Ownzones Launches Media Management Platform

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The company said its new product, Zypline, helps media owners deliver video to OTT platforms, automating and simplifying the process of distributing content to Roku, Hulu, Verizon, Comcast, LeEco and other OTT platforms. Pricing on the new product was not announced. ownzones media management platform over

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

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We spoke with CEO and co-founder Spencer Price to learn more about the company. Spencer Price: Halla is the only software company to dynamically profile human tastes so we can help people make better choices. Spencer Price: That's a fair question. Spencer Price: The customer experience with e-commerce has become less and less human, as algorithms on digital platform replace human interaction. The challenge of any AI platform, is to understand that.

AdGreetz Rolls Out Automated, Personalized Ad Marketing Platform

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Los Angeles-based AdGreetz , which develops personzlied advertising technology, announced a new product this morning, and automated and integrated marketing platform it calls AdChef. AAcording to the company, the new software allows companies to produce, upload and deploy millions of unique creative versions of ads to the most popular digital media platforms and demand side platforms, in real time. Pricing on the new software was not announced.

Spreeify Launches Social Ad Platform

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Los Angeles-based Spreeify , the social marketing software startup led by Ruben Dua, announced this morning that it has launched a new, social advertising platform it is calling SocialActive. Pricing on the new product were not announced.

Broadcom Debuts New LTE Platform

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Irvine-based semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom has launched a new, LTE smartphone platform, which it says is targeted at the sub-$300 smartphone market. Pricing on the new LTE system-on-a-chip was not announced.

Cloudera, Hortonworks Plan To Merge As $5.2B Cloud Data Platform

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Share prices for the two Silicon Valley companies spiked in after-hours trading following the announcement Wednesday that both their boards approved the all-stock deal. The goal of the combined entity is to provide a leading data platform. Cloudera and Hortonworks, two large, publicly traded companies that compete to offer Web-based data storage and analytics, announced plans today to merge into a combined entity they value at $5.2 billion.

Sightly Launches Video Ad Platform

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San Diego-based Sightly , which develops video advertising technology, said Thurday that it has launched a new platform aimed at delivering personalized, video ads from local businesses to prospective customers. Sightly said its video ad platform provides micro-target audiences in hyper-local areas for advertisers. Pricing on the new product was not disclosed.

Pharmaceutical Price Controls Might Be Closer Than You Think

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Amid the hue and cry over the Mylan EpiPen pricing debacle , Hillary Clinton unveiled her “ Plan to Respond to Unjustified Price Hikes for Long-Available Drugs. ” Clinton’s plan calls for “dedicated oversight to protect consumers.” Clinton proposes to combat “unjustified price hikes.”

Roambi Debuts New Cloud Platform

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Roambi , the developer of business data visualization apps, has debuted a new cloud-based platform, the company said this morning. The San Diego firm said that its new Roambi Business lets companies load their data onto a cloud-based platform to serve up data visualization via its apps. The new cloud-based platform is hosted on Amazon Web Services, and lets any kind of company upload their data to the cloud.

Spot Runner Launches Media Platform

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Los Angeles-based Spot Runner , a developer of services which help advertisers buy TV advertising, announced today that it has launched its Malibu Media Platform, which the firm says will help improve the process of buying and selling television advertising. Tags: spotrunner media platform advertising television

CallFire Launches Their New Cv3 Platform & New Look

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CallFire creates simple text and voice platforms for businesses to use to reach their customers. CallFire’s growth has been tremendous: surpassing the 200,000 user mark, reaching the 200 million campaign mark for executing calls and texts campaigns, and a 100% growth in the past 12 months.

Spireon: 2.4 Million Subscribers For Telematics Platform

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Spireon said its NSpire platform is being used by auto insurers to use rich data to deliver price discounts and more based on driver behavior. Irvine-based telematics developer Spireon announced this morning that it has reached 2.4 million subscribers for its products, which it says makes it the industry's largest non-OEM telematics company. The company offers up GPS tracking software, which is used by insurers to track the driving behavior of their clients.

Trump Team Outlines Healthcare Agenda—No Mention of Drug Prices

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There is no mention of drug pricing or what the administration might do about frequent price increases, such as Mylan’s EpiPen practice, that critics say are unsubstantiated and unethical. During the campaign, Trump’s official platform called for a change to let Medicare negotiate drug prices and for the re-importation of lower cost drugs from abroad—ideas that swim upstream against typical GOP positions.

OroCommerce, Founded by Magento's Founders, Launches Ecommerce Platform

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West Hollywood-based OroCommerce , a new startup founded by Magento's Yoav Kutner and Roy Rubin, said today that it has launched a new e-commerce platform specifically aimed at B2B e-commerce. The new software is epcifically aimed at helping companies manage corporate accounts and buyer-seller relationships, managing price lists and catalogs, automating business workflows, and more, according to the company.

OpenX Launches New Ad Platform, Powers Groupon

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The firm said that the new platform is being used by customers such as Groupon, Orange-France Telecom Group, and Excite Japan. OpenX said the updated software includes such features as real-time ad bidding, more control by publishers over ad quality and pricing, new APIs, and other features. Pasadena-based OpenX , the Internet ad server developer, said today that it has launched a new version of its OpenX Enterprise software.

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The gift-giving platform that offers experiences instead of things

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The platform’s database is made up of hundreds of once in a lifetime activities that people can buy their partners, friends, family and loved ones. The post The gift-giving platform that offers experiences instead of things appeared first on TechZulu.

