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Monday, January 23, 2017

Social Native Adds Ragovin, Elbaz To Exec Team

Los Angeles-based Social Native, which operates a marketplace for connecting brands with content creators, said this morning that it has added Buddy Media co-founder Jeff Ragovin as Chief Growth Officer, and Scopely and Applied Semantics' c...

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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Young Turks Sets All Day Inauguration Coverage

Want to keep tabs on today's Presidential Inauguration? Los Angeles-based online political news network The Young Turks says it is providing streaming and coverage of the event today starting at 6am, and will be providing live streaming of ...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Exactly Me Looks To Connect You With People Exactly Like Yourself

Los Angeles-based Exactly.me, a new, photo-driven messaging startup, has launched an app which looks to connect people who meet people who are "exactly like you"--or at least, who are very like-minded. According to the startup, it is lookin...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TeamDom Raises $1M For Influencer Marketing

Los Angeles-based TeamDom, a new startup started by 19-year old social media star Jake Paul, disclosed today that it has raised $1M in a funding round. The round was led by Danhua Capital, and also included Edward Lando, Gary Vaynerchuk, Ab...

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Report: Flipagram Looking For Buyer

Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Flipagram is looking for a buyer, and may have found one, in Chinese news aggreagtor Toutiao, according to a report Thursday. Citing "multiple sources" close to the company, Recode said Flipagram is st...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Snapchat Debuts Group Chat Feature

Venice, California-based Snapchat said on Tuesday that it has launched a new group chat feature, called Groups, which lets up to 16 people communicate through the service. Snapchat said that, by default, snaps sent to a group are deleted by...

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

KidGuard Launches Texting, Social, Cell Phone Monitoring Product For Parents

Los Angeles-based KidGuard.com, a startup backed by Lawrence Ng's OnRamp Fund, said this week that it has launched a new product which can help parents monitor their children's texting and cell phone usage. KidGuard.com said its new softwar...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How Beatshare Is Tackling Music And Messaging

There are lots of music and messaging apps out there, but is there room for an app which makes music the message? Orange County startup Beatshare--backed by the Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Harvard Business School Angels, and Archan...

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Renew Finds $3M For Boomer Lifestyle Brand

Venice, California-based Renew, which apparently is working on a lifestyle brand aimed at retired baby boomers, disclosed this week that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by Venrock, and also included Expa, WTI, M...

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Renew Finds $3M For Boomer Lifestyle Brand

Venice, California-based Renew, which apparently is working on a lifestyle brand aimed at retired baby boomers, disclosed this week that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by Venrock, and also included Expa, WTI, M...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Report: Snapchat Files For IPO

A report on Tuesday afternoon from Reuters says that Venice, California-based social communications and networking app developer Snapchat has filed its paperwork for its IPO. No terms or details on that IPO have been yet announced by the co...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Classy Collects $30M For Nonprofit Fundraising

San Diego-based Classy, the online software developer which helps nonprofits and other social enterprise raise money, has raised $30M in a Series C funding round. The funding was led by JMI Equity, and also included Bullpen Capital, Galileo...

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Relativity Media Sells Stake To Singaporean Social Networking Company YuuZoo

Beverly Hills-based movie studio Relativity Media--which is behind such titles as Limitless, Masterminds, and Immortals--scored a big investment from Singaporean Internet company YuuZoo, the two companies said this morning. The two said tha...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Report: Snapchat Looking To Raise $4 Billion In IPO

Venice-based Snapchat is hoping to launch an IPO, which will raise the company an astounding $4 billion in capital--valuing the company at between $25 billion and $35 billion--according to a report on Wednesday from Bloomberg. The report ci...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Social Reality Names CFO

Los Angeles-based Social Reality, a provider of Internet advertising technology, announced on Thursday that it has named J.P. Hannan as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Hannan was previously VP, Treasurer, and CFO of radio station ope...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Social Reality Sets Kathy Ireland As Branding Advisor

Los Angeles-based Internet advertising company Social Reality announced this morning that it has named Kathy Ireland as its new Chief Branding Advisor. According to the firm, Ireland will also help the company link with other executives in ...

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Social Reality Moves To NASDAQ

Los Angeles-based Internet advertising firm Social Reality, which develops software for automating real time bidding (RTB) advertising, is moving to the NASDAQ Capital Market this morning. Social Reality said its Class A common stock will b...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Snapchat Selects Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs To Lead IPO, Says Report

Venice-based Snapchat has selected two investments banks--Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs--to lead the company's much anticipated IPO, according to a report from Reuters Wednesday afternoon. The report--citing "a source familiar with the s...

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Friday, September 23, 2016

SGN Becomes Jam City, Eyes IPO, As It Nears $400M In Revenues

Los Angeles-based mobile game developer SGN has renamed itself Jam City, and says it is expecting $400M in revenues next year--and is eyeing a possible IPO. The company--led by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe--also said it has acquired...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Report: Snapchat Nearing 1 Billion In Ad Revenues

A report, published by eMarketer on Tuesday, says that Venice, California-based Snapchat will earn an estimated $1 billion in ad revenues next year. The report predicted that Snapchat will represent 2 percent of social network ad dollars in...

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yuneec Rolls Out Flying, HD Selfie Camera, Beats Lily To Market

Yuneec, the Chinese flying drone developer which has its U.S. headquarters in Ontario, California, has rolled out a new drone today--the Breeze, which it calls a "flying camera". The new drone--which costs $499.99--is specifically designed ...

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Report: Apple Working On Snapchat Clone

A report, published Thursday by Bloomberg, says that Apple is working on a clone of the software from Venice, California-based Snapchat--in a bid to make a renewed push into the social networking area. The report said that Apple is working ...

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Snapchat Plans Growth In New York

Venice, California-based Snapchat is planning a big expansion in New York City, and plans to grow to around 400 people in the city, after the Empire State Development Corp offered up as much as $5M in tax break to the company. According to ...

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

FreedomPop Rolls Out Free, Unlimited Access To WhatsApp

Los Angeles-based mobile broadband provider FreedomPop has begun offering up free, unlimited access to the popular social messaging app WhatsApp, across the U.s. and another 30 countries across the globe. According to FreedomPop, the new se...

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Disney Launches DisneyMix, Social Messaging For The Younger Set

Want to let your kids message back and forth with their friends--but a wee bit leery of the anything-goes world of Snapchat? Burbank-based Disney launched a new, mobile messaging service this week called Disney Mix, aimed at kids and famili...

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sensay Snags $4.5M For Chatbot Technology

Los Angeles-based Sensay, a developer of chatbot technology, has raised $4.5M in a seed funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Norwest Venture Partners, and also included Greycroft Partners, Sweet Capital, NHN, Drap...

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BandLab Updates Social Music App

Los Angeles- and Singapore-based BandLab says it has launched a new, updated app, which lets its users create, collaborate, and share music. BandLab's software lets users collaborate together on music, combining musical tools like guitar ef...

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tinder Launches Group Organization, Dating Features

Los Angeles-based Tinder said today that it has launched a new feature for its app, called Tinder Social, which will let its users plan group dates and get togethers. Tinder says its new platform is aimed at helping its users to plan their ...

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

WeDo Gets $1M For To Do List App

Santa Barbara-based WeDo, a new startup developing social, to-do list apps, has raised $1M in a funding from angel investors, the company said this morning. The startup--founded by Spencer Shulem and Raad Mobrem--lets users track tasks, get...

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

How Nestigator Is Making Real Estate Shopping a Shared Experience

Despite years and years of online real estate being a part of the real estate equation, shopping for a house is still not what it could be—or so says startup veteran and Nestigator (www.nestigator.com) founder Jerry Slavonia. Slavonia told ...

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

All Def Digital Gets $10M

Culver City-based All Def Digital, an urban youth programming media brand co-founded by Sanjay Sharma and Russell Simmons, has raised $10M in a Series B financing. The funding was led by Third Wave Digital partners, and also included WPP Ve...

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flipagram Tops 200M Users

Los Angeles-based video-and-music app developer Flipagram says that more than 200 million users have now used its app, and have now created nearly half a billion of its "video stories" through its app, according to the company. The app deve...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Invoca Debuts New Facebook Ad Product

Santa Barbara-based Invoca, which helps marketers correlate phone calls to what advertising drove those calls, has rolled out another product for Facebook, the company said Tuesday. Invoca said its new Invoca for Social allows marketers to ...

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Exactly Expands To Silicon Beach, Backed By $4.6M

A new, mobile app startup, Exactly--which is about to launch a mobile messaging and networking app aimed at Millenials--said it has set up shop in Silicon Beach, backed by $4.6M in funding. The company said the expansion comes due to the hi...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Myspace Confirms Major Password Leak

Los Angeles-based Myspace, which is now part of Time, Inc., confirmed a major security breach on Tuesday, saying that stolen Myspace user login data had been posted to an online hacker forum. Myspace--which blamed the hack on Russian cyberh...

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Snapchat's Latest Funding Round Hits $1.8 Billion

Venice, California-based Snapchat has raised $1.8 billion in its Series F funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this morning, in what might be the largest funding round ever for a Southern California startup. Details o...

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Friday, May 6, 2016

mitu Launches Voter Drive Targeting Latino Millennials

Los Angeles-based, digital media brand mitu said this week that it is launching a new, voter registration initiative, which will look go register one million, Latino millennials to vote by October. According to mitu, its new T.A.C.O. Challe...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Greycroft, Paige Craig Get Exit As Adobe Buys LiveFyre

Two, Los Angeles area investors--venture investment firm Greycroft Pratners, and angel investor Paige Craig--are among the investors seeing an exit today, as Adobe said acquired blog commenting tools maker LiveFyre. Financial terms of the ...

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Flipagram Rolls Out New, Streamlined Camera Feature

Los Angeles-based Flipagram, which develops mobile apps which let users set their photos to their favorite music, has launched a new, in-app camera feature, the company said today. The new feature lets users film and shoot quick videos and ...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

LA Kings Launch Social Networking App

The LA Kings have launched a new, social networking app -- powered by LA-based startup Vixlet--which is aimed at connecting fans of the hockey team with each other, the team said Monday. According to the LA Kings and AEG, the new app--LA Ki...

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Gatsby: Tackling Shopping Cart Abandonment With Social Sharing

How do you help online brand owners both reduce the abandonment of a shopping cart by online shoppers—and also get the word out about their brands? Los Angeles-based Gatsby (www.thinkgatsby.com) has come up with a way to combine both ways...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Clapit Raises AU$2.57M

Los Angeles- and Sydney, Australia-based Clapit, a startup developing a social media crowdsourcing app, said it has raised AU$2.57M ($1.94M US), to bring its mobile app to market. The seed funding came from Australia angels Mark Moran and P...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bombd Sets Up Shop In Venice, Aims At Social Networking

Bombd, a startup which develops a social networking and messaging app revolving around sharing instant photos with others, has set up shop in Venice Beach. The startup--originally started in Australia--said its team and founders have moved ...

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Gatsby Takes On Shopping Cart Abandonment, Social Sharing

Is there a way to fix both shopping cart abandonment--and also boost your online store's social reach? A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Gatsby, thinks so, with the launch of a new tool to both improve conversions--and get some social expos...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SGN Debuts New Genies & Gems Game

Los Angeles-based mobile game studio SGN has launched a brand new game, Genies & Gems, across iOS, Android, and Facebook, the latest in a series of puzzle games from the studio. According to SGN, the new game will include 20 new levels rele...

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Friday, March 11, 2016

HelloSociety Acquired By New York Times

Los Angeles-based HelloSociety, the influencer marketing agency which is part of Science, Inc., has been acquired by the New York Times, the company said late Friday. Financial terms of the all cash deal were not announced. HelloSociety dev...

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

SOCi Scores $2.25M For Social Media Marketing Tools

San Diego-based SOCi, a developer of social media management and marketing software, has raised $2.25M in funding, the company said Wednesday. The funding came from angels Taner Halicioglu (Facebook), Doug Hecht (Digitaria), and venture com...

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Friday, February 19, 2016

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 dis...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PeeqSee Launches Social Networking App

Los Angeles-based PeeqSee, a new startup developing social networking and media apps, has launched an app which lets users create interactive, visual posts. The startup--founded by Vacit Arat--lets users posts photos with an interactive com...

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Naritiv Raises $3M For Snapchat Content

Los Angeles-based Naritiv, a new startup developing a network of content creators for Snapchat, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The startup--founded by Dan Altmann and Eric Posen--says it is enabling the creati...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Disney Accelerator Alumni StatMuse Picks Up $10M Round

StatMuse, one of the companies to emerge out of the Disney Accelerator in Burbank last fall, said this morning that it has raised $10M in a Series A funding round. The round came from Techstars, The Walt Disney Company, Allen & Co., Greycro...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Memeni Gets $2.5M For Community Software

Newport Beach- and Tel Aviv-based Memeni, which develops a social software plaform to help brands create their own, online communities, has raised $2.5M in an angel investment round, the company disclosed Tuesday. Names of those investors w...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Doppels Sets Up Shop In Los Angeles

Doppels, a startup which develops a mobile app to connect people with the same birthday with each other, said it has set up shop in Los Angeles. The startup--founded in London--said it decided to locate in Los Angeles, after touring New Yor...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Untappd Merges With Next Glass

Los Angeles-based Untappd, the developer of a social networking app for craft beer drinkers, and Next Glass, a developer of machine learning software for recommending alcohol, said last week that they have merged. Financial details of the m...

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Unmute Picks Up $2.2M In Seed Funding

Los Angeles-based Unmute, which develops mobile apps to let people share and interact in live phone calls, has raised $2.2M in a seed funding, the company said Friday. The funding came from Greycroft Partners, and also included Comcast Vent...

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mitu Raises $27M For Latino Digital Media

Santa Monica-based digital media firm mitu, which focuses on the Latino youth market, is announcing this morning that it has raised $27M in a Series C funding. mitu, which is led by Roy Burstin, said the new round includes AwesomenesssTV, W...

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Snapchat's Latest User: The White House

In a demonstration of the extensive adoption of Venice-based social messaging service Snapchat, the White House said that it has launched its own "Official Story" on Snapchat. The White House said that Adminstration will provide behind-the-...

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Flipagram: More Than 1,000 Verified Musicians Added In 2015

Los Angeles-based video story app developer Flipagram said Wednesday that it added more than 1,000 signed, musical artists to its "Flipagram Verified" platform, letting those artists make their music available to Flipagram's users. Flipagra...

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Precipice Labs Launches Photo Sharing App SDK

Hermosa Beach-based Precipice Labs, a new startup developing mobile apps, has announced a new platform and SDK which helps mobile app developers add photo sharing to any mobile app. According to the startup, its new Ostetso platform is desi...

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Flipagram Doubles Clips To 60 Seconds

Los Angeles-based Flipagram, the mobile app developer which is led by serial entrepreneur Farhad Mohit, said this morning that it is doubling the size of its free clips to 60 seconds. Flipagram's mobile app lets users create a video story, ...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

SGN Buys Two Game Development Studios

Los Angeles-based SGN said today that it has acquired two, new game development studios, as a result of its recent $130M strategic investment round. SGN said it has acquired Fat Rascal Games, based in Seattle, and the talent behind Kiwi Inc...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mixcord Raises $1M For Social Sharing App

Los Angeles-based Mixcord, a startup developing a mobile app which lets performers record, synchornize, and share their vocal harmonies, dances and skits, has raised $1M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Mucker Capital, Social ...

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Grindr Names New CTO

Los Angeles-based gay social networking app Grindr said today that it has named Lukas Sliwka as Chief Technology Officer. Sliwka has been at Grindr since October of 2013, serving as Vice President, Engineering. Sliwka has previously also se...

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Flipagram, One Direction Team On New Single Release

Los Angeles-based social sharing service Flipagram is powering the release of a new single from the band One Direction, which was released on Firday. Flipagram--whose tools help users share quick, mobile photo and video slideshows--said One...

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Happy Thoughts Spread Faster On Twitter, Says USC Study

A new study, published by researchers at the University of Southern California, says that positive emotions are more contagious than negative ones on Twitter. The study--which came out of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Information ...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

United Online Puts StayFriends On The Block

Woodland Hills-based United Online said Tuesday that it has hired an investment banker to sell its European social networking website, StayFriends. According to United Online, StayFriends is "not aligned" with its long term objective to ret...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Activision Blizzard To Acquire King Digital Entertainment For $5.9 Billion

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has agreed to acquire King Digital Entertainment, the developer of mobile games, including Candy Crush, in a deal worth $5.9 billion. Activision said its wholly owned subsidiary, ABS Partners C.V., wil...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DigiTour Media Raises Around $10M In Funding

Los Angeles-based DigiTour Media, which produces events and concerts centered on YouTubers and other social media celebrities, has reportedly raised around $10M in a funding round, from Viacom, LionTree Entertainment, and Slow Ventures. The...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Decisive: Decoding The Emotions Behind Social Sharing

What is is that makes you want to share one piece of content with your friends, but not another? Is one color better than another for sharing photos? Exactly what is the magic behind if a piece of content goes viral or not? We recently ra...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Snapchat Retreats From Original Content

Venice-based Snapchat has shut down its original content efforts, and laid off around 15 people who were working on the Snap Channel, according to Deadline. Snapchat had launched its original content efforts in January, to develop its own o...

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Newegg, Intel Launch New Website, Intel Unlocked

Los Angeles-based Newegg and Intel said late Tuesday that the two have launched a new, e-commerce site focused on promoting Intel products and technology, called ...

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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Language Express Gets SBIR Grant

Encinitas-based The Language Express, which develops web-based, educational software, said Thursday that it has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation. The SBIR Phase I award will go ...

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Snapchat's Latest Product: Playing Cards?

In what might be the most unusual product to come out of Venice-based Snapchat, the company appears to have issued its own line of playing cards to inspire people to post Snaps of themselves on the service. Snapchat's official Twitter accou...

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Ampsy Taps Into IBM's Watson For Social Analytics

Los Angeles-based Ampsy, the social content sharing and aggregation software developer led by Jeremy Gocke, has linked into IBM's Watson technology, saying it is using the machine learning technology as part of a new analytics offering. Amp...

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Friday, September 18, 2015

BUCKiTDREAM Takes Aim At Sharing Dreams

A new, Los Angeles-based mobile app developer, BUCKiTDREAM said this morning that it has launched a new app, aimed at sharing your dreams with others. According to the company, which says it is being endorsed by Sir Richard Branson, said it...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SGN Launches New Cookie Jam Ad Campaign

Los Angeles-based social game developer SGN said Tuesday that it has launched a new, advertising campaign for its hit Cookie Jam, featuring actor/comedian Dr. Ken Jeong. SGN said it will be using the advertising spots on TV, mobile, and soc...

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fliptu Becomes Ampsy, Signs Up Darius Rucker As A Customer

Los Angeles-based social aggregation tool developer Fliptu said today that it has rebranded the company as Ampsy, and also integrated its software with Hootsuite. The reasoning behind the rebranding was not given. As part of the announcemen...

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

GumGum Launches New Social Media Analysis Tool

Santa Monica-based GumGum, the developer of digital advertising and marketing tools which tie advertising into online photographs and visual content, has rolled out a new social media analysis tool. The new tool, Mantii, uses image recognit...

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sayer Raises $1.1M, Launches Social Polling, Predictions App

Los Angeles-based Sayer, a new mobile app startup, said Thursday that it has launched its social polling and predictions app, backed by $1.1M in seed funding. Sayer said its iOS app lets people share their opinions and make their own predic...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

KARMAKARMA Takes On Social Rewards

Los Angeles-based KARMAKARMA, a startup which bills itself the "LinkedIn for Social Good", said today that it has launched a new platform to let users can see and track their social impact on the world. The startup--led by Kai Beuhler--says...

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Yeti Acquired By Jim Armstrong, New Investors

Santa Monica-based Yeti, the local discovery and travel app developer led by Alex Capecelatro, has been acquired by a group of private investors, the company said Thursday morning. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Ye...

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Flipagram Raises $70M For Photo, Video, and Music Sharing Apps

Los Angeles-based Flipagram, led by startup vetera Farhad Mohit, said late Thursday evening that it has raised $70M in a funding round, for its photo, video, and music sharing apps. The funding was led by Sequoia, and also included Kleiner ...

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Pathway Genomics Adds Advisor

San Diego-based Pathway Genomics said this morning that it has added a new advisor to the company. Pathway Genomics said it has added Paul Sonnier, a digital health advocate and social entrepreneur known for his Twitter and LinkedIn followi...

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Ninja Metrics Aims At $5M Round

Los Angeles-based game analytics software developer Ninja Metrics has raised $2.8M of an ongoing, $5M funding round, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing this week. The startup, led by Dmitri Williams, and helps mobile, online, and ...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tape Takes On Social Videos

Los Angeles-based Tape, a new startup focused on social video, launched Tuesday, saying that it has released a new social video app for iOS. The free app let users combine and edit clips which they can share with other users, adding such th...

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Friday, May 15, 2015

SHIFT Acquired By Brand Networks For $50M

Los Angeles-based SHIFT, the social advertising startup led by James Borow, has been acquired by Boston-based Brand Networks, in a deal worth $50M. According to Brand Networks, it paid $50M in cash and stock for SHIFT, and will appoint Boro...

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Core Innovation Capital Backs Vouch For Social Lending

Los Angeles-based venture investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the lead companies in a Series A investment in Vouch, a consumer lending startup which offers up consumer loans based on if a users' social network will "vouch" for that...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fullscreen Buys McBeard

Los Angeles-based MCN Fullscreen has acquired social media studio McBeard, the two coampanies said earlier this week. McBeard, which is also based in Los Angeles, provides custom content production and distribution to such clients as Coca-C...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Incentive Finds $1.7M For Social Collaboration Software

Los Angeles- and Malmo, Sweden-based Incentive, a developer of enterprise social collaboration software, announced this morning that it has raised $1.7M in a seed funding round. Source of that seed funding was not disclosed. Incentive said ...

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ocho Opens Office In Los Angeles

Ocho, a New York-based developer of a mobile video messaging app which lets users share 8-second videos with each other, said Thursday that it has opened up a new office in Los Angeles. The company said it has hired Andy Schuon to head up t...

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Fliptu Gets $1.2M For Social Aggregation Tools

Los Angeles-based Fliptu, the developer of social aggregation tools for music and entertainment brands, has raised $1.2M in a seed funding round, the company said Friday. The startup--led by Jeremy Gocke--said the funding came from Scout Ve...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Report: Majority of Snapchat's Audience Are Millenials

It should not be a surprise to users of Snapchat, however, a new report confirms that the majority of Snapchat's audience are Millenials. According to the U.S. Digital Future in Focus Report, released by comScore this week, 71 percent of Sn...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TrueCar Launches #DogsInCars Hashtag Charity Campaign

Santa Monica-based TrueCar is launched a new, social promotion Monday, where the company will donate $1 for every time someone uses its hashtag #DogsInCars--part of an advertising push by the company. According to TrueCar, it will donate $1...

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Shuttlerock Powers Yogi Surprise

Los Angeles-based Shuttlerock, which develops visual marketing software, said that subscription yoga company Yogi Surprise has selected the company to power their visual marketing efforts. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. The...

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Friday, March 27, 2015

How urRadio Wants To Make You The Radio Station

Is the world ready for everyone to be their own, radio DJ--and are there enough people out there who want to broadcast themselves to the world, live, with a music stream? Los Angeles-based startup urRadio (www.urradio.com) thinks so. We spo...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Honest Co.'s Brian Lee Backs Outdoor Gear, Apparel Startup Cotopaxi

Los Angeles-based angel investor Brian S. Lee, who has been behind such companies as LegalZoom, H. Bloom, and The Honest Company, is one of the angel investors in a new outdoor gear and apparel startup, Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi said today that it...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Vixlet Names Former GM CEO As Advisor

Los Angeles-based Vixlet, a startup developing a social networking site linked to sports leagues, teams, and entertainment companies, said this morning that it has named former General Motors Chairman and CEO Daniel "Dan" Akerson as a speci...

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Pervical: Why MySpace Was A Spaghetti-Ball Mess

Wonder why once dominant social networking site MySpace--once the poster child for the Los Angeles technology startup world---failed under News Corp? Former MySpace VP Sean Percival says it was a "spaghetti-ball mess". The Guardian shares P...

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Snapchat Courts Saudi Arabian Prince In New Funding

Venice, California-based Snapchat is in discussions with Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, over possible future funding for the company, according to the Prince's investment firm, Kingdom Holding Company. According to KHC, Prince Alw...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snapchat's Evan Spiegel Youngest Billionaire On Forbes List

Forbes published its ranking of all of the world's billionaires this week, with an interesting addition: the co-founders of Venice, California-based Snapchat. Evan Spiegal, the 24-year old CEO of Snapchat, was the youngest billionaire on th...

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Demand Media Sells Pluck

Los Angeles-based Demand Media has sold its social media software arm, Pluck, to New York-based Sprinklr, the companies said Thursday. Financial details of the sale were not announced. Pluck, which is based in Austin, was founded in 2003, ...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Report: Snapchat Seeking $500M In New Funding, Valued At $19 Billion

Venice-based Snapchat is looking to raise at much as $500M in a new round of funding, currently valuing the company as high as $19 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. The report cited a "person with knowledge of the ma...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ziggedy Gets $1.3M For Nonprofit Shopping

Fountan Valley-based Ziggedy which operates an online shopping site which donates a portion of sales to nonprofits, said Tuesday that it has raised $1.3M in a funding round. The funding came from angels. Name of those angel investors were n...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Epoxy Inks Deals With Fullscreen, AwesomenessTV, Others

Los Angeles-based Epoxy, the social engagement software develoled by Juan Bruce, announced a long list of partnerships this morning with YouTube MCNs. According to Epoxy, it has partnered with Fullscreen, AwesomenessTV, BroadbandTV, BentP...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snapchat Targets News Discovery With New Feature

Venice, California-based Snapchat--already an indispensable communications tool for the always-on, mobile generation--is looking to become an even more important part of its user's lives, with a new feature it calls Discover. Snapchat lau...

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ninja Metrics Ties With Mobile Analytics Firm

Los Angeles-based Ninja Metrics, the social analytics software developer led by Dmitri Williams, said this week that it has tied with mobile analytics company TUNE. The two said that they will integrate Ninja Metrics' Katana Social Analytic...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tinder Buys Chill, The Maker Of Tappy

Los Angeles-based dating app developer Tinder has acquired Chill, the maker of Tappy, a Snapchat-like instant messaging service which revolves around photo sharing. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. As part of the buy, Tappy wi...

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Snapchat Raises $485.6M In New Funding

Venice, California-based Snapchat has raised an enormous, $485.6M funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the company on New Year's Eve. Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the company. According to the filing...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Snapchat Launches Payment Service With Square

Venice-based Snapchat said Monday that it has launched a new feature, which lets users pay their friends using the company's mobile app. According to Snapchat, it partnered with payment firm Square, which lets you type a dollar sign and amo...

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Soci Gets $1.5M For Social Media Marketing

San Diego-based Soci, a developer of a social content discovery engine and social media marketing software product, has raised $1.5M in a Series A funding. The company said the round was led by angel Peter Fischer (Shepherd Ventures) and Si...

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Social Reality Raises $25M, Acquires Steel Media

Los Angeles-based digital advertising technology developer Social Reality said this morning that it has raised $25M, and acquired display and mobile ad company Steel Media. Social Reality--which is traded OTCBB--said the $25M came in the fo...

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Soteria Intelligence Takes On Social Media Threat Identification

Los Angeles-based Soteria Intelligence said yesterday that it has launched a new, social media threat assessment service, to help find threats voice on social networks in real time. According to Soteria Intelligence, its service is aimed at...

