SANTA MONICA

David Thomas, CEO at Evident, is an accomplished cybersecurity entrepreneur. He has a history of introducing innovative technologies, establishing them in the market, and driving growth – with each early-stage company emerging as the market leader.

The clerks at Apple's store on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade are well-trained.

When asked recently by a reporter about a new Apple Store rumored to be opening down the street, one worker said he didn't know about it, and even if he did, he couldn't say. He did point out that someone is building a store with a glass roof that looks a lot like some other Apple stores. Another employee smiled, looked away and said he didn't know anything.

But according to a person familiar with the plans

According to a recent Prince & Associates survey, 34.9% of the uber-wealthy (households with a net worth of $30 million or more) estimated they'd spend $42,000 on A/V equipment and services during Q4 of 2008.  In a season of dismal numbers, dealers who work with high-end clients could finally take some comfort.

"I deal with the upper echelon of the entertainment industry and my clients aren't changing," said Joe Cali, CEO of Joseph Cali Systems Design Inc. in L.A. and Santa Monica. "I'm charging my regular fees for design and engineering. My labor hours and charges even went up this year and no one said a hoot about it. What I think we might see, however, is that the number of projects may go down.  They might not build that Malibu beach house right now, but decide to wait and look at it again next year."

It shouldn’t happen to anybody, but it especially shouldn’t have happened to Mike Marri. A 25-year photography enthusiast and uber-techie who runs a custom home electronics business in New Jersey, Marri recently took a family vacation to the West Coast: San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Monica and documented that trip like a one-man paparazzi. Over 700 hundred high-impact, emotional and priceless images ended up on his memory card. And to this day, he hasn’t been able to get them off. He has tried. His local camera shop owner has tried. Software programs, recovery strategies, this product and that product have all been unable

The wireless accessory provider Parrot announced this week that its distributor, Waveblue LLC, has officially become part of the Parrot company. In what amounts to a purchase, Parrot will take over Waveblue, which since its establishment two years ago had only distributed Parrot products. Waveblue had been “virtually an in-house agency for Parrot,” said managing director Jon Elliott in a company statement. As part of the deal, Elliott will become Parrot’s vice president of sales for the Pacific Region, with a territory that includes Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, in addition to California; he will continue to work in the same Santa Monica,

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