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Snap Shares Soar As It Navigates Apple’s Privacy Push
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Santa Monica-based Snap reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, and they told a much different story than the gloomy outlook shared by Meta a day earlier. Whereas Meta blamed Apple for roiling its digital advertising, Snap leaders said they found a way to adjust. In turn, the social media companies’ stock prices have gone in totally different directions.

Here’s what else we’re reading in the news:

- The Biden administration takes a second look at restricting apps like TikTok.

- The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept. is accused of targeting vehicles carrying legal cannabis revenue for stop-and-seizures.

- Vinovest launches a platform for trading 'investment-grade' wines.

- Legendary SoCal band Sublime gets into the cannabis biz.

A Wild Day for Snap 

Snap reported its first-ever profitable quarter, ending a rollercoaster day on Wall Street with its stock price soaring. Its shares surged as high as 61% in after-hours trading, eclipsing $39.

Electreon Wants to Bring Wireless Charging to American Roads

A new entrant in Los Angeles’ crowded electric vehicle space wants to charge the EVs of tomorrow—without a plug. By embedding a system of coiled wires into the pavement, Electreon plans to turn the road itself into a charging station for vehicles. The company has pilot programs in Israel, Sweden, Germany and Italy.

Satellite Imaging Startup ICEYE Raises $136 Million

Satellite radar imaging startup ICEYE set up its U.S headquarters in Irvine last year. On Thursday, the company announced a $136 million raise that will help expand its constellation of space satellites and further develop its technology.

VR Therapy App Tripp Acquires a Meditation Startup

Tripp, the Los Angeles-based virtual reality company simulating psychedelic experiences to alleviate depression and anxiety, has acquired VR meditation community EvolVR.

Derek Jeter, Tiësto Back Spirits Brand AMASS

Arts District-based AMASS Brands uses non-GMO botanical ingredients like ashwagandha and sumac to create seltzers, cocktails, candles, lotions and other body care products. It just raised $15 million from investors including New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and superstar DJ Tiësto.

Text Marketing Startup ‘Frenemies’ Merge

Santa Monica-based Voyage SMS closed a $10 million funding round and snapped up LiveRecover, a company that aims to engage with online shoppers after they abandon their shopping carts.

🎧Rewind: LA Rams’ Kevin Demoff on Communication In Football and Business

As L.A. celebrates the Rams’ spot in Super Bowl LVI, Office Hours host Spencer Rascoff looks back at an episode with Rams COO Kevin Demoff, who at the time was juggling substantial disruptions both on and off the field. Five years later, Demoff’s approach has paid off.

🎧 Listen Up: Acrew’s Richard Wolpert on Entertainment Tech’s Problems 

On this episode of LA Venture, Acrew Capital’s Richard Wolpert discusses the future of the entertainment industry, the metaverse and why he thinks social media needs to be fixed.

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