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Pew released figures indicating more users are defriending connections, untagging photographs and deleting comments on their social networking profiles, each increasing about 7 to 10% percentage points in the past 2 years. 63% of those surveyed had deleted friends.

Comcast has launched a video streaming service to compete with Netflix, called Streampix, available to subscribers for an additional $4.99 monthly fee.

Skype announced 32M concurrent users, a record for the company.

43% of LinkedIn’s 143M users are US users, according to Zoomsphere. 58% of users belong to companies greater than 10,000 employees compared to 27% of the US population.

The LA Times announced a paywall, much like the NYTimes, to drive more revenue.

KLM, the Dutch airline, is testing a new seating system that allows passengers to select whom to sit next to using social media data about passengers. The system is opt-in.

Flickr has disabled Pinterest’s pinning functionality by using an opt-out Javascript code Pinterest provides to publishers.

Mobile

Facebook sends 60M mobile users to third party applications using Facebook connect, about 14% of their total mobile user base. These users generate 320M page views in a month or about 5 per user per month.

IP based messaging apps now have 9% market share by revenue and have eaten away $14B worth of carrier SMS revenue according to a study by Ovum.

OnLive has released a virtualized Windows environment for iPads to rave reviews. The iOS app allows users to manage a remote Windows computer powered by OnLive’s cloud.

LG will release a mobile phone powered by a Mozilla built mobile operating system this week at Mobile World Congress.

Boxtone, makers of a mobile device management solution, has partnered with Verizon and Motorola to serve the mobile healthcare market.

Barnes and Noble’s Nook business is growing 40% annually, reaching $542M for both devices and content.

Comscore released US smart phone figures:

  • smart phones have reached 42% penetration in the US and 44% in Europe
  • Android phones represent 47% share and iOS 30%
  • 20% of users scan barcodes with their phones

Nielsen released the results of a smart phone user in store shopping study:

  • 38% of users compare prices using mobile phones
  • 32% read online reviews of products while in the store
  • 24% search for coupons

A German court has banned iOS push email for iCloud and MobileMe users after Motorola won a patent dispute.

Consumer receipt tracking application Lemon has reached 1M users. The company provides receipt scanning functionality in addition to spending trends reports.

Liquidity

Apple has acquired mobile app discovery tool Chomp for an undisclosed amount.

Juniper Networks acquired Mykonos, a security software maker, for $80M.

Financings

Company Description Investment Investors
Votizen, Incorporated Votizen, Incorporated offers a platform for registered voters to make civic participation in the political industry. It helps to match voters with other voters who share their views, as well as connects voters with their elected officials. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco, California. 0.75 Grade-A Investments
Stitch Labs Stitch Lab provides online inventory management and invoicing tools for SMBs. 1.0 True Ventures
Scan, Inc. Scan provides 2D barcode scanning applications as well as corresponding enterprise 2D barcode services. 1.7 Charles River Ventures; Menlo Ventures; Transmedia Capital LLC; Google Ventures; SV Angel; Ludlow Ventures LLC; The Social+Capital Partnership
Wheelz, Inc. Wheelz, Inc. operates a car sharing platform that connects students with cars to students who need them. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Palo Alto, California. 13.7 Zipcar, Inc. (NasdaqGS:ZIP); Fontinalis Partners, LLC
EnerVault Corporation EnerVault Corporation provides energy storage solutions for commercial, utility, and grid applications. The company provides cost-effective, safe, and reliable solutions. EnerVault Corporation was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Sunnyvale, California. 15.5 Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Ltd.; TEL Venture Capital, Inc.; Oceanshore Ventures; Total Energy Ventures International SAS; US Invest Group, Inc.
Digital Access, LLC Digital Access, LLC engages in the aggregation and distribution of digital content on the Internet and mobile environment in the Russian market. It provides users with relevant directories of video format, including music videos, short films and cartoons, adventure stories and sports videos, comedy shows, and children’s programs. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Moscow, Russian Federation. 30.0 Tiger Global Management LLC; ru-Net II
Maker Studios, Inc. Maker Studios, Inc. owns and operates a digital video studio that engages in digital content production and distribution. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Marina del Rey, California. GRP Partners; YouTube, LLC; Greycroft Partners LLC
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