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Coming Soon: Icahn Vs. Ricci?

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Coming Soon: Icahn Vs. Ricci?: Agustino Fontevecchia of Forbes: Carl Icahn just won't sit tight.  In a filing released after market hours on Monday, the billionaire investor revealed a 9.3% passive stake in Nuance Communications, a voice-recognition company reportedly behind Apple's Siri.  Shares in the company surged in after-hours trading....
Coming Soon: Icahn Vs. Ricci?

Even At A Party, Square CEO Jack Dorsey Is Working

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We spotted Square CEO Jack Dorsey Thursday night at a San Francisco fundraiser thrown by actress Eliza Dushku and blogger Ben Parr for ThriveGulu, a charity which helps victims of the Ugandan civil war. Dorsey is also the executive chairman of Twitter, and he's described his work schedule as...
Even At A Party, Square CEO Jack Dorsey Is Working

Pinterest Acquires Livestar

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Livestar's founder Fritz Lanman is also an investor in Pinterest. Pinterest is acquiring Livestar, a mobile recommendation app, the companies announced on Wednesday. "If you're not familiar with Pinterest, it's an online tool that helps people discover things they love and inspires them to do these things in their...
Pinterest Acquires Livestar

Judge Blocks Vote Over Preferred Shares

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Greenlight Capital scored a major win over Apple executives in federal court this week. Greenlight Capital Inc. founder David Einhorn may have won a major battle against Apple, with a federal judge ruling in his favor on Friday to block an upcoming shareholders vote over preferred stock, Reuters reported....
Judge Blocks Vote Over Preferred Shares
iPad Mini event rumored for Oct.17 (with a Nov. retail release)

Dell special committee slams new Icahn plan as incomplete

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Committee says activist investor's latest proposal lacks adequate financing and a remedy for the company and its shareholders if his proposal were to fail. [Read more]...
Dell special committee slams new Icahn plan as incomplete
WordPress parent company Automattic sees $50M investment from Tiger Global

Turning The Drama Down On Y Combinator V. Google Ventures

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I have a few thoughts on this Y Combinator/Google Ventures mess. Background: The original post is at Business Insider and includes a leaked email from Y Combinator founder Paul Graham. The email: If you’re talking to Google Ventures you may be part of a pattern. The pattern is: you’ve already...
Turning The Drama Down On Y Combinator V. Google Ventures

Vivendi: Not Contemplating Breakup

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Vivendi ruled out the idea of an overall breakup of the company and said it is in no rush to sell assets, after better-than-expected second-quarter results eased investor pressure on the French media and telecommunications conglomerate to quickly change its strategy....
Vivendi: Not Contemplating Breakup

Going Beyond Pinterest: 500 Startups And Others Back Visual Advertising Platform Reachli

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Visual content marketing service Reachli (formerly Pinerly), has raised a seed round from 500 Startups, PNP Venture Capital, Zelkova Ventures (Early Klout, Fab investors), Philquo Ventures (Fab investor), GVA ventures, and angel investors including William Lohse (invested in Pinterest’s first round), Howard Love (CEO Lovetoknow.com), Saeed Amidi (Plug and Play founder), plus a few others from the...
Going Beyond Pinterest: 500 Startups And Others Back Visual Advertising Platform Reachli
Nokia CEO: Surface-branded smartphone would 'stimulate' Windows Phone 8

WhatsApp reportedly moving into gaming after inking deal with Korean games-maker

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WhatsApp, one of the planet’s most popular mobile messaging apps, is said to be preparing to launch a games platform in a move that would diversify its monetization model and increase its revenues. That’s according to a report out of Korea where the US startup is said to have agreed...
WhatsApp reportedly moving into gaming after inking deal with Korean games-maker

Apple accelerating second-gen iPad mini, analyst claims

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Apple is speeding up production of a second-generation iPad mini, says RBC Capital Markets' Doug Freedman. The analyst is touring chip manufacturers in China, and makes the Mini claim in a recent investor memo. "iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple's gen-2 iPad mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several...
Apple accelerating second-gen iPad mini, analyst claims

Rumors of new iPad swirl as iPhone 5 owners air their gripes

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Apple may be preparing another surprise event ahead of the holidays, according to a report from Fortune. The nugget of a rumor comes from an unnamed source identified only as a "major Apple investor" who told Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt that Apple will send out invitations to a press event for...
Rumors of new iPad swirl as iPhone 5 owners air their gripes

Dell in Deal to Cap Icahn's Stake

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Dell struck a deal with Carl Icahn under which the activist investor has agreed not to buy shares that would give him a more than 10% stake in the PC maker as the company's takeover process unfolds....
Dell in Deal to Cap Icahn's Stake
How Much Proposition E Will Save SF Startups #FunWithMath

