At GDC, Facebook announced it had paid $1.4B to game developers making the Facebook app ecosystem about 1/3 the size of the iOS ecosystem in total transaction value. Separately, Facebook released Interest Lists, a feature which builds socially informed newspaper sites for users based on friends’ reading habits. This feature competes with Flipboard and Twitter. gaming link & interests link

Zynga announced three new developer partnerships with Konami, Playdemic and Rebellion. These developers will build games for Zynga’s social gaming platform. link

Apple released a new version of AppleTV which supports HD output and recognizes digital copies of DVDs, becoming a competitor to the UltraViolet standard promoted by several movies studios. Newer DVDs include digital copies of the movie for users to transfer the file to computers for watching later. But these digital copies require entering a PIN. AppleTV will recognize these copies and allow playback. link

The DOJ is investigating Apple and book publishing houses for antitrust violations. Apple’s provision requiring identical pricing on eBooks sold through iTunes as other channels is the main concern. link

American Express launched a marketing program that enables users who link an Amex card account to a Twitter account to win coupons by tweeting certain hashtags. link

Obvious Corp., founded by Biz Stone and Evan Williams, launched Branch, a place for high quality online discourse. link

Social fashion curation site, Polyvore, reaches 15M MAU. link

Amazon has reduced prices for its Web Services by between 10 and 37%. link

Google is powering the tickteing engine of New England airline Cape Air, the company’s first foray into direct airline websites. ITA Software, which Google acquired in 2010, is powering the integration. link


Apple released the next version of the iPad with a very high resolution screen, displaying twice the resolution of traditional HD screens. The company announced 315M iOS devices sold to date. In Q4, 15.4M iPads were sold. link

Jamie Rosenberg has been promoted to manage the entire Android Market Place, now known as Google Play, replacing Eric Chu. link

FourSquare’s venue listings now include venue hours of operation, positioning its product as in more direct competition with Yelp. link

Cosmopolitan announced 100,000 paying iPad app subscribers, likely distinguishing it as the most successful eMagazine to date. link

Apple has offered Google and Motorola a licensing agreement for patent infringement that would require the combined company to pay $5 to $15 per device shipped. link

Square is processing $4B annually in payments, about 50% of PayPal’s forecasted 2012 GMV. link


Kayak updated their S-1 which 2011 revenues of $225M (+32%) and net income of $9.7M (+21%). Queries grew by 42% y/y. link

Millennal Media, the mobile ad network, updated its S-1. The company will raise $75M. 2011 revenue increased to $104M (+117%) and the company reported a net loss of $.25M link

Green Dot acquired Loopt for $43.4M link

SingTel, the main mobile carrier in Singapore, acquired mobile ad server company, for $324M. The company had raised $54M. link


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Space Monkey, Inc. Space Monkey, Inc. provides data backup and recovery through shared hard drives connected to a peer-to-peer network. 0.75 Polaris Venture Partners, Inc.; B Squared, Inc.; Morado Venture Partners; Venture51
Drawn to Scale Drawn to scale offers a new database called Spire. 0.93 SK Ventures Co., Ltd.; IA Ventures; RTP Ventures
Triptrotting, Inc. Triptrotting, Inc. operates a community of travelers and local hosts for university students, alums, and young professionals. 1.0 WI Harper Group; Google Ventures
Meh Labs, Inc. Meh Labs offers a mobile product called Kismet that helps users meet new people. 1.0 New Enterprise Associates; TriplePoint Ventures
Dollar Shave Club Dollar Shave Club sells a monthly subscription for shaving supplies. 1.0 Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Shasta Ventures; Felicis Ventures LLC; Andreessen Horowitz; Forerunner Ventures; Science Media
SignNow, Inc. SignNow, Inc. offers a way to e-sign digital files without the need to scan, fax or mail documents. The company is based in Newport Beach, California. 2.0 Khosla Ventures
BlogFrog Inc BlogFrog operates a service that helps advertisers leverage social networks for branding. 3.2 Grotech Ventures
Sprinklr Sprinklr provides a SaaS social media CRM tool for enterprises. 5.0 Battery Ventures
Clover Network, Inc. Clover Network, Inc. provides a proprietary payment network for sending and receiving money using mobile devices. 5.8 Sutter Hill Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz
3DNA Corp. 3DNA dba as NationBuilder offers tools for organizing and rallying communities for political causes. 6.25 Andreessen Horowitz; SV Angel
Confidela, Inc. Confidela, Inc. provides document control, tracking, and protection solutions for document sharing and collaboration inside and outside of the organization. 9.0 Gemini Israel Funds; The Blackstone Group LP (NYSE:BX); Shasta Ventures
NastyGal Inc NastyGal is an ecommerce merchant selling women’s new and vintage clothes. 9.0 Index Ventures
Songkick.com, Inc. Songkick.com, Inc. owns and operates an online portal that tracks artists, venues, festivals, and concerts 10.0 Sequoia Capital
EzRez Software, Inc. EzRez Software, Inc. provides a white-label travel commerce and loyalty redemption platform; a loyalty payments engine for digital wallets; and personalized marketing solutions. 15.0 Canaan Partners; Azure Capital Partners; StarVest Partners, L.P.
Cloud Sherpas, Inc. Cloud Sherpas, Inc. operates as a Google applications cloud service provider and reseller. 20.0 Columbia Capital LLC
Zumba Fitness, LLC Zumba Fitness, LLC offers fitness programs and DVDs Insight Venture Partners; The Raine Group LLC, Investment arm