Burbank Tech Talks: December

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -- Burbank Tech Talks: December. Save the date for December's edition of Burbank Tech Talks on Dec. 7, presented by The City of Burbank, in partnership with TechFire. The event will feature a look ahead to the future of technology in 2017 and beyond.

Coding Dojo Expands To Burbank

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Coding Dojo , the operator of a coding bootcamp program, says it has opened up a location in Los Angeles, at a location in Burbank. coding dojo burbank bootcamp software education school learningThe company--which offers up a 14-week development program to teach students coding skills--says its location in Los Angeles is the third for the company. Coding Dojo also has locations in Seattle and Silicon Valley.

Activision Blizzard to Open Burbank E-Sports Arena

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Activision Blizzard of Santa Monica plans to open an e-sports arena in Burbank to play host to a variety of video game tournaments including the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs and Hearthstone Championship Tour in October, the company said Thursday

Group Plans Drone Racing Event In Burbank This Weekend

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aerial drone racing burbank quadcopter race grand prix circuitA local startup, which organizes and runs drone racing events , is holding an invite-only event this weekend to qualify UAV pilots for a competition in Dubai later this year. According to the Aerial Grand Prix , it is hosting a local qualifier to advance pilots to the World Drine Prix in Dubai, which is dangling a $1M prize.

Burbank Tech Talks (November): Recruiting Strategies to Grow Your Startup

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The City of Burbank, and TechFire. The City of Burbank, in partnership with TechFire, oresents the third in a series of Burbank Tech Talks, featuring advice for recruiting technical and business talent to grow your startup. See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/burbank-tech-talks-november-recruiting-strategies-to-grow-your-startup-tickets-28163637197. Thursday, November 10, 2016 -- Recruiting Strategies to Grow Your Startup.

Disney Accelerator Shows Off Startups At 2017 Demo Day

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The Disney Accelerator has rolled out the newest class of startup from its startup accelerator this week, showing off 11 new companies from the 2017 Disney Accelerator program on Wednesday in Burbank. disney accelerator 2017 demo burbank waltdisney startup startupsThe startup accelerator--run by The Walt Disney Company--said this year's startup included Ambidio (surround sound for personal devices); aXiomatic (esports and gaming); Brit + Co.

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Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator

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Surf Air Takes Flight, Starts All-You-Can-Fly Shuttles To Silicon Valley

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Surf Air launched its first flight today at 10:45am, flying from Burbank to San Carlos. In a little over an hour, executives can now hop between the two technology areas--through the executive airline terminals at Burbank and San Carlos. The new service skirts the more crowded, security lines at the public side of Burbank--which is already drastically easier to navigate than LAX--and allows execs to simply show up and board their flights.

Surf Air's First Flight Set For Wednesday

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The first flight is set to depart Burbank at 10:45am, landing in San Carlos at noon. surfair surf subscription airline muckerlab airport certification burbank carlos Santa Monica-based Surf Air , the all-you-can-fly airline service which is looking to connect Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach, is getting set to launch its first member flight tomorrow, Wednesday.

Vubiquity to Be Acquired for $224 Million by Amdocs

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

Esports Overwatch League heads to hipster Brooklyn for its finals

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Heading from sunny Burbank, Calif. Those games are set to begin July 11th and will take place in Burbank at the company’s “Blizzard Arena Los Angeles.” Eventually the league is looking to set up stadiums in locations outside of Burbank.

TT Games Opens UK Studio for Lego Mobile Video Games

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TT Games, makers of the Lego video game franchise published by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment in Burbank, has announced the opening of TT Games Brighton, a new UK-based development studio focused on creating new Lego games designed for mobile platforms

Deluxe Acquires Mediapeers

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Burbank-based Deluxe , the provider of post-production, distribution, asset management, and related services to Hollywood, said today that it has acquired B2B, cloud software provider mediapeers. Mediapeers becomes part of Delxue''s Burbank Deluxe Media Unit.

Sphero Rolls Out Talking Spider-Man Toy With Disney

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Sphero , the robotic toy developer which was part of the Disney Accelerator program in Burbank, has again teamed up with Burbank-based Disney on a robotic toy--this time, a miniature Spider-Man which can tell jokes and talk with users. The new Marvel Spider-Man includes speech recognition, animated eyes, automatically updated content, and interactive Spider-Man themed content accessible via smartphone. The new device costs $149.99.

Warner Bros. Settles with FTC Over Undisclosed Promotions

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Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission after reportedly failing to adequately disclose an online marketing campaign for the late-2014 release of role-playing video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the FTC announced Monday

Warner Brothers Interactive Cuts Staff In Seattle

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Burbank-based Warner Brothers Interactive has chopped 60 people in its Seattle game studios, according to a report from Joystiq, which confirmed the cuts with Warner Brothers.

Video: Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland

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Burbank-based Walt Disney bought LucasFilm , the company started by George Lucas and which owns Star Wars, for $4.05 If you're Darth Vader, what do you do now that you are owned by Walt Disney Co. ? A video just released by Walt Disney Parks imagines the result.

Sphero CEO: Star Wars Robot, BB-8, Sold Out Worldwide In One Hour

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Berberian, speaking at Disney's Accelerator Demo Day in Burbank on Thursday, said the company's participation in the accelerator ramped up its sales volume by over 500 times what it had been, calling the participation in the program "absolutely company-making."

