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Two Local Tech, Investment Executives Named In College Fraud Investigation
Two people associated with Southern California's high tech investment and startup industry have been named as part of the far reaching investigation into acollege admissions scandal, which named Hollywood actresses, CEOs, coaches at USC, UCLA, and UCSD, as well as many others. According to a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Doug Hodge of Laguna Beach, who had been listed as a partner at San Francisco-based venture investor Sway Ventures and Stephen Semprevivo, the former genera (More info...)

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Green Dot Powers Mobile Banking For Stash
Monrovia, California-based Green Dot, the prepaid card and mobile banking giant, is powering the new banking offerings for mobile investing and financial app startup Stash. Stash, based in New York, said that it will start offering up mobile-based banking accounts from Green Dot, which includes a debit account, access to Green Dot's network of ATMs, as well as other features. Stash offers up a mobile app which lets users buy stocks starting as little as $5, with an aim of helping users become mo (More info...)

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Zillow Launches Home Buying Service In Inland Empire
Online real estate site Zillow is expanding its home buying service, Zillow Offers, into the Inland Empire this week, saying that it will start providing all-cash offers to people looking to sell their homes, condos, and townhomes in the area, as it expands its service nationwide. The service lets people bypass listing their homes for sale, instead letting homeowners submit their property information to Zillow for a near instant offer on their homes. Zillow then turns around and quickly re-sells (More info...)

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Interview with Bryan Biniak, Connected Travel

Two of the hottest sectors in the market today for investments and startups are in the area of machine learning/big data and advancements in automotive technology. At the intersection of those two is Los Angeles-based Connected Travel (www.connectedtravel.com), the startup which is behind Honda's Drive Drive platform. We caught up with founder and CEO Bryan Biniak to hear more about the company and what Connected Travel is doing.


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Impact Collects $75M In Investment Round
Santa Barbara-based Impact, which develops software used for partnership automation, said this morning that it has raised $75M in an investment round. The funding round was led by Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, and also included Silversmith Capital Partners, an existing investor. Impact is led by CEO David A. Yovanno. According to the company, the funding will go towards accelerating development of its platform, for go-to-market and (More info...)

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Hulu, Spotify Bundle Services For Just $9.99 A Month
Los Angeles-based streaming television provider Hulu, and streaming music provider Spotify have launched a new effort, which bundles both services together for just $9.99 a month, the two announced today. According to the two, it will offer up Hulu with all Spotify Premium accounts, giving access to Spotify's music, podcasts, and Hulu's TV and movies, all in a single bundle. The Hulu service included in the bundle is Hulu's commercially supported service. The two said the new offer will be open (More info...)

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AONdevices Launches AI Systems-on-a-Chip Effort
A new, Irvine-based startup AONdevices--based in the EvoNexus incubator--said this morning that it has launched its company, which is developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems-on-a-chip (SoC) technology to enable embedding of voice control technology in devices like smartphones and wireless headsets. The startup, led by Mouna Elkhatib, said it has developed a neural network technology that can reliably recognize human speech and audio commands in very noisy environments. The startup says i (More info...)

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Chipotle Launches Rewards Program, To Give Up To $250,000 To Venmo Users
Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched a new rewards program today, and says it is giving away up to a quarter million dollars to users of Venmo as part of its launch. Venmo is a peer-to-peer payment system which is particularly popular among millennials and youth, which is owned by Paypal. According to Chipotle, its new rewards program. Chipotle Rewards, plans to give away money to approximately 25,000 people a day who are willing to submit the phone number ass (More info...)

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Soylent Names Innovation VP
Los Angeles-based Soylent Nutrition, which develops drinks, powders, and other nutrition products intended to replace or supplement the need to eat meals, has named Julie Daoust as its new Vice President of Product Development and Innovation, the company said late Monday. Daoust was previously Senior Director of Research and Innovation at Vega, a nutrition brand owned by Danone. Daoust is a recently PhD (2013) in organic chemistry from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and also had w (More info...)

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