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Brands Weigh ‘Influence’ Decision

Internet: Marketers tout social media stars’ power; doubts abound.Internet: Marketing firms compete to put brands under the influence of social media stars. But is paying these “influencers” worth it?

By Omar Shamout November 24, 2014 midnight   Share
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L.A. Launch List: Nov. 26

On this week's Launch List: coding for children, social shopping and KDAY's new heyday.

Boingo Inks $50 Million Credit Agreement

Westwood Internet service provider Boingo has finalized a $50 million credit agreement with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Silicon Valley Bank.

KDAY Has a New Digital Groove

The "back-in-the-day" hip-hop radio station steps out of the digital Dark Ages.

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StyleHaul’s Stephanie Horbaczewski Talks Acquisition, E-Commerce and Garcetti

StyleHaul’s fast-talking chief executive chatted with the Business Journal about her investor-turned-buyer, whether a StyleHaul lipstick might be in store and a special phone call she received from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

‘Shark Tank’ Pitch a Wash

Alhambra “Dadpreneur” Ray Phillips was merely looking for a way to make baths more fun for children.

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USC Releases Campus Safety App

The app includes features such as push calls to DPS or 911, anonymous reporting of crimes and a “safewalk” function that lets students track their friends as they head home.

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L.A. Launch List: Nov. 21

On this week's Launch List: A monster messaging app goes for mobile payments. Triple AAA is challenged. A startup studio steps up.

VentureLab Launches Startup Studio

VentureLab Growth Partners looks like another incubator, but the startup studio promises to offer a more hands-on approach than traditional programs.

Upfront Ventures Files for Fifth Fund

Upfront Ventures is looking to raise $250 million for a fifth fund, according to a SEC filing.

FastPay Gets $15 Million

FastPay has received $15 million in growth equity funding from Oak HC/FT, a new $500 million venture capital fund from Oak Investment Partners that invests in health care and financial services technology.

Pluto TV Rakes in $13 Million

Pluto TV, an online video curating platform, has raised $13 million in a Series A round led by USVP.

Apple to Pre-Install Beats Music App for iOS

It seems Apple is ready to offer Beats Music and iTunes side by side – quite literally, in fact, in its iPhones.

Justin Timberlake Becomes Co-Owner of AfterMaster Audio Labs

Justin Timberlake can now add audio tech owner to his resume.

Carbonics Secures $5.5 Million

Carbonics, whose technology improves battery life and makes devices more efficient, has launched after raising $5.5 million in funding.