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.
Fullscreen Inc., the Culver City-based YouTube multi-channel network, announced two senior hires Wednesday.
AwesomenessTV, which serves teenage audiences, announced Tuesday it hired TJ Marchetti as chief marketing officer.
Santa Monica’s Demand Media Inc. announced Tuesday the expansion of its Content Solutions service to include graphic design and original photography services.
Israeli software company Perion is in talks to acquire West L.A.’s AirPush, according to a report published Tuesday on TechCrunch. The deal is said to be valued at $170 million.
Santa Monica video streaming platform Hulu continues to add experienced executives to the company, naming Tim Connolly as its new head of distribution.
Hollywood software company Mandalay Digital Group announced Monday it had partnered with nine new ad networks and direct advertisers.
Blow adapts liquid vapor technology to create e-hookah.
SMOKING: E-cig maker Blow doubles down on vapor business with its e-hookah built for two.
HOSPITALITY: Project by Sonnenblick would be first built in city in six years.
HOSPITALITY: Sonnenblick Development hopes to check into Beverly Hills to build the city’s first new hotel in six years.
Santa Monica’s Bitium announced Friday it had raised $6.5 million in a series A round. The company, which develops products to help companies manage passwords for employees to access various apps, has raised nearly $9 million to date.
Web content publisher Demand Media on Tuesdays reported fourth quarter earnings that were in line with analysts’ expectations.
San Francisco’s Dolby Laboratories signed an agreement Monday to acquire Burbank’s Doremi Labs for $92.5 million in cash with an additional $20 million in contingent considerations that may be earned over the next four years.
Telecommunications company Phone Power announced Monday it had rebranded itself as BroadVoice.
INTERNET: Snapchat lands another high-quality hire with ex-Google engineer.
Former Google engineer is the latest high-quality exec to click with messaging platform Snapchat.
FOOD: Dolores’ plans to develop Roscoe’s chicken have yet to take wing.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles is open almost around the clock: 8 a.m. until midnight on weekdays and until 4 a.m. on weekends.
Picture messaging service Snapchat said Tuesday it had hired Peter Magnusson as senior vice president of engineering.
Los Angeles e-commerce company Shopzilla Inc. announced Wednesday it had acquired Ventura automated media buying firm Connexity.
Tian Lim has been named chief technology officer at Santa Monica video streaming service Hulu, the company announced Tuesday.
Several Los Angeles multi-channel networks are joining the Global Online Video Association, a newly formed nonprofit trade group that aims bring more advertisers to online video.
hospitality: Three new boutique hotels look to tap neighborhood’s nightlife.
HOSPITALITY: Booming nightlife has spurred boutique hotel developers to check into Koreatown.
DINING: L.A. Underground Market lets cooks test dishes at invite-only event.
DINING: L.A. Underground Market event throws a lot of cooks into the mix when they come to test dishes.
When concrete pourers start rolling into downtown L.A. Saturday to participate in the record-setting 21,200 cubic yard concrete pour at the Wilshire Grand construction site, an app will be used to make things run smoothly.
Culver City’s Jukin Media on Friday named Lee Essner as president and chief operating officer and Jeff Levin as director of talent.
Venice e-commerce and social media company Tapiture announced Wednesday it completed a $2.25 million seed round led by West Los Angeles capital venture firm Jump Investors.
Virtual Piggy Inc. on Wednesday announced a deal with Discover Network enabling transactions at its teen-friendly Oink payment system to take place over the the credit card company's network.
Santa Monica’s Laffster Inc., which connects comedians and entertainers with fans through live streaming events, changed its name Tuesday to Cogo as part of a rebranding effort.
Los Angeles tech companies took home several Crunchies Monday night as part of website TechCrunch’s annual award show in San Francisco.
Rene Kaerskov is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will soon clear Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to take tourists to space.
Trashy Gourmet hopes sandwiches made with doughnuts hold up.
DINING: Trashy Gourmet takes sandwiches in a hole new direction by replacing bread with doughnuts.
Flipagram, a popular mobile app that creates video slideshows from multiple photos, is looking to raise $50 million to $60 million in its funding round, valuing the company at $300 million, according to TechCrunch.
Venice crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder announced Thursday it raised $1 million in its most recent round of seed financing.
Hotels pump up Valentine prices as economy revives
Hospitality: Heartened by a rebounding economy, hotels push pricey Valentine’s Day packages.
El Segundo toy manufacturer Mattel Inc. reported higher fourth quarter net income for the period ended Dec. 31 despite a decrease in sales.
Restaurateur’s latest concept brings chocolate to table as ingredient.
Dining: Umami’s Adam Fleischman braves new take on chicken: chocolate flavoring. 3
Dining: Patina chooses Tokyo for the company’s first overseas outpost.
Dining: Patina Restaurant Group serves up its first overseas location in Tokyo after a special order from its largest shareholder.
West Hollywood firm introduces dispenser that’s really cookin’.
Food: West Hollywood’s Box Brands makes the Burrito Box, an automated food kiosk that cooks $3 dollar burritos in under a minute. CEO Denis Koci says burritos are “sexy.”
Unusual L.A. incubator hatches restaurants
Pizza maker Paul Hibler is launching the first venture out of an unusual restaurant incubator that he modeled on those of the tech world.
Muffi Ghadiali, one of the founding members of Santa Monica video game console maker Ouya Inc. has left the company, according to website TechCrunch.
In his keynote address to the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo on Saturday, developer Rick Caruso said the traditional American mall will soon disappear.
Retail: Niche-focused online furniture dealers work to click with Internet-cautious manufacturers.
Retail: Furniture dealers aim to cultivate online business while not driving off brick-and-mortar-focused manufacturers.
Hospitality ExecuStay acquisition opened door for Oakwood Worldwide.
Hospitality – Extended-stay pioneer Oakwood Worldwide sees its move into franchising as permanent.
Education: Mathnasium sees gap in students’ skills as plus for business.
Education – Mathnasium multiplies locations as college-hopeful students are increasingly put to the test.
Dining – John Tu feeds Chinese investors’ immigration hopes by helping them set up Italian eateries.
Jewish stores give way to burger places, hip-hop shops
Retail: Burger and streetwear shops in the Fairfax district have pulled up rents and pushed out some of the area’s Jewish merchants
Expansion: Seaside Luxe to add four resort shops before close of December.
Seaside Luxe, an operator of resort boutiques, is wrapping up the year with a rush of openings.
Retail: John Dawson to take CEO position at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Retail: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf serves up doughnut veteran John Dawson as its new chief executive.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has named John Dawson president and chief executive, replacing Mel Elias, who served in those roles for five years.
Internet: Report of TrueCar retaining pair of investment banks fuels talk.
TrueCar is subject of speculation that it may go public.
Lola Getts puts twist on Lululemon pants flap by touting plus-size wear
Lululemon’s CEO recently dissed wearers of plus-sized yoga pants, but Lola Getts rolls out the welcome mat for them.
Retail: Disney Store to seek ‘Magical’ returns with week of seasonal sales.
Retail: Disney Store chain looks to light up registers with a weeklong “Black Friday” run