Facebook released the second version of its Open Graph platform with 60 partners including Branchout, TicketMaster, Pinterest and Gogobot. These partners can submit stories to the Facebook timeline with an unlimited number of verbs, adding to the current “share” and “like” actions. New verbs include “bought, want, love” and many more. Separately, Facebook has ousted Google’s Orkut in Brazil reaching 36.1M uniques, compared to Orkut’s 34.4M, according to comScore.
Google announced $10.6B in Q4 revenue (+25% y/y). Display ad revenues have doubled in size in the past quarter growing to $1.3B in Q4’11 indicating that YouTube’s revenue is growing very quickly. Paid clicks grew 17% q/q while cost per click fell 8% y/y. Google reported 90M users of Google Plus and 54M monthly active users. 250M Android devices have been sold (50M in Q4), 11B apps downloaded and GMail has 350M users.
Twitter Promoted Tweets are reaching 3 to 5% click through rates according to CEO, Jack Dorsey. In October, the company announced 1600 advertising clients, 80% of whom have renewed contracts.
Walmart Labs released a platform for electronics manufacturers to compete for placement on Walmart store shelves. Vendors supply videos of products and consumers vote to determine the winners.
Tagged, a US based social network, announced $43M in 2011 revenue (+34% y/y).
Sulake, the parent company of social community Habbo Hotel, announced 10M monthly uniques.
Jerry Yang, founder of Yahoo, has resigned from the Yahoo board.
PayPal will deploy its in store payment technology in 2000 Home Depot stores by March 2012.
BillToMobile released one-click mobile web purchasing. BillToMobile partners with carriers to charge mobile purchases to mobile device plans. The company has removed PIN verification from the checkout process. The service currently caters principally to mobile gaming companies.
Apple released iBooks2 pro, a textbook creation tool. Apple has partnered with Houghton Miffiln and McGraw Hill, who have released high school textbooks for sale within the iBooks store for $15, compared to $200 paper versions. iBooks Pro competes with other textbook publishing platforms like Inkling.
Pulse, the cross-platform mobile news reader, announced 10M downloads in 2011, reaching 11M in total installed base and nearly 175,000 daily downloads.
Card.io released an SDK that scans credit cards to speed ecommerce checkout on mobile devices.
Home Depot has acquired RedBeacon, a local provider listings company. RedBeacon raised about $7.4M from Venrock and Mayfield.
Twitter acquired Summify, a Canadian company providing daily email digests of Twitter feeds, for an undisclosed amount.
ConstantContact, a publicly traded email marketing service provider, has acquired mobile loyalty program vendor CardStar.
Venture capitalists invested $28.4B in 3,673 deals in 2011, an increase of 22% in dollars and a 4% rise in deals over the prior year, according to PwC and NVCA.
|ADHUNTER LTD||ADHUNTER LTD. operates a search engine site for classified ads in the United Kingdom||0.5||Index Ventures; Business Accelerator Ltd.; Passion Capital Investments LLP|
|Peecho||Peecho provides an API for any photo service to print photos.||0.735||Peak Capital; DHG Holding B.V.|
|WebMynd Corp.||WebMynd Corp. provides online browsing solutions. It offers WebMynd, a plug-in for browser that helps its users to find personally-relevant information online, as well as saves and indexes the visited pages, and allows users to playback and search results from the Web history.||1.0||SV Angel; 500 Startups; Venture51; RightVentures|
|SmartRecruiters||SmartRecruiters provides a free applicant tracking system.||5.0||Mayfield Fund|
|Livescribe, Inc.||Livescribe, Inc. develops mobile computing platforms for persons using pen and paper.||10.0||VantagePoint Capital Partners; Presidio STX, LLC; Scale Venture Partners; QUALCOMM Ventures; Lionhart Advisors Group Limited; Aeris Capital AG; TransLink Capital; Keating Capital, Inc. (NasdaqCM:KIPO)|
|Comuto S.A.S.||Comuto S.A.S. operates BlablaCar.com, a marketplace for carpooling in Europe. It connects drivers with people looking for a ride. Comuto S.A.S. was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Paris, France.||10.07||Accel Management Co, Inc.; ISAI GESTION, SAS; Cabiedes & Partners, SCR, S.A.|
|Anaplan, Inc.||Anaplan, Inc. provides cloud-based planning, forecasting, and analytics solutions for analysts, managers, and executives.||11.4||Granite Ventures, LLC; Shasta Ventures|
|Farfetch.com Limited||Farfetch.com Limited unites independent fashion boutiques online for customers to buy designer fashion brands worldwide.||18.0||Advent Venture Partners; eVenture Capital Partners – BV Capital; Index Ventures|
|Symplified, Inc.||Symplified, Inc., an on demand identity company, offers identity infrastructure for the on demand market primarily in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.||20.0||Allegis Capital; Quest Software Inc. (NasdaqGS:QSFT); Granite Ventures, LLC; Ignition Partners|
|AppDynamics, Inc.||AppDynamics, Inc. provides application performance management for modern application architectures in the cloud and the data center.||20.0||Greylock Partners; Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Lightspeed Venture Partners|
|Nexenta Systems, Inc.||Nexenta Systems, Inc. provides open source enterprise class storage software solutions.||21.0||Menlo Ventures; Sierra Ventures; TransLink Capital; Javelin Venture Partners; Razor’s Edge Ventures, LLC|
|SendGrid, Inc.||SendGrid, Inc. provides email delivery and management services.||21.0||Bessemer Venture Partners; Highway 12 Ventures; SoftTech VC; Foundry Group; 500 Startups; Bullet Time Ventures|
|ZestCash, Inc.||ZestCash, Inc. provides short term loan solutions.||23.0||GRP Partners; Lighthouse Capital Partners; Matrix Partners; Lightspeed Venture Partners; Flybridge Capital Partners|
|Tidemark Systems, Inc.||Tidemark Systems, Inc. offers enterprise performance management applications on a unified application platform built for the cloud.||24.0||Greylock Partners; Redpoint Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz|
|Code 42 Software, Inc.||Code 42 Software, Inc. provides CrashPlan, a software solution that allows the client to back up and restore files.||52.5||Accel Management Co, Inc.; Split Rock Partners, LLC|
|Trion Worlds, Inc.||Trion Worlds, Inc. develops and publishes connected video games in North America, Europe, and Asia.||85.0||Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments|
|FedBid, Inc.||FedBid, Inc. provides online procurement services for federal/state/local government agencies and associated prime contractors.||–||Revolution LLC|