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What if you come across juicy competitor information?


Close. Many of us belong to industry associations and find ourselves at conferences and trade shows with time to spend with competitors. Some of these are old friends; some even former associates. It is natural to want to associate with these people for many reasons, certainly socially.

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How to Set Goals to Grow Your Business in the New Year


Welcome to January 2018. Now’s the time to commit to organizing your work life and growing your business. Whether you are trying to sell a new product, increase sales or build your team , creating a solid foundation will make all the difference as you move forward. So…don’t wait!

8 Reasons Startups Should Not End Their Year on December 31st


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. During a Invoca Board meeting, an interesting idea was raised by Brett Queener, a former Salesforce senior executive.

Free Clay Slime MAKEbreak Event at Michaels

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Free Clay Slime MAKEbreak Event at Michaels Another fun, free weekend at Michaels! Stop by a participating Michaels stores to take part in their MAKEbreak Clay Slime event! Kids can create and customize their very own slime for free – all supplies are free too!

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The Booming Business of a Bomb Cyclone


Manufacturers of snow blowers and salt spreaders are seeing a major uptick this week. Uncensored


How to keep ahead of evolving cyber threats


Not long ago, malware and other viruses were nothing more than occasional mild annoyances, but cyber crime has become big business in the past few years. With organisations across the world now using the Internet every day to do business, criminals have taken advantage.

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New Year, New Influence: An Easy Way to Show Up Stronger


“Brad” was a solid manager with stagnated results. He was great at constructive feedback and holding his team accountable, but recognition did not come naturally to him. “Why should I say thank you to someone for just doing their job?” ” He was frustrated […]. Winning Well new year habits


Faraday Future Founder Defies Beijing Order to Return Home

L.A. Business Journal

Jia Yueting, founder and financier of troubled electric car manufacturer Faraday Future, defied orders from a Beijing securities regulator to return to China to deal with debt problems related to his internet company, LeEco

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 5: Snap’s Unusual Structure Led to Breakthroughs, But Also Problems

L.A. Business Journal

Snap’s unusual structure led to breakthroughs but also problems; Hulu nabs ‘Lost’ exclusive subscription streaming rights from Netflix; and SpaceX now targeting late January for Falcon Heavy launch

Starry Extends Wireless Internet To LA


Starry , a Boston-based Internet Services Provider which uses it own, proprietary millimeter-wave, 5G band service to provide in-building gigabit broadband to customers, has launched into Los Angeles, as part of an expansion by the company to LA and Washington, DC. Starry said the beta launch is its first beyond Boston. Starry's service revolves around the "Starry Station", a Wi-Fi hub which connects to rooftop, millimeter-wave fixed wireless relay points.

Gossamer Bio Raises $100M


San Diego-based Gossamer Bio , a new biopharma startup founded by former executives of Receptos, has raised $100M in a Series A funding, the company said late Thursday evening. Gossamer said the funding included seed funding from Omega Funds, and a Series A co-led by ARCH Venture Partners and Omega Funds. Gossamer Bio was co-founded by Faheem Hasnain and Sheila Gujrathi, M.D., former executives at Receptos.

InTouch Health Acquires TruClinic


Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health , which provides telehealth services, said on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire TruClinic , a web-based telemedicine provider based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Financial details of the transaction were not announced. InTouchHealth said that TrueClinic specializes in direct-to-consumer virtual care solutions.

SpaceX Shifts Mystery Zuma Launch To Sunday Due To Extreme Weather


Hawthorne-based SpaceX says it has shifted its launch date for its mysterious "Zuma" government payload to January 7th, as extreme weather slowed preparations for launch in Florida. The launch--originally targeted for 5pm on Friday--is being made for a mysterious, U.S. government customer. No details on what the "Zuma" payload is or where it will be placed into space have been released. SpaceX has only said that the primary contractor on the payload is Northrop Grumman.

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Silicon Beach Report Jan. 4: Jimmy Iovine to Leave Apple Music in August

L.A. Business Journal

Jimmy Iovine to leave Apple Music in August; Chrome River raises $35 million more and eHarmony's “scientific” match ad banned in UK

GameMine Teams With Nickelodeon


Los Angeles-based mobile games startup GameMine said on Wednesday that it has expanded a partnership with Nickelodeon, the subsidiary of Viacom, and will distribute a line of Nickelodeon mobile games to Swisscom, Moviestar, Orange, A1, and Vodafone in the countries of Switzerland, Spain, Austria, France, Portugal, Belgium, and Poland. GameMine said the new games features such characters as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Nick Sports. READ MORE>>.

PCM Buys Provista UK


El Segundo-based PCM , which provides information technology products to the business, government, and education markets, said very late Wednesday evening that it has acquired Provista Technology Services Ltd. and its subsidiary, Provista UK Ltd. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. PCM said it made the acquisition through its UK-based subsidiary, PCM Technology Solutions UK, Ltd.

Neuropore Therapies Gets Second Grant From Michael J. Fox Foundation


San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals developer Neuropore Therapies , which is developing biopharmaceuticals to treat Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders, has received a second grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF). According to Neuropore, the grant will go to support its Toll-Like Receptor 2 (TLR2) antagonist program focused on modulating neuroinflammation and autophagy in Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

DermTech Gets Approval In Canada


La Jolla-based molecular dermatology treatment developer DermTech announced this morning that its Canadian subsidiary, DermTech Canada, has received approval from Health Canada to market its Pigmented Lesions Assay (PLA) and non-invasive biopsy kit for the detection of melanoma in Canada. DermTech said it will process samples at DermTech's laboratory in La Jolla. DermTech said it will initially make the tests available in British Columbia and Ontario. READ MORE>>.

