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Compound Interest Spurs Offer for Chip Maker

TECHNOLOGY: Shares of International Rectifier rise as suitor pursues coating.

German suitor sparks to International Rectifier’s high-voltage product for semiconductor chips.

Hitcents Acquires Appmaker Moonshark

Moonshark, a mobile entertainment publisher, has been acquired by Bowling Green, Ky., mobile game studio Hitcents.

L.A. Launch List

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

Garcetti Appoints L.A.’s First Chief Data Officer

Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed the city’s first chief data officer as part of his initiative to boost Los Angeles with tech-driven policies.

Facebook Promotes Custom Ad Targeting at Workshop

One important lesson from the workshop dealt with ways to customize content for targeted customers. However, it left some wondering where to draw the line between maximizing social media marketing and protecting customer information.

Fuhu is Nation’s Fastest Growing Private Company

Tablet and children’s app developer Fuhu has topped the Inc. 5000 list, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the country, for the second year in a row.

Snapchat to Add Ads and Content

Snapchat, the app that sends impermanent messages, finally may be on its way to securing permanent dollars by incorporating ads and content, according to reports.

Facebook to Host Small Business Workshop

Facebook is coming to Los Angeles to teach small businesses how to optimize their presence on its social network.

Pre-Accelerator The Music Foundry Launches Amid Industry Skepticism

The Music Foundry, a music technology pre-accelerator, is looking to fill a trial class this fall to address a startup need within the music space. But its bigger task may be fighting an abiding skepticism about music tech investments.

Hovelstay.com Books $1.2 Million Series A

Hovelstay.com, which promises eclectic lodging options at very low prices, has secured $1.2 million in Series A funding.

SpaceX Valued at $10 Billion

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, commonly known as SpaceX, is raising money that would value the company at nearly $10 billion, according to reports.

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Truth Be Told

23-year-old spins tweeted facts into big bucks

UberFacts’ Kris Sanchez has turned his 7 million Twitter followers into a true gold mine.

Company Tries Hand at Longer Touchable Videos

TECHNOLOGY: Approach by Cinematique lets viewers stockpile touted products.

Cinematique hopes to make the scene with interactive videos that tout products.

MiTú Pacts With Televisa

Culver City’s MiTú, a Latino YouTube network, has partnered with Mexican media giant Televisa to create original content for the Web in both Spanish and English.