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Dental Price Comparison Service Expands

The service offers users access to more than 700 Los Angeles-area dentists.

Demand and Electus Digital Form Platform Partnership

Demand Media Inc. on Tuesday said it had formed a partnership with West Hollywood studio Electus.

Disney Reported in Talks to Acquire Maker Studios

Walt Disney Co. is said to be in talks to acquire YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million, a price that could rise to as much as $900 million if certain performance benchmarks are met, according to reports on tech website Re/code and the Financial Times.

Tylt Labs Raises $20 Million Round for Early Stage Investing

Santa Monica venture capital firm Tylt Labs said it had raised a $20 million fund to be deployed in seed and A round investments.

Machinima Closes $18 Million Funding Round

Video game-centric YouTube network Machinima Inc. announced Monday it closed an $18 million financing deal with Burbank’s Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Fuhu, a Tablet Maker, Moves into Content Production

Fuhu Inc., maker of the child-friendly Nabi tablet computer, has expanded into content production.

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Web Inroads

PUBLISHING: Source Interlink aims to rev up online interest and ad revenue for its car enthusiast magazines.

A new CEO looks to steer Source Interlink’s car magazines into a bigger presence on the Web.

Trio Looks to Tap YouTube’s Commercial Appeal

ADVERTISING: Contagious co-founders to make videos sole focus of agency.

Viral video success spurs trio to form Contagious with a complete focus on YouTube.

More Layoffs at Disney Interactive

Continued restructuring in the interactive division of Walt Disney Co. will result in the firing of about a quarter of its workforce, according to media reports on Thursday.

Vobile Acquires Blayze

Century City YouTube analytics company Blayze Inc. has been acquired by Santa Clara’s Vobile, a provider of video identification services to help with content rights management.

Rentech Sells Alternative Energy Business to Chinese

Rentech Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has agreed to sell its alternative energy technologies and equipment to a Chinese company.

CFO Leaves as Ixia Investigation Ends

Ixia said that it had completed an internal investigation of its accounting practices. While the company’s top officers were not found to have engaged in widespread fraud, its chief financial officer has resigned.

Fullscreen Announces Hires

Fullscreen Inc., the Culver City-based YouTube multi-channel network, announced two senior hires Wednesday.

AwesomenessTV Taps Disney Exec as CMO

AwesomenessTV, which serves teenage audiences, announced Tuesday it hired TJ Marchetti as chief marketing officer.

Demand Media Expands Content Solutions

Santa Monica’s Demand Media Inc. announced Tuesday the expansion of its Content Solutions service to include graphic design and original photography services.