Versatility Key for Thor: Electric Trucks, Next-Gen Batteries, Modular Chassis

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North Hollywood electric-truck startup Thor Trucks Inc. claims two innovations set it apart from other electric truck manufacturers

Sunrun Plans Major Hiring In Southern California


The San Francisco company said that it plans hiring and expansion in Escondido, North Hollywood, Orange County, Pomona, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo, among other locations. Residential solar installer Sunrun said this morning that it is planning a major hiring and expansion drive, with the hiring of 800 additional employees and the opening of ten new offices--many of them in Southern California.

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Sonnen Plans Battery Storage, Microgrid Effort In Puerto Rico


headquarters in North Hollywood, said it has pledged to ship its systems into Puerto Rico to assist with recovery of that island's electrical grid. Sonnen , the German battery energy storage systems developer which has its U.S. The company said it is launching a "Puerto Rico Energy Security Initiative" to help deploy microgrids in local communities.

Geni Adds Follow Feature


Taking a clue from Twitter, North Hollywood-based Geni , the family history and tree site, said Thursday that it has added a new "Follow" feature to the site.

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Car Harmony Takes On Car Financing With Self Service Tool


The service is owned by Hankey Group, which owns North Hollywood Toyota, Midway Car Rental, plus Westlake Financial Services. Los Angeles-based online car shopping startup Car Harmony is taking on the area of auto finance today, saying it has launched a new, self service tool aimed at letting car shoppers create their own custom financing options for cars.

Car Harmony Debuts New Online Used Car Shopping Service


The startup says it is owned by the Hankey Group, which owns such companies as North Hollywood Toyota, Midway Car Rental, Westlake Financial Services, NowCom, and others. A new, Los Angeles company, Car Harmony , has launched an online car shopping service that lets users shop for and purchase used cars entirely online.

Disney Online Acquires Sites From Kaboose


North Hollywood-based Disney Online , the online publishing arm of Disney Interactive Media Group, announced this morning that it has acquired a number of assets from Canadian firm Kaboose, in a deal worth approximately $18.4M. Disney said that it is acquiring , , , , and from Kaboose, to integrate into its lineup of web sites.

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Disney Completes Kaboose Buy


North Hollywood-based Disney Online announced today that the firm has completed its purchase of a number of web sites from Kaboose, including,,, and The acquisitions, which were first announced in April, will become part of a new division the firm is calling Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio. Disney had earlier said that the deal was worth approximately $18.4M.

Disney Online Launches Tweener Site


North Hollywood-based Disney Online said Friday that it has rolled out a new site, DisneyXD , targeted at the "tween" market. The Disney unit said that the online and mobile site would target kids and tween boys with action-based games, full length video, music, sports, and other similar themes.

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