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Funding daily: syncing contacts to the cloud, automating servers, and mobile payments


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At VentureBeat, we come across a lot of funding news every day. In order to bring you the most information possible, we’re rounding up the quick-and-dirty details about the funding deals of the day and serving them up here in our new “Funding daily” column.

Fruux grabs seed money to sync contacts to the cloud

Münster, Germany- based Fruux announced today it raised an untold amount of seed money for its “Dropbox for contacts, calendars, and tasks” service. With a recently launched web app, Fruux helps sync contacts, calendars, and tasks across different devices, much like Dropbox does for files. Its aiming to collect and organize data stored in multiple applications, such as iCal and Google Calendar, so you can have it one place. German investment firm High-Tech Gründerfonds led the round.

Opscode raises $19.5 million to automate servers

Instead of manually bringing servers online when your company needs the computing power, Opscode automates the process. The company’s tool, called Chef, uses a recipe metaphor to help IT people set up servers to run automatically. Monday, Seattle-based Opscode announced a $19.5 million third round of funding from Ignition Partners, with Battery Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson participating.

Mobile payment system ViVOTech gets some stealthy cash

The company behind Google Wallet and Isis, ViVOTech, announced a new round of funding Monday. The company, which develops hardware and software for digital wallets and mobile payments, didn’t disclose how much money it raised in this internal round, but says the new funding brings its total to $96 million.

Web-app analytics service Tracelytics gets $5.2 million

Monday, Tracelytics announced its first round of funding for $5.2 million. The company helps track the performance of web applications with its application performance management (APM) software. Bain Capital led the round, which included participation from Google Ventures, Battery Ventures, and Flybridge Capital Partners, which led Tracelytics’ seed funding.

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