity, and similar applications, is again embracing its roots in the mobile hotspot market.

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Verizon To Provide LA Students With Free, Unlimited Internet

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Verizon and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) say that they will provide students with free, unlimited Internet connectivity to students who currently have no access to the Internet from home, as part of a plan to make sure students can continue learning even as the LAUSD has closed its campuses, the two said this week. Financial details of the deal between LAUSD and Verizon were not disclosed by the companies.

SpaceX Parachute Test Issue Likely To Delay Crew Launch

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The recent issue during a parachute test of the SpaceX Crew Dragon is likely to cause a delay to the plans of the Hawthorne, California-based company to launch astronauts the International Space Station, according to a report on Wednesday. According to a report from Parabolic Arc, an abnormal condition early in March during a parachute test for the Crew Dragon potentially delays the SpaceX launch to the ISS until June.

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Green Dot Names New CEO

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Pasadena-based Green Dot Corporation , the provider of banking services--which is best known for its prepaid debit cards--said it has named Dan Henry as the company's Chief Executive Officer. Henry also will join the company's board. Henry was previously CEO of Netspend, another provider of prepaid debit cards, where he was until 2014; Henry had also been involved in Netspend's IPO in 2010. Henry also was the co-founder of Euronet Worldwide, is chairman of Paysign Inc.,

AWM Smart Shelf Launches Automated Market In OC

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Santa Ana-based AWM Smart Shelf (Adroit Worldwide Media), which develops computer vision and machine learning technology, says it has opened up its very first "autonomous micromarket" in Santa Ana, which lets residents of the Nineteen01 luxury apartment community shop for sodas, water, juice, food, and more--all without the need for a clerk.

Catasys Sees Surge In Telehealth Enrollment Due To Pandemic

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Santa Monica-based Catasys , a provider of artificial intelligence and technology-enabled healthcare products used for telehealth services, says it is seeing a surge in enrollment in its programs, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the company, it is surpassing a weekly rate of 500 member enrollments for the month of March for its OnTrak programs. The company says it historically sees approximately $6,500 net revenue per enrolled member.

Seqster Gets Investment From Takeda

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San Diego-based Seqster , which develops software used f[link] health data management, said today that it has received an investment from Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Size of the investment was not announced. According to Seqster, it will use the new funding to accelerate adoption of its technology, which is used for managing clinical trials and patient engagement. Seqster is led by Ardy Arianpour.

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SpaceX Employee, Healthcare Contractor Both Test Positive For COVID-19

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An employee of Hawthorne-based SpaceX , as well as an on-site health care provider at the SpaceX headquarters, have tested positive for COVID-19 , sending a number of employees into quarantine, according to a report from CNBC. Accordnig to CNBC, SpaceX is asking the employees it sent home to remain in quarantine for 14 days. The on-site health care provider, One Medical, reportedly is asking all of its healthcare providers showing symptoms to stay home and get tested immediately.

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Flowspace Offers Up Free Storage To Nonprofits, Others Managing Pandemic

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Los Angeles-based Flowspace , which offers up a nationwide network of fulfillment centers for storage and delivery of products, says it will offer up one month of free storage and inbound transportation to nonprofits and organizations which are helping with relief efforts. The company said that it aims to help with the distribution of such critical materials as masks, soaps, hand sanitizers, gloves and medical equipment.

Feet First Entertainment Launches New Virtual Event For Remote Employees

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Culver City-based Feet First Events , which runs corporate team building events, says it has launched a new "virtual game" aimed at helping businesses adapt their teams to working remotely. According to the company--which normally runs in-person, corporate team building events--its new "Cyber Sleuths" virtual game uses video and web-conferencing platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Team, Google Hangouts learn the tools to succeed working remotely for the first time.