Gary Hayslip on the City of San Diego as Cybersecurity Test Bed

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When Xconomy convened a dinner discussion earlier this year that included prominent San Diego cybersecurity innovators, startup founders, and system administrators, I was stunned to learn that Gary Hayslip oversees an IT network that blocks an average of 800,000 cyber attacks a day.

Synthetic Genomics’ “Breakthrough” Algae Produces Twice as Much Oil

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The San Diego biotech company Synthetic Genomics and supermajor ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM ) said today they have successfully inserted a gene in a particular strain of algae that more than doubled its oil content without slowing down the algae’s rate of growth. [ Updated 6/19/17 1:17 pm. See below. ]

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At “The Vine,” Developer Builds a Vertical Campus for Tech Startups

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In downtown San Diego, a private real estate company best known for its master-planned communities in suburban Southern California has posed some existential questions for regional tech hubs looking to build their own startup ecosystems. 101 West Broadway tower in downtown San Diego.

Zesty Reinvents Itself With New Cash for Automated Web Tech

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Zesty.io, a San Diego Web development firm, has raised $1.3 million in seed funding to spin out its consulting business, and focus instead on providing its core Web content management technology as a subscription-based software-as-a-service.

Report: Amazon Launching New Game Studio In San Diego

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Amazon.com is launching a new game studio in San Diego, according to reports , in an effort being led by former Sony Online Entertainment chief John Smedley. Southern California is already home to Amazon Studios, the television, movie, and content development arm of Amazon, which operates out of Los Angeles. amazon game studio diego videogame content hollywood john smedley sony online entertainment

The Evolution of the App Stores

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Team Apptentive attended both companies’ conferences in San Francisco, and we caught a glimpse into how the two platforms are evolving, and what it means for developers and consumers alike. In many ways, Apple and Google are following similar paths.

How We Won $50,000 Award in SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Contest

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Recently, the student accelerator program mystartupXX , a joint program of UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management and the Jacobs School of Engineering, won a $50,000 grant from the U.S.

Report: San Diego News Network Seeks Buyer

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A report last night from the San Diego Union Tribune says that San Diego News Network (SDNN), the local news effort run by entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, is looking for a buyer. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, SDNN has let go of some of its staff, but is still updating the site. SDNN is run by former executives of the San Diego Union Tribune. Disclaimer: socalTECH.com is a content partner with SDNN).

Seismic Snags $20M For Content Management Software

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San Diego-based sales software developer Seismic has raised $20M in a Series B funding round, to go towards its sales content management software, the company said this morning. seismic content management sales software The funding was led by JMI Equity, and also included Sigma West. As part of the funding, JMI''s Peter Arrowsmith joins the company''s board of directors. Seismic said it will use the funding for product and sales, marketing, and customer support.

San Diego News Network Gets $700K

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San Diego News Network , an online, local community news site run by Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, as well as former executives of the San Diego Union Tribune, has raised $707,220 in funding, part of a $2.0M Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry are founders of Blackbird Ventures, an investment firm in San Diego, and both active angel investors in local startups; Neil and Barbara also radio show and podcast I'm There For You Baby , which focuses on startups and entrepreneurs.

Midway Games Cuts In San Diego

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Midway Games, a Chicago-based video games developer, announced Tuesday afternoon that it has cut 25 percent of its staff, in a move that also affects the firm's San Diego locations. Number of San Diego employees affected by the move was not disclosed. The cuts in San Diego came in conjunction with closure of the firm's Austin operations and similar cuts in Chicago

Stocktwits Inks Content Deal With CNNMoney

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San Diego-based Stocktwits , the stock-focused, online social media site headed by Howard Lindzon, has inked a new content deal with CNNMoney , the firm said today. According to StockTwits, the content partnership with CNNMoney will feature editorial content from its blog network, linking directly to individual blogs its its StockTwits Blog Network, and also includes an advertising revenue share program.

THQ Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes San Diego Office

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Calabasas-based THQ , which develops computer game titles, is closing its San Diego, UK, and Germany offices, and has laid off 100 employees, according to an email to employees from CEO Brian Farrell. Tags: jobs employment layoff content games wireless The move is part of a restructuring of the firm's THQ Wireless operations. According to the note, the firm is streamlining its THQ Wireless operations to only focus on high-end handheld devices.

Deloitte Announces Local Fast 500 Winners

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Topping the list for Southern California was EdgeCast Networks , the content delivery network headed by Alex Kazerani, which showed an astounding five year growth rate of 21406%.

The Real Cracks in the Foundation of Ransomware

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Security administrators are stuck in a perpetual game of whack-a-mole, content with modest, temporary gains that evaporate as soon as criminals make the smallest of adjustments and new attacks spring up onto the scene.

Evoke Pharma’s Stock Sinks on Stomach Drug’s Phase 3 Failure

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The company is developing a nasal formulation of metoclopramide, , an already-approved treatment for digestive pain and other symptoms related to the stomach being unable to empty its contents. Evoke Pharma is taking a hit in the markets after announcing a Phase 3 trial on a gastroinetestinal drug for diabetes patients failed to meet its goals. In early trading Monday, Evoke’s (NASDAQ: EVOK ) stock price was down 72 percent to $3.02 per share as of 11:30 a.m. in New York.

