Trending Sources Launches Social Shopping Site

socalTECH , a brand new, Los Angeles startup, said last week that it has launched a brand new, social shopping site, centered around free giveaways and shopping deals. The firm said it has more than $1M of free giveaways available on the site.

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PriceGrabber Launches Local Deals Site


Los Angeles-based PriceGrabber , the online comparison shopping site now owned by Experian, said today that it has officially launched a new, daily deal site at PriceGrabber said it is aggregating over 20 group buying sites--including Groupon and LivingSocial--on the site. PriceGrabber's local deal site allows users to browse and find daily deals from over 160 metropolitan areas, the firm said, and is aimed at reducing the "daily deal deluge".

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Attn: Gets $18.5M For News Site


West Hollywood-based Attn: , a company which publishes an online news site focused on social topics like economic mobility, civil rights, education, criminal justice, and the environment, has raised $18.5M in a funding round, the company disclosed on Friday. According to the LABJ, the funding came from Evolution Media Partners, Marc Rowan, RTS Ventures, Paul Wachter, Main Street Advisors, Seacrest Global Group, Cash Warren and Ross Levinsohn.

Google Lets Users Block Sites


Search engine giant Google , in what might be a preview of a way for users to help filter out low quality web results, said Thursday that it has begun allowing user to block results from sites they do not want to see. Google--which said it is not yet using the data in search results, but will be looking at the data from the program--said the blocked sites will be linked to a user's Google account. Those recent changes have been aimed at sites like Santa Monica-based

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Kickstarted Launches Site For Successfully Crowdsourced Projects


Kickstarted , a new online community focused on successfully crowdfunded projects, launched today, in an effort to connect the organizers of crowdfunded projects from such sites as IndieGogo, Kickstarter, and other projects with customers. The site was founded by Candice Georgiadis, a jewelry designer based in Malibu.

Science Inc. To Buy Social Bookmarking Site Delicious


the startup studio and incubator run by former MySpace CEO Michael Jones, has acquired longtime social bookmarking site Delicious , the company disclosed this morning. Santa Monica-based Science, Inc. , Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Delicious was previously owned by Steven Chen and Chad Hurley, the founders of YouTube, who had acquired Delicious from Yahoo back in 2011 via their company, Avos Systems.

Yahoo 51 Challenges SoCal's Automotive Sites With Amazon Vehicles


Amazon said it has launched a brand new, online car research site which is called Amazon Vehicles , which lets users search for specifications, reviews, images, videos, and more about both new and "classic" cars. Nearly all of the most popular automotive research sites have been based in Southern California.

A Look At Useful Sites for Entrepreneurs

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It presents some excellent sites for entrepreneurs and is well worth a look. General Resources Startup entrepreneurs links resources sites Wally Eater, one of our esteemed and longtime Executive Committee members, brought this Wall Street Journal article to my attention. link].

ACTIVE Network, Launch Private Sales Site


San Diego-based ACTIVE Network , the online sports registration site, and , 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.

FundaGeek Launches Crowdfunding Site


Gutierrez said that the site is patterned after existing crowdfunding sites, but is different due to its primary focus on technical innovation and scientific research. There area number of crowdfunding sites which focus on the arts and creative projects, as well as education. Crowdfunding sites allow project owners to list their project, details, budgets, and post documents, and track, dollar-by-dollar, contributions to those projects.

Sites 26 Launches Redesign Of Site


Santa Monica-based , the health and fitness site run by Demand Media, is launching a redesign of the site today, splitting content into verticals focused on men and women. In an interview, Dan Brien, General Manager of the site, told socalTECH that the changes came after the firm began analyzing how men and women were using the site, extensively profiling how the two groups were using the content and tools on the site.

Active Launches Hyperlocal Activity Site


San Diego-based , 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 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. Powers Fitness Fundraiser Site


Los Angeles-based , the online social fundraising site run by Alon Goren, said Tuesday that it is powering a new site focused on fitness fundraising for charity. The firm said it is launching , an online site focused on creating personal fitness fundraisers for charity. The firm said it is linking with fitness site RunKeeper on the site, to provide automatic monitoring of user's fitness goals by followers and donors.

