Ticketmaster Takes Aim At Scalpers Using Ticket Bots

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The lawsuit, Ticketmaster L.L.C. and Renaissance Ventures LLC used computerized "bots" to buy thousands of tickets from its site for such popular events as Hamilton. Ticketmaster is now seeking $10M in damages from the defendants in the suit. ticketmaster bots software tickets events scalpers

Eventful Teams With Billboard On Concert Promotion

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Eventful said that music fans can log onto the firm's site and vote for one of a number of musical acts through its "Demand" service, in a cross promotion between the firm, Billboard, and strategic partner Ticketmaster.

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Metacloud Snags Google Exec

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Pasadena-based private cloud provider Metacloud announced today that it has hired on Conner Grey, the former head of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) at Google for Southern California, as its new VP of Operations. Metacloud is backed by Canaan Partners, Storm Ventures, and AME Ventures, and is led by Sean Lynch, a veteran of Ticketmaster.

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Rubicon Project Bolsters Executive Ranks

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The company said it has tapped Brian Pike, former CTo of Ticketmaster to the CTO role, Victoria von Szeliski, former Ticketmaster Deputy General Counsel to the General Counsel position, and former Yahoo VP of Product Management John Slade as its SVP of Product Management. Rubicon develops software which automatically optimizes the ads displayed on web publisher's web sites to increase revenues for those sites.

Report: MySpace Acquiring iLike

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A report today from TechCrunch reports that Los Angeles-based online social networking site MySpace is in the process of acquiring iLike , which operates an online service that allows users to share their music playlists and recommendations with friends. iLike is backed by Ticketmaster.

Live Nation Launches Joint Venture With Groupon

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Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment and daily deals site Groupon are launching a new joint venture, the companies announced today. The companies said that GrouponLive will provide a local resource for Live Nation events and clients of ticketing business Ticketmaster, offering up deals on tickets to concerts, sports, theater, arts, and other live events.

IVT Names New CEO

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McGovern was most recently CEO of itzbig, an online interactive job board site, and has also served as CEO of Marketwire. McGovern has also served at Business.com, Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, and IBM. Los Angeles-based IVT , a provider of web casting software and services, announced today that it has named Jim McGovern as its new CEO. McGovern replaces founder Greg Pulier, who is now CTO of the firm.

Moves Hires Execs

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The operator of online real estate sites said that both Story and Boecker will be located in Northern California, at the firm's Campbell, California offices. Boecker was most recently at Ticketmaster, and also has served at KPE Digital Services and eToys. Westlake Village-based Move announced today that it has appointed David Story as the firm's new Chief Technology Officer, and Scott Boecker as its Chief Product Officer.

ScoreBig.com Gets $10M Investment

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Goldberg was formerly an EVP at Ticketmaster, and was also CEO of Youbet.com, and co-founded Tunes.com and Sportvision. The site''s current offers in Los Angeles include Dodgers, Angels, LA Kings, USC Trojans, and other discounted sports tickets, in addition to concerts and theater events. Los Angeles-based online ticket marketplace ScoreBig.com said today that it has raised $10M in a new funding round, and hired a new Chief Strategy Officer.

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Move Hires Execs

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The operator of online real estate sites said that both Story and Boecker will be located in Northern California, at the firm's Campbell, California offices. Boecker was most recently at Ticketmaster, and also has served at KPE Digital Services and eToys. Westlake Village-based Move announced today that it has appointed David Story as the firm's new Chief Technology Officer, and Scott Boecker as its Chief Product Officer.

Launchpad LA – 10 Startup Companies to Watch

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Commission Junction, MySpace, TicketMaster and many more. I spoke with a chap from TicketMaster who looked at Scot’s product and told me that he was really impressed what the team has built. Thursday night was the unveiling of the newest batch of Launchpad LA companies.

Buzz Media Names Citron President

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Los Angeles-based Buzz Media , which operates a network of online media sites focused on celebrities and music, disclosed this morning that it has tapped former TMZ general manager Alan Citron as its new President. Citron has also previously served as President of MusicNet, President of USA Networks Interactive, and was Chairman of Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, among other positions.

Interview with Wes Brodsky, SaveFans

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On the primary side, when you're talking about Ticketmaster or Tickets.com, or the box office, they usually price seats by bundling them into price groups. If you understand the primary side, it's not necessarily Ticketmaster that is setting prices, or bearing the risk on the sale.

Ten Of The Top Tech Companies For Employees In LA

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company operates a number of content-focused sites, including LIVESTRONG, eHOW, Cracked, and a domain name registration business, eNOM. positions on its site, ranging from software, sales, marketing, to finance. Who are the top tech companies to work for in Los Angeles?

The Story Behind ScoreBig's Live Entertainment Tickets, with Adam Kanner

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Every consumer out there who goes to live sports, music, and other events is used to the drill: pay lots of money to a ticketing site, pay lots of extra fees, or have to hassle with a shady ticket broker, or pay extra to get a seat to the event you want to get to.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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The city has, however, quietly been home to some of the most successful online companies to date, including CitySearch (sold to Ticketmaster for $260 million in 1998), Overture (acquired by Yahoo for $2 billion in 2003), eHarmony and LowerMyBills (bought by Experian for $330 million in 2005).

Interview with Scot Richardson, Laughstub

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We provide a customer relationship tool, a way to market intelligently to customers, with full reporting functionality, and ability to run business and marketing reports like giving you the zip codes of where your purchases are coming from, marketing tools like auto-tweet, and email management and an auto-publishing platform to publish events to other sites like CitySearch and Eventful. For anyone that small, Ticketmaster doesn't make sense.

Digitzs: Taking On The Pain Of Payment Processing

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The example is, there might be a platform that processes ticket payments for a marathon race, or one for a concert�such as Ticketmaster. It's all on his site, and we provision things in real time, so that he can process payments.

Interview with Curtis Staker and William Goldbach, Confident Technologies

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What we've done, is for authentication, we have created a way to have a unique password to give you access to a web site very time. There's the 25 million credit card numbers lost by Ticketmaster to fraud or TJ Maxx with 40 million credit card compromised.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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Blue-chip customers such as Intuit, Williams-Sonoma, Fox Sports/MSN, Ticketmaster, Glaxo Smith Kline, Clear Channel, WebEx and Netflix turn to StrongMail infrastructure to bring enterprise-class reliability to their email systems.

Interview with Harry Lin, Lottay

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This morning, Los Angeles-based Lottay (www.lottay.com) launched its online gifting site, announced its funding by DFJ Frontier, and also the appointment of former Evite GM Harry Lin as CEO. People hate fees when you do that, they hate it when they are charged for taking money from an ATM, for Ticketmaster when it charges a fee.

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