The NYTimes unveiled a three tier pricing structure for access to the nytimes.com website. Visitors can read up to 20 articles per month free. Afterwards, it costs $15 per month to access the site over PC and mobile, $20 per month for PC and tablet access and $35 for all devices. 

The MLB will stream pre-season baseball games in the Facebook news feed. 

Netflix pays a rumored $100M to acquire exclusive digital distribution rights to British TV show, House of Cards. Netflix represent 61% of paid digital video streams, according to NPD. Comcast commands 8%. Apple, DirecTv and TimeWarner serve 4% each.

The Commerce Department estimates 4.3% of all U.S. retail sales, excluding auto sales, fuel, travel, digital downloads and ticketing, took place online in 2010.

In the past five years, global IPTV subs have increased from 7M in 2006 to than 45M at the end of 2010. The US has 7.2M subs.

40M users’ 2 factor authentication tokens built by RSA were compromised this weekend through a social media exploit of an RSA employee’s computer.

Twitter users send 1B Tweets per week, up 180% y/y. 460,000 new accounts are added daily. Also, Twitter use is growing among SMBs, according to a study by eMarketer, reaching 20%. 

In a move away from affiliate revenue, Kayak enables customers to book hotel rooms directly through its website to compete with Priceline, Expedia and others. Hotels have much higher margin than airfare.

RIM and Microsoft a partnership that will enable RIM customers to host Microsoft’s 365 Cloud Computing suite on RIM’s cloud. RIM has 55M subscribers.

Qik launched Video Connect a live or delayed video streaming and video calling service that competes with Justin.tv and Tango.

Facebook hires Amin Zoufonoun, Google’s 2nd most senior Corporate Development executive.

Visa announced a new peer-to-peer payment service today in partnership with FiServ and CashEdge. To send money, users enter in the 16 digit credit card number of the recipient.

In a bid to increase site activity, eBay will allow users to list up to 50 items per month for free starting April 19.

Google Ventures offers Google employees $10,000 referral bonus for sourcing investments.


Google will test electronic payments using near field communication technology in New York and San Francisco in a partnership with Versign, Bloomberg reports.

Adobe will integrate Medialet’s mobile advertising SDK into Adobe’s Content Viewer software in the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

Facebook releases Places to all geographies, coinciding with the launch of Facebook Deals, a GroupOn competitor.

Amazon’s Android App Store, a curated market place, will launch Tuesday with about 48 apps. Prices seem to be lower than the Google Android store. 

Investments, Filings and M&A

Spigit, a SaaS idea management platform, raises an additional $10M from Warburg Pincus.

2Tor, infrastructure to enable offline colleges to educate students on the web, and a Redpoint company, raises $32M Series C led by Bessemer Capital.

Just-Eat raises $48M for easy restaurant orders: The London-based website for online ordering and delivery has raised a new round of funding led by Greylock Partners and Redpoint Ventures with participation from Index Ventures.

Doximity, a new health IT company from the founders of Epocrates, secured a $10.8 million Series A venture capital investment from Emergence Capital Partners and InterWest Partners

Jawbone, the maker of smart wireless headsets, said today it has raised $49 million from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

GroupOn is said to pursue an IPO with a $25B market cap.

Tencent reported $2.97B (+58%) in revenue and $225.4 million (+55%) in earnings at 67%

Facebook acquires Snaptu, developers of mobile porting software for feature phones. 

AT&T Inc. has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion in cash and stock