What you need to know - Monday 01/10/2011

VillageVines raied $3M; Klout $8M; SoundCloud $10M; Verizon iPhone to launch on Tuesday

Technology trends and news by Katie Gatto
January 10, 2011
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Klout, influence-measuring startup, raised $8.5 million. The round was led by the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer sFund. Greycroft Partners also participated.

VillageVines, a discount service for fine dining, raised $3 million. This round of funding was led by Hearst Interactive Media.

Verizon announced it will have the iPhone’s on Tuesday. Specifics of the plan and coverage have yet to be announced.


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FlightCaster, a flight time prediction service,  is being bought out by Next Jump. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


About $7.8 billion was spent on clean tech in 2010, according to data released by the CleanTech group.  There were a total of 715, which represent a 28% increase when compared to 2009.

SoundCloud, a file-sharing service based in Germany, raised $10 million. The round was led by Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures.

MUBI, a site dedicated to film, raised a $2.4 million. The round was led by Eduardo Costantini. Other investors included  Martin Varsavsky, Alec Oxenford, Aydin Senkut, Georges Harik, Joel Peterson, Bart Decrem and Jose Marin.

CES 2011 finished over the weekend with a bevy of announcements. The tablet-based OS from Android, Honeycomb, made it debut, as did the Nintendo 3DS complete with a March launch date in the US.  We got a look at In-car GPS functionality, and texting-while-driving technology. Also, services like Vimeo, which increased video upload limits, made announcements about changes to their services. Several TV makers also made announcements about offering either Google TV or their own app.

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