PSI Services Acquires Computer Assisted Testing Services

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Burbank-based PSI Services , which provides professional testing services, said today that it has acquired Computer Assisted Testing Services (CATS). Financial terms of the buy were not announced. CATS provides computer-based examinations for organizations in the licensing and certification testing area. PSI said the acquisition will help it expand in the federal and certification market segments. PSI Services is led by President and CEO Steve Tapp. READ MORE>>.

My Eye Media Acquired By Eurofins Digital Testing

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Burbank-based My Eye Media , a provider of quality assurance and testing for the digital, motion picture industry, has been acquired by Brussels-based Eurofins Digital Testing. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced.

Snap, NBCUniversal Create New Snapchat Centric, Hollywood Studio

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Venice-based Snap and Burbank-based NBCUniversal have partnered to form a new, Snapchat-centered, Hollywood studio, which will specifically create content for Snapchat, the two said this week. According to the two, the new studio's ownership will be split evenly between Snap and NBCU, and will be based in Santa Monica.

Disney Pulls Films From Netflix, Plans Video Streaming Service

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Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. is pulling all of its movies from Netflix , the studio said on Tuesday, and plans to launch its very own, video streaming service. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, in Disney's earnings call on Tuesday, Disney plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019, rather than licensing its content to other online video streaming services.

Machinima, TuneSat Team On Audio Monitoring Effort

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Burbank-based content network Machinima and music monitoring service TuneSat have teamed up to provide audio monitoring of Machinima's content network, the two said Tuesday. According to the two, Machinima will use TuneSat's monitoring technology to better identify ad monitor the audio in content created by its talent network. Financial details of the deal were not announced.

Warner Music Group Buys Assets From Songkick

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Burbank-based Warner Music Group has acquired the core assets of Songkick , including its app, website, and trademark, according to the firms. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Songkick had operated an online website focused on concert discovery. Warner Music Group said that Songkick will become part of WEA, its artist and label services division.

3ality Digital Buys Element Technica

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Burbank-based 3ality Digital , the provider of 3D production technology and services, said Wednesday that it has acquired Element Technica , a manufacturer of motorized 3D camera rigs. The firm also explained that it will be expanding as a part of the combination of the firms, at its headquarters in Burbank.

Report: Disney Will Not Bid On Twitter

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A report, published late Wednesday evening, says that Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. will not make a bid for Twitter , which reportedly has been looking to sell the company. Recode --quoting "sources familiar with Disney" said that Disney has decided not to move forward with a bid. Disney had been reported to be looking at Twitter in September.

PSI Services Acquires UK's EnlightKS

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Burbank-based PSI Services , which provides professional testing services to companies, government agencies, and others, has acquired UK-based testing services company EnlightKS. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. EnlightKS, founded in 1995, is based in Royston, UK. PSI said the acquisition will help it grow its international market presence for the e-learning and talent assessment market. READ MORE>>.

Report: Disney Buys MakieLab

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MakieLab had a deal with Disney to ship custom, 3D printed dolls featuring such characters as Star Darlings, Minnie Mouse, Maleficient, and others; the company's CEO, Alice Taylor, had relocated to Los Angeles as a result of the time at Disney's Burbank accelerator. MakieLab , the custom, 3D printed doll startup which had been part of Disney's second Disney Startup Accelerator program, has been acquired, reportedly by Disney itself.

Warner Brothers' TT Games Buys Playdemic

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TT Games is part of Burbank-based Warner Bros. TT Games , the European developer of the popular LEGO game titles--including LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Harry Potter, has acquired UK-based mobile game developer Playdemic. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Interactive Entertainment. The companies said PLaydemic will work on creating new LEGO games designed for players on mobile. Playdemic had 33 employees and develops such titles as Golf Clash and Village Life. READ MORE>>.

PSI Services Acquires Applied Measurement Professionals

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Burbank-based PSI Services , a provider of professional testing services, said this morning that it has acquired Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), a subsidiary of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Financial details of the all-stock deal were not announced. PSI Services provides talent assessment testing for job seekers, license testing for government regulatory agencies, certification and credentialing services, and other related services. READ MORE>>.

Disney Accelerator Link Pays Off Again With Lightning McQueen Toy

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A link, first forged at the Disney Accelerator in Burbank, has paid off for robotic toy developer Sphero , with another Disney-themed toy for the Disney Accelerator graduate. The car is a continued result of a link first forged in Burbank between Disney and Sphero, which was a participant in the company's first accelerator program, which was being run at the time by Techstars.

May The Force Be With You: Star Wars' BB-8 Droid, Goes On Sale For Real

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Sphero was part of the Burbank-based Disney Accelerator, which directly resulted in the incorporation of its robotic ball technology into the new Star Wars movie. Sphero was discovered by Bob Iger when he was mentoring Sphero as part of the startup accelerator program in Burbank.

Three LA Companies Selected For Commerce.Innovated Accelerator

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SVB and Mastercard said it selected six startups for its Commerce.Innovated virtual accelerator, which is aimed at helping commerce, payments and fintech startups grow their businesses, including Santa Monica's Domuso , Santa Monica-based Earny , and Burbank-based Papaya. Three, Los Angeles area companies have been selected for a accelerator being run by Silicon Valley Bank and Mastercard, the companies announced this morning.