Google will pay Mozilla $1B over three years for default search placement in the FireFox browser, beating Microsoft and Yahoo.
Facebook has grown to within 10% of Google’s monthly unique visitor count in the US : 156M vs 139M, according to October data from comScore. In related news, Google+ grew by 2M users to 67M users in November.
Intuit released a debit card targeted to SMBs using Intuit’s GoPayment, a merchant payment processing system competing with Square and others. The card attempts to consolidate all inbound and outbound payments of an SMB into one Intuit account.
Taleo, a public SaaS applicant tracking system, announced 15% market share of all US hires.
P2P luxury car sharing service HiGear has shut down after a crime ring stole $300,000 worth of cars from the service in a coordinated attack.
Google announced Android had activated 3.7M devices over Christmas weekend. Google is recording 700,000 phone activations daily, about 63M per quarter, twice the rate of iOS phones.
Free iOS downloads have reached 5.6M monthly according to Fiksu, or 186,000 per day, up 83% y/y.
Amazon announced 4M total Kindle sales in December (including standard Kindle and Fire), though the company hasn’t broken out figures of Fire.
Ban.jo has announced 500,000 downloads since launch six months ago.
VistaPrint has acquired site builder company Webs.com for $118M in cash and stock ($100M in cash).
Nuance, the company behind the world’s best voice recognition technology, has acquired Vlingo, a startup competitor for an undisclosed amount, after years of patent litigation.
eBay has acquired German company BillSafe. BillSafe builds purchase-on-invoice technology, a purchasing mechanism unique to Germany. eBay had acquired a minority stake in the company and is acquiring it to provide the service to its 15M PayPal accounts in Germany.
Oracle will acquire RightNow, a publicly traded CRM company, for $1.5B in stock.
Gogo, providers of in-flight internet, has filed documents for an IPO. The company posted $114M in the first 9 months of 2011 and a loss of $26M (-22%). The company is targeting a $100M raise. Gogo has equipped 1200 planes so far. 4% of travelers purchase the service.
GroupOn has acquired Campfire Labs.
|GAIN Fitness, Inc.||GAIN Fitness, Inc. provides GAIN, an iPhone fitness application.||0.65||InterWest Partners|
|Omada Health, Inc.||Omada Health, Inc. provides online program for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.||0.8||New Enterprise Associates; Aberdare Ventures; Kapor Capital; TriplePoint Ventures|
|Tracks Media||Tracks Media provides personal publishing services for mobiles. Tracks Media is based in the United States.||1.0||General Catalyst Partners; AppFund, Inc.; ENIAC Ventures; TMT Investments PLC (AIM:TMT); Blake Hunt Ventures, Inc.|
|Tutorspree, Inc.||Tutorspree, Inc. operates an online marketplace for tutoring in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, DC.||1.0||Sequoia Capital; Founder Collective; SV Angel; Lerer Ventures; Thrive Capital|
|MYGOLA INC.||MYGOLA INC. provides travel planning services. It enables users to reach human guides to do the online research for their trips.||1.0||Blumberg Capital|
|bellyflop Inc.||bellyflop Inc. handles loyalty programs and customer outreach for businesses and people. I||1.0||Lightbank LLC|
|ownCloud, Inc.||ownCloud, Inc. provides web-based storage application.||1.25||General Catalyst Partners|
|pinme.ru||pinme.ru owns and operates an online photo sharing service. pinme.ru was founded in 2011 and is based in the Russian Federation.||1.3||eVenture Capital Partners – BV Capital; Direct Group; Fast Lane Ventures|
|Iron.io, Inc.||Iron.io, Inc. was incorporated in 2011 and is based in San Francisco, California.||1.4||Ignition Partners; St. Cloud Capital, LLC; Baseline Ventures; Citrix Systems, Investment Arm|
|Online Media Group Inc||Online Media Group Inc. operates as a spy tool for contextual and display advertisements.||1.5||500 Startups|
|Percolate Industries, Inc.||Percolate Industries, Inc. helps brands sort and curate content on the social web.||1.5||First Round Capital|
|Kidzui, Inc.||Kidzui, Inc. provides a Web browser designed for kids.||2.4||Mission Ventures|
|Just.me, Inc.||Just.me, Inc., a stealth mode company, develops technologies in social and mobile spaces.||2.77||Khosla Ventures; True Ventures|
|Life360 Inc.||Life360 Inc. provides Web-based safety and security services.||3.5||Bessemer Venture Partners; Social Leverage, LLC; Fontinalis Partners, LLC; Kapor Capital; 500 Startups; EchoVC Partners LLC; Bullpen Capital; Venture51|
|Poshmark Inc.||Poshmark Inc. offers mobile based software that enables customers to browse, buy, and sell clothes and accessories.||3.5||Mayfield Fund; Inventus Capital Partners; SoftTech VC; SV Angel|
|BestVendor Inc.||BestVendor Inc. operates as a social recommendations site that helps business people make purchasing decisions.||3.62||RRE Ventures LLC; SoftBank Capital; Old Willow Partners, L.L.C.; Founder Collective; Lerer Ventures|
