On Monday J2 announced that Ziff Davis has acquired IGN Entertainment, a source for video game news and reviews, from News Corp. for an undisclosed price.
The TED Conference announced Monday that it is moving from Long Beach to Vancouver next year.
Ellie, the latest e-commerce company to come out of Mike Jones’ incubator Science Inc., has created a hybrid subscription service for women who want to buy high-end workout clothing without the high-end prices.
Demo-day season in Los Angeles continued Wednesday with the unveiling of the latest companies from Westwood accelerator Start Engine.
Glow Digital Media, a London ad tech company, announced Thursday that it is opening its U.S. headquarters in Pasadena.
Since launching publicly last spring, Social Annex says it now reaches more than 500 million consumers and drives more than $10 million in new revenue for its clients each month.
As Rubicon Project looks to add more than 100 new employees this year and expand its business through mergers and acquisitions, the company has added two new executives with longtime technology experience.
After the five-week Coding for GOOD contest, GOOD named its winner Monday afternoon. Brian Bonus, a Los Angeles television editor, has been offered a full time engineering position with the company.
The Los Angeles tech community is mourning the loss of entrepreneur Jody Sherman. Sherman, the founder and chief executive of Ecomom, a site for selling healthy children’s products, passed away Monday, according to a Facebook post from his wife Kerri. She gave no cause of death.
Los Angeles is known for its ecommerce and content companies, but the city’s consumer electronics industry just got a little bigger. Playa Vista consumer electronics manufacturer Belkin International Inc. announced late Thursday that it has acquired Linksys, the home networking unit of Cisco Systems Inc.
Chris Kantrowitz cleared out his bank account in 2010 and went into business with his sister, Kristen, to develop Gobbler, a software platform for storing and sharing music files through the cloud. The product has become so popular with musicians that Gobbler announced Thursday a $1.5 million funding round led by One Republic singer and songwriter Ryan Tedder, musician and actor Jared Leto and music manager Troy Carter.
Bidding for the assets of bankrupt video game publisher THQ ended Wednesday and resulted in a piecemeal sale of the company’s main titles and studios.
A Santa Monica music company is hoping that an expansion into music technology hits the right note with customers. Extreme Music, which has a library of original music that it licenses for films, television shows, commercials and video games, announced Wednesday the launch of its music editing tool, called Customix.
Video game titles and development studios from bankrupt publisher THQ could have a new home by the end of the day Tuesday after the auction of the company’s assets.
Hollywood has been buzzing about web video as companies move into town to produce shows specifically for YouTube. Now Buzzmedia, a Hollywood blog network focused on celebrity and music news, is swarming into the space as well.
Eric Lidow, the co-founder and former chairman of El Segundo semiconductor manufacturer International Rectifier died Friday, according to the company. He was 100.
INTERNET: Investors fill ChowNow’s plate with $3 million in funding.
ChowNow gets funding and seeks to get restaurants to add its online ordering system to the menu.
When Adam Goldenberg co-founded subscription ecommerce site JustFab, he admittedly didn’t have much fashion experience. But with the El Segundo retailer’s latest acquisition, Goldenberg is working in his wheelhouse. Goldenberg, a father of two, announced Friday that JustFab has acquired children’s ecommerce service FabKids for an undisclosed price.
As more people turn to mobile phones and tablets to access the Internet, advertising is making the move to mobile. So Pasadena ad exchange OpenX has raised $22.5 million in an effort to expand its mobile advertising offerings.
It was graduation day Wednesday for the second startup class from Santa Monica accelerator MuckerLab. A group of 10 startups presented at MuckerLab’s demo day, hoping to attract the eye of investors and other industry insiders.
Competition in the food ordering and delivery space is heating up. ChowNow, a Santa Monica startup that creates online and mobile ordering platforms for restaurants, announced Wednesday that is has raised $3 million in funding led by local venture capital firm GRP Partners.
Siemer Ventures, the venture capital arm of Siemer & Associates, has announced that it grew its portfolio by 24 companies last year.
