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Microsoft Invests $300 Million in Nook to Take on Amazon and Apple in E-Book Market

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Microsoft and Barnes & Noble today announced the formation of a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focused around the existing Nook digital e-reader and e-book business, as well as Barnes & Noble's college business. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in the subsidiary, which is preliminarily being called Newco...
Microsoft Invests $300 Million in Nook to Take on Amazon and Apple in E-Book Market

WorldStores Raises $15M Series C To Build Out Its Amazon-Style Ecommerce Model For Home & Garden Products

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WorldStores, a U.K.-based online retailer of home and garden products going after supplier scale to fuel its growth, has raised £10 million ($15.2 million) in Series C funding, led by Serena Capital. Existing investors Balderton Capital and Advent Venture Partners also participated in the round. The new funding brings WorldStores’...
WorldStores Raises $15M Series C To Build Out Its Amazon-Style Ecommerce Model For Home & Garden Products

The Next Great Technology Platform: The Bicycle

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Bicycles have already become an essential part of our culture, but now they're shaping our urban and social spaces too....
The Next Great Technology Platform: The Bicycle
Wargaming acquires BigWorld middleware firm for $45M (exclusive)
ForkFly partners with The Seattle Times, flips daily deals model on its head

Red Hot Labs raises $1.5M for mobile games and a platform to make them spread

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Started by the team that created Zynga’s FarmVille, Red Hot Labs has raised $1.5 million in funding to create a mobile-technology platform and the games that prove it works. The San Francisco company, started by founders and Zynga veterans Amitt Mahajan (pictured right) and Joel Poloney (pictured left), is...
Red Hot Labs raises $1.5M for mobile games and a platform to make them spread
Artspace.com Raises $8.5M Series B To Expand Online Marketplace For Fine Art
Taking a Cue from Social, Jivox and Music Interactive Partner to Bring Music Downloads to Online Ads

A Lot Of Companies Have Tried And Failed To Make A Smartwatch (MSFT, SNE)

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If you believe the reports and rumors, a lot of big names in tech are working on smartwatches.  Google, Apple, Samsung, and LG all reportedly have plans to make a smartwatch soon. The concept is pretty straightforward: the devices would pair with your smartphone and let you look at incoming...
A Lot Of Companies Have Tried And Failed To Make A Smartwatch (MSFT, SNE)

SideCar Says Three Philadelphia Drivers Caught In 'Sting', But It Plans to Continue Operations

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It sounds like ridesharing startup SideCar is facing another regulatory challenge. According to a company blog post, the Philadelphia Parking Authority cited three SideCar drivers and impounded their cars in an “orchestrated sting operation.” The citation supposedly describes SideCar as an “unauthorized service provider,” which the company says is inaccurate:...
SideCar Says Three Philadelphia Drivers Caught In 'Sting', But It Plans to Continue Operations

Apptio raises $50M in new funding round led by T.Rowe Price

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Sunny Gupta interviewed at 2011 the Seattle 2.0 Awards Apptio today announced a $50 million funding round led by T. Rowe Price, a significant injection of capital for the Seattle-based company and one of the largest venture capital financings in the Pacific Northwest in the past five years. The company,...
Apptio raises $50M in new funding round led by T.Rowe Price

Sports New Media Secures IMG Investment Based On Its Syocial Platform

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Sports New Media (SNM) is something of a curiosity. Combining both media management and a technology platform, it works with athletes, sports agents, sporting associations and sport governing bodies to manage their social media activity, especially on Facebook. SNM has become the only Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer in the world,...
Sports New Media Secures IMG Investment Based On Its Syocial Platform

J.Crew opens door to global e-commerce; uses tech to fuel ambition

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American apparel retailer J.Crew wants to bring its wares to world markets. FiftyOne’s technology platform let it do so overnight....
J.Crew opens door to global e-commerce; uses tech to fuel ambition

Microvision CEO pledges to ‘walk the talk’ in 2012 despite ‘pain’ over sinking stock price

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Alexander Tokman Microvision was one of the worst performing tech stocks in Washington state last year, losing more than 80 percent of its value as the maker of Pico projection systems, laser technologies and in-vehicle displays saw losses continue to mount. And while the stock surged last week, it is falling...
Microvision CEO pledges to ‘walk the talk’ in 2012 despite ‘pain’ over sinking stock price

Tech Moves: Zones bolsters exec team; Bobber hooks gamification whiz; and more

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Anne Wilcox Zones has kept a pretty low profile in recent the years, but the seller of technology products to businesses has been on an impressive growth path topping $1 billion in revenue last year. Now, Zones is strengthening its executive team in order to push things forward. Mark Nehring,...
Tech Moves: Zones bolsters exec team; Bobber hooks gamification whiz; and more

Cisco to buy LightWire to bring optics to the data center

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LightWire's optics transceiver. Cisco said Friday it is buying LightWire, a company that makes optics chips using traditional chip manufacturing techniques in a deal valued at $271 million. This is a significant acquisition for Cisco because it stays true to its core networking business and advances it with some pretty...
Cisco to buy LightWire to bring optics to the data center

