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Augmented Reality Company Daqri Begins Shipping Smart Glasses

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Augmented reality company Daqri of downtown Los Angeles has begun shipping its $5,000 Smart Glasses

Xconomy Peers into Biotech Future with Vividion’s Diego Miralles


What’s new in San Diego life sciences? Diego Miralles, who was named just three months ago as the CEO of San Diego-based Vividion Therapeutics, has a lot to say on that topic. Miralles, an immunologist who previously served as the CEO at Adaptive Therapeutics and before that led innovation and West Coast R&D for Johnson & Johnson, describes Vividion as “a company for the ages.” As Miralles put it, “We want to be the Genentech of small molecule drugs.”

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SeekOps Inc., a Pasadena startup, manufactures a methane sensor that it attaches to a quad-copter drone and flies over oil and gas fields looking for leaks

Tech Scenes: Harrison Tang of Spokeo, The Great Opportunity in Pasadena


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J2 Global's Ziff Davis To Buy Mashable For Around $50M, Says Report


Los Angeles-based J2 Global --via its publishing arm, Ziff Davis , is getting set to acquire online tech publication Mashable , in a deal worth around $50M, according to a report on Thursday afternoon from the Wall Street Journal. Neither J2 Global nor Mashable have yet announced the deal. The deal apparently comes after Mashable failed to raise additional funding for the company, despite a round valued at around $250M in March of 2016.

PogoTec Launches The PogoCam, A Camera For Your Glasses


Newport Beach-based PogoTec said today that it has launched its first product, the PogoCam , a miniature camera designed to attach to any pair of glasses. The new device costs $149.00. According to PogoTec, the PogoCam attaches magnetically to most glasses, so consumers can record things from a different point of view. The new device appears to be directly competitive to Venice-based Snap's own camera sunglasses.

Upfront Ventures Leads Investment In Electric Skateboard Startup Inboard


Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures is the lead investor this morning in a startup, Inboard Technology , a developer of a battery powered, electric skateboard. Inboard said it raised $8M in its Series A funding, which was led by Upfront Ventures, and also included LION Smart and Sunstone Capital. The company was seeded by Sweet Capital, the investment fund of the founders of King Digital Entertainment (the makers of Candy Crush).

SpaceX Plans Launch Of Super Secret Government Payload Today


Hawthorne-based SpaceX is planning yet another launch of a Falcon 9 rocket today, this time from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to SpaceX, the launch openings for the mysterious "Zuma payload" openst at 8:00 pm. EST today, with backup windows opening at the same time on Friday and Saturday. No details on the "Zuma" spacecraft have been announced by SpaceX, and the company does not even mention the company's customer for the launch.