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With Digital Media On The Rise, Disney Investment Arm Steamboat Ventures Raises $85 Million Fund

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Well here’s a small bit of news before we enter the long holiday weekend: Disney’s investment arm, Steamboat Ventures, has raised a new $85 million fund, according to an SEC filing. The new money will allow Steamboat — and by extension, Disney — to continue making investments in digital media,...
With Digital Media On The Rise, Disney Investment Arm Steamboat Ventures Raises $85 Million Fund
Coffee, pictures and gadgets: Inside Coinstar’s bid to build a kiosk empire

Sina Weibo, China's Equivalent of Facebook and Twitter, Gets $586M Investment From Alibaba

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Sina Weibo, the micro-blogging platform that took root among China’s white-collar class, may be worth more than $3 billion today after Alibaba agreed to pay $586 million to buy preferred and ordinary shares in the company. The deal creates a strategic alliance between Alibaba, which runs the eBay of China,...
Sina Weibo, China's Equivalent of Facebook and Twitter, Gets $586M Investment From Alibaba
Intel Capital, Samsung Ventures, And Telefonica Digital Become Expect Labs' Newest Strategic Investors
BBC may redefine commercial online efforts

SingTel to further mobile content push with $163m VC fund, focuses on Israel

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Asian telecom giant SingTel is set to continue its focus on startup acquisitions this year through its $162.6 million (SG$200 million) ‘Innov8′ venture capitalist fund which will help finance its continued push into the mobile and digital content spaces. The company continues to look at deals in Asia — where...
SingTel to further mobile content push with $163m VC fund, focuses on Israel

Zeebox finally comes to the US, taking on investment from Comcast and NBCUniversal

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It’s been a long-time coming but second screen specialist Zeebox has finally announced its launch in the US, where it has partnered with a string of top broadcasters: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, HBO & Cinemax. The British startup, which counts broadcaster Sky among its investors, is following its existing model in...
Zeebox finally comes to the US, taking on investment from Comcast and NBCUniversal
Intel buys 1700 InterDigital patents as it aggressively pursues mobile

PlanGrid Funded for Bringing Construction Project Blueprints to iPads

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PlanGrid, which makes a freemium iPad app for people working on construction projects to manage blueprints, has raised $1.1 million in seed money. Founded by two construction engineers and two software engineers, the company attracted funding from a number of Silicon Valley angels as well as one of the first...
PlanGrid Funded for Bringing Construction Project Blueprints to iPads

Startup Accelerator FounderFuel Raises $6M, Puts Another $150K On The Table For Each Team

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It’s time for American entrepreneurs to start giving their Northern neighbors some credit. Canada is serious about building out quality entrepreneurial ecosystems in its major cities, and Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal are leading the way. As for Quebec’s largest city, FounderFuel launched its startup accelerator last year, joining Year One...
Startup Accelerator FounderFuel Raises $6M, Puts Another $150K On The Table For Each Team

Online gaming firm NEXON buys Japanese mobile games studio inBlue

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Eager to expand its mobile business, online gaming giant NEXON has agreed to acquire inBlue, a Japanese developer of social mobile social games for the GREE and Mobage platforms. Terms of the acquisition, which is scheduled to close later this month, were not disclosed. Based in Tokyo, Japan, inBlue develops...
Online gaming firm NEXON buys Japanese mobile games studio inBlue

Under-pressure Japanese gaming giant DeNA posts record annual revenues – $1.82B sales, $794M income

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DeNA is one of a number of mobile gaming firms under pressure in Japan — where authorities look set to rule a lucrative social game genre illegal — but, casting that aside, the company has announced record annual revenues of $1.82 billion in sales and $794 million in operating income,...
Under-pressure Japanese gaming giant DeNA posts record annual revenues – $1.82B sales, $794M income
Enterprise Mobility Upstart AirWatch Adds $25M From Accel To Take Its Series A Total To $225M, As It Preps For Acquisitions
Sequoia Capital hires Admob founder to ramp up investments in mobile

The Short-Sightedness Of Wall Street When It Comes To Broadband Infrastructure Investment

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Karl Bode, over at Broadband Reports, absolutely destroys stock analyst Craig Moffett for doing his usual song and dance. If you're unfamiliar with Moffett, Bode has the details: Like any good short-sighted investor, Moffett has urged companies to not upgrade their networks, insiting that caps and overages are the "next...
The Short-Sightedness Of Wall Street When It Comes To Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Intel to buy 1,700 patents related to WiFi, 3G and LTE from InterDigital for $375M

