With Instagram Buy, Facebook Officially Pushes M&A Strategy Beyond The ‘Acqui-hire’

The <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2012/04/09/right-before-acquisition-instagram-closed-50m-at-a-500m-valuation-from-sequoia-thrive-greylock-and-benchmark/">very surprising</a> announcement this morn

Right Before Acquisition, Instagram Closed $50M At A $500M Valuation From Sequoia, Thrive, Greylock And Benchmark

Welcome to the Monday where Facebook buys Instagram. Actually I'm as shocked as you are about the acquisition, namely because I was working on <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2012/04/09/facebook-to-ac

Facebook Buys Instagram For $1 Billion, Turns Budding Rival Into Its Standalone Photo App

Facebook has just finished a deal to <a href="http://newsroom.fb.com/Announcements/Facebook-to-Acquire-Instagram-141.aspx">acquire mobile photo sharing app Instagram</a> for approximately $1 billion

Former Clearwell And CenterRun CEO Aaref Hilaly Joins Sequoia Capital As Partner

Sequoia Capital is announcing a new partner today—former Clearwell and CenterRun CEO <a href="http://www.sequoiacap.com/us/aaref-hilaly">Aaref Hilaly</a>. At Sequoia, Hilaly will focus on investing

Patent Sale Pushes AOL Stock Up 45 Percent

It looks like investors are ecstatic about the news <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2012/04/09/aol-sells-800-patents-for-1-billion-to-microsoft-memo-to-staff/">AOL has sold 800 patents to Microsoft</a

Netflix Updates Xbox 360 App, Adds Single Sign-On, Improved Facebook Sharing Outside The U.S.

Netflix is rolling out a major update to its Xbox 360 application today, which is the biggest update to arrive since <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2011/12/07/netflix-xbox-360-kinect/">the integratio

Yext Spins Off Pay-Per-Call Ad Business As Felix

<a href="http://www.yext.com">Yext</a> has made the famous startup pivot, shifting focus from its pay-per-call advertising service to a new product called PowerListings. But rather than simply abandon

Pinvolve Converts Facebook Pages Into Pinterest Pinboards, Increases Repins By 150%+

The folks behind a forthcoming fashion catalog for the iPad, <a href="http://www.bazaart.co/">Bazaart</a>, have launched an interesting side project in their downtime (what's that?) from their partici

Topps: Iconic Trading Cards Brand Goes Beyond Cardboard With First-Ever Mobile Apps

<a href="http://www.topps.com/">Topps</a>, the company best known for its <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazooka_(chewing_gum)">Bazooka bubble gum</a> and for essentially inventing and populari

Reminder: The TC DC Mini-Meetup Is Tonight

Just a reminder: today is the most important day of the year. It's TC DC Mini Meet-up Night! We're here in DC and we're looking forward to meeting with you all at <a href="http://www.lovethebeer.com/r

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub

I've been harping for a while here on TechCrunch about the benefits of open source software. I <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2011/08/21/linuxcon-open-source-is-an-ecosystem-not-a-zero-sum-game/">oft

Indian Government To Launch BlackBerry Messenger Snooping System ‘Soon’

BlackBerry fans in India had best stay on the up-and-up lest they want to draw unwanted attention from the country’s security agencies. <a href="http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/govt-to-tap-blackb

The Lumia 900 Becomes Amazon’s Best Selling Phone, Topping The RAZR MAXX And Galaxy Nexus

And we're off! Even though the Nokia Lumia 900 launched yesterday and was largely unavailable thanks to the Easter Bunny, the phone quickly skyrocketed <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Cell

Zoomingo’s New App Turns Spotting And Rating Deals Into A Game

Shopping discovery service <a href="http://www.zoomingo.com/">Zoomingo</a>, which helps you find nearby sales using your mobile phone, is out with a new iPhone app that introduces a gamification elem

Dow Jones Says Q1 2012 U.S. Venture Fundraising Up 5 Percent, NVCA Reports 35 Percent Decrease

Thanks to big raises from venture firms like Andreessen Horowitz, U.S. venture capital fund-raising increased to $7 billion across 47 funds in the first quarter of 2012, which is a 5% increase in capi

The ‘Dogbnb’ Wars Escalate: Rover Raises $3.4M in Round Led By Madrona

Finding a place for your pooch while you're away should be getting easier. Rover, a Seattle-based startup that is trying to disrupt the kennel market, said it has raised $3.4 million in a round led by

With New Monthly Grooming Kits For Men, Birchbox Isn’t Just For The Ladies Anymore

Birchbox, the New York-based startup that racked up more than 100,000 subscribers for its monthly kits of beauty products, is now aiming for a certain well-styled gentleman. The company is launchin

Here’s Lenovo’s Latest Android Tablet, The 9.7-inch IdeaTab S2109

Lenovo is keeping the Ice Cream Sandwich social rocking with its upcoming IdeaTab S2109. Inside the sleek 8.9mm thick casing is a 9.7-inch 4:3 IPS LCD with a 1.3MP camera sunk into the bezel. Four spe

SEC Filing: Chris Sacca Raising $25M For New Fund, Lowercase Spur

According to a <a href="http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1544616/000154461612000001/xslFormDX01/primary_doc.xml">new SEC filing</a>, investor <a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/chris-sacc

Woopra’s New Dashboard Lets Publishers See Exactly Who’s Visiting Their Site

When you hear the phrase "real-time analytics" you probably think of <a href="http://www.chartbeat.com">Chartbeat</a> (at least I do), but it's not the only company in the field. In fact, a Lebanese s
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