Mon.Oct 29, 2012

StoryBots Brings Edutainment to Second Screens | Delighting Kids

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The Spiridellis brother-founder team behind the popular JibJab eCard line featuring personalization Starring You®, (think Elf Yourself )—have grown up and now have children of their own.

Unusual Perk For SoCal Technology Firm: Unlimited, Paid Vacation

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In what might be one of the more unusual perks for a Southern California high tech company, LRN , a developer of enterprise compliance and ethics software, has an unlimited, paid vacation policy. The firm's policy recently came to light in a WSJ article. The firm--which looks to be recruiting Java Developers, project managers, and UX/UI designers in its LA location--apparently lets employees take off as much time as they feel like they need, as one of the perks for working for the company.

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StoryBots Brings Edutainment to Second Screens | Delighting Kids

Tech Zulu Event

The Spiridellis brother-founder team behind the popular JibJab eCard line featuring personalization Starring You®, (think Elf Yourself )—have grown up and now have children of their own.

Red 5 Studios Lands $15M More

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Aliso Viejo-based videogame developer Red 5 Studios has just raised $15M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the company. Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the company.

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Decoding The Science Behind The Laughs, With Daniel Altman of Laffster

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One of the major growth areas along Silicon Beach has been in the whole area of creating content for digital platforms. But, how do you figure out what actual content will resonate with online consumers?

Adhesive Games Gets $18M For Massively Multiplayer Game

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Adhesive Games , the Alhambra-based, independent game publishing studio which is part of Meteor Entertainment has just scored a big, $18M funding round from Rustic Canyon Partners , Chinese game publisher KongZhong, and others to help bring its first title to market, Hawken. Hawken is a first person shooter, combat-based massively multiplayer online game focused on mechanized combat.

FreedomPop Debuts 4G iPod Touch Sleeve

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FreedomPop , the venture backed startup providing free, 4G wireless Internet service, launched its 4G iPOd touch sleeve today, saying that it is now shipping its device, which connects any fourth generation iPod touch to the Internet via 4G wireless. The firm said the sleeve lets iPod users connect to the Internet anywhere the company provides 4G coverage, without a monthly contract or fees.

Qualcomm, IDT Link On Wireless Charging Chips

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San Diego-based Qualcomm and chip developer Integrated Device Technology (IDT) announced this morning that the two are working together to develop integrated receiver chips, based on Qualcomm's wireless power technology. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed. The two said the new IC will meet the requirements of Qualcomm's new WiPower Technology, a near-field, wireless power charging specification being developed by Qualcomm.

Kurion Names Board Member

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Irvine-based nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup technology developer Kurion said today that it has named Dr. Aris S. Candris, the former President and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Co., to its board of directors. Candris previously headed up Westinghouse's nuclear fuel and culear services businesses, in addition to serving on a number of associations in the nuclear industry.

OpenX Buys JumpTime

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Los Angeles-based OpenX announced this morning that it has acquired JumpTime , a developer of technology to help publishers calculate the value of their content assets. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. OpenX said that JumpTime's team will join the company as a part of the buy. JumpTime's products include Traffic Valuator, which suggests the placement of headlines, videos, and photos based on how well the content drives revenues for a publisher.