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Having created 200 LA tech jobs in 2012, Science raises another $30M

US-based social CRM startup Nimble launches a UK hub to cater for big demand in Europe

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Nimble, the US-headquartered social customer relationship management (CRM) startup, has announced that it’s expanding into Europe and launching a UK office, in response to growing demand for its service in the EMEA region. Since it was founded in Santa Monica back in 2009, Nimble has become an established Social Relationship...
US-based social CRM startup Nimble launches a UK hub to cater for big demand in Europe
Video games, role-playing, and Rube Goldberg machines: Is this the future of education?

LA Rapid Accelerator StartEngine Reveals Mixed Early Results, Looks For Gems in its Third Class

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Of the handful of accelerators vying for top entrepreneurial talent in Los Angeles, StartEngine has taken a contrarian approach in more ways than one. Rather than set up shop in the hip beachfront cities of Santa Monica or Venice, the program is located an upscale executive tower along the Wilshire...
LA Rapid Accelerator StartEngine Reveals Mixed Early Results, Looks For Gems in its Third Class
Trion’s Defiance is one story told in an online game and SyFy TV show (hands-on preview)

Zynga CEO: We aren’t the copycats on Bingo social game (exclusive interview)

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Mark Pincus, chief executive of social gaming giant Zynga, denied that Zynga copied a rival’s Bingo game on Facebook. Instead, he said in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat that the accuser in this case borrowed from Zynga. On Sunday, Buffalo Studios in Santa Monica, Calif., alleged that the upcoming Zynga...
Zynga CEO: We aren’t the copycats on Bingo social game (exclusive interview)

Lifecrowd Raises $5 Million From Groupon Founders for Social Activities Site

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Santa Monica, Calif.-based Lifecrowd has raised $5 million in a first round of funding to build a site where users can discover social activities, ranging from wine tastings to dodgeball. Participating investors include Lightbank (started by Groupon founders Eric Lefkosky and Brad Keywell), Bullpen Capital, Baroda Ventures, Prism VentureWorks and...
Lifecrowd Raises $5 Million From Groupon Founders for Social Activities Site

Amazon's Big Hollywood Announcement: All About UltraViolet?

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Amazon is holding a press event in Los Angeles on Thursday, in which it’s likely to announce new versions of its Kindle tablets. You know, now that the Kindle Fire is all sold out. There have even been some leaks about what that product will look like, and the fact...
Amazon's Big Hollywood Announcement: All About UltraViolet?

L.A. Stories: HipSwap Tries to Take the Creepy Out of Craigslist (Video)

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Last week, I visited Los Angeles to get a gander at some of the many digital companies that are doing some interesting things down south of Silicon Valley. First stop: HipSwap, a community-based marketplace that is now in 14 U.S. cities after initial tests in Los Angeles and New...
L.A. Stories: HipSwap Tries to Take the Creepy Out of Craigslist (Video)

How Andrew Breitbart Changed Digital Media

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Much of the talk about Andrew Breitbart today, in the wake of his death, has focused on his politics, which people either tend to love or hate. But there was another side to him—the digital media pioneer. Here’s that story. One day in early 1998, when I was working...
How Andrew Breitbart Changed Digital Media

How To Marry Your Cofounder And Not Kill Your $200 Million Startup (Or Each Other) In The Process

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Kevin and Julia Hartz have been married for five and a half years. They've been running Eventbrite, a ticketing startup worth ~ $200 million, for five years. "We knew we wanted to start a business together before we lived together," Julia tells us. She and Kevin, Eventbrite's President and CEO...
How To Marry Your Cofounder And Not Kill Your $200 Million Startup (Or Each Other) In The Process

RT @ladrupal: Los Angeles #Drupal user group meetup tonight at 7:30pm in Santa Monica. http://groups.drupal.org/node/59533

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RT @ladrupal: Los Angeles #Drupal user group meetup tonight at 7:30pm in Santa Monica. http://groups.drupal.org/node/59533

PaeDae offers game developers new way to get money and users

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Mobile game developers trying to crack that persistant monetization gap are getting a new tool called PaeDae that combines a reward network with tools to cross-promote titles. That takes PaeDae into competition with services like Kiip, Chartboost, PlayHaven and Tapjoy. But the company believes it’s got a unique offering that...
PaeDae offers game developers new way to get money and users