Announcing The Socaltech 50: Southern California's Up-and-Comers

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So, without further ado, here''s the list of this year''s 2013 Socaltech 50 : Basil Abifaker , Transaction Wireless (San Diego, digital gift cards). Sean Callahan , SlimSurveys (San Diego, mobile apps). Steven Cox , TakeLessons (San Diego, marketplace).

Sony Online Entertainment Cuts Jobs

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San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment , which develops massively multiplayer online games, has made cuts at three of its studios, the firm said Thursday. game video mmorpg content videogame cuts entertainment online sony

Business.com Taps Experts For Content Expansion

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Business.com is back, and it''s looking for experts to bolster its content. According to Business.com today, it is seeing market experts to provide it with daily, weekly, and monthly content to bolster the site. The company said it is looking to find market experts in finance, marketing, sales, human resources, technology, and entrepreneurial areas to bolster its library of content. business businesscom guide content marketing online jmiequity resourcenation

Soci Gets $1.5M For Social Media Marketing

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San Diego-based Soci , a developer of a social content discovery engine and social media marketing software product, has raised $1.5M Soci, led by Afif Khoury, develops a social content discovery and marketing engine. soci social media marketing venture capital content discovery in a Series A funding. The company said the round was led by angel Peter Fischer (Shepherd Ventures) and Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate.

Nirvanix Wins Fox Networks

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San Diego-based cloud storage service provider Nirvanix has signed on Fox Networks Group , the television broadcaster, as a customer for its service, the company announced this morning. cloud data storage content broadcaster networks nirvanixSize of the win was not announced. Nirvanix said Fox is using the firm's cloud to secure access and deploy key media assets, and to replace a multi-tier data and tape backup system.

Legend3D Scores $19M

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San Diego-based Legend3d , a developer of 2D to 3D movie conversion technology, has raised $19M in a Series E funding round. film hollywood content capital venture movie conversion legend3d

Sony Online Entertainment Launches User-Generated Content Program

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San DIego-based Sony Online Entertainment announced yesterday that it has launched a new program which allows users to create their own, in-game items for its popular EverQuest franchise. sony online entertainment user generated content everquest videogame

Sony To Provide $1M Identity Theft Protection For Users After Attack

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Sony Online Entertainment, the unit of Sony affected by the hack attacks, is based in San Diego. sony online entertainment shutdown hacking intrusion content videogame

Slacker Launches New Facebook App

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Among the dozens of companies announcing new Facebook applications at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference today was San Diego-based Slacker , the personalized music and Internet radio operator. content entertainment streaming networking social music personal facebook slacker

Zui.com Launches New Social Networking Features

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Zui.com , the kid's website focused on providing screened content and information to kids, is expanding its services today, saying that it has launched "Facetube", which combines the best social sharing aspects of Facebook with the channels of YouTube.

Sony Online Entertainment Restarts Game Services

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San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment said over the weekend that it has begun restoring its online game services, after the massive hack of the firm's services. sony online entertainment game videogame hacking intrusion security content

Sony Online Entertainment: 24.6 Million Accounts Stolen

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San Diego-based Sony Online Entertainment has tallied the number of accounts which have been compromised by hackers on the firm's online game service, saying that it has found that personal information from approximately 24.6

KidZui Lands $2.4M More, Launches Original Video Efforts

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San Diego-based KidZui , the developer of a service which provides kid-safe content via a search engine and browser, announced this morning that it has raised $2.4M in new funding, and will start creating its own, original video content. KidZui--which is led by Cliff Boro--said it will invest those new funds in a studio division, Zui Studios, which will create original video content for Zui.com and KidZui.

Slacker Expands ESPN Radio Stations

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San Diego-based online, personalized Internet radio service Slacker said Monday that it has launched a new set of ESPN stations on its service. slacker espn radio streaming smartphone personalized music content sports

Mob Science Raises $1M For Social Gaming

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San Diego-based Mob Science , a developer of social Facebook games, said this morning that it has raised $1M in a seed funding round. science mobscience venture capital social gaming angel facebook videogame contentThe round came from David Young, the CEO of Joyent, Mark Surfas of GameSpy Industries, along with other angels. Mob Science is the developer of inFamous Anarchy, Coffee Bar, Snowball Fight, Willy's Sweet Shop and other Facebook games.

JMI Equity Backs BrightLine

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San Diego-based private equity firm JMI Equity has backed a provider of marketing services for the interactive TV market. equity brightline venture capital private interactive televisoin content advertisingAccording to New York-based BrightLine , it has scored a strategic growth investment from JMI Equity, with JMI Equity's General Partner Brad Woloson joining the company's board of directors. Size and financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

Slacker Adds ESPN Sports

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San Diego-based personalized radio and music service Slacker said today that it has added content from ESPN Sports to its service. Full access to the personalization features and ESPN content will require a subscription to Slacker's service.