Funding Daily: A big dose of the warm and fuzzies

Today’s investment news is filled with good vibes. Anyone who claims that the world of technology is cold, hard, and emotionless should take a look at the stories below. We’ve got companies promoting family values, technology that puts people in touch with their feelings, and all sorts of other avenues for personal expression. You may want to read this Funding Daily on a couch with a box of tissues and The Interpretation of Dreams nearby.

Here’s the takeaway from 2012’s big tech acquisitions: Founders must be lean

With the ever-shifting landscape of the acquisition market in the tech world of today, it seems at first like a bit of a fool’s errand to pick out any trends. This week’s purchase of Wildfire by Google, as well as buys by Salesforce, Oracle and Microsoft in recent months, point to a bullish environment. But, concerns abound over the Facebook IPO and whether that is having a pull-back effect on the rest of venture capital investing.

Tonara puts sheet music on technology’s center stage (otherwise known as the iPad)

Instead of propping up sheet music on a stand, Tonara’s unique iPad sets musical scores flowing  melodiously across the screen so musicians do not have to disrupt their playing to turn pages. Today, the company announced raising $4 million in a first round of financing led by Carmel Ventures and a strategic partnership music publisher Hal Leonard.

Funding Daily: Batman forsakes Gotham City for Silicon Valley

After seeing the Dark Knight Rises last night, I felt compelled to test a theory that everything can somehow be framed within the Batman context. One way or another, I managed to find a Batman angle for all of today’s funding news. It wasn’t that hard, considering Bruce Wayne would probably be an angel investor if he spent less time saving the world from destruction and gave less money to orphans. And that mouthpiece Bane wears looks suspiciously like a piece of hardware I saw on Kickstarter. To the Bat Cave!