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YouTube Stars Try Next Stage

Internet: Fullscreen live show reels in marketers, screaming teens.Fullscreen mounts a live production to help its YouTube stars show their stuff to marketers and fans.

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Direct Lending Investments Partners with Realty Mogul

Direct Lending Investments has said it will provide $73 million in small business loans through Realty Mogul’s peer-to-peer lending platform, which pools money from investors to crowdfund large real estate projects.

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Makemoji Raises $1 Million Seed Round

Makemoji, whose mobile app helps users create their own emoji characters, has raised $1 million in seed funding.

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L.A. Launch List: Sept 19

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

Shuttlerock Lands in Silver Lake with $2.4 Million Raise

Shuttlerock, a New Zealand visual marketing software company, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Silver Lake after raising a $2.4 million in a Series A round.

Docupace Raises First Investment

Docupace Technologies, an electronic document processing platform provider, has secured its first raise.

Kin Secures $12 Million Series C Round

Kin, which offers women’s lifestyle video content, has closed a $12 million Series C round, bringing its total funding to date to $27 million.

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FameBit Launches as 500 Women Company

You can expect a bit more fame for FameBit co-founder Agnes Kozera, whose Santa Monica marketing startup has launched as one of the first companies in the 500 Women syndicate.

Metacloud to be Acquired by Cisco

Metacloud, a cloud service company in Pasadena, is to be acquired by networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose.

Spark Networks Breaking it Off With Employees

Spark Networks Inc., the company behind special-interest matchmaking sites such as ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com, has seen more of its customers fall for competing dating services.

Workpop Launches After Raising $7.9 Million

Workpop, a job board site with a career development focus, has launched after securing $7.9 million in funding.

UC Regents to Consider $250 Million VC Fund

The University of California Board of Regents is set to hear a proposal that will establish a multimillion-dollar venture capital fund to back startups founded on student and faculty research. The Wall Street Journal reported the fund could be as large as $250 million.

AAA Renews Partnership With TrueCar

Santa Monica car-buying company TrueCar Inc. renewed a deal with insurance giant AAA, announcing Monday it will continue to power the auto club’s online auto-buying program.

Former Scopely Exec Launches MobLabs

Andy Kleinman knows mobile games. But now, Kleinman has a bit of game fatigue having worked in the industry for nearly a decade. So he’s getting out. At least that’s the plan.

JibJab Acquires Make Believe Labs and Hello Santa

JibJab Bros. Studios, a digital media production company, has acquired Make Believe Labs and its live video call service Hello Santa.

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Gem Shines on Bitcoin Security

Though accepted at retailers such as Amazon.com, Sears and CVS, Bitcoin is still trying to shake the mainstream perception that it is black market currency used in degenerate corners of the Web.