Woman sues Verizon for lying about Internet speed

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A California woman claims that Verizon talked her into buying a faster internet plan even though it didn’t have the technological capability to deliver what it promised. In a complaint filed in Los Angeles state court, Patricia Allen of Santa Monica says that a Verizon sales rep talked her into...
Woman sues Verizon for lying about Internet speed

Microsoft Talks Up Xbox 360 While Staying Mum on Its Successor

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Microsoft is no doubt cooking up the next Xbox in Redmond, but the company isn’t yet ready to share details. “All I’ll say about our current and future investment is (that it is) about doing things that are big and premium,” said Yusuf Mehdi, head of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment business,...
Microsoft Talks Up Xbox 360 While Staying Mum on Its Successor
New 7-inch Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD now on sale
BermanBraun's Mom.me Enters the Crowded Parenting Space, Offering "Mass With Class"
Atlas seeks the power of affinity networks for team productivity and collaboration platform

Epic Games targets Seattle, Amazon boosts Bing, and more from the week in tech

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A roundup of items capturing our attention this weekend … Add Epic Games to the growing roster of tech companies opening offices in Seattle and competing for the region’s technical talent. The company behind the Gears of War franchise for Xbox 360 is creating a studio in the city that...
Epic Games targets Seattle, Amazon boosts Bing, and more from the week in tech

Live Blog: Kim Kardashian Talks Social Media, Brand Building & More

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Hello from Santa Monica, and Webfest Global. Talking today in a fireside chat is Kim Kardashian, where at 11am PT, she’ll be sharing “stories about the challenges and strategies involved in building her brand and her empire via mainstream, social and mobile media.” We’ll be... Please visit Marketing Land for...
Live Blog: Kim Kardashian Talks Social Media, Brand Building & More
Indie studio Thatgamecompany raises $5.5M to create magical games for wider audiences
Mixin lets users insert comments into video and share with friends (exclusive)
Surf Air gets three new aircraft and $2.6 million for Christmas

Activision Raises Annual Outlook Based on Strong Q1 Revenues, Profits

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Activision, the videogame publisher known for Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, just blew away expectations for the first quarter. The company said both revenues and earnings exceeded its expectations for the quarter, even though they were down from the year-ago period. In the first quarter, Activision recorded a...
Activision Raises Annual Outlook Based on Strong Q1 Revenues, Profits

Live blog: Amazon's fall Kindle event

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At 10:30 a.m. PT on Thursday, Amazon is holding a press conference in Los Angeles. The company is widely expected to announce a new Kindle Fire and e-reader. We’re here in Santa Monica and will keep you up to date....
Live blog: Amazon's fall Kindle event
Demand and Google leave farm fight behind with “premium” YouTube channels

To LA, with love: photos from VentureBeat/DEMO meetup

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The LA tech scene is hot, and so we hit the town looking for great startups to write about, and to invite to our DEMO conference. The list of Los Angeles companies making waves is growing: HauteLook sold for $270M to Nordstrom, Riot Games recently sold a $400M majority stake to China-based Tencent, Shoedazzle raised $40M...
To LA, with love: photos from VentureBeat/DEMO meetup

Airbnb for Dogs DogVacay Adds $6M to Take a Bite Out of Sharing Economy

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The sharing economy trend continues with the “Airbnb for Dogs,” Santa Monica-based DogVacay, which helps dog owners to find a home for their pets while they’re away. The company announced today that it has secured $6 million in Series A funding from Benchmark Capital. BetaKit also covered the startup...
Airbnb for Dogs DogVacay Adds $6M to Take a Bite Out of Sharing Economy

Silicon Valley's In Crowd Just Lost BetterWorks, A $10 Million Startup

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BetterWorks, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup with a who's-who of Silicon Valley behind it, just announced it's shutting down at the end of the month. The company had raised $10 million from Redpoint Ventures, where Satish Dharmaraj, the former CEO of Zimbra, led the deal. Angel investors included startup whisperer...
Silicon Valley's In Crowd Just Lost BetterWorks, A $10 Million Startup
Adventures In Customer Support: E-commerce Gets Some New Breast Friends
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