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What you need to know - 03/02/11

Facebook's all over the news: acquisitions, upgrades, controversies; Charlie Sheen joins Twitter

Technology trends and news by Ronny Kerr
March 2, 2011 | Comments
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/17a9

Daily deals site 1SaleADay raised a massive capital injection (tens of millions of dollars) from Optima Ventures. 

Andreessen Horowitz has selected its fourth general partner: Scott Weiss, who co-founded and ran IronPort, provider of messaging security appliances, until their acquisition by Cisco for $830 million.

 

Bump.com, a sort of social network based on your car's license plate (not the app for sharing contact information), raised more than $1 million in its second round of funding.

 

Three big pieces of Facebook news: 1) The company acquired group messaging service Beluga. 2) The site’s commenting plugin for third-party sites received an upgrade. 3) The company decided to dole out user contact information (phone numbers, addresses) to third-party developers, no holds barred. Wait, what?

Veteran venture capital firm Greylock Partners expanded its current fund, Greylock XIII, to $1 billionGreylock XIII originally closed at $575 million in November 2009

Agony-less flight search service Hipmunk added a new, obvious component to its site: hotel search.

 

Mobile Q&A app Opinionaided raised $1 million in an over-subscribed round of seed funding from General Catalyst, SoftBank Capital, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, along with several angels.

Electronic health records service Practice Fusion announced that former Palantir CFO Jason Portnoy is joining the team as the new Chief Financial Officer. 

Recent media court jester Charlie Sheen now has a Twitter account, @charliesheen, if you're into that sort of thing.

 

yaM Labs, provider of tools to make meetings more efficient, has raised $500K from Foresight Ventures.


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