The BMW Group founded a venture capital firm in New York City, BMW i Ventures, with an investment totalling $100 million. Focus: mobile and sustainabliity.
Caplinked, a free online platform for private companies to network with investors and advisors, raised $525,000 in angel funding led by Peter Thiel and others.
Dynamic Signal, a stealth-mode enterprise social media startup founded and led by former Adify CEO Russell Fradin, raised $8 million in equity-based financing from a group of 30 investors, according to a regulatory filing.
Gilt Groupe, a private sales site for luxury items, is raising $80-$100 million from private market investors, according to anonymous sources, valuing the company at $1 billion.
Paydiant, a Boston-based mobile payments venture, closed a $7.6 million round of funding led by North Bridge Venture Partners and General Catalyst Partners.
Online music service Spotify has raised new financing from investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and DST that values the startup at more than $1 billion, according to anonymous sources.
Twitter restored API access to the creators of twidroyd and UberSocial for BlackBerry (formerly UberTwitter). UberMedia still waiting for review.