Mon.Oct 07, 2019

Via is launching an on-demand public transit network in the city of Cupertino

TechCrunch LA

Shuttle startup Via and the city of Cupertino are launching an on-demand public transportation network, the latest example of municipalities trying out alternatives to traditional buses.

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Video Interview: Michael McCrary, PureSpectrum

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Our video interview today is with Michael McCrary, CEO and founder of PureSpectrum , a Westlake Village-based startup in the survey and sampling industry. Michael tells us about how he founded the company, and gives some hints and tips on entrepreneurship. READ MORE>>.

How To Check Your Ethics Before A Business Decision

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Most business leaders I know clearly understand the difference between legal and illegal activities, but often are not so clear on the line between ethical and unethical. Unfortunately, there is no universal code of business ethics , written down and enforced by some external governing body.

M13 Leads $3 Million Seed Round for Doorstead

L.A. Business Journal

Santa Monica-based M13 led a $3.3 million seed round for property rental startup Doorstead

The OIX Names Laurence Sotsky As CEO

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El Segundo-based The OIX , a fintech company that is developing tax credit and incentives management software, has named technology startup veteran Laurence Sotsky as its new CEO, according to the company. Sotsky was most recently head of venture-backed, mobile application development startup Hopscotch. According to The OIX, Sotsky was selected after an extensive search in Los Angeles. Brett Markinson is Chairman of The OIX board of directors and Managing Director of Innovent Capital.

Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to 3 Who Showed How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels

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Oxygen’s importance in cellular processes has long been known. But the work to understand how cells sense and adapt to changes in oxygen levels has led to medical insights and potential treatments for anemia, cancer, and more—and today, it has turned into the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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Waymo is creating 3D maps of Los Angeles to better understand traffic congestion

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Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company under Alphabet, has started creating 3D maps in some heavily trafficked sections of Los Angeles to better understand congestion there and determine if its self-driving vehicles would be a good fit in the city.

Hulu Adds Content Downloads

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Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu has finally added the ability for (some) of its subscribers to download content for offline viewing. According to Hulu, the new feature--which is available only to subscribers of its "No Ads" plan--let users download offline content for later viewing, and only on iOS--although the company says it hopes to add Android support soon. The "No Ads" plan costs $12 a month.

Precision IBD Rebrands as Prometheus and Strikes R&D Deal With Takeda

Xconomy

This summer Nestlé Health Science sold Prometheus Laboratories , a gastrointestinal disease diagnostics unit it had acquired eight years prior, to a low-profile San Diego biotech called Precision IBD. About a month ago, Precision—a drug and diagnostic developer that’s focused, as its name suggests, on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—changed its name to Prometheus Biosciences and tapped a former Salix Pharmaceuticals executive as its new CEO.

Waymo Starts Mapping LA Streets

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Self driving vehicle developer Waymo --a spinout of Alphabet, the parent company of Google--said on Monday morning that it has started to explore how autonomous vehicles "might fit into LA's dynamic transportation environment". Waymo did not say what that means for the possibility of its self driving cars hitting the Los Angeles streets. The company sayd it will initially deploy three cars in Downtown Los Angeles and the Miracle Mile.

Sonos Now Offering Up Speakers Via Subscription

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Goleta-based whole-home, smart speaker manufacturer Sonos has just started offering up its speakers via a subscription rental , in what appears to be a pilot project in the Netherlands. According to a report from The Verge, the new Sonos Flex program costs 15 euros a month and if successful will be expanded beyond the pilot. It's unclear if Sonos has any plans to try out the subscription rental program in the United States. READ MORE>>.

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Esportz Entertainment Eyes Esports Production, Content

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Irvine-based Esports Entertainment announced this morning that it plans to start covering e-sports news, and offer up live and pre-recorded, streaming content for the esports industry, with a plan to open up what it calls a "Southern California Esports Broadcast Center". According to the company, it plans to build out its "broadcast center" sometime by the end of the first quarter of 2020; however, the company says it has yet to select a site for the center.

HyperX Ships Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

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Fountain Valley-based HyperX has rolled out a new, mechanical keyboard for the computer gaming market, saying this morning that it has shipped the HyperX Alloys Origins gaming keyboard to market. According to HyperX, the new device uses its own keyboard switch the "linear HyperX Red" mechanical switch, which it says has an 80 million click rating.

J2 Global Buys Four Companies In Q3 2019

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Los Angeles-based Internet information and services giant J2 Global --the relatively unknown owner of such sites as Mashable, IGN, PCMag, and Everyday Health--has acquired four more companies, the company announced this morning. According to J2 GLobal it has acquired the equity and assets of BabyCenter , has acquired certain assets of OffSiteDataSync , certain assets of SaferVPN , and acquired the equity of Spiceworks. Financial terms of those acquisition were not announced.