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"We ended up talking for hours while I was in the hot tub about promos, rates and numbers."

Ozzy Marriott, a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School helped start Promotely, an influencer ad platform. Senior Contributor JP Mangalindan reports on how the app and those like it are shaping the influencer economy.

All Apple stores in U.S. open for business for first time since start of the pandemic.

Right-leaning Gab social site gets hacked.

California Film Commission allocates $87M to projects in state.

Boingo Wireless acquired for $854M.

Twitter tackles COVID-19 vaccine misinformation with labels, strike policy.

Amazon sued for alleged race, gender bias in corporate hires.

Irvine TV maker Vizio files again for IPO after 2015 try.

Seth Rogen is the latest celebrity to launch new cannabis brand.

YouTube's TikTok clone "Shorts" is now live.

Esports betting app Rivalry raises $20M.

Some trans TikTok creators argue the app is becoming home to harassment.

Lime will spend $50M on a huge e-bike expansion.

What Surprised Disney's CEO about Disney Plus' 95M Subscribers

Disney smashed their own streaming service predictions with over 95 million subscribers and counting to Disney Plus. Nearly half don't have kids. Read more>>

How Young Influencers Are Racking Up Deals on this App

More than 10,000 influencers use Promotely, a Santa Monica-based online marketplace for influencers in part created by a high school senior. It is on track to log eight-figure revenues this year. Read more>>

Rocket Lab Inks $4.1B SPAC Deal 

The move could position Rocket Lab, which hopes to eventually send people into orbit, as a larger player in space travel. Read more>>

Hundreds of Corporate Board Positions Are Open for Women

There are over 600 public companies in California that will need to fill a total of about 600 board seats with women in the next year to be in compliance with state law. Read more>>

The influential Montgomery Summit, which since 2004 has been held every year at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, will go largely behind paywalls next week because of the coronavirus. We look at some of the major themes up for discussion. Read more >>

Startup Pitch Showcase: Female Founders

Our next startup pitch showcase on Thursday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PT will celebrate female founders. We're looking for female-founded SoCal startups in any sector. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Two angel investors will be judging the showcase hosted by dot.LA's Chief Correspondent & Host and Head of Video Kelly O'Grady.

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