Famous Birthdays Launches Spanish Site

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Los Angeles-based Famous Birthdays , the online information provider led by Evan Britton, is expanding into the Spanish language market, with a new Spanish site called Famous Birthdays Español. According to Famous Birthdays, the new site will provide its brand, technology, and user experience to the Spanish market. The company says it now has 25 full-time staffers working on its websites, with eight English-to-Spanish translators who are working on the new site.

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CoreLogic Creates New Natural Hazard Risk Site

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CoreLogic explains that the new site comes as a result of increase in natural catastrophes such as the Northern California wildfires. CoreLogic said the site will focus on risks from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, severe convective storms, wildfires, wind and volcanic activity.

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GumGum Jumps Into Publishing With New Site

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Santa Monica-based GumGum , the developer of computer vision and artificial intelligence software focused on the advertising industry, has jumped into the online publishing business, saying it has started a new online publication call The Visionary. GumGum said it will publish original and curated content, a newsletter, awards and more focused on artificial intelligence and computer vision.

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Study: More Americans Using Online Dating Apps, Sites

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A new study, released today by the Pew Research Center , says that more American adults are using online dating sites or mobile apps than ever before. The study said 15% of adults have used online dating sites or apps; with 9% having used dating apps.

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Ground Control Powers New Site, Biden's Briefing

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Los Angeles-based Ground Control , the new digital content startup led by serial entrepreneur Mike Macadaan, is powering a new online site, Biden's Briefing , which features podcasts and other content from former Vice President Joe Biden. Ground Control--which is venture backed by CAA --says that the new site is a collaboration between the company and the Creative Artists Agency.

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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].

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Site 1001 Expands In North Carolina

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According to Site 1001, it has opened up an "innovation office" as its East Coast technology hub, focused on smart building and Internet-of-Things (IoT) development. Site 1001 is led by Southern California technology veteran Cleve Adams. San Clemente, California- and Kansas City, Missouri-based Site1001 , a facilities maintenance and management software, said this week that it has opened up a new office in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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NewEgg In Major Mobile Site Refresh, Adds iOS, Android Apps

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City of Industry-based technology retailer NewEgg announced this morning that it has refreshed its mobile site , with a major redesign and new apps for both Android and iOS. redesign retailer ecommerce refresh site mobile neweggAccording to NewEgg, which sells a wide range of electronics products, the mobile refresh is the "most comprehensive" in its history. The major changes include navigation and search functions, comparison shopping features, and streamlined checkout.

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Spreeify.com Launches Social Shopping Site

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Spreeify.com , 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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Google Lets Users Block Sites

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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 Mahalo.com.

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Clicker.com Debuts Big Screen Site

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Los Angeles-based Clicker.com , the online video programming guide firm run by former Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone, debuted a "big screen" version of its site today at the Google I/O conference. The firm said the new site is designed to support using the web on 50-inch displays.

Napkin Adds Spanish To Financial Literacy Site

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Los Angeles-based Napkin , which provides easy-to-understand, financial literacy materials, has rolled out a Spanish language version of is site, the company said on Friday. Napkin offers up one-page, highly graphical explanations of difficult-to-understand financial concepts, helping its users better understand such financial concepts as banking, mortgages, FICO scores, title insurance, refinancing, and much, much more. READ MORE>>.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Sets Up New Research Site In San Diego

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Vertex said the site is one of its three global research hubs, where the company's three breakthrough cystic fibrosis (CF) medicines were discovered. Vertex Pharmaceuticals , a biotechnology company that develops treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF) and other diseases, has opened up a new, 170,000 square foot facility in Torrey Pines, San Diego. According to Vertex, its new facility is a "significant expansion" of its presence in the area.

Hunker Launches New Home Design Site

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A new, online home design site, called Hunker , launched today, focused on home design, home tours, product recommendations, personal essays, and helpful information for homeowners and apartment-dwellers. The new site comes from Santa Monica-based Leaf Group --which, until recently, was known as Demand Media--and offers up its own site, plus also reach into Facebook and Instagram.

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Invested.in Powers JCrowd, Israeli Crowdfunding Site

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the developer of crowdfunding software, has inked a deal to power an Israeli crowdfunding site, JCrowd. The new site allows anyone to create a project and solicit donations from friends and others. has been licensing out its product as a white-label platform to others, in addition to running its own crowdfunding site. investedin social fundraising site crowdfunding israel jcrowd jewish

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PartySlate Raises $3M For Event Showcase Site

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Los Angeles-based PartySlate , a new startup which lets event planners showcase venues, parties, and events they have hosted, has raised $3M in a funding round. The funding came from Jump Investors, Wavemaker Partners, and Halogen Ventures. PartySlate is led by CEO and co-founder Julie Novack, who teamed with John Haro (CTO, Co-founder) and Mark Semon (Executive Creative Director) on the new startup. READ MORE>>.

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Local.com Updates Mobile Site

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Irvine-based Local Corporation , the online local business directory publisher, said today that it has launched a new, optimized mobile version of its site.