Here's What's Really Going On At LA Startup, BeachMint

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Earlier this week, PandoDaily reported that BeachMint's CMO, John Volturo, left because, "something about BeachMint was no longer hot, sexy, or groundbreaking enough to keep Volturo's attention." PandoDaily also suggested Volturo was selling his shares to BeachMint investor, Millenium Technology Value Partners. We got on the phone with BeachMint president...
Here's What's Really Going On At LA Startup, BeachMint

Carl Icahn signs nondisclosure, accesses Dell accounting

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New Dell investor Carl Icahn has agreed to sign the confidentiality agreement in order to allow access to the company's financial information. The investor is part of a larger group intending on torpedoing the current offer of $13.65 per share to take the company private. Dell's stock currently stands at...
Carl Icahn signs nondisclosure, accesses Dell accounting

AlmaBox acqui-hires Ploombox to expand in Mexico, eyes other Latin American markets

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AlmaBox, an Argentine e-commerce company that sells monthly subscriptions of beauty and grooming products, has acqui-hired its Mexican counterpart Ploombox, the company announced today. Both AlmaBox and Ploombox are based on the same model as US-based Birchbox, which recently bought its European copycat Joliebox and inspired several other clones, such as Rocket...
AlmaBox acqui-hires Ploombox to expand in Mexico, eyes other Latin American markets

With An Extra $1.2M From Rally Capital, Pirq Adds Loyalty, Nat'l Rollout To Its Restaurant Deals App

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We last heard from Pirq when the company announced a nice deal with Apple to offer its employees a special app for discounts on food at restaurants near its offices in Cupertino — a relationship that just might develop into something further, according to sources at the time. Today, however,...
With An Extra $1.2M From Rally Capital, Pirq Adds Loyalty, Nat'l Rollout To Its Restaurant Deals App

Nextdoor, Social Network for Neighborhoods, Gets Facebook, LinkedIn Backer

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Nextdoor, a San Francisco-based Web site for connecting neighbors, has something else in common with Facebook and LinkedIn, its far bigger and better known peers in the social networking trade: the same early investor. Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm that made investments years ago in LinkedIn and Facebook, has...
Nextdoor, Social Network for Neighborhoods, Gets Facebook, LinkedIn Backer

Sony to Discuss Loeb Plan

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Sony said its board has started talks about how to address a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb to take part of the group's entertainment business public....
Sony to Discuss Loeb Plan

Intel Capital Leads $9 Million Round in Mobile App Firm FeedHenry

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Intel Capital has led a $9 million investment round in FeedHenry, a provider of cloud-based mobile applications aimed at the enterprise with offices in Carriganore, Ireland and Burlington, Mass. Other investors in the round include Kernel Capital and ACT Venture Capital, two Irish VC firms, and Enterprise Ireland, a government-backed...
Intel Capital Leads $9 Million Round in Mobile App Firm FeedHenry

VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch

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Today at TechCrunch Disrupt, prominent Silicon Alley investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures spoke about the worst things people do when pitching a VC. "Going through a really long backstory is a bad idea," Wilson said on stage to TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.  Wilson and other VCs don't want...
VC Fred Wilson: These Are The Worst Things You Could Do In A Pitch
One Funding Announcement That Probably Won't Restore Your Faith in Humanity: BuzzFeed Raises Another $20M

Marissa Mayer and the Art of the Earnings Call

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Conference calls discussing corporate earnings are often like political debates: An hour or so of jargon as dry as dirt. But much like the this year’s presidential debates, Yahoo’s earnings call Monday promised to be worth tuning into, if for no other reason that this was Marissa Mayer’s first and...
Marissa Mayer and the Art of the Earnings Call

A Silicon Valley Vet Explains How To Properly Execute A Handshake Deal

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In Silicon Valley, getting things done quickly is crucial. In the time it takes to get contracts drafted and papers signed, your funding could fall through along with your investment. So most deals in the high-tech hub start out with a low-tech handshake. This is meant to satisfy all parties...
A Silicon Valley Vet Explains How To Properly Execute A Handshake Deal

Deezer confirms $130m funding round as it hits 2 million paid subscribers

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Music streaming service Deezwer has today confirmed in a press release that it has closed a $130m funding round that makes Access Industries “a cornerstone investor in the company.” French newspaper Le Monde broke news of the investment on Saturday but Deezer has been quiet on the move until now. Additionally...
Deezer confirms $130m funding round as it hits 2 million paid subscribers

BMC Authorizes $1 Billion Share Buyback

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BMC authorized a $1 billion share buyback plan amid a months-long strategic review it was conducting at the behest of an activist investor....
BMC Authorizes $1 Billion Share Buyback

Longtime Investor Chase Coleman Dumps His Entire Facebook Stake... And A Bunch Of Apple

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Chase Coleman's Tiger Global Management has dumped its entire stake in Facebook during the fourth quarter, according to a 13F filing with the SEC.  Tiger Global owned 11,749,221 shares at the end of Q3, the filing shows. The hedge fund also significantly pared back its Apple stake.  The hedge fund...
Longtime Investor Chase Coleman Dumps His Entire Facebook Stake... And A Bunch Of Apple
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