News

08/2010 – SocCal tech

Santa Monica-based Total Beauty Media, the online fashion content site run by Emrah Kovacoglu, said this morning that it has acquired LimeLife.com, a female lifestyle and celebrity news site. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. LimeLife was founded by Kristin McDonnell. LimeLife is based in Menlo Park, and had raised somewhere north of $20M in funding from Core Capital, i-Hatch Ventures, Monitor Venture Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, and US Venture Partners. Total Beauty is also a portfolio firm of US Venture Partners, and has also gained funding from Wallington Investors.

08/2010 – TMCnet

Immediately after implementing Leads360′s sales lead management software, Residential Finance Corporation has attained an 80 percent increase on Internet sales and a 100 percent increase within six months after implementation. To tailor its lead distribution functionality based on the skill set of its agents, RFC employed Leads360′s cutting-edge technology. RFC was also recognized in the industry as the Sales Department of the Year, having won the 2009 Stevie Award.

08/2010 – Wall Street Jounal

How does a Depression-era skyscraper go green? For the Empire State Building, which is in the middle of $550 million renovation that includes about $100 million in energy-efficient upgrades, all 6,514 windows must be replaced. And that’s no easy task. As The Journal’s Anton Troianovski reports, the greening of the iconic 79-year-old tower has become a platform for Anthony Malkin, the real-estate scion who runs the building, to criticize as insufficient popular programs for assessing the environmental sustainability of buildings. If the world follows the U.S. lead on energy use, he told the audience at a real-estate panel earlier this summer, “We’re all going to die and we’ll go to war along the way.”

08/2010 – CinemaBlend

If you can’t catch a [bad] romantic comedy this weekend or convince the beau to go shopping for shoes, then you can spend a few hours pouting while planning weddings in Wedding Dash 4-Ever. PlayFirst announced that the latest game in the Dash series has now become available from the local digital distributors.

08/2010 – Real Practice

Santa Ana-based RealPractice said today, along with four other partners, that it has launched a new, bundled solution called LawyerToolbox, which provides a set of tools aimed at legal litigators. According to RealPractice, LawyerToolbox includes its own services, as well as services from such firms as Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Deadlines On Demand, Nationwide Legal, Informative Graphics. The firms said the new, bundled product cost $249, and includes access to an online library of case law, information on court deadlines, court messenger and filing services, and RealPractice’s SmartRules guide for drafting and filing civil litigation documents, among other services. RealPractice, which is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Miramar Venture Partners, is headed by Carey Ransom.

08/2010 – Gamasutra

LOS ANGELES, August 5th, 2010. Gaikai Inc., the innovative cloud-based game streaming service, today announced the appointment of David Reitman as Vice President of Business Development for the company.

08/2010 – Fierce Finance

PlayFirst®, Inc., a leading publisher of emotionally engaging interactive entertainment, revealed today that Diner Dash® 5: BOOM! is the first PC/Mac download game to integrate a viral Facebook® Connect power-up feature. For the first time ever, Diner Dash 5: BOOM!allows players of the download game to gift Flo’s SuperSneakers™ to their friends on Facebook®. The Super Sneakers give recipients a fun and distinct advantage in the fast-paced world of Diner Dash 5: BOOM!, which marks the fifth anniversary of the award-winning, best-selling Diner Dash series.

08/2010 – Real Practice

Irvine-based RealPractice, a developer of software used by law firms to manage their practices, said today that it has raised a new round of funding and appointed a new executive team. The firm said it has raised a new round of funding from its original angel investors, former employees, and Rustic Canyon Partners and Miramar Venture Partners

08/2010 – Grocery Headquarters

Commodity food items have experienced unprecedented price vol a tility in recent years. According to a 2009 survey conducted by GE Capital, commodity pricing is the greatest concern among CFOs of major food companies. Average prices across all commodity categories increased by more than 100% in 2008, with some items experiencing much higher inflation. While environmental factors have raised retail prices for specific products such as tomatoes, produce prices in general have leveled off and even slightly declined for many items in 2009 and the first quarter of 2010. According to the USDA, fresh fruit prices decreased 1.9% in February 2010 compared with the prior year and fresh vegetable prices decreased 1.4% for the same period.

03/2010 – RTT news

(RTTNews) – LoopNet Inc. (LOOP: News) announced that it has completed a strategic investment in AuctionPoint Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. AuctionPoint is a provider of broker-friendly online commercial property auction solutions.