Minecraft Creator Buys $70M Mansion in Beverly Hills


In the latest, technology-driven real estate deal in Los Angeles, the creator of Minecraft --Markus "Notch" Persson--has spent $70M for a giant mansion in Beverly Hills. minecraft mansion beverly hills markus persson realestate real estate Persson recently sold Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion dollars.

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Fandango Plans Move To New Office In Beverly Hills


Olympic Boulevard, to a new office in Beverly Hills, the company said this week. fandango beverly hills relocation content hollywood streaming movie tickets ticketingLos Angeles-based Fandango says it is planning to move its office, currently on W. According to Fandango, the move will happen sometime in mid-2017, with the company occupying the top two floors of the four story building at 407 Maple Drive.

Minecraft Founder's New Beverly Hill Mansion, In Minecraft


The latest, high tech mogul to set up in Los Angeles is Markus "Notch" Persson , the creator of Minecraft, after he paid $70M for a huge mansion in Beverly Hills. video estate real realestate persson markus hills beverly mansion minecraft

Realty Mogul Gets $9M For Real Estate Crowdfunding


Beverly Hills-based Realty Mogul , a startup which operates an online marketplace for pooling together investor funds to buy investment property, has raised $9M in a Series A funding, the company said this week. The funding was led by Canaan Partners. Realty Mogul is led by Jilliene Helman. Realty Mogul helps connect investors with real estate firms, accrediting investors and helping them to browse different investment opportunities. READ MORE>>.

William Morris Gets Exit At Chaotic Moon


Beverly Hills-based William Morris Endeavor , the talent agency and sometime investor in technology startups, has seen an exit out of its venture activity this morning, over at Chaotic Moon. Chaotic Moon and Accenture said this morning that Chaotic Moon has been acquired by Accenture, to help boot Accenture Interactive. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. William Morris made a strategic investment in Chaotic Moon back in March of 2013. READ MORE>>.

Squeegy Officially Debuts On-Demand Car Wash Service In LA


The company--which launched a pilot program in Santa Monica in August--said it now is offering up its service in Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Venice, West LA, Westchester and Westwood. Los Angeles-based Squeegy , an on-demand, car wash service, said Wednesday that it has officially launched its service in Los Angeles.

Flywheel Expands Across LA


Mobile taxi summoning app developer Flywheel is expanding its coverage area in Los Angeles today, saying that it will now provide coverage in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Culver City as well as the Westside and the South Bay. The company is working with Bell Cab, United Independent taxi, and Beverly Hills Cab Company to provide taxi service in the Southland.

Platinum Equity Bumps Offer For Electro Rent To $382M


Beverly Hills-based private equity investor Platinum Equity announced this morning that it has bumped its offer for Van Nuys-based Electro Rent to $15.50 per share in cash, up from an earlier, $13.12 per share offer. The new price bumps the total value of the deal to approximately $382.2M. According to Platinum Equity, the increased offer comes due to a receipt by Electro REnt of an unsolicited, third party acquisition proposal.

Kairos Venture Partners Raises $74.6M In New Fund


Beverly Hills-based Kairos Venture Partners , a venture capital investment firm that specifically focuses on commercialization of scientific discoveries, has raised $74.6M as part of an ongoing fundraising effort for its second fund, Kairos Venture Partners II, LP. The funding was disclosed via a regulatory filing. That filing says that Kairos Venture Partners is targeting a total of $150M in the new fund, which so far has 47 Limited Partners.

Postcard on the Run Links With Hotel Group


According to the Viceroy Hotel Group , which operates hotels and resorts in Abu Dhabi, Anguilla, Beverly Hills, Miami, New York, Palm Springs, Riviera Maya, Santa Monica, Snowmass, St.

RealD Acquires MasterImage 3D


Beverly Hills-based 3D movie projection systems developer RealD said last week that it has acquired the assets of MasterImage 3D , including all of its intellectual property, technology, inventory, and accounts receivable. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. RealD said the acquisition came as a result of "key legal victories" where RealD asserted its patents against MasterImage. RealD won a big patent lawsuit against MasterImage 3D in July of 2016. READ MORE>>.

Adly Adds Analytics


Beverly Hills-based Adly , the online Twitter advertising site headed by Arnie Gullov-Singh, said Friday that it has rolled out a new, analytics offering for celebrities and brands.

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At Beverly Hills Porsche, and play games in the Game Truck before. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 -- Digital LA - Video Game Panel. Speakers from Warner Bros Interactive, IGN, Maker Studios and more describe cutting edge social media marketing tools including influencers, Facebook, events with social tie-in, and more. See [link] (more

Myspace Racks Up Registrations


Beverly Hills-based > Myspace is claiming growth in its users, saying that it has added over 1 million new signups to the service, after it launched a new Myspace Music Player. The online entertainment site--now owned by Specific Media--has been looking to revamp Myspace into a new, social service which combines music, links to Facebook, and music recommendation engine. Myspace says it is now adding around 40,000 new registrations a day, driven by its music player.

