Dreaming of Mars, the startup Relativity Space gets its first launch site on Earth

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Like the other launch sites at Cape Canaveral, Launch Complex 16, where Relativity expects to be launching its first rockets by 2020, has a storied history in the U.S. 3D-printing the first rocket on Mars.

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eHarmony Launches Site For Spanish Speaking Singles

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Los Angeles-based online matchmaking site eHarmony said Thursday that it is expanding its market, and has launched a brand new site, specifically aimed at Spanish speaking singles. According to eHarmony, its new web site is built to serve both Spanish speaking singles in the U.S., eHarmony said the new Spanish site will be launched into several other countries, including Mexico and Spain, over the course of 2016.

Invested.in Powers Fitness Fundraiser Site

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , 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 FitFunder.com , 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.

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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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Pasadena's ArtCenter College Of Design, 3D Avatar Site IMVU Team

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The ArtCenter College of Design , based in Pasadena, and social networking and 3D avatar site IMVU announced on Tuesday that the two have launched a new "studio partnership", which will let students in a course design their own, 3D experience in the IMVU world.

Relativity Inks Deal For Canaveral Launch Site

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Los Angeles-based Relativity , a space launch startup which is developing automation technology designed to automate construction of rockets, said on Thursday that it has signed a deal for a launch site at Cape Canaveral. According to Relativity, the company gains own rocket launch facilities at Launch Complex 16 (C-16), based at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Relativity is venture backed by Playground Global, Y Combinator, Social Capital, Phillip Spector, and Mark Cuban.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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Edmunds Launches New Automotive Video, Reviews Site

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According to Edmunds, the new site is aimed at either those who are just starting to search for a car, or those who prefer browsing "just editorial content" in one place. Edmunds said the new site is an "easy-to-find, central access point" for all of its editorial content, and also will include a weekly video highlighting automotive headlines.

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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Recursor.TV Debuts Science Fiction Video Site

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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8 Reasons Online Dating Sites Are a Business Dead End

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Aspiring entrepreneurs often approach me as an angel investor, touting their innovative idea for yet another online dating site. According to statistics , there are more than 5,000 dating sites worldwide with 1,000 new ones appearing every year.

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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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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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RealPractice Launches Legal Tools Site

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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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Faraday Future Looks To Dump Vegas Factory Site

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Troubled Los Angeles-based electric car maker Faraday Future is looking to sell its idle Las Vegas factory site, hoping to get $40M for the property, according to a listing from a property broker. The electric car maker--which has been struggling to find funding to restart operations, has a raft of lawsuits over unpaid bills , and which has been in a legal battle with its biggest investor--had abandoned its Las Vegas factory plans back in 2017.

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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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FundaGeek Launches Crowdfunding Site

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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.

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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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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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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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Goodbye, Geocities: Final Sunset As Japanese Site Closes

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Geocities , the original Southern California internet startup--which was founded all the way back in 1994 in Los Angeles--will finally disappear completely from the Internet, as Yahoo said today that it will shut down its Japanese Geocities site. Geocities--which hasn't been available in the United States for nearly 10 years --apparently had been popular enough in Japan that the site had continue to run for long after its sunset in the United States.

Break Launches Hispanic Site

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Los Angeles-based Break Media , the online video and content firm headed by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is targeting Hispanic males with a new site, TuVez.com. According to Break, the new site will provide content focused on entertainment, gaming, sports, and culture, all in context of Hispanic males. Break said the new site's premier sponsor is Toyota. The firm said the new site comes due to advertiser desire to connect with the Hispanic population in the U.S.

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