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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 “Funding daily” column.

Freshdesk raises $5M

Online customer support software provider Freshdesk grabbed a $5 million in funding, the company reported Thursday. Freshdesk uses social media to connect with customers that need assistance. The new funding, led by Tiger Global with Accel Partners participating, will be used to build the engineering team and add new product features.

Ahalife nabs funding for unique, luxury online shopping

Online shop for curated one-of-a-kind, luxury wares Ahalife has raised $10.1 million in a second round of funding. The site sells luxury products, such as clothing, jewelry, and electronics, picked by experts and celebrities. Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten led the round, with participation from existing investors DCM and FirstMark Capital. The company has raised a total of $19.1 million.

MetaMarkets gets big money for big data

Big data analytics company MetaMarkets has raised $15 million in a new funding round, the company announced today. The company offers big data analytics for social and e-commerce companies that need to crunch a lot of numbers. Its data science-as-a-service helps analytics teams notice trends and forecast how future events will affect their data. Khosla Ventures led the round, and existing investors IA Ventures and True Ventures also participated.

Hulu co-owner Providence Equity sells its stake for $200M

Providence Equity Partners has sold its 10 percent stake in Hulu for $200 million. The investment firm is the only one of Hulu’s four owners that isn’t a media company. Providence’s initial investment in Hulu was $100 million back in 2007, meaning the firm received a nice ROI. Some have estimated that Hulu’s total worth is in the range of $2 to $4 billion.

SendHub raises $2M for group text messaging

SendHub snagged a $2 million investment to deliver SMS to businesses and organizations. The Y Combinator graduate developed a service that schools, coaches, community leaders, and others can use to communicate with a large group. Howard Lindzon’s Social Leverage fund, 500 Startups, Bronze Investments, Menlo Ventures, and angels including Eric Ries, Paul Buchheit, and Jawed Karim all participated in the round.

TAPTAP Networks secures $4.5 million

Spanish mobile ad network TAPTAP Network has raised $4.5 million in funding. The company puts together mobile video ads for companies and manages ad campaigns. Nauta Capital led the round.