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Richard Branson Halts Saudi Investment in Mojave Companies

Sir Richard Branson has suspended discussions with Saudi Arabia on that country’s investment in Virgin Galactic over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Capstone, Argonne National Lab to Develop ‘Thermal Battery’ Technology

Capstone Turbine Corp. and Argonne National Laboratory have received funding from the Department of Energy to adapt the lab’s thermal energy storage system for use in manufacturing applications, the company announced Thursday.

BlackLine Enters Japan Via Joint Venture

Accounting software developer BlackLine Inc. has created a joint venture to sells its accounting and financial software in Japan.

Woodland Hills Public Relations Agency JMPR Acquired

JMPR, the Woodland Hills-based public relations agency that specializes in high-end automotive and luxury brands, has been acquired by imre, an integrated marketing agency in Baltimore.

Dallas Flights to Hollywood Burbank Airport

American Airlines is bringing back daily service between Hollywood Burbank Airport and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport starting in the spring.

Burbank's BluFocus Acquires Quality Control Firm

Entertainment industry electronic file quality control firm BluFocus has acquired Master QC Group LLC as a move to upgrade its service infrastructure.

Semtech Adds Expertise to Board

Semtech Corp. has expanded its board to 10 people and appointed two directors to fill the new seats, the company announced Monday.

AeroVironment Rises on Drone Insurance Deal

Shares of AeroVironment Inc. rose 14 percent after the company announced a partnership to offer insurance for its Quantix drone.

DataDirect Buys Cloud Provider

DataDirect Networks is expected to close in the next few days its acquisition of Tintri Inc., a deal that will boost the company’s product portfolio.

GeoLinks Lands Big Grant From FCC

GeoLinks has been awarded $87.8 million from the Federal Communications Commission to bring broadband service to rural areas in California and Nevada.

Home Improvement Platform Serviz Acquired

Serviz, an on-demand provider of home repair services, has been acquired by competitor Porch, the companies announced.

Valley Testing Service Moves to Orange County

Engineering and testing company National Technical Systems Inc. is relocating all its corporate functions to a new facility in Anaheim, vacating its office in the west San Fernando Valley.

Calabasas Software Firm Acquired

Private equity firm Providence Strategic Growth has acquired a majority stake of ExakTime Inc., an employee attendance tracking software maker for the construction industry.

Amazon to Partner with Valley Colleges

Four community colleges in the San Fernando Valley will offer a cloud computing certificate program through a partnership with Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Web Services.

InVia Robotics Secures $20 Million in Expansion Capital

InVia Robotics announced on Thursday it received $20 million in a Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to about $29 million.

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