Big Brother is watching botnets: White House rolls out initiative to fight viruses

Following a number of large botnet attacks on major corporations last year, the Obama administration announced a voluntary, industry-wide plan to combat botnets based on a set of developed principles by the Industry Botnet Group (IBG) and nine other private groups. The White House also revealed its development of a consumer-education campaign intended to teach the public about computer viruses.

Zebit closes $25M in venture funding for microlending website

If you’re looking to expand your business and/or purchase something you desperately need, but your credit is low, take a look at Zebit. The San Diego-based data platform that supports micro-lending businesses from start to finish, raised $25 million in a series D funding round led by Mohr Davidow Ventures along with Leapfrog Ventures, QED Investors and Crosslink Capital.

DataSift scores new round to make sense of social data, plans move into startup city

DataSift, a social data platform that extracts large amounts of data from a number of online sources, raised $7.2 million in a first round of funding from existing investors IA Ventures and GRP Partners, the company announced today. The funding will aid in accelerating its growth with real-time and historic social data due to consumer demands.