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L.A. Tests Bluetooth-Enabled Parking Signs

To tackle public confusion around street parking restrictions, the City of Los Angeles announced Friday it will attach electronic beacons to 100 new parking signs as part of an experiment. The city envisions using the Bluetooth-equipped beacons to communicate parking restriction information to yet-to-be-developed apps for mobile phones and connected cars.

L.A. Launch List: April 3

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

Chicago’s Avant to Build R&D Team in Playa Vista

Fast growing online consumer lending company Avant of Chicago, fresh off the acquisition of online personal debt management company ReadyForZero, said it would be expanding its Los Angeles presence, making the region a hub for development of new products.

MarketShare Purchases San Francisco Rival

Westwood’s MarketShare has purchased fellow marketing attribution company DataSong of San Francisco for an undisclosed amount. With the purchase, MarketShare will integrate DataSong’s software into its own, expand its employee count by 50 and grow its number of retail customers.

Rubicon Will Buy Chango to Go After ‘Intent Marketing’ Dollars

The Rubicon Project, an automated online advertising platform, announced an agreement Tuesday to buy online intent marketing business Chango for $122 million mostly in stock.

Two LA Venture Capitalists Help Launch Think Tank

Los Angeles venture capitalists Dana Settle, co-founder of Greycroft Partners, and Joseph Sanberg, co-founder of Aspiration.com and Pt Capital, are helping to launch a public policy and advocacy think tank named the Economic Innovation Group.

Tetra Tech Lands $1 Billion Water Contract

Tetra Tech Inc. in Pasadena has won a federal government contract that could potentially bring it up to $1 billion in international water-management projects.

New Music Service Focuses on Social Media

A Los Angeles startup called urRadio is aiming to bridge the gap between social media platforms and streaming music services.

L.A. Launch List: March 27

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

Santa Monica Startups Land Major Financing

Two Santa Monica tech companies announced today that they’ve secured eight-figure capital raises from leading venture capital firms.

Pasadena Firm Launches New Influencer Marketing Platform

Pasadena advertising firm Ayzenberg Group has boosted its digital offerings with a new platform that connects digital marketers and brands with social media celebrities known as influencers.

Pot Delivery Firm Crowdfunds for Legal Defense

Hollywood startup Nestdrop has launched a fundraising campaign. But unlike most fledgling technology firms, the app-based provider of alcohol and medical marijuana delivery services isn’t trying to fund a new project or expansion plans: It’s soliciting cash to pay its legal fees.

ParkMe Expands to Venice and Hollywood

Santa Monica’s ParkMe, which provides real-time parking information through its app, has expanded its service to Venice and Hollywood.

OpenX Upgrades Ad Fraud Detection Capabilities

OpenX, a Pasadena automated online ad exchange, has launched a new platform designed to improve the quality of its inventory and help eliminate ad fraud.

Sidecar Brings Delivery Service to L.A.

San Francisco ride-sharing company Sidecar is bringing its business delivery service to Los Angeles.