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LA Schools Make Vaccines Mandatory for Some Students

Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District — the second largest in the nation — agreed to require students 12 or older to be vaccinated by January 10. To mitigate contagion at its schools, the LAUSD has so far used a Microsoft app to allow students show proof of a negative COVID test. The new measure will certainly make more use of the Daily Pass app.

🚀 One VC firm's bet on Rocket Lab seems to be paying off. Its stock in the space startup was worth $1.67 billion as of Tuesday.

⬆️ StarNews Mobile, a Santa Monica-based mobile video platform, has named Zaré Baghdasarian as its new COO.

🖥 Remote workers may soon be able to hop on Zoom via Amazon's smart TVs.

📚 Amazon says it is investing $1.2 billion to pay full college tuition for employees.

🦊 You can now get a Doge-branded chicken sandwich at a restaurant in Los Angeles.

🚝 California's high-speed rail connecting L.A. to San Francisco is facing even more delays due to funding hold-ups.

🦠 A Nature magazine poll found that 98% of scientists now believe COVID is here to stay.

How Soon Must Students Be Vaccinated?

Under LAUSD's mandate, students who participate in in-person extracurricular activities must receive their shots within a month and their second dose by Oct. 31. The rest of vaccine-eligible students must receive their first dose by Nov. 21 and their second by Dec. 19, the Sunday after the fall semester ends. Students who turn 12 must get their first dose by 30 days after their birthday and their second by eight weeks after.

Energy Vault Inks a $1.6 Billion Deal, Plans To Go Public

Energy Vault, a startup that uses gravity and composite blocks heavier than a school bus to store renewable energy, plans to go public in a $1.6 billion merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

InBrace is Cashing In on 'The Zoom Effect'

Teeth aligners and braces have gained popularity in the Zoom era. John Pham's orthodontics startup, InBrace, is positioning itself to compete with Align Technology and Smile Direct Club.

Influencer Piper Rockelle Launches an App for Creators

Piper Rockelle — the 14-year-old social media influencer who's drawn controversy over her posts — has launched a new app for creators to promote and monetize exclusive content via the Koji platform.

Magnify Ventures' Julie Wroblewski on Transformational Tech for Families

On this week's episode of LA Venture, guest Julie Wroblewski talks about starting Magnify Ventures to help the modern family transform their life and work.

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