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PodcastOne is launching LaunchpadDM, a free hosting platform for independent podcasters

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PodcastOne , the celebrity podcasting network from the founder of radio powerhouse WestwoodOne, is launching a free hosting platform for podcasters.

Fortnite World Cup has handed out $30 million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture

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New THC and CBD infused beverage company, Cann, joins the race to replace booze

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Cann , a Los Angeles-based purveyor of CBD and THC-infused intoxicants, is rolling out its first major distribution through the venture-backed delivery service Eaze as it begins to hit the streets in California.

Earbuds lets audiences stream the playlists of athletes, entertainers and each other

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Earbuds , a new startup from Austin founded by former Detroit Lions lineman Jason Fox, wants to bring the power of social media to your eardrums.

Relativity is building a 3D-printing rocket manufacturing hub in Mississippi

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The future of rocket manufacturing has touched down in Mississippi. At NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center , nestled in Hancock County, Miss.,

India’s Haptik acqui-hires Los Angeles startup Convrg in international expansion push

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Mumbai-based Haptik, which operates a conversational AI platform , has already won several high profile clients in India. Now the five-year-old firm, with newly found significant capital in the bank , is attempting to replicate its success in international markets.

Marcus Hutchins, malware researcher and ‘WannaCry hero,’ sentenced to supervised release

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Marcus Hutchins, the malware researcher who became known as an “accidental hero” for stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017, has been sentenced to supervised release for one year on charges of making and selling the Kronos banking malware. Presiding Judge J. Stadtmueller described Hutchins, 25, as a “talented” but “youthful offender” in remarks in federal court in Milwaukee Friday.

A new Tesla Model S can now drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge

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Tesla has announced that it has extended the range of its Model S vehicle to 370 miles and Model X to 325 miles on a single charge — extending the range of its flagship car to make the trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge. .

Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

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One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area’s elite.

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

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When Ezra first launched about six months ago, the company was using magnetic resonance imaging machines to test for prostate cancer in men. But the company’s founder, Emi Gal, always had a larger goal.

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

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Tesla will pull back the curtains and unveil its Model Y crossover vehicle at an event in Los Angeles on March 14th, according to a tweet from chief executive Elon Musk. Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 3, 2019.

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In SF, tech crumbled the American dream — LA can do better

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Damian Bradfield. Contributor. Damian Bradfield is the president, CMO and founding partner of WeTransfer , the company that designs tools for the creative process. His upcoming book, The Trust Manifesto, about trust in the era of big data, will be released on October 4th. In the summer of 2018, parts of San Francisco’s public utilities turned gold.

Doctours offers packaged medical tourism for U.S. customers

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Doctours , a Los Angeles-based online platform for booking trips and treatments for medical and dental care around the world, is expanding its services to 35 countries.

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Using Spotify and Netflix payments to build your credit score? Grow Credit has a service for that.

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Can subscriptions and everyday payments be used to help build or rebuild a credit score? The Los Angeles-based Grow Credit thinks so.

Fifty years of the internet

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Leonard Kleinrock. Contributor. Share on Twitter. Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

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Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. Let’s take a quick moment to catch up.

Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a space industry accelerator in Los Angeles

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With the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC and the Israel Aerospace Industries company, Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching an accelerator focused on the space industry in Los Angeles.

Ordermark, the online-delivery order management service for restaurants, raises $18 million

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Los Angeles-based Ordermark , the online delivery management service for restaurants founded by the scion of the famous, family-owned Canter’s Deli, said it has raised $18 million in a new round of funding. The round was led by Boulder-based Foundry Group.

Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks to launch an open source VFX render manager

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Google today announced that it has partnered with Sony Pictures Imageworks , Sony’s visual effects and animation studio, to launch OpenCue , an open source render manager.

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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. Tesla requires a $2,500 deposit to complete the order for the all-electric vehicle, according to information posted on its website.

The future of car ownership: Cars-as-a-service

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Car shoppers now have several new options to avoid long-term debt and commitments. Automakers and startups alike are increasingly offering services that give buyers new opportunities and greater flexibility around owning and using vehicles. Cars-as-a-Service.

Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

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The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund.

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

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Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly?

The next big restaurant chain may not own any kitchens

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If investors at some of the biggest technology companies are right, the next big restaurant chain could have no kitchens of its own.

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. Read More. Apps TC Transportation Uber VTOLs flying taxis ride hailing Los Angeles

VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

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In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ ’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.”

Meet Lumi, the Los Angeles startup that just raised $9 million for a packaging business

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Alongside co-founder and longtime partner Stephan Ango, Jesse Genet has built a business with Lumi that’s already been profitable, and has just raised $9 million in venture funding to boost its growth. Read More.

Delane Parnell’s plan to conquer amateur esports

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Most of the buzz about esports focuses on high-profile professional teams and audiences watching live streams of those professionals. What gets ignored is the entire base of amateurs wanting to compete in esports below the professional tier.

Beyond Meat prices its public offering

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Beyond Meat , the meat replacement company whose packages of Beyond Burgers line grocery store aisles across America, has priced its initial public offering.

‘Socially Inept,’ a comedy startup founded by Microsoft employees, roasts tech bros

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Everyone gets a kick out of mocking the quintessential San Francisco techie, Patagonia vest and all. ‘ Socially Inept ,’ a new traveling comedy cohort, is making a business out of it. The group has been roasting the tech scene in hubs across the U.S., including Seattle, where the company is based, as well as Los Angeles, Austin and San Francisco, since last summer. It’s made out of current and former techies themselves.

Ford-owned Spin is bringing a tougher electric scooter to dozens of cities

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Spin, the electric scooter company acquired by a Ford subsidiary for around $100 million , is launching a new electric scooter with a sturdier frame, improved braking system, bigger tires and longer-range battery. In short, this third-generation product is built to handle the kind of abuse that a shared dockless scooter is subjected to on a daily basis. It’s also designed to be more secure. The company has added custom security screws that were developed to thwart vandalism and tampering.

Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Upfront Ventures , a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund.

The team behind Baidu’s first smart speaker is now using AI to make films

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The HBO sci-fi blockbuster Westworld has been an inspiring look into what humanlike robots can do for us in the meatspace.

Snapchat will make Los Angeles a stronger tech hub

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If you were to write a history of Silicon Valley, you could do it by looking at a series of major diaspora.

Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

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One of Europe’s most popular fitness applications is poised to flourish in the U.S. market with the help of several Los Angeles-based investors. Freeletics , headquartered in Munich, Germany, is today announcing its first round of private capital after bootstrapping since 2013.

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