Yelp CEO says no IPO for “several years”

Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive and co-founder of popular review site Yelp, let investors know on Thursday that the company won’t be  looking for an IPO for several years. 

YouTube adds Safety Mode to help filter objectionable video

Popular video-sharing platform YouTube announced today that it has added a new “Safety Mode” option to its site. The new feature is targeted at users who want more control over the videos that are called up during searches and browsing, according to Google’s official blog.

Mogreet and American Greetings partner for video mobile e-cards

E-cards have become an attractive way of sending cards versus traditional print cards. Through customization and animation features, e-cards are a quick and easy way to avoid the the Hallmark aisle and postage, but still let that someone know you care. However, the ability to send a customized animated e-card to someone’s mobile device remains limited.

IBM launches academic cloud to help students learn technology skills

According to the Department of Labor, the majority of jobs in the near future will have a heavy focus on technology and having technical skills, including technical consulting and computer systems design. To ensure college students graduating have those skills, IBM announced today the launch of what it calls a free “academic cloud,” which is a bundle of web-based IBM software to help professors teach technology skills to students.

Yodle launches Organic to optimize web traffic and leads for small businesses

Shortly after announcing a $10 million fourth round of financing and alluding to a new product launch, Yodle, a company that helps businesses advertise online, today launched Yodle Organic, a new product to help local businesses increase web traffic and search engine optimization (SEO).

Pursway grabs $6m to help find companies social influencers

Social networking is filled with people who like to talk. While a majority of the online chatter is simply noise, some individuals, for reasons that vary, have networks of friends, family and colleagues that listen, trust and act on their recommendations. These individuals are known as social influencers. Helping to locate and utilize these social influencers for marketing campaigns, Pursway(formerly Datanetis) announced today that it has secured $6 million in a first round of funding to expand its services in Europe and North America.

X2 launches new tablet computer, dubs it the iTablet

Fresh off the heels of Apple’s iPad launch, UK manufacturer X2 today announced the launch of a new tablet computer that they have dubbed the iTablet, according to several UK sites. A slick marketing move, though Apple might not think so.

Paylogic lands 3m Euro to expand web ticketing platform in Europe

Dutch ticketing system Paylogic announced today that it secured round two funding of 3 million Euro ($4.2 million U.S.). The new funding will allow for expansion of the platform in Europe, beginning in Belgium and Germany, according to EU Ticket News.

Monster.com aquires Yahoo! HotJobs for $225M

As the national unemployment rate continues to linger around 10%, there is no shortage of people looking for jobs. Popular employment website, Monster.com might be looking to snatch up some market share as today it announced the acquisition of Yahoo HotJobs for $225 million.

Revision3 attracts big numbers for web TV in 2009

Revision3, an Internet television network, today announced some impressive 2009 numbers, including 30% revenue growth and nearly 1.5 billion minutes of viewership engagement.

Yodle bags another $10m for local online advertising

Yodle, a company that helps local businesses advertise online, today announced it has landed round four financing of $10 million, bringing its funding total to $38 million.

Ustream launches desktop app for more professional live video

If you’re looking to take your live video broadcasts to the next level, Ustream announced today the launch of its Ustream Producer, giving users a way to create more professional looking high quality live video.

Motally delivers mobile analytics to iPad apps

After the influx of news yesterday around Apple’s newly launched iPad, it’s not surprising that companies are beginning to announce their own iPad related news. Mobile analytics firm, Motally today announced that it will be expanding its current tracking services for mobile web and apps to include those running on the iPad.

Yelp snags $25M from Elevation Partners

The old saying “location is everything” has never been more true. Though these days, instead of referring to store fronts, it usually refers to location-based applications and review sites.  Elevation Partners is buying into the saying too, literally. The company has announced today a $25 million investment in location review service Yelp.

Justin.tv makes it easier to create and share live video

Popular video streaming site Justin.tv says it has made some successful enhancements to its video creating and sharing capabilities. As of two weeks ago, only 2 percent of of users who clicked on the button to “broadcast” a video actually ended up creating one. The biggest complaint? The process was too complicated.

Apple tablet roundup: Who’s going to use the thing?

Apple’s tablet has provided no shortage of rumors. Everything from design specs to pricing have flooded the internet from various media outlets and sources. As the mysterious January 27 “special event” comes closer, many wonder if the rumors will finally be answered. To gain a better perspective on the scope of rumors, we’ve put together a snapshot below of the most recent speculations.

Rebtel acquires Talkster VoIP service to expand international mobile calling

Swedish based internet calling service Rebtel has announced today that it has acquired Free World Dialing, a mobile calling application, from Talkster for an undisclosed amount. The company notes that under the agreement, Rebtel will now carry all of Talkster’s international calls and Free World Dialing customers will now have access to unlimited free international mobile calls between 52 countries.

