Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories published by VentureBeat in the last seven days:
stories by Anthony Ha
Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists are reportedly making a big bet on streaming music service Spotify. There have been reports for months that Spotify was raising a big round of funding, and now it has closed a $100 million round, according to a report in AllThingsD, which GigaOm says it has independently confirmed.
True Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm founded by some big names in the startup world, is raising a $200 million third fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Palo Alto startup Cooliris’ mobile and Web photo-sharing application LiveShare hasn’t attracted as much publicity as some of its competition, like Instagram or Color, but it looks like the app has built a substantial audience nonetheless.
Pulse, which created the popular Pulse news reading app, has raised $9 million in its first round of institutional venture funding.
Accel Partners, the firm whose recent successes have put it in the top tier of the venture capital industry, just announced that it has raised two new funds — $475 million for its eleventh venture fund and $875 million for its second growth fund.
If you buy that shiny gadget now, you may be paying a lot more money than necessary. At least, that’s the message of a new startup called Shopobot.
“Discovery” is one of the most common complaints about the ever-growing number of smartphone apps: With hundreds of thousands of apps, how can people find the best one for whatever they’re looking for? Now Yahoo is making an effort to solve the problem, both on your computer with a new Yahoo App Search service, and on iPhones and Android devices with a new Yahoo AppSpot app.
It looks like mobile photo- and video-sharing startup Color has lost one of its seven co-founders: Peter Pham, the company’s president.
Build-your-own social networking startup Ning says it has finally found a business model that works by requiring all of its customers to pay for the service. Now it’s expanding that initiative, by allowing those social networks to charge their members too.
It looks like investors still have a healthy appetite for consumer Web companies. Online music service Pandora started trading on the New York Stock Exchange this morning, and as of 10:35am Eastern time, it was trading at $20.75 per share.
It looks like influence measurement startup Klout has completed the social networking trifecta. The San Francisco company announced Tuesday it now incorporates LinkedIn data into your Klout score, as well as Twitter and Facebook.
Google unveiled a number of improvements to its search products today at its Inside Search event in San Francisco. One of the big changes involves bringing technology that Google has used to improve mobile search to the desktop.
In the months before its launch, Mountain View, Calif. startup RockMelt was sometimes called the “Facebook browser.” That phrase still isn’t literally true, but it’s getting closer now that the company is releasing a version that was developed in partnership with Facebook.
Shervin Pishevar, the entrepreneur and investor who founded the Social Gaming Network, has joined Menlo Ventures as a managing partner.
Mobile photo startup Instagram is still growing like crazy, according to TechCrunch. The San Francisco-based company says that it now has more than 5 million registered users, that those users add 896,000 photos per day, and that the service will probably crack 100 million total photos sometime this week.
Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator is bringing some of its most notable alumni back into the fold — as partners.
Everloop, a social networking service aimed at children 8-13 years old (who are too young to use Facebook), just announced that it has raised $3.1 million in funding.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the most popular stories that we published in the last seven days:
CafePress, a site where people can design and sell custom goods like T-shirts, just filed for its initial public offering.
San Francisco startup Rapportive already offers a lightweight way to bring social data into Gmail. And starting today, it will also give users a way to act on that data — specifically, by allowing them to follow, reply to, and retweet other people on Twitter.
Qwiki, the company that offers a new, interactive way to explore a wide range of topics, announced today that its iPad application has been downloaded almost 500,000 times.
Facebook’s string of talent acquisitions continued today with the announcement that it has purchased an Amsterdam-based software and design company called Sofa.
Venture capitalists clearly care about the quality of their hotel rooms. Room 77, a startup that helps users find the right hotel room for their needs, just announced that it has raised $10.5 million in a second round of funding.
500 Startups, the early-stage investment firm created by “super angel” Dave McClure (pictured), just released the list of the second group of companies in its incubator program, the 500 Startups Accelerator.
Doxo, a startup that wants to end the pain of paper billing, is bringing its service to smartphones today with the launch of its iPhone app.
OtherInbox, an Austin startup that promises to reduce the clutter in email inboxes, just announced that more than 1 million users have signed up for its service.
Apple’s big announcements Monday were a mixed bag for anyone developing apps for the iPad and iPhone.
For the past few years, startup StockTwits has been building a Twitter-focused community for stock market investors. Now the San Diego- and New York-based company says it’s ready to start making money.
YapStone, a company that offers payment technology for the property industry, just announced that it has raised $50 million from Accel Partners and Meritech Capital Partners.
Group-buying titan Groupon’s plans for world domination seem to be rolling along smoothly. Last week, the company filed for its initial public offering. Today, it’s announcing its first partnership with a grocery chain, and its first full integration with a loyalty card system.
Apple finally threw its hat into the cloud computing ring in a serious way today with a new service called iCloud, which allows users to synchronize their applications and media across all their devices. It’s an ambitious vision, and one that’s about as different as possible from Google’s.
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, where the company traditionally makes some of its biggest announcements of the year, is scheduled to kick off today at 10am Pacific time.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya is leaving to start a new venture fund called The Social+Capital partnership, according to TechCrunch.
OnSwipe, the tablet publishing startup that plans to launch later this month, just announced that it has raised $5 million in its first institutional round of funding (aka the Series A, or as OnSwipe calls it, “Series Awesome”).
You might think that group-buying sensation Groupon would have to repress its tongue-in-cheek sense of humor as it prepares for its its initial public offering — and to some extent, that’s true. But even though Groupon’s IPO filing is dominated by the usual financial numbers and corporate-speak, a little bit of the company’s mischievousness sneaks through.
Popular group-buying site Groupon just filed for a $750 million initial public offering.
Judging from the press coverage of Adobe, you’d think that the big issue for the company is the fate of its Flash technology. However, chief executive Shantanu Narayen said today that the debate is over.
The landscape for Twitter applications may be changing, but that hasn’t scared investors away from UberMedia, the owner of apps like UberSocial, Echofon, and Twidroyd. The Pasadena, Calif. company just announced that it has raised $5.6 million in new funding.