Well, well, Bill Gates.
Natural language processing specialist Q-go was just acquired by RightNow Technologies for $34M. RightNow handles customer service for companies: It operates customer support centers and can handle every interaction with customers via company websites, email, mobile apps, support communities and social media.
Scientific Conservation Inc. (SCI), which makes software that monitors energy use in commercial buildings, has raised $15.65 million in a second round of funding.
Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook said he envisions an entire business run from a single iPad.
Adobe may be best known for its media creation software Photoshop and Flash Builder, but it’s now showing more interest in the advertising market and just announced that it has acquired a data startup called Demdex.
After being announced nearly two years ago, the union of cable TV provider Comcast with NBC Universal has finally been approved. The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department handed down the decision, and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the month.
Scribd, a popular site where users can publish and share documents, just raised $13 million in its third round of funding.
Kony Solutions, the application tool for creating mobile apps that can run on any mobile system, today announced it secured a first round of funding for $19.1 million from Insight Venture Partners. An initial $13.4 million tranche of the funding will be used to expand research and development as well as global expansion of sales and marketing.
Stoke, a company that specializes in mobile broadband gateways to help carriers manage massive loads of mobile data, announced today that it has landed an additional $17 million in funding led by new investor Focus Ventures.
Tilera is one of the leaders in designing chips with many brains, or cores, with as many as 100 on a single chip. The San Jose, Calif.-based company is announcing today it has raised $45 million in a fourth round of funding.
Sites like I Can Has Cheezburger, Fail Blog, and The Daily What may seem frivolous (because, well, they are), but they’ve just attracted $30 million in venture funding for Cheezburger Network, the company that owns them.
Perfect Market, a startup aiming to help newspapers make more money from their articles, just raised $9 million in new funding.
Plastic electronics developer Plastic Logic is raising $700 million in funding, the company announced today. The investment will be used in part to build the world’s largest commercial plastic electronics factory in Zelenograd, a Russian city often likened to Silicon Valley.
Personal genetics company 23andMe, co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, has raised $9 million from MPM Capital and Johnson & Johnson Development Corp., the company recently announced. Including the $22 million raised in November, that makes nearly $31 million 23andMe has raised in third-round funding.
Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs has decided to take a leave of absence from running the company, and his timing couldn’t be better.
OpenGamma, a provider of analytics software for the financial services industry, announced today that it has raised $6 million in its second round of funding — even though it doesn’t have a product quite yet.
Today’s funding announcements include software to streamline movie-making and transportation of goods:
Wi-fi hotspot provider Boingo has filed to go public on the NASDAQ exchange under the ticker “WIFI” and is looking to raise $75 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Social buying powerhouse Groupon may be looking to move ahead with an initial public offering (IPO), according to anonymous bank sources in the New York Times.
ShopSocial, an online commerce site that lets brands reward their customers for buying and sharing offers with friends across social media sites, has raised $1.2 million in venture capital financing, TechCrunch reports.
TripIt, the popular website for consolidating your trip details, just announced that it has been acquired by travel and expense management company Concur for a deal worth up to $120 million.
For the third year in a row, the chief executive of Apple turned down any kind of significant salary or stock options as compensation for running one of the largest tech companies in the world.
Kabbage, which runs a service that helps eBay sellers pick up a quick cash advance, announced today that it has raised $6.65 million in its first round of funding.
GE wants a slice of the burgeoning green-data-centers pie — and it’s willing to spend half a billion dollars to get it.
Continuing its expansion in social games, RockYou said it is buying UK game developer Playdemic.
Online home finder Trulia just went global, announcing today it has formed a partnership with ListGlobally, an international property listings firm, to allow users to look for homes outside the States as the tug-of-war between for homebuyers, sellers and renters looking for properties online continues to heat up.
Sococo, the virtual office startup that launched its service at DEMO Fall 2010, has raised $4.2 million in equity funding from undisclosed investors, according to a filing with the SEC.
Venture-capital investors, apparently spooked by declining returns over the past ten years, raised less money for investment in early- and mid-stage startups in 2010 and flocked to late-stage startups.
As CEO of enterprise-storage provider Data Domain, Frank Slootman saw a handsome $2.1 billion exit for his investors after EMC and NetApp conducted a bidding war for his company. Now he’s joining the team at Greylock Partners as a full-time partner and will be bidding for a piece of the next hot enterprise startup.
Atomico Ventures, the investment fund of Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström, just made a seed investment of $500,000 in Fashiolista, an online fashion community. Having seen Zennström in person, I can vouch for the fact that he is no dandy, so his investment firm must see the potential for solid returns in the area of fashion.
Formspring, the online question/answer service, has raised $11.5 million in Series A financing, bringing its total to $14 million. Now all the company has to do is figure out how to make money.
PrimeSense has raised a round of private equity funding as part of its plan to expand its motion-control chips beyond Microsoft’s Kinect game console product.
Baynote, a provider of software for websites that helps generate more relevant links and search engine results for readers, announced today that it has raised $13 million in its second round of fundraising led by SingTel Innov8.
TargetSpot, a provider of advertising for online radio services, announced today that it has raised $8 million in its most recent round of fundraising.
Today’s funding announcements include one company that encourages you to eat and another that helps you lose weight:
Securing documents became more relevant after Wikileaks unleashed thousands of confidential documents concerning the U.S. government onto the Internet. Enter Confidela, a provider of software designed to secure documents and make them more difficult to crack unless the reader has permission to view them.
Bump Technologies, the startup that first grabbed attention by allowing users to “bump” their phones together and share contact information, just raised $16 million in a second round of funding.
Food-recommendation startup Foodspotting just announced that it has raised $3 million in its first round of institutional funding.
Here’s the big announcement that everyone knew was coming: Daily deals site Groupon has raised $950 million in new funding.
Square, the mobile payments startup founded by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, announced today that it has raised $27.5 million in a round led by Sequoia Capital. The Wall Street Journal reported that the funding valued the San Francisco startup at $240 million, which I confirmed with chief operating officer Keith Rabois.