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Friday, October 31, 2014

HashAtIt Launches Hashtag Search Engine

Need to figure out who is using what hashtag where? Los Angeles-based HashAtIt said Thursday that it has launched a brand new search engine, which aggregates and allows users to find hashtags across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinteres...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

weeSPIN Finds Funding For Social Networking App

Los Angeles-based weeSPIN announced late Tuesday that it has raised a seed investment round for its music-focused, social networking app. weeSPIN is led by Darius Fong, and offers up an app with a collaborative playlist and connects to stre...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Enplug: Bringing Social Media To A Display Near You

For the most part, the ubiquitous digital displays you now see in restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and bars are all still one way, noninteractive devices. How about if you could make those displays interactive and social? Culver...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Speakr Finds $2.9M For Social Marketing

Los Angeles-based Speakr, which provide social influence marketing to brands, said today that it has raised $2.9M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Allegro Venture Partners, Brett Hurt (Bazaarvoice), Ed Snider (Comcast Spectaco...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CardBlanc Offers Up Mobile, Social Shoppping

Los Angeles-based CardBlanc, a new mobile app startup, said today that it has rolled out a new service which lets user shop for brands and share their purchases with their friends. The company says it has created a "virtual personalized car...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Vyu Raises $825K

Los Angeles-based Vyu, which is developing a personalized, mobile entertainment guide service, said this morning that it has raised $825,000 in a seed funding round. The funding came from Jabbar Internet Group and other investors. The start...

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Snapchat Sees Massive Image Leak, Blames Third Party Apps

Venice-based Snapchat is facing another big crisis Friday, as word spread that at least 100,000 compromising, Snapchat photos and videos have been leaked to online hacking sites. Snapchat--in a message to its Twitter followers--blamed the u...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Snapchat Planning First Ads

Venice, California-based messaging app developer Snapchat is planning to roll out its first advertising effort soon, according to CEO Evan Spiegel, who said this week at the Vanity Fair New Establishment summit. Spiegel disclosed the compan...

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Yahoo Planning Big Investment In Snapchat, Says Report

Yahoo is planning a big investment in Venice-based Snapchat, in a deal that values Snapchat at $10 billion, according to a report over the weekend. The WSJ reports that Yahoo is investing around $20M in Snapchat at the lofty valuation, usin...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rowl Raises $4M For Event Discovery

Santa Monica-based Rowl, which develops apps to help users figure out what is going on around them, said Wednesday that it has raised $4M in a funding round. The company said the investors included former Logitech CEO Jerry Quindlen and cur...

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Squawkin Raises $2.5M For Social Communications App

Pasadena-based Squawkin, a developer of mobile apps which let users communicate using voice, photos, and text, said Monday that it has raised $2.5M in a funding round, and also has launched its apps. The startup said its new app, which runs...

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Heard Takes On Social Sharing, Networking

Santa Monica-based Heard, a startup developing social sharing and networking software for iOS, Android, and the desktop said this week that it has launched a brand new "social exchange" software product aimed at letting people share and exc...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Shuttlerock Raises $2.35M, Sets Up Shop In LA

Shuttlerock, a New Zealand-based developer of marketing software which helps companies embed social media generated by their fans into their websites, has raised $2.35M in a Series A funding, and opened up its US headquarters in Los Angeles...

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Favrit Takes On Bookmarking Your Favorite Places

Need an app to help you keep track of your favorite places? Santa Monica-based Favrit said this week that it has launched its new app, which helps people save, organize, and share their favorite places. The startup is led by Anke Audenaert,...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rowl Launches Social Discovery App

Santa Monica-based Rowl said this week that it has launched a new, mobile app which helps users find new music, sports, comedy, and other events, in a social way. Rowl, led by Fred E. Tannous, said the app will focus on helping users follow...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Snapchat Settles With Reggie Brown Over Idea For Startup

Venice, California-based Snapchat said Tuesday that it has settled a dispute with Reggie Brown, the former Stanford University student who had claimed that he came up with the idea for Snapchat. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. B...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Edufii Scores $1.4M For Athletic Training App

San Luis Obispo-based Edufii said this morning that it has raised $1.4M in a Series A financing, to go towards its social and mobile platforms for athletic training. The funding was led by DFJ Frontier and the Pasadena Angels, and also incl...

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Pick1 Helps You Learn More About Each Other

Westlake Village-based Pragmatic Solutions, which develops data software used by videogame developers to analyzer user interests and behavior, has applied its experience in the videogaming world to develop a new app called Pick1. Pragmatic ...

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Connequity Raises $550,000, Opens Series A

San Diego-based professional networking site Connequity says it has raised $550,000 in an angel round, and has opened up a new Series A funding, after renaming the company from its former name, GROWconnections. The startup--which is still i...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Report: Snapchat Valued At $10 Billion In New Funding

Venice-based Snapchat is in the midst of raising a new round of funding, led by storied venture capital investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which valued the company at close to $10 billion, according to a report. Citing "people with ...

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Zao Acquired By Amris

Los Angeles-based Zao, a developer social referral software for finding employees, has been acquired by London-based Amris, which is owned by The Internet Corporation Limited. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Zao develops a pl...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stage 32 Targets Film, TV, Theater With Social Network

Does the entertainment industry need its own social networking site? Los Angeles-based Stage 32 thinks so--and so far, has 325,000 members for its online social networking site, which it says ties together film, television, and theater crea...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Snapchat Eyes News, Advertising

Venice-based Snapchat has plans to add news articles, advertisements, TV, and movie clips to the service, according to reports this week, in a new service called Snapchat Discovery. The new service, which is expected to debut in November, w...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Social Intelligence Wins Crime Bureau

Santa Barbara-based Social Intelligence, a developer of software tools which use social media information to uncover compensation and insurance fraud, reported a win with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Financial impact of the w...

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Strike Social Bolsters Board, Advisors

Los Angeles-based advertising technology developer Strike Social is bolstering its board and advisory team, saying that it has named Lawrence Chu to its board of directors, and signed up Dr. Arif Ansari, a big data systems researcher at the...

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Insights: Amidst Change is a Constant: Life is Still Two-Way

For today's Insights and Opinions section, we share an essay from Sally Falkow, founder and president of Meritus Media, a digital public relations and social media agency based in the Los Angeles-area. Social media. Wherever you go,...

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Eventure Interactive Finds $4.1 Million

Costa Mesa-based Eventure Interactive, a developer of social, photo sharing applications, said last week that it has raised $4.1M in funding from Kodiak Capital Group as well as angels. The funding said $3M of the funding came from private ...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jammcard Launches Social Network For Musicians

Los Angeles-based Jammcard said this morning that it has launched a new, social networking site specifically for professional and amateur musicians. The startup, which is led by Elmo Lovano, said it provides a platform where artists can pr...

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

At The Pool Launches New App, Yeti

Los Angeles-based At The Pool, the startup led by Alex Capecelatro which helps connect people and travelers, is launching a new app today, which it says is called Yeti. According to At The Pool, the new app helps connect travelers to local ...

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Ranker Adds Executives

Los Angeles-based Ranker, which operates an online website for users to share their opinions and lists on countless topics, has hired on a number of new executives. According to the company, it has appointed Glenn Walker as Chief Strategy O...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Epoxy Gets $6.5M For Social Video Tools

Los Angeles-based Epoxy said this morning that it has raised $6.5M in a Series A funding round, for the company's social-focused, video tools. According to the company, the investment came from Upfront Ventures and Time Warner Investments, ...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Central Desktop Launches Collaboration Ranking Tool For Companies

Pasadena-based cloud-based project management and collaboration software developer Central Desktop has launched a new tool to help companies figure out how well they are collaborating, compared to other users in Central Desktop's system. Ac...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

AmplifyLA's Bricault Get Exit At SnappyTV

Paul Bricault of the AmplifyLA startup accelerator in Venice, has scored an exit with one of his companies. Twitter said Thursday that it has acquired SnappyTV, a San Francisco developer of software which helps people capture live event vid...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Communly Takes On Social Networking Around Interests, Not Friends

Is there room in the world for another social networking site? Los Angeles-based Communly thinks so, and recently has launched a new site aiming to help connect users not based on who their friends are, but instead by a users' interests. Th...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How Epoxy Is Helping Content Creators Make Their Video More Social

Are you a content creator for the web? It turns out, nowadays, creating the content is only a small part of your job description The most successful YouTubers, studios, brands and agencies today are intensely focused on using social media t...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Epoxy Looks To Help Online Video Creators With Social Tools

Venice, California-basd Epoxy--which was built by former executive from Team Downey--has launched a brand new set of tools aimed at helping online video creators use social media, and also disclosed a funding round. The startup, which is fu...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Incentive Raises $1.8M, Sets Up Shop In LA

Incentive Corp, a developer of private, intranet services aimed at small and medium sized business users, said this morning that it has raised $1.8M in a funding round, and set up shop in Los Angeles. The startup--which has headquarters in ...

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Incentive Raises $1.8M, Sets Up Shop In LA

Incentive Corp, a developer of private, intranet services aimed at small and medium sized business users, said this morning that it has raised $1.8M in a funding round, and set up shop in Los Angeles. The startup--which has headquarters in ...

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Science Inc. To Buy Social Bookmarking Site Delicious

Santa Monica-based Science, Inc., the startup studio and incubator run by former MySpace CEO Michael Jones, has acquired longtime social bookmarking site Delicious, the company disclosed this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not dis...

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Beauty Noted, Founded By USC Student, Gets $2.2M In Funding

Beauty Noted, an online beauty and cosmetics social discovery site founded by USC student Sarah Kortschak, said Tuesday that it has raised $2.2M in a funding round. The startup--which is based in San Francisco--said the funding came from Ko...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HashAtIt.com Takes On Hashtag Search

A new, Los Angeles startup, HashAtIt.com has launched this morning, offering up a search engine specifically for searching for hashtag content. According to HashAtIt.com, which calls itself "The Social Search Engine", it is offering up an o...

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Snapchat Expands To Video Chat

Venice, California-based social networking wunderkind Snapchat has extended out its application, saying today that it has added a new, video chat ability to its app--part of a move to add "presence" to the company's popular app. According t...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MovieLaLa Gets Funding From Salesforce.com Founder

Social networking site MovieLaLa--which focuses on upcoming movies--said Tuesday that it has raised an angel investment from Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff. The startup's angels include a number of folks from the Silicon Beach content ...

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Stockr Gets More Funding

Santa Monica-based Stockr, the online stock-focused, social network which was founded by Vinny Jindal, Tim Symington and Brendon Crawford, has scored a new round of angel funding. The funding included STAR Angel Network, the New York City a...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spreeify Launches Social Ad Platform

Los Angeles-based Spreeify, the social marketing software startup led by Ruben Dua, announced this morning that it has launched a new, social advertising platform it is calling SocialActive. The company said that the new technology allows a...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hinge Launches Online Dating App In LA

Los Angeles looks to be a hot market for online dating apps, as yet another, mobile dating app--Hinge, said it has launched in the city. Hinge--which comes out of New York City--said it is launching in LA today, to help single, young profes...

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Enplug Gets $2.5M

Los Angeles-based Enplug, a company that develops digital displays which display real time, social media from Twittter, Facebook, Yelp, and elsewhere at retail locations, has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round. Enplug said the investment ...

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Report: Tinder Now Valued Over $5 Billion

Los Angeles-based Tinder, the mobile dating app developer led by Sean Rad, is now worth over $5 billion, according to a report Friday from Bloomberg. Bloomberg said that IAC recently bought 10 percent of Tinder from venture capitalist Chama...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Smarter Digital Marketing With Smartify's Carla Bourque

How can marketers make better decisions and get better results from their online marketing? Pasadena-based Smartify (www.getsmartify.com)'s CEO, Carla Bourque, recently talked to us about the company's online marketing platform, and how it ...

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Chef's Roll Looks To Create LinkedIn for Chefs

If you're a chef of a hot new restaurant in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, where do you go online to network? Sites like LinkedIn are far more business focused, and Facebook is more friends and family. A new, San Diego startup--Chef's R...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

SoCal Investors Score With Klout Acquisition

A number of Southern California angel investors, and one of its venture firms, have scored an exit over at social media influence measurement startup Klout, as the San Francsco company said Thursday that it is being acquired by Lithium Tech...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

TextPlus Competitor Lands $280M From Alibaba

A direct competitor to Marina Del Rey-based free texting and phone service provider TextPlus said today that it has raised a huge, $280M funding round for its services. Silicon Valley-based Tango raised the giant funding round from Chinese ...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Glip Launches $5,000 Hackathon For Creatives

Los Angeles-based Glip, a startup developing project communications and coordination tools, said today that it is running a $5,000 "hackathon" style contest for creative agencies. According to the company, it will offer up $5,000 to creativ...

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Live Nation Labs Buys YourTrove

Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based Live Nation Labs, an independent group within Live Nation looking to create "next generation" music products, has acquired YourTrove, a developer of social search tools. Financial terms of the acquisitio...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

GSN Games Buys Bingo Bash Creator, Bash Gaming

Santa Monica-based GSN Games, the online games division of Game Show Network, has acquired Bash Gaming, which makes the social bingo game Bingo Bash. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GSN Games said Bingo Bash has more than 4....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Common Looks To Curate Socially Progressive Goods

Wish all the purchases you made could make a difference? Los Angeles-based Common said today that it has launched a new, online, curated marketplace aimed at showcasing products that help the "common good" and help improve the "good of the ...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snapchat: 35 Employees, Great Place To Work

Venice-based social networking app developer Snapchat looks to be on the prowl for employees, based on a new ...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tapiture Takes $2.25M In Seed Funding

Venice, California-based social sharing site Tapiture said this morning that it has raised $2.25M in a seed funding round, which was led by JUMP Investors, along with angels Barry Sternlicht, Herb Simon, Brad Keywell (Lightbank), Brian Lee,...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spoiler Shield Blocks Sochi Olympics Results

Are you tired of people spoiling your DVR watching by giving away the medal results at the Winter Olympics in Sochi? It turns out, a Los Angeles startup has a fix for that. Spoiler Shield, which develops iOS, Android, and Kindle apps, says ...

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Virgin America Taps LA Startup For In-Flight Social Network

Virgin America said this morning that it has launched a brand new, in-flight social network, based on a mobile app from Los Angeles startup Here on Biz. According to Virgin America, it has launched an in-flight social network which is aimed...

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Laudville Launches Out Of Beta

Los Angeles-based Laudville, the online, social sharing service led by Phoebe B. Scott, said this week that it has launched out of beta, letting users share and discover movies, TV shows, music, and books. According to the startup, it has l...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TradeYa Gets $1.1M

Santa Monica-based TradeYa said Wednesday that it has raised $1.1M in a venture capital funding, to launch its social platform for trading goods and services. The funding came from angel investors, including Chris Hameetman (Tech Coast Ange...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Snapchat Adds $4.5M More To $50M Round

Venice, California-based Snapchat, the developer of the popular social media app, has added $4.5M in venture funding--and three new investors--as part of its Series C funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the company today. Det...

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Monday, February 3, 2014

At The Pool Hits 120 Countries, 3053 Cities

At The Pool, the Los Angeles startup which develops a service to help users meet new people based on their common interests, told its users over the last week that it is now in 120 countries and is covering 3,053 cities -- a dramatic growth...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snapchat Ramps Up Security With Captcha Features

Venice, California-based Snapchat seems to have learned its lesson from its recent security breach, and has proactively added a new CAPTCHA feature -- asking new users to select images containing its trademark ghost to prove they are human,...

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fullscreen Buys Viddy

Culver City-based YouTube network Fullscreen said late Wednesday that it has acquired Supernova, the company which was formerly known as Viddy. Financial terms of the buy were not announced, however, several publications have placed the dea...

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Snapchat Rolls Out Security Updates

Venice-based instant photo messaging service Snapchat has released an update to the company's software for both Android and iOS, in response to the major security breach over the holidays resulting from the abuse of its "Find Friends" featu...

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Snapchat Locks Down Friend Finding Feature After Security Breach

Venice-based social messaging phenom Snapchat has locked down its Find Friends features, saying that it has improved security on the feature, after reports of the widespread release of around 4.6 million phone numbers and usernames from the...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Snapchat In Major Security Breach

Venice-based social photo messaging service Snapchat had a major security breach over the holidays, when at least 4.6 million user names and phone numbers on the service were publicly published to the Internet. The breached data was apparen...

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Manalto Gets $1M For Social Media Content Management

Santa Monica-based Manalto has raised $1M in a seed funding round, for the company's social media content management software. According to Manalto, the funding came from Europlay Capital Adivsors, Raven Capital, as well as high net worth i...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Canvas Aims At Social Networks

Los Angeles-based Canvas, a stealth mode social networking startup, said this week that it is aiming at Facebook with a new service to let users share content, including audio, video, private messages, and more. The company--which has been ...

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Snapchat Confirms $50M Series C Round

Los Angeles-based Snapchat confirmed it has raised $50M in a Series C funding Wednesday, as the hot, instant photo messaging app developer reportedly turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook and has decided to continue on as an independ...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MomentFeed Raises $5.5M

Santa Monica-based MomentFeed, which develops mobile marketing software which lets marketers understand correlate the activities of mobile users with the physical locations of those consumers, said this morning that it has raised $5.5M in a...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Plug.dj Finds $1.25M For Music, Video Sharing Service

Los Angeles-based Plug.dj, an online music and video sharing service, has raised $1.25M in a funding round, to bolster the company's product. The funding came from Javelin Venture Partners. The firm, which is led by Alex Reinlieb, said it w...

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Science Names Social Marketing VP

Los Angeles-based technology incubator and studio Science said today that it has hired on Matt Monahan as its new Vice President of Social Media Marketing. Monahan was most recently at AlphaBoost, a startup which was building Facebook adver...

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Monday, December 9, 2013

ValueClick Partners With Twitter

Westlake Villlage-based ValueClick has inked a partnership deal with Twitter, to help marketers reach Twitter's audience through Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts, the company announced Friday. According to ValueClick, it is integrating...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Upfront Re-Ups On Datasift

Los Angeles-based venture investor Upfront Ventures has re-upped its investment in San Francisco-based social data provider Datasift. Datasift said it raised $42M Tuesday morning, led by Insight Venture Partners and also including prior in...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PromoJam Powers Instagram Promotion For Carlton Hotel

Los Angeles-based social marketing software developer PromoJam said today that it is powering a digital, "Instagram Holiday Tree" for The Carlton Hotel in New York City, Caravan Stylist Studio, and 30 NYC fashion designers. PromoJam did not...

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Payoff.com Raises $7.0M For Personal Finance Efforts

Long Beach-based Payoff.com, a startup which operates an online service that helps user pay off debt and save money via online rewards, social tools, and peer pressure, has raised $7.0M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing b...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Realtidbits Acquired By Livefyre

San Diego-based Realtidbits, a developer of social sharing software for publishers, has been acquired by Livefyre, the two companies announced Monday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. As part of the funding, Livefyre s...

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Backdoor's 14-year Old Founder Gets $200,000 For Social Messaging App

Los Angeles-based Backdoor, a startup founded by 14-year old Daniel Singer, announced this morning that it has raised $200,000 towards further development of its anonymous messaging app. The company said the funding came from ArpexCapital, ...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

deviantART Gets $10M From Autodesk

Los Angeles-based online social network for artists deviantART has raised $10M in a funding round from CAD software developer Autodesk, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. The site--which says it has 29 million registered membe...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

At The Pool Courts Millennials With New Social Discovery App

Los Angeles-based At The Pool, the social discovery service headed by Alex Capecelatro, has launched a brand new, mobile app it says is targeted at helping people to connect and interact. The startup said the new app was "built by millennia...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

At The Pool Courts Millennials With New Social Discovery App

Los Angeles-based At The Pool, the social discovery service headed by Alex Capecelatro, has launched a brand new, mobile app it says is targeted at helping people to connect and interact. The startup said the new app was "built by millennia...

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lawsuit Targets Snapchat Founders, Venture Investors

A new lawsuit, targeting Venice, California-based Snapchat--the hottest company to emerge out of the area's high tech startup cluster in recent years--says that the company's founders stole the idea for the company from him after forcing hi...

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Viddy Relaunches As Supernova

Venice-based Viddy, the developer of social video sharing apps, said today that it has rebranded itself as Supernova, and has expanded into a new set of mobile apps. The startup--which went through a huge rollercoaster ride earlier this yea...

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nimble Ties Into HootSuite

Santa Monica-based Nimble, the developer of customer relationship management and contact management software, said today that it has linked its app into social media management service Hootsuite. According to Nimble, the new Nimble Contact ...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Magisto Gets Funding From Qualcomm

Magisto, a developer of social video editing tools, said Tuesday that it has raised $13M in a funding round, which came from San Diego-based Qualcomm, along with flash memory developer Sandisk. The Series C funding round also included Magma...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cie Games Plans Android Title

Long Beach-based mobile game developer Cie Games said Monday that it will be releasing an Android version of the company's game, Racing Rivals. The multi-player, racing game had previously been only avialable on iOS. The new title will be a...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

How Much Is Snapchat Really Worth?

How much is Los Angeles-based Snapchat really worth? The report last week that Snapchat is raising a new funding round at $3.5 billion--and turned down a $1 billion acquisition offer from Facebook--has some wondering if we've returned to 19...

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Snapchat Seeks More Funding At Up To $3.6 Billion Valuation

Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Snapchat is in the midst of a new funding round, which values the company at more than $3.6 billion, according to a report Friday. AllThingsD reports that the firm--which just raised $60M in June--is l...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Townhang Raises $700,000, Launches Event Discovery Site

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, Townhang.com, announced Wednesday that it has raised $700,000, and launched a new site to help people find interesting events, happenings, and activities in their city. The startup--founded by Alexey Karpov...

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Fliptu Targets Music Industry With Social Service

Los Angeles-based Fliptu, the social media software developer headed by Jeremy Gocke, is targeting the music industry with its social service, and is launching a new platform that lets the music industry share the pictures, video clips, and...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Adly Gets New Investor

Los Angeles-based social advertising technology developer Adly announced today that it has added a new investor, with ties to professional athletes and celebrities. According to Adly, it has partnered with Legacy Growth Partners as its firs...

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Adly Gets New Investor

Los Angeles-based social advertising technology developer Adly announced today that it has added a new investor, with ties to professional athletes and celebrities. According to Adly, it has partnered with Legacy Growth Partners as its firs...

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vionic Gets $900K For Social Offers

San Diego-based Vionic, a developer of technology for helping companies create social media deals and promotions, said Wednesday that it has raised $900,000 in a funding round. The funding came from angel investors. According to the startup...

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Myspace Hails Growth In Users

Los Angeles-based Myspace said today that it has seen its user base, with 36 million people now using the website after the site's big revamp in June. The site--which is now focused on providing users with access to music and videos--said i...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Evolve Media Launches New Social Video Product

Los Angeles-based Evolve Media has launched a new, social video product via its SpringBoard Video Division, aimed at distributing social video content to publishers. According to Evolve Media, its new SpringBoard Social Dashboard product di...

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

MomentFeed Links Into Facebook's Preferred Marketing Developer Program

Santa Monica-based social analytics software developer MomentFeed announced this week that it has been accepted into the Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) Program, Facebook's program for linking with companies who develop technol...

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Spreeify Adds New Social Media Giveaway and Promotions Product

Los Angeles-based Spreeify, the developer of social marketing software headed by Ruben Dua, is launching a new social marketing product it calls Social Swag this week. According to the company, the new product helps brands engage socially w...

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

SGN Plans Hiring Binge

Los Angeles-based SGN (Social Gaming Network), the mobile games startup headed by Chris DeWolfe, the co-founder of MySpace, said Thursday that it is launching an "aggressive" hiring program. According to the developer, it has more than 30 n...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

eGood Gets $3M In Seed Funding

Glendora-based eGood, a startup developing a social giving platform, said today that it has raised $3M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Wolfgang Buehler, and angel investor. According to eGood, it is using the funding to devel...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Gratafy Launches Social Gifting In LA

Los Angeles appears to become the hot market for launching your mobile, social startup into the national scene--with dozens of startups recently starting up operations here, including Flywheel, Lyft, H.Bloom, Belly, Delivery.com, and many o...

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Friday, August 30, 2013

JumpStartFund Looks To Make Elon Musk's Hyperloop A Reality

There was a lot of hype earlier this month over the introduction of the idea for Hyperloop--a system for getting people to and from the Bay Area in only minutes, using 800 mile per hour aluminum pods. However, Hyperloop is just that--only a...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

MomentFeed: Starbucks Leads In Instagram Photos

Where are consumers most likely to take, and share Instagram photos? According to Los Angeles-based MomentFeed, the lead location where consumers are taking photos at retailers is Starbucks, which the company found had the most number of ph...

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cie Games Debuts New Auto Racing Game

Long Beach-based mobile games developer Cie Games said today that it has laucnhed a new mobile game, called Racing Rivals, a social game which lets users race their friends with virtual drag racers. The company--which makes the game "Car To...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SHIFT Aims At Social Advertising Analytics

Santa Monica-based advertising analytics startup SHIFT launched a new product Wednesday, aimed at helping marketers analyze social advertising campaigns. The startup, led by James Borow, said its new product, SHIFT Media Analyzer, is aimed ...

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bedloo Takes On Social Voting

A new, Los Angeles startup, Bedloo, said this morning that it has launched a new social voting service, which lets users collect feedback from other users. The new social voting service revolves around voting on images, video, and audio fil...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

PriceGrabber Buys Snapette

Los Angeles-based comparison shopping site PriceGrabber has acquired Snapette, the developer of a fashion-focused social website and mobile app. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Snapette develops a location-based shopping app,...

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Vyclone Powers One Direction Video Promotion

Venice, California-based social video app developer Vyclone is powering a promotion for Sony Pictures, in a tie with the music group One Direction. According to Vyclone, it has partnered with Sony Pictures on the upcoming movie, One Directi...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

PromoJam Launches New Social Marketing Tool

Venice, California-based PromoJam, the social marketing startup headed by Matt and Amanda MacNaughton, said this week that it has launched a new tool for launching social, direct, and mobile marketing campaigns. The startup said its new Be ...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

PayDivvy Acquired By Higher One

Newport Beach-based PayDivvy, an online service which let groups split bills among each other, has been acquired by Higher One, a provider of student financial services company. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. PayDivvy had al...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bottlenose Lands $3.6M For Social Media Analytics

Bottlenose, a brand new startup in social media analytics, has raised $3.6M in a Series A funding round. The company said the funding round was led by ff Venture Capital, and also included Lerer Ventures, Transmedia, Advancit, as well as ot...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cie Games Names VPs

Long Beach-based Cie Games, which publishes the Car Town mobile and social games, has named two new executives this morning. The company said it has named Matt Nutt as Vice President of Business Development and Operations, and Chong Ahn as ...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MySocialCloud Acquired By Reputation.com

MySocialCloud, the Los Angeles startup developed by brother and sister Scott Ferreira and Stacey Ferreira, has been acquired by Reputation.com, the company is announcing today. MySocialCloud develops an online, cloud-based platform for mana...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Want To Meet Someone New? How Tinder Is Catching Fire, With Justin Mateen

What's one of the hottest, fastest growing mobile apps out there out of a Southern California startup? No, not Snapchat--it's Tinder--a mobile app and service which lets users rate people nearby them, and if the feeling is mutual, connect t...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

UberMedia Links Echofon With Buffer

Pasadena-based mobile application and advertising developer Ubermedia said today that it has integrated social sharing tool Buffer with its latest version of its Twitter client software, Echofon. UberMedia said the integration allows users ...

