Swagbucks Buys Sodahead

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According to Prodege, it will acquire all of SodaHead''s assets and staff from its Encino headquarters, and will move them to Swagbucks offices in El Segundo. Los Angeles-based prodege , the parent company of Swagbucks , said this morning that it has acquired Sodahead , the online polling and discussion platform founded by Jason Feffer. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

uSamp Courts App Developers With SDK

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Encino-based uSamp , which develops online survey and sampling technology, is courting mobile app developers with a new software development kit. The firm said it is looking to help app developers to monetize their apps, by integrating the company''s mobile survey tools into their software.

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uSamp Raises $6.0M

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Encino-based uSamp , the online panel and sampling firm founded by Matthew Dusig and Gregg Lavin, has raised $6.0M as part of a new funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. According to the filing, the funding is part of an ongoing, $7.0M

Cyber Rain Gets EPA WaterSense Certification

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Encino-based Cyber Rain , the developer of Internet-connected, irrigation system controllers, said Thursday that it has earned an EPA WaterSense Certification.

Cyber-Rain Extends Smart Irrigation Controllers

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the developer of Internet-connected, smart irrigation controllers, said over the weekend that it has extended its control systems with new features. The firm said its controllers--which automatically adjust watering schedules based on local weather information--now supports Blackberry mobile devices, odd-even water scheduling, GPS information, and more.

uSamp Updates Market Research Service

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of online, web-based sampling and polling services, said today that it has enhanced its self service SampleMarket service.

Phorus Debuts New Wireless Home Audio Speaker

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Encino-based Phorus , the developer of wireless home audio speaker technology which is now owned by DTS, said it has launched a new product called the Phorus PS5. The new speaker lets users stream audio from their iOS, Android, and Windows PCs to multiple rooms over Wi-Fi. The company is promoting the new speaker line with a music video from the group Run River North.

uSamp Names New Exec

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Encino-based uSamp , the online provider of survey panels for the market research industry, said today that it has named Justin Wheeler as its Vice President and General Manager for SurveyBuilder.

uSamp Names Sales Strategy VP

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Encino-based > uSamp , the operator of an online survey panel network, announced this morning that it has named Joshua Pink as its new Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales Strategy & Global Development.

uSamp, Kiplinger Tie On Market Research Panel

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Encino-based uSamp , the online surveying, sample, and panel firm headed by Gregg Lavin and Matt Dusig, has scored a major win with Kiplinger, the firm revealed this morning.

Cyber-Rain Names Chief Revenue Officer

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the venture backed maker of a smart, Internet-connected sprinkler control system, has named Ben Jamison as its Chief Revenue Officer.

uSamp To Support Red Cross

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Encino-based uSamp , the online sampling and polling firm headed by Gregg Lavin and Matt Dusig, announced this morning that it will be running a donation drive to help the American Red Cross support victims of the Japanese disaster.

uSamp: 65 Percent of Companies Allow Working Remotely

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Encino -based uSamp , which provides technology to enable market research and survey panels, has tapped into its stable of survey respondents to figure out how many companies now allow employees to work remotely.

Cyber-Rain Gets EPA WaterSense Label

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the venture backed developer of Internet-connected, smart irrigation controllers, reported yesterday that it has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense label. The label indicates that it meets or exceeds certain criteria to use water more efficiently. Cyber-Rain develops an irrigation controller which automatically changes watering schedules depending on weather forecasts and information.

uSamp Links With J.D. Power

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Encino-based uSamp , the online sampling and market research firm headed by Matt Dusig and Gregg Levin, is powering a new online market research effort for Westlake Village-based J.D.

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Matt Crowley from Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy is teaching another great First Time Entrepreneur Workshop with the LA Venture Association (LAVA) on Saturday September 24th in Encino. Saturday, September 24, 2016 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. He will be teaching about valuation, dilution, intellectual property rights, working with co-founders, and a variety of other topics that are critical for startup founders to master. See [link] (more

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Matt Crowley from Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy is teaching another great workshop with the LA Venture Association (LAVA) on Saturday September 24th in Encino. Saturday, September 24, 2016 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. Join us for our next First Time Entrepreneur Workshop! He will be teaching about valuation, dilution, intellectual property rights, working with co-founders, and a variety of other topics that are critical for startup founders to master. See [link] (more

uSamp Snags Beachmint's CTO

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Encino-based market research and sampling firm uSamp said today that it has named Carl Trudel as its new Chief Technology Officer. Trudel was most recently CTO of BeachMint, and also served at Ticketmaster as SVP of Software Engineering, in addition to serving at Taleo.

uSamp Gets $15M More For Market Research Tools

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Encino-based sampling and online research firm uSamp announced this morning that it has raised $15M in a new round of funding.

uSamp Launches Updated Mobile Polling App

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of technology and survey and polling services, announced this morning that it has launched an updated version of its iPhone app, iPoll.

uSamp Names New Insights, Strategy Head

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Encino-based survey and sampling technology developer uSamp announced this morning that it has expanded its Consumer Insights division through the hiring of a new Senior Director of Insights and Strategy.

uSamp Hires CTO

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey and paneling firm run by Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, reported today that it has hired Steven Sobolevsky as the firm's Chief Technology Officer.

uSamp Names VP

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of survey and sampling technology and services, said Tuesday that it has named Leslie Warshaw as Vice President of Research Solutions.

United Sample Becomes uSamp

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Encino-based United Sample , the online polling and sampling firm headed by former goZing founders Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin , has renamed itself uSamp , the firm said Tuesday.

Digital LA -Tech Rehab @ Citrusbyte

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Were teaming up with web development shop Citrusbyte for a FREE tech BBQ pool party for programmers, product managers, web developers, and friends at Citrusbytes web developer mansion in Encino. Saturday, June 27, 2009 -- Digital LA -Tech Rehab @ Citrusbyte. Summer's here! See [link] (more

How FreedomPop's Free Wireless Internet is Disrupting Telecom

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If you're FreedomPop , the Encino-based startup, you start by offering up free 4G wireless data access, and then expand to offer free, voice-over-IP services, along with home-based wireless Internet services. How do you go about trying to completely disrupt the entire telecom industry?

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Eight Tech Gadgets To Add To Your Gifts List

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The Phorus PS1 speaker, from Encino-based Phorus, provide high fidelity audio in a compact package, with direct connection to your Android device. It's that time of year again; food, shopping, holidays, and more shopping.

uSamp Ties With GutCheck

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Encino-based uSamp , the provider of technology and services for the online panel and surveying market, said that it has teamed with GutCheck , a provider of online qualitative research.

uSamp Buys AOL Unit

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey and panel firm headed by Matt Dusig, has acquired AOL's DMS Insights unit, the firm said today. DMS Insights, also known as Digital Marketing Services, Inc., provides market research and online research services.

uSamp Unveils Panel Management Offerings

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Encino-based uSamp , the online survey firm started by former goZing founders Matt Dusig and Gregg Lavin, announced today that it has rolled out a new set of online offerings focused on market researchers and brand managers.

uSamp Adds Gould, Moriarty To Board

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Encino-based uSamp , which provides technology and services for market research and surveying, said this morning that it has added Alan Gould and Sean Moriarty to its board of directors.

Cyber-Rain Raises $1.6M More

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Encino-based Cyber-Rain , the developer of Internet-linked, automated sprinkler controllers, has raised $1.6M in a funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm on Tuesday. According to the filing, the new funding is part of an ongoing, $2.0M fundraising effort by the firm.

SodaHead Launching Major Redesign

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Encino-based SodaHead , the social news and question and answer site headed by Jason Feffer, told its users today that it is launching a major redesign this week.