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GeoLinks Lands Big Grant From FCC

GeoLinks has been awarded $87.8 million from the Federal Communications Commission to bring broadband service to rural areas in California and Nevada.

Home Improvement Platform Serviz Acquired

Serviz, an on-demand provider of home repair services, has been acquired by competitor Porch, the companies announced.

Valley Testing Service Moves to Orange County

Engineering and testing company National Technical Systems Inc. is relocating all its corporate functions to a new facility in Anaheim, vacating its office in the west San Fernando Valley.

Calabasas Software Firm Acquired

Private equity firm Providence Strategic Growth has acquired a majority stake of ExakTime Inc., an employee attendance tracking software maker for the construction industry.

Amazon to Partner with Valley Colleges

Four community colleges in the San Fernando Valley will offer a cloud computing certificate program through a partnership with Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Web Services.

InVia Robotics Secures $20 Million in Expansion Capital

InVia Robotics announced on Thursday it received $20 million in a Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to about $29 million.

LegalZoom Valued at $2 Billion After Investment

Glendale online legal technology company LegalZoom.com Inc. on July 31 announced that it completed a $500 million financing round from four investors, its second since the firm’s founding in 2001. With this investment, LegalZoom’s estimated value totals $2 billion.

Virgin Galactic to Provide Italian Spacecraft

Virgin Galactic and affiliated manufacturing firm Spaceship Co. announced Friday signing an agreement with two Italian companies to bring spaceflights to the European country.

Preview: Internet in the Sky

Airborne Wireless Network thinks commercial planes with antennae could provide broadband to isolated users.

AeroVironment in Development on NASA Mars Drone

AeroVironment Inc. is developing a helicopter drone that will fly on Mars.

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BlackLine Bolsters its Asia-Pacific Presence

Blackline Inc. in Woodland Hills has announced the appointment of an executive to oversee the company’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region.

Compulink Changes Name

The company formerly known as Compulink Business Systems Inc. in Newbury Park has changed its name to Compulink Healthcare Solutions in an effort to rebrand itself as a provider of software solutions for the medical industry, the company announced Wednesday.

Simulations Plus Names CEO

Simulations Plus Inc. has named Shawn O’Connor as its new chief executive officer.

AeroVironment Beat Expectations on Revenue, Income

AeroVironment Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter.

Chatsworth Company Buys Lustre System from Intel

DataDirect Networks Inc. has acquired the Lustre File System business and related assets from Intel Corp., the companies announced.