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

AddToAny Bought Back From Lockerz By Founder

AddToAny, the developer of WordPress and Drupal social sharing plug-ins which got its start at UC San Diego, is back as an independent firm, according to the company's founder, Pat Diven II. Diven said that he has acquired AddToAny back fro...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Myspace Hails Launch Response

Los Angeles-based Myspace has a new design, new owner, and is hoping for some new users with its brand new, music-focused, user interface--and says that so far, the response is good. Myspace said that so far, it has had 31 million unique si...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ranker Takes $2M For Expansion Efforts

Los Angeles-based Ranker, the online site which lets users rank, view, vote, and share their opinions on a wide range of topics, announced today that it has raised $2M in a follow on investment round. The starup, led by Clark Benson, said t...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Snapchat Announces $60M Funding

Los Angeles-based Snapchat has officially announced its Series B funding, raising $60M in a round led by Institutional Venture Partners. The funding also included General Catalyst, Benchmark Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and SV Ange...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Yardi Adds Social Media Marketing Features

Santa Barbara-based apartment leasing software suite developer Yardi has expanded its software to handle social media marketing, according to the firm. Yardi said it has expanded its Yardi Marketing Suite to now handle social media marketin...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Cute Puppy Alert: DogVacay Uses Cute Dog Photos To Find Customers

It's almost always difficult to get people to share information about your startup to the world. However, DogVacay, the Santa Monica-based startup which offers up an online service to help connect dog owners with people to watch their pet...

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

SGN Buys Mob Science

Los Angeles-based social games developer SGN, which is led by former MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, said today that it has acquired Mob Science, the social games developer behind Zynga's Legends: Rise of a Hero. Financial terms of the de...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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. According to Myspace, its new site offers up a persistent music player, off...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

iCrumz Launches Social Bookmarking Tool

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, iCrumz, said today that it has launched a new, free social bookmarking tool aimed at helping users find their way back to websites and share content with others. The startup, headed by serial entrepreneur M...

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Playsino Poker Hits Facebook

Santa Monica-based Playsino, the social casino games developer, has released a new game, Playsino Poker, on Facebook, the firm said today. Playsino's free-to-play game lets users play poker games at multiple tables, chat with friends, and p...

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cornerstone OnDemand Adds New Social, Recruiting Features

Cornerstone OnDemand, the developer of talent management software which is headed by Adam Miller, has rolled out some enhancements to its service today, including adding a new social collaboration feature to the company's software suite, as...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Zynga's Loss, SGN's Gain

The announcement Monday that Zynga is cutting 18 percent of its workforce is throwing a lot of talent onto the market, to the benefit of the company's competitors. One of those companies, Los Angeles-based SGN, is already benefiting from ...

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Zynga Details Job Cuts

San Francisco-based Zynga has detailed the cuts at the company, saying it has laid off approximately 520 employees, or 18 percent of its global workforce. Those cuts have resulted in the shutdown of Zynga's Los Angeles office. Zynga is also...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nimble Debuts iOS App

Nimble, the developer of contact management software-as-a-service, told its users today that it has released a beta of a new, iOS application. The new app, which is available in the iTunes App Store, allows users to access contact informati...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

How WhoSay Is Connecting Celebrities Directly With Fans

In a world where media empires are built off the back of the appeal of celebrities, those celebrities themselves often don't benefit from that fan interest in their lives. However, WhoSay (www.whosay.com) is hoping to change that equation, ...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ad.ly Confirms Funding

Los Angeles-based social, celebrity advertising startup Adly confirmed the company's recent $2M funding round today, officially announcing the funding from GRP Partners and Siemer Ventures. Adly, which is led by Walter Delph, develops a soc...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

BuzzFeed Partners With CNN, Sets Up Studio In Los Angeles

Online viral news and media site BuzzFeed is further expanding its operations in the Los Angeles area, and has set up a "social studio" in Los Angeles to help "influencers, thinkers and celebrities" to create videos for the social web. The ...

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Ad.ly Finds $2M More

Los Angeles-based celebrity advertising firm Ad.ly disclosed Thursday that it has raised $2.0M more in funding, from GRP Partners and Siemer Ventures. Ad.ly helps match up celebrities with social media advertisers. CEO Walter Deph says that...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

UberMedia Recasts Itself In Mobile Advertising

UberMedia, the Idealab-backed startup best known for its Twitter client software, has recast itself as a mobile advertising firm, saying yesterday that it has launched a new mobile advertising product called UberAds. According to UberMedi...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nimble Makes Major Updates To CRM Software

Los Angeles-based Nimble has made a major update to its social, customer relationship management software, adding a pile of new features and enhancements to the software. The startup--headed by Jon Ferrara, who also founded one of the origi...

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Splash Debuts iPhone App For Social Sharing

Santa Monica-based Splash, a startup developing an iPhone app which lets users connect with others around their passions and interests, has launched its app in the iPhone store. The app, which is free, was created by Rory Reiff and Michael ...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

How The Promise Of Social Media Advertising Is Measuring Up For Adly

Four years ago, Los Angeles-based Adly (www.adly.com) launched to much fanfare as one of the first local startups to tie into the brand-new, Twitter micro messaging platform. We caught up with CEO Walter Delph to hear how the promise of ...

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

PromoJam Debuts New Visual Social Promotions Tool

Los Angeles-based social promotions software developer PromoJam has rolled out a brand new tool today, a new visual social marketing product called Promotion Builder and DIY Visual Editor. According to PromoJam, the new tool lets users ea...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Viddy In Recap, To Return Some Funds, Says Report

A report Tuesday from AllthingsD says that once-hot Los Angeles startup Viddy is recapitalizing, and will return $18M of the $30M it raised a year ago. The report says that investors New Enterprise Associates, Khosla Ventures, and Goldman S...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Fan Appz Ties Into Twitter

Santa Monica-based social media marketing startup Fan Appz has tied its customer feedback and social media marketing product into Twitter, to better allow brands to interact with their fans and followers, the firm has announced. The startup...

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Monday, April 29, 2013

ProBoards Looks To Revive Online Discussion Boards

In the age of social media, are online discussions boards obsolete? Lake Forest-based ProBoards doesn't think so--based on the company's update of its free Internet forum software, ProBoards Version 5. The company said Monday that it is mak...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hollywood Insiders Back Social Shopping Site The Hunt

In a turn from the usual formula of Silicon Valley investors backing a Hollywood, celebrity-driven startup, a Silicon Valley startup has scored the backing of a group of Hollywood insiders. San Francisco-based The Hunt said this week that i...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Snapchat Hit By Spam Attack

Snapchat, the hot Venice-based startup which lets users send self-destructing photos to each other, has been hit by a spam attack, the firm said this morning. According to posts on Twitter, a large number of posts of a "naked lady" were sen...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fan Appz Links into Social Collaboration Marketplace

Santa Monica-based Fan Appz, the developer of personalized, marketing software headed by Jon Siegal, said today that it has linked into social collaboration network marketplace SHIFT. The firm said it would make its services available as pa...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

WhisperText Gets $3.0M

A stealthy, Santa Monica-based startup, WhisperText has raised $3.0 from what looks like a number of high profile investors. According to a regulatory filing from the company--which develops an iOS app that allows users to share their secre...

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Good Clean Fund Looks To Help Nonprofits Raise Funding, Support

Are you involved with a nonprofit or social enterprise, wishing you had better tools to raise funding for your important causes, but not able to shell out the thousands of dollars necessary to purchase those tools from software vendors? A n...

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Esri Ties With Geofeedia

Redland-based geographical information systems and mapping software developer Esri has tied with social media and location analytics firm Geofeedia, the two announced today. According to the two, the deal will help public safety professiona...

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Friday, March 15, 2013

GonnaBe Helps Users Plan Social Events, Activities

If you're a mobile user, what's the best way to help plan out your busy weekend and social life? Los Angeles-based GonnaBe, the startup headed by Hank Leber, rolled out its platform this week, releasing a new iPhone application which the ...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Fandango Debuts New Movie Buzz Indicator

Los Angeles-based movie ticketing site Fandango is debuting a new tool to predict interest in upcoming weekend movies, which it calls "Fanticipation". According to the company, the new tool measures moviegoer excitement and helps to predi...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lindzon Backs Discoverly

Howard Lindzon, the San Diego angel investors who also heads up stock micro-messaging site StockTwits, has invested in another private company--Discoverly. Discoverly disclosed a seed round of funding worth $750,000 which included Salesforc...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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"...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Viddy Extends Videos, Adds Effects In New iOS Release

Viddy, the developer of the mobile, social video sharing application of the same name, said Wednesday that it has launched version 2.0 of the firm's application for iOS. The app adds such features as longer videos--now up to 30 seconds long...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Snapchat Debuts Video On Android

Snapchat, the Venice Beach-based startup which has been taking the mobile world by storm with its "self destructing" mobile photos, has just officially launched video into its Android app, just days after announcing a Series A funding round...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

CROWDIMPACT LA Dangles $20K Prize For Social Enterprise Startups

Crowdfunder, the Los Angeles startup led by CHance Barnett, has launched another crowdfunding event aimed at the local industry, saying Wednesday that it has launched CROWDIMPACT LA, a pitching competition which will award $20,000 in a top ...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Spreeify.com Launches Social Shopping Site

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 startup, led by Ruben Dua, said it combines product giveaways wit...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hypemarks Becomes Tint, Moves To San Francisco

Hypemarks, the social link sharing startup started by Tim Sae Koo, has failed and pivoted itself into a new service, Tint, and moved to San Francisco. According to Sae Koo, Tint is now focused on helping brands create social hubs on their w...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Snapchat Raises $13.5M

Venice Beach-based Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile application which lets users take "self destructing" mobile photos of themselves that they can send to friends, has raised $13.5M in a Series A funding, according to multiple re...

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Ranker Hits 1M Votes In January

Ranker, which is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Data Collective, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels, and the Pasadena Angels, has hit 1 million votes on its site in January, the company said last week. Rank...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ninja Metrics Gains $750,000 To Decode Social Influence In Apps, Games

How do you figure out which of your users matter most in your social applications and games, and help that to improve social interaction and engagement in your apps? Redondo Beach-based NinjaMetrics has just scored some funding for exactly ...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Viddy Thrown Into Turmoil As O'Brien Loses CEO Post

Live by the echo chamber, die by the echo chamber. Or so, it seems, as Los Angeles-based mobile video sharing startup Viddy learns that being the startup-darling-of-the-second isn't all that it's cut out to be for a startup. Viddy has lost ...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Siemer Ventures Backs Ribbon

Los Angeles-based Siemer Ventures, the venture capital investor led by Eric Manlunas and David SIemer, has been one of the most active local investors lately--and is continuing that trend, with the investment in Ribbon. Ribbon, the develope...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

MomentFeed Raises $1.7M More

MomentFeed, the developer of location-based analytics software headed by Rob Reed, has raised $1.75M in new funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Thursday. Details on the funding have yet to be announced. Santa Monica-base...

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Monday, January 28, 2013

GrubTonight Launches Social Dinner Reservation Service

What's the best way to meet new people, and expand your social circle in a city? One way might be to try out GrubTonight, a newly launched iPhone application from Venice-based Grubwithus, which allows users to find organized dinners in a lo...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

TapShare Takes On Social, Mobile Photo Sharing

A new, Los Angeles startup is hoping to break into the mobile, photo sharing market with it new app, Tapshare, specifically aimed at letting groups share their photos in a single, mobile photo album. The startup--founded by Myke Armstrong a...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

PromoJam Debuts New Self Service Social Promotions Tool

If you are a millenial entering the workforce, what would you be most comfortable with -- a tool designed to work and look like a social network, or a tool built around an old fashioned corporate enterprise software UI? With its latest pr...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Photopoll Launches App For Social Voting

Los Angeles-based mobile developer TenFarms said this morning that it has launched a new, photo-focused polling app called Photopoll. The new app lets users share photos and then ask questions and polls around any topic. The startup said th...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Siemer Ventures Backs Optimal

Los Angeles-based investor Siemer Ventures has backed social media advertising and analytics firm Optimal, Optimal said Monday. San Francisco-based Optimal said it raised $7M in a Series B funding, which included DoubleRock, The Social Inte...

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Scopely Snags Zynga Vet

Scopely, the Los Angeles-based gaming startup headed by Walter Driver, has snagged yet another Zynga veteran for the firm, the firm said Friday morning. Scopely said it has hired on Andy Kleinman, former Zynga GM, as its Chief Business Offi...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Avalon Ventures Backs LoopIt

San Diego-based venture investment fund Avalon Ventures has made a seed investment in a developer of a social shopping service, LoopIt, according to the companies. Size of the funding was not announced. LoopIt is based in Cambridge, Mass., ...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lockerz Axes Plixi Team In San Diego

Lockerz, the Seattle-based social shopping and e-commerce site backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has axed the company's San Diego office, in addition to laying off around 30 percent of its staff. Lockerz' San Diego team came from ...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ChowNow Raises $3M For Mobile Food Orders

ChowNow, a startup which provides social, mobile, and web-based online ordering for restaurants, said this morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding. The funding was led by GRP Partners, and also included Double M Capital, Daher ...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Playsino Debuts iPhone, iPad Bingo App

Playsino, the social casino games and app developer headed by Brock Pierce, said Tuesday that it has released iPhone and iPad versions of its Bingo World app. The free-to-play apps are on the Apple iTunes App store. Playsino, which is based...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MySpace Debuts New Timberlake Design

MySpace, the online social networking site which is now owned by Specific Media, has finally rolled out its new, Justin Timberlake-inspired web design, in conjunction with the release of a new single from Timberlake and JAY Z. The new desig...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

CHNL Ties Into Groupon, LivingSocial

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a startup which is developing a social content browser for smartphones, tablets, and PCs, said today at CES that it has launched a new daily deals feature into its product. The company said it has added daily deal t...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

FanMix Spins Out Of SocialEngine

Fanmix, a startup developing "social inbox" software to manage a user's social conversations on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, comment threads, and elsewhere, has spun out of Los Angeles-based Social Engine, according to Social Engine ...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Beachfront Media Hits Three Billion Video Views

Burbank-based Beachfront Media, the developer of video distribution tools, applications, and other infrastructure--and operator of video discovery site MeFeedia.com--said this week that it has racked up 3 billion video views across its prop...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

HeyZap Raises $4.3M From Qualcomm, Others

HeyZap, the developer of mobile applications used to connect people with social games and each other, has scored an investment from Qualcomm Ventures. According to a regulatory filing and multiple sources, HeyZap raised $4.3M in a funding r...

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

SupperKing Launches Support For Charity Dinners

Los Angeles-based SupperKing, the startup which develops a mobile app enabling people to link with their friends and neighbors for a social dining experience, has tied with a group to promote social dining for charities. The startup said it...

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Why Being Nimble Is The Key To Success In Games, with SGN's Josh Yguado

What's the key to success in the video game market today? We sat down earlier this month to talk with Josh Yguado, President of SGN (www.sgn.com), to learn more about the importance of being nimble in the game market, the company's platfo...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Infographic: Social Media Spurring E-Commerce Activity

A new study of social media activity and e-commerce, compiled from Los Angeles social tools developer Social Annex, shows that social media is--not surprisingly--playing a far bigger role in online shopping this year. The company analyzed...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SoCal's Instagram Startups Duck Impact, As Users Rebel

It looks like all of the flap over Instagram's change in its terms of service--which some had interpreted as giving Instagram the right to sell users' photos--has missed impacting a number of Southern California's startups. Instagram clarif...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Music Mastermind Taps Muve Music, Napster Vet As CTO

Music Mastermind, which develops software which combines music creation, social gaming, celebrity musicians, and others in its games, said this morning that it has tapped a veteran of Muve Music and Napster as its new CTO. The company said ...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

SGN Launches Cross-Platform Development Tool

Los Angeles-based social and mobile game development firm, SGN, said today that it has launched a new tool called MasterKey, which it says can be used to develop cross-platform titles. The firm said the proprietary technology allows its to ...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

StockTwits Integrates With HootSuite

San Diego-based StockTwits said today that it has launched a new, app for HootSuite, the provider of software used for social media management. According to StockTwits, the new app and integration makes it easy for HootSuite users to post m...

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hello Music Upgrades Social Commerce Service

Los Angeles-based Hello Music, the social commerce marketplace run by Rick Camino, has updated its site, with a brand new design and features. The firm said "Hello Music 3.0" includes new features like a social shopping feed; ability to lik...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Viddy Hits Android

Los Angeles-based mobile video sharing application Viddy has just debuted on Android, the company said this morning, making the Viddy experience available to a host of new smartphones. The app--previously only available on iPhone--lets user...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scopely Debuts Developer Program

Los Angeles-based social game developer Scopely announced today that it has launched a new, developer program called LeveUp, which looks to help top independent game studios co-develop titles with Scopely. The firm said it will tape a small...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Nimble Integrates With HootSuite

Santa Monica-based Nimble, the developer of social, contact relationship management software-as-a-service, said this morning that it has tied its service with HootSuite, which develops a social media management product. Nimble said the move...

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Vyclone Powers Documentary Effort

Los Angeles-based Vyclone, the developer of mobile video collaboration software, said it is powering a new effort to create a massive documentary on "the human experience". Vyclone--which creates a mobile app which makes it easy to co-creat...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Playsino Hits 1M Installs

Santa Monica-based Playsino, which publishes social, free-to-play, casino games, has just passed the one million install mark, the firm announced today. Playsino develops social, casino games which run on Facebook, and is venture backed by ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

At The Pool Sets Launch

At The Pool, the startup headed by Alex Capecelatro, is getting set for a big launch event Tuesday evening, as the firm launches its service to connect like-minded people in real life. The startup--formerly known as Hyphos--also disclosed t...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cap That Turns Photos, Videos Into Products, Gets $2.3M

A new, Los Angeles startup is looking to help users take those videos on Viddy, as well as photos they've taken and shared on Instagram--and turn those into products such as t-shirts, decals, mugs, wall art, and more. Cap That said it just ...

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Car Town Debuts On iOS

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the developer of the Facebook social game Car Town, said Friday that it has launched a new app on iOS. The company said that Car Town Street, which lets players build and "cruise" with cars in a town, is free and...

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Curating The Web Using PublishThis, with Matt Kumin

If you're a web publisher, or even a brand developing your own outreach to customers through a newsletter or microsite, how do you efficiently gather and curate all of the news and information out there? Right now, it's a manual process--un...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BMW Targets Instagrammers With LA Auto Show Contest

In an example of the rising interest of big advertisers in mobile social sharing site Instagram, auto maker BMW is dangling the chance to be the official BMW Instagram photographer to Instagram users who snap and post photos of local BMWs. ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

X1 Discovery Takes On Social Media Discovery, Analysis

Pasadena-based X1 Discovery, the provider of electronic discovery software which was originally part of X1/Idealab, said today that it has launched a new version of its software aimed at capturing and analyzing social media content. The com...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fan Appz Launches Social Media Marketing Product

Los Angeles-based Fan Appz, which is headed by Jon Siegal, said today that it has launched a new social media marketing product. The firm said its Personalized Marketing Platform is aimed at brand, to help them turn their fans into customer...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

JuntoBox Partners With IndieGoGo On Film Crowdfunding

Juntobox Films, the online startup social community focused on independent filmmakers, and which is chaired by director and actor Forest Whitaker, said today that it has partnered with online crowdfunding site indigogo, to help filmmakers g...

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Monday, November 5, 2012

SkuLoop Acquired By Revionics

SkuLoop, the online social promotion service headed by Michelle Cranes and which was backed by Tomorrow Ventures, Founder Collective, SK telecom, and Saban Capital Group, has been acquired by Revionics , a provider of merchandising software...

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Nanoogo Gets Funding To Spur Creativity In Kids

Nanoogo, an online service focused on helping encourage creativity in kids, has scored a round of angel funding from the Tech Coast Angels, according to a report today from the group. Size and timing of the round was not announced. Nanoogo ...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

EverySignal Officially Launches To Filter Out Important Moments

Tired of missing the important moments in that firehose of social updates from your friends? EverySignal, the latest startup out of startup incubator/studio Science, Inc. officially launched today to tackle that problem. EverySignal said it...

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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Resumator Gets $2.1M From Rincon

Rincon Venture Partners, the Santa Barbara-based venture capital fund run by Jim Andelman, John Greathouse, and Brian Kelly, has led the investment in a developer of social recruiting software tools for companies, The Resumator. According t...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Guts, The Glory, and The (Virtual) Gold of Bragstr, with Jon Knarreborg

Sports fans: how do you prove you're the master of sports knowledge and sports predictions? What's the best way to claim your position among your friends as tops in the world of everything sports? How about an online game? We spoke with Jon...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

GraphEffect Launches New Social Marketing, Collaboration Platform

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect has launched a new product effort today, saying it has launched SHIFT.com, a new platform which connects people across and within organizations. GraphEffect said its new platform also includes and API and conn...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Convertro Launches New Product

Convertro, the new advertising analytics and optimization technology firm headed by Jeff Zwelling, has released a new product today, saying it has launched a product which helps figure out attribution of such things as Twitter streams, YouT...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Flud Launches Social News Apps For Companies

What's the best way to share competitive intelligence and company announcements with your employees? Flud, a San Diego startup developing mobile apps to let teams privately share news with their co-workers and others in the company, recentl...

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Cornerstone OnDemand Adds Social Recruiting Features

Santa Monica-based human resources and talent management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand said today that it has launched a new set of social features for helping companies to recruit employees. The firm said the enhancements make it...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Nimble Updates Social CRM Tool

Nimble, the customer relationship management software developer headed by Jon Ferrara, has updated its online, social CRM tool today, saying that it has added new features such as ways to filter and cut through the noise of online social ac...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Givit Gets $2.5M For Social Video App

San Diego-based Givit, which develops social video sharing applications and services, announced this morning that it has raised $2.5M in a funding round. The new round came from ATA Ventures and JK&B Capital. According to Givit, the funding...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Playsino Buys Two Social Gaming Firms

Los Angeles-based Playsino, which develops social casino games, said today that it has acquired two social gaming firms, including Popover Games and Foghorn Games. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Popover Games develops social...

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Few SoCal Investors In List Of VCs Using Social Media

Kred, a company which it tabulating social media influence, released its list of top venture capitalists this week, with only a single representative from Southern California: Mark Suster of GRP Ventures. Suster was the sole Southern Califo...

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

StockTwits Racks Up Investors Relations Customers

San Diego-based StockTwits said today that its service is gaining traction with corporate customers, with over 200 investor relations departments now using its service. StockTwits said that Dell, Verizon, FedEx, and many others are using it...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How Wedge Buster is Building A Sports Gaming Empire, With Scott Philp

How do you convince guys to start playing social games? For Wedge Buster (www.wedgebuster.com), you do it by pulling together a huge collection of sports-related social and mobile games. Wedge Buster just raised a $2.2M round from the NFL's...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

EverySignal Looks To Filter Social Noise, With Backing From Science

In a world where we are overwhelmed with social updates ("had a turkey sandwich for lunch", "just went for a walk"), how do you cut through all that noise and actually learn about important things going on in your personal networks without ...

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Monday, September 24, 2012

MySpace Shows Off New, Sexy UI

In what looks like a plan by Specific Media to revamp the relevance of former social networking giant MySpace as a choice for social networking, the firm is showing a new video of a revamped user interface for the site. The user interface i...

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Friday, September 21, 2012

GraphEffect Ties Into Facebook Partner Program

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect has become an official partner of Facebook, the firm said this week. The company said it has become a Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer (PMD) by Facebook, which it says is the "highest distinction" offer...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Scopely Raises $8.5M

It looks like all that bacon paid off. Los Angeles-based Scopely, the startup co-founded by Eytan Elbaz, Eytan Elbaz, Walter Driver and Ankur Bulsara, which is developing social and mobile games, said this morning that it has raised $8.5M i...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

StockTwits Adds Social Sentiment Feature

Are you positive or negative on that stock? San Diego-based StockTwits has just added a feature to let its users indicate if they're bullish or bearish on a specific ticker, which will be embedded into a user's posts. StockTwits said the ne...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ze Frank Games Acquired By Buzzfeed

Ze Frank Games, the Los Angeles startup led by web video's Ze Frank, has been acquired by BuzzFeed, a social news publisher, the firm said Friday. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to BuzzFeed, Ze Frank has joined the...

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Insteegram Opens User Sales Of Instagram T-Shirts

Insteegram, the online service which lets users buy high quality t-shirts imprinted with their favorite Instagram photos, said this morning that it has launched version 2.0 of the service, and opened up the ability of some of its users to s...

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Stockr Raises $1.5M For Social Networking Site For Investors

Stockr, the social networking service aimed at financial investors based in Los Angeles, has raised $1.5M in a seed funding round, the firm said yesterday. The company said the round came from Personal Capital, The Doyle Investment Group, a...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CitizenHawk Hires Sales Director

Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk said today that it has hired a new Regional Sales Director. The firm--which provides online brand protection services to companies--said Brian Conchuratt has been named to the position. Conchuratt has previousl...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fizziology Expands In The UK

Hollywood-based social media research company Fizziology said this morning that it has launched a new, U.K. research arm, which will help provide customers with tracking of online conversations in that country. Fizzilogy provides online soc...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Geni Connects With Facebook

Los Angeles-based Geni, the family tree and family history site, said over the weekend that it has added a new social feature to connect Geni with Facebook. The company said its new Facebook Social Sharing feature allows users to share thei...

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Friday, August 31, 2012

FollowMaid Helps Clean Up, Manage Twitter Followers

A new online service, FollowMaid, is looking to neaten up your Twitter account, by automatically pruning out spammers and find new people to follow by keyword. The new service--created by Pacific Palisades software development firm Etronica...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mefeedia.com Adds New Partners

Online social video discovery site Mefeedia said Thursday that it has added two new partners providing content to the site, MovieClips, and AnyClip. Mefeedia did not announce any details of the partnership, but did say the deal will provide...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fliptu Bolsters Artists, Celebrities

Los Angeles-based Fliptu, the social media promotion startup headed by Jeremy Gocke, says it has started to line up a significant number of artists, bands, celebrities, and lifestyle brands for its service today. The service--which is still...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Two San Diego Sites Rank Tops In Rising Social Networking Interest

A report issued this week by Experian Marketing Services has identified two, San Diego niche social networking sites as being among the fastest growing sites between July of 2011 and July of 2012. Experian said that--in an analysis to find ...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MyLife Launches New Product

Los Angeles-based MyLife.com, the online website headed by Jeff Tinsley which helps users manage their online social accounts, has launched a new product, the firm announced this morning. MyLife said it has launched Profile Remover, a new p...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

LoveIt Enhances Social Sharing Site

LoveIt, the venture backed photo curation and sharing site backed and run by a number of PriceGrabber veterans, said this morning that it has released a batch of new features for its service. The Pasadena company said that it has added such...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

GraphEffect Rolls Out API, New Release

In an outreach to developers, Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the developer of social marketing software headed by James Borow, is announcing today that it is opening up an API to its platform for developers. The firm said that its platform...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tech Coast Angels Invests $4.5M In First Half Of 2012

The Tech Coast Angels said today that it has totalled up its investments for the first half of 2012, and found that it invested $4,571,000 in direct investments--as part of $10M in funding--for 17 companies. The angel investment group, whic...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PromoJam Tapped For Virgin America, Rock The Vote Promotion

A new, voter registration promotion from airline Virgin America and Rock The Vote is tapping Los Angeles-baesd PromoJam for its in-flight, mobile page, PromoJam said today. Virgin America launhced its voter registration effort with Rock The...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Goodreads Tops 10 Million Members

Goodreads, the online social community focused on book readers, looks to be on a roll. The Los Angeles firm, which is run by Otis Chandler, reported this morning that it now has 10 million members, only three months after hitting the 9 mill...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Zao Combines Employee Referrals, Social Gamification

A new, Orange County startup, Zao said today that it has launched a new service, which combines employee job referrals with social gamification. The firm said its service provides businesses with tools to generate and manage employee referr...

