What you need to know - 02/01/11

33need launches to enable microinvestments for a good cause; China censors word "Egypt" in searches

Technology trends and news by Ronny Kerr
February 1, 2011
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Launching today is 33needs, a new platform for companies to showcase how they’re going to change the world and raise money through microinvestments.


Former eHarmony CEO Greg Waldorf has jumped ship and joined Accel Partners as the company’s CEO in residence.


Subscription billing solution Aria Systems closed a $20 million Series C round led by InterWest Partners, with help from previous investors Hummer-Winblad and Venrock, as well as an unnamed “large, global technology firm."


Atzip raised $614K in equity funding to help people meet each other based on nearby zip codes, according to a filing with the SEC


4Chan creator Christopher Poole has launched a new website (still in private beta) called Canvas, a place for creating and sharing images with friends.

Several Chinese websites, including online portals Sina.com and Netease.com, as well as China’s Twitter equivalent Weibo, have blocked the word “Egypt” in keyword searches.



Online film service Film Fresh Inc. obtained $2 million in equity investment from a private investment group.

Nimbuzz 1.9 for Java-powered feature phones is available for download. The update lets users log in to Facebook right from the app.


Quepasa.com, a social network for Latinos, acquired XtFt Games S/S Ltda (XtFt), owner of a social game studio based in Curitiba, Brazil.

RentJuice, a platform that connects prospective renters with brokers and property managers, raised $6.2 million in a funding round led by Highland Capital Partners, with continued investment by Tim Draper, who led the company's seed financing.


Seesmic, developer of applications that monitor social networks across mobile devices, secured a $4 million investment from salesforce.com, inc. and a Softbank Group company managed by Softbank Holdings Inc.

A new service launched earlier this week on the Facebook platform that has grand ambitions to change the way people shop on the Web. SoapBox lets any Facebook user add items they're interested in purchasing to their "closet," which can also double as a gift wish list.

Truveris, developer of an automated pharmacy benefits review service, raised $3.8 million in a first round of financing led by GSA Venture Partners, with participation from New Atlantic Ventures and First Round Capital.

Voddler, a Scandinavia-based TV series and movie on-demand service, raised an $8 million investment led by Nokia Growth Partners, the venture capital arm of Nokia

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