Funding daily: A busy day for startup investments

It’s been a busy day for startup funding. We’ve got a plethora of stories for you today, from mobile analytics and Google Apps security, to web programming and a website for movie fanatics. Send funding news our way to tips@venturebeat.com

Meet Moonbot, the tiny startup that won an Academy Award

At last Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, a startup studio that makes animations, apps, and ebooks won the Best Animated Short Oscar for its film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”  The 14-minute movie was the first from Shreveport, La.-based Moonbot Studios, a multimedia company that is making a splash far from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and Pixar.

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Why it’s stupid for Netflix to focus on competition at home

With increases in revenue and higher than expected subscriber growth, video rental service Netflix is once again the darling investment among Wall Street analysts (for the most part). However, not all the comments from Wednesday’s fourth quarter earnings results were positive.

Fanhattan aggregates videos on your iPad (video)

There are plenty of movies and TV shows available to watch online or on your mobile device. The trouble is, they’re spread across too many sources, so it can take a lot of searching across sites like Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and Vudu to find what you’re looking for.

Dish to close down more Blockbuster stores soon

Finding a Blockbuster near you will become even harder in the near future. Dish Network Corp, which purchased the video-rental retail chain last year, made a statement Thursday saying more of the retail stores would be closing down in the U.S. than originally planned.

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Google goes to Hollywood with new mobile movie search experience

It’s almost that time of year when we take off from work to celebrate the holidays. Of course, year-after-year we quickly realize that we’re left with far too much time to spend with family, and so we take a trip down the street to see what’s playing at the local cinema.