Disney Launches New Baby Site


According to Disney, the new site will provide a product showcase of Disney branded baby products, for expectant and new parents. Disney's new site also includes such features as a baby photo sharing service, and tips from other mothers. The company said the new site is being sponsored exclusively by Huggies. Glendale-based Walt Disney Company has launched a new, online destination aimed at expecting and new parents, , the firm said Tuesday.

At The Pool Redesigns Site, Rolls Out Groups For Organizations


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".

Silicon Beach Report March 20: SpaceX Studying Mars Mission Landing Sites

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SpaceX studying Mars mission landing sites, Snap Inc. gets first buy rating from Wall Street firm, and Two Bit Circus develops VR and motion simulator

PC Mall Opens Daily Deals Site


The firm had said in May that it would be converting OnSale into an online daily deals site. PC Mall said the new site is rolling out a beta in Chicago, Los Angels, and Seattle, offering off discounts on national brands, local restaurants, spa and salon services, and more. Powers Israeli Crowdfunding Site


Los Angeles-based , the crowd funding software firm headed by Alon Goren, has partnered with a site focused on Jewish and Israeli causes. and said they would launch a site for JCrowd in April, which will help provide Jewishh-themed projects with a way to manage online fundraising. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. JCrowd is based in Israel. READ MORE>>. investedin alon goren israel jewish jcrowd

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Pitch Competition Like No Other: A Dating Site For Puppets?


A dating site for puppets? An app to help exorcise possessed kids? For veterans of many a technology startup pitch event in Silicon Beach, it might not be all that far fetched, given some of the wild, wacky, and improbable startups making the rounds today looking for investors.

Couponler Launches Small Business Coupon Site


The new site was created by Baron Miller, Ian Kilpatrick, and Jason Eastwood. According to the site, its customer so far include frozen yogurt chain Golden Spoon, which posted a coupon from Couponler to its 37,000 fans on Facebook. The site is offering up its service for $29.95 Are you a small business looking to help drum up some business?

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Aggregage Launches Two New Sites


Los Angeles-based Aggregage , the content aggregation and publishing startup headed by Robert Flynn, has launched two new sites, the firm said this week. Aggregage said that it has launched Leadership Digital , a new site focused on leadership and management, and Working Smarter Daily. Aggregage aggregates the posts of multiple blog owners into a single, topic-specific site, which is then sponsored by companies.

4 Essential Webpage Elements for Getting Site Visitors to Convert

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Much effort and study has been expended to determine how a web site can better convert its visitors to paying customers. Sites like place their free demo button above the fold and make it as visible as possible. Site Speed .

CapLinked Revamps Site With New Features


Manhattan Beach-based CapLinked said this week that it has made some major updates to the site, overhauling and improving the online service for managing investment activity for companies and deal tracking for investors. The firm said that new features include social sign in using logins from Facebook, Twitter, or Google; better search capabilities; a "radar" feature to help users see all their deals, companies, and contacts in one place; easier document uploads; and more.

Amplify Adds Wine Recommendations Site Club W To Accelerator


Venice-based startup accelerator Amplify LA has added a new startup to its portfolio, personalized wine recommendation site Club W. Geoff McFarlane, one of the co-founders of Club W, said that the site is expected to ship somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 bottles of wine to consumers.

Break Media Analyzes Men With New Site


Los Angeles-based online publisher Break Media is delving into that question this morning with the launch of a new site, called Acumen , focused on pulling insights and analysis on the behavior and trends driven by men. Break said the new site is designed as a new tool for brand marketers, to help them gain "actionable intelligence" about the male demographic. Break Media also said it will be running an ongoing, R&D panel of several thousand men for its new site.

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Indian Music Streaming Site Saavn Scores Funding From Guy Oseary


Saavn , an online, Indian music streaming site which operates in both India and the United States, said Wednesday that it has raised a round of strategic funding from Los Angeles angel investor Guy Oseary. Size of the investment round was not announced. Oseary, along with Ashton Kutcher, are the principals behind A-Grade Investments, which has invsted in such companies as Uber and Airbnb. This particular investment did not go through A-Grade Investments, but directly from Oseary.

