Mon.Sep 24, 2018

VC firms of Kevin Durant and Snoop Dogg back Dutchie, a new cannabis delivery service

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Ross Lipson, the chief executive officer and co-founder of the on-demand marijuana and cannabis delivery service, Dutchie, had thought he was done with the online delivery business.

Bird Planning Massive International Expansion

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Santa Monica-based on-demand scooter rental service Bird is planning a massive, international expansion, and has been hiring in dozens of cities overseas , according to the Financial Times. The paper says that Bird's hiring plans include dozens of cities across both Asia and Latin America, including such cities as Mumbai, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. READ MORE>>. bird scooter ondemand international expansion rental smartphone

FabFitFun expands its video reach with a new experiment in live programming

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The Los Angeles-based women’s subscription box and media business FabFitFun is expanding its video catalog with the launch of new live programming set to coincide with the launch of its latest seasonal box.

Game Maker Scopely Adds Two

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Scopely Inc., the Culver City mobile game developer behind titles such as “Walking Dead: Road to Survival” and “WWE Champions” is expanding its corporate development and communications divisions

FabFitFun Debuts Interactive, Live Programming

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West Hollywood-based FabFitFun is launching new, interactive, live programming, behind the company's women's lifestyle brand, intended to help showcase its products, including beauty demonstrations, DIY projects, and a gameshow, the company said on Monday. According to FabFitFun, the new FfF Live programming will run Monday through Friday on its Facebook page. The company said the content goes to help differentiate the company by leveraging the Facebook platform, to interact with its audience.

Silicon Beach Report Sept. 24: Hulu Becomes First Echo Show Live Stream

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Hulu to broadcast on Amazon Echo Show; FabFitFun starts live programming on Facebook; Geldmacher and Ricca join Scopely

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How Groups are Closing the Security Skills Gap, Boosting Diversity

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Today, there is a massive shortage of cybersecurity talent across the globe. According to a 2015 study from Frost & Sullivan and the (ISC)² Foundation, there could be more than 1.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2020.

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Foresee Medical Finds $3.8M

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San Diego-based Foresee Medical , a startup developing software for healthcare reimbursement tracking, has raised $3.8M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. Details on the funding have yet to be announced by the company. The filing indicates Foresee's funding round remains open, and is targeted at raising approximately $10M in total for the company. The initial investment tranche includes 6 investors, according to the filing.

Another Precision Step for Roche as Ignyta Drug Heads to Regulators

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There was more news this morning in the advancement of precision cancer drugs, which target a tumor’s genetic signature. Roche plans to file for approval of entrectinib, a drug the Swiss firm acquired when it bought San Diego, CA-based Ignyta for $1.7 billion last year.

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ATTN Adds $15.0M

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Los Angeles-based ATTN , an online media company focused on important societal topics, has raised $15.0M in a funding round, part of an ongoing $18.264M funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the company. Source of the funding--which came from a single investor--has not yet been announced.

Hulu Hits More Than 1M Live TV Streaming Subscribers

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Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu said last week that it now has more than 1 million subscribers to its live TV streaming service, bringing its total subscribed base to around 20 million users. Hulu's live TV service behaves much like traditional linear television does, whether broadcast TV or cable, in that users have access to just live television streams. The service lets users "flip" between different channels.

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Semtech Rolls Out 5G Optical IC

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Camarillo-based Semtech , which develops analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said today that it has launched a new optical chip for use in 5G wireless systems. According to the company, it has started shipping a high speed optical transceiver IC, the ClearEdge CDR, to its customers. The company said it expects the chip will be used in early 5G deployment in Europe, starting in 2019. READ MORE>>. semtech optical analog mixed signal semiconductor wireless

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HyperX Launches New SSDs For Gamers

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX , which makes products for the videogaming market, said today that it has rolled out two new solid state disks (SSDs) specifically aimed at videogamers. According to the company--which is the gaming division of Kingston Technology--it has rolled out the FURY RGB SSD and SAVAGE EXO SSD, two diferent solid state drives specifically aimed at both accelerating read and write speeds for gamers--and also to enhance gaming systems with "more color and LED lighting".

EDF Renewables Buys Half Of EnterSolar

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San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America , which develops and manages renewable energy projects, said this morning that it has acquired 50 percent of EnterSolar , a provider of distributed solar generation to commercial and industrial customers. According to EDF Renewables, the investment comes alongside a strategic partnership which will target corporate clients seeking distributed generation solar solutions.

Insights and Opinions: Top Five Venture Debt Pitfalls For Startups

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For today's Insights and Opinions piece for the site, we have a contribution from Kaäre Wagner of Silicon Valley Bank, taking about the Top Five Venture Debt Pitfalls For Startups. I love lists. My personal catnip is reading through an arbitrary ranking of anecdotes, experiences and pop culture. Blame social media, my short attention spanwhatever. Just feed me listicles and don't bother me with long narratives.