Spark Networks Acquires Zoosk For $255M

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Spark Networks , the online dating company which was started in West Los Angeles, and now has operations globally, said on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire dating site Zoosk. Spark Networks operates such dating sites as SilverSingles, Christian Mingle, Jdate, Jswipe, and other brands. spark networks zoosk merger acquiistion jdate dating

ACTIVE Network, LeftLaneSports.com Launch Private Sales Site

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San Diego-based ACTIVE Network , the online sports registration site, and LeftLaneSports.com , a members-only e-commerce site based in San Luis Obispo, said today that they have tied to launch a new, private sales website called ACTIVE GearUp. THe two said the site will offer deals on products from endurance and outdoor brands. active network leftlandsports sports daily deal fashion ecommerce

How to network like a ninja

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Outgoing, full of creative ideas, and certainly the best person to teach us how, here is Kim on networking… By Kim Shepherd . Networking with others you want to meet is second nature to some, but it fills others with dread. With a little planning, networking becomes easy.

PASHpost Aims At Focused Social Networking

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A new, Los Angeles-based startup, PASHpost , said today that it has lauched a new service called PASHGroups , a social destination which aggregates posts from such sites as Craigslist, Google+, Reddit, and YouTube, and sorts content from those sites into a single, interest-focused community. pashpost social networking startup

Spark Networks Launches New Dating Site

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Beverly Hills-based Spark Networks , which operates a network of online, vertical dating sites, said Friday that it has rolled out a new site, Spark.com. The new dating site consolidates members from two of the firm's other dating sites, AmericanSingles.com and Date.ca. Both of those sites are now redirecting users to the new Spark.com site. Tags: spark networks online dating americansingles

Spark Networks Pumps Christian Dating Site

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Beverly Hills-based Spark Networks , which operates a number of vertically focused, online dating sites, is claiming today that the firm has now reached two million members for the firm's Christian focused dating site, ChristianMingle.com. The firm said the site--which has been around since 2001--is now the "leading" online network for Christian singles. Tags: spark networks christian dating

Web Hackers Targeting Social Networking Sites

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Carlsbad-based Breach Security , a developer of Internet security software, has released the results of a security report, saying that nineteen percent of all online attacks in 2009 so far have been based on social networking sites. web sites to launch their hacking attempts. Tags: hacking social networking

Zenvoy Rolls Out Business Matchmaking Site

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Los Angeles-based Zenvoy has formally launched its business matchmaking service and platform, aimed at helping professionals network with others and spur business. In addition to individuals, Zenvoy provides its services to associations, conferences, and other organizations to help those groups enhance networking within their own members, and add value to their services. Zenvoy says it now has 3,500 organizations and 1,300 cities in its network.

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Stockr Raises $1.5M For Social Networking Site For Investors

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Stockr , the social networking service aimed at financial investors based in Los Angeles, has raised $1.5M discussion networking social financial trading stock stockrin a seed funding round, the firm said yesterday. The company said the round came from Personal Capital, The Doyle Investment Group, and Adam Townsend.

At The Pool Redesigns Site, Rolls Out Groups For Organizations

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At The Pool , the Los Angeles-based social networking site focused on helping locals meet other locals, said Wednesday that it has launched a major, new site redesign, including adding the ability for local groups to create their own "pools".

K2 Network Upgrades Game Site

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Irvine-based K2 Network, which published video games, said late Wednesday that it has launched an improved version of the firm's GamersFirst.com game site. The site provides downloads, chat forums, and other information about K2's various games. The firm said the upgraded site adds improved navigation, an expanded marketplace for purchasing game premiums and special items, as well as news and user profile pages.

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More Women Than Men Using Social Networking Sites, Says Report

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The latest report out of Internet traffic analysis firm comScore finds that there's a higher percentage of women than men using social networking sites. percent of women globally used social networking sites in May, versus only 69.7 The report also found women were spending "significantly more" time on social networking sites than men, at 5.5 percent of women are using social networking. Tags: study internet women networking social

Zealot Networks Buys ViralNova

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Los Angeles-based Zealot Networks , the startup led by Danny Zappin which connects creators and influencers with brands, has acquired viral content site ViralNova. The two companies said that ViralNova is on track to have $35M in revenues in 2015, and is now seeing an average of 100 million monthly visits to its site. zealot networks viralnova merger acquisition viral content hollywood brands influencer creator

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design

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Los Angeles-based Myspace officially launched its new site design and a mobile app today, firmly centering the online site on music, music discovery, and streaming. The new site also lets users create their own radio stations, share animated GIFs, and more.

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Shopzilla Launches New Coupon Site, Tada

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Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site Shopzilla is expanding into the world of online coupon codes, with the launch of a new site called Tada , the company said Tuesday. Shopzilla said the new coupon site consolidates a number of coupon offerings into a single brand.

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Break Launches Hispanic Site

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Los Angeles-based Break Media , the online video and content firm headed by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is targeting Hispanic males with a new site, TuVez.com. According to Break, the new site will provide content focused on entertainment, gaming, sports, and culture, all in context of Hispanic males. Break said the new site's premier sponsor is Toyota. The firm said the new site comes due to advertiser desire to connect with the Hispanic population in the U.S.

