Prosper powers a peer-to-peer marketplace that connects people who need to borrow money with people who can lend it to them. This brings its total capital raised to nearly $120 million.
Editor’s Pick A vocal subset of the community are fighting tooth and nail for ridesharing to succeed.
Tophatter powers a real-time, super fast, peer-to-peer auction platform that does $100,000 in sales a day. It released an iPad app with the hope of doubling its business.
Uniiverse released a Direct Payments feature today which helps anyone to set up peer-to-peer payments for activities and services on their personal website or blog.
Groundfloor is building a peer-to-peer platform that gives regular people opportunities to invest in real estate projects. It is emerging out of stealth mode today and opening up to private beta.
Abbey Post is a fashion marketplace that brings social e-commerce to the plus-size community. The company just released a totally rebuilt version of the site, which now features an internal social network and expanded inventory
Today, car sharing startup RelayRides announced that it has acquired competitor Wheelz to accelerate its growth.
The Pirate Bay will now get its connection to the Internet from two newly formed sister organizations to the Swedish group: the Norwegian Pirate Party and the Catalonian Pirate Party (in Spain). The two-headed nature of the hosting situation has even given rise to a new metaphor and moniker for the site: The Hydra Bay.
Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Prosper.com raises $20M in new funding to accelerate growth.
Editor’s Pick The Zipcar sale will pave the way for the domination of peer-to-peer services.
Getaround has some high-profile supporters in its corner. The peer-to-peer car sharing service recently raised $13.9 million from investors like Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, has expanded to Chicago with the help of its mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
Do you live outside your native country? Need to transfer money home? Most banks will charge you not only for the currency exchange but also for the transfer itself.
Guest Post Venture capital firm investment in peer-to-peer technology continues to build strength, according to a recent VentureTrends report by VentureDeal.
Peer-to-peer lending startup Prosper makes no secret of its support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, which seeks to break the hold of banks on the American political process. Prosper wants to do a similar thing, by creating a sort of bank that is owned by and run for the people.
Union Square Ventures made its first late-stage investment today, leading a $25 million raise for peer-to-peer lending startup Lending Club.
Skype suffered a widespread and lengthy outage today with its Internet calling service.
Kontiki, a startup with clever Web video technology and a storied past in Silicon Valley, announced today that it has raised $10.7 million in its second round of funding.
Federal law enforcement and national security officials want to hunt down criminals and terrorists in the places where they have fled in order to escape telephone wiretapping. And that’s why the authorities want to be able to wiretap services such as BlackBerry emails, social networks such as Facebook, and peer-to-peer messaging services such as Skype.
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