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Hollywood Investors Back Interactive Video Company Fuisz

Hollywood is continuing to plow money into digital media.

NBC Universal Could Back BuzzFeed

NBCUniversal Inc. is reportedly close to making a $250 million investment in digital publishing giant BuzzFeed.

Thursday Rundown: Amgen Delivers, Public Storage Loads Up

Amgen Inc. beat analyst expectations when it reported quarterly results Thursday, thanks to a combination of old and new drugs contributing to sales increases.

Relativity Media Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Embattled entertainment company Relativity Media filed for bankruptcy protection today after billionaire Ryan Kavanaugh failed to find a financial savior for his struggling firm.

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Work/Life: Greg Dollarhyde

The chief executive of Veggie Grill on living a healthy lifestyle, winemaking in his spare time and the art of deal making.

Don’t refer to Greg Dollarhyde as Veggie Grill’s chief executive officer. Chief “energizing” officer is the title he prefers.

Stocks Mixed; Skechers Soars, BreitBurn Energy Partners Tanks

The Dow Jones industrial average fell five points in Thursday trading to close at 17,746. The S&P 500 was flat at 2,109. The Nasdaq rose 17 points to 5,129. The LABJ Stock Index rose one point to 244.

Can the On-Demand Economy Survive Without Independent Contractors?

Now with government scrutiny bearing down on the worker designation, many are asking: Do on-demand tech startups that rely on independent contractors have a future?

L.A. Tech Tweet of the Day

Random thoughts from the Twitterverse: Venture capitalist Mark Suster thinks cold brew coffee is having a moment.

Wednesday’s Rundown: Bar Study Firm Fined for False Claims; New Harbor Commission President Named

Barwinners, a Santa Monica company that offers online courses to law students studying for the bar exam, has been ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution and fines after making false claims about the percentage of its customers who passed the crucial exam.

Stocks Climb; Rubicon Rises, Big 5 Dives

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 121 points in Wednesday trading to close at 17,751. The S&P 500 rose 15 points to 2,109. The Nasdaq rose 23 points to 5,112. The LABJ Stock Index rose one point to 243.

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75 Layoffs at Relativity as Bankruptcy Looms

Crisis-hit film and TV company Relativity Media is laying off more than one-fifth of its staff.

Herbalife Wins Lawsuit Dismissal – Again

Downtown L.A. supplement company Herbalife and Chief Executive Michael O. Johnson dodged a bullet Tuesday when a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed allegations of misrepresenting sales practices and orchestrating a pyramid scheme.

UBeam Raising $15 Million Debt Round

Wireless charging startup uBeam of Santa Monica is raising a $15 million convertible debt round, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The company declined to comment, but the filing said nearly $9 million had been raised from 23 investors since the offering was initiated July 10.

Soon-Shiong’s NantKwest Goes Public in $207 Million Offering

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s clinical-stage immunotherapy firm NantKwest Inc. debuted at $25 a share in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq Tuesday, raising more than $207 million with the sale of 8.3 million shares.

NTSB Blames Virgin Galactic Crash on Human Error, Lack of Safeguards

The builder of SpaceShipTwo had not considered that human error could result in a catastrophic hazard to the space vehicle, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in determining the cause of last year’s crash in the Mojave Desert.

LAX Passenger Counts Take Off

The number of passengers traveling through Los Angeles International Airport continued to climb last month, according to figures released Tuesday by Los Angeles World Airports.

California Tax Credits Lure Film Producers

More than 250 movie projects have applied for state tax credits in the first round of film applications since the state boosted the amount of available credits, a move aimed at curbing runaway production.

Stocks Rise; TrueCar Makes Comeback, Ceres Doesn’t

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 190 points in Tuesday trading to close at 17,630. The S&P 500 rose 26 points to 2,093. The Nasdaq rose 49 points to 5,089. The LABJ Stock Index rose three points to 242.

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Snapchat Swaps Two Publishers on Discover Portal

Snapchat is reexamining its content partnerships. The app has pushed out Yahoo and Warner Music Group from its Discover publishing portal and replaced them with BuzzFeed and iHeartRadio.