Google Plus has rolled out its gaming platform with 16 titles from 10 developers (EA/Popcap, Rovio, Zynga, Wooga, Kabam and others). Google is charging an initial 5% transaction fee, 83% less than Facebook’s charge.
The FTC has launched an investigation into Google’s dominance of web search on mobile phones and in particular the use of Google search on Android.
Fox and Disney have both begun to require viewers to submit TVEverywhere credentials from their cable subscription to watch shows online within a week of their airing.
The New York Times announced 400,000 digital subscribers, generating $80M per year.
Walmart has closed its internet mp3 store citing an inability to compete with iTunes. Walmart won less than 1% share of the market; Amazon claimed 14 and iTunes 57%. The company has also reorganized Walmart.com, letting 2 of its senior members go.
Google will acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5B. Google acquires more than 10,000 patents as well as a leader in mobile handsets.
Microsoft’s next generation mobile operating system, Mango, is code-complete. Upon initial review, the OS is has feature parity with Android and iOS 5 with multi-tasking, speech-to-text and a WebKit powered browser. The GM of the division, Charlie Kindel, left the group after the release to start a new company.
Facebook launched a standalone messaging application built by the recently acquired Beluga team with deep integration into Facebook, providing users a BBM-like experience.
Leaked documents from the FTC investigation of the ATT/TMobile merger indicate ATT believes a $3.8B investment would be required to bring the ATT LTE network to parity with TMobile. This has some investors questioning whether the merger, at 10x the cost of the network buildout, is worthwhile.
Kno released 100,000 college textbooks in HTML5 format last week that are paired with quizzez as studying aides.
Sprint has decided not to sell the Blackberry Playbook, a reversal from six months ago, dealing another blow to the struggling mobile phone maker.
Carbonite IPO priced 50% lower at $10 and raised 40% less than expected ($62.5M).
HTC acquires Beats by Dre for $300M.
Zynga amended its S-1. The company disclosed that percentage of revenues from its top 3 games has fallen from 93% in 2008 to 63% today. The company’s internal March 2011 valuation is $11.5B
GroupOn amended its S-1 removing mention of ACSOI and updating revenue metrics. The company increased revenues to $878M and reported a net loss of $103M.
Gamevil, the public Korean mobile game maker, announced 50M cumulative downloads and Q2 revenue of $9M (+46%)
Aol announced revenues of $542M (-8%) and net income of -$12M. The company reported $1B in losses last year. Ad revenues increased 5%, with display ad revenues increasing 14%.
Tencent announced revenues of $1B (+44%) and profits of $362M (+21.3%) as net margin fell 10 points to 35%. Tencent observed weaker user growth figures of 4 to 5% on its core properties. The company has 700M user accounts.
|Nettle, Inc||Nettle, Inc. develops systems of components and functions that interact in near real time on the web and mobile platforms.||0.5||Google Ventures; 500 Startups; Advancit Capital, LLC|
|Kidzui, Inc||Kidzui, Inc. provides a Web browser designed for kids. Its Web browser offers games, Websites, videos, and photos||2.0||Maveron LLC; Mission Ventures; Scholastic Corporation (NasdaqGS:SCHL); Emergence Capital Partners|
|SinglePlatform, Corp||SinglePlatform, Corp. helps restaurants to update specials, events, and menus across the company’s publisher network of review sites, mobile applications, and related local guides, as well as social media pages, Websites, and mobile-optimized sites||3.3||Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures; First Round Capital; New World Ventures; RRE Ventures LLC|
|ChallengePost, Inc||ChallengePost, Inc. operates as an online marketplace for challenges.||4.1||Opus Capital; Betaworks; Richmond Park Capital LLP, Investment Arm|
|OpinionAided, Inc||OpinionAided, Inc. provides a mobile application for soliciting public opinions on photos or questions||4.3||General Catalyst; Draper Fisher Jurvetson|
|Cedexis Inc||Cedexis Inc. develops performance monitoring and traffic management platforms for consumer and enterprise Web, and Web marketing applications in Europe. I||6.0||Advanced Technology Ventures; Madrona Venture Group|
|High Street Partners, Inc||High Street Partners, Inc. provides cross-border finance and administrative services to companies with new or existing operations in the United Kingdom and internationally.||6.3||Sigma Partners; Baird Venture Partners; Gold Hill Capital Management, LLC|
|Occipital, Inc||Occipital, Inc. provides a panoramic photo application on mobile phones||7.0||Foundry Group|
|Appfog, Inc||Appfog, Inc. provides a platform-as-a-service for PHP based applications||8.0||Ignition Partners; Madrona Venture Group|
|BankSimple||\BankSimple provides online banking services. It offers deposit, money transfer, ATM, and online bill payment services.||10.0||Shasta Ventures; IA Ventures|
|Apprenda Inc||Apprenda Inc. develops and creates software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform which gives independent software vendors a business and technological foundation to build, deploy, and monetize their service-oriented applications for on-demand use without technological lock-in.||10.0||New Enterprise Associates; Ignition Partners; High Peaks Venture Partners|
|Couchbase Inc||Couchbase, Inc. offers Membase Server Enterprise Edition, an elastic NoSQL database management system||14.0||Accel Management Co, Inc.; Mayfield Fund; North Bridge Venture Partners; Ignition Partners|
|Link_A_Media Devices Corporation||Link_A_ Media Devices Corporation develops and manufactures custom system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for peripheral data storage devices. It offers data recovery solutions.||16.0||KeyNote Ventures; Lightspeed Venture Partners; SunAmerica Ventures; ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Inc.|
|Okta, Inc||Okta, Inc. allows companies to transform their various cloud applications into Cloud Area Network to get control of their users, applications, and data in the cloud and behind the firewall.||16.5||Greylock Partners; Khosla Ventures; FLOODGATE; Andreessen Horowitz|
|Rocket Lawyer Incorporated||Rocket Lawyer Incorporated offers do it yourself legal assistance solutions.||18.5||August Capital; Investor Growth Capital; Google Ventures|
|Groupalia, SPRS||Groupalia SPRL owns and operates an online discount site based in Barcelona, Spain||26.0||Nauta Capital, Caixa Capital Risc; General Atlantic; Insight Venture Partners; Index Ventures|
|Trendyol, Inc||Trendyol, Inc. provides a fashion website to consumers purchasing clothing at a discount, in Turkey||26.0||Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Tiger Global|
|BloomSpot Inc||BloomSpot Inc. provides an online magazine featuring restaurants, spas, hotels, events, and travel experiences.||35.0||Columbia Capital LLC; InterWest Partners; Menlo Ventures; True Ventures; Harrison Metal Capital; QED Investors LLC|
|zulily, Inc||zulily, Inc. operates an online store that offers apparel, gear, and other goodies for moms, babies, and kids.||43.0||MeriTech Capital Partners|
|Greenlight Technologies, Inc||Greenlight Technologies, Inc. develops integrated governance, risk, and cross-platform preventive compliance control solutions. I||–||Storm Ventures Inc.|