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Disney Buys Lucasfilm


Burbank-based The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. , the film company owned by George Lucas, in a deal worth $4.05 billion, Disney said Tuesday afternoon. Disney said it would pay stock and cash for Lucasfilm, with approximately half in cash and 40M in shares. Lucasfilm owns the rights to Star Wars. READ MORE>>.

Storytelling and Startup Fundraising

Steve Reich

Every startup has an elevator pitch, but what comes next? Do potential investors’ eyes glaze over when you get beyond the quick, punchy one liner and try to REALLY describe your company? Successful fundraisers tell a complete, engaging story and close the deal. Malauzai is an example of a company that tells its’ story well. The bigger story?

BeachFront Media Adds Windows 8 Support


Burbank-based Beachfront Media , the firm which operates the MeFeedia video discovery site, has upgraded its tools and platform to support Windows 8. The firm said it now supports Windows 8 App creation, deployment, and management via its Beachfront Builder tool. BeachFront is headed by Frank Sinton. READ MORE>>.

Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk:

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, November 5, 2012 -- Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk. SCV Meetup. Immediately following will be a QandA to answer all our Startup questions. See [link] (more

Amazon Studios Options Another Comedy Series


Amazon Studios , the content production arm of Amazon.com, said Monday that it has optioned another comedy series. Amazon said that it has optioned "Those Who Can't", a comedy show written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Benjamin Roy, the writers behind the web series The Grawlix. READ MORE>>.

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BUZZMEDIA Revs Editorial Hires


Los Angeles-based digital media publisher BUZZMEDIA looks to be revving up its hiring on the editorial end of its business, saying Tuesday that it has hired nine staffers across its sites Celebuzz, and SPIN. The firm said the expansion of its staff will further expand the brands. READ MORE>>.

Rexter Finds Funding To Help Professionals Manage Relationships


A new, Altadena-based startup, Rexter , has scored some funding to help it build its software algorithms and tools to help manage a user's professional relationships. The company--co-founded by Andy Wilson (Momentum Venture Partners, Yahoo) and John Slade (Yahoo)--apparently recently raised a round which included Siemer Ventures. READ MORE>>.

EdgeCast Expands Internationally


Santa Monica-based content delivery network operator EdgeCast Networks said today that it has expanded its global network, opening up new point of presence (PoP) locations in Vienna, Austria, Stockholm, Sweden, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The firm said the expansion comes to meet "surging" customer demand for its services. READ MORE>>.

EverySignal Officially Launches To Filter Out Important Moments


Tired of missing the important moments in that firehose of social updates from your friends? EverySignal , the latest startup out of startup incubator/studio Science, Inc. officially launched today to tackle that problem. The firm's CEO and founder is Derek Merrill. READ MORE>>. everysignal scienceinc science launch filter social networking media

RealD Gets Chinese Win


Los Angeles-based 3D movie projection technology provider RealD said Monday that it has signed a deal with Chinese theater group Womei Theater Chain. RealD said it will install its technology on 100 screens across China. Financial impact of the deal was not announced. READ MORE>>. reald china film movie projection technology hollywood

Nirvanix Offers To Shift Data Due To Hurricane


San Diego-based online storage provider Nirvanix said Monday that it would shift customer data from its New Jersey data center for free, due to Hurricane Sandy. Nirvanix said customers currently storing data at that data center can shift that data to its other locations, on a temporary or full time basis, free of charge. READ MORE>>.

Reflexion Health Raises $4.25M


San Diego-based Reflexion Health , a new startup using Microsoft's Kinect for physical therapy products, has raised $4.25M in a funding round, the company said this morning. Reflexion Health said the funding came from West Health Investment Fund, and that it has licensed West Health Institute's Kinect-based physical therapy software. READ MORE>>.