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Atomkeep Acquired By Jobscience

Atomkeep, an online service to help users synchronize their social media profiles across a number of social networking sites, has been acquired by Jobscience, a developer of social relationship management software tools. Financial terms of ...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Weplay Signs Denny's Sponsorship Deal In New York

Weplay, the online social media site focused on youth sports, has inked a sponsorship deal with the owner of thirty local Denny's restaurants in New York, to sign up local sports teams for the platform, the company announced Wednesday. The ...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MyLife Launches Social Dashboard

Los Angeles-based MyLife.com is further expanding its services this morning, saying that it has launched a new, "social dashboard" product which helps users centrally manage all of their social and email accounts. MyLife said its new servic...

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Teeology Driven By Social Voting, Buzz

Los Angeles-based Teeology, the new luxury t-shirt service backed by tech entrepreneur Brian Lee, and co-founded by celebrity Jennifer Lopez, looks to have taken the idea of closely listening to your customers to heart, and is basing its bu...

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Monday, July 30, 2012

DFJ Frontier's Netpulse Gets $15.6M More

One of the portfolio companies of Los Angeles-based venture capital investor DFJ Frontier has scored a big, $15.6M funding round this morning, to bolster its development of digital entertainment systems for fitness treadmills. Netpulse, whi...

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Friday, July 27, 2012

AtomicMe Connects Social Networking, Revenue Sharing

A new, Los Angeles startup, AtomicMe, said this week that it is looking to tie together social networking activity with the interests users are passionate about--by sharing advertising revenues with those users. AtomicMe said it will pay 30...

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

CitizenHawk Unveils Automated UDRP Filing Tool

Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk, which develops online tools to help brand owners detect violations, cybersquatters, and more, said this morning that it has launched a new tool which automates UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Poli...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chill Launches New Video Front Page

Los Angeles-based social video site Chill, fresh off an injection of $8M from its investors, is launching a brand new effort to help consumers find the most interesting videos on the Internet from its home page. The new feature, called Chil...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chill Launches New Video Front Page

Los Angeles-based social video site Chill, fresh off an injection of $8M from its investors, is launching a brand new effort to help consumers find the most interesting videos on the Internet from its home page. The new feature, called Chil...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Report: MovieClips Raises Series C

Venice-based MovieClips, the online site which allows people to share and view clips from movies, has raised a Series C funding round, according to reports. No details on the funding, which was first reported by Dan Primack at FORTUNE, have...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Interview with Allison Dollar, SnapCuts

In a mobile world, what's a unique way to reach out to your friends and others? One way is to create your own, custom video clip which you can share via email, text message, or through a social networking site like Facebook. Los Angeles-bas...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

At The Pool Matches Users, Interests

A new, Los Angeles startup At The Pool, headed by Alex Capecelatro, has started letting users sign on to the service, helping to match them based on their location, interests, and other information. The startup said its first, public pool, ...

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu

With the proliferation of social media, how do you--as a brand--manage all of those various websites, content, and media? Los Angeles-based Fliptu (www.fliptu.com), headed by Jeremy Gocke, thinks it has this figured out, by providing a cent...

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Siemer Ventures Funds Tradesparq

Los Angeles-based venture fund Siemer Ventures, the early-stage, venture capital investor run by David Siemer and Eric Manlunas, has funded Tradesparq, the operator of an Asian, B2B marketplace that matches volume buyers and suppliers. Fina...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Insights and Opinions: Social at Scale

What does the landscape of social media marketing look like, in the wake of Salesforce.com's acquisition of Buddy Media? In our Insights and Opinions section--where we feature various opinions, advice, and thoughts from our readers--we have...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

PromoJam Expands Into Australia, New Zealand

Los Angeles-based PromoJam, the social marketing software and services firm founded by Matt and Amanda MacNaughton, said Wednesday that it has inked a deal to expand into Australia and New Zealand. PromoJam said the deal, with Inception Dig...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Interview with Vinny Jindal, Stockr

What does social networking have to do with the stock market? According to Vinny Jindal, the CEO of Los Angeles-based startup Stockr (www.stockr.com), everything. Vinny talked with us about his startup, which allows users to discuss and c...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

RingDNA Gets $650K For Real Time Sales Info

Sherman Oaks-based RingDNA, a provider of mobile tools to provide real-time CRM data, social media streams and behavioral marketing information to salespeople, has raised $650,000 in funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. No...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chill Raises $8M More

Los Angeles-based Chill, the social video sharing and chat site led by Brian Norgard, has raised another $8M in funding, the firm said today. The firm sai the new funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and William Morris Endea...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mogreet Ties moShare Into ShareThis

Venice-based Mogreet, the developer of mobile messaging and marketing related products and services, said today that its moShare web-to-mobile sharing services has partnered with ShareThis. The firm said the deal will enable users across 1....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

CitizenHawk Takes On Social Media Monitoring

Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk, the venture backed developer of online brand protection services, said today that it has launched a social media monitoring tool. The firm, which is backed by Maveron, said that its new tool allows companies t...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Stockr Looks To Create New Stock Discussion Site

A new, Los Angeles startup, Stockr, is looking to connect the world of social networking with stock tips and trades, and recently has emerged in a private beta. The firm, headed by Vinny Jindal, provides a filtered stream of stock tips and ...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

HypeMarks Gets $350K

Los Angeles-based HypeMarks, the developer of a service which helps users find new places to explore on the web, has raised $350,000 in a funding round, socalTECH has learned. According to Tim Sae Koo, the firm's founder, the funding came f...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

GraphEffect Gets $12M

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the provider of social marketing software headed by James Borow and co-founded by Clark Landry, announced this morning that it has raised $12M in a new financing round. The round was led by Rincon Venture Par...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

United Online Buys schoolFeed

Woodland Hills-based United Online said this morning that it has acquired schoolFeed, a startup developing a Facebook app which connects people via their high school graduating class. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. United O...

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Goodreads Nearing Nine Million Members

Los Angeles-based Goodreads, the online social networking site focused on books, reported this week that it is just about set to hit nine million members of the service. The site, which is headed by Otis Chandler, said it now has over 300 m...

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Likeabilitee Helps Identify Users' Most Popular Facebook Posts

Did you ever wish you had a more visual, easy to use way to identify which of your social media posts on Facebook are getting the most interest from your friends and others? A new service, Likeabilitee, is looking to do just that, by plotti...

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Grubwithus Gets $5M

Venice-based Grubwithus, which operates a service which helps connect people in real life with others over meals and food, said this week that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round. The round was led by GRP Partners, and also includ...

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Interview with Scott Ferreira, MySocialCloud

If you were a student in college, working on a startup idea, what would spur you to drop your education plans, and go full time on your startup? For Scott Ferreira, the founder of MySocialCloud.com (www.mysocialcloud.com), it was an investm...

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lifecrowd, EventUp Team Up

Two of the newest startups to emerge out of Southern California's technology and accelerator scene, Lifecrowd, and Eventup, are partnering, to join Lifecrowd's social activities site with Eventup's service to help people book exclusive priv...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

StockTwits Debuts New Social Signals Features

San Diego-based StockTwits, the micro messaging site focused on stocks and stock trading run by Howard Lindzon, is tapping into its big database of messages today with a new feature. The site said that it has added two, Social Stock Signals...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

RocketFrog Launches With $2M, MySpace's Anderson

Los Angeles-based RocketFrog, a new startup developing casino games on Facebook, launched Tuesday, saying that it has raised $2M in angel funding, and also added MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson as an advisor. The startup, headed by Brett Ca...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mixin Brings Pop Up Video Comments To The Internet

Are you a fan of VH1's "Pop Up Videos"--the music video series which is known for popping up fun facts and information in the midst of a video? Well, a Santa Monica-based service, Mixin, is looking to bring that same pop-up bubble concept t...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

PromoJam: Facebook IPO Celebrated In Drinks?

Planning on celebrating that Facebook IPO tonight? Los Angeles-based PromoJam just posted an amusing list of tech-themed mixed drinks to celebrate the occasion, which is now the biggest technology IPO on record, ever. PromoJam posted its li...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Facebook IPO Hits Markets Today: Will It Spur SoCal IPO Activity?

As Mountain View-based social networking site Facebook hits the market today, in what is the largest tech initial public offering in history, one question is if it will spur what has, so far, been a lackluster IPO market for Southern Califo...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Buy.com Parent Rakuten Leads $100M Round In Pinterest

Rakuten, the Japanese e-commmerce giant which owns Aliso Viejo-based e-commerce site Buy.com, has just grabbed a stake in up-and-coming Internet sharing site Pinterest, according to reports today. Pinterest, which allows people to share pic...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Triptrotting Adds Events and Activities

Santa Monica-based Triptrotting, which helps match travelers with like-minded locals, is expanding this morning, saying that it has added a new "Social Activities" feature to help users find activities by location, date, time, and price. Th...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Viddy Gets Endorsement From Justin Bieber

Viddy, the Los Angeles online video sharing site which is looking to become the next Instagram, just got some big help today from celebrity Justin Bieber. Bieber threw his celebrity weight in a (gulp) shirtless post of himself posing for th...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Interview with Matt Munson, InstaCanvas

Few people in the technology world are unfamiliar with the huge rise in the popularity of the photo sharing service Instagram, which was topped off by a $1 billion acquisition of that company by Facebook just a few weeks ago. One of the sta...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Goodreads Catalogs 300 Million Books

Los Angeles-based book social networking and sharing site Goodreads, which is headed by Otis Chandler, reported today that it has cataloged its 300 millionth book on the site, as usage of the site continues to grow. The firm--which said it ...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Virurl Raises $1.2M

Los Angeles-based Virurl, a new startup headed by former Titan Gaming foundder Francisco Diaz-Mitoma and co-founded by Tim Symington of LAST.VC, has raised $1.2M in a funding round, and launched its service. According to Virurl, it will pay...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Car Town In Merchandise Deal

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the developer of the Facebook social game Car Town, said today that it has signed a deal with GreenLight Collectibles, to create and merchandise Car Town branded toy cars. Financial details of the merchandising d...

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Recmnd.Me Takes On Hiring Referrals

Hoping to make it easier for human resources departments to mangae employee recommendations and referrals, a Newport Beach startup, Recmnd.Me, said this week that it has launched a new online social recruiting service. The startup said that...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Goodreads Enhances Groups

Los Angeles-based Goodreads, the online networking site focused on book readers which is led by Otis Chandler, said this morning that it has enhanced its book group functions, Goodreads Groups. The site, which lets people rate, discuss, and...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Report: Dmitry Shapiro To Head Up Google Plus

A report today says that Dmitry Shapiro, the former founder of Veoh and head of MySpace Music, and currently founder of alternative social networking site Anybeat, may be heading to Google to head up its Google+ efforts. The report, from Pa...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Zui.com Launches New Social Networking Features

Zui.com, the kid's website focused on providing screened content and information to kids, is expanding its services today, saying that it has launched "Facetube", which combines the best social sharing aspects of Facebook with the channels ...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Interview with Lane Soelberg, Weplay

If you're a family with kids in sports, how do you share all those videos, photos, and other memories about your kids games? Where do you organize and share all the information about your team's games? Los Angeles-based Weplay (www.weplay...

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Playsino Gets $1.5M For Casino Games

Los Angeles-based Playsino--which, until recently, was known as Titan Gaming--said Friday that it has raised $1.5M in a new funding round. The firm said the firm will go to support building the largest, social casino game publisher on both ...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gaikai Delivers Console Games Via Facebook App

Streaming, cloud-based game service provider Gaikai has linked up its service to Facebook, the firm said Wednesday, launching a beta of a Facebook app which allows users to play console-quality games directly from the social networking site...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Klout Dangles Free Volt Loan To LA Residents

In a marketing campaign to get people drivin the Chevrolet Volt, online "influencer" site Klout said yesterday that it has kicked off a campaign which will give influential social media users a free, three day loan on a Volt. According to C...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Green Dot Completes Loopt Buy

Monrovia-based Green Dot, the provider of prepaid debit card products, reports today that it has completed its acquisition of Mountain View-based mobile social networking developer Loopt. The deal was worth approximately $43M in cash. Green...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Interview with Michael Witz, Mob Science

What does it take to take a social gaming firm to the next level? For San Diego-based Mob Science (www.mobscience.com), an injection of cash, some key advisors--and a deal with Zynga. Last week, the firm announced a funding round and a coup...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Disney Links With Japanese Social Games Firm DeNA

The Walt Disney Company has inked a deal with Japanese mobile and social gaming developer DeNA, to deliver social games to players worldwide, the two said Friday. According to the two, they have launched their first, jointly developed socia...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management

Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd, the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of P...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Interview with Matt and Amanda MacNaughton, PromoJam

What's the best way to get the word out about your brand on social media? For a number of high profile brands, it's by using the software and services of Los Angeles-based PromoJam (www.promojam.com), which just announced a round of funding...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Seismic Games Debuts First Title, CelebrityMe

Los Angeles-based Seismic Games, the social games developer run by former Pandemic Games co-founder Greg Borrud and backed by DFJ Frontier, has launched its first title this morning. Celebrity Me. The new social game is centered on a Hollyw...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mob Science Raises $1M For Social Gaming

San Diego-based Mob Science, a developer of social Facebook games, said this morning that it has raised $1M in a seed funding round. The round came from David Young, the CEO of Joyent, Mark Surfas of GameSpy Industries, along with other ang...

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Monday, March 26, 2012

LifeCrowd Expands, Launches Out Of MuckerLab

Santa Monica-based LifeCrowd, the social activity discovery site headed by Bong Koh, said Friday that it has expanded into three new regions, and launched officially out of Los Angeles accelerator MucherLab. The startup said it has launched...

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

SodaHead Ties With Google Analytics

Los Angeles-based SodaHead, the online social discussion and voting site, is one of the launch partners for the new Google Analytics Social Media features, Google said this week. Google said that it is launching new, Social reports within G...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PromoJam Raises $1.2M

Los Angeles-based PromoJam, a developer of enterprise, social marketing tools, has raised $1.2M in a Series A investment, the firm said today. The round was led by Golden Seeds, and also included the Band of Angels. According to the company...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nuage Raises $500K

Los Angeles-based Nuage, a developer of social business collaboration software, announced this morning that it has raised $500,000 in a funding round. Names of the private investors participating in the funding was not disclosed. The firm s...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Avalon Ventures Might Reap Cash In Zynga Offering

San Diego-based Avalon Ventures, one of the venture capital investors in social gaming phenomenon Zynga, may be set to cash in on its shares of the newly public gaming firm, after Zynga said this week that it is planning a $400M, secondary ...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

MyLife.com Buys Threadsy

Los Angeles-based MyLife, the online relationship management and networking service headed by Jeff Tinsley, said today that it has purchased the technology behind Threadsy, the developer of a unified communications client for email, Faceboo...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Live Nation Sets Up Venture Investment Fund

Los Angeles-based ticketing and concert management firm Live Nation is getting into the early stage investment business, announcing Wednesday that it has established the LN Labs Fund, which will invest in early stage technologies and entrep...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HypeMarks Launches Into Beta

Los Angeles-based HypeMarks, a new startup aimed at social discovery, launched into beta this week, looking to help users and their friends discover the web through each other. The startup--one of the firms which is part of the StartEngine ...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

StylePin Takes On Fashion Inspiration

Are you really into fashion, clothing, and style? A new Los Angeles startup, StylePin, is hoping that its highly visual user interface will inspire you to organize and share your fashion inspirations and personal style with others. The new ...

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Friday, March 9, 2012

ntro Makes Major Update To Social Discovery App

Los Angeles-based ntro, the mobile social networking and discovery application developer founded by former Pandemic Studios founder Josh Resnick, has updated the firm's app, as the company looks to make a big splash at SXSW. According to th...

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Triptrotting Raises $1M

Pasadena-based Triptrotting, which operates an online service to help connect travelers with local hosts, has raised $1M in a Series A funding, the firm said this morning.The funding came from Google Ventures, Mark Suster, 500 Startups, WI ...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

UberMedia: Chime.in Hits 5M Uniques

Pasadena-based Chime.in, the online social networking site and mobile app run by UberMedia, has now seen more than 5M uniques since its launch, UberMedia said today. UberMedia also said the service has sent 200 million "Chimes" -- the socia...

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

CHNL Boosts Board

Santa Monica-based CHNL, a new, pre-launch startup which is focusing on social content and content curation, said this week that it has named Rod Perth to its board of directors. Perth is a television executive, who has worked on projects f...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Demand Media Launches New Social Ad Units

Looking to enhance the advertising units on its network of sites, Santa Monica-based Demand Media said today that it has launched a new set of "social feed ads" to its advertisers. Demand Media said its new Social Feed ad management tools a...

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Milyoni Finds Funding, Sets Up LA Office

A Bay area developer of social entertainment applications for Facebook, Milyoni, said Friday that it has scored $11M in a funding round, in part to open up an office in Los Angeles. The firm said the Series B funding was led by Oak Investme...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chill Becoming Pinterest For Videos?

Los Angeles-based Chill, the social video discovery site founded by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould--demonstrating its characteristic ability to quickly jump on the latest Internet trends--has taken a clue from photo "pinning" startup Pinterest...

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fanattac Gets $1M, Tackles Social Media, Music

Hollywood-based Fanattac, a developer of an online, social media platform which looks to connect music fans and artists, has raised $1M in a funding round. The firm, which is headed by Dan Faiman, did not disclose the names of the investors...

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Myspace Racks Up Registrations

Beverly Hills-based >Myspace is claiming growth in its users, saying that it has added over 1 million new signups to the service, after it launched a new Myspace Music Player. The online entertainment site--now owned by Specific Media--has ...

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Startup Looks To Take On United Online's Classmates.com

A new startup emerged Tuesday with its target on United Online's Classmates.com service, hoping to connect people with their high school classmates. Silicon Valley-based SchoolFeed said it raised $1.75M to create a new service which helps p...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Report: Rapportive, Backed By Calacanis, Acquired By LinkedIn

Angel investor Jason Calacanis looks to have scored an exit in his portfolio, according to reports today from AllThingsD. According to those reports, San Francisco-based Rapportive, a developer of plug-ins which overlay social networking in...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Viddy Sees $6M

Venice, California-based Viddy, a developer of social video sharing applications for mobile phones, has raised $6M in a new funding round. The round was led by Battery Ventures, and also included Qualcomm and Greycroft Ventures. Viddy is he...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

GraphEffect Expands In New York, Chicago

Santa Monica-based social marketing firm GraphEffect said this morning that it has opned up new offices in both New York City and Chicago, as the company continues to expand its staff. The venture-backed firm, which is venture backed by Ler...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Interview with Alex Benzer, SocialEngine

Southern California has had its share of new startup accelerators launch in the last few months, however, few people here have actually experienced an accelerator firsthand. One of the few who has is Alex Benzer,the co-founder of Silverlake...

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Goodreads Connects To Facebook Timeline

Los Angeles-based book community website Goodreads has connected the service to Facebook Timeline, Facebook's new feature which lets users look back what they were doing at any time. According to Goodreads, users can now get information abo...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Will Facebook's IPO Unbottle Southern California's Pipeline?

Will the filing of an IPO by Menlo Park-based Facebook unclock the pipeline of would-be Southern Calfornia IPOs? Facebook filed for its IPO Wednesday afternoon, saying that it is looking to raise up to $5 billion, in what is expected to be ...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Social Rewards Gets $600K

Los Angeles-based Social Rewards, which operates an online, loyalty program which rewards users for social media activity for brands, has raised $600,000 in a seed funding round. The round came from the Tech Coast Angels, as well as Jeff La...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rustic Canyon Backs Social Babysitting Service UrbanSitter

Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is backing the developer of a service which uses parents' social graphs to help connect them with babysitters. According to San Francisco-based UrbanSitter, it has raised $1....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GraphEffect Taps Social Media Experts For Advisory Board

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, which develops social marketing software, is tapping a bank of experts in the social media industry for its advisory board, the company announced today. GraphEffect said it has added Paul Ollinger, J.B. Kropp...

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Topspin Launches Social Analytics Service

Los Angeles-based Topspin Media, which develops tools to help musicians market themselves online, has released a new set of analytics tools today, called Topspin Sharealytics. According to Topspin, the new set of features comes via a collab...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Uberpaper, Headed by Dmitry Shapiro, Takes On News Reading

Dmitry Shapiro, the former founder and CEO of Veoh, and later head of MySpace Music and Facebook alternative Altly, said Thursday that he has launched Uberpaper, a new, online news reading service to help people read and navigate news. Shap...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

HipGeo Expands Reach

Fullerton-based HipGeo, the startup developer of a mobile app for tracking a user's travels, said today that the firm is now seeing posts from 125 countries and over 4,864 cities on its app. The company's app, which is free, runs on the iPh...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

GraphEffect Ramps Sales, Marketing

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the venture-backed developer of social marketing software, said today that it has hired both a Sales and Marketing VP. The firm said it has appointed David Pollet as Vice President of Sales, and named Jennife...

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Mogreet Launches Social Sharing Service

Venice-based Mogreet, the mobile marketing and services firm headed by James Citron, has launched a new, mobile service today called moShare. According to the company, the service makes it easier for users to share video, pictures, songs, a...

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Rustic Canyon Gets Quick Exit At Mertado

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has scored a quick exit at Redwood City-based Mertado, after Mertado said Friday that it has been acquired by daily deals site Groupon. Financial terms of the acquisition were no...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gamzee Shifts Staff, Looks Towards Smaller Games

Los Angeles-based Gamzee, the HTML5 game development firm headed by Howard Marks, one of the founders of Activision, has shifted its staff as it rethinks how to approach the market. The startup develops the Skyscraper City social game, whic...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Interview with Greg Borrud, Seismic Games

How do you take what you've learned, having been part of the growth and creation of the traditional, videogame industry, and apply that to the new world of social games? That's what Los Angeles-based Seismic Games (www.seismicgames.com) i...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chill Shifts To Social Discovery

In another shift of focus, Los Angeles-based Chill, the startup headed by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, has recast the site as a social video discovery site, and away from its live chat and video hangout focus. The site now highlights videos...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

HipGeo Launches Updated iPhone Travel Blogging App

Fullerton-based HipGeo, the location tracking and social sharing software developer headed by Rich Rygg, has launched a new iPhone app, looking to help users track, document, and share their travels. HipGeo said its new app is a "complete r...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Payoff.com Ups Funding To $5.8M

Los Angeles-based Payoff.com, the online personal finance site headed by Scott Saunders, has confirmed it has raised $2.0M in a venture round today, upping its total raised for the company to $5.8M. The funding came from Anthemis Group, Fir...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MySpace, Panasonic Unveil Social TV Service

Social entertainment site Myspace, which is now owned by Irvine-based Specific Media, is making a big push this week at CES, and launched a new, social TV service with Panasonic Monday. In a launch event which featured Justin Timberlake, Pa...

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Payoff.com Gets $2.0M

Los Angeles-based Payoff.com, the online personal finance website aimed at helping consumers pay of their debt, has raised $2.0M more in funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. The site, headed by Scott Saunders, uses social ...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

MindJolt Teams With Humane Society On Game

Los Angeles-based MindJolt SGN, the online game publisher headed by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, launched a new game Wednesday with The Humane Society, which links a social game with social goods which benefit the society. The new ...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

MyLife.com Launches Android App, Has Big TV Ad Plans

Los Angeles-based MyLife.com, the online contact and personal relationship management service headed by Jeff Tinsley, said today that it has launched a new mobile app for Android. The firm said its new app provides access to the firm's serv...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Seismic Games Gains $2M

Los Angeles-based Seismic Games disclosed today that it has raised $2.0M in a first round of funding. The funding came from DFJ Frontier and venture capitalist Tom Matlack. Seismic Games was co-founded by Greg Borrud, Eric Gewirtz, and Chri...

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

SweetLabs Links With Social Games Developer Kabam

San Diego-based SweetLabs, the developer of the Pokki desktop app environment, said yesterday that it has linked with social games developer Kabam, to bring that firm's social games to the desktop. The two said that Kabam's popular social g...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Myspace Launches New Music Player

Beverly Hills-based Myspace, the online entertainment site now owned by Specific Media, said this morning that it has released a new music player. The site said its new Myspace Music Player will provide free, unlimited on-demand listening, ...

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Zynga IPO Rewards SoCal Investors

Despite a cool reception for the IPO of social games maker Zynga Friday, the IPO of the company still rewards a couple of Southern California investors. Among the biggest winners of the IPO of Zynga is San Diego-based Avalon Ventures, which...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Live Nation Buys Analytics Firm BigChampagne

Los Angeles-based Live Nation Entertainment said today that it has acquired a provider of media metrics and analytics, BigChampagne Media Measurement. Financial details of the buy were not disclosed. BigChampagne provides media metrics abou...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mingle Takes On Professional Networking

In the second, location-based networking app to launch in the area in as many weeks, Los Angeles-based Mingle said today that it has launched a new, iPhone app which aims to help people meet other local professionals. Mingle said its app he...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

ntro Dangles Food Truck For A Day For Download

How do you get local users to download and try out your new social networking app? In the case of recently launched Ntro, you offer to let them have their own food truck for a day in a contest. ntro--the recently launched app developed by n...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Climber.com Buys Affinity Circles

San Diego-based Climber.com, which operates an online site to help job seekers network with recruiters, announced today that it has acquired Affinity Circles, an online social networking site focused on membership organizations. Financial t...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Interview with Josh Resnick, ntro

Have you ever been sitting around in an airport or public place, and wonder if there is someone around you should be introducing yourself to and meeting? That's the problem that the mobile app ntro is looking to solve. Josh Resnick is a ser...

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Nettle Makes Movies Social With MovieGoer

La Jolla-based Nettle, the mobile and social apps developer founded Brian Dear and Dan O'Neill, has launched its first app, MovieGoer, on the Apple iTunes App store. MovieGoer provides information, social networking, and other information a...

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

GRP Partners Leads Investment In Awe.sm

Los Angeles-based GRP Partners is one of the lead investors in a developer of social media analytics software, Awe.sm, Awe.sm said Thursday. Awe.sm has raised $4M in a round which was led by Foundry Group and GRP Partners, and which also in...

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Social Discovery App Ntro Launches, Backed by $1.7M in Angel Funding

Los Angeles-based startup nProgress, headed by former Pandemic Studios President Josh Resnick, is announcing this morning that it has launched ntro, a new smart phone app for iPhone and Android aimed at social discovery. The startup said th...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sweety High Launches Site for Tween Girls

Sweety High, a new startup based in Manhattan Beach, is hoping to reach tween girls with its new social gaming and entertainment site, saying this week that it has launched out of private beta. The site says it is hoping to create a social ...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Anybeat Opens To Public Access

Los Angeles-based Anybeat, the alternative social networking site created by former MySpace Music VP Dmitri Shapiro, has opened up broad, public access to the service. The firm--which had been in invite-only, beta mode--said it is looking t...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Paramount Sends Mission Impossible To Facebook

Los Angeles-based Paramount Pictures said Tuesday that it is making its entire line of Mission: Impossible movies available on Facebook. Paramount said that Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II and Mission: Impossible III will all be...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chill Links Into Hulu

Los Angeles-based Chill, the social chat startup headed by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, said today that it has launched a major integration of its site with Hulu. Chill allows users to view, chat, and comment on live video streams via socia...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mention Mobile Scores Funding From Mark Cuban

Los Angeles-based Mentoin Mobile, a developer of social gaming apps, said this morning that it has scored $250,000 in funding from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Mention Mobile said that Cuban gains a minority equity stake in the firm. ...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

ReachLocal To Shut Bizzy

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, the online marketing firm which helps small and medium sized business place Internet advertising, is shutting down its Bizzy local business recommendations site, according to a blog post from the site. The s...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MyLife Takes On Unified Social Network Management

Los Angeles-based MyLife.com, the online people search service headed by Jeff Tinsley, is launching a new service today aimed at helping users manage their multiple social networks. The firm said its new Personal Relationship Manager (PRM) ...