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Esri Launches World Cup Imagery Site For AP

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Redlands-based Esri , the developer of geographical information systems (GIS) software, has applied its tools to the World Cup, with a new "Story Map" of high resolution satellite imagery of the 12 World Cup venues. According to Esri, it has linked with satellite imaging provider DigitalGlobe on a new Story Map which shows high resolutions images of those 12 venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia--apparently, the very first time those images of those venues have been made available.

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Prevoty Gets $700K For Cross Site Scripting Security

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Los Angeles-based Prevoty , a developer of security tools for preventing cross-site scripting (XSS), a security issue for websites, has raised $700,000 in seed funding, the firm disclosed today. prevoty cross site scripting venture capital security software launchpadla launchpad The funding came from Plus Capital, MM Capital, Paige Craig, Eric Hann (Netscape), and other angels. The firm is part of Launchpad LA. READ MORE>>.

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Biddees Launches Gift Card Auction Site

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Santa Monica-based Biddees , a new startup founded by a number of veterans from Shoes.com, has launched a new web site today focused on decreasing reverse auctions of gift cards. The firm's reverse auction is similar to sites like Swoopo and others.

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BUZZMEDIA Adds Six Music Sites

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BUZZMEDIA said that the six sites have a total of over five million fans every month. Tags: buzzmedia music site merger acquisition publishing hollywood Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , a venture-backed publisher of online entertainment content, said today that it has added six new web properties. The firm said it has added PureVolume, PopMatters, Gorilla vs. Bear, The Hype Machine, Concrete Loop and RCRD LBL to the list of its web music properties.

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Loot Crate Launches New Fan Commerce Site, Loot Vault

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Los Angeles-based Loot Crate , which delivers monthly bundles of pop culture, gaming, and entertainment products to fans, launched a new fan commerce site, Loot Vault on Tuesday. The new site lets fans of the service snag some of the company's prior "crates", as well as special products.

Zenvoy Rolls Out Business Matchmaking Site

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Los Angeles-based Zenvoy has formally launched its business matchmaking service and platform, aimed at helping professionals network with others and spur business. Zenvoy said it is targeting users who "live and die" by referral-based business, using a proprietary algorithm to help provide targeted business introductions to a user's email inbox.

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Rocket Lab Sets Up Orbital Launch Site

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Los Angeles-based Rocket Lab , a venture-backed startup which is developing commercial launch vehicles specifically aimed at delivering small satellites into space, said it has set up an oprbital launch site. The company said it plans to build a launch site Kaitorete Spit in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island, to support future launches of its launch vehicle.

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PublishThis Powers Cox Media Site

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Los Angeles-based PublishThis , the developer of publishing technology which is headed by Matt Kumin, is powering the content for a new Cox Media site, the firm said today. site, which is focused on politics, news, and lifestyle content for the center-right. PublishThis said it is behind the new Rare.us Financial details of the win were not disclosed. PublishThis develops technology used to curate and distribute content, and help manage publishing of content for web publishers.

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Covario Targets Mobile Web Sites

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San Diego-based Covario , a developer of search engine marketing and search engine optimization software, said today that it has launched a new product focused on creating mobile web sites. According to the firm, its new product--Mobile COntent Optimizer--helps advertisers create mobile-friendly web sites. Tags: covario mobile site software

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Local.com Relaunches Site, Brand

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Irvine-based Local.com , the provider of online local business search sites, said this morning that it is in a big relaunch of the firm's flagship site. Local.com said the changes are a "massive improvement" over the firm's prior sites.

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RealPractice Launches Legal Tools Site

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Haus Rolls Out New Home Search Site

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Los Angeles-based Haus , a new startup in the real estate and home search space, said this morning that it has launched a new home search site which lets look for home, based on their lifestyle. The startup, founded by Avantika Shahi, says it allows users to ferret out home based on walkability to coffee and restaurants, proximity to work, school districts, noise levels, and other lifestyle factors.

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User Interface Beyond the Web Site

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Normally the product is defined as a web site. Most founders are fairly passionate about the features and functions of the web site, iPhone application, Facebook application, or whatever web application represents the product. What applications and web sites have you been using? Then I spend time in all sorts of other applications and web sites. But the number of web sites and applications that I go visit directly and use is pretty small.

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Site Selection 101

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 -- Site Selection 101. Consultants Forum Series, Riverside County EDA, City of Riverside, and Riverside Public Utilities. See [link] (more

Yellowpages.com Revamps Site

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AT&T's Glendale-based online YellowPages.com unit said today that it has revamped its site, as YP.com. The firm said it has modified its site to a new, image-based layout highlighting local companies.

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Shopzilla Launches New Coupon Site, Tada

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Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site Shopzilla is expanding into the world of online coupon codes, with the launch of a new site called Tada , the company said Tuesday. Shopzilla said the new coupon site consolidates a number of coupon offerings into a single brand.

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