Los Angeles Business Journal


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IAC to IPO Tinder Parent Match Group

Dating app Tinder is headed for an IPO.

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New Matter’s 3-D Printers Start Shipping

Consumer 3-D printing companies have struggled lately to balance consumer expectations and price, but New Matter thinks it has found the sweet spot.

In Push for Millennials, Cornerstone Licenses TED Content

Cornerstone OnDemand wants to give its customers ideas worth spreading.

Trucking Groups Take Issue With Port Inspection Program

Reviving a dispute that played a role in the recently settled fight between port operators and longshore workers, two groups representing trucking companies now claim a program under which truck trailers used to haul containers are inspected by the dockworkers’ union violates federal law.

Coffee Bean Opens 1,000th Store at New HQ

Make that coffee extra large: L.A. chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which started with a single Brentwood store in 1963, is now opening its 1,000th location.

Non-Profit Minimum Wage Exemption Moves Forward

A Los Angeles City Council committee recommended on Tuesday giving exemptions from the city’s new minimum wage ordinance to certain non-profit organizations.

Wednesday Rundown: City National Report Shows Stronger California, Disney Boosts Dividend

Downtown L.A.’s City National Bank on Wednesday released its second-quarter Economy and Jobs Report, which showed California is off to a strong start in 2015.

Chernin Signs TV Deal with NBCUniversal

Media executive Peter Chernin’s TV operation is moving from Fox to NBCUniversal under a new two-year deal.

Stocks Fall; ReachLocal Climbs, Global Eagle Sinks

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 178 points in Wednesday trading to close at 17,966. The S&P 500 fell 16 points to 2,109. The Nasdaq fell 38 points to 5,122. The LABJ Stock Index fell two points to 235.

Coalition Pulls Opposition to City National-RBC Deal

Another advocacy group has signed off on the sale of Downtown L.A.’s City National Bank to Toronto’s Royal Bank of Canada, potentially easing the deal’s approval by regulators.

Century City Drug Maker Has IPO

Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc., developer of drugs to treat lactose intolerance, debuted on the Nasdaq today under the symbol RTTR.

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Rubicon’s Chief Explains Programmatic Advertising

Frank Addante explains the basics of programmatic advertising and why it has come to dominate the online advertising world, even as it remains a largely opaque corner of the market to the general public.

Layoff Notices Sent as Final Bars Play at WeHo House of Blues

The legendary House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood will close on Aug. 7, according to a notice filed with the state Employment Development Department.

Budweiser Brewery Plans $20 Million Upgrade

Anheuser-Busch is investing $20 million at its Van Nuys brewery to improve water efficiency in the filtering, brewing and packaging operations.

DreamWorks Animation Hires Awesome Film Exec

DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV online teen network has created a feature film division and picked a veteran entertainment industry executive to run it.

Soon-Shiong’s NantCell Acquires Italian Stem Cell Firm

NantCell, the immuno-oncology subsidiary of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s growing NantWorks health care technology empire, has acquired tissue and stem cell engineering firm VivaBioCell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Snapchat Launches Ad Agency

Snapchat has partnered with British advertising agency WPP and the U.K.’s Daily Mail to launch an advertising agency called Truffle Pig.

Magic Johnson Enterprises Buys Life Insurance Firm

Magic Johnson Enterprises, the Beverly Hills investment firm founded by the Laker legend, announced Monday that it has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in EquiTrust Life Insurance Co. in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Mariners Bay Apartment Complex Trades for $83.5 Million

Legacy Partners has expanded its presence in Southern California with the purchase of a 31-acre apartment complex on the Marina del Rey waterfront.

Stocks Rise; Green Dot Soars, 1st Century Bancshares Falls

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 24 points in Tuesday trading to close at 18,144. The S&P 500 rose one point to 2,124. The Nasdaq rose six points to 5,160. The LABJ Stock Index rose one point to 237.