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  • OpenX Acquires Supply Side Platform LiftDNA

    OpenX Acquires Supply Side Platform LiftDNA

    Ad tech company OpenX just announced that it’s acquiring startup LiftDNA. The startup offers a supply side platform, which publishers use to automate and optimize the sale of their ad inventory. Combined with OpenX’s ad server and ad exchange technology, CEO Tim Cadogan tells me that the company will be able to offer “the first complete full revenue stack,” allowing… Read More

  • uberVU Declares The Help Winner of the “Social Oscars”

    uberVU Declares The Help Winner of the “Social Oscars”

    In the run-up to the Oscars tomorrow, social intelligence startup uberVU conducted a study of how and where people were talking about the Best Picture nominees. The data was collected during the week between Feb. 19 and today. The company wasn’t just looking at the number of times a movie was mentioned — it also rated the sentiment of each comment, giving the movies an overall… Read More

  • Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

    Clik: Google’s Broken App Search Means We’re Invisible On Android

    A little more than a week ago, the Clik smartphone app launched, resulting plenty of press coverage and more than 100,000 downloads on iOS (at least according to Clik). But there was one area where the launch fizzled — in the Android Market, where the Clik app is apparently invisible to searches. “Over the weekend, as we get all this hype, nobody could find our app,” says CEO… Read More

  • Velti is Working on a Mobile “Do Not Track” List

    Velti is Working on a Mobile “Do Not Track” List

    Velti plans to announce two new initiatives aimed at helping mobile advertisers get ahead of data collection and privacy concerns, according to a source who has been briefed by the company. My source says Velti, a publicly traded mobile ad company, is working on the first “Do Not Track” list built for mobile. Consumers should be able to direct their smartphone browsers at a specific… Read More

  • Stock Chart Site TradingView Adds European Stocks and a Watch List

    Stock Chart Site TradingView Adds European Stocks and a Watch List

    TradingView, a social finance site that launched last September, has just been upgraded with some new features, including data on European stocks and US stock futures. The site was created by trading software company MultiCharts. Charts, after all, are often at the heart of stock discussions, so TradingView is a place where those charts are front-and-center. Users can create and share charts… Read More

  • Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program

    Washington Post Tests Personalized News Program

    If you’re tired of seeing the same news as everyone else, The Washington Post is now experimenting with personalized headlines. That experiment is called Personal Post, and it’s available at personal.washingtonpost.com, where you’ll see a river of content that you can customize. If you’re already a member at WashingtonPost.com, you can log in and the site will offer… Read More

  • Want A Job? Interview Street Is Holding CodeSprints Every Week

    Want A Job? Interview Street Is Holding CodeSprints Every Week

    Y Combinator-backed Interview Street is accelerating the pace of its CodeSprints, where programmers prove their worth to potential employers by completing coding problems in a limited period of time. The startup held its second big CodeSprint last month. The event seems like a success — 5,221 people participated, 665 of them actually applied to companies, and co-founder Vivek… Read More

  • Swoop Gives Food Websites An Injection Of Local Deals

    Swoop Gives Food Websites An Injection Of Local Deals

    Swoop, a startup that’s launching today, says it’s giving food websites a new way to convince readers to stick around, and to make some money in the process. CEO Ron Elwell says Swoop’s technology can look at the text of a food website and automatically inject links to local deals when they’re relevant. So, for example, if a site includes a recipe that calls for… Read More

  • AdRoll Hires Google Sales Director Suresh Khanna

    AdRoll Hires Google Sales Director Suresh Khanna

    Aiming to become one of the giants of online advertising, ad retargeting startup AdRoll has hired Googler Suresh Khanna as its vice president of sales. In nearly six years at Google, Khanna held a number of roles. Most recently, he was director of new advertiser sales, where he says he led the North American team for acquiring mid-market and larger advertisers. Until now, Khanna says… Read More

  • Rapportive Announces Acquisition By LinkedIn, (Basically) Confirms $15M Price

    Rapportive Announces Acquisition By LinkedIn, (Basically) Confirms $15M Price

    After reports earlier this month that LinkedIn was buying contact management service Rapportive, the startup just published a blog post confirming that yes, it has been acquired. For those of you who don’t use it, Rapportive is a Gmail plugin that shows you the latest social network updates from whoever you’re corresponding with. (I’ve gotten so used to seeing the… Read More

