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LA Companies Play Leading Role in Rising AR, VR Industry

It may seem redundant to say that a company focused on creating virtual reality experiences is ahead of the curve, but that’s precisely the case for West Adams-based Survios Inc.

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CodeSpark Wants to Teach Kids to Code

Pasadena-based CodeSpark Inc. wants to teach kids to code even before they can read.

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Local Tech Companies Work to Get Out the Vote

Social platforms and media content creators in Los Angeles are leveraging their influence to encourage voting by Gen Z and millennial audiences as registration deadlines approach.

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SpaceX Lands $149 Million Defense Contract

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Hawthorne-based aerospace company, last week secured a substantial new government contract and made progress on multiple fronts with its Starlink satellite project.

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Water Tech Companies Are Springing Up in LA

In many areas of the world, there may be no more precious commodity than water — and that’s especially true in Los Angeles.

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Ida Brings AI to Schools, Governments

Silicon Beach newcomer Ida Artificial Intelligence Inc. is bringing fresh ideas to enterprise management systems

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SpaceX Launches New Batch of Starlink Satellites

SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites, bringing the program's number of orbiting satellites to 773.

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J2Global to Acquire RetailMeNot for $420 Million

Downtown-based J2 Global Inc., an internet information and services company, has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire RetailMeNot Inc. for about $420 million.

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TikTok Avoids App Store Ban

While TikTok awaits further developments in the proposed sale of its U.S. operations to Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc., the social media platform notched a victory last week in its fight against the Trump administration.

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8 OVER 80: Dick Guttman, 87

Hollywood publicist Dick Guttman has spent the past 27 years representing hundreds of celebrities, blue-chip corporate accounts, and award-winning TV series and films, mostly for his public relations and marketing firm Guttman Associates.

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AI Company Beyond Limits Raises $113 Million

Glendale-based artificial intelligence company Beyond Limits Inc. has raised $113 million in a Series C funding round with another roughly $20 million committed.

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Hawke Media, LA Stage Ecommerce Conference

Sawtelle-based marketing consulting firm Hawke Media has partnered with the city of Los Angeles for the inaugural Ecommerce Week LA, a virtual event taking place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

Digital Solutions Assist Art Galleries

With in-person gallery visits largely halted by the pandemic, the business of art has taken a severe hit.

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LA’s Thriving Edtech Startups Improve Remote Learning for Schools, Businesses

While the global pandemic has disrupted almost every industry, some businesses are experiencing accelerated growth during the crisis.

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Uncertainty Surrounds TikTok Deal

The fate of TikTok may still be up in the air.

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Harvest Pack Takes Eco-Friendly Approach to Food Packaging

Torrance-based Harvest Pack Inc. has found an evergreen niche in the food packaging business.

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Oracle Agreement for TikTok Sets Technology Partnership

Facing a Sept. 20 deadline from the White House to find a buyer for its U.S. operations, TikTok parent company ByteDance Ltd. has accepted a bid from Oracle Corp.

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TrueCar Expands Management Team

TrueCar Inc., the Santa Monica-based online car-buying marketplace, has named three executives to its expanded management team and has added a member to the company’s board.

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Executive Coaches See Increased Demand During Pandemic

Although, as a rule, their names do not appear on a company’s executive roster, executive coaches have long been a staple at companies of all sizes and areas of enterprise, from corporate giants to tech startups.

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TikTok Rejects Microsoft, Partners With Oracle

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., has rejected the acquisition proposal from Microsoft Corp. and reportedly accepted a bid from Oracle Corp.

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CropSwap App Connects Local Farmers, Consumers

Silver Lake-based CropSwap Inc. is trying to move farmers markets onto a mobile app.

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LA’s Burgeoning Agtech Industry Sees Green Acres Ahead

While plenty of tech companies are interested in filling up consumers’ feeds, some are more interested in feeding consumers.

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Graze Makes the Cut with Robotic Mowers

Santa Monica-based Future Labs V Inc., which does business as Graze, wants to revolutionize the landscape industry with its robotic lawn mowers.

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QLess Software Helps Businesses Cut the Line

With social distancing and masks likely to remain a reality for a while longer, Pasadena-based QLess Inc. is poised to help businesses reduce in-person queues.

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TikTok Discussing Options With US

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., is reportedly in discussions with the U.S. government on ways to avoid a complete sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations.

