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Bird Now Officially Worth $2 Billion After Closing $300M Funding

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Santa Monica-based electric scooter startup Bird is now officially worth $2 billion, after saying on Thursday that it has completed a $300M venture funding round, led by Sequoia Capital, and also including Accel, B Capital, CRV, Sound Ventures, Greycroft and e.ventures. Bird is battling Lime, plus a host of other competitors including Uber and Lyft, to establish a beachhead in the growing "last mile" electric scooter market. Bird has been working on the new funding round all month. READ MORE>>.

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California Passes Data Privacy Bill

L.A. Business Journal

Lawmakers in California passed a data privacy bill in both chambers June 28 that would require major companies to disclose the data they collect from consumers and also allow consumers to elect not to have their data sold by the company to ad agencies. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Thursday afternoon

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

TechCrunch LA

This week, both Microsoft and Google made moves to woo Hollywood to their cloud computing platforms in the latest act of the unfolding drama over who will win the multi-billion dollar business of the entertainment industry as it moves to the cloud.

Is your company or department as efficient as it should be?

Berkonomics

Close. There is more money lost in businesses today from inefficient processes than any other single area. Yet this is not a place where most managers feel comfortable deconstructing and rebuilding.

DDN Acquires Intel's Lustre File System Business

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Chatsworth-based DataDirect Networks (DDN), which develops data storage equipment and software, has acquired the Lustre File System business from Intel , according to DDN late Sunday evening. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. DDN said the acquisition included both Intel's Lustre File Systems business and related assets. Intel's Lustre File System is heavily used in the cluster computing market, which DDN's storage hardware is also used.

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Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform

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North County Elevate My Business Challenge Pitch Day

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Southern California Edison Plans $760M Investment In EV Infrastructure

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Southern California Edison , Southern California's biggest electric utility, said on Tuesday that it is launching a new, $760M effort to expand the region's electric vehicle infrastructure. According to SCE, it has proposed a new, $760M "Charge Ready 2" program, which will go to help boost the number of electric cars on the state's highways.

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Los Angeles Ranked Top Metro Area for Tech Funding and Exits

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles raised more than $100 million, beating Boston in total mega financing rounds, according to a recent report from CB Information Services Inc

Google Cloud will launch its Los Angeles region in July

TechCrunch LA

It’s no secret that Google has long planned to open a cloud region in Los Angeles. The company has long said that a second region on the U.S. West Coast was in the works, after all. What we didn’t know for sure was when this new region would go live.

Ophthalmology Technology Summit (OTS)

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Friday, June 29, 2018 -- Ophthalmology Technology Summit (OTS). Orange County is the single most technology-rich epicenter for ophthalmology technology.

LiveXLive's Slacker Connects With Amazon Alexa

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West Hollywood-based LiveXLive Media , the parent firm of online radio streaming service Slacker Radio , says that Slacker has launched its own Amazon Alexa "Skill" to enable voice control of its streaming music services. According to LiveXLive, the skill allows Slacker to be controlled from all Alexa-enabled devices, including Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV. LiveXLive says it has more than one million monthly active users using its Slacker Radio service.

Silicon Beach Report June 25: Busoni Named Thiel Fellow

L.A. Business Journal

Pinscreen sued; new Thiel fellow named; Snapchat shares ad revenue

Catalog Hauls In $9M to Make DNA-Based Data Storage Commercially Viable

Xconomy

The practice of encoding data in DNA molecules could be inching closer to graduating from research labs to finding practical commercial use.

805 Startups Innovation and Growth Fair - Q2

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 -- Innovation and Growth Fair - Q2 by 805 Startups, City of Agoura Hills, and Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of this event is to promote personal and professional growth while inspiring innovation at all levels. You will be exposed to many different people and companies in an environment designed to foster authentic relationships between one another. link].

Cloud Constellation Signs MOU With Arab Satellite Group

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Los Angeles-based CLoud Constellation Corporation , which is in the midst of planning a satellite constellation aimed at providing high speed, cloud storage from space, said today that it has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT). Cloud Constellation said the two have agreed to develop a go-to-market strategy for enterprise and government customers in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Central Asia.

