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Funding daily: Microsoft invests in the Nook


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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.

Microsoft puts $300M in Barnes & Noble Nook subsidiary

Hoping to fight off the Amazon Kindle, Microsoft invested $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s new Nook subsidiary. The deal gives Microsoft significant stake in the ebooks market.

Custom Made raises $4 million

Custom Made, an online marketplace for hand-made goods, has raised $4 million. The website connects you with artisans-for-hire that will make you custom jewelry, furniture, clothing, and art. Google Ventures led the round.

Simulmedia grabs $6M

Advertising analytics for television company Simulmedia has raised $6 million. Using data from set-top boxes, such as a Roku Box or an Apple TV, to create targeted ads for TV watchers. Existing investors Avalon Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Time Warner Investments led the round.

SaaS Capital launches $22.5 million fund

Saas Capital, a debt financing venture capital firm for cloud companies, has launched a new $22.5 million fund. The fund will be used to provide senior debt loan to SaaS companies with more than $3 million in revenue.

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