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Last year, there were rumblings about a treasure trove of patents relating to WiFi, 3G and LTE being up for grabs via InterDigital. It appears that Intel has agreed to buy 1,700 them for a cool $375M in cash. The patents coming from InterDigital have been sought after for some...
Intel to buy 1,700 patents related to WiFi, 3G and LTE from InterDigital for $375M

Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund

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Today sees the launch of one more venture capital fund backed by a large European telecoms carrier: Orange, the retail face of France Telecom, is teaming up with the advertising giant Publicis and Iris Capital Management to start OP Ventures Growth, a new $400-million-plus fund to back French and other...
Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund

Report: Microsoft in talks to invest up to $3B in Dell to help take the PC maker private

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Michael Dell (Wikipedia photo) Now, here’s one of the more interesting stories of the day. CNBC’s David Faber is reporting that Microsoft may invest between $1 billion and $3 billion in Dell as part of the computer maker’s plan to go private. The investment would be a huge bet by...
Report: Microsoft in talks to invest up to $3B in Dell to help take the PC maker private

The RealReal lands $14 million to expand its online luxury fashion resale service

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The RealReal announced today that it has raised a $14 million series B funding round in order to support the infrastructure and “rapid growth” of its online luxury resale store. InterWest Partners led the funding round, although Series A investors Canaan Partners, e.ventures and Greycroft Partners also participated. The RealReal...
The RealReal lands $14 million to expand its online luxury fashion resale service

ConnecTV Prepares To Take On IntoNow With New Social TV Platform

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Today, a company called ConnecTV is launching an ambitious new service for socializing the TV viewing experience using mobile and web-based applications. The new app, available first on the iPad, with Android tablet support in the works, is similar to competitor IntoNow in that it also seems to “hear” what’s...
ConnecTV Prepares To Take On IntoNow With New Social TV Platform
Company suing Apple over Passbook is funded by Microsoft and Motorola

Bloomberg Launches Bloomberg Beta, A $75 Million Early-Stage Investment Fund Led By Former IGN Exec Roy Bahat

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Media company Bloomberg is launching its own venture capital fund, called Bloomberg Beta today. With the fund, the company is putting aside $75 million to invest in early-stage startups. The fund, which has already put money into nine companies, is being led by Roy Bahat, chairman of video game hardware...
Bloomberg Launches Bloomberg Beta, A $75 Million Early-Stage Investment Fund Led By Former IGN Exec Roy Bahat
Kony grabs funding to build mobile business apps
WPP's Sorrell Says Salesforce's Acquisition Of Buddy Media Was 'Unfortunately' Premature
Spanish banking group ventures into venture capital with $100M fund

Juniper Networks Invests In Video Conferencing Startup Vidyo, Bringing Total Funding To $97M

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Video conferencing startup Vidyo announced Tuesday that it has received a strategic investment from Juniper Networks as part of the network equipment vendor’s Junos Innovation Fund. The funding comes alongside existing Vidyo investors such as QuestMark Partners, Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Star Ventures, and Four Rivers Group. Vidyo makes video...
Juniper Networks Invests In Video Conferencing Startup Vidyo, Bringing Total Funding To $97M

Vincent Bolloré to gain seat on Vivendi board

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French billionaire's investment vehicle increases stake in media group from 4.4% to 5%French billionaire Vincent Bolloré is to gain a seat on the board of Vivendi, after his investment vehicle increased its stake in the music to pay-television group from 4.4% to 5%.Bolloré, who is chairman and largest shareholder in...
Vincent Bolloré to gain seat on Vivendi board

Motif grabs $25M and serious Street cred from Goldman Sachs to help the everyman invest

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Financial services tech could not be more hot right now. The industry that saw almost no innovation on the consumer-facing for the last decade, has exploded in the last year, and the dollars are starting to follow – both from consumers and VCs. Just one month ago, Motif introduced...
Motif grabs $25M and serious Street cred from Goldman Sachs to help the everyman invest

Verizon revenues hit $29.4B in Q1, adding 677,000 new subscribers to hit 98.9M wireless customers

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US-based mobile network operator Verizon published its earnings for the first quarter of 2013 today, revealing total revenues of $29.4 billion and an operating income of $6.2 billion. The total operating revenues is a minor 4.2 percent increase compared with the same time last year, although operating income was much...
Verizon revenues hit $29.4B in Q1, adding 677,000 new subscribers to hit 98.9M wireless customers

How the feds are using Silicon Valley data scientists to track you

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Tech companies like Facebook, Apple, and Google are not the only ones that are helping U.S. intelligence agencies track citizens. For years, data scientists have been brought in to brief with the National Security Agency. The NSA has a...
How the feds are using Silicon Valley data scientists to track you
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