How ZendyHealth Is Adding Price Transparency To Healthcare

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Los Angeles-based ZendyHealth (www.zendyhealth.com) thinks it has figured out a way to help both patients and doctors by helping connect patients to doctors and specific procedures, with upfront pricing. It's an on-demand, name your own price service.

Brighter: More Than 75,000 Dentists Now On Platform

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Brighter said that dentists who are in health insurance networks are using the service to highlight their strengths to new patients and take advantage of its "Brighter Score", which rates dental providers based on pricing, patient satisfaction, and other factors. Santa Monica-based Brighter , the dental healthcare company led by startup veteran Jake Winebaum, said this morning that it now has almost 75,000 dentists on its marketplace.

GroundLink Car Service Platform Tackles Its Biggest Obstacle Yet: Los Angeles Traffic

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They offer ground transportation with up-front before-you-ride pricing throughout the U.S., You’ve heard of GroundLink before. and like Uber, you can book everything from your phone. The service basically puts all the control in the hands of the customer.

More Drama on the Cloud Price Wars Front

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Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the cloud price wars have flared up once again. The cloud price wars (sometimes known as the “Race to Zero”) aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. Such an aggressive move on the cloud price wars front could not be ignored by the other major players.

Giving with a twist: 3 online platforms that are changing the way we gift

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The following online platforms are making it easy to give personal, memorable presents from anywhere in the world. SendItLater is the online gift-giving platform that lets anyone from busy college students to soldiers deployed overseas, deliver a special gift to the people they care about.

Recession-proof Pricing

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Thursday, November 6, 2008 -- "Recession-proof Pricing Strategies for a Multi-platform World" Technology Council. Today's technology companies increasingly must deliver products on multiple platforms to satisfy customer demand and competitive pressures. The need to provide "platform de jour" is complicated by a slowing economy and customer desires to maximize their purchasing dollar and to delay payments.

Bio Roundup: Bosley’s Editas Exit, Bridge Bucks, CRISPR Crime & More

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In a week of big personnel moves, none was more surprising than Editas Medicine CEO Katrine Bosley’s departure. After guiding the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing startup from scientific breakthrough toward the development of a potential cutting-edge medicine, slogging victoriously through a legendary patent fight , and reaching the cusp of an historic clinical trial , the well-traveled Bosley is cutting out, the company said Tuesday. Investors were not happy.

Selling your business? Find the emotional buyer

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A financial buyer will analyze your numbers, past and forecast, to the n’th degree, and calculate the price based upon the result, after carefully comparing your numbers with those of others in the same and similar industries.

Why Hopscotch Is Behind Your Favorite Mobile Sports App, with Laurence Sotsky

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Combining that with my previous experience, which was in the platform and SaaS market, and sports, was really a home run. I wound down my old company, and spun up Hopscotch, to build a better platform that could be used by not just the biggest operators, but everyone. From what I've seen, from my vantage point, is it's pretty difficult to build and excellent mobile platform, without spending millions and millions of dollars.

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MINDBODY Buys Wellness Technology Startup Lymber

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San Luis Obispo-based MINDBODY , the developer of cloud-based business management software for spas and the wellness services industry, has acquired Lymber Wellness , a startup that provides yield management and pricing software for class and appointment-based businesses. MINDBODY said that Lymber's software--which is built on MINDBODY's API--will add a dynamic pricing engine to its platform.

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TrackStreet Takes $2M For E-Commerce Monitoring

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Santa Barbara-based TrackStreet , a developer of software to help manufacturers monitor their channel and e-commerce sites--and in particular, minimum-advertising-price (MAP) policies--has raised $2M in seed funding, the company said Wednesday. According to the company, the new funds go towards further development of its artificial intelligence technology, and to extend its platform and for market efforts.

Doctours offers packaged medical tourism for U.S. customers

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Doctours , a Los Angeles-based online platform for booking trips and treatments for medical and dental care around the world, is expanding its services to 35 countries.

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Ten of Southern California's Top Software Companies

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that out, by pulling together massive amounts of information from multiple sources and intelligently pricing and engaging. Forum , says "New platforms are very interesting to CTOs.

Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

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As you might expect from the name, Freeletics operates its mobile fitness coaching app on a freemium model, with tiered pricing beginning at $11.99 One of Europe’s most popular fitness applications is poised to flourish in the U.S.

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Massage-on-demand company, Soothe, raises $31 million

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It also relocated from Los Angeles to Las Vegas; named a new chief executive; and announced new geographies where its massage booking platform is now available. .

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Kindbody raises $15M, will open a ‘Fertility Bus’ with mobile testing & assessments

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The New York-based company was founded last year by Gina Bartasi, a fertility industry vet who previously launched Progyny, a fertility benefit solution for employers, and FertilityAuthority.com, an information platform and social network for people struggling with fertility.

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TrueCar Tops 200,000 Cars Sold

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the online car pricing site headed by Scott Painter, reports this morning that it has now sold more than 200,000 cars through its online car buying and pricing platform. TrueCar said the sales came via its more than 40 partner-branded Web Siets, which use the car pricing and sales engine powered by Zag. truecar scott painter auto automotive pricing sales quote

Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

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The company raised more than $550 million after pricing at $17 per share a little over a week ago. Shopify quietly acquires Handshake, an e-commerce platform for B2B wholesale purchasing .

TrueCar Tops 500,000 Cars Sold

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the online automotive purchasing program and technology developer, has just topped 500,000 cars sold on its platform, the firm reported this morning. The company, which is disrupting the automotive sales industry with its upfront pricing software, said that 100,000 of those vehicles were sold in just over the last four months. auto software pricing sold sales automotive truecar