|SurDoc Corp||SurDoc Corp owns and operates an online service through which it backup and cloud-sharing for documents with different formatting.||4.0||IDG Ventures|
|WellnessFX Inc.||WellnessFX Inc. operates as a Web-based wellness-management company and provides Web-based nutrition, diagnostic, and lifestyle services.||4.0||Voyager Capital; FLOODGATE; Javelin Venture Partners; HealthTech Capital|
|EcoMom, Inc.||EcoMom, Inc. operates an online shopping portal that recommends and sells healthy and eco-conscious products for children.||4.0||CrossLink Capital, Inc.; The Cue Ball Group, LLC; NALA Investments, LLC; Rhodium Ventures, LLC; 500 Startups; Venture51; Summit Series|
|PlaceIQ, Inc.||PlaceIQ, Inc. operates as a mobile marketing company that takes photos of places shared on mobile phones and turns it into unstructured disparate sources of geodata into actionable business intelligence.||4.2||U.S. Venture Partners; Valhalla Partners; IA Ventures; Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners Ventures|
|ScaleArc Inc.||ScaleArc Inc. develops and offers database infrastructure software that abstracts database servers from application servers to provide instant horizontal scaling and connection management, and enables real-time visibility into every query to provide real-time analytics and instant troubleshooting, one-click query caching, and wire-speed security enforcement.||5.33||Trinity Ventures; Nexus Venture Partners|
|PatientKeeper, Inc.||PatientKeeper, Inc. provides physician information systems.||6.0||J.H. Whitney & Co., LLC; New Enterprise Associates; Flybridge Capital Partners|
|Tactus Technology Inc.||Tactus Technology Inc. develops user interface technologies that improve usability of touch screen devices.||6.0||Thomvest Ventures, Inc.|
|CarWoo, Inc.||CarWoo, Inc. operates as an online marketplace for car buyers and sellers.||6.0||InterWest Partners; Comcast Ventures; Blumberg Capital|
|PowerCloud Systems, Inc.||PowerCloud Systems, Inc. invents and engineers cloud-based technology that powers original equipment manufacturer (OEM) solutions in small enterprises.||6.0||Walden Venture Capital; QUALCOMM Ventures; Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated; Javelin Venture Partners|
|Keas Inc.||Keas Inc. provides online care plans for individuals. Its care plans are designed to help people on health and wellness issues.||6.5||Atlas Venture L.P.; Ignition Partners|
|Xeround, Inc.||Xeround, Inc. provides real-time database virtualization software.||9.37||Benchmark Capital; Ignition Partners; Giza Venture Capital; Trilogy Equity Partners|
|BlueSprig Inc.||BlueSprig Inc. provides security, privacy, performance, and efficiency solutions for mobile devices and PCs. Its solutions include AirCover, which protects iOS, Android, and other mobile devices by scanning applications downloaded for malware and spyware; and JetBoost that releases system resources by shutting down unnecessary background processes and services, and prioritizing processes to improve the performance of PCs.||10.0||Accel Management Co, Inc.; IDG Capital Partners|
|Martini Media Network, Inc.||Martini Media Network, Inc. operates media networks in California and New York||13.0||Venrock; Granite Ventures, LLC; Reed Elsevier Ventures; SVB Silicon Valley Bank, Investment Arm|
|Prezi Rt.||Prezi Rt. provides online presentation tool. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Budapest, Hungary with an additional office in Redwood City, California.||14.0||Sunstone Capital A/S; Accel Partners Management LLP|
|Twilio Inc.||Twilio Inc. provides application programming interface (API) for voice communications.||17.0||Bessemer Venture Partners; Union Square Ventures; 500 Startups|
|TaskRabbit, Inc||TaskRabbit, Inc. operates a Web and mobile marketplace that helps individuals and small businesses in a community to outsource their tasks and deliveries.||17.8||Lightspeed Venture Partners; Allen & Company Inc., Investment Arm; Shasta Ventures; First Round Capital; The Tornante Company, LLC; FLOODGATE; Baseline Ventures; 500 Startups; Collaborative Fund|
|Plum District, Inc.||Plum District, Inc. operates a daily deal Website for moms and their families.||20.0||Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Comcast Ventures; General Catalyst Partners; Duke Management Company|
|Outbrain Inc.||Outbrain Inc. provides content rating and recommendations for blogs, RSS, magazines, and news.||35.0||Index Ventures; Carmel Ventures; Lightspeed Venture Partners|
|Aliph, Inc.||Aliph, Inc. develops noise eliminating Bluetooth headsets.||40.0||Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Deutsche Telekom AG (DB:DTE)|
|Razer USA Ltd.||Razer USA, Ltd. designs and develops gaming hardware for customers worldwide.||50.0||Accel Management Co, Inc.; IDG Capital Partners|