Mobile Roadie Powers Cristiano Ronaldo App


Beverly Hills-based Mobile Roadie , the developer of branded, mobile apps for celebrities and brands, reported today that it is powering the mobile app for soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mobile Roadie Powers Beatles LOVE App


Beverly Hills-based Mobile Roadie , which develops software used to create and manage mobile applications for the music industry and brands, said this week that it has built an application for Apple Corps and Cirque du Soleil, called The Beatles LOVE app.

BeautyMint Goes Live


The new startup offers up personalized skin care products, developed in conjunction with Jessica Simpson and Beverly Hills skincare expert Nerida Joy. BeautyMint , the celebrity skincare service started by Jessica Simpson and BeachMint , the e-commerce meets celebrity startup headed by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, has gone live, and started taking signups this morning.

Influential Raises $5M For Influencer Marketing


Beverly Hills-based Influential , a developer of influencer marketing software, has raised $5M in a Series A funding, according to the company. The funding was led by Capital Zed, and also included ROAR, Paradigm Talent Agency, Europlay Capital Advisors, MSMCi, and Ace Fund, along with angels Alex Welch, Michael Tedesco, Chris Varelas and Ivan Brockman.

Live Nation Buys Analytics Firm BigChampagne


BigChampagne was based in Beverly Hills, and was founded by Eric Garland; Garland becomes General Manager of LiveNation.com, and co-founder Joe Fleischer becomes SVP of Content & Product Strategy for LiveNation.com. Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that it has acquired a provider of media metrics and analytics, BigChampagne Media Measurement. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed.

Myspace Launches New Music Player


Beverly Hills-based Myspace , the online entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has released a new music player. The site said its new Myspace Music Player will provide free, unlimited on-demand listening, personalized radio, search, as well as sharing features on both Myspace and Facebook. Myspace said it has inked licensing deals with Sony, Universal, EMI, and Warner, along with 20,000 independent labels, to power the music service.

United Talent Agency Backs MediaMorph


New York-based MediaMorph , a developer of technology used to track media rights for film, television, games and other publishers, said today that it has inked a strategic deal with Beverly Hills-based United Talent Agency , and also scored $2M in funding.

Mobile Roadie Abandons Blackberry


Apparently, Blackberry users aren't that into Facebook and Twitter--at least, according to Beverly Hills-based Mobile Roadie , the developer of branded mobile applications for music artists, celebrities, and others. Mobile Roadie said today that it is discontinuing its Blackberry offering, after finding that less than 2 percent of Blackberry users using its apps bothered to log into Facebook or Twitter and interact with the app.

Sixty-four Southern California Firms On Technology Fast 500


1449% Beverly Hills Michael V. 449% Woodland Hills Zorik Gordon. Earlier this week, Deloitte released its latest list of the top 500 growing technology companies, in its 2012 Technology Fast 500. list.

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Scott is the founder and CEO of Walker Corporate Law Group, a boutique corporate law firm specializing in the representation of entrepreneurs, with offices in Beverly Hills, San Francisco and New York.

William Morris Invests in Mobile Development Firm


Beverly Hills-based talent agency and entertainment giant William Morris Endeavor looks to be busy with investments this week. The firm as backed a mobile application development company, Chaotic Moon Studios , as part of a strategic partnership.

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


Our first investment in the new fund was a $12 million investment in Beverly Hills based MediaPlatform. All this week, we're featuring reflections on the past year from movers and shakers in the community.

Catch Media Lands Investment From Motorola


Beverly Hills-based Catch Media , a provider of software used for digital rights management, has scored a strategic funding from Motorola Mobility Ventures , the strategic investment arm of Motorola, the firms said Thursday. Size of the funding was not disclosed. Catch Media provides rights registry, tracking, routing, and other technology for digital content. Other investors in Catch Media include Ari Emanuel, Co-CEO of WME Entertainment.

Flywheel Expands Into Los Angeles, Ramps Up Taxi vs. Rideshare Battle


Flywheel''s service is available across LA except Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. The fight between Los Angeles taxicab drivers and services like Lyft and Uber haas just gotten even more interesting, as mobile app developer Flywheel said it has launched in Los Angeles.

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And of course once you dominate a show like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills you get to make derivative versions in Atlanta, New York, New Jersey, etc. Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America.

Reflections on 2016: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


This year, at the Streamys Awards recognizing influencers and content creators in Beverly Hills, creator Matthew Patrick won the first VR 360 award, for his GameLabs videos, produced with help from Specular Theory VR company, which has spoken at several of our events. This holiday season, we are again sharing the reflections on 2016 from Southern California's technology ecosystem.

MGM Licenses Content To Amazon


MGM is based in Beverly Hills. MGM Studios is licensing its library of classic movie and television shows to Amazon.com , as part of Amazon's Prime Instant Video service, Amazon said today.


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CyberTech Beverly Hills is the premier event for cyber security, threats solutions and innovative technologies, taking place at the Wallis Annenberg Theater in Beverly Hills on June 30th, 2016! CyberTech Beverly Hills will include keynote sessions on the world of Cyber Crime Investigations, Fintech, Media and Entertainment and Critical Infrastructure, as well as an exhibition of innovative technologies, meetings with leading start-ups and investors.