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"What could you experience in VR that you can't in real life? A sense of feeling like you're floating in space, and moving through environments while you're sitting still in reality."

A virtual-reality meditation experience that mimics aspects of psychedelics raised $11 million and is promising to bring more tranquility to those coping with depression and anxiety.

Digital greeting card startup Givingli raises $3 million seed round.

Beachbody goes public in $2.9B deal.

Online activism is spilling into the streets of Southern California.

Inside the shady world of influencers promoting cryptocurrency.

Ex-Zillow CEO and dot.LA co-founder and teen daughter cook up a food-focused social media startup.

Elon Musk counts on 500,000 Starlink users within the next year.

YouTube Music launches 'Artist on the Rise' in new countries.

Senators send letters to Uber and Lyft over face-tracking ad tablets.

The federal government will begin collecting crash data on automated vehicles.

Federal agencies use facial recognition from private companies, but almost nobody is keeping track.

Simulating Psychedelic Euphoria 

TRIPP, a virtual-reality meditation experience that mimics aspects of psychedelics to help people cope with chaos or destruction in their lives, raised $11 million.

TOCA Football Raises $40 Million

Former professional soccer player Eddie Lewis started TOCA Football to help teams improve their game with training, but has big plans to remake the company into a sports entertainment force.

Accelerator and VC Plug and Play Opens in Downtown LA

Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play is moving into downtown L.A. The organization, known for its accelerator programs and status as a VC firm, aims to match local startups up with corporations that can help them develop.

Retina AI Secures Additional $8 Million for Ecommerce Analysis

Santa Monica-based startup Retina, which helps ecommerce retailers identify repeat customers, raised $8 million in Series A funding.

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