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Santa Monica Tech Community Grows, As Another Tech Law Firm Sets Up Shop


Stubbs Alderton joins recent Santa Monica addition--and Silicon Valley law firm and rival--Cooley LLP in putting an office in the area, about a block away. beach silicon legal technology alderton stubbs monica santa

Esri Powers Pokemon Hunting Map From Santa Monica's Pokevision


Pokevision is based in Santa Monica. The company has been making a big outreach to the startup community in the past few years, an alternative to Google Maps and others. Redlands, California-based mapping software developer Esri said today that it is powering a new, mobile app which helps Pokemon Go players find Pokemon hot spots.

Google Hiring Frenzy Skips SoCal, So Far


A examination of Google's posted jobs in Santa Monica and Irvine on Friday show that there are only about 32 positions listed for those locations. Google has offices in Santa Monica, and recently leased 100,000 square feet in Venice.

GumGum Makes Images Profitable for Publishers

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Buying Google keywords will be popular and expensive. GumGum HQ, is tucked away on 4 th Street in Santa Monica in a hipster building (that holds other notable startups), and like its young founder, Ophir Tanz , feels warm and inviting. Think about how many images are on the web.

TYLT Labs' New Seed Fund And The Promise Of Silicon Beach


We''re making investments, and are based in Santa Monica, and although we have a small team, we''re looking forward to becoming part of the local scene here in Silicon Beach. We''re happy to report that we''ve found quite a bunch of those here in our backyard in Santa Monica.

ParkMe Launches Real-Time Parking In San Francisco [Infographic]

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Founded by Sam Friedman and Alex Israel in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, the ParkMe app is among the Top 10 of free navigation apps in the iTunes App Store.

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No Google Autocompleter Openings In SoCal


In one of its April Fool's jokes, search engine giant Google has posted a job position--and accompanying YouTube recruitment video --for a "Google Autocompleter", to predict what users are searching for on the web. So far, there are no listings for "Google Autocompleters" in SoCal.

Google Analytics Panel wows Santa Monica crowd

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Google’s free “Analytics&# and “Optimizer&# services were the hot topics Thursday night in Santa Monica. The latest TCOSC event featured 2 expert speakers: James Tipton from Google and Corey Koberg of Webshare Design (an authorized Google consulting firm). We were happy to host about 60 people at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica for networking, dinner, and education .

Nimble Hits Google Chrome App Store


Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of cloud-based, contact management software which is headed by Goldmine founder Jon Ferrara, has extended the distribution of it service this morning with a new Google Chrome web application. The startup, which makes it easier for professionals and small businesses to manage their contacts, said its new Google Chrome app helps extend the Chrome browser to link to its service. nimble google chrom store software

How Google's Old Offices Are Becoming A Tech Hub, with ROC's Walter Grieves


In a sign of the growth of the Silicon Beach technology world, last year, Google moved its headquarters out of a space on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, and into a new fancy headquarters space in Venice. This is a neutral space in Santa Monica.

Google Lets Users Block Sites


Search engine giant Google , in what might be a preview of a way for users to help filter out low quality web results, said Thursday that it has begun allowing user to block results from sites they do not want to see. Google--which said it is not yet using the data in search results, but will be looking at the data from the program--said the blocked sites will be linked to a user's Google account. google block search site engine filter quality sites

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Google Plans Expansion In Venice


Search engine giant Google is planning a major expansion in Venice, according to a report today in the LA Times. According to the report, Google has leased more than 100,000 square feet in the Binoculars Building in Venice, designed by Frank Gehry. The move comes a day after Google said it is looking to hire more than 6,000 workers worldwide this year. Google currently has major operations in Santa Monica, where it is spread across a number of building.

Google To Ramp Hiring In Southern California, Too


Search engine giant Google says that its hiring surge this year will affect its Southern California offices, despite a lack of an increase in its listed positions on its jobs pages for its Santa Monica and Irvine locations. hiring jobs employment california southern google

Drew Baumann | Fullscreen BEAM, Google Glass, and Future Tech

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Drew Baumann got his lucky hands on Google’s ongoing project, Google Glass. We get in touch with Drew and talk about his new BEAM app, Google Glasses, and the future of tech. I thought Google Glasses was allowing people to easily share life’s moment through YouTube.

