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Audi’s new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light

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Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its cars.

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Cylance Expands Endpoint Protection Software To AWS Marketplace


Irvine-based cybersecurity software developer Cylance says it has extended its artificial intelligence driven, endpoint protection software, CylancePROTECT, to the AWS Marketplace. AWS Marketplace is Amazon's marketplace for business software that runs on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing infrastructure. According to Cylance, the deal will make it easier for customers to find, procure, and install its AI technology on AWS instances.

With New Data, Intercept On Track for First-Ever Approved NASH Drug


The first-ever marketed medicine for the fatty liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, could be on the horizon. The data, from a closely watched drug known as obeticholic acid, aren’t perfect.

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Songtradr Acquires Big Sync Music Ltd


Santa Monica-based Songtradr , which offers up an online music licensing platform, said on Tuesday that it has acquired Big Sync Music Ltd. , a UK-based creative music licensing agency. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Songtradr said that Big Sync Music is headquartered in London, and also has teams in Singapore and New York, and has clients such as Dove, Knorr, Magnum and AXE to Johnnie Walker, Samsung, Amazon and Lipton.

Cie Digital Labs, Wavemaker Partners In Partnership


Irvine-based Cie Digital Labs , a startup studio which recently has been focusing on helping large enterprises with accelerating products and also helping to accelerate emerging startups said it has partnered with Los Angeles investor Wavemaker Partners. According to Cie Digital Labs, Wavemaker will provide funding and CDL will provide strategic and operational expertise across joint ventures.

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SpaceX Wins $297M For New Air Force Launch Missions


Hawthorne-based SpaceX has scored $297M more in a launch contract from the U.S. Air Force , the launch three new missions into space. According to the Air Force Space and Missle Systems Center, SpaceX won one of two Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch services contracts, worth a total of $297M. The contract is for the delivery of three, Air Force missions--the AFSPC-44, NROL-85, and NROL-87 missions, into space.

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HiHello Gets Seed Backing From LA's TenOneTen Ventures


HiHello , a new startup tackling the challenge of managing and contacts, said on Monday that it has raised $2.5M in a seed funding, which included Los Angeles-based TenOneTen Ventures. According to HiHello, the seed funding was led by August Capital, K9 Ventures and TenOneTen Ventures. Villi Iltchev of August Capital has joined the company's board with the funding.

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Yardi Expands Renter Screening With Equifax Data


Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi has expanded its renter screening service, ScreenWorks Pro, saying this morning that it has started providing access to payroll records from Equifax in the olution. According to Yardi, it now offers up intsant income and employment verification in its screening solution, in addition to credit reports, rental history and other publicly reportable civil or criminal records. READ MORE>>.

Axiom Materials Acquired By Kordsa


Santa Ana-based Axiom Materials , a provider of advanced composite manufacturing and development, has been acquired by Kordsa , a Turkish company which focuses on composite materials and other areas. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. Axiom Materials said it will continue to operate under its existing trade name and business partnerships after the acquisition.

Viasat Wins Satellite Broadband Deal With EL AL Airlines


Carlsbad-based satellite broadband provider Viasat said this morning that it has been selected by EL AL Israel Airlines , to provide in-flight Wi-Fi on EL AL's transatlantic flights. Financial details of the deal were not announced. Viasat said EL AL will be using its Viasat-2 based broadband Internet service, covering travel to and from New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Miami and eventually, San Francisco and Las Vegas, when EL AL launches flights to those cities later this year.