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Online Network Channels Retail

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By Omar Shamout October 20, 2014 midnight   Share
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L.A. Launch List: Oct. 24

The Los Angeles Business Journal brings you a weekly roundup of L.A. launches. On this week's Launch List: YP, Nestdrop, MediaHound and more.

Enrou Wins Forbes Under 30 Competition

In just two weeks, Enrou went from scrappy startup to winner of Forbes’ “$400,000 Pressure Cooker” pitch competition held this week during its Forbes Under 30 Summit.

U.S. Senator Requests Whisper Briefing

The Senate commerce committee has asked Whisper to address a report that said the social media app, which promises user anonymity, tracked its users including those who opted out of its geolocation tool.

Yahoo Investment Values Snapchat at $10 Billion

Snapchat has added Yahoo as an investor in a financing round that would value the Venice startup at $10 billion, Bloomberg said Wednesday.

Hovelstay Opens Doors to Non-College Students

Turns out college students aren’t the only ones looking for cheap sleeping digs.

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Grindr CEO Says Gay Hookup App Still Scores

Joel Simkhai calls himself the “number one Grindr user.” He’s also the gay dating app’s chief executive.

Play the Cook with SideChef

Kevin Yu was trying to whip together a three-course Valentine’s Day meal when things went awry.

Stamps.com Acquires ShipWorks

Stamps.com, a provider of Internet-based postage services, has acquired e-commerce shipping software company ShipWorks for $22 million in an all-cash deal.

Entertainment Search Engine Finds Way to Series A

INTERNET: MediaHound adds social component to perusing online retailers.

Tech startups in Los Angeles are figuring out ways to help consumers navigate the increasingly fractured world of media consumption.

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.