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Global Eagle’s Wi-Fi Can Now be Built into Boeing 737s

When airlines purchase Boeing 737 airplanes, the most popular jetliner in the world in terms of orders, they will now have the option to include Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s pre-installed satellite system.

Mandalay Leaves California

Mandalay Digital Inc.’s stock began trading under the ticker symbol “APPS” on Tuesday as the company settled into its new headquarters in Texas.

Snapchat’s Money VP Leaves

Mike Randall, the Venice app’s vice president of business and marketing partnerships, has left the company after just seven months.

Google Said Investing in SpaceX’s Satellite Internet

SpaceX is in talks to receive an investment from Google that would finance an ambitious plan to provide high-speed Internet access through hundreds of satellites.

VXI Global Solutions Acquires Symbio

VXI Global Solutions, a downtown L.A. business processes and information technology services company, has acquired software product developer Symbio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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L.A. Launch List: Jan. 16

On this week's Launch List: "Tinder for Seniors," a wearable-integrated iBeacon and an online wholesale clothing marketplace.

Maker Studios to Produce for Vimeo, Too

The partnership with the online video platform is not intended to move the Culver City network off YouTube, according to a source, who said the deal is an “experiment” and that the Vimeo competitor will still be Maker’s primary partner.

Sense360 Turns Out $2.75 Million Investment

Whether you like it or not, your smartphone is keeping tabs on you. And Sense360 wants to give developers a sneak peek at your data diary.

Whisper Editor Says Goodbye

Neetzan Zimmerman is no longer with Whisper, the company confirmed Wednesday.

Honest Co. Asks Judge to Settle Slippery Trademark Dispute

Jessica Alba’s non-toxic beauty company is defending its $1 billion “Honest” name.

Poll: Have you purchased any “Internet of Things” products to control home functions through an app?

Every week the Los Angeles Business Journal asks readers their views on a variety of business and economic issues. A running tally is available on the site and later will be published in the Commentary section of our print edition. Our latest poll is available on the bottom right column of our home page.

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Soylent Sees Green with $20 Million Raise

Soylent, the producer of an engineered meal substitute, has raised $20 million in Series A funding to expand operations and scale production.

J2 Global’s Carbonite Bid Rejected, Separately Announces Exec Death

J2 Global’s $415 million bid to acquire Boston cloud storage firm Carbonite at $15 a share has been rejected, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tinder Buys Tappy Creators

The dating app has acquired West Hollywood startup Chill, the maker of Snapchat-like mobile messaging app Tappy, in a deal that could potentially build out Tinder’s photo posting feature Moments.

TapZen and Magic Pixel Acquired by Kabam

Mobile gaming startups TapZen and Magic Pixel have been acquired by San Francisco studio Kabam in separate cash-and-stock deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.