What you need to know - Friday 11/26/10

Kurani Interactive raised $275,000; Advent Venture Partners announced a $118 million VC fund

Technology trends and news by Katie Gatto
November 26, 2010
Short URL:

U.S. Apple store is, after a brief online outage last night, offering up a Black Friday sale, which includes the iPad. Other products are discounted, with most sales staying in the 10% range. According to an email, sent to Apple customers, the iPad can now be bought for $458.

Twitter had a fake tsunami warning posted. The account Andi Arief, the disaster management adviser President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, had his account hacked and the fake message, Jakarta tsunami tomorrow posted.

Google Checkout is offering Black Friday deals. An email sent to consumers shows discounts of $5, $10, or $20 for Google checkout users shopping at sites like and BlueNile.

Foursquare has a variety of bonus deals going on for Black Friday shoppers. They have partnered with retailers such as American Eagle, H&M, Payless Shoesource, RadioShack and Zales to offer special discouts to users that check into the store.

Kurani Interactive, makers of the  Opinionaided iPhone application, raised $275,000 in funding. The round was led by  Chuck Chesler and Al Angrisani. The Opinionaided app allows users to post questions and crowdsourced answers.

A 15-year-old girl was arrested in England after burning a copy of the Koran while at school, and posting the video on Facebook. Currently the student has been released on bail.

FarmVille released a special game feature for the holiday. The game, collectively called “Thanksgiving Feast.” allowed users to gift each other Thanksgiving day dishes. When you table was full, the food could be traded in for limited edition items.

Advent Venture Partners, a London Based VC firm, announced the close of a $118 million life science VC fund. The fund, which will be known as Advent Life Sciences will focus on life sciences companies in the UK, Europe, and the US, including medical technology companies.

Vator's very own Faith Merino shows shoppers how to use their technology to best Black Friday. From finding the best deals, to beating the crowds, she has your strategy for getting in and out alive.

Related companies, investors and entrepreneurs

Description: Zynga is the largest social gaming company with 8.5 million daily users and 45 million monthly users.  Zynga’s games are avail...
Description: Thumb, formerly known as Opinionaided, is an addictive free app that allows consumers to use their iPhone, iPod Touch, and...
Description: What is Twitter? Twitter is an online information network that allows anyone with an account to post 140 character messages, called tweet...

Related news