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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AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play

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Pitching app developers with a new way to convert app browsers into actual customers, AppOnboard has raised $15 million in a new round of funding, the company said. “Google has been a great partner for us,” Zweig says.

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SpinLaunch, Backed By Google And Kleiner Perkins, Gets DOD Contract

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The startup--which is backed by $40M in funding from Airbus Ventures, Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins--said the contract came from the DOD's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). SpinLaunch said it has developed a kinetic energy-based launch system for launching small satellites. spinlaunch google kleiner perkins defense airbus aerospace launch system satellite

Quantum Computing 101: Brilliant, Google, Microsoft Training Workers

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From Microsoft and IBM to Alphabet’s unit X and Canada’s D-Wave Systems, companies are racing to build powerful quantum computers that may solve problems beyond the capacity of the most sophisticated conventional processors, and do it much faster.

Bitium Acquired By Google

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Santa Monica-based Bitium , a developer of cloud identity and single sign-on software, has been acquired by Google , Google said on Tuesday afternoon. According to Google, the acquisition of Bitium will help it with its "Cloud Identity vision". bitium merger acquisition googleFinancial terms of the acquisition were not announced.

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KB Home Links With Google

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Los Angeles-based homebuilder KB Home , in another move to boost the technology features of its homes, said this morning that it has linked up with Google , to integrate its homes with Google Assistant. Financial details of the integration deal were not announced, however, KB Home said those developments will include Google's Wi-Fi mesh systems; the Nest Hello Video Doorbell; and two smart speaker, the Google Home and Google Home Mini, among other features.

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AppOnboard Connects Into Google Play

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Los Angeles-based mobile app demo technology developer AppOnboard , which is led by serial entrepreneur Jonathan Zweig, said this week that it has launched the ability to demo apps and games directly within Google Play. According to AppOnboard, it worked with Google to launch App Store Demos, which allows users to preview games and apps directly from within Google's app store. apponboard google play store mobile jamcity videogame smartphone jonathan zweig

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PatientPop Ties Into Google Scheduling

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Santa Monica-based PatientPop , which develops practice management software for medical providers, said on Monday that it has tied directly into Google, allowing for online appointment scheduling for practices through Google. PatientPop says its software now supports Google's "Make Appointment" link, which shows up in searches for healthcare providers through the search engine--all without the patient ever visiting a healthcare provider's website.

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X1 Loses Competitor: Google

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Pasadena-based X1 Technologies , the developer of desktop search software, has one less competitor: Google , as Google said Friday that it is shutting down its Google Desktop search software project. Google's service shuts down on September 14th.

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Google's AdSense, Developed In LA, Earned More than $7 Billion Last Year

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One of Southern California''s most successful--and unheralded--inventions for the Internet world earned online publishers more than $7 billion alone last year, Google said this morning. Google announced today that Google Adsense --which it acquired when it bought Santa Monica-based Applied Semantics back in 2003--just turned 10 years old, and now has more than 2 million publishers. Google said that last year, alone, publishers earned more than $7 billion from AdSense ads.

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KB Home Amps Up Tech Connectivity With Google Assistant Integration

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Lake Forest-based home builder KB Home is ramping up its connectivity--and hoping to appeal to tech-savvy buyers--with a new deal to add Google Assistant capability into its new homes at two of its Orange County developments. According to KB Home, it is offer Google Assistant as a standard feature at its Highmark at Ironridge in Lake Forest and Prado at Cadence Park in Irvine, as part of its "KB Smart Home System".

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ChowNow Connects Into Google Wallet

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Los Angeles-based online ordering and marketing software developer ChowNow , which is led by Chris Webb, said this morning that it has partnered with Google to add support for Google Wallet to its platform. ChowNow said it has updated all of its client ordering apps to include Google Wallet, at no additional cost to its restaurant clients. chownow google wallet mobile ordering restaurant system shopping

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Develop a culture of curiosity.

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Some of the world’s best companies to work for are those that encourage employees to spend time following their own paths of curiosity toward development of new products or services.

CrowdStrike Raises $100M From Google, Others

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Irvine-based CrowdStrike , the developer of security software led by George Kurtz, said this morning that it has raised $100M in a Series C financing round, which was led by Google Capital, and also included Rackspace, Accel, and Warburg Pincus. The company develops endpoint protection software-as-a-service, which is used to protect computers against cyber attacks.

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Google Invests $200M In EDF Developed Wind Project

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San Diego-based renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy gained a big new partner Wednesday: Google , after Google said it invested $200M in equity in a wind farm in West Texas. Google said it made the investment in the Spinning Spur Wind Project, in Oldham County, Texas, which was built by EDF Renewable Energy. Google said that Spnning Spur joins 10 other renewable energy investments it has made since 2010.

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KB Home Goes High Tech At New Irvine Development

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New home developer KB Home says it is offering a huge set of new, smart home and "personal wellness" technology at a new development in Irvine. According to KB Home, homebuyers as its new development, Genoa at Orchard Hills in Irvine will be able to select from a menu of smart home and personal wellness technologies, which it is showcasing at a concept home called the KB Home ProjeKt: Where Tomorrow Lives.

MINDBODY Ties Into Google Search, Maps

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San Luis Obispo-based software developer MINDBODY , which develops cloud-based software used for business management by the wellness services, yoga, fitness, and related industries, says it has integrated its services with Google Search and Google Maps. MINDBODY said that it has teamed with a new program, "Reserve with Google", which will let Google users book fitness and wellness classes directly from Google Maps, Search, and a new standalone website.

