LA Metro Aims To Solve Last Mile To Public Transit Via Ridesharing

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According to the LA Metro, it has inked a deal with ridesharing service ia , which will give riders a way to get to three Metro stations--Artesia, El Monte, and North Hollywood--through Via's app. metro last mile public transit ridesharing rider artesia elmonte subway north hollywood transportation government

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

Los Angeles is using ride-hailing startup Via to shuttle people to public transit

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Under the pilot program, Via will provide on-demand rides to and from the Compton, El Monte and North Hollywood stations. Los Angeles is partnering with on-demand shuttle-based service Via as part of a pilot program that will give people rides to three busy public transit stations.

Sunrun Plans Major Hiring In Southern California

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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

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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

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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 Debuts New Online Used Car Shopping Service

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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.

Quest Software Buys BiTKOO

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BiTKOO was based in North Hollywood, and was co-founded by Doron Grinstein and Eric Kotler. Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software announced this morning that it has acquired BiTKOO , a developer of authorization and entitlement management for the enterprise IT market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Quest said the buy will add BiTKOO's technology to its Quest One Identity Solutions.

Disney Online Acquires Sites From Kaboose

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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 Kaboose.com , Babyzone.com , AmazingMoms.com , Funschool.com , and Zeeks.com from Kaboose, to integrate into its lineup of web sites.

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Disney Completes Kaboose Buy

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North Hollywood-based Disney Online announced today that the firm has completed its purchase of a number of web sites from Kaboose, including Kaboose.com, BabyZone.com, AmazingMoms.com, and ParentZone.com. 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

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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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How Halla Is Using AI To Personalize Food, With Spencer Price

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We all went to Oakwood High School, in North Hollywood in Los Angeles. For this morning's interview, we spoke with Los Angeles-based Halla , a venture backed startup, focused on personalized recommendations for the food ordering industry. The company has raised $1.9M in seed funding, from E&A Venture Capital and SOSV. We spoke with CEO and co-founder Spencer Price to learn more about the company. What is Halla?