Funding Daily: VC helping hands lead to startup happy feet

Good thing we start happy hour late here at VentureBeat, or we would have missed Fab.com’s big news yesterday afternoon. In other $100+ announcements, Penguin took an independent, self-publishing platform under its wing, and Microsoft and Yammer sealed the deal. If its under $100 million, does it still count as news? Yes! So keep on reading for what happened today, above and below the $100 million threshold.

4 reasons why 2012 will be the year of “Social Enlightenment”

Big data and Facebook: two behemoths that became a much bigger part of the marketer’s lexicon in 2011. Large brands, particularly, invested more time into better understanding the enormous quantities of rich social data about their consumers. And, it’s no secret that advertisers will continue to pour greater resources into social networks, both in an effort to reach existing customers as well as the vast universe of potential customers with whom they’re associated.