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Rocket Lab Deploys First In-House Satellite

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab USA Inc. made a successful return to flight on Aug. 30, rebounding from a July mission where the company lost its launch vehicle and client payloads.

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Tech Titans See Gains as Industry Becomes Even More Essential

While many industries have struggled in the face of Covid-19, companies in the nimble tech sector have adapted quickly and, in many cases, even thrived.

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SpaceX Hits Another Milestone With Launches

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. conducted two launches last week using its Falcon 9 rockets, including one mission that marked another milestone for the Hawthorne-based aerospace company.

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Restrictions by China Narrow Options for TikTok

Already facing limited options amid pressure from the White House, any deal for the U.S. operations of TikTok may now encounter opposition from the Chinese government.

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Rocket Lab Makes Successful Return to Flight

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab USA Inc. made a successful return to flight on Aug. 30 following a failed mission in July.

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Sootchy App Helps Parents Crowdfund College Costs

The downtown-based startup wants to help parents leverage their friends and family networks to help cover college costs.

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Bingie App Tunes Into Viewer Recommendations

When it comes to movie and TV show recommendations, El Segundo-based app developer Bingie Inc. wants to prioritize friends and family over algorithms.

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Mayer’s Departure Could Speed Sale of TikTok

Less than four months after joining then high-flying TikTok as chief executive, former Walt Disney Co. veteran Kevin Mayer departed the company last week.

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Rocket Lab Signs Launch Deal With OHB Group

Rocket Lab USA Inc. has signed a contract with European space technology company OHB Group to launch a communications satellite for an OHB customer.

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TikTok Sues Trump Administration in Challenge to US Ban

TikTok filed a complaint in federal court disputing the Trump administration’s efforts to ban the platform’s U.S. operations.

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SpaceX Sets Record With Launch

Company also nears $2 billion in new funding

Elon Musk’s Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. passed one milestone and neared another last week.

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TikTok Launches Extensive Marketing Campaign

TikTok is ramping up its marketing efforts in the face of a potential ban in the United States and data security investigations in Europe.

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Miso Robotics Names Bell as Chief Executive

Industry veteran will focus on scaling operations

Miso Robotics Inc., the Pasadena-based robotics and artificial intelligence company, has appointed tech veteran Michael Bell as its new chief executive.

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SpaceX Sets Record With Latest Launch

SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket booster following a launch for a record sixth consecutive time.

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Xos Trucks Raises $20 Million

Electric commercial vehicle maker Xos Trucks Inc. has raised $20 million in funding from investors including BUILD Capital Partners and Proeza Ventures.

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TrueCar Gains on Earnings, ALG Sale

TrueCar Inc., the Santa Monica-based online car-buying marketplace, has managed to gain investors’ trust even as it adjusts to the market under Covid-19.

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LA Businesses Play Key Role in Fast-Growing Sleep Economy

Companies are cashing in on the need for a good night’s rest, which consumers increasingly consider essential for their health and happiness.

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Swoop Platform Targets Small Transportation Operators

Hawthorne-based Swoop Inc. wants to bring digital order and ease of use to the group transportation industry, a fragmented market populated with small operators who keep their books manually.

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Influencer Campaign Platform Boosts CreatorIQ

Igor Vaks, the founder and chief executive at Culver City-based Social Edge Inc., doing business as CreatorIQ, understands that his company’s complex platform can be difficult to describe to potential investors.

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TikTok Remains Active While Weighing Its Options

The clock is ticking for TikTok.

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Miso Robotics Names Bell as CEO

Miso Robotics Inc., the Pasadena-based robotics and artificial intelligence company, has appointed tech veteran Michael Bell as its new chief executive.

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TikTok Challenged by More Than Trump in the US

Amid the most turbulent stretch in TikTok’s short history, the wildly popular social media platform is facing challenges that extend far beyond those posed by a hostile White House.

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TikTok’s Troubles Offer an Opening to Emerging Rivals

Video sharing platforms that offer variations on TikTok’s core features saw a surge in downloads at the beginning of August after President Donald Trump said on July 31 that he wanted to ban TikTok from operating in the United States.

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Tinder Helps Match Group Beat Earnings Expectations

Dating app owner Match Group Inc. beat analyst expectations for the second quarter thanks to strong user growth at Tinder, the company’s highest performing subsidiary.

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Omnia Media Acquired by Enthusiast Gaming

Culver City-based Omnia Media Inc. has been acquired by Canadian digital media company Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.

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