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Snapchat Launches Mobile Payments Service

Snapchat, in partnership with financial services startup Square Inc., has unveiled a peer-to-peer mobile payments product called Snapcash.

Rubicon Project Buys Two Ad Tech Firms

Automated advertising provider Rubicon Project has announced it will acquire two ad tech firms for a total of less than $30 million in mostly stock deals.

Seriously Raises Another $5 Million

Seriously, the mobile game studio by former Rovio execs, has secured an additional $5 million from existing investors Upfront Ventures, Sunstone Capital and Daher Capital.

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Grocer Hoping for Long Shelf Life on Internet

ONLINE: Thrive plans to deliver with natural foods sold at wholesale prices.

Thrive Market hopes its Amazon-style delivery clicks with shoppers.

Show-Biz Veteran Sees Role for Hollywood in VC

INVESTMENT: Tony Potts plans to tap connections to fund early stage firms.

The lines between Silicon Beach’s vibrant tech scene and the entertainment industry have been blurring for some time, and they’re about to get even fuzzier.

NBCUniversal Wants Storytelling Tech

NBCUniversal’s Media Labs, another entry in the studio accelerator arena, is looking for “new forms of storytelling driven by technology.”

Big Frame Adds Talent

Big Frame, a YouTube talent management company, has added 11 content creators to its clientele.

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L.A. Launch List: Nov. 14

The Los Angeles Business Journal brings you a weekly roundup of L.A. launches. On this week's Launch List: Curbstand, FreedomPop, Beats by Dr. Dre and more.

Mandalay Digital Buys Appia

Mandalay Digital Group, a Hollywood mobile software products company, is buying mobile user acquisition network Appia.

Scopely Locks Down $35 Million

Scopely, a mobile game and entertainment company, has raised $35 million in a Series A round led by Evolution Media Partners and Highland Capital Partners.

Snapchat Filters Out Third-Party Apps

The ephemeral messaging app is taking a permanent stand against third-party apps.

Report: FreedomPop in Talks with Sprint

FreedomPop, a West L.A. wireless phone carrier, is in talks with Sprint about a possible acquisition or investment, according to USA Today.

Funny or Die for Sale?

Will Ferrell’s comedy video website might be looking to sell, according to Bloomberg.

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Aspiration Launches as Investment Firm for Middle Class

Online investment firm Aspiration wants to democratize the financial services industry.

TrueCar, Investors to Sell Shares

Santa Monica car sales portal TrueCar Inc. announced in a Monday SEC filing that it plans to sell 6.4 million shares in a secondary offering.