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Online Shows Tapping TV Talent

internet: YouTube producer channels small-screen vets, sponsor.Content & Co. looks to channel TV veterans and corporate sponsorship into a successful YouTube show.

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Different Tune

L.A. pop artist Georgia Jane can thank her grandfather for helping kick-start her professional music career – one that has turned out to be groundbreaking and, so far, unique.

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Snapchat Expands Our Story with ‘Live’ Section

Snapchat’s summer rollout of new features isn’t over yet. The photo and video mobile messenger announced it is adding a new section called “Live” where users can see real-time updates from events throughout the world.

Dollar Shave Club to Exceed $60 Million in Sales

The Dollar Shave Club is lathering up a profitable year. Co-founder and Chief Executive Michael Dubin said the razor subscription service is on track to exceed $60 million in 2014 sales, three times what the company sold last year.

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L.A. Launch List

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

JustFab Raises $85 Million, Eyes IPO

JustFab, the online fashion retailer that offers a monthly subscription for customized shopping, has raised $85 million as it looks toward filing for an initial public offering of its stock.

Collective Digital Studio Relaunches Fred Channel

Collective Digital Studio, a digital media management company, is relaunching the tween-friendly YouTube channel Fred.

Yekra Launches Digital Distribution Theater

Yekra, a digital film distributor in the Arts District, is launching an embeddable “theater” that allows websites to customize and curate their own digital marquee of movies and video content.

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Honest Co. is Still Just a Startup, Says Co-Founder Brian Lee

Honesty just might be the best policy – at least it is for the Honest Co. and its eco-friendly, non-toxic baby products. The Santa Monica company announced Tuesday it raised $70 million in Series C funding as it prepares to file an IPO.

Google to Move in Old Hughes Hangar?

Google is waiting in the hangars for a piece of L.A real estate, according to a Wall Street Journal report that says the company wants to expand its corporate offices in Los Angeles.

The Honest Co. Prepares for IPO with $70 Million Series C Round

The Honest Co., co-founded by actress Jessica Alba and L.A. entrepreneur Brian Lee, has raised $70 million as it prepares to file for an IPO.

Snapchat Valued at $10 Billion with New VC Investment

Early-stage VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has invested in Snapchat, giving the photo and video messenger app a valuation just shy of $10 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.

USC, UCLA and CalTech Receive $3.75 Million Federal Grant

Southern California’s tech scene is getting federally funded. The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year $3.75 million grant to establish an innovation hub, or “node,” in Southern California.

Evolve Media Hires Moat

Evolve Media, the digital publisher behind men and women’s lifestyle sites CraveOnline and TotallyHer, has hired Moat to audit its metrics for display and video ads.

ZipRecruiter Gets $63 Million in Series A Money

ZipRecruiter, a hiring platform for small- and medium-sized businesses, has secured $63 million in Series A funding, the first raise for the Santa Monica company since launching in 2010.

Amazon Buys Twitch for $970 Million

In a transaction with potential local implications, Amazon announced Monday it will buy live-streaming video game site Twitch for $970 million in cash.