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  • Accel-Backed YapStone Acquires Faith-Based Donation Service ParishPay

    Accel-Backed YapStone Acquires Faith-Based Donation Service ParishPay

    E-payments company YapStone just announced that it has acquired ParishPay, a service for donating to faith-based organizations. YapStone’s main product is RentPayment — as you can probably guess, it’s a service for property managers to collect credit card and electronic check payments from their tenants. However, when YapStone raised $50 million from Accel Partners last year… Read More

  • Backed By Time, Next Issue Launches A Tablet Newsstand With Netflix-Style Pricing

    Backed By Time, Next Issue Launches A Tablet Newsstand With Netflix-Style Pricing

    Many magazine publishers see the iPad as their salvation. Five of the big ones (Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc.) banded together to create a joint venture called Next Issue Media, and today the company is launching its Android app. CEO Morgan Guenther (formerly president of Tivo) says that despite all the excitement about bringing magazines to tablets, the current system… Read More

  • TRUSTe Announces An Opt-Out System for Mobile Ads

    TRUSTe Announces An Opt-Out System for Mobile Ads

    It looks like there are some big challenges ahead for mobile advertising, as the industry faces increasing scrutiny from the federal regulators, and as Apple phases out the UDIDs used by advertisers and publishers to identify users. Now privacy company TRUSTe is offering a new way for advertisers to address some of these concerns. The program is called TRUSTe Mobile Ads, and it allows consumers… Read More

  • Rumblefish Catalog Grows To 1M Songs, Powers Soundtracks In Socialcam, Animoto, And More

    Rumblefish Catalog Grows To 1M Songs, Powers Soundtracks In Socialcam, Animoto, And More

    Rumblefish, a service where consumers and businesses can easily license music for their online videos, says that its catalog now has more than 1 million songs, making it the largest licensing catalog of pre-cleared music. The idea is pretty simple: When you’re posting a video on a site like YouTube, you might want to flesh it out by adding a soundtrack. However, most people don’t… Read More

  • Quepasa And MyYearbook Rebrand As MeetMe

    Quepasa And MyYearbook Rebrand As MeetMe

    When social networking companies myYearbook and Quepasa merged last year, myYearbook CEO Geoff Cook told employees that his goal was to “build an enduring, global brand for meeting new people.” That’s still the plan, but the company is announcing that it will build that brand under a new name — MeetMe. Cook (who’s now COO) says both the myYearbook and Quepasa… Read More

  • BrightEdge: Here’s How To Make Paid And Organic Search Work Together

    BrightEdge: Here’s How To Make Paid And Organic Search Work Together

    If your company shows up in both the organic and paid search results of a given search term, is that a good thing? Or a waste of money? That’s something that Google itself has been researching, and today, SEO service BrightEdge took a closer look at one advertiser’s approach for balancing search strategies. Specifically, it released a case study about how hotel marketing agency… Read More

  • 1DollarScan Improves Its Book Digitization Service With Fine Tune and Dropbox

    1DollarScan Improves Its Book Digitization Service With Fine Tune and Dropbox

    1DollarScan — the service that offers to digitize books and documents for as little as, yes, $1 — is now promising an improved experience through a service called Fine Tune. The company is a subsidiary of Bookscan Japan, and it launched last August with the goal of bringing the Bookscan service to the U.S. market. Users send their books, documents, photos, and other printed material… Read More

  • Business Audience Marketing Company Bizo Raises $10M

    Business Audience Marketing Company Bizo Raises $10M

    Bizo, a company offering technology to help advertisers reach a business audience, has raised $10 million in a Series B round of funding. The company has now raised a total of $20 million. Crosslink Capital led the round, and the firm’s newest partner David Silverman is joining Bizo’s board of directors. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Venrock also participated. Read More

  • Dachis Group’s Advocate Insight Finds A Brand’s Most Valuable Fans

    Dachis Group’s Advocate Insight Finds A Brand’s Most Valuable Fans

    There may be millions of people or more following and commenting on a brand, but how can it find the ones worth reaching out to? That’s the question that Dachis Group is trying to answer with a new product called Advocate Insight. Founder and CEO Jeffrey Dachis (previously the co-founder of interactive agency Razorfish) says the new product will help brands “engage at scale.”… Read More

  • SoFi Reinvents College Loans With Alumni Funding

    SoFi Reinvents College Loans With Alumni Funding

    As the cost of a college education continues to rise, a startup called SoFi is offering a way for alumni to offer students financial assistance and more. Co-founder and CEO Mike Cagney describes the current student loan system as a “classic market failure,” resulting in students who are stuck with high interest rates and heavy debt that they struggle to pay off. He says that if you… Read More