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Chill Powers Boy Band Mindless Behavior Video Release

Los Angeles-based Chill, said today that it has partnered with artist management company Atom Factory, to power a "social experience" around a video by band Mindless Behavior. Chill's Mindless Behavior site allows fans of the teen band to c...

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Anybeat Rolls Out Chat Roulette Feature

Taking a chapter out of the popularity of sites like Chatroulette in connecting up strangers with one another, Los Angeles-based Anybeat, the alternative social networking site run by Dmitri Shapiro, said Friday that it has rolled out a new...

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Websense Takes Aim At Time Wasting Viral Videos

San Diego-based Websense is taking aim at all of those time-wasting, viral videos your employees have been forwarding around, with its security software. The company said Thursday that it has released technology which help employers cut dow...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Friendgift Looks To Spur Friends To Buy You Products

Los Angeles-based FriendGift said Tuesday that it has launched a service which will allow users to shop for products, and then convince their friends to help pay for those products. Friendgift is a spinoff of Friendgiftr, and is headed by R...

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Pose Lands $3M For Mobile Style and Shopping

Santa Monica-based Pose, a developer of mobile apps for shopping discovery, announced Friday morning that it has raised $3M in a Series A funding round. The round came from GRP Partners, True Ventures, and Mousse Partners. Pose develops bot...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HipGeo Targets Travelers With iPhone App

Fullerton-based Hipgeo, the developers of iPhone apps for tracking and logging your travels, said today that it has launched a new version of its product which is specifically aimed at travelers. The firm said its new "Trips" feature helps ...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Border Stylo Launches Trivia Game

Los Angeles-based Border Stylo is extending its lineup of mobile apps, with its first social gaming title, the firm announced this morning. The firm said its new game, Trivia Together, a trivia game for the iPhone which integrates Facebook,...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Livefyre, Backed by Paige Craig, Scores More Funding

San Francisco-based Livefyre, one of the many companies backed by prolific Los Angeles angel investor Paige Craig, has scored a new round of funding, the firm said today. LiveFyre said it raised $4.5M in a Series B round, led by Greycroft P...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

K5Launch Launches Venture Accelerator

Irvine-based K5Launch, a new venture accelerator started by angel investors Amir Banafatemi, Ray Chan, David Cheng, and Kai Tao, is looking to spawn the growth of startups in Southern California, saying today that it has launched its effort...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Superplay Takes On Social, Mobile Games

Laguna Beach-based Superplay Games, a new social and mobile games developer, said this morning that it has launched its first mobile title, Cosmonauts. The new title, which runes on Apple iOS devices and Android, is free. Superplay said it ...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

X1 Discovery Ships Social Media Discovery Software

Pasadena-based X1 Discovery, the Idealab-backed electronic discovery firm split out from X1, said today that it has shipped its first product, X1 Social Discovery. The firm said its new product is specifically designed to address social med...

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Monday, October 17, 2011

GraphEffect Names President

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the provider of Facebook and social media marketing services, said over the weekend that it has hired Stephano Kim as its President and GM, New York. Kim was previously COO and President of [x+1], and was a c...

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

GoodThreads Powers Susan G. Komen for the Cure Los Angeles

Los Angeles-based GoodThreads, the new, social good startup started by Brandon Hance, is powering an event for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Los Angeles County group's upcoming March event, according to the local nonprofit. The Susan G. ...

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

GameFly Gets Social With Android App

Los Angeles-based GameFly, the online video game rental subscription service, said this morning that it has connected its online social network for gamers with its GameFly App for Android. GameFly--which was already offering up the social f...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

StyleSpot, Backed by Idealab, Merges With Kaboodle

Los Angeles-based StyleSpot, an online fashion and social shopping site founded by Rafi Gordon and Alex Amin, has been acquired by Kaboodle, the online social shopping site owned by Hearst Corp. Kaboodle announced the acquisition late Frida...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

WhoSay Gets Funding To Connect Celebrities With Social Media

WhoSay, a New York-based startup with Los Angeles offices, said this morning that it has raised a funding round from Greylock Partners. The firm, headed by Steve Ellis and which was co-founded by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), said it is lo...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Websense Powers Facebook Security Feature

San Diego-based Websense, the developer of web security software, is announcing a partnership today with Facebook, where all of the external links on Facebook will be run against the Websense database of malicious sites, according to multip...

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Border Stylo Updates Retrollect

Los Angeles-based Border Stylo, the mobile app developer headed by Diego Prats and Oscar Guido, has updated its Retrollect iPhone app, the firm said this week, completely re-coding the app, revamping its creation process, and improved shar...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

King.com Nabs Marketing Head

Los Angeles- and London-based King.com, the online casual and social games developer, is announcing today that it has named Alex Dale as its Chief Marketing Officer. Dale was previously at Microsoft, where he served as General Manager of it...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

King.com Nabs Marketing Head

Los Angeles- and London-based King.com, the online casual and social games developer, is announcing today that it has named Alex Dale as its Chief Marketing Officer. Dale was previously at Microsoft, where he served as General Manager of it...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Slacker Launches New Facebook App

Among the dozens of companies announcing new Facebook applications at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference today was San Diego-based Slacker, the personalized music and Internet radio operator. Slacker said it has launched a new social app ca...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Interview with Alex Capecelatro, Hyphos

In his quest to better connect with new friends, Alex Capecelatro had a problem: none of the existing social networking sites were really designed to connect people with who you didn't know, and might share your hobbies and interests. To ma...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chill Launches Livestreaming Lounge

Los Angeles-based Chill, the social video streaming service created by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, said Wednesday afternoon that it has launched a new feature around its "Chill Lounge". The firm said that anyone can now create a "Chill lou...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TrustYou Raises $5M For Social Sentiment Analysis

TrustYou, a provider of social media monitoring technology and services to businesses which has its U.S. headquarters in Manhattan Beach, said today that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding, and acquired Dallas-based ReviewAnalyst. Trus...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sometrics Acquired By American Express, Says Report

El Segundo-based Sometrics, the in-game virtual currency and monetization startup headed by Ian Swanson, has reportedly been acquired by American Express. The value of the deal was $30M, according to the report from TechCrunch. Sometrics ha...

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Monday, September 19, 2011

HipGeo Launches iPhone App

Los Angeles-based Hipgeo, the develope rof a location-aware, smartphone applications service focused on recording and sharing your day with others, said this morning that it has launched its iPhone app. The firm said that the HipGeo app for...

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Friday, September 16, 2011

LA Looks To Prove It's A Social Media Mecca

Los Angeles is looking to prove it is a center of the social media universe next week, with a roster of events for Social Media Week Los Angeles. According to local event organizers, the Los Angeles Social Media Week events--75 in all--are...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

UberMedia Powers App For The Economist Group

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the developer of Twitter client applications, said Thursday that it has partnered with the publisher of The Economist to power a new desktop application and curated channel Idea People Media, The Economist Group's ...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

King.com Debuts Bubble Witch Saga

Los Angeles- and London-based casual gaming developer King.com said Thursday that it has launched a new Facebook game, Bubble Witch Saga. According to King.com, the newest title was launched in the run up to Halloween, and focuses on bursti...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rustic Canyon Backs Social Shopping Site

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon is the lead investor in a round of funding from a social shopping site out of Y Combinator. According to Mertado, a social shopping service which links users with home and kitchen product...

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Demand Media Upgrades Pluck

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the online publishing firm, said today that it has made a "major extension" of its Pluck software. Pluck helps brands manage their online communities. Demand Media said its Pluck platform now includes 14 pre...

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Car Town Maker Opens Tokyo Office

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the maker of the Facebook game Car Town, said this week that it hsa opened up a new office in Tokyo. The firm said its new office comes as it has expanded to Japan with a new, Japanese version of the Car Town Gam...

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bizzy Connects With Foursquare

Bizzy, the social recommendations site owned by Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, reported today that it has connected its mobile apps directly with the popular Foursquare check in service. Bizzy said it has updated both its iPhone and Andro...

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Echoecho Raises $750K

Santa Monica- and London-based Echoecho, which is developing a service to provide location information to your friends via a mobile application, announced today that it has raised $750,000 in a seed funding round. The round came from Googl...

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

BeachMint Announces BeautyMint With Jessica Simpson

Santa Monica-based BeachMint, the celebrity and social e-commerce company run by Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, said last night that it has launched the next in its line of celebrity-focused businesses, BeautyMint. BeautyMint is focused on...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BackAtYou.com Takes On Social Media Marketing

Los Angeles-based BackAtYou.com, a new startup headed by former SodaHead.com founder Michael Glazer, launched itself Wednesday, saying it is providing a self-service platform to help business owners and marketers to create, launch, and anal...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cie Games Signs Deal With Car and Driver

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the developer of the branded, social automotive game Car Town for Facebook, said today that it has partnered with Car and Driver, the automotive magazine published by Hearst Magazines. According to Cie Games, the...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chill Gets $1.5M

Los Angeles-based Chill, the online video discussion website headed by Brian Norgard, has raised $1.5M in angel funding, according to the firm's angel investment backers. The site--which was originally a project of Namesake--gained funding ...

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ventura Among Top Social Cities, Says Report

An analysis of the most social-media savvy cities, released this week, ranked the City of Ventura as number 4 in its list of cities with the most social companies, based on the social media usage of business people. According to NetProspex,...

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Invested.in Powers JCrowd, Israeli Crowdfunding Site

Los Angeles-based Invested.in, the developer of crowdfunding software, has inked a deal to power an Israeli crowdfunding site, JCrowd. According to Tel Aviv-based JCrowd, it has announced a new, Internet crowdfunding platform which is cater...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Savings.com Launches Community Forums, Badges

Los Angeles-based Savings.com, the online coupon and deals site headed by Loren Bendele, has rolled out two new features today, aimed at boosting the social aspects of the site. Savings.com said it has launched a new, community forum, which...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ticketmaster Maps Friends Through Facebook

Los Angeles-based Ticketmaster, the ticketing firm owned by Live Nation, said this week that it has launched a new app which shows ticket buyers where their friends are sitting, via Facebook. Ticketmaster said its new interactive< seat maps...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Funny or Die Partners With Klout

Los Angeles-based Funny Or Die, the online comedy video site, and social media influence site Klout said Wednesday that they are in a strategic partnership. According to the two, Funny or Die has become the exclusive comedy publisher offeri...

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Friday, August 19, 2011

GraphEffect Launches Facebook Targeting System

Santa Monica-based GraphEffect, the Facebook marketing and advertising technology firm headed by James Borow, said this morning that it has launched its Facebook targeting system from beta. GraphEffect is venture backed by CrossCut Ventures...

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Namesake Chill Gets Competitor: Google+

In a demonstration of how difficult it is to differentiate yourself in the world of online, social web services, Los Angeles-based Namesake, the social conversations startup headed by Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, has a new competitor for it...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Border Stylo Raising New Funding Round

Los Angeles-based Border Stylo, the developer of the Glass browser add-on and GlassThis web site for sharing and conversing about web sites, plus the Retrollect mobile app for social sharing, is in the process of raising the amount of fundi...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Facebook Competitor Altly Becomes Anybeat

Altly, the startup headed by Dmitry Shapiro which is developing an alternative to Facebook, said Monday that it has renamed the firm to AnyBeat.com. The new name was not a surprise, as Shapiro had said the company would be renaming itself b...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Nettle Gets $500K From Google, Others

La Jolla-based Nettle, a semi-stealth mode firm which says it is creating a "next-generation social/local/mobile application and website for the global entertainment market", has raised $500,000 in a seed funding. According to the firm, the...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Namesake's Latest Project, Chill, Makes Video Social

Los Angeles-based Namesake, the startup focused on real-time conversations and chats, has embarked on a new project, the firm said Wednesday, focused on social viewing of videos. Namesake said its new project--Chill-allows users to socially...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SendLove.to, With Funding, Debuts Service To Share Opinions On Public Figures

Los Angeles-based SendLove.to, a new startup headed by Chris Lyman and Corey Brundage, debuted today, saying it will provide a "people-polling" platform which will allow users to rate and share their opinion on people in the news. Lyman and...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

FamilyFinds Launches Coupons, Social Deals

Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds, the family-oriented, daily deals site headed by former LowerMyBills.com founder Matt Coffin, said Monday that it has launched two new, major features to the service. The firm said it has launched a new coupon ...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

FamilyFinds Launches Coupons, Social Deals

Los Angeles-based FamilyFinds, the family-oriented, daily deals site headed by former LowerMyBills.com founder Matt Coffin, said Monday that it has launched two new, major features to the service. The firm said it has launched a new coupon ...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Diversion Gets Series B For Social Games

Los Angeles-based Diversion Inc., a developer of social games, said today that it has scored a Series B strategic funding round. Size of the round was not announced. The firm said the investment was led by TomorrowVentures, hearts Corporati...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Social Gaming Firm MXP4 Opens Office In Los Angeles

MXP4, a developer of social, music games, announced Friday that it has opened up an office in Los Angeles. The venture-backed game developer is backed by Orkos Capital, Sofinnova Partners and Ventech. The firm--whose flagship game is Bopler...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Interview with Rob Reed, MomentFeed

With the rise of location-based check-ins from Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook, Twitter, and others, there's suddenly lots more data that marketers want to parse through to make sense of how consumers are interacting with their brands. Los ...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Invested.in Powers Fitness Fundraiser Site

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...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Move Buys SocialBios

Online real estate site Move said this morning it has acquired SocialBios, a developer of an online business referral and social search startup. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. SocialBios allows companies and individu...

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Scopely Dangles $11K, Bacon, Beer For Recruits

Los Angeles-based Scopely, the stealth-mode startup which announced a funding round this week, has a unique pitch to potential employees: the firm is offering up $11,000 wrapped in Bacon, an oil painting of the new employee, Cuban cigars, a...

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Social Media Week Efforts Kick Off

The organizers of Social Media Week Los Angeles said today that they have kicked off plans to feature more than 50, free, public events across LA during Social Media Week, September 19-23rd. The local events--part of a broader, global Socia...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Namesake Rolls Visual Discovery Tool

Los Angeles-based Namesake, the real time discussion and conversations web site created by serial entrepreneurs Brian Norgard and Dan Gould, has just swizzled its conversation discovery tools on the site. The firm said it has launched a new...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scopely Gets Angel Funding

Los Angeles-based Scopely, a stealth mode firm headed by former Applied Semantics co-founder Eytan Elbaz, has raised a round of seed funding. The funding came from Terry Semel, Lerer Ventures, Howard Lindzon (StockTwits), Gil Elbaz (Factual...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Border Stylo Launches New Product

Los Angeles-based Border Stylo, the developer of browser extension for sharing and having conversations about web sites, said today that it has launched a new product called GlassThis, which breaks free of browser extension barriers. The fi...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Active.com Brags About Social Media Growth

San Diego-based Active.com, the sports and fitness site owned by Active Network, is bragging today that it has reached more than one million social media fans. Those fans include both Facebook fans and Twitter followers, as well as other so...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

AddToAny, Started In San Diego, Acquired By Lockerz

AddToAny, which develops social sharing widgets for the Wordpress and Drupal blog software packages, has been acquired by social sharing and marketing firm Lockerz. Lockerz announced the deal Tuesday, but did not disclose financial terms. A...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Social Rewards Gets Seeded

Los Angeles-based Social Rewards, the operator of social, loyalty, and affiliate marketing services headed by Joseph Morin, has scored some angel funding, socalTECH has learned. The firm's advisors include Paige Craig, CEO of BetterWorks an...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

ThisNext.com Partners With Lucky Magazine

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the social shopping and content site run by Matt Edelman, has scored a partnership with Lucky Magazine. According to ThisNext, the two have created a co-branded shopping site, which was launched Friday. The new ...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

StockTwits Adds Social News Rankings

San Diego-based StockTwits, the stock-oriented, social messaging site run by Howard Lindzon, said this morning that it has launched a new, social news ranking feature on the service. The firm said it now allows users to see finance news hea...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Interview with Scott Dudelson, Swagbucks

For today's interview, we spoke with Los Angeles-based Swagbucks (www.swagbucks.com), an online site which allows users to earn virtual currency in exchange for searching the Internet, as well as other activities. Swagbucks in on its way...

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Avalon Ventures, Jeffrey Katzenberg To Benefit From Zynga IPO

San Francisco-based social games maker Zynga, the firm behind the popular FarmVille Facebook game, filed for an IPO Friday, with several Southern California investors potentially beneficiaries of any future IPO success. According to Zynga, ...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MySpace Acquired By Specific Media

Los Angeles-based MySpace, the once dominant social networking website, has been sold to Irvine-based Specific Media, the online advertising network, in a deal reportedly worth $35M. According to Specific Media, News Corporation will take a...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Payoff.com Launches Personal Finance Site, Backed By $3.5M

Los Angeles-based Payoff.com, a new startup led by Scott Saunders, said Tuesday that it has officially launched its free, social finance site. The firm said it is backed with $3.5M in investment capital from FirstMark Capital, as well as an...

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Interview with Scott Saunders, Payoff.com

Are you constantly battling creditors, dealing with debt, late credit cards, and finance fees? Well, you shouldn't have to be -- or at least, that's the premise behind Payoff.com (www.payoff.com), a new startup launching today. Scott Saunde...

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Friday, June 24, 2011

MindJolt's SGN Launches New Game

Los Angeles-based MindJolt, the social gaming firm run by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, said today that SGN, its newly acquired mobile, social gaming business, has released its first title since being acquired by the company in Apri...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Interview with Ryan Scott, CauseCast

One trend in the Southern California high tech startup market has been an increasing number of startups--and executives--who have been looking to combine their interests in business with their enthusiasm for giving back through nonprofits...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

TabJuice Takes On Facebook E-Commerce

San Diego-based TabJuice, a new startup aimed at social e-commerce, said today it has launched a new, Facebook e-commerce application. The firm said its application allows businesses to create their own storefronts within a Facebook page. T...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MindJolt Names Mobile Development Head

Los Angeles-based MindJolt, the social gaming firm headed by former MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, announced this morning that it has hired Ulf Waschbusch as head of its internal social mobile game development. Ulf was most recently Chief P...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Gamzee Gets Seed Funding

Los Angeles-based Gamzee, a developer of HTML5 and mobile/social games, announced Thursday that it has raised $1M in a seed round of funding. The funding came from Bristol Investment Fund, Ltd; Jarl Mohn, the former CEO of Liberty Digital a...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Central Desktop Adds New Social Features

Pasadena-based Central Desktop said Tuesday that it has added new social features as part of its online project and collaboration platform. The firm said it has added polls and online presence detection to its suite of tools. Central Deskto...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Car Town Links With NASCAR

Car Town, the automotive-themed, Facebook social game developed by Long Beach-based Cie Games, has inked a deal with NASCAR, where NASCAR will launch the NASCAR Pro Championship presented by Sprint, a social gaming event within Car Town. Ac...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Edmunds.com Jumps On Daily Deal Bandwagon

Proving that you can apply the "daily deal" phenomenon to just about any transaction, Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com said today that it has launched its own, deal service it says was inspired by Groupon and LivingSocial. Edumunds said its "...

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Report: Activision's Kotick Eyes MySpace

A report today from AllthingsD says that an investor group, which includes Santa Monica-based Activision's Bobby Kotick, is in the last legs of negotiating a deal to acquire MySpace, the beleaguered, once-high flying social network. MySpace...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Givezooks Adds Facebook Ticketing For Nonprofits

Santa Barbara-based Givezooks, a developer of social fundraising software for nonprofits, told its users today that it has launched a new way to allow nonprofits to offer up tickets or sponsorships of their events from Facebook, as well as ...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

CauseCast Launches New Brand Philanthropy Service

Los Angeles-based Causecast, the cause marketing firm founded by Ryan Scott, said today that it has launched a new service which will help companies show how they are supporting charities and causes. The firm's new service, Cause Integratio...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cie Games Names COO

Long Beach-based Cie Games, the social games developer behind Car Town for Facebook, said today that it has named Carey D'Souza as its new Chief Operating Officer. D'Souza was most recently at online games maker Nexon America, and also has ...

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Altly Reveals Seed Investors

Venice-based Altly, the startup headed by Dmitry Shapiro which is developing an alternative to Facebook, has revealed the full list of its seed funding investors today, saying that it raised $1M in funding from Freestyle Capital, Social Lev...

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

SocialCast Acquired By VMware

Socialcast, a developer of enterprise social networking tools which had started in Orange County but was later moved to San Francisco, has been acquired by VMware. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Socialcast< had started in Ir...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Altly Posts Anti-Facebook Manifesto, Gets Funding

Los Angeles-based Altly, the latest startup of Dmitry Shapiro, the founder of Veoh and former CTO of MySpace Music, has officially thrown down the gauntlet, saying in a blog post this week that it there is a need for an alternative to Faceb...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

BUMP.com Buys BumpChat

La Jolla-based BUMP.com, the social networking and mobile app firm which allows people to send messages to others based on their license plate, said today thati thas acquired BumpChat, a provider of location-based communication and dating a...

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

EQAL Raising $3.5M

Santa Monica-based EQAL, the producer of online content known for LonelyGirl15 and KateModern, is in the midst of raising $3.5M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Monday. The filing indicates the firm has so fa...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Unsocial Gets Seeded

Los Angeles-based Unsocial, a newly launched, location-based business networking service, said today that it has scored a seed round of funding, and launched its product. The funding came from un-named, accredited individual investors. Unso...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Dreamworks Ties With Zynga's Cityville

Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation SKG and social games maker Zynga announced this morning that they are launching the first ever, in-game integration within the CityVille Facebook game. According to the two, the integration comes in conju...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interview with Artin Nazarian, MySocialNightLife

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based MySocialNightLife.com (www.mysocialnightlife.com) announced a seed funding round, and its technology platform for the nightclub and bar industry. We caught up with Artin Nazarian, the firm's co-founder,...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

TuneWiki Launches Android Social Music Player

Santa Monica- and Israel-based TuneWiki said today that it has launched a new, Android based social music player. The music player includes such features as displaying the lyrics of music while playing, music discovery, and social features....

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

GotCast Launches Private Label Offering

Los Angeles-based GotCast, the online talent casting site, said Thursday that it has launched its private label, social media contest product. The firm said the new MediaBlastr platform has powered digital campaigns from such brands as Sony...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MySocialNightlife.com Gets Seed Funding

Los Angeles-based MySocialNightLife.com, an online site focused on the nightclub scene, said Tuesday that it has landed a seed round of funding. The funding came from an un-named angel investor. The firm said it is providing a way for night...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Border Stylo Launches Retrollect Mobile App

Los Angeles-based startup Border Stylo said this morning it has launched a new, free mobile app called Retrollect. According to the firm, the new app allows to create a "visual mash-up" of their lives through virtual, retro-style "View-Mast...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Stocktwits Inks Content Deal With CNNMoney

San Diego-based Stocktwits, the stock-focused, online social media site headed by Howard Lindzon, has inked a new content deal with CNNMoney, the firm said today. Financial detail fo the deal were not disclosed. According to StockTwits, the...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

SocialVibe Ties Into Facebook Credits

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, the social advertising firm headed by Jay Samit, said Thursday afternoon that it has linked into the Facebook platform, and will allow people to earn Facebook Credits through engaging with its video engagements...

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

CityGrid Media Buys BuzzLabs

West Hollywood-based CityGrid Media, the unit of IAC formerly known as CitySearch, said today that it has acquired BuzzLabs, a social media monitoring and sentiment analysis software developer. Financial terms of the deal were not announced...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SodaHead Signs Slurpee

Sherman Oaks-based SodaHead, the online polling and questions and answer site, said today that it has launched an integrated campaign with the Slurpee brand. SodaHead did not disclose details of the win, but said the campaign includes a pol...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TrueCar Buys Honk.com

Santa Monica-based TrueCar, the automotive pricing site run by Scott Painter, said today that it has acquired Honk.com, an automotive social media website. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. According to TrueCar, News Corporatio...

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Monday, May 2, 2011

GotCast Plans Spinoff Website For Social Media Contests

Santa Monica-based GotCast, the online casting site run by Alec Shankman, told its users today that it is gearing up to launch a new, spin-off website for its social media contest platform. GotCast said the platform--MediaBlastr--is the sof...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Viddy Gets $1.6M For Mobile Video Sharing Software

Venice, California-based Viddy, a new startup developing mobile video tools, said today that it has raised $1.6M in a first round of financing, and launched a mobile video creation and sharing tool for the iPhone. the funding round came fro...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

StockTwits Names COO

San Diego-based StockTwits, the online social media service focused on trading stock tips and information, has named Francisc Costello as Chief Operating Officer. Costello was most recently COO at Veoh Networks, and has also served at Akoni...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MindJolt Buys Two Firms

Los Angeles- and San Francisco-based online gaming service MindJolt, which is run by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has acquired two companies, according to a report today. According to the New York Times, MindJolt has acquired Hallpass ...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Woo Media Launches Group Video Chat Service

Los Angeles-based Woo Media, the firm behind video speed dating site WooMe, said today that it has launched a new, group video communications service called MonsterChat. The firm said the new service allows users to conect in live chats and...

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Interview with Howard Lindzon, StockTwits

Howard Lindzon is CEO and Co-founder of StockTwits (www.stocktwits.com), the financial micro-messaging service. He was also the founder of Wallstrip, which he sold to CBS back in 2007, is an investor in a significant number of web and socia...

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Friday, April 8, 2011

NXTM Finds Funding

Culver City-based NXTM, a company developing social media and e-commerce tools for the music industry, has raised funding, according to lead investor Spring Mountain Capital. Size of the funding round was not disclosed. Spring Mountain Capi...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GOGII Hires Away MySpace Exec

Los Angeles-based GOGII, the venture backed provider of mobile social messaging services, has snagged MySpace exec Chandra Hill as its new Vice President of Monetization and Publishing. Hill was most recently VP of Mobile Monetization at My...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Insights: Turning Soft on Social Entrepreneurship

In our Insights and Opinions section today, we have an article from Frank Peters, angel investor and podcaster at the Frank Peters Show, who talks about how he's suddenly taking another look at social entrepreneurship and ventures in a new ...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Insights: Turning Soft on Social Entrepreneurship

In our Insights and Opinions section today, we have an article from Frank Peters, angel investor and podcaster at the Frank Peters Show, who talks about how he's suddenly taking another look at social entrepreneurship and ventures in a new ...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

StockTwits Hires Two

San Diego- and New York-based StockTwits, the online social media site focused on stocks and finance, announced today that it has hired two VPs. The firm said it has hired Chris Bullock as Vice President of Corporate Services, and David Put...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Warner Adds Harry Potter, Inception To Facebook Test

Warner Bros. said over the weekend that it is expanding its test of renting movies on Facebook, adding five new titles to the firms' online social networking rental experiment. According to Warner Bros, it is adding Harry Potter and the Sor...

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Friday, March 25, 2011

ThisNext Adds MySpace's Jones To Board

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the women's social shopping site run by Matt Edelman, said today that it has added Mike Jones, the CEO of MySpace, to its board of directors. Jones also sits on the boards of Docstoc, GumGum, MoVoxx, and others...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Girls Scouts Go High Tech with iPhone Cookie Sale App

Are the days of Girls Scouts knocking at your door selling cookies on their way out? Proving that iPhone mobile applications are now fully mainstream, the Girls Scouts of the USA, the organization which oversees Girls Scouts in the US, said...

