Amazon Kindle’s Singles, paid content less than 30,000 words, has sold 2M copies to date with top authors generating tens of thousands of dollars per month. link & link

American Express’s Twitter hashtag program which offered users coupons to link their Twitter account to an Amex card and then tweet with a certain hashtag has seen millions of tweets. McDonald’s saw 2,000 tweets in the first 24 hours. link

Kickstarter is gaining momentum as a source of mobile game financing. Two gaming companies have raised a total of $4.2M in a matter of days: Double Fine Adventure  and Wasteland 2.  link

Salesforce launched Site.com, an enterprise focussed web content management system that makes it simple for contributors across an enterprise to update and add to a corporate website. link

Google Flight Search is now available for flights around the world, ruffling feathers across the world of online travel agents. Flight Search for the US debuted in September.  link

Alfresco, an open source enterprise CMS announced 5.6M users and $100M in 2011 revenues. link

Facebook has doubled its monthly active user base in Japan to 10M in 5 months, rapidly challenging incumbent Mixi at 15M MAU. link


PayPal released a Square competitor that includes a card reading dongle using the audio jack as a data port. In addition, PayPay is using Card.io’s credit card photo scanning technology to enable merchants to photograph credit cards in place of using a reader. PayPal released a personal wallet application for mobile phones that enables users to decide how and when to pay for purchases. link

66% of US mobile traffic and 70% of global mobile traffic is sent over Wifi according to a study by Mobidia indicating users of mobile phones and tablets are relying on Wifi to transfer large files. In tandem public mobile hotspots are growing at about 1M per year globally.  link

Millennial Media released their monthly mobile ad study that indicated nearly 30% of mobile ad dollars are brand dollars whose goal is sustained in-market presence, marking a dramatic shift from the performance oriented nature dominating mobile ad buys. link

One third of images uploaded to Twitter originate from Instagram according to a study by Pixable run across 60,000 samples. link

84% of enterprise IT buyers will buy iPads next quarter, according to a recent study. link

One year after launch, Amazon’s Android Appstore boasts 31K apps and millions of apps downloaded. link

29% of in-store mobile researchers buy online. Walmart, Target and Best Buy suffer the most cannibalization. link


Twitter Acquires social media platform Posterous. link

Top Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou to merge in $1B deal. link

Insight Venture Partners will take Quest Software private for $2 Billion. link

Dell Acquires SonicWALL to Boost Security Solutions Portfolio. link

AOL acquires mobile photo-sharing app Hipster. link

Google has acquired Kevin Rose and Oink. link

Cisco announces intent to acquire NDS. link

EMC acquired outsourced developer Pivotal Labs. link

LifeLock has acquired ID Analytics. link


Company Description Investment Investors
Adelphic, Inc. Adelphic, Inc. develops Predictive Data Platform for mobile advertising enabling buying and selling of targeted mobile media. Adelphic, Inc. was incorporated in 2011 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts. 2.0 Matrix Partners
Sewichi, Inc. Sewichi, Inc. provides mobile analytics services. Sewichi, Inc. is based in Seattle, Washington. 3.4 Madrona Venture Group
DataSphere Technologies, Inc. DataSphere Technologies, Inc. is a software as a service Web technology and ad sales company. 8.0 First Analysis Corporation; OVP Venture Partners; Ignition Partners
Apperian, Inc. Apperian, Inc. operates as a mobile application development company. 12.4 Bessemer Venture Partners; Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; CommonAngels; North Bridge Growth Equity
BrightEdge Technologies, Inc. BrightEdge Technologies, Inc. develops search engine optimization (SEO) solutions that enable marketers to increase online traffic and revenue through search performance. 12.6 Altos Ventures; Battery Ventures; Intel Capital; Illuminate Ventures
RetailFX Ltd RetailFX Ltd owns and operates a social trading platform. RetailFX Ltd was founded in 2006 and is based in Road Town, British Virgin Islands. 15.0 Spark Capital
eToro Ltd. Tradonomi Ltd. provides online forex trading platform for traders. 15.0 BRM Group; Spark Capital
Adaptive Planning, Inc. Adaptive Planning, Inc. provides on-demand business performance management solutions for companies and nonprofits. 22.0 Norwest Venture Partners; Onset Ventures; Cardinal Venture Capital; Monitor Ventures; Clairmont Capital
BOKU, Inc. BOKU, Inc. operates a mobile payment platform that enables consumers to buy goods and services with wireless phone number. It serves customers in the United States and internationally. The company was incorporated in 2008 and is based in San Francisco, California with additional offices in Europe and Asia. 35.0 Benchmark Capital; New Enterprise Associates; Index Ventures; Khosla Ventures; DAG Ventures, LLC; Andreessen Horowitz; Telefónica Digital, Investment Arm
Apptio, Inc. Apptio, Inc. provides on demand IT cost transparency/optimization solutions. 50.0 Greylock Partners; Madrona Venture Group; Shasta Ventures; T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.; Andreessen Horowitz
Appirio, Inc. Appirio, Inc. offers products and services that enable enterprises to develop, implement, and manage cloud applications and technologies. 60.0 General Atlantic LLC; Sequoia Capital; GGV Capital
LifeLock, Inc. LifeLock, Inc. offers identity theft protection services. 100.0 Bessemer Venture Partners; Institutional Venture Partners; Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; Symantec Corporation (NasdaqGS:SYMC); Industry Ventures; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Cross Creek Capital; River Street Associates; Keating Capital, Inc. (NasdaqCM:KIPO)