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Second in from left: HCT Leadership Award Recipient Espree Devora, Founder We Are LA TECH along with HCTLA team members.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Heart Centered Technology Launches Awards Ceremony, New Website

Posted Feb. 24, 2015, 9:47 am

Heart Centered Technology (HCT) celebrated its first awards ceremony and new website launch in January. HCT recognizes people and organizations who lead from the heart, putting community before profits and acknowledges these leaders with its Heart Centered Tech Leadership Awards.

The City of Santa Monica’s GO App can be used to report any issue: potholes that need filling, trees that need maintenance, and graffiti that needs removing.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

Santa Monica’s GO App Keeping The City In Touch

Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 8:59 am

Determined to keep up with an increase in community requests, Santa Monica’s resident-responsive GO App has been put to the test recently with new figures revealing that closure rates are continually outperform projections.

ROC Santa Monica offers collaborative workspace for startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

ROC Santa Monica To Help Incubate, Accelerate Bioscience Startups

Posted Feb. 19, 2015, 8:20 am

ROC (Real Office Centers) Santa Monica announced on Wednesday that it is dedicating a portion of the top floor of its 44,602 sq. ft. Santa Monica location at 604 Arizona to incubating and accelerating bioscience startups.

Santa Monica is a growing home to startups.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Set To Overtake San Francisco As Best Place To Launch Startup

Posted Feb. 10, 2015, 9:39 am

Santa Monica, dubbed the Silicon beach, was ranked third best place to start a startup in 2013 (behind San Francisco and Tel Aviv) and is poised to snatch the top spot this year.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Technology, Government, Obama

Doubling H1-B Visas Via An End Run

Posted Feb. 8, 2015, 8:22 am

Green cards for spouses – that’s the latest quiet Obama Administration move to please and appease the high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere who constantly clamor for more H1-B visas to bring in cheap, skilled foreign labor.

Particle accelerator.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Silicon Cells To Silicon Beach: The Solar Revolution

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:09 am

A Santa Monica group of solar energy entrepreneurial scientists is on the verge of changing solar power production on a global scale.

Tech company Yahoo! Inc. will move from Santa Monica to the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles this fall.

News, Business, Technology

Yahoo! Inc. To Leave Santa Monica This Fall

Posted Jan. 15, 2015, 2:51 pm

Tech company Yahoo! Inc. will move from Santa Monica to the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles this fall, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today.

Latest city of Los Angeles news.

News, Los Angeles, Health, Courts, Technology

Judge Orders Halt On Operation Of L.A. Medical Marijuana Delivery App

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:12 am

A smartphone-based service that arranges deliveries of medical marijuana was ordered by a judge on Tuesday to stop the practice in Los Angeles, with attorneys for the city arguing it violated the provisions of a voter-approved measure limiting medical pot dispensaries.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Tech Award Nomination Deadline Extended To Jan. 2

Posted Dec. 20, 2014, 9:22 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has extended the nomination deadline for its first-ever Tech Startup Award to Friday, Jan. 2. This award will honor one Santa Monica-based technology company that is innovative, inspiring, and has a viable plan for growth. All tech startups in the city are welcome to apply.

News, Technology, Culver City, Sony

Sony Executives Assure Company Will Survive Following Cyberattack

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:18 am

Still reeling from a cyberattack that crippled the studio three weeks ago, top executives from Sony Pictures Entertainment have assured employees that the company would survive, it was reported today.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Technology, Government

Finally, Right-Sized Solar Getting A Push

Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:02 am

When ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made their way onto a hot and sunny alkali flat just west of the Interstate 15 freeway between Barstow and Las Vegas in late 2010, they were opening an era of giantism in solar electricity.

News, Transportation, Technology

L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey Files Civil Compliant Against Uber

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 9:34 am

Los Angeles County's top prosecutor on Tuesday announced a lawsuit against Uber, alleging the ride-sharing company made false or misleading statements about the quality of background checks it does on its drivers and does not have them get authorization required to work at airports.

