What you need to know - 06/14/11

4chan's new website, Canvas, gets funds from Union Square; Google confirms its acquisition of AdMeld

Technology trends and news by Ronny Kerr
June 14, 2011
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Google confirmed its acquisition of display advertising platform AdMeld.


In this new interview with Brian Chesky, founder and CEO of Airbnb, learn about the company's business model, which has been the same from day one.


AisleBuyer, provider of mobile self-checkout and mobile commerce solutions, raised $7.5 million in equity funding from its lead investor Old Willow Partners.


American Express and AOL's Patch have teamed up to roll out Patch Deals, a new hyperlocal daily deals service that will be powered by American Express’s Serve digital payment platform.


Image sharing site Canvas, created by 4chan's Christopher Poole, raised a $3 million round from Union Square Ventures.

Facebook may go public as early as Q1 2012 with a valuation over $100 billion.

Pixazza partnered with Hearst Digital Media, which will bring Pixazza’s unique interactive ads to Hearst’s online publications, starting with and

ReadyForZero raised a $4.5 million Series A from Polaris Venture Capital and Citi Ventures.

ROBLOX, a gaming site for kids, closed its second round of venture financing with $4 million in investment capital. The financing is comprised of existing investors, including ALTOS Ventures and First Round Capital.

Comcast and Skype are announcing a new partnership to bring video calling to your living room TV set.


Smarterer, a company that measures digital, social, and technical skills, raised $1.25 million in funding from True Ventures and Google Ventures, with participation from angels including Mark Gerson, Shikhar Ghosh, Scott Kurnit and more.

TellApart, an advertising platform that takes a unique pay-for-performance model, raised $13 million in Series B funding led by Bain Capital, bringing the company’s total raised to $17.75 million.

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