Could Disney character Captain Jack Sparrow beat Pixar character Buzz Lightyear in a sword fight? Fans of the Disney and Pixar movies could soon find out by playing on Disney Interactive’s newest game platform, Infinity.
Longtime L.A. tech executive Ross Levinsohn has been named chief executive of Guggenheim Digital Media, the new parent company of the Hollywood Reporter.
Rob Salvatore and his business partners were running their own production company in the mid-2000s when they realized that there had to be an easier way to get projects produced and distributed.
When Start Engine went looking for a second L.A. location, it only had to go 11 miles down Wilshire Boulevard.
Not even age could slow down Gene LeBell’s adrenaline-fueled career.
Los Angeles has become a hotbed for music startups in recent months, and now another company is making its debut. Score Revolution launched Friday as an online catalogue for licensing original film scores.
The Consumer Electronics Show wraps up its week-long festivities Friday in Los Vegas. For those who weren’t able to wander the showroom floor to check out the cutting-edge technology, the odd inventions and the booth babes, here’s a rundown of some L.A. companies that made an appearance.
Venice mobile marketing startup inMarket has caught the attention of candy and snack food giant Mondelez International.
Three-D television hasn’t exactly taken off with consumers, but a Westchester company is ready if it does. DDD USA Inc. – which develops technology to automatically convert 2-D photos, videos and video games into 3-D – has launched a subscription service for consumers who want to watch 3-D shows on their TVs.
ShoeDazzle is adding an extra dose of reality star power to its executive lineup. The Santa Monica online retailer announced Wednesday that it has appointed celebrity stylist and reality TV star Rachel Zoe as its chief stylist.
Two L.A. telecom startups have joined forces to take on Internet and cell phone service providers.
CallFire, a Santa Monica telecom startup, announced Monday that it saw revenue growth in 2012 driven by two big events in 2012, Hurricane Sandy and the national election.
Demand Media is preparing for the surge in new domain names that will become available later this year with its acquisition of domain registrar Name.com.
INTERNET: Tinder links to users’ Facebook pages to weed out phony profiles.
Tinder hopes to make a move on the Internet dating market with a mobile app linked to Facebook accounts.
YouTube channel Machinima cuts staff as it shifts focus away from original content.
Couple brings bayou taste of La. to L.A. with crawfish chain.
Hot N’ Juicy Crawfish co-owners look to get Angelenos to shell out for a taste of Louisiana crustaceans.
Agoura Hills video game publisher THQ Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday as part of an acquisition.
Electric car maker Coda Automotive has laid off about 50 employees.
SEMICONDUCTORS: Shares of Camarillo firm rise on increased revenue.
Healthy third quarter revenue powers up shares of chip maker Semtech.
INVESTMENT: Lack of series A money may pinch growth plans.
Later-stage tech firms have rooting interest in finding financial support beyond seed funding.
INTERNET: Swagbucks extends reward system to e-commerce partners.
Rewards-for-surfing website Swagbucks looks to catch rising tide of online shoppers.
MiniTime lets parents plan getaways based on age of children.
Co-founders of dating site now make time with family vacation-planning business.
INTERNET: Chromatik took cues from high schoolers in test of musicians’ app.
Chromatik turned to high schoolers for help grading the performance of its musical app.
ENTERTAINMENT: New ‘Call of Duty’ rings up $500 million for Activision.
Activision remains a video game industry hotshot as it scores again with this year’s “Call of Duty” release.
The Los Angeles Business Journal’s index of largest public companies closed down for the week amid broader market fears about potential tax increases and budget cuts that would send the country over the “fiscal cliff.”
City National Corp. announced Thursday that its directors have declared a special common stock cash dividend for the fourth quarter.
Shares of teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. rose nearly 6 percent Thursday after the company reported a spike in net income for the third quarter.
Despite concerns about the overall health of the economy, small business owners are optimistic about the growth of their companies, according to a report released Thursday from Bank of America.