Silicon Beach Report June 29: Bird Raises $300 Million

L.A. Business Journal

Snapchat enters gaming landscape; SpaceX sends Space Station payload; scooter startup attains $300 million

Xconomy Mourns the Loss of San Diego Editor Bruce Bigelow

Xconomy

It is with profound sadness that we at Xconomy say goodbye to our longtime friend and editor of Xconomy San Diego, Bruce Bigelow. An outstanding journalist, colleague, and friend, and a fixture of the San Diego innovation scene, Bruce passed away today at age 63 after a brief illness.

OCTANe's Lunch and Learn: Contractor Restrictions After Dynamex

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Semtech Gets LoRa Win With Chinese Manufacturer

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Camarillo-based Semtech reported a win this morning with a Chinese manufacturer, which will use the company's LoRa low power wireless technology for use in a "smart city" product. According to Semtech, Chinese company Lowan , a low power wide area network (LPWAN) solution provider located in Hangzhou, China, has incorporated its LoRa radio frequency technology into its smart-grid power meters. Shipments volumes and financial impact of the design win were not announced. READ MORE>>.

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Silicon Beach Report June 27: Honk Technologies Raises $18M

L.A. Business Journal

HyreCar announces IPO; Google Filestore revealed; Honk Technologies raises $18M

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Stitch Fix CTO Polinsky Says Its Style Shuffle App Makes Data Fun

Xconomy

When Cathy Polinsky became chief technology officer of Stitch Fix in late 2016, she knew one of the San Francisco-based company’s key challenges was continually refining its core software algorithm to make sure customers received the right tailored suggestions in their monthly wardrobe boxes.

GroGuru Gets $250K In Seed Funding

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GroGuru , a startup developing irrigation automation technology for the agriculture industry, has raise $250,000 in a seed funding from Western Growers and Radicle Growth. GroGuru is part of San Diego- and Irvine's EvoNexus startup incubator, and develops a precision soil and irrigation monitoring system.

RealD, AMC Theatres Renew 3D Deal Through 2024

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Beverly Hills-based 3D movie projection technology provider RealD and AMC Theatres said Thursday that they have extended and renewed a 3D agreement through 2024, and also plan on installing RealD 3D systems in all of AMC's new and upgraded theaters. Financial impact of the win was not announced. AMC and RealD said that so far, AMC has 4,900 RealD units installed at its theaters. RealD provides 3D movie projection technology.

Cisco Joins Walt Disney Studios StudioLAB Effort

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Networking products giant Cisco said this week that it has been selected by The Walt Disney Studios announced in March, in conjunction with Accenture, and includes a 3,500 square food facility in Burbank. Cisco says that StudioLAB will feature both its hardware and software, in the areas of network, storage, orchestration and collaboration. READ MORE>>. cisco walt disney studiolab innovation technology development

Atom Tickets Courts Independents

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Santa Monica-based mobile movie ticketing platform Atom Tickets said this week that it it expanding its platform to the independent theater market. According to Atom Tockets, it has launched what it calls the "Independent Exhibitors Program",which will support independent theater owners and operators on its platform. As part of the launch, Atom Tickets said it has added independent exhibitors BG Cinema Inc, Ruby Cinemas, 8k Cinemas, Aksarben Cinema (Main Street Theatres), Midwest Movies Inc.

Google Aims At Hollywood With LA Cloud Services Move

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In a move designed to attract more customers from the media and entertainment industry, Google said this week that it will be opening up a new Los Angeles cloud region to its cloud computing platform, Google Cloud. according to Google , it is specifically targeting the media and entertainment companies in Los Angeles with the new service. Google says the new region will join its other computing resource regions in Oregon, Iowa, South Carolina and Northern Virginia.

SpaceX Launches Fifteenth Payload To ISS

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched its fifteenth mission to the International Space Station this morning, sending the CRS-15 (Commercial Resupply Services) mission into space at 5:42 a.m. The latest SpaceX mission to the space station includes more than 5,900 pounds of supplies, including materials for more than 250 science and research projects. The launch was at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Marketplace Debuts Amazon Alexa Skill

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Marketplace , the new program recorded in Los Angeles and carried on more than 800 public radio stations nationwide, says it has rolled out its very own Amazon Alexa Skill this morning--based on Marketplace's "Make Me Smart" podcast. According to Marketplace, its skill will connect Amazon Echo users with bits of information on the economy, pop culture, tech and current events every weekday.