Demand Media Buys Two Firms, Renews Google Ad Deal


Santa Monica-based Demand Media , the online publishing empire run by Richard Rosenblatt, said Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired two companies, plus renewed a deal with Google. Separately, Demand Media said it has renewed a three year advertising deal with Google, where Google will help monetize the firm's properties and content inventory. As part of that effort, Demand Media said its inventory will be included in the premium Google Display Network Reserve.

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Nimble Gets $1M From Google, Mark Cuban


Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of online, contact and relationship management software headed by Jon Ferrara, the former founder of Goldmine, said last night that it has raised $1M in a seed funding round. The round was led by Google Ventures and Mark Cuban. nimble ferrara goldmine venture capital google contact management relationship software

EdgeCast Joins Google, Others On DNS Effort


Santa Monica-based content deliver network provider EdgeCast Networks said today that it has joined with OpenDNS and Google, as well as a number of other CDNs, to speed up the handling of domain name system (DNS) request on the Internet. edgecast opendns google content delivery network acceleration

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Event Farm Acquires Event Software Company Attend


Santa Monica-based Event Farm , which develops event marketing software, has acquired Boston-based event software company Attend , as an expansion of the company's reach. Event Farm--which already has offices in Santa Monica and Washington D.C., Event Farm counts such clients as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Lamborghini, WIRED, SpaceX, and NASCAR.

Google's $500M Pharmacy Forfeit Sheds Light On Issues At Demand Media's eNom


The forfeiture of $500M in revenues by Google to the the U.S. Department of Justice Wednesday, over the use of Google's AdWords to advertise Canadian pharmacies, has shed some light on the types of issues that were facing Santa Monica-based eNom , the domain name registration and wholesaler owned by Demand Media , last year. sales illegal justice department legal drug pharmacy online legitscript google

MomentFeed's New Service Aimed At Local Marketing For Brands


Santa Monica-based MomentFeed , the developer of analytics software used to help retailers understand the link between their retail locations and mobile consumers, said this week that it has rolled out a new offering called LocalVoice Community Management. MomentFeed said the new service helps brands by offering up localized published to Facebook, Google+, and Foursquare, along with a dedicated, community manager.

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car Effort


Search engine giant Google said over the weekend that the firm has been developing technology for self driving cars, driving automated cars across California, including Los Angeles and Santa Monica. According to Google, it has hired what it says were some of the very best engineers from the DARPA Grand Challenge, DARPA's robotic vehicle competition, and applied them to develop its own, automated cars.

Nimble Connects With Google Apps


Santa Monica-based customer relationship management and contact management software developer Nimble said today that it has connected into Google Apps for Work, via the Google for Work Partner Program. According to Nimble, the company said it has bundled Google Apps for Work with Nimble , automatically using information from Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Drie to helps support sales and marketing efforts for companies.

TZ Presents: ‘Nice Guys’ DO Finish First In Business | Fireside Chat With Greg Cargill

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The Santa Monica location at 604 Arizona is located in the heart of Santa Monica’s high-demand market, the newest ROC location appeals to fast-growing companies in the technology, media and entertainment sectors.

Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture


Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture's software was used to turn web pages into an interactive, multimedia experience through a browser add-on; the firm said its technology is going to be used to enhance Google's Chrome browser. apture google merger acquisition software browsing clearstone venture capital exit

Yahoo Extends Free Food Perk In New York: Whither SoCal?


Yahoo has operations in Santa Monica, San Diego, and Burbank, which among them show a few dozen job openings. Mayer comes from Google, which offers up its Los Angeles employees such benefits as free food, a climbing wall, and and outdoor movie theater. yahoo employee free food google southern california angeles santa monica

Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management


Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd , the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of Product at the company. Phillips had served as a product manager for Google Offers and lifecrowd google executive muckerlab social discovery

Google Googles In Marketing Experiment


Google Googles , the mobile visual recognition application being developed by search giant Google, said today that it has launched a new "marketing experiment" around Buick, Disney, Diageo, T-Mobile, and Delta Airlines. According to Google's Googles team, those five brands have created "Goggles-enabled" print ads, movie posters, and other media which will allow users to take a picture of those ads, and be able to click through to special mobile destinations for those brands.

Demand Media Extends Pluck To Mobile


Santa Monica-based Demand Media has extended its Pluck social media platform to mobile devices, the company said today. Demand Media said that Pluck now includes new tools for software developers, to provide native experiences and creation of community features on mobile phones, including support for Objective-C on the Apple iOS, as well as Java for Google Android applications.