  • Facebook Tests Letting Advertisers Optimize For Results (Such As Page Likes Or App Installs)

    Facebook Tests Letting Advertisers Optimize For Results (Such As Page Likes Or App Installs)

    Advertisers looking for higher ROI from their Facebook self-serve ads may soon see some new tools. Facebook tells us its testing new features like “Objectives” which lets advertisers ask Facebook to “Show this to people who are more likely to: [Like my Page] or [Install my app] or [Click on my ad or sponsored story]”. It’s also trying a simpler interface and… Read More

  • SocialShield Acquired By German Security Company Avira

    SocialShield Acquired By German Security Company Avira

    Avira, a security company headquartered in Germany, just announced that it has acquired social monitoring startup SocialShield and will be adding the service to its lineup of free security products. “Avira is broadening our security focus from safe-guarding computers to now protecting the people who use them, and that requires us to look beyond viruses and worms and Trojans,”… Read More

  • Personalized News App Zite Comes To Android

    Personalized News App Zite Comes To Android

    Zite, the newsreading startup acquired last year by CNN, is launching its Android app today. Co-founder Mike Klaas demonstrated the app for me earlier this week. The interface and features should be pretty familiar to anyone using the previous versions. You enter your Facebook or Twitter information, then Zite brings up a stream of stories that are likely to interest you. You can improve… Read More

  • Google Ventures-Backed Kibits Lets You Share With Real-World Micro-Networks, Raises $1M

    Google Ventures-Backed Kibits Lets You Share With Real-World Micro-Networks, Raises $1M

    Does the world need another mobile social app? A new startup called Kibits thinks it does, and its investors (including Google Ventures and Charles River Ventures) seem to agree. The company’s iPhone (and iPod Touch) app is launching today. At first glance, it may look like another variant on group chat, but co-founder and CEO Matt Cutler says that even though he’s “an… Read More

  • Box Adds Social Workflow Features To Improve Mobile Collaboration

    Box Adds Social Workflow Features To Improve Mobile Collaboration

    Box already made news earlier today with the launch of OneCloud, its suite of productivity applications that are accessible from mobile devices. But it wasn’t done — the company also hosted the last stop of its World Tour in San Francisco, where CEO Aaron Levie demonstrated what he called a “reinvention” of collaboration on Box. These features fall under the umbrella… Read More

  • YouTube Is Looking For The Next Vlogging Star

    YouTube Is Looking For The Next Vlogging Star

    YouTube is announcing a new program to nurture the next generation of video bloggers. The Next Vlogger initiative is part of YouTube Next Creator — where, as the name implies, the site tries to find and mentor future YouTube stars. It already held similar programs for cooking and fitness, as well as nonprofits. Read More

  • Subscription Manager MediaPass Raises $1.75M

    Subscription Manager MediaPass Raises $1.75M

    It’s no secret that publishers are scrambling to find ways of making money online. On the subscription/paywall side, a startup called MediaPass wants to help, and it just raised $1.75 million in Series B funding. If publishers want to start offering subscriptions, MediaPass CEO Mathew Mitchell says that developing their own technology would probably take months of work and could cost in… Read More

  • Campalyst Raises Seed Round To Measure Social Media ROI

    Campalyst Raises Seed Round To Measure Social Media ROI

    Social media analytics startup Campalyst is celebrating its first birthday today, and its big present is a new seed round (of undisclosed size) from Amsterdam-based venture capital firm HENQ. The company was co-founded by former business school classmates Jevgenijs Kazanins and Dalia Lasaite as part of Garage48, a European boot camp where startups are created in the course of a weekend. Read More

  • Viralheat Adds Social Media Publishing With Version 2.0,

    Viralheat Adds Social Media Publishing With Version 2.0,

    Viralheat is launching version 2.0 of its social media tools today, an upgrade that takes the product beyond the standard monitoring and listening. One of the biggest changes in version 2.0 is a new feature that Viralheat is calling engagement, and which basically means you can post comments to Facebook and Twitter directly from the service. Posting to social networks may not sound like a… Read More

  • Pontiflex Launches Self-Serve Version Of Its “Mobile Signup” Ads

    Pontiflex Launches Self-Serve Version Of Its “Mobile Signup” Ads

    Pontiflex, a company focused on what it calls “mobile signup” ads, is reaching out to smaller advertisers today with the launch of AdLeads, its self-serve platform. Co-founder and CEO Zephrin Lasker says this has always been one of his goals for the company, ever since it launched five years ago — to allow any business, regardless of size, to pay for marketing leads collected… Read More