Call of Duty Modern Warfare sold 6.5M units on its first day generating $400M in sales and breaking the previous one day sales record of $360M. COD MW3 is the largest media title of all time. First day sales for MW3 exceeded all cumulative sales of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at $391M.
Ecommerce spending increased 13% to $36.3B driven by a 22% increase in the number of buyers, according to ComScore. e-commerce penetration in the US has reached 74%.
Facebook is close to settling a lawsuit filed by the FTC for deceptive privacy practices.
Salesforce launched Do, a collaborative task management application that competes with Asana, Opzi and others.
Identified, a social recruitment service, announced it has 150,000 MAU with a network reach of 50M people via Facebook Connect.
Pam Kramer, former CMO of eTrade and VP of Marketing at Twitter, is leaving Twitter after less than 3 months. Mike Abbot, VP of Engineering, left Twitter four weeks ago. And Sean Garrett, head of communications is also leaving.
After suffering a $100M flop with its Google TV set top box, Logitech has decided to produce no additional Google TV devices.
Android reached 45% market share in the US in Q2, according to comScore.
In 3 years, Apple and Android have grown to command 58% of the US portable gaming market by revenue according to Flurry.
Ooyala reports a viewer on a tablet is more than twice as likely to finish a video than any other platform (PC, game console, mobile). A typical user watches the longest content on game consoles, followed by tablets, mobile and desktop. The average American watches 19.2 hours of online video per month and 182M Americans watch online video each month according to comScore.
InVidia launched the Kal El, its newest mobile chip that is 3x as fast while consuming 61% less energy. Android tablets sporting the chip will be available for the 2011 holiday season.
TinyCo has partnered with DeNA to launch games on the Mobage social network.
Flurry estimates that 25B apps will be downloaded in 2011, up 3x from 2010, generating $2.5B in sales or about $0.10 per install on average. 5B of these 25B are pre-loaded applications.
China Telecom will launch an MVNO service in the US in 2012 in partnership with Sprint or Verizon.
Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten acquired Kobo, a digital book and reader company, for $315M.
Tech M&A increased to $56.4B in Q3 (+22% y/y) while the number of transactions fell 2% to 759. The top 11 deals generated 71% of the proceeds.
Google acquired Katago, maker of intelligent friend list technology, and Apture, a browser add-on that augments web content.
Amazon acquired Yap, makers of a voice-to-text technology.
|YouMail, Inc.||YouMail, Inc. provides cell phone voicemail services that allow users to express their personalit||0.36||Tech Coast Angels Inc.; CrunchFund|
|Lascaux||Lascaux offers Mixel, an iPad app for creating art.||0.6||Polaris Venture Partners, Inc.; Betaworks|
|Verious Inc.||Verious Inc. provides an online marketplace for mobile application components in the United States and internationally. It enables iOS and Android developers to find, discover, and buy pre-built and pre-tested mobile application components listed by other mobile app developers. Verious Inc. was founded in 2011 and is based in San Carlos, California.||0.8||Charles River Ventures; XG Ventures|
|LaunchRock Inc.||LaunchRock Inc. engages in companies launch by setting them up with viral launch pages. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in San Francisco, California.||0.8||Social Leverage, LLC; 500 Startups; Venture51; Quotidian Ventures|
|Any.Do Ltd||Any.Do Ltd develops mobile applications. Its technology analyzes users intentions to help them carry out daily tasks in real time over their mobile telephones. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Israel.||1.0||Palantir Capital, Inc.; Blumberg Capital; Genesis Partners; Felicis Ventures LLC; Innovation Endeavors|
|MinoMonsters Inc.||MinoMonsters offers children’s games.||1.0||Ignition Partners; General Catalyst Partners; Y Combinator; Andreessen Horowitz; SV Angel|
|Tinkercad Oy||Tinkercad Oy provides solutions to create designs for 3D printers. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Helsinki, Finland.||1.0||True Ventures; Lifeline Ventures Oy|
|my6sense Inc.||my6sense Inc. offers Digital Intuition, a technology that learns what’s valuable to users by translating consumption behavior into a personalized ranking function.||1.1||Teuza Management and Development Ltd.; Benhamou Global Ventures LLC; Teuza – A Fairchild Technology Venture Ltd. (TASE:TUZA)|
|Comprehend Systems, Inc.||Comprehend Systems, Inc. provides clinical data reporting and visualization software for the pharmaceutical industry. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Palo Alto, California.||1.2||Menlo Ventures; CrossLink Capital, Inc.; Y Combinator; SV Angel; Quotidian Ventures|
|Milk Inc.||Milk Inc. develops a local venue rating mobile app.||1.5||Google Ventures|
|Shareaholic, Inc.||Shareaholic, Inc. offers Shareaholic, a browser tool to share, e-mail, tweet, and bookmark links, videos, blogs, and images online with friends, family, and co-workers.||1.9||General Catalyst Partners; NextView Ventures; 500 Startups|
|PunchTab, Inc.||PunchTab, Inc. enables publishers, retailers, and application vendors to deploy an integrated reward program to their users.||4.4||Mohr Davidow Ventures; The Social+Capital Partnership; CrunchFund|
|Schematic Labs, Inc.||Schematic Labs offering Soundtracking, a mobile music app.||4.75||Accel Management Co, Inc.; SoftBank Capital; True Ventures|
|Kontagent Inc.||Kontagent Inc. provides a hosted and on-demand viral analytics platform for social network application developers.||12.0||Altos Ventures; Battery Ventures; Maverick Capital, Ltd.|
|Urban Airship, Inc.||Urban Airship, Inc. provides messaging and content delivery tools for the mobile applications.||15.1||Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM); Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ); True Ventures; Foundry Group|
|Intent Media Ltd.||Intent Media offers ad platform for commerce merchants.||20.0||Matrix Partners; Redpoint Ventures|
|Virident Systems, Inc.||Virident Systems, Inc. offers solid state disks (SSDs) for data-intensive workloads.||21.0||Globespan Capital Partners; Sequoia Capital; Intel Capital; Artiman Ventures; Cisco Systems, Investment Arm|
|Beyond the Rack Inc.||Beyond the Rack Inc. operates an online shopping club for women and men.||36.6||Highland Capital Partners; Rho Capital Partners, Inc.; BDC Venture Capital; iNovia Capital; Export Development Canada; Panorama Capital; Tandem|
|Cloudera, Inc.||Cloudera, Inc. provides Apache Hadoop-based data management software and services.||40.0||Accel Management Co, Inc.; Greylock Partners; MeriTech Capital Partners; In-Q-Tel, Inc.; Ignition Partners|
|WhaleShark Media, Inc.||WhaleShark Media, Inc. owns and operates coupons and deals websites.||150.0||Institutional Venture Partners; J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Inc.|