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nexon Boosts Social Games Firm A Bit Lucky

Los Angeles-based Nexon America, the North American arm of South Korean videogame developer Nexon, said Tuesday that it has invested $5M in a Silicon Valley social games developer, A Bit Lucky. A Bit Lucky is a developer of such games as th...

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SocialVibe Gets $20M More

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, the provider of social advertising software and technology, announced today that it has raised $20M in additional equity funding. The funding was led by Norwest Venture Partners, and also included Redpoint Vent...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Interview with Gordon Gould, SmartyPants Vitamins

What do children's vitamins and social media have to do with one another? In the case of SmartyPants Vitamins (www.wearesmartypants.com), it's at the core of the company. Gordon Gould, the co-founder of SmartPants, talks about the company ...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Bizzy Launches Check-Outs

In a twist to the popularity of mobile "check-in" applications, Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal's local recommendation site Bizzy said this morning that it has launched "Check-Outs", a new feature which allows users to rate and review local...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Warner Bros. Starts Renting Movies On Facebook

Burbank-based Warner Bros. said Monday that it is beginning to test renting movies via Facebook, using Facebook Credits, allowing consumers to watch movies directly from the social networking site. According to Warner, its first title is Th...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

J.R. Johnson On Critical Mass and Communities

Today, Lunch.com (www.lunch.com), the startup headed by J.R. Johnson, announced a move to allow other sites to host and show content via a new Lunch Network effort. We caught up with J.R. Johnson, founder and CEO of Lunch to better understa...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

GOGII Raises $15M

Marina del Rey-based GOGII, the social messaging firm headed by former JAMDAT founders Scott Lahman, Austin Murray, and Zack Norman, announced this morning that it has raised an additional $15M in a third round of funding. The funding was l...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Clearstone Backs CupidsPlay.com

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has backed a developer of an online social dating and games firm, CupidsPlay. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. CupidsPlay said it received seed funding from ...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

mEgo Gets $915K More

Los Angeles-based mEgo, the online avatar creation site, has raised $915,116 out of an ongoing $2.5M funding round for the company, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. The filing indicates the round covers a Series A preferred sto...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

King.com Extends To Facebook

Los Angeles- and London-based online games developer King.com said this morning that it has extended its games system to Facebook. King.com, which develops tournament-based casual games, said the firm is now linking to Facebook, with a set ...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Interview with Deena Varshavskaya, Wanelo

Last week, we ran into Deena Varshavskaya, the founder of Los Angeles-based Wanelo (www.wanelo.com), a social shopping site focused on allowing women to share and follow others as they shop online. We talked to Deena about her startup and...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

United Online Names Classmates Head

Woodland Hills-based United Online has named a new head of its Classmates division, the firm said this morning. United Online said it has appointed Harold Zeitz as President of Classmates, reporting to CEO Mark R. Goldston. Zeitz was most r...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

UberMedia Gets $17.5M From Accel Partners

In the third, separate piece of news from Pasadena-based UberMedia today, the firm said it has completed a financing round from Accel Partners this morning. The firm raised $17.5M in the new funding round. UberMedia, which is headed by Idea...

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Monday, February 14, 2011

UberMedia Launches UberCurrent

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the Twitter client company headed by Idealab's Bill Gross, announced this morning that it has launched yet another Twitter application, called UberCurrent. The firm said the new client, available for iPhone, lets p...

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Friday, February 4, 2011

GraphEffect Gets $2M For Facebook Marketing

Santa Monica-based Focused Labs, which provides social media marketing services, said Thursday that it has renamed itself GraphEffect, and raised $2M in funding. The round came from CrossCut Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners, Founder Collec...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Buy.com Buys Social Shopping Firm DecisionStep

Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com has jumped into the social shopping arena, saying this morning that it has acquired DecisionStep, the developer of ShopTogether, a social shopping platform which allows users to shop together in real time. Financia...

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

BAT Launches Social Media Efforts With Celebrities

Irvine-based Brand Affinity Technologies, the new startup of Ryan and Chad Steelberg, said this morning that it has launched social media campaigns for three companies. The firm said that Goalshot, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), and J...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

CausePlay Launches Game For Children's Miracle Network

A new, Manhattan Beach-based social gaming startup, CausePlay, is powering a new social game for charity the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. According to the Children's Miracle Network, which raises funding for 170 children's hospital...

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Monday, January 24, 2011

UberMedia Buys Mixx

Pasadena-based UberMedia, the newly renamed Twitter advertising and application provider, announced today that it has acquired Mixx. Mixx operates an online site which allows users to find social content. Financial terms of the acquisition ...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

J.D. Power Snags Digital Media Vet From ReachLocal

Westlake Village-based J.D. Power and Associates, a market research firm, has snagged a ReachLocal veteran to establish a new, digital research team, the firm said today. According to J.D. Power, it has hired Fabien Reille as its Vice Presi...

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pose Finds $1.6M

Santa Monica-based Pose, a developer of mobile, social shopping applications, said last week that it has raised $1.6M in a funding round. Pose is headed by Dustin Rosen, formerly an associate at Los Angeles-based venture capital firm The Ma...

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Monday, January 17, 2011

MeFeedia Ties Into Bebo

Burbank-based MeFeedia, the online video guide site headed by Frank Sinton, said Friday that it has partnered with social networking site Bebo. According to MeFeedia, users of Bebo can now watch videos from MeFeedia directly from the site, ...

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MySpace Chops 47 Percent

Amid rumors for weeks that Los Angeles-based MySpace has been planning massive layoffs, the firm said today that it is cutting 47 percent of its staff globally, or roughly 400 employees. In a statement attributed to CEO Mike Jones and publi...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ShowUhow Links To Social Media Sites

San Diego-based ShowUhow, which develops video-based sales and product information for online retailers and manufacturers, said today that it has added a suite of social media integration features for the firm's offering. According to the f...

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

StudioEX Launches Social Games Startup With $1.9M

Los Angeles-based StudioEX, a developer of Facebook and other social games, said Tuesday that it has launched, with the backing of Camelot Media Investments Media Group and $1.9M in funding. The firm develops Galaxy X, an action game which ...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

ReachLocal Launches ReachCast

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal, the provider of online marketing services for small and medium sized businesses, said today that it has launched a new product called ReachCast. According to the firm, the new product provides Web presence m...

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

GotCast Launches Casting For Mercedes-Benz

Santa Monica-based GotCast, the online casting site headed by Alec Shankman, said today that it has launched a new social media campaign with Mercedes-Benz. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mercedes-Benz posted the campaign t...

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Baroda Ups Funding In Fabulis

Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Baroda Ventures, the venture capital arm of GeoCities founder David Bohnett, has re-upped in an investment round in New York-based Fabulis, a gay social networking site. The funding came along with the...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Disney Hits 100 Million Facebook Fans

Think your company is popular on Facebook? Think again. Burbank-based Walt Disney reported Sunday that it has just surpassed one hundred million fans across its network of Facebook pages. According to Disney, those fans are spread across mo...

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Myspace Rolls Out New Mobile Site, iPhone App

Beverly Hills-based Myspace said today that it has launched a new mobile website and iPhone application. The firm--which is currently being revamped by CEO Michael Jones into a new, entertainment focused portal--said the updated site create...

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Monday, November 29, 2010

EQAL Powers Site For Earth Balance, Whole Foods Market

Los Angeles-based EQAL, the social entertainment and media firm known for lonelygirl15, is powering a new web site for Earth Balance and Whole Foods Market. According to Earth Balance, it is launching a new holiday bakeoff community--MadeJu...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

USC Launches Media Lab

The University of Southern California is looking to tie together technology and media, saying Thursday that it has launched a new Annenberg Innovation Lab as part of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. According to US...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

ThisNext Unveils New Homepage, Adds Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the online social shopping site headed by Matt Edelman, unveiled a new home page Wednesday, and said it has hired an Editor-in-Chief for the site, as part of a slew of changes around the firm's strategy to becom...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Local.com Relaunches Site, Brand

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. According to the firm, it has reorganized its site to divide its site into vertical cate...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

DreamWorks, Zynga Tie On Megamind Promotion

Glendale-based DreamWorks Animation SKG and social games maker Zynga announced this morning that the two are in a new promotion, which will tie DreamWorks new Megamind feature film into the popular FarmVille social game. According to the tw...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MySpace Debuts New Site, Logo Plans

Beverly Hills-based MySpace, the online social networking site, is set to debut a new new site design and logo, the firm said late last night. According to MySpace, it is refocusing the firm as a "social entertainment destination" focused o...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

MySpace Faces Challenge From KPCB's sFund

Emphasizing the challenge that faces Los Angeles-based MySpace in taking back the initiative in the social networking industry, competing social network Facebook has seen a significant boost to its efforts to dominate social networking, as ...

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Qualcomm Buys iSkoot

San Diego-based Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, said today that it has acquired iSkoot Technologies Inc.. iSkoot Technologies includes substantially all of the assets of San Francisco...

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rustic Canyon Boosts Social Gaming Firm PlayFirst

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has upped its investment in social games firm PlayFirst, which is based in San Francisco. According to PlayFirst, Rustic Canyon, Mayfield Fund, Trinity Partners, and DCM--all cu...

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Passenger Gains $7.5M More

Los Angeles-based Passenger, a developer of private social networking sites for brands, said today that it has raised an additional $7.5M in an investment. The round came from Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners, and Steamboat Ventu...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Disney Names Playdom's Pleasants, Yahoo's Pitaro As Co-Presidents

Burbank-based Walt Disney said this weekend that it has promoted John Pleasants, the former CEO of Playdom, as co-President of its Disney Interactive Media Group, along with James Pitaro, most recently of Yahoo!. According to Disney, the ne...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Interview with Taher Scherzay, FavRav

For today's profile, we decided to talk with Taher Scherzay, Founder of FavRav (www.FavRav.com), a Los Angeles-based firm which has created a Facebook application to help small businesses find customers through social media, and also allow ...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lunch.com Enhances Site

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the online social media and networking site headed by J.R. Johnson, told its users today that it has made a new set of updates to the service. According to Johnson, the site has just launched a new Questions fea...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Namesake Unveils Social Jobs Service

Los Angeles-based Namesake, the latest startup of Dan Gould and Brian Norgard, has revealed that it is working on a service to help users use their social networks to find a job or promote jobs opportunities. Gould co-founded Newroo and Ad....

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Monday, September 20, 2010

SodaHead Launching Major Redesign

Encino-based SodaHead, the social news and question and answer site headed by Jason Feffer, told its users today that it is launching a major redesign this week. According to the site, it is improving the look and feel of its site, adding p...

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Monday, September 20, 2010

THQ Taps Joyent For Infrastructure

Agoura Hills-based THQ reports today that it has selected Joyent, a provider of cloud infrastructure services, to provide it with support in the social games space. THQ said that it will use Joyent to support its turn-key development and pu...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Zynga Ramps Los Angeles Office

Zynga, the high flying social gaming firm behind the popular Farmville social game, appears to be ramping up its recruiting efforts in Los Angeles. The firm, which said last year that it had selected Los Angeles for an expanded recruiting e...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

United Online Retargets Classmates At Nostalgia

Woodland Hills-based United Online appears to be making a major shift in strategy for its Classmates.com subsidiary. According to United Online this morning, it is looking to transform Classmates from what is now a social networking company...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SVnetworks Names Chief Revenue Officer

Los Angeles-based SVnetwork, the firm behind SocialVibe, said today that it has named Nick Loria as the firm's Chief Revenue Officer. Loria was most recently running his own consulting firm, Third Millennium, and also has serve as SVP of Sa...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Interview with Zac Brandenberg, Meteor Games

A few weeks ago, Beverly Hills-based Meteor Games, the latest startup from the founders of NeoPets, announced that it had hired Zac Brandenberg as its CEO. Brandenberg was most recently head of Hydra, and we thought we'd both get some ins...

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SVnetwork Launches Brand Advertising Network

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, which was formerly a site focused on social media for brands and charities, has turned into SVnetwork, a new Internet advertising network. According to SVnetwork, it has launched its own, performance brand adve...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Lunch.com Adds Personalized RSS Feeds

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the online social media and networking site run by J.R. Johnson, told its users today that it has unveiled a new, personal RSS feed feature to the site. According to Lunch.com, the new feed can be added to blogs...

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Meteor Games Names Hydra's Brandenberg As CEO

Beverly Hill-based Meteor Games, a developer of social games, announced Thursday that it has named Zac Brandenberg as CEO. Brandenberg was most recently CEO of Hydra. Brandenberg has been on the board of Meteor Games for the last two years....

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

uSamp Eyes Check-Ins For Mobile Surveys

Encino-based uSamp, the online survey and panel firm, said Wednesday that it is moving into the mobile market, and is adding mobile surveying to its platform. According to uSamp, it is testing a mobile surveying platform for smart phones an...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

MySpace Swallows Fox Audience Network

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace, which is a unit of News Corporation, said late Monday that it is integrating the Fox Audience Network (FAN) directly with MySpace. Fox Audience Network is News Corp's ad serving unit. The mo...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

ThisNext Gets $1.2M In Funding Round

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, the online social shopping and product discovery site now being run by Matt Edelman, has raised $1.2M in a round of funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. According to the filing, the fir...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Clicker Launches Comments, Partnership With Showtime

Los Angeles-based Clicker, the online video guide site run by former Ask.com CEO Jim Lanzone, said today that it has launched a new comment feature, and also partnered with Showtime on a new promotion. Clicker said that as part of its site,...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

MySpace Names Corporate Communications VP

Los Angeles-based MySpace, the online social networking site, said today that it has named Rosabel Tao as its Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications. Tao was most recently running her own consulting practice, serving clients such...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Former MySpace Head Van Natta Shows Up At Zynga

Owen Van Natta, the former CEO of MySpace, has turned up as Executive Vice President of Business Operations at social gaming maker Zynga, according to multiple sources. Van Natta left Los Angeles-based MySpace in February, leaving the opera...

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

MySpace Previews Home Page Design

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that it has started previewing a new user homepage for its users. According to MySpace, it is previewing a two-column format, which allow users to see content and status updates on...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Qlipso Integrates Into Veoh.com After Acquisition

Los Angeles- and Israel-based Qlipso, a developer of online video sharing and editing tools, announced this morning that it has integrated its service into Veoh.com, after its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Veoh.com. Fina...

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Insights and Opinions: Where are the Social Media IPOs?

For today's Insights and Opinions piece, we have an article from Michael Terpin of SocialRadius, who asks: Where are all the social media IPOs?. Yesterday was the start of the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford, which I've always seen as a ...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More Women Than Men Using Social Networking Sites, Says Report

The latest report out of Internet traffic analysis firm comScore finds that there's a higher percentage of women than men using social networking sites. According to comScore's new report "Women on the Web: How Women are Shaping the Interne...

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Disney Acquires Playdom

Burbank-based Walt Disney Company said today that it has acquired social gaming firm Playdom, in a deal worth $563.2M, plus earn-out of up to $200M. Playdom develops games such as Social City, Sorority Life, Market Street and Bola. Disney s...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

MyLife: More Than 1 Billion Profiles

Los Angeles-based MyLife, the people search site run by Jeff Tinsley, said Monday that it has now aggregated more than 1 billion user profiles. The site, which helps users find old contacts, coworkers, friends, and others, charging a subscr...

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Interview with Matt Edelman, ThisNext

This week, Santa Monica-based ThisNext (www.thisnext.com) said it has raised another round of funding for the firm's social shopping site. We thought it would be interesting to speak to the firm--which is now headed by Matt Edelman--to hear...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MySpace, MTV.com Team To Stream From Comic-Con

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace and MTV.com said Wednesday that the two are partnering to stream the Comic-Con International conference to their users. According to the companies, they will feature stars from upcoming films...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ThisNext Gets New Funding

Los Angeles-based social shopping site ThisNext announced this morning that it has raised a new round of funding, and inked a partnership with online advertising firm Federated Media. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. ThisNext said t...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

LiveOffice Adds Social Networking Support

Torrance-based LiveOffice, the provider of email archiving, compliance, and backup services, said yesterday that it has linked with SocialWare, a provider of software for connecting companies to social networking sites. According to the two...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lunch.com Launches Social Game Badges

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the social media and networking site run by former VirtualTourist.com founder J.R. Johnson, said today that it has launched a new social game badge feature on the site. Lunch.com, which allows users to connect w...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lunch.com Launches Social Game Badges

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the social media and networking site run by former VirtualTourist.com founder J.R. Johnson, said today that it has launched a new social game badge feature on the site. Lunch.com, which allows users to connect w...

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

FavRav Connects Facebook, Local Business Reviews

Westlake Village-based FavRav is hoping to leverage the popularity of social networking site Facebook to help local businesses find new customers. According to FavRav, it has launched a new social media tool targeted at small businesses, to...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Worlize Names CTO

Los Angeles-based Worlize, the user-generated social gaming firm headed by Brian McKelvey, has added a new Chief Technology Officer, the firm is announcing tomorrow. Worlize is adding Sabri Sansoy, former CTO for Animax Entertainment, to th...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Interview with Brian McKelvey, Worlize

Earlier this month, Los Angeles-based startup Worlize (www.worlize.com) announced it had received a seed round of funding, and launched a firm to focus on social gaming and chat. The firm's CEO is Brian McKelvey, who we caught up with recen...

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Music Reports Ties With Rdio

Woodland Hills-based Music Reports, the provider of music copyright, royalty accounting, and rights administration which is owned by private equity firm ABRY Partners, reported today that it is working with social music service Rdio. Rdio i...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

MySpace Highlights World Cup Page

Los Angeles social networking site MySpace said today that it has launched a World Cup profile page, where it is bringing together World Cup related content from the site and elsewhere on the web, and also is powering a profile page for Por...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bebo's Surprise Buyer: LA's Criterion Capital Partners

Studio City-based private equity firm Criterion Capital Partners is the buyer of AOL's distressed Bebo social networking site, AOL confirmed today, after widespread reports that AOL would be selling the firm. The deal is reportedly worth le...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Worlize Gets Funding For Social Gaming

Los Angeles-based Worlize, a new startup focused on social gaming and chat, said Wednesday that it has scored initial angel funding for the firm, and opened up a private beta. The firm said it is developing a user-created, social gaming and...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Make It Work Expands Into Web Services

Santa Barbara-based Make It Work, the in-home computer and electronics service and help firm headed by Eric David Greenspan, said this week that it has launched a new web and social media services arm. The company said it will provide servi...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Insights and Opinions: I'm Drowning in Social Media and Going Down for the Count

For today's Insights and Opinions section, where we feature articles from the thought leaders in Southern California's high tech industry, Jeffrey Swartz takes a look at the overwhelming flood of social media, and how to deal with it. ...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ReachLocal Gets Social With New Local Business Site

Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said today that it has launched a new, beta of a local business site called Bizzy. ReachLocal said that Bizzy will allow users to connect with local businesses, receive exclusive offers, invitations to events...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Insights and Opinions: Social Media Goes Medieval

For today's Insights and Opinions piece, we have an article from social media strategist Drew Mehl, who talks about why social media is so important in today's high tech world: Humans are wired as social creatures. We thrive on interacti...

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

RotoHog Partners With Hi5

Los Angeles-based RotoHog is in a partnership with social networking site Hi5, Hi5 announced last night, and is using RotoHog to power a new fantasy sports game called 2010 World Futbol Challenge. hi5 said that the game is the first-ever, f...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

PurePhoto Buys PhotographyMentor.com, Launches Photo Site

Westlake Village-based PurePhoto.com, a new startup headed by former NextMedium COO John Ellis, and whose exec team includes prior executives from ReachLocal, ValueClick, and YellowPages.com, said Tuesday that it has acquired the assets of ...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

MySpace Launches Developer Services Program

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace is further ramping up its efforts to attract developers, saying this afternoon that it has announced a new Developer Services program. The firm said the new program will provide discounts and...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Interview with Kieve Huffman, Dather

For this morning's interview, we have an interview with Kieve Huffman, the co-founder of Dather (www.dather.com), a new Los Angeles startup which has created a tool which helps to aggregate social networking web sites and media. Kieve has p...

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Friday, May 21, 2010

MySpace Launches Social Gaming Program

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace is ramping up its efforts to attract third party developers, saying today that it has launched a new MySpace games Lab pilot program, which will better tie third party developers into the sit...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

MySpace To Simplify User Privacy Settings

Los Angeles based social networking site MySpace said Monday afternoon that it will be simplifying its user privacy settings, as the public debate over privacy in social networking has heated up. According to MySpace co-president Mike Jones...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SocialVibe Raises $11.65M

West Hollywood-based SocialVibe, an online site which combines social media with support for brands and charities, has raised $11.65M in a Series C funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Monday. No details on the fundin...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Napster Integrates With Facebook, YouTube, Flickr

Los Angeles-based Napster, the online music service now owned by Best Buy, has just rolled out a number of major improvements this morning to the site, including social networking integration with Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Napster said...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lunch.com Looks For Ning Orphans

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the online social media and networking site run by J.R. Johnson, is targeting orphaned users of the Ning social networking service, the firm said this week. Ning said this week that it will eliminate free accoun...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Overtone Gets $7M More

Overtone, a developer of social media monitoring software for consumer brands, announced this week that it has raised $7M in a Series C funding round. The firm--which is based in San Francisco, but has its finance, R&D, and client services ...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

GotCast Signs NBC

Los Angeles-based GotCast.com, the online casting and talent social networking site run by Alec Shankman, reported today that it is powering a talent search for NBC's 'Stand Up For Diversity' initiative. Financial details of the deal were n...

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Break Media Launches Into CPA Ads, Social Media Marketing

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online operator of a network of sites focused on men, announced Friday morning that it has launched a new division focused on CPA, performance marketing. Break Media said that Apogee Media Network will foc...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MySpace Links Videos To Google Buzz

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that it has added Google Buzz as one of the ways to share its videos on the MySpace site. The social networking site previously allows users to share videos on Facebook, Twitter, a...

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TweetPhoto Gets $2.6M

San Diego-based TweetPhoto, an online site which allows users to share photos through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, FourSquare, and other social networking sites, said today that it has raised $2.6M in a Series A funding round. The round was...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

mEgo Gets $833K

Los Angeles-based mEgo, the firm headed by Julia Johnston and Ariel McNichol, and develops software for creating personalized "avatars," has raised $833,025 in a Series A funding round targeted at $1.5M. The funding came to light through a ...

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Monday, April 5, 2010

MySpace Creates Custom iPad Page

Among the many companies launching iPad-focused applications and content over the weekend, Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said that it is now presenting a custom, home page for people visiting the site through the Apple iP...

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MySpace Boosts Internet Safety Efforts

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace is looking to boost its Internet safety efforts today, saying that it is backing a campaign by nonprofit Enough is Enough to help keep children online. MySpace said it is sponsoring a Jumbotr...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Invested.in Launches Social Fundraising Site

Los Angeles-based Invested.in announced today that it is launching today at the DEMO Spring 2010 conference in Palm Desert. The firm, which is self funded, says that it allows individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to raise money for any p...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

United Online's Classmates.com To Pay $9.5M In Settlement

Online social networking site Classmates.com, which is a unit of Woodland Hills-based United Online, has agreed to pay $9.5M in a legal settlement over the firm's use of promotional emails implying that former classmates were looking to con...

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Lunch.com Debuts Reviews Feature

Los Angeles-based Lunch.com, the online social media site for connecting with like minded users, said today that it has launched a new feature called "Communities on Lunch". Lunch.com, which is headed by J.R. Johnson, said the new feature a...

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MySpace Revamps Games Home Page

Los Angeles-based MySpace said today that it has launched a new, revamped version of the firm's game homepage, as a new MySpace Games site, to provide a more social gaming environment. According to the social networking site, it has made it...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

MySpace Links Into Microsoft Outlook

Los Angeles-based MySpace has linked its social networking site into Microsoft Outlook, the firm said this week. According to Mike Jones, co-president of MySpace, the new Outlook plug-in allows users of Microsoft Outlook to view their MySpa...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stickam Debuts Facebook App

Los Angeles-based live streaming site Stickam.com has launched a new Facebook application, the firm announced this morning, which allows Facebook users to create their own live video broadcasts. Stickam.com said its new app--which is free--...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Testronic Labs Targets Casual, Social Gaming

Burbank-based Testronic Labs, a provider of provider of quality assurance services for the video game, home entertainment, and other industries, has launched a new division specifically focused on casual and social games. According to an ex...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sometrics Powers Virtual Currency Efforts

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, the virtual currency startup headed by Ian Swanson, released some user and traffic numbers this morning, saying that it has now provided more than 1 trillion virtual currency credits to game users. The firm also...

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Movieclips.com Opens Up API, Goes International

Santa Monica-based Movieclips.com, an online site which allows users to search for scenes from major movies, and embed them on Facebook, MySpace, and other web sites, said today that it has opened up its service to users worldwide. The firm...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Interview with Scott Morrow, Curatemedia

Last month, Santa Monica-based ThisNext announced that it was acquiring Stylehive, an online site focused on fashion and beauty. As part of that move, the firm created a parent firm called Curatemedia (www.curatemedia.com), to oversee ThisN...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

MySpace Goes Real-Time On Google

Updates for users on Los Angeles-based MySpace's social networking service are now being indexed by Google in real-time, according to Mike Jones, Co-President of MySpace. Jones said Tuesday in a blog post that the implementation of the firm...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Friendgiftr Expands To MySpace, Other Sites

Hollywood-based Friendgiftr, a developer of a social media service which allows users to send gift cards to their friends, family, and others, has extended its service beyond Facebook and onto MySpace, iGogole, Ning, and Bebo, the firm anno...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UCLA Looks To Tap Social Networks In Teen Health Effort

The UCLA School of Public Health is looking to tap into the power of social networks, in an attempt to encourage adolescents from 13 to 17 to take better care of their health. According to health care insurer Health Net and UCLA, the two ar...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gumiyo Rolls Out Facebook App

Calabasas-based Gumiyo, a developer of mobile marketing applications for auto dealers and others, has released a new Facebook application. According to Gumiyo, the new, free, Facebook application called MyShowroom will allow retail automoti...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Sony's Free Realms Hits 8M Players

Sony Online Entertainment, which is based in San Diego, said today that it now has over eight million players on its virtual world Free Realms. Sony's virtual world, which allows users to network with other people, and is also connected to ...

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Interview with Tyler Koblasa, Mingly

We recently spoke with Tyler Koblasa, Founder and CEO of Mingly, a Santa Monica-based startup which is pulling together contacts from multiple sources, and adding such tools as contact reminders, to-do lists, and alerts based on those conta...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

ThisNext Buys Stylehive, Gains Funding

Santa Monica-based ThisNext announced this morning that it has acquired fashion and beauty site Stylehive, and raised a Series C round of funding. The firm did not disclose amount of the funding, however, a regulatory filing by the firm las...

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Interview with Stuart MacFarlane, iChange

This morning, Fullerton-based iChange (www.ichange.com) is announcing that it has raised a round of funding, and has appointed Stuart MacFarlane as its CEO. Stuart is a Managing Director at Momentum Venture Partners, and former CEO of Insid...

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

ThisNext Gets $1.2M More

Santa Monica-based ThisNext, which operates an online social shopping site and community, has raised another $1.2M in venture funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Thursday. No details on the funding have been announced by...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MySpace Mail Hits 15M Accounts

Los Angeles-based MySpace reported yesterday that its mail service, MySpace Mail, now has 15 million accounts. The firm launched its mail service in August of 2009, which integrates the social networking service with traditional email servi...

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

MySpace Music Launches New Playlist Service

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has launched a beta of a new social playlist service, My Music 2.0, the firm said Tuesday. According to MySpace, the music playlist hub will allow users to build and manage their own social p...

