Samsung announced today that it will let users of its tablet computers, smartphones and TVs access content directly from Comcast and Time Warner Cable via the internet.
Tapjoy, a transaction provider for games and sites that use virtual currencies, announced today that it has picked up $21 million in its third round of fundraising after shedding a bit of a dirty image in its old incarnation.
The race between enterprise-focused social networking services Chatter, run by Web-software giant Salesforce.com, and Yammer, a darling of the venture-capital set, goes on.
Today’s funding announcements include ways for artists to produce content and engage fans online:
New group-buying company Offermatic introduced an expanded automatic rebate platform today as it seeks to distinguish itself in what is rapidly becoming a crowded playing field for online shopping.
Social Web browser Flock just announced that it has been acquired by social gaming giant Zynga, confirming an earlier report in TechCrunch.
Turn, one of the “demand-side platforms” (DSPs) that are becoming increasingly important to online advertising, just raised $20 million in new funding.
GroupMe, a service that lets users start a group chat using text messages, announced today that it has raised $10.6 million in its second round of funding — but it won’t be generating any kind of revenue any time soon.
Assistly, a customer relationship management (CRM) software provider that specializes in social media, announced today that it has raised $3 million in its second round of funding.
Bazaar Labs, the startup that created TV check-in app Miso, just announced that it has raised $1.5 million in its first institutional round of funding.
Dell announced today that it will acquire network security firm SecureWorks. This is another acquisition aimed at preventing its smaller and mid-sized business customers from migrating to public cloud providers like Amazon.
Today’s funding announcements include games for the young at heart and genetic testing for the very young:
The world’s largest social consultancy, Dachis Group, got a late Christmas present today, receiving $30 million in second round funding from previous backers Austin Ventures, CEO Jeff Dachis told VentureBeat.
Square, the mobile payments service led by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, is raising a new funding round that values the company at an impressive $200 million, according to a report in TechCrunch.
Successful exit activity for venture-backed companies rose 25 percent in 2010 from the previous year, reaching levels close to those seen before the recession and netting $39 billion in liquidity for 514 companies, according to a study released today by Dow Jones VentureSource.
Facebook is now worth $50 billion, according to a report in The New York Times that says the company has raised $500 million in new funding from Goldman Sachs and Russian firm Digital Sky Technologies.
AdKeeper, a company promising a way for users to save online ads in a place where they can browse them later, just raised $35 million in a second round of funding.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news (shorter than usual since there’s not exactly a flood of news between Christmas and New Year’s). First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
The Resumator, a startup dedicated to simplifying the hiring process for businesses, has landed $100,000 in seed funding, the company told VentureBeat.
Welcome to the age of the stealth IPO.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times — at least for Silicon Valley startups in 2010.
New rules from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a revised reading on which private fund managers must register as investment advisers will have a “profound” effect on traditional venture capital funds in 2011, a lawyer who specializes in VC litigation told me this week.
Union Square Ventures, the New York City firm that was an early investor in Twitter, is raising a new $200 million fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Some investors are about to get a deal.
Ifbyphone, a provider of web-based services that interact with phone calls, has raised $8 million in its second round of funding from Apex Venture Partners, Origin Ventures and Spring Mill Ventures.
3VR, a provider of video recording and search technology, announced today that it has raised $17 million in its fifth round of funding led by Menlo Ventures.
EcoMom, a site where moms can shop for healthy and environmentally-friendly goods, just raised $2 million in a first round of funding.
Moblyng, a developer of games using HTML5 for mobile devices, is looking to raise about $10.9 million and has raised about $7.5 million of that so far, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Zumbox, which provides its users with digital copies of their mail based on their home address, has raised an additional $9.7 million, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Today’s funding announcements include technology to run farms efficiently, monetize videos and monitor theft in stores:
The Federal Communications Commission is set to approve the merger of cable TV company Comcast with NBC Universal, clearing the way for the mega-merger to become a reality.
Content farm Demand Media has delayed its IPO because of questions about its accounting practices, according to All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the content guide and copy protection specialist Rovi announced tonight that it intends to acquire digital media company Sonic Solutions, maker of the popular Roxio media creation software, for $720 million.
Motorola Mobility seems to be snapping up startups in advance of its planned spin-off from parent company Motorola early next year. Today, it announced that it’s acquiring Zecter, which develops applications for storing your media online and streaming it to other devices.
The New York Post is reporting the unsurprising news that Google is getting over its unrequited love for Groupon by trying to buy a smaller online-coupon business like LivingSocial or BuyWithMe, the No. 2 and 3 companies int he busienss
SugarCRM, a developer and provider of open-source customer relationship management (CRM) software, is worth somewhere in the range of $350 – $360 million, according to a new report by research firm NeXt Up!
Salesforce, a developer of customer relationship management (CRM) software, announced today that it has acquired email contact manager Etacts for an undisclosed sum.
Cloud Engines, maker of the Pogoplug set-top appliance that turns external hard drives into private cloud servers, announced today that it has raised $15 million from Softbank Capital and Morgan Stanley.