MySpace Launches New Mobile App, Site Design


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.

Hulu Reopens Super Bowl Ad Site


Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu has re-opened its Super Bowl advertising site, sponsored again this year by Toyota. The site has been featuring those ads on the dedicated mini-site for several years. Hulu''s AdZone features all of the Super Bowl ads from prior years, and also will be featuring new ads released on game day. Hulu said it will be adding ads up through Super Bowl Sunday, and will also allow users to vote on their favorite ad spots.

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Hacking Hacker News – How Wily Startups Leverage Social News Sites


The lessons learned by Divshot confirm that obtaining, and more importantly maintaining, visibility on the front page of a major social news site results from the congruence of three factors: audience, timing and engagement. This article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Recursor.TV Debuts Science Fiction Video Site


said on Tuesday that it has launched a brand new site, which is focused on indie, science fiction video. The site--founded by E.J. The site allows users to search for content based on types of science fiction (alien encounters? The company said that it's looking to fill the gap in online content sites focused on science fiction, which has not had dedicated content sites like those for horror, comedy, and animation. Los Angeles-based Recursor.TV Launches Brain Fitness Site


The site--whose games were designed by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell--offers up online games which have been vetted by scientists to help reduce the risk of early memory loss. Los Angeles-based , a new startup offering up brain fitness games, has launched today, aiming at healthy people looking to help their memory, concentration, and focus.

UCLA 30 Launches Product Discovery Site, Backed By $1M In Funding

socalTECH offers up an online site where people can search for and read reviews on products, including electronics, automotive products, beauty, and more. The site allows users to vote up and down products, follow questions and users, awarding and ranking questions and users by their votes. Santa Monica-based , a new startup founded by Jake Gold and Steven Fruchter, has launched, looking to help users make product purchase decisions.

New Pasadena Angels Site Launches

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The Pasadena Angels have redesigned our site with a new focus on Entrepreneurs and LA Basin tech resources. We started by surveying a group of local entrepreneurs and our own members to find out what they wanted in a site. We rebuilt the site with that in mind.

Crowdfunder Gets $400K For Crowdfunding Site


Los Angeles-based Crowdfunder , an online crowd funding site headed by Chance Barnett, has raised $400,000 in seed funding, according to reports today. The firm offers up an online web site where companies get solicit funding for their startups, providing a pitch, supporting documents, and other information on their firms, and people can follow companies they might be interested in funding. Expands Daily Deals Site Schwaggle Nationwide


San Diego-based announced this morning that it is taking its new daily deals site, Schwaggle , nationwide. Active offers its Schwaggle deals via email, Facebook, and through the site. The Schwaggle site initially launched in the Bay Area with discounts to events such as the Bay to Breakers and Marin County Half Marathon.

uSamp Launches Self-Serve Survey Site


Encino-based uSamp , which operates online polling and surveying services for businesses, said today that it has launched a new product aimed at self-service surveys. The firm said its new SurveyBuilder platform allows anyone to create their own panels, via a self-service interface.

FamilyFinds Buys Chicago Daily Deals Site


Los Angeles-based , the daily coupon and deals site run by Matt Coffin, said today that it has acquired Mamaloot , an online daily deal site located in Chicago. Mamaloot was started by two mothers, Bo Johnson and Lindsay Cohen, who met while working at Orbitz. FamilyFinds said the acquisition gives it a head start in Chicago. The firm faces formidable competition in Chicago, which is the home of daily deals phenomenon Groupon.

SpaceX Plans Launch Site In Texas


Hawthorne-based SpaceX is gearing up to set up a launch site in Cameron County, Texas, according to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new launch site is located approximately 5 miles south of Port Isabel and South Padre Island.

FindTheBest Partners With Electronics Review Site


Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest , the online product comparison site headed by former DoubleClick founder Kevin O'Connor, said Thursday that it has partnered with an online consumer electronics products review and technology news site, eCoustics.

TrueCar Updates Used Car Valuation Site


Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the car pricing and information site, said Monday that it has updated its ClearBook used car valuation site. ClearBook was originally launched in February. TrueCar said the updated, ClearBook 2.0