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What you need to know - Tuesday 12/10/10

Ngmoco buys DeNA for $400 million; SundaySky raises $9M; Ozura World gets $30M

Technology trends and news by Katie Gatto
October 12, 2010
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/1291

Its official, DeNA acquired ngmoco. The deal, which has been rumored for some time, is that the company will spend $300 million in cash and securities. If the company meets certain performance milestones by Dec. 31, 2011, they will also be entitled to up to an additional $100 million.

 

SearchIgnite, released its paid search marketing report.  The report covers only the United States. According to the company, spend on paid search ads increased close to 6% year-over-year, and Google has  80.2% of all U.S. PPC ad spend in the third quarter.

Gamesalad announces the creation of its no-code iPhone game platform. The platform, which allows users to make and submit games. Creating a game is free. Submitting it requires a fee.


Inovisi Infracom, a Telecom infrastructure company,  has bought a stake in Ozura World for $30 million. Ozura World is a mobile internet social network game developer. Specifics of the deal have not be released, but  Inovisi Infracom will start to sell Ozura World's platform.

Kontagent, a social analytics platform, will be launching a new version of its social analytics suite. The tool allows both Facebook app developers and publishers to get detailed data of demographics based on geographic location, age groups, gender, user engagement times, and other factors.

Amazon is launching digital singles. These pamphlet sized documents will be less expensive then e-books, but also shorter. Exact pricing has not been disclosed.


SundaySky raised $9 million in Series B financing. The round was led by Norwest Venture Partners. Other investors included Carmel Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. 


Restaurant.com’s daily deal sold 1.5 million gift certificates in one day.  The 48 hour sale, which had certificates from 15,000 restaurants nationwide, was selling $25 gift certificates for as low as $1.

Android handsets to control real droids. Lego Mindstorm, a robotic style of the classic Lego toys, have released an app, called MINDdroid application, which allows users with an Android based phone, version 2.1 or higher, to control their bots remotely.


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