With New Data, Amgen Promises Refund If Cholesterol Drug Doesn’t Work

Xconomy

Stung by slow sales of its next-generation anti-cholesterol drug, Amgen hopes new clinical data, released this morning, will spur doctors to boost prescriptions and—perhaps more important—drive insurers to loosen their restrictions. The data, from a massive study of more than 27,000 patients, come at a time when drug and healthcare prices are a top U.S. political issue, and pricey new cholesterol drugs have been a key battleground.

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Phoenix Shops Its Cancer Drug as Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

Xconomy

San Antonio — George Perry, a scientist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has long proposed that drug developers and researchers need to look earlier into the roots of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Assignmint: Freelance Work Available | Founder Interview, The Future of Journalism & The LA Startup Scene

Tech Zulu Event

I have been on every end of the business in terms of journalism and publishing. For all those who want to talk about the fragmentation of media and the models for journalism is in trouble; it’s actually not. Journalism is stronger than ever, but the outlets are fragmented.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

Both Sides of the Table

media journalismBuzzFeed. It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one of the most innovative companies in digital media.

Citizen Journalism

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, July 13, 2009 -- SMCLA: Citizen Journalism: Social Media's Effect on How News is Reported and Consumed. More and more people are turning to social media as the first place they look for breaking news. Pictures and videos from newsworthy events make it to the web via mobile phones and hand held devices and first hand accounts are micro blogged in 140 characters or less before any traditional news outlet is able to cover the story. What does this mean for: a.)

50 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To—and 5 New Ways to Find Them

Xconomy

If you’re not much of a podcast listener and you have a sense that you’re missing out on a lot of great content, you’re absolutely right. But now is a good time to fix that, thanks to a new profusion of listening options. And to get you started, I have a few shows to suggest. Fifty of them, in fact. I’ve always been a big fan of podcasts—and I mean always, back to the days of the very first podcasts around 2004.

Bio Roundup: Trump’s Rx Silence, PCSK9 News, Amgen’s Migraines & More

Xconomy

Theranos Third Rock Ventures transition transplants Tyler uniQure Walgreens Wall Street Journal World Hemophilia Federation World CongressSpeculation swirled this week around the incoming U.S. president’s intent to make good on his angry campaign rhetoric on drug prices, while the Associated Press reported that naming-and-shaming—that is, Congress hauling executives into hearings and penning angry letters—certainly hasn’t done the trick.

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GLAZED | Wearable Tech Conference [Live]

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Amir Efrati, Writer, Wallstreet Journal. TechZulu is happy to announce that we will be bringing you all the action live from the GLAZED Conference Monday, September 30th starting at 9AM.

Bio Roundup: Trumpcare is Mean, SCOTUS Says Go, Merck’s Myeloma No

Xconomy

What exactly does the American Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace Obamacare, currently look like? Few people know, because the Senate version is being negotiated behind closed doors in Washington D.C. without any public hearings. We do know President Trump now thinks the version of the AHCA that squeaked through the House is “ mean.”

Stroome Scores $200K From Journalism Contest

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Stroome was founded by Nonny de La Pena and Tom Grasty, both of whom are graduate students at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. Tags: stroome contest journalism video remix editing Los Angeles-based Stroome , which is developing an online community for collaborative video editing, announced today that it has just won $200,000 from the 2010 Knight News Challenge. The Knight News Challenge is a contest which helps to fund digital news experiments and technology.

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SciVee Adds Elsevier Health Sciences Journal

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San Diego-based Scivee , which develops software for hosting scientific videos on the web, said today that it has added The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), published by Elsevier, as a customer. Tags: scivee video hosting journal elsevier publishing software Scivee said that Elsevier has signed an agreement to deploy the firm's products and services, which enable posting of videos which synchronize with scientific abstracts and articles.

Demand Media Launches Long Form Article Effort

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freelance writer journalism writing livestrong ehow content publisher publishing editorial media demandSanta Monica-based Demand Media , the online publisher which runs such sites as eHow.com, typeF.com, and LIVESTRONG.COM, said Thursday afternoon that it is launching a new effort focused on long-form web content. The firm said it is looking to engage feature writers to write long articles--"north of 850 words"--for its sites.

SoCal Heads to SXSWi | 2012 Panel Picking Guide

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Journalism: How to Talk to Your Audience Again. Its that time again! The race to get your SXSWi panel to as many votes as possible so that you will be selected to present at the coming 2012 SXSW.

SoCal's Next Big Online Publisher: Breitbart.com?

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breitbart andrew journalism online publishingSouthern California is already establishing a reputation as the home of one of the biggest online publishers, Demand Media. However, what will Southern California's next big, online publishing empire be? Based on events in recent days, it might be Los Angeles-based Breitbart.com , the controversial online publishing venture of Andrew Brietbart. Breitbart.com runs the site Big Government , which broke the story of U.S.

Perfect Market Raises $9 Million More

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newspaper journalism content publishing funding capital venture market perfectPasadena-based Perfect Market , which provides tools for publishers to better create value from their content, is announcing today that it has raised $9M in a new funding round. The round was led by Comcast Interactive Capital, and also included Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, Tribune Company, and Trinity Ventures.

