Moore Starts a Mini VC Fund, TakeLessons Lands $6M, Chumby Partners with BestBuy, & More San Diego BizTech News

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Salk Institute last week, former SKY MobileMedia CEO Naser Partovi, unveiled Wellaho, a Web-based service that provides a HIPAA-compliant social media network for the chronically ill. “You can’t just join Wellaho,” Partovi said. “It must be prescribed for you by your doctor.”

Sony Computer Entertainment, which is based in Foster City, CA, and has ties in San Diego, has acquired Sucker Punch Productions, adding its expertise in Sony Playstation Consoles. No financial terms were disclosed, but Sony says Sucker Punch will keep its headquarters in Bellevue, WA.

—As Chumby Industries continues to shift its focus from hardware to software platforms, the San Diego-based startup unveiled a partnership with Minnesota’s Best Buy, which announced that its Ingsignia Connected TV includes popular entertainment and social media applications from the Chumby content network. Chumby CEO Derrick Oien offered his take on the latest deal in his blog here.

—In a note last week, CEO Scott Tilton tells me the action sports social network I profiled in June has launched a new mobile app for both iOS and Android-based mobile devices. Tilton views mobile as a key market for Hookit, with mobile ideally suited for a social networking business that is focused on linking atheletes, enthusiasts, and fans with their favorite sports.

—San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies says today it has advanced its continuously variable transmission technology for bicycles with an intelligent drivetrain designed specifically for the electrically powered bicycle (e-Bike) market. Last week, Fallbrook named a former Ford executive, Al Kammerer, as president, a newly created position.

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