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Snapchat Targets Sports League Partnerships

Venice’s Snapchat Inc. is planning to include live sports broadcasts in its app, beginning with the NCAA Basketball tournament later this month, according to a report.

MamaBear Acquires KidNotice

Santa Monica’s MamaBear, developer of a secure communication app for families, has acquired Valley Village app maker KidNotice for an undisclosed sum.

Snapchat Chief Courts Saudi Investor

Snapchat Inc.’s quest for more funding took co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel to Saudi Arabia recently.

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L.A. Launch List: March 6

On this week's list: an alcohol delivery app, comic book videos and ad tech.

Demand Media Posts Wider Loss, Names CFO

Struggling Santa Monica Web publisher Demand Media reported revenue of $43 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, beating Wall Street expectations by about $5 million. Income was another matter, as its net loss widened.

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Rocket Lab Closes Series B Round

Rocket Lab USA has closed a Series B round to complete the development of its Electron launch vehicle aimed at delivering small satellites into space.

Evolve Media Acquires Total Beauty

Online publisher Evolve Media has acquired West L.A.’s Total Beauty to boost online beauty content for its women’s lifestyle vertical TotallyHer.

Rootstock Partners, iFinance Merge

Rootstock Partners and iFinance Consulting Group have merged to offer outsourced financial services to early-stage startups. The new entity will be called Full Stack Finance.

Briefs: Wilshire Associates Opens China Office, Aecom CEO Named Chairman, New Boss at Marlborough School

Wilshire Associates Opens Office in China Santa Monica investment firm Wilshire Associates has opened an office in Suzhou, China.

Fuhu and Uber Partner for In-Drive Entertainment

El Segundo tablet-maker Fuhu Inc. announced Thursday it will provide its child-friendly Nabi tablets to certain Uber vehicles in a partnership with the ride-sharing giant.

Freeplay Countersues Machinima and CDS for Copyright Violations

Freeplay Music, a New York firm that manages an online music catalog, has countersued Machinima of West Hollywood and Collective Digital Studios of Beverly Hills, accusing both YouTube networks of multiple copyright infringements.

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Tinder Launches Paid Premium Service

Tinder is hoping its latest move will turn its billions of swipes into cash.

Vantage Media Rebrands to Katch

Ad tech firm Vantage Media has rebranded to Katch to focus on engaging in-market shoppers through its real-time bidding platform.

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L.A. Launch List: Feb. 27

On this week's Launch List: texting for businesses and consumers, a personal concierge service and the Clippers.

Demand Media Sells Pluck

Demand Media has sold social media tool developer Pluck to New York marketing software company Sprinklr.