  • Tugg Lets Audiences Choose What’s Playing In Theaters

    Tugg Lets Audiences Choose What’s Playing In Theaters

    There’s a new startup called Tugg launching today — it’s led by Nicolas Gonda, who was a producer on The Tree Of Life, and it promises audience members that they can create their own movie screenings at local theaters. When I asked why theaters would want to do this, Gonda and his co-founder Pablo Gonzalez (they’re CEO and COO, respectively) said via email that the… Read More

  • 140 Proof Introduces Video To Its Social Ad Network

    140 Proof Introduces Video To Its Social Ad Network

    140 Proof, a startup that says it delivers targeted ads to more than 50 social apps, is adding a video ad unit to its lineup. Like the company’s existing 140-character text units, the videos can show up in the social stream of any app running 140 Proof ads. Users should be able to click and watch the video without leaving the page, rate it, and bring up a feed of all the tweets… Read More

  • InVision Raises $1.5M For Beautiful, Interactive Prototypes

    InVision Raises $1.5M For Beautiful, Interactive Prototypes

    New York City startup InVision has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to help companies answer an important question: Are we building something that people will actually want to use? The funding comes from FirstMark Capital. Managing director Amish Jani says he was excited to invest because, for one thing, co-founders Clark Valberg and Ben Nadel are addressing a real problem that they faced. Read More

  • Storify Brings Drag-And-Drop Social Curation To The iPad

    Storify Brings Drag-And-Drop Social Curation To The iPad

    Storify has become one of the main ways that people can create stories from social media — the startup says it has been used by 22 of the top 25 news sites in the United States, and that its users have curated a total of more than 3 million social objects. And now you can do that curation from your iPad. The company was already mobile, in the sense that stories (which are essentially… Read More

  • EVE Online Saw $66M In Revenue Last Year, Mulls IPO

    EVE Online Saw $66M In Revenue Last Year, Mulls IPO

    CCP Games, the makers of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game EVE Online, says the company brought in $66 million in revenue last year. The game, a science fictional adventure set in a star cluster dominated by five major civilizations, first launched in 2003, and its subscriber base (currently about 400,000) has grown every year since launch. Revenue has been growing too, at… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Adds A Little Nostalgia To Your Facebook Timeline

    BuzzFeed Adds A Little Nostalgia To Your Facebook Timeline

    Facebook’s Timeline is a cool idea, but as a representation of my life, it doesn’t have much to say about my experiences before 2004. Now, in its own small way, viral content site BuzzFeed is trying to change that. Specifically, it’s adding buttons to select posts that take advantage of the Timeline’s ability to backdate content. The first post with this feature… Read More

  • OMGPOP Hits 1M Downloads For Draw Something App, “Locked Down” On Mobile Strategy

    OMGPOP Hits 1M Downloads For Draw Something App, “Locked Down” On Mobile Strategy

    OMGPOP, the social game-maker formerly known as iminlikewithyou, says it has another mobile hit — its app Draw Something has been downloaded more than 1 million times in 10 days. Draw Something is based on OMGPOP’s online game Draw My Thing. Described by CEO Dan Porter as a turn-based version of Pictionary, players are assigned things to draw, which can be simple (like a smile)… Read More

  • Ad Startup Rocket Fuel Just Had Its First Profitable Quarter

    Ad Startup Rocket Fuel Just Had Its First Profitable Quarter

    Startup Rocket Fuel claims to apply “rocket science” to ad campaigns, and it sounds like that science is turning into real revenue. The company says it made $44.5 million in revenue last year, compared to $16.6 million in 2010 and $2.4 million in 2009. In fact, CEO George John tells me that in the fourth quarter of 2011, the company was profitable for the first time. Not that he… Read More

  • India’s Times Internet Embraces Real-Time Finance With ET Speed

    India’s Times Internet Embraces Real-Time Finance With ET Speed

    A few years ago, we saw a wave of startups (such as Cake Financial and Covestor) that tried to reinvent the way people made financial decisions, usually by adding social features or more data and analytics. Now elements of that approach are coming to India with the launch of ET Speed. The site was created by Times Internet Limited, the online arm of India’s Times Group. As the name… Read More

  • Looks Like Freelance Marketplace Solvate is Shutting Down

    Looks Like Freelance Marketplace Solvate is Shutting Down

    We’ve gotten a tip that Solvate, a venture-backed marketplace for hiring freelance work, is shutting down. Apparently, the freelancers who do work through Solvate have been told that the service will end effective March 1. I’ve emailed and called Solvate, and haven’t gotten a response yet. (I will update this post if hear back.) I also tried to sign-up for a new client account… Read More