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Break Expands Into Online Games

Los Angeles-based Break Media, the online media firm run by Keith Richman, said this morning that it is expanding into social gaming, with the launch of its own game studio. The firm said it is opening up a studio located in Shanghai, China...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Evolver Launches New Avatar Tool For Social Media Sites

Aliso Viejo-based Evolver, the online avatar software site developed by Darwin Dimensions, said Thursday that it has launched a new web site that allows end users to create avatars for social media sites like Facebook and MySpace. According...

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Goodreads Launches Book Quizzes

Santa Monica-based Goodreads, the online book community headed by Otis Chandler, has launched a new feature on the site around book quizzes. According to GoodReads, it has created a new section of the site which allows members of the site t...

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MySpace Launches Developer Challenge

Los Angeles-based social networking site is looking to court developers with the launch of a development contest, the MySpace Developer Challenge, the firm said recently. The site said the challenge will award $50,000 between winners submit...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Sometrics Links Shopping, Virtual Currency

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, which develops virtual currency products for social networking game developers, is linking holiday shopping and social games with a new product. Sometrics says it has rolled out a new "Shop & Earn Shopping Feed"...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lottay Launches Bad Gifts Site

Los Angeles-based Lottay, the online gifting firm recently funded by DFJ Frontier, has launched a new site today focused on highlighting bad gifts. The firm's new site--MyWorstGiftEver.com--highlights and allows users to submit pictures and...

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rippol Removes Logins, Rolls Lightweight Site

San Diego-based Rippol, a startup which is looking to use social networking information to help users discover new videos and online shows, has quietly rolled out a new "lightweight" version of its site, and has removed requirements to logi...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Goodreads Ups Funding To $2M

Los Angeles-based Goodreads, an online social networking site focused on book readers, said today that it has raised its Series A funding to $2M. The firm said the round was led by True Ventures. Goodreads was founded by Otis Chandler, and ...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Calacanis Backs Mobile Social Networking Service

Jason Calacanis, the high profile founder of Santa Monica-based Mahalo, is one of the angel investors in a mobile social networking service, Gowalla, the company said today. According to Gowalla, Calacanis invested along with angels Ron Con...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MySpace Completes Imeem Deal

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Tuesday that it has closed its acquisition of social media site imeem. The firm did not disclose any further financial details related to the acquisition. Owen Van Natta, the firm's CEO, said it would use the ...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Interview with Aaron Crayford, Rippol

Recently, San Diego-based Rippol (www.rippol.com) launched its web site, a service which uses social networking to help people find and discover interesting videos related to their interests. We caught up with CEO Aaron Crayford to learn ab...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sometrics Signs Gaming Site

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, a developer of analytics tools for online game developers, reported recently that it has signed on gaming site Ijji.com as a customer. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Sometrics said that it is ...

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Rippol Launches Video Discovery Service

San Diego-based Rippol, a new startup looking to help people discovery and find online videos, is launching today at the TechCrunch Real-Time CrunchUp in San Francisco. The new site uses social networking features, including links to Facebo...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Friendgiftr Takes On Gift Card Sales

Hollywood-based Friendgiftr, a developer of a Facebook application selling retail and restaurant gift cards, disclosed today that it has received funding from a member of the Tech Coast Angels. Amount and timing of the funding was not discl...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Brickfish Wins The Limited

San Diego-based social media marketing firm Brickfish has roped in fashion retailer The Limited, for a pet product launch, the company said today. Brickfish said that The Limited is launching a new line of pet sweaters, and will be using th...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Brickfish Powers Zappos.com, Steve Madden Promotion

San Diego-based Brickfish, a developer of social media and online advertising software, said today that online shoe and apparel firm Zappos.com and Steve Madden are using its social media platform. According to Brickfish, its software is be...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Brickfish Snags Sales Exec From Google

San Diego-based Brickfish, a developer of social media and networking software being used by brands, reported today that it has hired on a Paul Botto, most recently Head of Analytics for the North American Sales Organization at Google, as i...

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Lottay Raises $200K

Ventura-based Lottay, an online social gifting firm, has raised $200K more, according to a regulatory filing by the firm last week. No details on the funding have been announced by the company, which is backed by DFJ Frontier. Lottay allows...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

SocialVibe Launches Halloween Charity Effort

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, which develops charity-focused, brand web sites and social media applications, said this morning that it has launched a new effort to help charities raise money on Halloween. The firm said that it is launching ...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Insights and Opinions: Using Social Media To Find Prospects

For our Insights & Opinions section this morning, Serena Ehrlich, SVP Social Media at Startup Army, gives a quick primer on using social media to promote your startup. ...There are lots of ways to use social media to build a reputation...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

MySpace Adds Twitter Sync

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced today that the firm has rolled out a beta of a feature which allows MySpace users to sync their status updates with Twitter. The firm said the new feature allows for two-way updates...

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Insights and Opinions: Social media: You at the Helm of Your Own New Starship

For today's Insights and Opinions article, we have a piece from Tracy Olmstead Williams, of Olmstead Williams Communications, talking about the bold new world of social media: Social Media, like Global Warming, has now left doubters ...

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Friday, August 21, 2009

RealGifts Links Into Facebook Expansion

A new effort by Facebook to expand their "Gift Shop" application to third party developers has roped in San Diego-based RealGifts as one of its first partners, according to reports this week. Facebook is apparently expanding its "Gift Shop"...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lawdate.com Looks To Match Up Lawyers

A new, online social network and dating site, Lawdate.com, based in Los Angeles, said today that it is hoping to match up lawyers with dates with its new web service. The site, the first niche dating site of firm The Dolce Network, calls it...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tibesti Takes Aim At Students

Los Angeles-based social shopping site Tibesti is setting its sights on students, saying today that it will give 100 percent of its sales commissions from student products to users, as part of a back-to-school promotion. The site--which all...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Demand Media Invests In CoveritLive

Santa Monica-based Demand Media, the social media firm headed by former MySpace Chairman Richard Rosenblatt, said this morning that it has made a minority investment in Toronto-based CoveritLive. CoveritLive develops live blogging tools and...

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Web Hackers Targeting Social Networking Sites

Carlsbad-based Breach Security, a developer of Internet security software, has released the results of a security report, saying that nineteen percent of all online attacks in 2009 so far have been based on social networking sites. Accordin...

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Loudvine Goes Live

Los Angeles-based Loudvine.com, a new, Web 2.0-style, online community site focused on music fans, said today that it is now live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego. The online site allows music fans to find bands, ...

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Friday, August 7, 2009

ShopIt Acquired By Altrinsic

Los Angeles-based ShopIt, which develops online, e-commerce software which allows people to buy and sell products through social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, has been acquired by Altrinsic. Financial terms of the acquisition ...

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TravBuddy.com Cheers Traffic, Claims Growth

Redondo Beach-based TravBuddy is reporting that the firm saw over one million unique visitors in July, saying that it is seeing "record growth" despite the slowdown in the travel industry. The firm attributed its growth to a "passionate and...

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Interview with Sean McDonald, Jute Networks

Sean McDonald is founder of Jute Networks (www.jutenetworks.com), which is in a startup developing highly visual, graphical tools to help people use their professional networks and connections to further their business. Sean is looking to ...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

EQAL Launches Social Publishing Tool

Los Angeles-based EQAL, said this morning at Twiistup that the firm is launching a new, social publishing tool it is calling Umbrella, focused on independent producers, celebrity talent, and online personalities. According to EQAL, its new ...

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Lottay Gains Funding

Newbury Park-based Lottay, an online site focused on social "gifting" applications, has raised around $200,000 in a round from DFJ Frontier, socalTECH has learned. No details on the funding have been announced by the firm, however, DFJ Fron...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Interview with George Ruan and Donald Patterson, Quub

For today's interview, we connected with George Ruan and Dr. Don Patterson, the co-founders of Irvine-based Quub (www.quub.com), which has taken research which Dr. Patterson was working on at UC Irvine and applied it to the world of Twitter...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tibesti Exits Beta

Los Angeles-based Tibesti, an online social shopping site, said today that the firm has exited its beta and officially launched its site. The startup is hoping to get people to share their product recommendations with friends and others, in...

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Interview with Gregg Champion, OneCubicle

Our interview today is with Santa Monica-based OneCubicle (www.onecubicle.com), a new startup we ran across recently, which is looking to provide a more professional social networking site for younger people. We caught up with the firm's CE...

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Friday, June 12, 2009

SodaHead's Jason Feffer On Becoming A "Social Newspaper"

SodaHead.com said Wednesday that the firm is switching from its Q&A focus to become a "social newspaper" site. We talked with Jason Feffer, the firm's CEO, and asked him three quick questions about the switch: Why the switch to the new "...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

SodaHead.com Morphs Towards Social News

Los Angeles-based SodaHead.com, the social question-and-answer and polling startup headed by former MySpace VP of Operations Jason Feffer, is morphing its focus towards the social news area, saying last night that the company is looking to ...

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Goodreads Launches Follow Feature

Los Angeles-based Goodreads, the online social networking site focused on book readers, told its users today that it has launched a new feature similar to Twitter's "follow." According to Goodreads, the new feature allows members of the sit...

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Passenger Gets Win With NYSE Euronext

Los Angeles-based Passenger, which develops online communities for brands, said Thursday that the firm is powering a new private online community for NYSE Euronext (NYX). Passenger said that the community is for investor relations executive...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Geni Widens Search

Los Angeles-based Geni, the online family tree and social networking site, has enhanced the firm's search features, telling its users that it is now allowing them to search any profile on the site, regardless of whether those profiles are c...

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lunch.com Launches Reviews Site

El Segundo-based Lunch.com launched a new online community into beta Thursday, saying that it will connect people based on their tastes and opinions on any topic. The new startup--the brainchild of former VirtualTourist.com founder J.R. Joh...

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Geni Enhances Collaboration Tools

West Hollywood-based family tree site Geni has rolled out a slew of updates for the service, saying today that it has added features to help users collaborate with others, map out locations, and see recent photos. Among the new features, th...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

View2Gether.com Gains Funding

Los Angeles-based View2Gether.com, which is developing a product which will allow users to watch and share video content in real-time, said this week that it has raised a Series A investment round. Size of the round was not disclosed. Accor...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CrownPeak Takes On Social Media

Los Angeles-based CrownPeak has set its sights on the social media space, saying this morning that it has launched a new product which publishes content into social networking sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. According to Crow...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Geni Enhances Service

West Hollywood-based Geni said this week that the firm has improved the firm's site, which allows users to create family trees and network with family members. The firm said that it has enhanced the ability to find duplicate profiles in the...

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Geni Launches New Facebook App

Hollywood-based online family networking and family tree site Geni officially announced late last week that the firm has launched a new, Facebook application. According to Geni, the new application will allow its users to access such featur...

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Geni Adds Tabs, Search Tools

West Hollywood-based Geni, the venture-backed, online family tree and networking site, said today that it has added a number of new features to its site, including the ability to search for similar profiles on the site, and improved access ...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Brickfish Wins Nike Account

San Diego-based Brickfish, a provider of social media marketing and advertising services, said Tuesday that Nike is using the firm as part of a user-generated photo contest. Brickfish said that Nike is running a campaign called "What Do You...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Chi.mp Opens Registrations

San Diego- and Honolulu-based Chi.mp has opened up registration for the firm's personalized profile and domain site. The firm said this morning that anyone can now go to its site, and select an available domain name. Chi.mp allows users to ...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

GoTV Networks Launches New Mobile Social Networking App

Los Angeles-based GoTV Networks has launched a new mobile, social networking application focused on sharing pictures, videos, and text with their friends and family. The firm launched its new product--LiveFromYou--Tuesday, saying that the n...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lunch.com Targets Online Communities

El Segundo-based Lunch.com, a new online reviews and social networking web site, said that it has launched a beta of its site this morning. The site said it will allow users to share opinions, ratings, and reviews, and match up the site's m...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MySpace Music Names Execs

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said Tuesday afternoon that it has named three executives for the firm's music community, MySpace Music. According to the firm, it has hired on Jamie Kantrowitz as Senior Vice President o...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SendMeHome.com Adds Facebook App

Santa Barbara-based SendMeHome.com, a startup which runs a service which combines social networking with a way to help people retrieve lost objects, has launched a new Facebook application today. According to the firm, it has created a new ...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Interview with Rob Farrow, Chi.mp

Rob Farrow is one of the co-founders of Chi.mp, a new startup which is getting set to launch a service to allow users to manage their profiles across the many sites on the Internet. The firm recently relocated much of its team to San Diego...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Geni Adds Filters

Hollywood-based Geni, which operates an online site for networking with family and tracking family trees, released a new feature Wednesday that allows its users to filter out cousins on the site. According to Geni, it has a new "hide" filte...

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MySpace Execs Leave To New Firm

Los Angeles-based MySpace is reportedly losing three of its executives to a new startup, according to reports from a number of sources. Amit Kapur, the firm's Chief Operating Officer; Jim Benedetto, SVP of Engineering; and Steve Pearman, SV...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Interview with Mike Hale, Tibesti

Los Angeles-based Tibesti (www.tibesti.com) is launching its new social shopping site this morning. To understand why the company decided to jump into this market, we spoke with the firm's Chairman and CEO, Mike Hale a few days ago. Mike ex...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tibesti Launches Social Shopping Site

Los Angeles-based Tibesti is launching a new social shopping site this morning, targeted at allowing users to recommend products to others, and to share in revenues from product purchases from those recommendations. Tibesti said that its ne...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Geni Connects With Facebook

Hollywood-based Geni, the venture-backed firm which has developed an online, Web 2.0-style genealogy and social networking web sites for families, has connected the company's service with the popular Facebook social networking web site. Gen...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

SodaHead.com Swizzles Site

Encino-based SodaHead.com, the venture backed, online questions-and-answers site, has swizzled its web site, saying this week that it has redesigned its site to make it easier for its users to find topics. Among updates to the site are new ...

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Geni Enhances Privacy Controls

Los Angeles-based Geni, an online genealogy and social networking site, has tightened up the firm's privacy settings, saying last night that it has added new settings which allows users to restrict viewing of profiles of kids younger than 1...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Websense Buys Defensio

San Diego-based Websense said Tuesday that it has acquired Defensio, a provider of technology for dealing with spam on social networking and Web 2.0 web sites. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. WebSense said the buy wou...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

mEgo Raises $2.5M

Los Angeles-based mEgo, which operates a service which allows users to create a portable, online profile or "avatar," has raised $2.5M in an angel round, the firm's co-CEO, Julia Johnston, told us Wednesday evening. The angels involved in t...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Geni Enhances Stats, Adds Gift Subscriptions

Los Angeles-based Geni, an online genealogy and social networking site, upgraded the firm's services last night, adding new statistics features and gift accounts. According to the firm, it now allows users to view statistics on profiles, an...

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Anthem Ventures North, Funds Avatar Firm

Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Anthem Ventures is the lead investor in an avatar-focused, social networking site called Meez. Meez, which is based in San Francisco, said today that it has raised a financing round from Anthem. Anthe...

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Friday, January 9, 2009

MySpace, WSJ Look To Send Users To Davos

Los Angeles-based social networking web site said late Thursday that it has kicked off a competition to send a MySpace user to the Davos World Economic Forum. The site said the effort--run in partnership with the Wall Street Journal--will a...

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

SendMeHome Gets Social

Santa Barbara-based startup SendMeHome.com, which provides a free service to help people retrieve their lost items, has launched a new social feature the firm says will help connect people through objects. The new feature--called "Stories"-...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Brickfish Bolsters Social Media Efforts

San Diego-based Brickfish, an online advertising network focused on social media, announced this monring that it has hired Becky Carroll as the firm's Director of Social Media. The firm said that Carroll joins the company from Petra Consult...

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Monday, December 29, 2008

RotoHog.com Snags GoDaddy.com

Los Angeles-based RotoHog.com has snagged domain name registrar GoDaddy.com as a sponsor, the firm said last week, as part of a new Fantasy Football game on the Facebook social networking site. Financial impact of the customer win was not d...

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Geni Rolls New Holiday Calendar, Pro Features

Los Angeles-based Geni, the online genealogy and social networking site run by ex-PayPal cofounder David Sacks, has rolled out two new features. According to the firm in an announcement to users Friday, it has added popular holidays to its ...

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Interview with Rajeev Kapur, Greenwala

Today's interview with with Rajeev Kapur, Chairman and Chief Wala, Greenwala (www.greenwala.com), a recently launched social networking site focused on green/sustainable topics. We spoke with Rajeev about the idea behind the site, how he we...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Sometrics Launches New Product

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, the venture backed developer of analytics products for the social networking and social media industry, has launched another product, the firm announced this morning. The firm said it has launched what it is cal...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

MySpace Launches Browser Toolbar

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday that it has officially launched its new MySpace Toolbar, an add-on for Internet Explorer 6.0 and Firefox 2.0 which directly connects MySpace users to their accounts. According to MySpace, the new too...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

DailyStrength Acquired By HSW International

Los Angeles-based DailyStrength, an online health-related social networking site, has been acquired by HSW International, Inc., a developer of Internet businesses. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to HSW, Dai...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Userplane Extends Chat App

Santa Monica-based Userplan has extended the firm's chat applications, saying Tuesday that the firm will connect users of its chat application across different web sites, regardless of where they are on the web. According to Userplane, user...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Greenwala Launches Green Social Networking Site

Lake Forest-based Greenwala, a new startup, launched its social networking site Wednesday, saying that it is hoping to connect people with brands focused on sustainable lifestyles. The firm said that the site will allow companies to showcas...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

introNetworks Adds Mapping Feature

Santa Barbara-based introNetworks, a developer of social networking software for connecting trade show attendees and organizations, has released an update to the firm's software. The firm said Tuesday it has integrated Google Maps into its ...

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Buzznet Targets Tweens, Teens With New Celebrity Site

Hollywood-based Buzznet, a venture-backed operator of social media websites, said Thursday that it has launched a new site called Just Jared Jr., focused on tweens and teens. The site is being launched in a partnership with Buzznet and cele...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MySpace Links To Hulu With Widget

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Wednesday that the firm has launched a new application which links user profiles on the social networking site to the Hulu video site. According to MySpace, the new MySpace Primetime Application allows users t...

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Reunion.com Merges With Social Search Engine Wink

Los Angeles-based Reunion.com has merged with people search engine Wink, the two said this morning, to create a new online people search site. Financial terms of the merger were not disclosed. According to the firms, they will create what t...

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Friday, October 31, 2008

JuiceCaster Rolls Out In Ireland, Turkey

Los Angeles-based JuiceCaster, which operates a mobile social networking service, said Friday that the firm has expanded into Ireland and Turkey. According to the firm, Vodafone Live! users in Ireland, and Turkcell users in Turkey are now a...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Central Desktop Adds Social Networking

Pasadena-based Central Desktop, a provider of on-demand project management and collaboration software, has rolled out new social networking features on its site. According to Central Desktop, it has released new abilities for its customers ...

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Intent.com Launches Wellness Site

Santa Monica-based Intent.com said Thursday that it has launched a new web site focused on wellness and social networking. The site--which was co-founded by Deepak Chopra's daughter, Mallika Chopra--said it is looking to create a community ...

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Shopit Raises $2.5M

Los Angeles-based Shopit, a developer of online shopping widget software, said today that it has raised $2.5M in a Series B funding. The funding came from Toronto, Canada-based Emerson Ventures and Propulsion Ventures. ShopIt said that the ...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MySpace Launches Android App

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said today that the firm has launched an application for Google's Android mobile operating system. According to MySpace, its new MySpace Mobile experience is available via Android Market, and...

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Cornerstone OnDemand Adds Social Networking Features

Santa Monica-based Cornertone OnDemand, a provider of software-as-a-service tools for human resources management, said this week that it has added new social networking features to the firm's product. According to Cornerstone, it has introd...

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

You2Gov Enhances Politics Site

Los Angeles-based You2Gov, an online social networking startup focused on politics, said this week that it has added new technology to allow its users to directly contact members of Congress. According to You2Gov, it has created a free, cus...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Demand Media Hires Ad Sales Head

Santa Monica-based Demand Media has hired a new executive to head up the firm's advertising sales, the firm disclosed Tuesday. Demand Media has appointed George Stewart as the company's Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales, heading...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Shopit Deploys On Ning

Los Angeles-based Shopit, which develops a platform to allow users to buy and sell products on social networks, announced support for Ning this morning. Shopit said that it will support Ning, a social networking site, through its support of...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

KidZui Adds Social Networking, Homework Help

San Diego-based KidZui, a venture-backed startup which develops a kid-safe Internet browser, said Monday that it has added new social networking features and homework help to the firm's suite of services. KidZui--which is venture backed by ...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

MySpace Launches New Ad Platform

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Monday that it has opened a beta of a new self-serve, advertising platform is it calling MySpace MyAds. According to the social networking site, the new ad platform is targeted at individuals and small busines...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Goodreads Adds Status Updates

Santa Monica-based Goodreads, a social networking site focused on book readers, said today that it has rolled out a new feature which allows users to provide status updates. Goodreads said that the feature, which is similar to features from...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Buzznet Hires Two, Snags NYTimes Editor

Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online social media and networking site focused on music, said Wednesday that it has hired two editors to bolster its music editorial team. According to Buzznet, it has hired former New York Times music reporter ...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Smarter.com Launches Facebook App

Westlake Village-based ValueClick said today that its Smarter.com comparison shopping engine is launching a new social shopping application on Facebook this week. According to ValueClick, its "What would you buy?" application allows users t...

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Uber Shuts Down

Los Angeles-based Uber, the online social networking web site run by former Friendster CEO Scott Sassa, has shut down. According to the firm's web site, as of September 29, the firm's investors have decided to stop supporting the site, and ...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

MySpace, PayPal Partner On Nonprofit Fundraising

Los Angeles-based MySpace and PayPal announced this morning that the two companies are teaming to help people collection donations for non-profit organizations. According to the firms, they have create a fundraising software--which they are...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Interview with Ian Swanson, Sometrics

As companies figure out a way to monetize social media, one of the areas which has been lacking is a way to measure the impact and effectiveness of social media advertising. To gain some insight into the area, we spoke with Ian Swanson, one...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MTV Buys Social Project

Santa Monica-based Social Project--which was once known as Tagworld--has been acquired by MTV Networks, MTV said Monday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to MTV Networks, which is a division of Viacom, the ac...

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Pringo Upgrades Social Networking Software

Los Angeles-based Pringo, which develops white label social networking software for enterprises, said earlier this week that it has launched a beta of its latest version. According to Pringo, the new software adds a new intranet solution, a...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

MySpace Expands Presidential Debate Site, Features

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has rolled out new tools for its MyDebates.org website, the joint effort of the firm with the Commission on Presidential Debates. According to MySpace, it has added interactive tools, includi...

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Sometrics Rolls Ad Optimization Software

Los Angeles-based Sometrics said Monday that the firm has officially launched a new product, Social Ad Manager, which the firm says is designed to help developers and social networking sites optimize their advertising inventory. According t...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Intercasting Gets Wins With AT&T, Verizon

San Diego-based Intercasting Corporation, a provider of mobile social networking software, has major wins with AT&T and Verizon. Intercasting--which develops a mobile application for accessing social networking web sites and blogs--is power...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

SocialVibe Partners With Interpublic

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, a Redpoint-funded social media site focused on brand promotion, said this morning that it has inked a strategic partnership with Interpublic's Emerging Media Lab. According to SocialVibe, Interpublic's lab will...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Disney Launches Social Network For Parents

North Hollywood-based Disney Online has launched a new social networking web site, focused on parents, the firm said today. Disney Family.com said that its new site, part of Family.com, will provide an online social networking site for moms...

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Buzznet Snags TMZ's Citron

Hollywood-based Buzznet, the online social media site focused on music and pop culture, has snagged Alan Citron, former general manager of Time Warner's TMZ, the firm said today. Citron will act as head of the what the firm describes as "Sp...

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Socialcast Enhances Social Networking Software

Irvine-based Socialcast, a developer of software for creating corporate social networks, said this week that the firm has upgraded its software-as-a-service platform. Socialcast said it has added new bookmarking tools, user profile features...

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

MySpace Partners On Presidential Debates

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said this morning that it has partnered with the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to create a new web site focused on the political process. According to MySpace, the new site--MyDeba...

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Monday, August 4, 2008

CraveOnline Buys Anime/Manga Site

Los Angeles-based CraveOnline.com, a operator of a number of online male-focused web sites, said Monday that it has acquired MyAnimeList, a anime and manga social networking web site. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. MyAnimeL...

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

You2Gov Launches Political Site

Los Angeles-based You2Gov.com, an online web site that bills itself as a "political social network," recently launched the firm's services. The firm said that the it is targeted at providing American citizens with online forums about issues...

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sometrics Ties With Social App Service

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, which is developing tools for analyzing traffic and data about widget software, said Thursday that it has inked a deal with social applications development service zembly. The companies said that developers usin...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

introNetworks Bolsters Social Networking Software

Santa Barbara-based introNetworks, a provider of social networking software, has upgraded the firm's software. The firm's product is used by companies, other organizations, and event planners to connect people based on their common interest...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MySpace Names Five VPs

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace announced today that the firm has appointed five new VPs at the firm. MySpace said that it has hired Manu Thapar as SVP of Engineering; Angela Courtin as SVP Marketing, Entertainment, and Con...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

SocialVibe Racks Up Donations

Los Angeles-based SocialVibe, a venture-backed, online social media web site focused on charity fundraising, announced today that the site has raised more than $100,000 in donations to charities. The company, which is venture backed by Redp...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Interview with Jeff Tinsley, Reunion.com

Jeff Tinsley is CEO and Founder of Reunion.com (www.reunion.com), which provides an online service to find and reconnect with people. We spoke with Jeff last week to catch up on the company, and hear about how it's doing. Jeff filled us in ...

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Interview with Olexiy and Olexandr Prokhorenko, Atomkeep.com

If you're like most people on the Internet today, you've got multiple profiles on many different social networking and other web sites. Undoubtedly you've come across the problem of having to update those profiles every time something chang...

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Monday, July 14, 2008

JuiceCaster Upgrades Mobile Social Networking Software

Los Angeles-based JuiceCaster annnounced today that the latest version of the firm's service is now available on Alltel. JuiceCaster develops a social networking service for mobile phone users, which has previously available on Alltel. Acco...

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

MySpace Launches Channel with "Land of the Lost" Creators

Los Angeles-based MySpace, the online social networking web site, said late Wednesday that it has inked a deal with Sid and Marty Krofft Pictures, a developer of children's television shows, to create new full-length licensed content on a n...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Userplane Signs Social Networking Software Firm

Santa Monica-based Userplane said Wednesday that it is in a partnership with ConVerdge, a provider of social networking and community software, to offer its Webchat2 and Webmessenger2 software through ConVerdge. According to Userplane, ConV...

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Atomkeep Launches Social Profile Synchronizer

Los Angeles-based Atomkeep has launched a new service which allows users to synchronize their profiles between major social networking web sites. Atomkeep said that its service synchronizes between LinkedIn, Facebook, Monster, Flickr, Twitt...

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Monday, June 30, 2008

ShopIt Adds App For AIM

Los Angeles-based ShopIt, which develops software which allows users to create storefronts for their social networking profiles, said today that it has released a new application focused on AOL's instant messenger service, AIM. According to...

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Sometrics Signs Up Developers

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, which is developing software for gathering analytics around social networking applications, said this morning that the firm has signed up 1,000 developers for its analytics tools. The firm said those developers ...