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Real Estate Investors Win With Rise Of Silicon Beach In Playa Vista


Early investors in transforming Playa Vist--which is now home to operations of YouTube, Google, 72AndSunny, Microsoft, and many others--into a center for the technology, advertising and media industry, have apparently been rewarded handsomely, according to the WSJ. Playa Vista is midway between Santa Monica and Los Angeles International Airport, and is one of a number of technology-and-media rich neighborhoods on the west side of Los Angeles.

Bitium Rolls Out In Google Apps Marketplace


Santa Monica-based Bitium , the developer of identity and access management software led by Scott Kriz, has rolled out its products in the Google Apps Marketplace, the company said Thursday. Bitium said its products are tightly integrated and work with Google Apps for Work, helping to secure business applications. bitium google apps marketplace access management software identity security cybersecurity

Playsino Releases First Two Network Titles


Santa Monica-based Playsino , the developer of social casino games, said Friday that it has released the first two games under its Publishing Network effort.

Tech and Entertainment Have a Home in Silicon Beach

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The real estate impact of this activity can probably be traced to the 2011 arrival of Google in the Frank Gehry-designed “binoculars” building on Main Street in Santa Monica. Google chose Playa Vista to establish YouTube Space LA , its flagship center for content creation.

NearWoo Connects With Google DoubleClick


Santa Monica-based NearWoo said today that it has linked up with Google''s DoubleClick Ad Exchange, allowing its 4,000 local mobile advertisers to access the ad inventory on DoubleClick. According to NearWoo, the deal gives its local mobile advertisers access to the sites, apps and games where Google delivers it mobile ads. nearwoo google doubleclick exchange local business advertising

Nimble Updates CRM Tools


Santa Monica-based social CRM software developer Nimble has rolled out a new version of its platform, which it is calling "Nimble 4.0". According to the company, led by longtime CRM veteran Jon Ferrara, the updated software includes such new features as embedding within Office 365 and Google Apps; synchronizes contacts, emails, and calendars; new automatic market segmentation tools; personalized outreach emails; new templates for Gmail; and much more.

Utopia Parkway in LA | Ride-Sharing Revolution

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Four months later Allen and Paul raised a Series A round of $10 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners , Google Ventures , SV Angel , Mark Pincus , Lerer Ventures and a convoy of other prominent angels and VCs. I used SideCar last week to get a ride from Santa Monica to Westwood.

Amazon Betas Gets Greenlight


is hanging out at Santa Monica technology coworking and tech hangout ROC--thanks to a new online series being piloted by officially announced the greenlighting of a new, comedy pilot called Betas , centered around what it described as "four computer geeks and their quest for nerd fame". It looks like Ed Begley, Jr.,

How Event Farm Is Making Events A Part Of Your Sales Funnel

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We spoke with co-founder Ryan Costello about Santa Monica-based Event Farm (, on how its software technology is being used to power high end, VIP events for large companies. We're in Santa Monica, and sometime people think we're a venue or rental space for events, but what we are, is a 100 percent software company. Our clients are large, Fortune 1000 companies, like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Nike, JP Morgan, Lamborghini, and SpaceX.

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Google Users Shouldn't Expect Privacy In Gmail, Says Group


A local consumer watchdog group has uncovered a court filing from Internet giant Google , which says that the firm doesn''t believe users should expect privacy when they use Gmail. google privacy consumer watchdog gmail scanning wiretapping wiretap

Digest 6/6 – 12: Big Raises for Spaces VR, Virtual Reality Co, Frequency; Legendary Goes OTT


GOOGLE Moving into Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose Hangar ( link ). STREAM Conference Came to Santa Monica. News ArsenicTV Cedars Techstars Daqri Frequency Google snapchat Space VR SpaceX. Follow LA Tech Digest on Twitter ( link ) for news as it happens. **.

Mahalo Chops Headcount, Says Report


Santa Monica-based Mahalo , the online human-curated news and search site headed by Jason Calacanis, has cut 10 percent of its staff, according to reports. According to a report by CenterNetworks, the changes were a reaction to the search algorithm and quality changes made by Google last week. Google said last week that it had made significant changes to its algorithm to downgrade what it considered low-quality pages, which was expected to hit "content farms".