Last week, they announced the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business for approximately $2.3 billion. And now they’ve just shocked the world by announcing their plans to purchase Motorola Mobility from Google for about $2.91 billion.

Ironically, Nicole does not refer to herself as an innovator. In her eyes, the innovators are the ones who are curing cancer and reducing the world’s impact on the environment. However this self-professed “irresistible force against immovable objects” is a Cannes-Lions Gold Lion award-winning marketer who for 13 years has gotten to play in a sandbox filled with social scientists, technology makers, and a gigantic portfolio of brands and partners.

Why would we want to remove items from the “ok glass” menu? We want users to ‘live’ exclusively in our applications to avoid unwarranted actions such as taking a picture, recording a video, or placing an accidental call. For our company, Pristine, Glass is an enterprise appliance, not a personal device. Glass needs to be completely locked down and Google-free to protect the privacy of patients and respect the policies of the hospitals we serve.

Why do we date? To connect. To go beyond fleeting, ephemeral interactions and sharing of internet cat photos to find support, understanding, romance, etc. But what happens when we go beyond preferences to conditional? It’s an intriguing question – just what LA-based CupidRadar is hoping to answer. They operate under the premise of the chance encounter – the one run-in that could yield a deep, meaningful, long term connection.

Online video is still growing. YouTube’s stats are larger than ever, Vine is reaching critical mass with its first TMZ controversy, and all the live streaming services are pivoting toward profitability. Altogether business is booming, but creativity is still up-and-coming with very few YouTubers making a successful transition to television.

Tonight bitcoin evangelist Brock Pierce is introducing Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker to the Los Angeles tech community during a fundraiser at the prestigious 41 Ocean Club in Santa Monica.

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. Unlike oil, it will always be around. At this year’s CES, Toyota demonstrated just how it plans to harness hydrogen power in its future cars.

Overall, great news for our fair city with a 25% increase in funds raised in 2013 over the year before. This last year, we saw a record high of over $1 billion raised with 200 launches and 25 successful exits which yielded $1.11 billion.
These figures, among others, indicate LA’s digital startups aren’t simply keeping pace with past years, but exceeding them.

The United States is the economic powerhouse that it is because of a culture of innovation, entrepreneurs, and the “can do” attitude that makes it so distinct. While we entertain startup strategies such as being lean or agile, it’s impossible to ignore that, for example, LA has a culture of entertainment, Nashville that of music, New York, a culture of finance and fashion, and Silicon Valley, indeed, a culture of disruptive innovation.

Usually, home appliances at a tech event as large as CES would be put into a corner, but not at Samsung. A huge portion was devoted to their new home appliance section. “Heck, Samsung even put a washer and a dryer as one of their main centerpieces on the floor!”