Funding Daily: investment news best served with a glass of wine

Now that we have survived the bad luck of Friday the 13th, the fireworks and wine-saturated festivities of Bastille Day, and the ides of July, it is time to dive back into the world of venture capital. There was quite a bit of funding news today, although most of it was rather dry. If you need a little something to sweeten these deals, open a bottle of Bordeaux and remember the French motto that wine makes everything better. Or was it Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity?

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Space and green technology converge at the Cleantech Open

The Cleantech Open, a competition that helps launch new green tech companies, held its launch event Friday night at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The event brought together nine clean tech companies to exhibit their products or clean tech services.

iPod godfather Tony Fadell leaves Apple for good, moving on to green tech

Tony Fadell, the man who brought the idea of a portable audio player to Apple, has now cut all of his ties with the company, according the New York Times. He initially stepped down from his role as senior VP of Apple’s iPod division in November 2008 for “personal reasons”, but remained close to the company as a special advisor to Steve Jobs.

2 startups say they can keep your phone charged wherever you are

In the glamorous world of mobile technology, battery charging is a bit of a Cinderella. This is in spite of the fact that power is a major issue for most users of mobile technology, especially as phones get more sophisticated and power-hungry. Mobile carriers are also effected, since users conserve the battery by using the phone less. At the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona this week, two startups showed off products that address the dead battery problem.

Global warming continues, Schwarzenegger to boost green tech

Amid continued evidence global warming is speeding up, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed new regulations requiring a 10 percent reduction in the carbon content of all passenger vehicle fuels sold in California by 2020.