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Active Launches Hyperlocal Activity Site

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San Diego-based Active.com , the operator of online sports and community activity registration sites, said this morning that it has expanded into the hyperlocal information market, with the launch of a new, local Bay Area activity guide. Active said the new, hyperlocal Active.com Bay Area site provides information on sporting events, fitness activities, and other things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as discounts on gear and activities through its Schwaggle program.

Invested.in Launches New Site For Alternative Investment

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said Wednesday that it has launched a new site, INVST , a new network for institutional-quality alternative investment funds. said that it has partnered with Carillon Capital, LLC--run by former E*TRADE Financial executives--on the site. Los Angeles-based crowdfunding technology developer Invested.in Invested.in Carillon Capital is led by Steve Dervenis and Rob Snow. Dervenis was previously CEO of E*TRADE Global Asset Management. Invested.in

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Greenwala Launches Green Social Networking Site

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Lake Forest-based Greenwala , a new startup, launched its social networking site Wednesday, saying that it is hoping to connect people with brands focused on sustainable lifestyles. The firm said that the site will allow companies to showcase green-based products, through a network of community members who want to help others live a greener lifestyle.

Lunch.com Enhances Site

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Los Angeles-based Lunch.com , the online social media and networking site headed by J.R. According to Johnson, the site has just launched a new Questions feature, which allows users to ask others about information; moved up the prominence of its Discussions feature; and also improved its photo embedding tool. Tags: lunch social media networking questions answer reviews Johnson, told its users today that it has made a new set of updates to the service.

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Communly Takes On Social Networking Around Interests, Not Friends

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Is there room in the world for another social networking site? Los Angeles-based Communly thinks so, and recently has launched a new site aiming to help connect users not based on who their friends are, but instead by a users'' interests.

Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation Launches New Nonprofit Site

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation , the nonprofit arm of talent management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand , said this morning that i thas launched a new online learning and social networking site for nonprofits.

Gaikai Powers Game Site

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Los Angeles-based Gaikai , the cloud-based game streaming service backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital, said Thursday that it is powering a game site, "The Escapist". Gaikai said that "The Escapist" will use its platform to stream demos of games like Electronic Arts Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 to game players, with other major video game publishers making their titles available through the site.

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Oversee.net Launches Credit Card Site

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Los Angeles-based Oversee.net said this morning that it has launched a new site, CreditCards.org, which is focused on smarter credit card decisions. According to Oversee, the new site will provide information on credit cards and simplify the process of finding credit for users. Among the kind of content provided on the site include comparison of different credit cards; industry information about the credit card industry; tips and advice focused on personal finance; and more.

Boingo Updates Customer Service Site

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Santa Monica-based Boingo Wireless , which operates a network of wireless access points through relationships with local Wi-Fi providers, told its users Wednesday that the firm has upgraded its customer service site. Tags: boingo wireless wifi access network

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Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

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I’ve been engaged with social networking for some time now, starting with Myspace and Facebook and just recently (within the last 30 days), Twitter. I have vanity urls setup at just about every site on the web. Isn’t social networking amazing?

Intent.com Launches Wellness Site

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Santa Monica-based Intent.com said Thursday that it has launched a new web site focused on wellness and social networking. The new site fatures blog posting from Deepak Chopra, Olivia Newton John, Ed Begley Jr.,

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Qualcomm Acquires Orb Networks

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has acquired Orb Networks , a developer of media streaming hardware for a range of mobile devices. Orb said in a post on its site that its technology had been acquired by "one of the large strategic partners" it has been working with. qualcomm networks merger acquisition media streaming hardware Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Local Corporation Debuts New Premium Ad Network

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Irvine-based online local advertising firm Local Corporation said today that it has launched a new, premium ad network it is calling "Fusion by Local". Local said the new ad network would allow brands to target local audiences without having to deal with individual publishers.

GameTrailers.com Launches Motion Gaming Site

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Los Angeles-based GameTrailers.com , the online gaming entertainment and news site owned by MTVN, said Monday that it has launched a new site, GT Motion, focused on motion-based gaming on the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360. GameTrailers said the new site will focus on motion-based gaming reviews, features, and blogs. s MTV Networks Entertainment Group, and has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

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Engaging Your Network Online

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Here are some tips on how to use your email correspondences and ezines to get your connections to interact with you on social media as well: Guide current e-mail subscribers to engage with you online through social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) The best way to do this is to refer to content posted on social media sites in your newsletter. Manal Richa Founder of The MarCom Network - www.MarComNetwork.com CEO of BreakThrough Networking, Inc.

AMP Turns To Crowdfunding For Sustainable Business Networking

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A new, Santa Monica-based startup, AMP , is hoping that crowdfunding will bring its bookmarking site and file exchange site for those interested in sustainability to life. crowdfunding sustainable business networking

MySpace Debuts New Site, Logo Plans

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Beverly Hills-based MySpace , the online social networking site, is set to debut a new new site design and logo, the firm said late last night. In a statement, MySpace CEO Mike Jones said the move is an "exciting turning point" for the site.

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Report: Hulu Near Network Deal

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A report today says that Los Angeles-based Hulu is close to inking a new deal with its network owners. According to AllThingsD, the deal will keep programs from NBC, Fox and ABC on the video site. hulu content streaming video network hollywood media

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“Superfriends” to Appear on Food Network via meetup.com

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Social networking at it’s finest… I’m sitting at a local brewery watching football with my wife and friends a month back and I get an email from someone who had just visited my Meetup.com site. I created the site to make new friends and to learn things.