Jason Nazar Raises $5.2 Million for Stealth Startup

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Read at Los Angeles Business Journal. Jason Nazar has closed a $5.2 million seed round for a new startup named Crew32, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The news comes just one day after his first company, Docstoc, was shuttered by Intuit Inc., the company that bought it two years ago. Press

GumGum Powers In-Image Ads On Rolling Stone

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Santa Monica-based ad technology developer GumGum --which injects contextually relevant ads into images on publishers' websites, said today that it has signed a renewed partnership with Wenner Media, the publisher of Rolling Stone , Us Weekly and Men's Journal.

WSJ Top Startups List: SoCal Matches Silicon Valley On IPOs

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One of the most interesting things about the Wall Street Journal's list of top startups in the U.S.? The number of IPOs of companies on the Journal's list from 2011 from Southern California matched the number of IPOs of Silicon Valley companies.

Snap Inc. Files for IPO

L.A. Business Journal

The Venice-based company would likely initiate its IPO in March, an offering which would value the company between $20 billion and $25 billion, according to sources cited by Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. Snap Inc., parent company and developer of messaging app Snapchat, has confidentially filed for an initial public offering of its stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to multiple press reports.

Mindbody Raises $50M at $450M Valuation; IPO Likely in 2015

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Lizette Chapman of the Wall Street Journal talks to Rick Stollmeyer, CEO of MindBody software, which was funded by the Pasadena Angels, about their recent $50M raise and likely IPO in 2015.

Report: Websense On The Block

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San Diego-based Websense is reportedly considering a sale of the company, according to a report this week in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal reports Websense has hired investment banking firm Qatalyst Partners on the sale. According to the WSJ, the firm is looking to get around $1B for the company. Websense is a provider of web filtering software. READ MORE>>. websense merger acquisition filtering software qatalyst

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

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Keep An Idea Journal. Such journals, formerly called Commonplace Books, were used during the 17 th & 18 th centuries by curious, deep thinkers, including: Milton, Bacon, Locke, Franklin and Darwin. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

HipGeo Launches Updated iPhone Travel Blogging App

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The company said the redesign came after finding that users were interested in using its tools to create blog-like travel and trip journals, rather than the original, animated slideshows the tool provided.

MediaPass Wins New Publisher, RightWisconsin

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MediaPass has just added another customer looking to use the firm to help drive its subscription business, the Journal Broadcast Group, which owns and operates 35 radio stations and 15 television stations. MediaPass said that the Journal Broadcast's RightWisconsin , a political site, is using MediaPass for a new, paid subscription system. One of the hottest area for online publishers, has been the move back towards paid subscription paywalls for content.

Kobe Bryant Launches New $100 Million Venture to Solidify Retirement

Tech.Co

“I think it’s interesting that the immediate reaction from people would be competitiveness between myself and others,” said Bryant in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Sports stars are used to success. Whether it’s winning a championship or setting a record, being an athlete is a great way to rise to the top of the mountain. But when it comes to the entrepreneurial world, sports stars haven’t always panned out.

PR Is A Passion Play That Cannot Be Outsourced

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A version of this article previously appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Lots of it … in places like The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal and Business Week.”. You have been planning to ask your long-time partner to marry you for months and the big day has finally arrived.

Southern California's Billion Dollar Startup Trio: SpaceX, Snapchat, Beats

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A recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal uncovers a surprising number of Southern California startups in the billion dollar valuation -- led by Hawthorne-based SpaceX , with a $4.8 Think Silicon Valley has a lock on billion dollar startups? billion dollar valuation at its last round. The chart of valuations shows that there are three companies which made the cut for being venture backed, having raised money in the last three years, and are still privately held.

Report: Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura Among Top Spots For CEOs

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The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura metro area has made a list of the top areas where CEOs live , published in this week''s Wall Street Journal. The report--ranking the percentage of residents identified as CEOs--said 1.21% of residents in the metro workforce were CEOs. The area ranked among other areas like Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut (1.82%); Boulder, Colorado (1.45%); Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida (1.27%); and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (1.10%). READ MORE>>.

A Look At Useful Sites for Entrepreneurs

Tech Coast Venture Network

Wally Eater, one of our esteemed and longtime Executive Committee members, brought this Wall Street Journal article to my attention. It presents some excellent sites for entrepreneurs and is well worth a look. link]. General Resources Startup entrepreneurs links resources sites

SoCal Firms Still Lined Up For IPOs

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10 of the 44 venture-backed companies currently filed to go public are from Southern California, according to an analysis today from the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, there are 44 U.S., venture-backed companies currently filed for an IPO, with 10 from Southern California and 13 from Silicon Valley. Those firms include Boingo Wireless , Active Network , NewEgg , GameFly and Peregrine Semiconductor.

Report: Hulu Up For Sale

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the firm was approached by an unsolicited offer to be acquired. A number of reports Tuesday afternoon says that Santa Monica-based streaming video site Hulu is up for sale. Details on potential buyers has not be disclosed or uncovered. READ MORE>>. hulu merger acquisition exit content hollywood video streaming

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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My partner Greg Bettinelli (worth following on Twitter) was recently named by The LA Business Journal as the “ Top deal maker in Los Angeles in Venture Capital.” I realized 18 months ago what the LA Business Journal just recognized last week.

Snap’s Challenges to Gain Increased Focus in Public

L.A. Business Journal

Business Journal lays out five factors that could figure in to Snap’s first year as a public company