Predicta's Co-Founder On Bridging The Startup Scenes In Brazil And Silicon Valley [TCTV]

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Sao Paulo, Brazil and the San Francisco Bay Area are many miles apart, both literally in terms of distance, and figuratively in terms of culture. But one tech startup called Predicta is taking on the challenge of bridging the gap. The Sao Paulo-based company, which makes a technology platform...
Predicta's Co-Founder On Bridging The Startup Scenes In Brazil And Silicon Valley [TCTV]

AgLocal Raises $1 Million From Andreessen Horowitz & Others To Enable Sustainable Meat Production

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AgLocal, a startup that’s using the power of the Internet to disrupt how animal farmers connect with meat buyers and distributors, has just scored $1 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, midwest VC firm OpenAir Equity Partners and other angels including John Fohr (Partner at Lux Capital), Thad Langford (former CEO...
AgLocal Raises $1 Million From Andreessen Horowitz & Others To Enable Sustainable Meat Production

Meet SnappyTV, the startup behind Twitter's March Madness video strategy

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When you log on to Twitter during March Madness starting this week, you probably won’t be thinking much beyond the state of your bracket. But if you happen to notice video replays showing up in your feed, they’ll be coming from the technology platform built by SnappyTV, the little startup...
Meet SnappyTV, the startup behind Twitter's March Madness video strategy

Fast-growing AuctionEdge makes another buy in auto auction arena

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Another day, another acquisition by Auction Edge. The fast-growing Seattle company, led by entrepreneur David Weld, today announced that it has acquired Statesville, North Carolina-based Auction Software Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this marks the third purchase by Auction Edge in the online automotive auction space in...
Fast-growing AuctionEdge makes another buy in auto auction arena

HighScore House Launches FamJam App to Help Kids and Families Connect

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Montreal-based HighScore House, the startup aimed at helping kids generate enthusiasm for chores through gamification, today launched its latest app. FamJam, the new app, takes the company in a different direction, but it’s one that HighScore House founder Kyle Seaman told BetaKit in an interview came naturally out of...
HighScore House Launches FamJam App to Help Kids and Families Connect

7digital's MP3 download app will come pre-installed on Acer's Windows 8 machines

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London-based music platform 7digital has announced that its MP3 download app will come be pre-installed on Acer devices shipping with Windows 8, covering laptops, desktops and tablets. Launched in the UK in 2004, 7digital’s download store and mobile applications give consumers access to more than 22 million tracks across Europe...
7digital's MP3 download app will come pre-installed on Acer's Windows 8 machines

Barnes & Noble CEO: NFC coming to the Nook

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William Lynch talks about the future of the Nook business -- including how the company's software could be used in Windows and the potential of NFC chips showing up soon. FORTUNE -- The battle for e-book dollars became a lot more interesting earlier this week when Barnes & Noble (BKS)...
Barnes & Noble CEO: NFC coming to the Nook

Blockbuster On Demand goes away from TiVo

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Blockbuster has started informing users of its Blockbuster on Demand service for TiVo that the app will no longer be available on their Premiere DVRs. According to Blockbuster, the move is the result of the company ëupdatingí its technology platform and that it will no longer support the platform. Instead,...
Blockbuster On Demand goes away from TiVo
There’s no need to be a one-cloud company

Fast-growing cloud infrastructure startup SingleHop grabs $27.5M from Battery

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Infrastructure-as-a-service startup SingleHop has raised $27.5 million in its first round of funding, cash that will help it quickly accelerate growth, the company announced today. SingleHop has been slowly making a name for itself in the cloud computing and cloud infrastructure arena. The company’s proprietary management platform, called LEAP,...
Fast-growing cloud infrastructure startup SingleHop grabs $27.5M from Battery
Adobe introduces ‘Primetime’ end to end video publishing solution

Delivery.com Acquires Online Laundry Services Startup Brinkmat To Expand Beyond Food Deliveries

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Delivery.com, the New York City-based company whose technology platform lets local merchants easily provide e-commerce and delivery services, has acquired Brinkmat, a startup also based in New York that’s built an online scheduling and ordering platform for local laundry and dry cleaning businesses. In a phone call this week, Delivery.com...
Delivery.com Acquires Online Laundry Services Startup Brinkmat To Expand Beyond Food Deliveries

Sift takes shopping emails and displays them all in one place

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With three billion consumer emails in the world by 2014 and 27 trillion shopping-related emails sent to those users a year by 2014 as well, the Sift app for iPad aims to solve the problem of email overload. Launching today, the app creates a visual representation of emails containing product...
Sift takes shopping emails and displays them all in one place

HTML5 Features Can Drive Up Mobile Websites’ Usage By Up To 28%

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If your mobile site still mostly consists of static pages, maybe it’s time for an upgrade. According to new data from Usablenet, adding just a few interactive elements could increase your users’ engagement with your site significantly. Usablenet, which describes itself as a “technology platform for mobile and multichannel customer...
HTML5 Features Can Drive Up Mobile Websites’ Usage By Up To 28%
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