Alibaba is raising $3B in loans to take the company private after negotiations to acquire Yahoo’s stake in the company fell apart.

Apple announced Messages, a cross platform messaging client to be made available in the next release of the MacOS, called Mountain Lion, which is due in summer. Messages will support synchronous and asynchronous communications, the use cases for IM and SMS. Apple also announced iCloud has 100M users, growing from 85M in 3 weeks.

American Express has partnered with Twitter to facilitate their 4M SMBs to advertise on Twitter.

Identified, a Facebook based professional network, has announced 1.5M MAU and 202M profiles compared to Branchout’s 4M DAU and 300M profiles. Both companies are growing quickly.

Kayak has partnered with TripAdvisor to integrate TripAdvisor reviews into Kayak Hotel Search.

New search engine contender, DuckDuckGo, announces 1M daily searches up from less than 100,000 in January.


Amazon’s Kindle has garnered 14% of the US tablet market according to research firm iSuppli, which estimates Amazon sold 3.8M Kindle Fires in Q4.

Americans spend 23% of their time with mobile devices but only 1% of ad dollars are allocated to mobile, according to a study by Flurry.

Zynga announces 15M daily mobile gaming users, or about 10% of the company’s 153M monthly uniques.


GroupOn has acquired HyperPublic and Kima Labs for undisclosed prices. HyperPublic aggregated high quality location data and Kima Labs provided location aware mobile shopping cart technology

Fab.com has acquired Casacanda, a German competitor, to combat the Samwer brother copycat called Bamarang.

BrightCove shares rose 30% in first day trading giving the company a market cap of $400M on revenues of $64M.


Company Description Raised in $M Investors
Engagio Engagio provides a SaaS solution for managing all social media conversations in one place. 0.54 Rho Capital Partners, Inc.; Extreme Venture Partners; Real Ventures; Bullpen Capital
GoodRx, Inc. GoodRx provides a price comparison engine for pharmaceuticals to consumers. 1 GRP Partners; The Founders Fund; Highland Capital; SV Angel; Lerer Ventures


DoubleRecall Inc. DoubleRecall Inc. develops and offers a web-based recall based advertising platform and monetization solution for online media and mobile. 1.6 Y Combinator; ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Inc.; SV Angel; Mentor Partners, LLC
Pinwheel 2.0 Redpoint Ventures; Obvious Corp.; True Ventures; Betaworks; Founder Collective; SV Angel


nfluence media, Inc. nfluence media, Inc. provides deals and offers from retailers and brands to smartphones of consumers/shoppers. 3.0 Voyager Capital; Alliance of Angels, Investment Arm


Tracx Tracx provides a social media management platform. 4.4 Flybridge Capital Partners; Revel Partners


The Backplane, Inc. The Backplane, Inc. operates a communities platform for influencers focused on creating technology around deep fan interaction and exclusive content. 4.5 Battery Ventures; Greylock Partners; Menlo Ventures; Sequoia Capital; The Founders Fund; Google Ventures; SV Angel; i/o Ventures
CompassLabs, Inc. CompassLabs, Inc. provides a real-time precision targeting technology to advertisers. 6.0 New Enterprise Associates; Presidio STX, LLC


Black Sand Technologies, Inc. Black Sand Technologies, Inc. It offers analog and digital mixed-signal integrated circuits in silicon for wireless applications. 10.0 Austin Ventures; North Bridge Venture Partners


July Systems, Inc. July Systems, Inc. offers Mi Platform, a cloud based mobile application platform that enables publishers, marketers, and brand owners to build, manage, market, and monetize mobile Web and applications across multiple platforms and devices. 15.0 Updata Partners; Intel Capital; Sequoia Capital India


Aereo, Inc. Aereo, Inc. provides a technology for consumers to receive over-the-air television broadcasts. 20.5 Highland Capital Partners; FirstMark Capital, L.L.C.; IAC/InterActiveCorp. (NasdaqGS:IACI); First Round Capital; High Line Venture Partners


Marin Software Incorporated Marin Software Incorporated, an online advertising management solutions provider, offers an integrated platform for advertisers and interactive agencies of various sizes for managing search, display, and social marketing. 30.0 Benchmark Capital; CrossLink Capital, Inc.; SAP Ventures; Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd.; DAG Ventures, LLC; Triangle Peak Partners. Inc.; Temasek Holdings