Sat.Dec 30, 2017 - Fri.Jan 05, 2018

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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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.

In Quest to Drug RNA With Small Molecules, Expansion Pulls In $55M


Drug developers have long thought that targeting RNA with small molecule drugs was too difficult, but new insight into RNA biology is starting to change their minds. In the latest sign of this growing interest, a new startup, Expansion Therapeutics, today announced a $55.3

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

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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

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

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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

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!

How To Deliver Your Presentation In Half The Time You’d Allotted


Talking faster during a presentation is a bad idea. Here are a few better ones. It’s the day of your big presentation. You’ve spent the last few weeks fine-tuning every detail. You rehearsed last night, and you were flawless. You’ve never felt more prepared. Read Full Story. Leadership

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Assessing the Impact of Meltdown and Spectre: Companies Rush to Mitigate the Threat


As Intel is hit with class action lawsuits, enterprises are working quickly to assess the potential impact of the flaws

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Cybersecurity Firm Illumio’s Alan Cohen on the Tech Backlash of 2017


One of the largest and most consequential data breaches in 2017 afflicted credit reporting agency Equifax, and it was hardly the only victim. Any year-end review of technology news must also include reports on Russian hacking of the 2016 election campaign, and the manipulation of social media channels to spread false and divisive political messages.

In 2018, Everything Old Is New Again…At Least As Far As Recruiting Is Concerned


The recruiting world is a funny place. We have to bend, all the time. We scale up when supply is not in our favor, spreading our budgets thin and leveraging all resources. The sense of urgency, of securing “that hire” yesterday, is incredible. When supply is in our favor, we trim the budgets, and maximize time to fill. When one resource or tool no longer meets our needs, or generates nominal ROI, we move on.

What Can Seattle Learn from Amazon’s HQ2 Search? 3 Takes


Perhaps the biggest story in Seattle last year was Amazon’s decision to seek a second headquarters elsewhere in North America. The tech and retail juggernaut has transformed this city and its economy over the last decade, for good and for ill. So, what lesson should Seattle take from Amazon’s move? We put that question to Seattle-area innovation leaders, and asked for their best guess on where Amazon will land its HQ2. That decision is expected sometime this year, eh.

Bio Roundup: Trump, Gottlieb, Gene Therapy Prices, IPO Hopes & More


Welcome to the new year. What will it bring? Hopefully a lot less hatred, greed, stupidity, and angst than 2017. But we’re not holding our breath. We emerged from the winter break pondering several of the year’s burning biopharma questions, including the volatility of the U.S. president and what it means for the biopharmaceutical business, a frequent target of his scattershot rants.

3 Common Personal Growth Opportunities That Most People Utterly Fail to Address


These failings are woven into the fabric of every single choice we make and everything we say.


Genalyte Takes Aim at Lab Testing Giants with Cloud-Based Service


Genalyte, a biomedical diagnostics company that has maintained a low profile in San Diego while raising almost $92 million, is getting ready to debut technology that targets a market long dominated by centralized lab services providers.

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

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

Six West Coast Tech Leaders Share Top Developments of 2017


Xconomy asked technology and innovation leaders around our network to reflect on the most important developments in their industries during 2017, and the answers were appropriately wide-ranging.

Trump v. Drug Makers? And 6 More Burning Biopharma Questions for 2018


Next week, a big slice of the biomedical industry is gathering in San Francisco for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and other life sciences events that have emerged like sprouts around the base of an old redwood tree.

Storage Trends for 2018: Cloud Storage 2.0 Players Poised to Ascend


In March 2006, Amazon launched Simple Storage Service (S3). Although few people paid much attention at the time, the announcement of S3 marked the beginning of a great migration of data from on-premises storage to the cloud.

Xconomy Bookclub: “Troublemakers” Charts the Birth of Silicon Valley


In 1968, a little-read article in a soon-to-fail magazine prophesied an age of networked machines that could be more than passive, oversized calculators to become digital partners in solving problems alongside humans. “In In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face,” wrote JCR “Lick” Licklider and Bob Taylor, in a Science and Technology article called “The Computer is a Communication Device. ”

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!

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.

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>>.