Internet & Media

Habbo Hotel announces 200M registered users since the site launched 10 years ago. Habbo is driving 13M MAU, of which 2.6M are from a Habbo Facebook app. December virtual goods revenue reached $6M.


Retail ECommerce grew to $43.4B (+11%) in Q4 2010, according to Comscore.


Android released announced app payments infrastructure with credit card payment, an Android app web-based store and Honeycomb, the tablet dedicated version of the Android operating system.

News Corp released The Daily, the $1 per week newspaper. The application is the first to use Apple’s new in app subscription feature.

The Verizon iPhone sold more units in the first two hours than the next best Verizon selling phone sold on launch day. 

A Nielsen study reported iAds generated twice the brand recall as a TV ad for Campbell’s soup. Nissan found similar results late last year. 

The Financial Times iPad app reaches 500,000 downloads in 8 months. 20% of new subscribers come from iPad signups.

Flurry, a mobile analytics company, announced they reach 80M users per month on iOS and Android combined across 240M devices, with 1M new smartphones activated daily on the network.

Cisco forecasts mobile video will grow 26x in the next 5 years. In 2010, mobile data traffic grew 159%, 330% faster than the wired web.

MasterCard and Telefónica have formed a joint venture to bring mobile banking to Latin America. Only 35% of the population has a bank account today. 

Google released automatic check-in for its 10M Latitude members.

Canalys released Q42010 data indicating 33.3M Android units sold beating Symbian for the first time at 31M. The global smartphone market exceeded 100M for the first time. 

ShopKick announced 750,000 users and 1M check ins per day. The mobile application was released 6 months ago. 

Tango announces 8M downloads since release on Oct 8, split evenly between Android and iPhone.

Viber, a free calling service on iOS has reached 10M downloads in 2 months.

Earnings Announcements

DeNA, Japan’s largest mobile social network company, generated revenues of $359M (+153%) and profit of $181M (+182%). The company is trading at $5.4B valuation.

EA announced revenues of $1.24B (-15%) and a loss of $322M (-292%). The loss was due to revenue recognition deferrals and without the deferral the company generated $196M in net income. 

Financings & Liquidity

Epocrates, a medical application publisher, raised $86.4M in its IPO. THe company is trading at a $625M market cap and and has appreciated 32% since offer.

AOL acquires European video ad network, GoViral, for $97M.

Softbank invests $250M in PPLive, a P2P live TV and VOD distribution service with 1M peak concurrent users.

Storify, a storytelling tool, raises $2M from Khosla Ventures.

Rdio, a music streaming service, raises $17.5M from Mangrove.

Massive Health raised $2.25M from Greylock, Felicis, AH, MDV and CRV.

HipMunk, a travel search company, raises $4.2M from Ignition Partners.

Instagram, a mobile photo sharing service, raises $7M from Benchmark.

Path, a mobile photo sharing service, raises $8.7 from KP and Index.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, pharmaceutical entrepreneur and billionaire, acquired Vitality GloCaps.

SolidFire, a stealth storage company, raises $11M from NEA.