Hunch, the “decision engine” startup cofounded by Chris Dixon (pictured) and Flickr’s Caterina Fake, today announced it has refined its homepage and service to include users’ personalized recommendations front and center.
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WeShop, an online consumer shopping network, today announced it has secured a first round of funding for $4.25 million. Though the company is currently in private-beta mode, it claims to have already signed-up some 100,000 members, according to the company’s announcement.
LinkedIn today announced it’s acquiring recommendation technology company mSpoke for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will help LinkedIn provide its members with more relevant insight from professionals, according to the company’s announcement.
StatusNet, a microblogging service with similarities to Twitter but designed for businesses, today announced it secured a second round of funding for $1.4 million. The funding will be used to support and grow its sales team and continue targeting the world’s 1,000 largest businesses, it said in an announcement.
Notonthehighstreet.com, a UK-based online shopping site featuring products from small businesses, today announced it has secured a third round of funding for $11.9M ($7.5M pounds). The company will use the funds to hire new employees and continue developing its technology, it said in an announcement.
Google today announced on its Mobile Ads blog that it has launched location-aware display advertisements for mobile phones. Through Google’s “location extension” feature, advertisers can now include their location and phone numbers to appear in display ads on iPhone and Android mobile websites.
Triangulate, maker of Facebook dating application Wings, announced today that the application has been selected to appear on the Facebook Application Dashboard (one of only ten). The company also officially announced that it has secured a seed round of $750,000, which appeared in a SEC filing back in March.
Sailthru, a behavioral marketing email service, announced today that it has secured a seed round of $1 million, first reported by Business Insider. Founder and Chief Executive Neil Capel has since confirmed the funding, which will be used to expand its sales operations and new feature development.
RPI, a company that prints custom photo products, today announced it secured a $5 million round of funding from Huntington Capital. The funding will be used to introduce new services like merchandising programs and brand owner opportunities according to the company’s announcement.
Gazelle, a company that buys and resells used consumer electronics, announced Wednesday that it has raised a third round of funding for $12 million. The new funding, bringing its total to about $22 million, will be used to grow the business to meet consumer demand, build pricing models and strengthen retail partnerships, according to the company’s announcement.
GetGlue, the social recommendation service from startup Adaptive Blue, shared some impressive growth stats today: Its users are logging an average of 150,000 check-ins and reviews per day over the last month, up from 100,000 a few months ago.
Predilect, a company working to strengthen online security, today announced it has secured a first round of funding for $750,000 from serial entrepreneur and investor Jon Fisher as well as several other angels.
iBooks, the Apple application for users to download and read books, today released several new features with version 1.1.1. These additions include the ability to tap images to view them in greater detail, embedded audio and video within books and enhanced PDF viewing.
BillFloat, a service that gives consumers more time to pay their bills, today secured a first round of funding for $4.5 million. The round was led by First Round Capital with notable seed investors Paypal and Venrock also participating.
GetJar, an online mobile application store, last night announced the winners of The Gettie Awards, an annual mobile app competition, at VentureBeat’s annual MobileBeat conference in San Francisco.
Locomatix is one of 20 promising startups included in the MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition, and is in the running for one of two coveted Tesla Awards.
MyTalk is one of 20 promising startups included in the MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition, and is in the running for one of two coveted Tesla Awards.
Emantras is one of 20 promising startups included in the MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition, and is in the running for one of two coveted Tesla Awards.
Motolingo is one of 20 promising startups included in the MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition, and is in the running for one of two coveted Tesla Awards.
eduPath is one of 20 promising startups included in the MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition, and is in the running for one of two coveted Tesla Awards.
XGraph, a company that utilizes social networks for better ad targeting, announced today that it secured a $3.75 million first round of funding led by Rho Ventures, according to the company’s website.
Marketwire, a press release distribution company, today announced that it has acquired social analytics company Sysomos for an undisclosed amount.
Computer giant IBM today announced it plans to acquire network and compliance company BigFix for an undisclosed amount, although Bloomberg BusinessWeek claims an inside source is saying the deal is worth about $400 million. The acquisition will bring IBM customers added compliance and security for their network of computers.
Remember all those great spring break trips you took in college with your friends? In addition to the crazy memories, you probably also remember the hassle of trying to coordinate a vacation with a group of people. Looking to make the process super easy, a new startup Travelstormer launched today offering several online tools for managing and arranging group travel.
PayPal, a service for sending and receiving money, today announced that it has brought its Express Checkout service to smartphones. Dubbed Mobile Express Checkout, the service will allow on-the-go customers to make mobile purchases quickly and safely.
Looking to shine through hordes of competition by making taking and sharing webcam photos even easier, an ex-MySpace engineer recently launched Snapp.me as a social photo-sharing platform.
Facebook can be a daunting place for many small businesses. While they dream of reaching some of the social network’s more than 450 million users, they don’t always have the time or money. Enter a new Facebook application, FavRav, that aims to help local businesses tap current customers to create positive recommendations for their Facebook friends and drive business.
To help marketers supplement their blog and website content development, marketing technology company HiveFire has released a new web content aggregation and distribution tool called Curata.
Pearltrees, a social tool for discovering and organizing Web content, has announced it secured a second round of funding for €1.3 million (US$1.6 million). The funding will be used to expand globally, especially in the US.
Offerpop, a software development company for social media applications, has launched a new marketing app that lets retailers and brands bolster their Twitter and Facebook profiles for maximum impact. Only the Twitter application is currently available to the public, but the company is accepting beta testers for its Facebook version.
Trying to get feedback from others around website development or design can be a difficult process. Especially when you’re trying to do it through email or over the phone. In an effort to make the process a bit easier, design and consulting firm Zurb today announced the release of Bounce, a new visual feedback application for websites.
uSamp, a company that creates focus groups and feedback panels around the world, announced today that it has secured a $10 million third round of funding. This brings its total funding raised to around $14 million. The money will be used to develop the next generation of its panel management platform, drive acquisition and expand globally.
OnRequest Images, a service which takes custom photographs from around the world, today announced $2 million according to Seattle-based TechFlash, which is where the company is headquartered.
Here’s a little peace of mind for parents worrying about what their kids are doing online. SafetyWeb, a service that lets parents track their child’s activity on the Web, announced today that it has secured a second round of funding for $8 million. The funding will be used to expand the company’s marketing and partnership efforts.
Bill.com, a company that helps simplify how small businesses send and pay bills, today announced it has secured a third round of funding for $8.5 million. The funding will be used to continue product development and promote marketing and sales.
Host Analytics, developer of financial software for businesses, today announced it has secured a third round of funding for $15 million. This brings its total funding to around $30 million. It will use the funding to continue product development and feed marketing as well as sales.
Connotate, a service that aggregates and analyzes web content for businesses, today announced that it has secured a first round of funding for $5.25 million from .406 Ventures. Funding will be used to continue development as well as for marketing and sales.
TeamSnap, a website that lets you manage sports teams and other groups, today announced it has secured a first round of funding for $700,000. The investment will be used to expand features and the services reach, which already is used by customers in over 90 countries.