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Silicon Beach Deal Flow: Sept. 4

A weekly roundup of must-read L.A. tech investments and acquisitions.

Silicon Beach Launch List: Sept. 4

A weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.

Snapchat Receives 4 Billion Videos Views, Driving Heavy Spending

Snapchat said its users are viewing as many as 4 billion videos a day, a count that is equal to numbers reported by rival Facebook.

Tweet of the Day: Snapchat's Evan Spiegel in Mexican Youth Rally

Snapchat Chief Executive Evan Spiegel takes a selfie in front of 10,000 attendees of Mexico Siglo XXI, a youth rally in Mexico City put on by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's organization Fundación Telmex.

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Intuit Announces Abrupt End to Docstoc

Santa Monica document sharing company Docstoc Inc. will shut down Dec. 1, two years after it was acquired by financial and tax software developer Intuit Inc.

Should Tech Companies Offer Unlimited Vacation?

For all the demands of working at a startup or high-growth technology company it would seem there’s no time for vacation. Yet, paradoxically, many companies offer unlimited time off.

Macro Lands Investment to Pursue Multicultural Content

Charles King’s multicultural-focused content shop Macro has raised a funding round led by Emerson Collective, the investment firm run by Steve Job’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs.

Hulu Launches Ad-Free Plan, Adding Revenue Stream

Hulu has launched an $11.99, advertising-free monthly subscription plan, adding to the number of ways the streaming subscription service makes money from its content and putting it in direct competition with Netflix.

Machinima Settles FTC Deceptive Ad Charge

The Federal Trade Commission last week scheduled a vote to approve a settlement reached with YouTube multichannel network Machinima Inc. that would bring to an end its deceptive advertising charge against the company.

Whisper Hires VP of Sales

After rolling out sponsored posts this spring, anonymous social media network Whisper is ramping up its advertising sales, hiring Shelby Haro as its first vice president of sales.

Mobcrush Lands $11 Million, Months After Seed Round

After bagging a $4.9 million seed round in May, live-streaming mobile video game platform Mobcrush has raised an $11 million Series A.

Vubiquity Acquisition Expands Digital Distribution

Video distribution services company Vubiquity has purchased Juice Worldwide to bolster its online video distribution capabilities.

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Tweet of the Day: Minecraft's Markus Persson

Swedish billionaire and co-founder of video game Minecraft Markus Persson is bored, on a plane and taking joke submissions.

L.A. Tech Event Calendar: Aug. 31 – Sept. 13

Roundup of L.A. tech events in the next two weeks.

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Control Issues

INTERNET: Viral video firm Jukin Media looks to crack down on rival’s website in move to enforce its licenses.

Jukin Media heads to court to become a bigger player in viral video by enforcing its content licenses.