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eHarmony Gets Heat For Advertising Claims In UK


Los Angeles-based eHarmony in under fire in the United Kingdom, for its use of the phrase "scientifically proven" in its advertising, according to a report today. According to the BBC, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has called eHarmony's advertisements in the country "misleading", saying eHarmony's service has not undergone scientifically vetted studies. READ MORE>>. eharmony united kingdom advertising scientific

LA Startup's Talking Tattoo Technology Goes Viral, Again


A video of a "talking tattoo", powered by Los Angeles area startup Skin Motion , has gone viral --at least the second big viral breakout of a demonstration of the company's technology. The video, posted by 19-year old Sakyrah Angelique, shows her phone playing a voicemail based on the waveform tattoed over her heart of her (now deceased) grandmother. Skin Motion was founded by Nate Siggard. READ MORE>>. skin motion talking tattoo viral video smartphone mobile phone

CoreLogic Names General Counsel


Irvine-based property information provider CoreLogic has named Arnold A. Pinkston as its new Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, the company said this morning. Pinkston previously served as General Counsel at Allergan and Beckman Coulter, and also served at Eli Lilly and Company. Pinkston serves on the board of Bio-Rad Laboratories. CoreLogic maintains a database of property, mortgages, consumer credit, and other information. READ MORE>>.

TeleSign Enhances Fraud Risk Scoring Tools


Los Angeles-based TeleSign , which provides both two-factor authentication and fraud risk scoring tools, said on Tuesday that it has enhanced its Telesign Score fraud intelligence product. According to TeleSign, it added the integration of the BICS' Telecom Fraud Data Consortium platform into its data, which will help it better predict, detect, and block fraud. TeleSign's product provides a "fraud reputation score" based on any phone number, email, or IP address.

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CalAmp Wins Trimble


Irvine-based CalAmp , which develops telematics tracking devices--including the popular LoJack consumer brand--has been selected by Trimble for a line of vehicle and asset monitoring products, Trimble said today. Financial details of the deal were not announced. Trimble said CalAmp is supplying customized telematics tracking devices and systems management technology for Trimble's Field Service Management (FSM) products. READ MORE>>. calamp trimble telematics tracking electronics lojack

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Maravai LifeSciences Buys Glen Research


San Diego-based Maravai LifeSciences announced this morning that it is acquiring Glen Research Corporation , a Sterling, Virginia-based provider of reagents used in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Maravai LifeSciences is a provider of specialty reagents to the research, biotherapeutics, and OEM market, and is owned by private equity firm GTCR.

Expansion Therapeutics Finds $55.3M


San Diego-based Expansion Therapeutics , a new biotech startup focused on the discovery and development of ribonucleic acid (RNA) targeted small molecule medicines, said today that it has raised $55.3M in a Series A funding round. The funding was co-led by 5AM Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Novartis Venture Fund, and Sanofi Ventures, and also included RA Capital Management and Alexandria Venture Investments. Expansion Therapeutics said that Kevin M. Forrest, Ph.D., has been named President and CEO.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Prepped For Launch, Zuma Now Set For Friday Launch


Hawthorne-based SpaceX has shown off new photos and videos of its new, heavy lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, sitting on a launch pad in Florida. SpaceX has not yet said when it plans to launch the Falcon Heavy, only indicating that the launch is likely to happen sometime this month. The next launch for SpaceX is the mysterious "Zuma" rocket, for an un-named U.S. government customer, which is now set for Friday at 8:00 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center. video of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy embedded below).

DTS Links Into Amazon Alexa


Calabasas-based DTS , which develops audio- and surround-sound processing software, said today that its Xperi subsidiary has connected its DTS Play-Fi, wireless speakers into Amazon Alexa. According to DTS, the Pioneer Elite Smart Speaker F4, Onkyo Smart Speaker P3 and the Phorus PS10 now support the "Works with Amazon Alexa" functionality.

Critical Diagnostics Raises $8.5M For Cardiac Assays


San Diego-based Critical Diagnostics has raised $8.5M in a funding round, the company said on Wednesday. The company develops cardiac biomarker tests used by physicians to assess heart failure patients. Names of the specific investors in the round were not announced, however, the company said it came from a "consortium of industry-related investors". Critical Diagnostics said the proceeds will be used for global commercialization efforts. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 2: Spotify Hit with $1.6 Billion Lawsuit from L.A. Music Publisher

L.A. Business Journal

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion lawsuit from L.A. music publisher; Faraday Future founder defies Beijing order to return home; and SpaceX launching top-secret Zuma satellite for U.S. government this week

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JAKKS Pacific Loses CFO


Santa Monica-based toy and consumer products maker JAKKS Pacific quietly said late last week that its CFO, Joel M. Bennett, has stepped down from his position. According to the company, it has launched an external search to identify a new CFO. The reason for the departure was not given. Bennett had been at Jakks Pacific for 22 years. READ MORE>>. jakks pacific executive joel bennett consumer products toys