Jack Ma has announced his intentions to acquire Yahoo.
Internet ads reached $15B (+23%) in H1 2011 according to the IAB and PwC. Video is the fastest growing category, reaching $891M (+42%).
Google Analytics announced real time user tracking on web sites to compete with offerings from ChartBeat and Woopra. In addition, Analytics now has a premium offering with dedicated customer supports, support level agreement and new ways of accessing data to compete with Omniture.
Google released a Hangouts API. Hangouts are multiuser video chats. The API enables developers to build applications atop Google’s video conferencing architecture.
Tango, the popular mobile video conferencing application, released a Windows edition, that allows mobile-to-pc chats.
Katie Mitic, head of platform and mobile marketing at Facebook, has joined eBay’s board as eBay looks to increase its social marketing efforts.
- the Kindle Fire, a tablet powered by Amazon customized Android software. The Fire integrates Amazon’s media services for streaming video, books and music purchasing with the Amazon Android App store. Conde Nast will sell all of its magazines in digital form on the Kindle Fire for $20 per year or $2 per issue, except for the New Yorker which will cost $60. The Fire retails for $200. This tablet will likely appeal to a different segment than iPad purchasers but the price point may cause some pressure on iPad sales.
- Silk, a new browser that will launch on the Fire, but will soon appear on PCs and Macs. Like Opera, Silk proxies all internet traffic, using Amazon’s Web Services, to digest all page content before streaming it to a device using only one connection, decreasing page load times. Silk’s architecture will allow Amazon to watch and record all user browsing behavior.
Google released a mobile travel application called OnTheFly for booking flights using an Android app.
Nielsen reported Android sales are outpacing Apple iPhone sales by 2 to 1 in Q2. 56% of buyers bought an Android device.
Flurry released mobile usage data indicating 20M Americans use apps on smart phones with use peaking during TV prime time (7pm to 11pm).
ShopKick announced 7M product scans and 2.3M users.
Two new NYC venture firms are raising funds: Tribeca Partners, founded by Chip Meakem of Kodiak Ventures and Brian Hirsh of GSA Ventures are raising a $100M fund; and Kirill Sheynkman of Greycroft has founded RTP Ventures which has reportedly raised $750M.
|Tasty Development Ltd||Tasty Development Ltd. offers a shopping destination for buyers seeking local and artisan food online.||0.156||NorthStar Equity Investors Limited|
|Endomondo ApS||Endomondo ApS is an online sports community based on real-time GPS tracking of sports activities.||2.3||SEED Capital Denmark|
|Fundly Inc.||Fundly Inc. provides a SaaS social fundraising platform for non-profits, universities, and political campaigns.||5.0||Morgenthaler; Accelerator Ventures; Seraph Group; Correlation Ventures; Kapor Capital|
|myGengo, Inc||myGengo, Inc. provides online language translation services.||5.25||Atomico Investment Holdings Limited; 500 Startups|
|Yieldex, Inc.||Yieldex, Inc. provides advertising inventory management, forecasting, and yield optimization solutions for online publishers.||10.0||Amazon.com Inc. (NasdaqGS:AMZN); Madrona Venture Group; Sequel Venture Partners; Hearst Interactive Media; FFP Holdings; Triangle Peak Partners. Inc.|
|ClearSlide||ClearSlide provides sales automation and streamlining tools.||11.0||Greylock Partners; Felicis Ventures LLC|
|Quantance, Inc.||Quantance, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, develops radio frequency power management technology that enables users to send data from wireless phones and data cards.||11.0||InterWest Partners; Granite Ventures, LLC; TDF; DoCoMo Capital, Inc.|
|Ravello Solutions, LLC||Ravello Solutions, LLC provides insurance technology solutions for the carriers in the property and casualty market.||11.0||Sequoia Capital; New Venture Partners LLC|
|SweetLabs, Inc.||OpenCandy operates a software network that enables software developers to distribute their software and earn money in the process. Its software network offers software developers’ recommendations in Windows installers.||13.0||Bessemer Venture Partners; Intel Capital; Google Ventures|
|Power Assure, Inc.||Power Assure, Inc. develops power management software as a service solution that reduces energy use and carbon emissions in commercial, corporate, and government data centers.||13.5||Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Point Judith Capital; Good Energies Inc.; ABB Technology Ventures Ltd.|
|DisplayLink Corp.||DisplayLink Corp. operates as a network display chip and software company that helps people to create connections between computers and displays via USB.||15.0||Atlas Venture L.P.; DFJ Esprit LLP; Cipio Partners GmbH; DAG Ventures, LLC; Balderton Capital|
|PaySimple, Inc.||PaySimple, Inc. provides electronic payment solutions for small and mid-sized businesses in the United States.||16.0||Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLC|
|CareCloud Corporation||CareCloud Corporation provides an integrated suite for medical practice management, revenue cycle management, and electronic health records.||16.3||Norwest Venture Partners; Intel Capital|
|Yammer, Inc.||Yammer, Inc. owns and operates enterprise social networking portals.||17.0||Charles River Ventures; U.S. Venture Partners; Emergence Capital Partners; The Social+Capital Partnership|
|Networked Insights, Inc.||Networked Insights, Inc. provides social media intelligence solutions for advertisers, marketers, and public relations professionals.||20.0||Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P.; Kegonsa Technologies Inc., Investment Arm|
|BrightTALK Ltd.||BrightTALK Limited provides Webcasting solutions.||20.5||North Bridge Growth Equity|
|Zenverge, Inc.||Zenverge, Inc., a fables semiconductor company, provides content storage, playback, interoperability, mobility, and networking solutions for digital media products in the United States and internationally.||20.5||Battery Ventures; Norwest Venture Partners; Woodside Fund; DCM; Entropic Communications, Inc. (NasdaqGS:ENTR); The CID Group; Motorola Mobility Ventures|
|Achievers, Inc.||Achievers, Inc. is an employee rewards and social recognition company.||24.5||JLA Ventures; Sequoia Capital; GrandBanks Capital Inc.; Northleaf Capital Partners|
|Blekko, Inc.||Blekko, Inc. provides internet search.||30.0||CMEA Capital; U.S. Venture Partners; MLC Investments Limited; Yandex N.V. (NasdaqGS:YNDX); PivotNorth Capital|
|Square, Inc.||Square, Inc. provides mobile payment software.||100.0||Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Khosla Ventures; Sequoia Capital|