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Snapchat to Roll Out First Ads

Snapchat announced that ads will appear on its messaging app for the first time this weekend, acknowledging that it needs to make money.

L.A. City Council Says No to Parking Auction Apps

The L.A. parking revolution that was to be is probably no more.

Central Desktop Acquired by PGi

Central Desktop, a Pasadena cloud-based management platform for businesses, has been acquired by collaboration software service provider PGi. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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L.A. Launch List: Oct. 17

The Los Angeles Business Journal brings you a weekly roundup of L.A. launches.

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Whisper Denies Storing User Data

Whisper's editor-in-chief is not sitting quietly as the Guardian accuses the startup, which promises user anonymity, of storing user data.

Wilshire Axon Sports Scores $2 Million

Wilshire Axon Sports has raised $2 million in Series A funding to help expand it sales and marketing efforts and further develop its mobile ad platform.

DocMagic Signs Off on Purchase of eSignSystems

DocMagic Inc., a loan document solutions provider, has acquired eSignSystems for $1.2 million in an all-cash deal.

Taggler Tags on Angel Investment

Half of USC incubator Startup Garage's first graduating class has announced additional funding.

Disney Accelerator Graduates Reveal Scaled Growth

The first graduating class of Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Accelerator presented on Tuesday, revealing the results of their scaled growth as well as announcing new partnerships and financing. Each of the 10 startups is now working with Disney.

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CardBlanc Launches Social Shopping App

CardBlanc, a social e-commerce app, has launched a mobile payment platform that lets users shop curated listings from hundreds of retailers.

Williams Data Management Acquires Files On Call

Williams Data Management, which helps small- and medium-sized businesses protect their data assets, has acquired Pasadena information storage firm Files On Call.

Legendary Entertainment Acquires Amy Poehler Site

Legendary Entertainment has purchased Smart Girls at the Party, a site founded by comedian Amy Poehler.

When to Rebrand? Start With $2.9 Million Investment

Speakr, the social influencer marketing company formerly known as twtMob, has raised $2.9 million in seed funding to expand its marketing platform and tech team.

Disney Aims to Draw Startup Stars

Technology: Accelerator offers early look at promising products.

Technology: Disney’s accelerator program offers startups a shot at a Hollywood ending.

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New Focus

Internet: Ora TV looks to expand online network with shows built around Larry King and other celebrities.

Internet: Ora TV aims to expand its online network with stable of celebrity-anchored shows.