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SoCal's Car Dealerships' Days May Be Numbered. Welcome to the EV Future.

"You never need to walk into a dealer or showroom."

A statewide push toward electric vehicles is forcing automakers like GM and Volvo to rethink the retail experience. Contributor Zac Estrada tells us why the days of Southern California's gigantic car dealerships may be numbered.

Disney crosses a streaming milestone, aims to open California parks in late April.

UTA adds Geoff Sawyer as video games agent with ear for music.

Twitter is reinventing itself.

Hackers breach thousands of security cameras, exposing Tesla, jails, hospitals.

Sonos is betting big on a post-pandemic future.

Biden taps big tech skeptic Lina Khan for the FTC.

Volatility hits the sizzling SPAC market.

Dispo repeatedly changes privacy policy after location data questions.

Techstars Music announces its 2021 class and a partnership with Quality Control.

BuzzFeed announces deep cuts to HuffPost staff after acquisition.

Electric Vehicles Are Forcing Car Companies to Rethink Retail

Earlier this month, Volvo Cars said all their vehicles will go electric by 2030 and be sold online. Ford announced a similar move last month. Other large companies are following suit. Read more>>

A New App Explores Music's Medicinal Attributes

A former A&R director at South Asian music streaming company Jio Saavn is aiming to use music to bring meditation to the masses with Sona, his new app that launches today. Read more>>

Gamified Education Startup Quizizz Is About to Expand in Santa Monica

The platform lets teachers make gamified quizzes and interactive lessons, spanning subjects from elementary school math to technical education. It plans to use a $12.5 million funding round to boost hiring in the U.S. Read more>>

Timbaland, Swizz Beats' Verzuz Gets Acquired by Triller

After a public spat with Universal Music Group, Triller has bounced back with some serious star power. The short-form social video app's parent company, Triller Network, acquired Verzuz, the online music battle platform. Read more>>

How Fresh n’ Lean's Founder Grew Her Idea into a $100M Business

Fresh n' Lean CEO Laureen Asseo talks with Behind Her Empire about the inspiration behind the company she started at the age of 18 and how she dealt with naysayers. Read more and listen here>>

Meet the Female-Founded Startups In Our Next Pitch Showcase

The next startup pitch showcase celebrates female-founded startups and takes place on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PT.

M13 Investor Jawhara Tariq and LDR Ventures Partners Co-Managing Director Maxine Kozler will judge the three startups, OYA FEMTECH Apparel, and Struct Club, on their pitches. The event will be hosted by dot.LA's Chief Correspondent & Host and Head of Video Kelly O'Grady.

Register here - space is limited

Save the Date for dot.LA's 2021 'Intersect' Entertainment Tech Summit

The line between tech and entertainment companies has never been thinner; the top Hollywood players are becoming software behemoths, the major tech firms are tripling down on their content investments and a number of startups are finding new ways to blend the two worlds. From the very heart of this convergence between tech, media and entertainment in Los Angeles, we're pleased to announce "Intersect," a first-of-its-kind summit convening this new super-sector, held live virtually on Wednesday, April 28.

Early Access - Register here!

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