Sway bags $2M to track social marketing ad campaigns via Shoutlet

Developing a social marketing campaign can be a daunting task — especially determining how to reach specific demographics and niche audiences. On top of that, many companies lack the financial and human resources needed to deploy campaigns that tap into social networks. Sway, Inc., a Wisconsin-based social media marketing company, hopes to make it easier with its Shoutlet platform — and it just raised $2 million in a first round of funding to make it happen.

Seesmic gives key upgrades to Blackberry application users

Popular social networking dashboard Seesmic has been busy lately. With the recent purchase of Ping.fm extending its updating capabilities, Seesmic today announced several key Twitter upgrades to its Blackberry application.

Google files video overlay patent for YouTube advertising

Google may be helping advertisers more easily include overlays in YouTube videos. The company has apparently created a method to create video overlay advertisement for display with a digital video, according to a patent filed today with the US Patent and Trademark Office and spotted by GoRumors.

Visible Technologies secures $22M for social monitoring

Bellevue, Wash. startup Visible Technologies announced it has raised $22 million in a fourth round of funding. The investment surely shows significant growth potential for social and digital media monitoring companies. It also suggests that big companies and brands might be starting to take out their wallets.

Wattpad boosts ebook community with new funds

Popular ebook community Wattpad today announced an undisclosed amount of angel funding from various private investors. Wattpad, the self proclaimed “YouTube for ebooks + MySpace for writers”, is a social platform where readers and writers can connect by sharing their writing or reviews on ebooks.

SeatGeek raises funds to give you the best deals on event tickets

We’re just coming out of a season of tech predictions — leaving a trail of top 10 products, trends, etc. to watch. And more will probably be wrong than right. But New York City startup SeatGeek has figured out a way to consistently make accurate predictions, and has just closed a first round of funding to prove it.  What’s it predicting? Ticket prices.

Schedule some family time with the Vega Android Tablet, coming to the U.K. from T-Mobile

T-Mobile is making a real splash in the new year with its Android devices. First, there was Google’s announcement that consumers can buy its new Nexus One with a 2-year plan from T-Mobile. Now, the carrier has announced that it will bring the Vega, the first in-home Android-run tablet, specializing in home scheduling and other basic functions, to the U.K market later this year.

Google ups final bid for On2 to sway shareholders

Google and video bandwidth reducer On2 Technologies have amended their merger agreement that was originally announced in August. At that time, the search engine said it would be acquiring the company for $166 million.

Pandora and Pioneer test drive internet radio in cars

With the auto industry seeing the second straight monthly gain in auto sales, it’s the perfect time for Pioneer Electronics, a manufacturer of car audio systems, and Pandora, the popular web based radio service, to announce a partnership  that could shake up how we listen to music while we’re on the go.

Security Cam app turns your iPhone into a spy camera

There has been plenty of controversy around which iPhone applications are appropriate for the Apple App Store, including the heated rejection of Google Voice. In this context, it’s almost shocking that Crowded Road’s new Security Cam iPhone app has been accepted to the App Store.

iYogi lands $15M to take remote technical support to the next level

Remote tech support company, iYogi has secured $15 million in third-round funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and including return investors Canaan Partners, SAP Ventures, and SVB India Capital Partners. The new money will be used to improve its current offerings and expand its global team.

Smartphone usage continues to grow in US, according to Forrester Research

On the day of Google’s much anticipated Nexus One smartphone event and launch, Forrester Research has released results from a survey that confirm what we really all suspect: that smartphones are one of the hottest growth sectors in our economy right now. Usage continues to grow, even after significant growth over the past two years.

Popular group texting application textPlus lands in Android Market

Americans fired off 110 billion text messages in December 2008, almost doubled from the 48 billion the same month in 2007, according to a recent report from the Census Bureau. Taking advantage of the rise in texting, Gogii announced today that its popular iPhone and iPod Touch group texting application textPlus has arrived in the Android Market.

How technology can help you do good in the New Year

It’s the end of the decade. And like some people, you might be thinking about New Year’s (or Decade’s) resolutions. But instead of hitting the gym more, you could consider volunteering your time for a cause or organization. If you’re not sure where to start, there are a number of startups using technology to connect volunteers with organizations who need their time and energy.

GroundMap launches geotagging social media platform

As social media platforms continue to gain popularity, we as users have begun to be confronted by large amounts of information that sometimes seems unmanageable. A number of startups have come up with solutions for bucketing tweets and other social media by topic or event — StockTwits, for example, aggregates tweets that include stock information, and Yelp and Google Maps bucket information by location.