Silicon Beach Report Sept. 28: J2 Global’s Hemi Zucker to Step Down, Lead VC Firm

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J2 Global’s Hemi Zucker to step down, lead VC firm, Lockheed Martin ramps development of SR-72 at Palmdale’s Skunk Works and Snapchat launches sponsored World Lenses

General Atomics Tests New Predator Drone

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The company said the test was completed at its flight facility near Palmdale on November 17th. San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on Monday that it has completed its first flight test of its Type-Certifiable Predator B (TCPB) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The company said the new Predator is aimed at use for a number of missions, including unweaponized border patrol, coast guard, and disaster relief missions.

Green Commuter Launches Tesla Model X Vanpool Service

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According to Green Commuter, it has begun leasing its fleet of Tesla Model X electric vehicles to vannpoolers, with a single vanpool between Palmdale and Valencia, and 86-mile round trip daily commute. Los Angeles-based Green Commuter said on Tuesday that it has begun its vanpool operation in Los Angeles, using Tesla's Model-X 7 passenger SUVs.

Entrepreneurship Runs Deep In SoCal, As Even Monks Go Into E-Commerce

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In one more example of why Southern California has become a hotbed for new, technology-based startups, a group of local Benedictine monks in Valyermo--just north of Los Angeles near Palmdale--apparently has its own, hot e-commerce startup, MonksInk.com.

LA To Get Space Shuttle Endeavor

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The Endeavor was built in Palmdale. NASA , which is in the process of retiring the Space Shuttle, announced the final destination of the space shuttle fleet Tuesday, saying that the Space Shuttle Endeavor will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

U.S. Recognizes Southern California Technology Innovators

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Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm; plus Lockheed Martin's SkunkWorks, which was behind the design of the U-2, SR-71, F-117, and F-22, and which is based in Palmdale Several Southern California technology innovators from Southern California were recognized this morning in a ceremony at the White House, at the 2007 National Medal of Technology and Innovation awards. In a ceremony today, President George W.