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YouTube’s channel partners are generating 1.5B views per month according to comScore. YouTube’s transition to channels is succeeding. link

Product Releases

Google held its annual developers conference last week and announced:

  • A 7inch tablet manufactured by Asus called the Nexus 7 that retails for $199 aimed squarely at the Kindle Fire. Initial reviews were strikingly positive.
  • The 4.1 release of the Android OS named Jelly Bean which has several UI improvements, a Siri-like assistant, and Google Now, a predictive search technology
  • Google Play will rent TV shows and now supports magazine sales
  • 1M Android devices are activated daily and 425M have been sold to date link
  • Google Glass, the wearable computer, will be available for pre-order for $1500
  • GMail has 425M users link
  • 5M businesses use Google Apps for Enterprise link
  • Offline editing for Google documents
  • Chrome has 310M users, making it the most popular browser in the world link
  • Google+ has 250M users, 75M DAU. Two new iOS apps were released. link
  • Google Cloud, an IaaS service to compete with Amazon.

Zynga announced a PaaS for gaming developers that supports synchronous multiplayer gaming. link

Company Announcements

Flipboard will offer New York Times paying subscribers access to content through Flipboard’s UI. New Yorker and Wired have discontinued their partnerships with Flipboard, syndicating only article briefs in place of full articles. link

Skype’s Android application has been downloaded 70M times link

Box announces 11M users and 150,000 paying customers in addition to a new program called OneCloud, a platform for building applications atop the enterprise data store. link

Talent

E La Carte hires OpenTable’s former director of sales. link

Liquidity

Microsoft has acquired Yammer for $1.2B in cash. link

Financings

Company Description Investment Investors
CliQr Technologies, Inc. CliQr Technologies, Inc. provides cloud-application management solutions to businesses, cloud providers, and independent software/application providers. 1.0 Foundation Capital; Google Ventures
Freshplum, Inc. Freshplum, Inc. develops revenue analytics solutions for e-commerce companies. The company’s solutions bring the decision making power of data-science to companies who sell goods and services electronically. 1.4 Charles River Ventures; Greylock Partners; New Enterprise Associates; Google Ventures
Marketfish, Inc. Marketfish, Inc. operates as a marketplace and e-mail service platform that helps in finding the lead generation campaigns. It helps marketers in listing and launching e-mail marketing campaigns. 1.5 Rustic Canyon Partners; Accelerator Ventures
Citus Data 1.6 Trinity Ventures; Digital Garage, Inc. (JASDAQ:4819)
CloudByte Inc. CloudByte Inc. provides solutions for shared storage environments, such as security, isolation, and service level assurance. It offers CloudByte, a storage software for heterogeneous and pooled storage setups typical to cloud infrastructure service providers, as well as shared storage setups within closed environments, such as enterprise datacenters. 2.1 Nexus Venture Partners; Kae Capital
Bigframe, Inc. Bigframe, Inc. offers media production and marketing services. The company creates video advertising campaigns. Its clientele include The Home Depot, Sony Electronics, THQ, Virgin Mobile, Levis, and Fox. 3.0 Anthem Venture Partners; New World Ventures; DFJ Frontier; Launchpad LA, Inc.
Link Smart Technologies Inc Link Smart Technologies Inc is based in the United States and operates a link affliate program 4.7 Sutter Hill Ventures; Foundry Group
Jirafe, Inc. Jirafe, Inc. provides online business solutions for ecommerce business owners. The company offers customer intelligence, analytics, insight, and suggested action for ecommerce businesses. 7.0 FirstMark Capital, L.L.C.; First Round Capital; O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, LLC; Foundry Group
Rally.org Rally.org operates an online social fundraising tool that enables people with a cause to share their story, reach new supporters, and raise money. 7.9 Relay Ventures
Namesake, Inc. Namesake, Inc. owns and operates a Website that enables its user to watch videos along with other users. Namesake, Inc. was founded in 2011 and is based in Santa Monica, California. 8.0 Atlas Venture L.P.; Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC; Lowercase Capital
Cenx, Inc. Cenx, Inc. operates a network of carrier Ethernet exchanges that provides carrier, co-location, and data-center-neutral carrier Ethernet exchange services to the telecom/Internet service providers in the United States and internationally. 9.5 Highland Capital Partners; Mesirow Financial Private Equity; DCM; Wasatch Advisors Inc.; Verizon Ventures
SugarSync, Inc. SugarSync, Inc. provides mobile cloud services that enable users 10.0 ORIX Venture Finance, LLC
Taboola.com Ltd Taboola.com Ltd. provides video discovery solutions. It offers Taboola Video2Video, which is placed within the video player and delivers videos. 10.0 Evergreen Venture Partners; WGI Group; Marker LLC
Solum, Inc. Solum, Inc. creates measurement tools for soil nutrient needs. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Menlo Park, California. 17.0 Khosla Ventures; Andreessen Horowitz
Avalara, Inc. Avalara, Inc., a sales tax management company, provides Web-based sales, use, and VAT tax automation solutions for various sized businesses in the United States and internationally. 20.0 Battery Ventures
Blue Jeans Network, Inc. Blue Jeans Network, Inc. provides cloud-based video conferencing services that enable people to connect. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in Santa Clara, California. 25.0 Accel Management Co, Inc.; New Enterprise Associates; Norwest Venture Partners
Practice Fusion, Inc. Practice Fusion, Inc. offers a web-based electronic health record system to physicians. 34.0 Glynn Capital Management; Morgenthaler; Band of Angels; Artis Capital Management, L.P.; The Founders Fund; Felicis Ventures LLC; SV Angel; Barton Asset Management, LLC
Rocket Fuel Inc. Rocket Fuel Inc., a digital advertising technology company, provides solutions to manage, run, and evaluate online campaigns. 50.0 Mohr Davidow Ventures; Summit Partners; Northgate Capital Group, L.L.C.; Nokia Growth Partners; Cross Creek Capital
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