News, Los Angeles, Television, Technology

DIRECTV Launches New Seven-Ton Satellite Into Earth Orbit

Posted Dec. 7, 2014, 9:48 am

The nation's largest satellite TV provider, based in Southern California, said it successfully launched a new seven-ton satellite into earth orbit Saturday.

News, Technology, Science, Ocean

NASA Space Capsule Lands In Pacific Ocean, 600 Miles Southwest Of San Diego

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 8:47 am

Cheers rang out Friday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena when a space capsule on which JPL personnel have been working for a decade successfully landed in the Pacific Ocean.

News, Technology, Playa Vista

Google Acquires 12 Acres In Playa Vista That's Zoned For Commercial Space

Posted Dec. 3, 2014, 9:31 am

Google Inc. was reported today to be making a bold move to expand in Southern California, having spent nearly $120 million on 12 vacant acres next to a historic hangar where aviator Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane in a Playa Vista neighborhood near Marina del Rey.

News, Ucla, Technology, Westwood

UCLA Invents Surface Texture Impervious To All Liquids

Posted Nov. 30, 2014, 9:25 am

A surface texture that is impervious to all liquids, no matter what the surface is made of, has been invented at UCLA, the school announced this week.

News, Los Angeles, Transportation, Technology

30 Vehicles To Make World Debut As 10-Day Los Angeles Auto Show Opens Today

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:01 am

The Los Angeles Auto Show begins its 10-day run at the Los Angeles Convention Center today, offering a mix of luxury and practicality among the record 30 vehicles making their world debuts.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

City Of Santa Monica Named A 2014 Digital Cities Winner

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:42 am

The City of Santa Monica is one of the top ranked digital cities according to the 2014 Digital Cities Survey conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government.

News, Los Angeles, Transportation, Santa Monica, Technology

Los Angeles City Council Set To Follow Santa Monica In Banning MonkeyParking App

Posted Nov. 12, 2014, 8:05 am

A Los Angeles City Council panel is expected today to take up a proposed ban on smart phone applications, such as MonkeyParking, that allow users to auction off parking spots.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

City Of Santa Monica Launches Open Data Initiative

Posted Nov. 6, 2014, 8:31 am

The City of Santa Monica’s open data initiative has launched online, accessed via This Open Data Portal publishes datasets collected and maintained by the City.

SideChef makes cooking easy by providing photos and instructions for every step of a recipe.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, Non Profits

SideChef HQ In Santa Monica To Bake Halloween Treats For OPCC Clients

Posted Oct. 23, 2014, 9:13 am

SideChef, the step-by-step cooking app that rocketed into the iTunes Top 10 list of Food & Drinks apps during its iPhone launch, is baking Halloween treats at their Santa Monica headquarters as part of a Halloween Bake-Off on October 27 to give to the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC).

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Joins Next Century Cities As Inaugural Partner

Posted Oct. 23, 2014, 9:08 am

The City of Santa Monica has joined the launch of Next Century Cities, a bipartisan, city-to-city initiative dedicated to ensuring the availability of next-generation broadband Internet for all communities.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

NASA MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

Posted Sep. 22, 2014, 5:24 am

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars orbit on Sunday at 7:24 p.m. P.D.T. and will prepare to study the planet's upper atmosphere, according to the Media Relations Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Student Named Winner Of 2014 IP Video Contest

Posted Sep. 21, 2014, 7:01 am

Natalie DiMundo, a Lincoln Middle School student, and Rosalynn Moe, her teacher have won the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation's IP Video Contest.

News, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica’s Fiber Network Now 100 Gigabits Per Second

Posted Sep. 18, 2014, 8:56 am

The City of Santa Monica has upgraded its fiber optic network capacity and speed to 100 Gigabits per Second, continuing to raise the benchmark for municipal broadband networks across the nation.

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