Catch Up On This Week's Top 5 Stories With Our Video Recap

L.A.'s tech and startup community was active as ever this week. dot.LA chief host and correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key points of the top five headlines:

  • TikTok Plans IPO, Considers Instagram Co-Founder as CEO
  • 'LinkedIn. Is. Not. A. Dating. Site': Should People Be Trying to Find Love on LinkedIn?
  • Zwift Takes on Peloton with $450M Investment
  • Flush with $87 Million, Boosted Commerce Prepares for Massive Amazon Shopping Spree
  • An Early Peek at First Look's Showcase of Cutting-Edge Science Startups


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      Los Angeles residents scrambling to book vaccination appointments by refreshing their web browsers and flooding hotline numbers are out of luck. By Monday, most appointments on city and county-run websites were taken for the week.

      It took just 10 minutes for thousands of reservations to get snapped up on L.A. city's appointment site run by Carbon Health last week.

      "The experience has been a little bit like trying to get Rolling Stones tickets," said Sujal Mandavia, the chief medical officer of the San Francisco-based company.

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      The dating app, S'More, which is short for Something More, is getting some love from investors.

      The service, which debuted in Los Angeles in June, says it has registered more than 165,000 users since it came out of stealth mode last March and is seeing 20% to 30% monthly growth. Users skew female and young, with more than half under 35 years old.

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      Virgin Orbit will launch the Dutch Ministry of Defense's first satellite into space later this year. It comes over a week after the Long Beach-based company successfully placed satellites from its LauncherOne rocket into orbit for the first time.

      The company announced Monday it had been selected by the Dutch space engineering company Innovative Solutions in Space to propel the Royal Netherlands Air Force's first satellite, BRIK II, into space.

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