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YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund

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During the latter half of 2011, Google awarded a number of leading YouTubers and nascent Internet TV networks grants of $1 million to $2 million. Although estimates of Google’s total investment vary, the industry insiders I spoke with believe it exceeded $100 million.

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Nimble Connects With Google Apps

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Santa Monica-based customer relationship management and contact management software developer Nimble said today that it has connected into Google Apps for Work, via the Google for Work Partner Program. According to Nimble, the company said it has bundled Google Apps for Work with Nimble , automatically using information from Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Drie to helps support sales and marketing efforts for companies.

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Snapchat Steals Away Engineering Director From Google

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Venice, California-based social media app developer Snapchat has made a significant, high visibility hire, saying this week that it has hired Peter Magnusson, a former engineering director from Google, as its new Vice President of Engineering.

Scopely Debuts Developer Program

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Los Angeles-based social game developer Scopely announced today that it has launched a new, developer program called LeveUp, which looks to help top independent game studios co-develop titles with Scopely. The firm said it will tape a small group of partners to help develop, design, distribute, scale, and monetize their mobile games. Elbaz was co-founder of Applied Semantics, which was acquired by Google to become Google AdSense.

Google Googles In Marketing Experiment

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Google Googles , the mobile visual recognition application being developed by search giant Google, said today that it has launched a new "marketing experiment" around Buick, Disney, Diageo, T-Mobile, and Delta Airlines. The new feature is a full circle from the technology behind Google Googles, which Google acquired by Santa Monica-based Neven Vision back in 2006. Tags: google goggles neven vision recognition advertising brands marketing

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DexCom, Google Team On Diabetes Management

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Sa Diego-based continuous glucose monitoring device developer DexCom , and the life sciences team at Google , said this morning that the two have partnered together to jointly develop products for diabetes management. According to the two, they will jointly develop a series of products, which incorporate Google's miniaturized electronics with DexCom's glucose sensors. dexcom google diabetes management medical devices lifescience cloud

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Nirvanix Grabs Google Exec

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San Diego-based Nirvanix , the developer of cloud storage services, has snagged Google's former Head of Global Data Center Infrastructure, the firm said today. Froutan was responsible for building and managing Google's worldwide green data center operations.

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Nik Software Acquired By Google

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San Diego-based Nik Software , the developer of a popular set of photo filters and plug-ins for photo editing, has been acquired by Google. software google merger acquisition photo filter adobe photoshop photography pluginFinancial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Nik Software has its corporate headquarters in San Diego, and also has operations in Germany.

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MomentFeed Adds Google+, Bing Support

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Los Angeles-based MomentFeed , the developer of tools to help businesses manage their location data in online local search services, says it has added Google+ and Bing management to its tools. According to the company, it now lets brands publish content to local Google+ Pages, aggregates customer reviews from those pages, and also lets brands directly update location data, address, menus, and more in Bing. momentfeed googl plus bing local data information

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TP-LINK Behind New Google Wi-Fi Router

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San Dimas-based TP-LINK , the Southern California networking products maker, is behind the launch of the new, Google OnHub Wi-Fi router this morning--Google's answer to difficult to use, Wi-Fi equipment. google onhub wifi wireless router tplink tp-link networking hardware eletronics

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Startup CTO or Developer

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What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. But often the result of a Founder hiring a developer or lead developer or even a VP engineering is a gap created between the founders and the developers.

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LA Video Hackathon by YouTube and Google TV - Developers 1/26-1/27

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 -- LA Video Hackathon by YouTube and Google TV. You're invited to join us for the LA Video Hackathon by YouTube and Google TV! Developers, designers and entrepreneurs are welcome. At this event, you will learn about our new APIs, work closely with Google engineers, and have an opportunity to provide feedback on the new APIs.

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Google Set To Invest $1 Billion Into SpaceX, Say Reports

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Hawthorne-based rocketship developer SpaceX is close to getting $1 billion from Google , according to reports Monday, as Google seeks to get into the space business. Neither SpaceX nor Google have commented on the rumors, which were first reported by The Information.

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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He’s focused on that sector (not exclusively but predominantly) and therefore has an amazing network at large financial services firms to help you with business development. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. Raising money is hard.

Esri Rolls Out Replacement For Google Earth Enterprise

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Redlands-based GIS and mapping software developer Esri has launched a new product, which takes aim at enterprise users of Google Earth. Esri said the new offering is part of an effort to help support current Google customers and partners, who were using Google Earth Enterprise (Google Earth EC)--which Google has said last year that it will sunset in March of 2017. esri google earth enterprise mapping visualization

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Google Buys Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion

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Search engine giant Google said this morning that it has acquired Motorola Mobility , to bolster its Android efforts. Acccording to Google, it will pay $12.5 Motorola Mobility has been developing Android technology. google motorola mobility merger acquisition android software

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Google Plus: First Impressions

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Google, they’ve cracked a nut here. With Wave being an experiment, and Buzz being a dead duck from the get go, Google Plus (Google+) is actually a usable, integrated, complete-feeling product released this week, and it’s pretty damn good. Now, there’s Google+.

Reports: Lumedyne Technologies Acquired By Google

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San Diego-based Lumedyne Technologies , a developer of MEMs-based, inertial direction sensors, has quietly been acquired by Google , according to multiple reports. Neither Google nor Lumedyne Technologies have announced or acknowledged the deal. lumedyne technologies mems sensor sensing merger acquisition goog google startup navigation

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