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Monday, June 30, 2008

introNetworks Signs Virgin Galactic

Santa Barbara-based introNetworks, which develops social networking software for companies and community web sites, said last week that it has signed on Virgin Galactic as a customer. introNetworks said that it will build and launch a socia...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Placely Adds Frequent Flyer Mileage Tracking

Los Angeles-based Web 2.0, travel social networking web site Placely said today that it has added a new service which allows its users to track their frequent flyer miles. The site, which allows travelers to share their experiences about tr...

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Monday, June 16, 2008

MySpace Rolls Out User Interface Changes

Los Angeles-based MySpace announced today that the firm has launched a number of new user interface changes. According to the social networking wee site, it has changed its home page, navigation, profile editing, search, and its online vide...

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Socialcast Targets Corporate Social Networking

Irvine-based Socialcast has launched an upgrade to the firm's corporate social networking software, the firm said this morning. The firm, which is developing social networking software focused on corporate markets, said that the company's s...

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Friday, June 6, 2008

OleOle Launches Features For EURO 2008

Beverly Hills-based OleOle, the new startup headed by former RazorGator founder Doug Knittle, has launched a new interactive blogging site focused on EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. OleOle, which is developing a user-driven, social me...

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sometrics Launches Ad Serving Platform

Los Angeles-based Sometrics said Tuesday that the firm has launched a new ad serving platform focused on social networking sites. The firm, which is venture backed by the Mail Room Fund, AT&T, and Greycroft Partners, said the firm's new pla...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

MySpace Taps Google For Gears Technology

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said today that it has linked into search engine firm Google by using the firm's Google Gears software for its email services. MySpace said it has enhanced MySpace mail using Google Gears...

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

JuiceCaster Adds Geotagging

Los Angeles-based Juicecaster said today that it has added new geotagging support for the firm's mobile social networking service. JuiceCaster said that pictures and videos that are send from its service now will automatically include locat...

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sometrics Raises Funding Round

Los Angeles-based Sometrics, a firm developing applications for gathering analytics about social networking applications, has raised a round of funding from The Mail Room Fund and Greycroft Partners. The firm's CEO, Ian Swanson, said the fi...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

SocialVibe Launches Social Media Site, Discloses $4.2M In Funding

West Hollywood-based SocialVibe said Wednesday afternoon that the firm has launched a new social media site focused on allowing people to promote, distribute, and support brands and charities via social networks, blogs, and personal website...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Passenger Raises $8M

Los Angeles-based Passenger has raised $8M in a Series C funding, the firm announced this morning. The funding was led by StarVest Partners and included prior investors Shelter Capital Partners and Steamboat Ventures. Passenger, which deve...

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

MySpace Opens Profile Data, Links to Yahoo, eBay, Photobucket, and Twitter

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Thursday morning that it has launched a new initiative to allow Yahoo, eBay, Photobucket, and Twitter to pull public profile data into their websites. MySpace said its "Data Availability" effort will allow use...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

MySpace Launches Karaoke Site

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace has launched a new web site, focused on karoake and allowing users to express themselves online, the firm said Tuesday. The new site, which is powered by kSolo, a provider of online karoake t...

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Monday, April 7, 2008

mTraks Lands $550K In Angel Funding

San Diego-based mTraks, which operates an online social networking sites focused on music, said Monday that it has raised $550,000 in angel financing. Names of the firm's investors were not disclosed. mTraks' online music site also includes...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

J.D. Power Acquires Umbria

Westlake Village-based J.D. Power and Associates -- the firm behind the ubiquitous automotive customer satisfaction surveys -- has acquired Umbria, a Colorado-based firm which uses blogs, social networking web sites, message boards, and oth...

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

MySpace Mobile Hits Sprint

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace and telecom carrier Sprint said today that the firms have launched a mobile version of MySpace on Sprint's web-enabled phones. According to the firms, the new MySpace Mobile web site will...

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

MySpace Boosts Internet Safety Efforts With Ad Campaign

Los Angeles-based social networking site MySpace said Thursday afternoon that it has launched a new public service announcement campaign focused on Internet safety. According to the social networking site's security head, Hemanshu Nigam, th...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

MySpace Launches Another Web Series

Los Angeles-based MySpace said today that it has launched another, original web show called "Special Delivery." The social networking web site said that the non-scripted, hidden-camera reality show will be produced in association with Avalo...

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Monday, February 25, 2008

introNetworks Revs Social Networking Tool

Santa Barbara-based introNetworks said today that the firm has upgraded its social networking tools. The firm, which develops a Flash-based tool which matches people in a social network, said that its latest update now uses Adobe's new Flex...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Social Platform Acquired By Oklahoma Firm

Los Angeles-based Social Platform, a developer of white label, social networking software, has been acquired by Oklahoma City-based ONEsite Inc. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ONEsite said that it will use the acquis...

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Juice Wireless Rolls Out In Europe

Venture backed, mobile social networking application provider Juice Wireless said Sunday evening that the firm has rolled out its application, JuiceCaster, in Europe. Juice Wireless said that it has opened up an office in London as part of ...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

MySpace Rolls Developer Platform

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said this morning that it has launched a new software development program, targeted at helping developers connect their applications into MySpace. According to MySpace, its new MySpace De...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

MySpace Names Kapur COO

Los Angeles-based social networking website MySpace said today that it has named Amit Kapur as the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Kapur has been at MySpace since 2005, and has served as the firm's VP of Business Development since 2006. Acc...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mahalo Links Social Sites To Profiles

Los Angeles-based, human-powered search engine firm Mahalo has added the ability to add links on the firm's web site to Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, and LinkedIn on Thursday. The new feature, which the firm is calling "multi-profiles" allows ...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

PathConnect Names President, CEO

Los Angeles-based PathConnect, a developer of online social networking web sites, said today that it has appointed Chris Wong as the firm's President and CEO. PathConnect is the firm behind SkiSpace, the online ski social networking web sit...

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Monday, January 14, 2008

MySpace, State AGs Team On Safety Effort

Los Angeles-based MySpace and the Attorney Generals of a group of 49 states and the District of Columbia said Monday morning that they are developing a set of rules focused on social networking site safety. The rules include guidance on edu...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Userplane Ties Into Friendster API

Los Angeles-based Userplane announced today that the firm has linked with social networking web site Friendster, and is joining Friendster's new developer program. The announcement came in conjunction with the launch of its Webchat 2 softwa...

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

National Lampoon Takes Stake In Social Networking Site

Los Angeles-based National Lampoon, a provider of comedy content for the film, television, audio, and book publishing markets, said Tuesday that it has taken an equity stake in Montreal-based Capazoo. Capazoo operates an online social netwo...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Goodreads Gets Angel Funding

Los Angeles-based Goodreads has raised an angel round of funding, the firm said Monday. Amount of the round was not announced. The funding came from James Currier of Ooga Labs, Michael Birch of Bebo.com, Chris Michel of Military.com, Mike J...

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Interview with Ian Kilpatrick, BeenUp2

BeenUp2 (www.beenup2.com)is a web site which is combining photos with social updates, much like a cross between Flickr and Twitter. The site allows users to upload a stream of photos and comments, and interact with friends and contacts with...

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Stickam.com Connects Into Open Social

Los Angeles-based Stickam.com, an online, live social networking and web camera focused web site, said this morning that the firm will support Google's new OpenSocial API. OpenSocial is Google's new effort to create a common, software progr...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Userplane Links Into Network, Cable TV Providers

Santa Monica-based Userplane, a provider of social networking and related software, said this morning that it has signed a number of deals with network and cable television media partners. Userplane, which is a subsidiary of AOL, said that ...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WooMe Launches Services

WooMe, the online speed dating and social networking web site startup backed by Atomico, Mangrove Capital, and investor Klaus Hommels, said today that it has launched its services. The firm, which is headquartered in San Francisco but maint...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fandango Finds Friends At Facebook

Los Angeles-based online movie site Fandango said today that it has launched a new application for the popular Facebook social networking web site. Fandango said that its new application allows users to add showtimes and ticketing abilities...

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Monday, November 5, 2007

MySpace Announces Self-Serve Ad Targeting

Los Angeles-based social networking website MySpace said today that it has launched plans for a new, self-serve online advertising system. MySpace said that the new platform will allow advertisers to purchase, create, and analyze ad perform...

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Loopd Goes Live, Targets Sports Communities

San Diego-baed Loop'd Network, a new startup targeting the social networking area around online sports, said today that it has launched its service. The firm said it has signed on Monster Energy, Oakley, Pacific Sunwear, and Surfer Magazine...

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Friday, November 2, 2007

MySpace Joins Google's OpenSocial Platform

Los Angeles-based MySpace said Thursday afternoon that it has joined Google's newly launched open social networking API effort, OpenSocial. MySpace and Google said that the two are partnering on the effort, which is a joint effort by Google...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

VMIX Raises $16.5M

San Diego-based VMIX, an online media sharing and social networking web site, said Wednesday that the firm has raised $16.5M in a venture round. The new funding came from JK&B Capital and ATA Ventures, along with prior investors Mission Ven...

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Friday, October 26, 2007

ThisNext Adds Site Statistics

Santa Monica-based ThisNext said this week that it has added a new, sitewide statistics feature to the firm's social shopping web site. The new statistics features, called the "Member Dashboard," shows real time feedback and rankings on mem...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

MySpace, Skype Link Up

Los Angeles-based social networking website MySpace and Voice-over-IP provider Skype said today that the two companies are in a partnership to create a new, integrated instant messaging client which combines MySpace with Skype. The two said...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

MySpace, SONY BMG Team On Music Licensing

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace said today that it has signed a new licensing agreement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment. MySpace said that the deal covers streaming music videos and selected audio material from Sony B...

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Buzznet Hires AOL Music Exec

Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online social networking site focused on music, said Monday that it has hired Scott Boyd, formerly the managing director of AOL Music, as the firm's General Manager of Music. Buzznet said that Boyd will be respo...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Interview with Daniel Scalisi, MyLifeBrand

Seattle-based MyLifeBrand (www.mylifebrand.com) is focused on providing a service for connecting social networking sites--as well as a way to create private label social networking communities for companies. The firm is currently in the mid...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Intercasting Gets Win At Boost

Venture backed Intercasting, the firm behind the Rabble mobile social networking service, said today that it has been selected by Boost Mobile to power a new social networking feature on Boost's ANTHEM service. Financial terms were not disc...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

MySpace Launches Ad-Supported Mobile Service

Fox Interactive Media said today that MySpace, the firm's social networking web site, is launching new, free mobile web services as part of a new, ad-supported mobile Web site effort. FIM said that its MySpace Mobile Web service will be ava...

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Stickam.com Adds Radio Station Ties

Los Angeles-based Stickam.com announced this morning that the online social networking and video website has established a number of cross-promotional ties with radio stations. Stickam.com said that 97.1 Free FM and 95.5 KLOS FM in Los Ange...

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Shopit Launches Social Networking App

New Los Angeles-based startup Shopit announced today that the firm has launched a new service which allows users to build storefronts for their social networking profiles. Shopit says that it has received venture funding, but has not disclo...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Famster.com Goes White-Label

Famster.com, the online web site focused on social networking and photo sharing for families, said this morning that it has launched a new white label social networking solution for brands. The company, which is based in Las Vegas but maint...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Buzznet Links With Mandy Moore

Los Angeles-based social networking web site Buzznet said earlier this week that it has linked up with actress and singer Mandy Moore. The firm said that Mandy Moore has created a profile on the site where she will personally share behind-t...

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wannago Launches New Social Networking App

Los Angeles-based Wannago.com, a site focused on matching up people with activities, said today that it has launched a new social networking application looking to connection people offline based on mutual interest in an event. The site, wh...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Buzznet Adds New Features

Hollywood-based Buzznet is announcing today that it has added new features to the firm's social media and networking web site. The site, which focuses on social networking and social media with a tilt towards music, said that it will highli...

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Interview with Justin Cooper, Passenger

Last week, Los Angeles-based Passenger (www.thinkpassenger.com) raised $8.3M in a funding round from Steamboat Ventures, Shelter Capital Partners and StarVest Partners. We spoke with Justin Cooper, the firm's chief innovation and marketing ...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

SodaHead Inks Deal With The Family Values Tour

Los Angeles-based SodaHead, the social polling startup headed by ex-MySpace VP Jason Feffer, said Tuesday that it has inked a major deal with the Family Values Tour. According to the firm, the music tour will use SodaHead's polling widget t...

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Passenger Adds $8.3M

Los Angeles-based Passenger, a firm developing software-as-a-service tools that allows companies to add private social community features to their web sites, said today that it has raised $8.3M in a Series B funding. The round was led by St...

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Buzznet Taps Goldman For CEO

Hollywood-based Buzznet, an online networking web site funded by Anthem Ventures and Redpoint Ventures, is announcing today that it has hired a new chief executive officer. The firm has hired Tyler Goldman, who was most recently acting pres...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Intercasting Ties Into Sprint

San Diego-based Intercasting, which operates the Rabble.com mobile social networking web site, said today that it has made its mobile social networking platform available on Sprint phones. The firm's solution, named Anthem, enables wireless...

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

MatchActivity Becomes Wannago.com

Los Angeles-based online dating site MatchActivity has become wannago.com, and is now focusing on creating a social networking site focused on sharing activities and events, according to Yoni Avital, the firm's founder and CEO. The angel fu...

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Friday, June 1, 2007

Slacker Raises $40M

San Diego-based Slacker, the online and Wi-Fi enabled social music company, has raised $40M, according to a report published by Private Equity Week. Slacker operates an online service that allows you to create personalized Internet radio st...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Buzznet Scores $6M

Hollywood-based Buzznet, a social media site that allows users to contribute and share photos, videos, and other media focused on music, said today that it has raised $6M in venture financing from Redpoint Ventures and Anthem Venture Partne...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Avanoo Takes On Social Wisdom

Venice, California-based Avanoo announced Wednesday that the company has launched a new site focused on community wisdom. The angel funded site said that it will allow anyone to ask or answer questions on the site. The social question and a...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Clupedia Raises $1.3M

Santa Ana-based Clupedia has completed its angel round with the Tech Coast Angels, the firm said this week, in a Series A round that included 45 angels in the group. The firm's CEO, David Saad, said that the board now includes John Harbison...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

mTraks Launches Music Community

San Diego-based mTraks, a new startup focused on the online music marketplace, has officially launched the company's beta website. The angel-backed startup's CEO, Dey Martin, told socalTECH Tuesday that it has raised $550,000 from a consort...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

MySpace Launches Video Channels

In the latest rush by content providers to launch their own branded video channels on video sharing and social networking web sites, MySpace announced a rash of new content deals for custom video channels today. MySpace said it will launch ...

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Friday, May 11, 2007

BuzzDash Adds Widget Feature

Social polling firm BuzzDash has launched a new web widget, which allows users to post their own opinion pools on their websites, blogs, or social networking profiles. The Marina Del Rey-based firm said this week that the new service will a...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Interview with Mark Sylvester and Kymberlee Weil, introNetworks

Santa Barbara's introNetworks (www.intronetworks.com) first debuted its social networking software application at the TED conference in 2003, but just announced its first institutional investment, from Adobe Systems last week. introNetwork'...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

VMIX Inks Promotion Deal With DIRECTV

El Segundo-based satellite TV provider DIRECTV and San Diego-based VMIX, an online video sharing web site, said today that VMIX will promote the DIRECTV show The Fizz through a new dedicated online channel. The new channel, which will be fe...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Intercasting Raises $12M

San Diego-based Intercasting, a firm developing mobile social networking applications, has raised $12M in a Series B funding, the company said today. The round was led by Venrock, and also included prior investors Avalon Ventures and Masthe...

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Monday, April 30, 2007

CircleUp Launches Beta

Newport Beach-based CircleUp said today that it has debuted a public beta of the firm's social communications services. CircleUp's services allows people to gather responses from groups, ask questions, and manage group related communication...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

MySpace Launches Spanish Language Site

Los Angeles-based MySpace has launched a new Spanish version of its online social networking service, the company said today at the Billboard Latin American Music Conference. The social networking web site said that the new site would focus...

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

BuzzDash Gets Users

BuzzDash, a new, Los Angeles-based startup in the social answers and polling space, said today that it has logged its millionth vote. The firm said that it launched its service in February, and allows people to vote on any topic or issue. T...

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Kontrib Takes On Multilingual Social Bookmarking

Los Angeles-based Language Weaver, a software company which develops enterprise software focused on automated language translation, is announcing today that it has established a new, consumer-focused business unit called Kontrib. The new un...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

DailyStrength Launches Online Support Groups

Los Angeles-based DailyStrength said today that it has launched a new, social networking web site called DailyStrength.org, focused on adults facing life challenges and health issues. The social networking site is focused on people with hea...

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Interview with Jason Feffer, Founder, SodaHead

Jason Feffer is CEO and Founder of SodaHead (www.sodahead.com), an Encino-based startup in the social answers space. SodaHead is funded by Mohr Davidow Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels and other angels, including Ron Conway. Notably, Feff...

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Interview with Nick Desai, Co-founder of Juice Wireless

Nick Desai is co-founder of Juice Wireless, a firm that runs JuiceCaster, a service that allows users to post their cell phone pictures to online social networking sites like MySpace, Flickr, and blogs. The firm is one of several developing...

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Monday, March 12, 2007

CircleUp Teams With e7sports

Newport Beach-based social communications and networking firm CircleUp announced today that it has teamed up with Irvine-based e7sports. CircleUp will provide communications tools to e7sports, an online community for sports tournament manag...

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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Demand Rolls Out Social Networking Tools For .TV

Santa Monica-based Demand Media announced this week that it will give reseller of the firm's eNom wholesale web registry access to a new set of social networking tools. The firm said that eNom resellers will be able to offer Demand Media's ...

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Passenger Launches Community Platform

Los Angeles-based Passenger announced this morning that it has launched a new platform to allow Fortune 500 companies to create private, branded online communities. The new software platform allows companies to create social networking web ...

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

MojoPages Launches Local Search Product

San Diego-based MojoPages.com has launched its services, saying today that it has launched a service the combines YellowPages and social networking in a single product. The firm has launched a business directory that incorporates Web 2.0 te...

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Veoh Relaunches Site

Los Angeles-based Veoh, the venture backed video distribution and sharing site, said yesterday that the firm has launched a new site, adding a number of social networking tools to the firm's services. Veoh has added new features including a...

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Interview with John Payne, Founder, CircleUp

This morning, Los Angeles-based CircleUp (www.circleup.com) is launching the firm's social communications service at the DEMO 2007 conference. CEO John Payne, who has served at CEO of Stamps.com, Preventsys, and other firms, spoke with us e...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

MySpace Adds AMBER Alerts, Email Verification

Los Angeles-based social networking web site MySpace.com is continuing to address child safety issues on the site, this time inking a deal to distributed online AMBER Alerts via the site. MySpace said it will distribute localized online AMB...

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Userplane Adds Rev Share Program

Los Angeles-based Userplane, a provider of online instant messaging and other social networking tools, said Tuesday that the firm has rolled out a new ad revenue sharing program. The new program offsets licensing fees for the firm's product...

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Monday, January 8, 2007

Interview with Hideki Kishioka and Aaron Novak, Stickam

Our interview today is with Hideki Kishioka and Aaron Novak, of the Web 2.0, social networking web site Stickam (www.stickam.com). Hideki is CEO of AVC, the company that operates StickAm, and Aaron is the production manager there and one of...

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Interview with Danny Kastner, FanRocket

Southern California is an interesting environment for both technology and media, and in particular for the fascinating intersections of the two industries. One of the most interesting projects in recent months that combines the two is "It's...

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Monday, December 18, 2006

MySpace Partners With Cingular

Los Angeles-based MySpace and Cingular said today that they are in an exclusive partnership to offer MySpace via Cingular mobile phones. MySpace said that Cingular customers will get exclusive access to MySpace's web site via Cingular's mob...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Social Platform Takes On Social Networking Tools

Los Angeles-based Social Platform, a new startup in the online tools space, said this week that it has debuted a new service to provide branded, social networking applications. The startup is focusing on providing social networking applicat...

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Interview with Jay Goss, COO, Whyville.net

Jay Goss is the COO of Whyville.net (www.whyville.net), an online virtual world that plays in the same space as Second Life, targeting 8-15 year olds with an educational spin. Virtual Worlds have been getting increasing attention from adve...

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

AOL, Juice Wireless Launch Mobile App In UK

AOL said today that it is in a deal with Los Angeles-based Juice Wireless, to launch a trial of the Juice Wireless JuiceCaster application to its users in the UK. JuiceCaster is a mobile social media application that connects users cell pho...

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Interview with Yoni Avital, MatchActivity

We ran into Yoni Avital, founder and CEO of MatchActivity (www.matchactivity.com), earlier this week, and we were intrigued by his new firm, which is developing an online dating/activity web site focused on connecting people through activit...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Boost Rolls Out Social Mapping App

Irvine-based Boost Mobile Tuesday announced it had rolled out a new, location-based social mapping service, which allows mobile phone users to share their location with their friends. The firm said that it is tapping a startup, loopt, for t...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

MySpace Adds Live Music

Los Angeles-based MySpace.com announced today that it will add live music to the popular social networking web site, with the launch of two new live broadcast programs. The firm said that "MySpace LIVE!" and "Hey, Play This..." will offer i...

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tripmates Jumps Into Video

Los Angeles-based Tripmates, an online social networking web site focused on travel, said this morning that it has added user-generated videos to its web site. Tripmates will allow users to share and upload their travel videos as part of a ...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

SodaHead Gets Funding From MDV

Santa Clarita-based SodaHead, a social networking startup headed by Jason Feffer, former VP of Operations for MySpace, has raised a venture capital round from Mohr Davidow Ventures. Feffer refused to comment on the deal last week, when call...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

MySpace, Softbank Launch MySpace Japan

Los Angeles-based MySpace.com and Japanese firm Softbank confirmed today a venture into Japan, saying that the two are in a 50-50 joint venture to launch a Japanese version of the popular social networking web site. MySpace KK will feature ...

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Friday, October 27, 2006

DAVE.TV Adds White Label Social Video Portals

Santa Monica-based DAVE Networks, which operates the DAVE.TV online user-generated video web site, said this week that it is opening up its technology with a new application programming interface (API). The API will enable any company to bu...

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Juice Signs College Tonight

Los Angeles-based Juice Wireless, a mobile content sharing community, said this morning that College Tonight, a social networking web site focused on college students, will use the company's JuiceCaster service to enhance its products. Term...

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Monday, October 16, 2006

MTV Networks Buys Quizilla.com

Viacom's MTV Networks said this morning that it has acquired Los Angeles-based Quizilla.com, an online user-generated community that allows teenage authors to share quizzes, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and other content, from Gorilla Nati...

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Whyville Adds Former Neopets SVP To Advisory Board

Los Angeles-based Whyville, an online virtual world targeted at children and young teenagers, said Wednesday that it has named Jeff Snetiker, former Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning for Neopets, to its b...

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Friday, October 6, 2006

YFly.com Launches Celebrity Social Networking Web Site

Los Angeles-based Yfly.com said Thursday that it has launched a new service focused on social networking for 13-27 year olds, which also caters to celebrities looking to reach out to fans. The site, which said that it counts Nick Lachey as ...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Interview with Scott Farrell, Founder of Kevo

A venture capitalist reader recently turned us on to a new company with a new angle on the social networking and user-generated content space, Thousand Oaks-based Kevo (www.kevo.com). Kevo is developing an online, wiki-based consumer servic...

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Interview with Seth Alsbury, Founder of Panjea

II recently bumped into Seth Alsbury, Founder of Panjea (www.panjea.com), an online social network. Panjea has gotten some attention for its service, particularly the company's music and video content. There are quite a few companies in the...

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Userplane Connects Dogster, Catster

Los Angeles-based Userplane has scored another win for its instant messaging and audio/video chat tools, and has signed up-and-coming social networking sites Dogster and Catster. The two sister pet destinations have rolled out Userplane's i...

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Friday, September 15, 2006

vMix Adds Real Time Recording

San Diego-based vMix, an online web community focused on video slideshows and mashups, has introduced a new instant video recording feature to the company's services. vMix said that its new vMix Capture feature allows members to instantly r...

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Friday, September 15, 2006

TeamDating Connects To Skype Presence

Los Angeles-based dating web site TeamDating reports this week that it has tied into the popular voice-over-IP service Skype, with a new feature that allows members to see Skype presence, make calls, or chat through the service. The online ...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Interview with Brad Weber, BeNetSafe

In most technology circles we talk to people now, it's inevitable that when the topic goes towards MySpace.com, there's a huge divide between people who are big fans of the huge audience and traction the social networking site has, and the ...

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Interview with Gordon Gould, ThisNext

Santa Monica-based ThisNext (www.thisnext.com) debuted the firm's social wisdom/blogging product yesterday, to help users on the Internet find products recommended to them by others. We have been trying to get ThisNext to talk about the sta...

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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

MySpace, Google Ink Advertising Deal Worth $900M

Fox Interactive Media announced yesterday afternoon that it has entered into a multi-year search technology and services agreement with Google, where Google will be the exclusive search and keyword targeted advertising sales provider for My...

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

MySpace Targets Comedy Community

Social networking web site MySpace.com is courting the comedy community, in a new initiative to target the comedy world. MySpace said today that it has launched a portal, MySpace Comedy, designed to let comedians engage with fans and share ...

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Monday, July 10, 2006

TagWorld Ties Into "Snakes On a Plane"

Santa Monica-based TagWorld, a social networking site that competes against MySpace, has tied into the upcoming "Snakes on a Plane" movie from Samuel L. Jackson. The site, in conjunction with New Line Cinema, is holding a contest that chall...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

MySpace Tightens Security

Los Angeles-based MySpace has rolled out new safety and security features, responding to widespread concerns over the use of the social networking site by child predators. MySpace today said that it is adding additional features for 14-15 y...

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Friday, June 2, 2006

TagWorld Adds Open API

Santa Monica-based TagWorld, an online social networking startup, has opened up an API for developers, the first for a social networking site. The social networking site, said that its new "web widgets" allow users to cut and paste mini-ap...

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Interview with Mike Jones, CEO of Userplane

For today's podcast, socalTECH spoke with Mike Jones, CEO of Userplane, a Los Angeles-based company that provides instant messaging and other applications for social networking web sites. Mike talks to socalTECH's Ben Kuo about his company'...

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Interview with Josh Fisher, Co-founder, Urbaniacs.com

Our interview this morning is with Josh Fisher and Barry Collier, co-founders of Urbaniacs.com (www.urbaniacs.com), an online web site that combines casual gaming with online social networking and which seems to be getting good traction wit...

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Interview with Eduardo Sciammarella, PROTOMOBL

I recently ran into Eduardo Sciammarella, CEO and founder of PROTOMOBL (www.protomobl.com) at AlwaysOn Hollywood, where he was demonstrating his company's mobile social networking application for cell phones to the audience. Eduardo told me...

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

MySpace Hires Security Head

In the midst of a media frenzy over MySpace.com, Fox Interactive said this morning that it has named a new, Chief Security Officer who will oversee safety, education, privacy, and law enforcement programs for the popular online social netwo...

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Insider Pages Leaves To Bay Area

Pasadena-based Insider Pages today announced that it is moving to Redwood Shores, as a result of a recent $8.5M investment round. Insider Pages said that it will relocate the company to Redwood Shores after receiving $8.5M in venture capita...

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Monday, March 20, 2006

United Online Acquired Opobox

Woodland Hills-bsaed United Online has acquired Opobox, the operator of an online social networking service called The Names Database. United Online said today that it will pay approximately $10M in cash for the company, and will incorporat...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

TagWorld Hits One Million Users, Launches Music Discovery Tool

Santa Monica-based TagWorld is reporting that it has grown to over one million members, as it launched a new music discovery tool this morning. The Draper Fisher Jurvetson-backed startup rolled out a new music discovery engine this morning,...

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