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HopSkipDrive Raises $7.4M More For Ride Service For Kids


Los Angeles-based HopSkipDrive , the ridesharing service which helps deliver kids to and from school, after-school activities, and home, said this morning that it has raised $7.4M in a new funding round. The funding came from Student Transportation Inc. STI), a company in the school transportation, safety, and fleet services market. FirstMark Capital, Upfront Ventures, as well as new investors Skyview Capital and Halogen Ventures also participated in the funding.

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Evite Encouraging Charity Donations Through Holiday Events


Los Angeles-based Evite is launching an effort to help raise money for charities, with a "Make More Merry" campaign powered by Venice, California-based Pledgeling , the company said Monday. According to Evite, the campaign will launch next Tuesday as part of GivingTuesday. Evite said it will encourage event planners and user hosts to offer guests charitable donations as part of their events, through its Evite Donations service.

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ViaSat Signs In-Flight Internet Reseller For Ka-Band Service


Carlsbad-based satellite broadband provider ViaSat says it has added its first, value-added reseller for its high speed, Ka-band inflight Internet service today. ViaSat said Satcom Direct (SD), will offer up its in flight systems to large and mid-cabin business jets. Satcom Direct already had been reselling ViaSat's KU-band service. ViaSat's new Ka-band service offers up 16Mbps in-flight Internet speeds, and also has an IPTV downlink option and ability to use the Ku-band network if needed.

DTS Takes Immersive Audio To Denon, Marantz Receivers


Calabasas-based audio processing technology provider DTS is powering new surround sound capability for Denon and Marantz A/V receivers, according to DTS. According to DTS, select Denon and Marantz A/V receivers can be upgraded to support the DTS Virtual:X immersive audio technology via a firmware upgrade. The DTS technology provides an immersive sound experience even when consumers only have basic stereo, 5.1

UBTECH Debuts Alexa-Powered Humanoid Robot


Los Angeles-based educational robot developer UBTECH Robotics has launched an Alexa-powered, humanoid robot called the Lynx, the company said late Monday evening. UBTECH Robotics said its new Lynx humanoid robot can interact with users, and features voice, facial and presence recognition, plus an "avatar" mode which lets users control the robot remotely from an app. The new robot costs $799.99, and is available only through Amazon.com. READ MORE>>.