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MANUFACTURING: Mattel pitches pricey device for use at home by children.
Toy giant Mattel makes a play for creative kids with pricey 3-D printers to be used at home.
TECHNOLOGY: Wolfcom says selection process hurt shot at big business boost.
Wolfcom had hoped to nab the LAPD body camera contract for an image and business boost.
RealD Acquires Tessive, L.A., tech executives denounce Donald Trump, Airbnb conviction in Santa Monica, and more.
Virtual Reality Society launched, Fullscreen hires Vevo’s Scott Reich, and online camera rental startup ShareGrid Raises $1 million.
Hyperloop One and its chairman sued by co-founder, Virgin Galactic to restart spaceship testing, Disney Accelerator names 2016 class, and more.
As it does every quarter, J2 Global Inc. gobbled up another slate of companies. The Hollywood-based internet services company acquired six small companies for an undisclosed amount in the second quarter. The acquired firms include email marketing companies SMTP and Publicaster, digital media company GameTrailers, as well as backup storage companies Electronic Vaulting Services, Safebackup, and 24sevenbackup.
FTC Hits Warner Bros. for undisclosed paid promotions, the NFL is hiring a Snapchat editor, J2 Global acquires another six companies, and more.
Burbank-based Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission after reportedly failing to adequately disclose an online marketing campaign for the late-2014 release of role-playing video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the FTC announced Monday.
Surf Air expands routes in Europe, SpaceX signs lease for Orange County office, and Fullscreen offers sample content via AT&T and DirecTV.
FreedomPop, textPlus see low-cost, free services as ways to connect with cellphone customers.
A pair of local firms aim to get a line on cellphone customers with low-cost and free offers.
LICENSING: SGN acquires TinyCo with eye toward Hollywood franchises.
In a move to further consolidate the mobile gaming industry and to obtain lucrative licensing deals for several Hollywood franchises, last week mobile-game maker SGN of Culver City acquired game developer TinyCo of San Francisco for an undisclosed amount.
Snapchat hit with indecency class action, J2 Global may be outbid for Gawker Media, Buzzfeed Motion Pictures show tops iTunes, and more.
OpenMail buys Infospace for $45 million, SGN buys TinyCo, Snapchat’s new feature allows users to store pictures, and more.
Hyperloop touts benefits of proposed Helsinki-Stockholm project, Stamps.com buys ShippingEasy, and more.
Hyperloop One co-founder replaced, Faraday Future signs electric racecar partnership, virtual reality startup Within picks up Disney and Zynga vets, and more.